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Human Services : Children's and Family Services

Common Threads

America's Kids Cooking for Life!

four stars

90.43

P.O. Box 163930 Austin, TX 78716
tel: (512) 879-3379   Web Site
EIN: 20-0106847

Board Leadership
Angie Cooper
President

CEO
Linda Novick O'Keefe
Chief Executive Officer

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 90.43 four stars
  Financial 86.48 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00 four stars
This rating was published 03/01/2021 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Common Threads is a national nonprofit that provides children and families cooking and nutrition education to encourage healthy habits that contribute to wellness. We equip under-resourced communities with information to make affordable, nutritious and appealing food choices wherever they live, work, learn, and play. We know that food is rooted in culture and tradition so we promote diversity in our lessons and recipes, encouraging our participants to celebrate the world around them.

Common Threads is a national nonprofit that provides children and families cooking and nutrition education to encourage healthy habits that contribute to wellness. We equip under-resourced communities with information to make affordable, nutritious and appealing food choices wherever they live, work, learn, and play. We know that food is rooted in culture and tradition so we promote diversity in our lessons and recipes, encouraging our participants to celebrate the world around them.

Financial

three stars

86.48

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

100.00

This rating was published 03/01/2021 and includes data from FY2019, 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)
77.7%
  Administrative Expenses 8.9%
  Fundraising Expenses 13.2%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.14
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.50
  Program Expenses Growth 6.1%
  Liabilities to Assets 3.7%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Common Threads on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Common Threads on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Common Threads (TX) 90.43 four stars
New Yorkers For Children (NY) 98.02 four stars
Center for Developmental Services (SC) 92.92 four stars
Our Kids (TN) 86.10 three stars
Community Storehouse (TX) 88.57 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $2,187,018
   Federated Campaigns $128,849
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $18,601
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $964,531
Total Contributions $3,298,999
   Program Service Revenue $203,604
Total Primary Revenue $3,502,603
   Other Revenue $17,742
TOTAL REVENUE $3,520,345
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $2,719,348
   Administrative Expenses $457,759
   Fundraising Expenses $631,728
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $3,808,835
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-288,490
   
Net Assets $1,893,334

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
Common Threads has received 3 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-12 03/01/2021 90.43 four stars
2018-12 10/01/2020 91.66 four stars
2018-12 12/01/2019 91.19 four stars
2017-12 02/01/2019 91.24 four stars
2016-12 06/01/2018 88.19 three stars
2015-12 07/01/2017 88.00 three stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 80.45 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2013-12 03/01/2015 80.54 three stars
2012-12 05/01/2014 70.01 two stars
2011-12 07/01/2013 80.78 three stars
2010-12 10/01/2012 87.49 three stars

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

EIN 20-0106847
Name in IRS Master File COMMON THREADS
NTEE Code A70
NTEE Classification Humanities Organizations
NTEE Type Arts, Culture and Humanities
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities
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 December, 2003
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End December
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • December, 2017
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$138,074 3.62% Linda Novick O'Keefe CEO

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Common Threads (TX) 90.43 four stars
Old Newsboys' Goodfellow Fund of Detroit (MI) 95.18 four stars
Community Partners of Dallas (TX) 88.11 three stars
Eastside Baby Corner (WA) 86.99 three stars
SAFEchild (NC) 94.07 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Common Threads
P.O. Box 163930
Austin, TX 78716
tel: (512) 879-3379
EIN: 20-0106847

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Board Leadership

Angie Cooper
President

CEO

Linda Novick O'Keefe
Chief Executive Officer

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