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

Northampton Survival Center

A food pantry serving the Hampshire County community

three stars

89.52

265 Prospect Street Northampton, MA 01060
tel: (413) 586-6564   Web Site
EIN: 04-2774166

Board Leadership
Debin Bruce
President

CEO
Heidi Nortonsmith
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 89.52 three stars
  Financial 85.73 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 96.00 four stars
This rating was published 08/01/2020 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The Northampton Survival Center is an emergency food pantry that provides low-income individuals and families in 18 communities in Hampshire County with free food, clothing, personal care items, and referrals for emergency assistance. From its two locations in Northampton and Goshen, the Center distributes over 650,000 pounds of food each year. From its Hilltown Pantry in Goshen, the NSC distributes another 40,000 pounds of food each year in the nine northern hilltowns. All together, from its two locations, the NSC distributes about 2,500 pounds of food in nutritionally-balanced food boxes every weekday.

The Northampton Survival Center is an emergency food pantry that provides low-income individuals and families in 18 communities in Hampshire County with free food, clothing, personal care items, and referrals for emergency assistance. From its two locations in Northampton and Goshen, the Center distributes over 650,000 pounds of food each year. From its Hilltown Pantry in Goshen, the NSC distributes another 40,000 pounds of food each year in the nine northern hilltowns. All together, from its two locations, the NSC distributes about 2,500 pounds of food in nutritionally-balanced food boxes every weekday.

Impact Information

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Program Name: Northampton Survival Center
Program Activities
Northampton Survival Center provides groceries to beneficiaries.
Impact Statement
$1 provides a meal to a person in need.
Impact Assessment
5/5
Assessment Benchmark
Impact assessments of food distribution programs are based on the cost of a meal relative to the cost that a food-secure person incurs to buy a meal in that county. Programs receive a 5/5 assessment if they are less than 75% the cost of a meal and a 4/5 assessment if they are less than 125%. If a nonprofit reports impact but doesn't meet the threshold for cost-effectiveness, it earns a 3/5 assessment.
Methodology
ImpactMatters analyzed publicly available data to rate the cost-effectiveness of Northampton Survival Center.
Data Source
Outcome data collected during the program. Northampton Survival Center publicly reports the amount of food it provides.
Method for Attributing Outcomes
We assume that the distribution of a meal from one nonprofit's food distribution program does not diminish the amount of food distributed by any other (neighboring) food distribution program. This “counterfactual” assumption about the amount of food distributed in the absence of Northampton Survival Center’s food distribution program implies that the benefit of a meal to a beneficiary in need constitutes a net gain; the gain is not offset by reductions in food provided to other beneficiaries in need. We therefore set the counterfactual to zero.
Details
Analysis conducted by ImpactMatters and published on November 22, 2019.
This impact information is current as of June 2020, when it was provided to us by ImpactMatters. At this time, Impact information published on this organization's page has no effect on its rating per our methodology.

Financial

three stars

85.73

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

96.00

This rating was published 08/01/2020 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)
88.1%
  Administrative Expenses 4.9%
  Fundraising Expenses 6.9%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.06
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.93
  Program Expenses Growth 2.2%
  Liabilities to Assets 1.9%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Northampton Survival Center on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Northampton Survival Center on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Northampton Survival Center (MA) 89.52 three stars
Northwest Harvest (WA) 87.62 three stars
Feed More (VA) 98.09 four stars
The San Francisco-Marin Food Bank (CA) 88.14 three stars
Volunteers Enlisted to Assist People (MN) 86.49 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $2,050,736
   Federated Campaigns $37,589
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $30,240
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $43,472
Total Contributions $2,162,037
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $2,162,037
   Other Revenue $27,453
TOTAL REVENUE $2,189,490
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $1,948,457
   Administrative Expenses $115,481
   Fundraising Expenses $145,133
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $2,209,071
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-19,581
   
Net Assets $2,023,099

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 $1,948,457 100.0%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-06 08/01/2020 89.52 three stars
2019-06 07/01/2020 87.25 three stars
2017-06 07/01/2018 85.59 three stars
2016-06 06/01/2017 87.48 three stars
2015-06 08/01/2016 87.66 three stars
2014-06 06/01/2016 89.70 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 10/01/2015 86.49 three stars
2013-06 07/01/2014 84.53 three stars
2012-06 06/01/2013 89.08 three stars
2011-06 10/01/2012 89.12 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 04-2774166
Name in IRS Master File NORTHAMPTON SURVIVAL CENTER INC
NTEE Code P60
NTEE Classification Emergency Assistance (Food, Clothing, Cash)
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
(902) Emergency or disaster aid fund
(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 April, 1983
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End June
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • June, 2017
  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
  • June, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$77,536 3.50% Heidi Nortonsmith Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Northampton Survival Center (MA) 89.52 three stars
High Plains Food Bank (TX) 96.51 four stars
Second Harvest Inland Northwest (WA) 91.45 four stars
Helena Food Share (MT) 91.16 four stars
Feeding America Southwest Virginia (VA) 86.52 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

Northampton Survival Center
265 Prospect Street
Northampton, MA 01060
tel: (413) 586-6564
EIN: 04-2774166

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Board Leadership

Debin Bruce
President

CEO

Heidi Nortonsmith
Executive Director

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