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Human Services : Food Banks, Food Pantries, and Food Distribution

Birch Community Services

The Sustainable Families Program

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four stars

92.24

17780 NE San Rafael Street Portland, OR 97230
tel: (503) 251-5431   Web Site
EIN: 93-1186020

Board Leadership
Alex Krider
President of the Board

CEO
Suzanne Birch
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 92.24 four stars
  Financial 91.55 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 93.00 four stars
This rating was published 02/01/2019 and includes data from FY2017, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Our Mission is to provide a community where people can be responsible and accountable for meeting their basic needs, and to equip them with tools to overcome financial difficulty.

Founded in 1996, Birch Community Services, Inc. (BCSI) is serving struggling working families in the Portland Oregon Metro area. They offer help for today and hope for tomorrow. The families in the BCS program can select nutritious foods to feed their families, acquire job and financial management skills, volunteer regularly to help at the BCS warehouse, and help other working struggling families in the program. Birch Community Services, Inc. also offers a variety of cooking classes including canning, meal planning, and ethnic cooking, sewing and quilting classes and gardening classes in their two community gardens.

Our Mission is to provide a community where people can be responsible and accountable for meeting their basic needs, and to equip them with tools to overcome financial difficulty.

Founded in 1996, Birch Community Services, Inc. (BCSI) is serving struggling working families in the Portland Oregon Metro area. They offer help for today and hope for tomorrow. The families in the BCS program can select nutritious foods to feed their families, acquire job and financial management skills, volunteer regularly to help at the BCS warehouse, and help other working struggling families in the program. Birch Community Services, Inc. also offers a variety of cooking classes including canning, meal planning, and ethnic cooking, sewing and quilting classes and gardening classes in their two community gardens.

Impact Information

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This impact information is current as of January 2019, when it was provided to us by GuideStar. At this time, Impact information published on this organization's page has no effect on its rating per our methodology.

Financial

four stars

91.55

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

93.00

This rating was published 02/01/2019 and includes data from FY2017, the most recent 990 received at that time.
Overall Rating Chart
  Program Expenses
(Percent of the charity's total expenses spent on the programs
and services it delivers)
98.0%
  Administrative Expenses 1.3%
  Fundraising Expenses 0.5%
  Fundraising Efficiency < $0.01
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.06
  Program Expenses Growth 8.1%
  Liabilities to Assets 9.0%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Birch Community Services on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Birch Community Services on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Birch Community Services (OR) 92.24 four stars
Loaves & Fishes Community Services (IL) 93.61 four stars
Food Bank of the Albemarle (NC) 91.06 four stars
Vermont Foodbank (VT) 95.76 four stars
The Billings Food Bank (MT) 90.30 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $14,308,972
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $498,823
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $14,807,795
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $14,807,795
   Other Revenue $70,470
TOTAL REVENUE $14,878,265
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $14,878,054
   Administrative Expenses $89,881
   Fundraising Expenses $89,881
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $15,057,816
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-179,551
   
Net Assets $944,354

Program names and associated costs are listed for the top programs as reported on the charity's most recently filed Form 990. The top programs displayed will include the largest three programs, or those programs covering at least 60% of the charity's total expenses, whichever comes first.

Due to an error on this organization's Form 990, we are unable to display program information.

Ratings History
Birch Community Services has received 2 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2017-10 02/01/2019 92.24 four stars
2016-10 12/01/2018 92.24 four stars
2016-10 02/01/2018 79.99 two stars
2015-10 11/01/2016 86.44 three stars
2014-10 06/01/2016 86.13 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-10 03/01/2016 83.21 three stars
2014-10 02/01/2016 77.69 two stars
2013-10 07/01/2015 88.77 three stars
2012-10 09/01/2014 83.27 three stars
2012-10 08/01/2014 80.82 three stars
2012-10 02/01/2014 79.12 two stars
2012-10 06/01/2013 68.74 one star

The data displayed on this tab is provided by the IRS in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

EIN 93-1186020
Name in IRS Master File BIRCH COMMUNITY SERVICES INC
NTEE Code P20
NTEE Classification Human Service Organizations - Multipurpose
NTEE Type Human Services - Multipurpose and Other
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (994) Described in section 170(b)1)(a)(vi) of the Code
(560) Supplying money, goods or services to the poor
Foundation Status Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public   170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
Deductibility Contributions are deductible
Affiliation Independent - the organization is an independent organization or an independent auxiliary (i.e., not affiliated with a National, Regional, or Geographic grouping of organizations).
Group Name [Not Applicable]
Ruling Date March, 1997
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End October
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • October, 2016
  • October, 2015
  • October, 2014
  • October, 2013
  • October, 2012

The data displayed in this profile is provided by the IRS for free in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$75,000 0.49% Suzanne Birch Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Birch Community Services (OR) 92.24 four stars
The River Food Pantry (WI) 92.02 four stars
Thermal Belt Outreach Ministry (NC) 87.09 three stars
Ballard Food Bank (WA) 91.16 four stars
Second Harvest Community Food Bank (MO) 93.83 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Birch Community Services
17780 NE San Rafael Street
Portland, OR 97230
tel: (503) 251-5431
EIN: 93-1186020

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Board Leadership

Alex Krider
President of the Board

CEO

Suzanne Birch
Executive Director

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