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Wholesome Wave

Increasing affordable access to healthy, local food

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three stars

88.04

855 Main Street Suite 910
Bridgeport, CT 06604
tel: (203) 226-1112   Web Site
EIN: 26-0352899

Board Leadership
Andrew Hertzmark
Board Chairman

CEO
Michel Nischan
Founder, CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 88.04 three stars
  Financial 83.57 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 96.00 four stars
This rating was published 07/01/2018 and includes data from FY2016, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Wholesome Wave empowers under-served consumers to make healthier food choices by increasing affordable access to fresh, local food. 44M Americans spend $70B in SNAP (food stamps) annually, plus $63B of their own money on groceries = $133B annually!
We are working to shift how that money is spent nationwide. If people can't afford produce, they can't buy it. But when they can, they do. And when millions of Americans eat more fruits and vegetables, we see immediate improvements for families and farmers-and enormous long-term gains for public health, local economies, and the environment.

Wholesome Wave empowers under-served consumers to make healthier food choices by increasing affordable access to fresh, local food. 44M Americans spend $70B in SNAP (food stamps) annually, plus $63B of their own money on groceries = $133B annually!
We are working to shift how that money is spent nationwide. If people can't afford produce, they can't buy it. But when they can, they do. And when millions of Americans eat more fruits and vegetables, we see immediate improvements for families and farmers-and enormous long-term gains for public health, local economies, and the environment.

Impact Information

Reported Results
Total in 2017
Number of sites providing affordable access to healthy foods with nutrition incentives
1,642
Number of people reached with affordable access to healthy foods
973,868
Dollars spent on healthy food
12,235,800
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Financial

three stars

83.57

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

96.00

This rating was published 07/01/2018 and includes data from FY2016, 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)
80.0%
  Administrative Expenses 10.9%
  Fundraising Expenses 9.0%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.09
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.10
  Program Expenses Growth 17.7%
  Liabilities to Assets 57.1%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Wholesome Wave on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Wholesome Wave on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Wholesome Wave (CT) 88.04 three stars
Cathedral Kitchen (NJ) 91.96 four stars
New York Common Pantry (NY) 96.46 four stars
Martha's Kitchen (CA) 91.51 four stars
ICM Food & Clothing Bank (AZ) 92.74 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $3,671,998
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $1,723,216
Total Contributions $5,395,214
   Program Service Revenue $241,089
Total Primary Revenue $5,636,303
   Other Revenue $-35,694
TOTAL REVENUE $5,600,609
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $4,992,687
   Administrative Expenses $891,236
   Fundraising Expenses $721,961
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $6,605,884
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-1,005,275
   
Net Assets $548,709

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
National Nutrition Incentive Network $4,388,970 87.9%
Fruit and Vegetable Prescription Program $409,219 8.2%
Incentive Impact Expansion $194,498 3.9%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2016-12 07/01/2018 88.04 three stars
2016-12 06/01/2018 87.07 three stars
2015-12 04/01/2017 90.46 four 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 26-0352899
Name in IRS Master File WHOLESOME WAVE INC
NTEE Code C02
NTEE Classification Management & Technical Assistance
NTEE Type Environmental Quality, Protection and Beautification
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 September, 2007
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, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
  • December, 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
$266,642 4.03% Michel Nischan President, CEO

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Wholesome Wave (CT) 88.04 three stars
Meals On Wheels, Inc. of Tarrant County (TX) 98.79 four stars
New York Common Pantry (NY) 96.46 four stars
Hunger Free America (NY) 90.87 four stars
Sacramento Loaves & Fishes (CA) 96.86 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Wholesome Wave
855 Main Street
Suite 910
Bridgeport, CT 06604
tel: (203) 226-1112
EIN: 26-0352899

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Board Leadership

Andrew Hertzmark
Board Chairman

CEO

Michel Nischan
Founder, CEO

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