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

Food Finders

Rescuing Food, Ending Hunger

three stars

89.52

3744 North Industry Ave. #401 Lakewood , CA 90712
tel: (562) 283-1400   Web Site
EIN: 33-0412749

Board Leadership
Gary Burkard
President

CEO
Patti Larson
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 89.52 three stars
  Financial 85.19 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00 four stars
This rating was published 05/01/2017 and includes data from FY2015, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Learn more about how we calculate the overall score and rating.

Financial

three stars

85.19

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

100.00

This rating was published 05/01/2017 and includes data from FY2015, 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)
98.4%
  Administrative Expenses 0.6%
  Fundraising Expenses 0.8%
  Fundraising Efficiency < $0.01
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.02
  Program Expenses Growth 5.7%
  Liabilities to Assets 10.4%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Food Finders on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Food Finders on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Food Finders (CA) 89.52 three stars
Utah Food Bank (UT) 93.38 four stars
Food Bank of Northern Nevada (NV) 93.98 four stars
Arkansas Foodbank (AR) 89.17 three stars
Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana, Inc. (IN) 91.72 four stars

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Food Finders was founded in 1989 by Arlene Mercer, who was concerned about the amount of food being thrown away rather than donated by local food merchants and grocers. Inspired to end the waste, she began forming liaisons with local vendors and seeking shelters that could use good, wholesome food to feed needy and impoverished families, children and elderly. Food Finders was quickly formed, and from there the kitchen-table business grew into what is now a multi-regional food bank that helps provide daily meals to more than 280 agencies and shelters throughout Southern California. Food Finders, which has grown to 9 employees and more than 300 volunteers, has rescued more than 121 million pounds of food to date, in addition to referring thousands of families to local shelters and agencies where meals are provided.

REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $14,131,788
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $38,129
   Related Organizations $9,120
   Government Grants $7,500
Total Contributions $14,186,537
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $14,186,537
   Other Revenue $150
TOTAL REVENUE $14,186,687
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $13,887,268
   Administrative Expenses $114,248
   Fundraising Expenses $143,679
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $14,145,195
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $41,492
   
Net Assets $318,548

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.

Program Name Amount Spent % of Program Expenses
Food Distribution $13,887,268 100.0%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2015-12 05/01/2017 89.52 three stars
2014-12 07/01/2016 87.65 three stars
2013-12 06/01/2016 87.54 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2013-12 08/01/2015 80.55 three stars
2012-12 02/01/2014 80.36 three stars
2011-12 04/01/2013 80.44 three stars
2010-12 03/01/2012 78.93 two stars
2009-12 09/20/2011 79.20 two 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 33-0412749
Name in IRS Master File FOOD FINDERS INC
NTEE Code K31
NTEE Classification Food Banks, Food Pantries
NTEE Type Food, Agriculture and Nutrition
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (320) Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, etc.
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 July, 1990
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End December
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
  • December, 2012
  • December, 2011

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).

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Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$59,885 0.42% Patti Larson Executive Director

Food Finders was founded in 1989 by Arlene Mercer, who was concerned about the amount of food being thrown away rather than donated by local food merchants and grocers. Inspired to end the waste, she began forming liaisons with local vendors and seeking shelters that could use good, wholesome food to feed needy and impoverished families, children and elderly. Food Finders was quickly formed, and from there the kitchen-table business grew into what is now a multi-regional food bank that helps provide daily meals to more than 280 agencies and shelters throughout Southern California. Food Finders, which has grown to 9 employees and more than 300 volunteers, has rescued more than 121 million pounds of food to date, in addition to referring thousands of families to local shelters and agencies where meals are provided.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Food Finders (CA) 89.52 three stars
Food Bank of Delaware (DE) 91.31 four stars
Second Harvest Heartland (MN) 86.77 three stars
The Foodbank (OH) 100.00 four stars
Community Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Indiana (IN) 92.92 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Food Finders
3744 North Industry Ave. #401
Lakewood , CA 90712
tel: (562) 283-1400
EIN: 33-0412749

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Board Leadership

Gary Burkard
President

CEO

Patti Larson
Executive Director

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