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

North Helpline

Making sure our neighbors have food on the table and a roof over their heads

three stars

84.44

12736 33rd Avenue NE Seattle, WA 98125
tel: (206) 367-3477   Web Site
EIN: 91-1475182

Board Leadership
Patrick Bradshaw
Chair

CEO
Kelly Brown
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 84.44 three stars
  Financial 100.00 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 78.00 two stars
This rating was published 12/21/2018 and includes data from FY2017, the most recent 990 received at that time.

North Helpline was started in 1989 by a small group of volunteers who noticed that many of their neighbors were not able to pay their rent, cover their utility bills and put food on the table because their paychecks didn't stretch that far. These friends began collecting food and financial support to distribute to those most in need in their community. The initial group grew to 600+ volunteers who contribute over 2000 hours of work monthly. North Helpline now provides critical human services to over 1700 clients each week in an effort to reduce the impact of hunger and poverty in the Greater North Seattle Area.

North Helpline was started in 1989 by a small group of volunteers who noticed that many of their neighbors were not able to pay their rent, cover their utility bills and put food on the table because their paychecks didn't stretch that far. These friends began collecting food and financial support to distribute to those most in need in their community. The initial group grew to 600+ volunteers who contribute over 2000 hours of work monthly. North Helpline now provides critical human services to over 1700 clients each week in an effort to reduce the impact of hunger and poverty in the Greater North Seattle Area.

Impact Information

This charity has reported a measure of cost-effectiveness: how much impact (per dollar) your donation will have on the charity's social outcome. The cost-effectiveness calculation was performed using protocols developed by ImpactMatters, an independent auditor of philanthropic impact.

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Program Name: North Helpline
Program Activities
North Helpline primarily provides groceries to beneficiaries. It also prepares and serves meals to beneficiaries.
Impact Statement
$0.50 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 North Helpline.
Data Source
Outcome data collected during the program. North Helpline 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 North Helpline’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

four stars

100.00

Accountability & Transparency

two stars

78.00

This rating was published 12/21/2018 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)
95.8%
  Administrative Expenses 1.6%
  Fundraising Expenses 2.5%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.02
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.62
  Program Expenses Growth 14.6%
  Liabilities to Assets 0.8%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by North Helpline on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by North Helpline on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
North Helpline (WA) 84.44 three stars
Island Harvest (NY) 89.20 three stars
Food Bank of Eastern Michigan (MI) 90.89 four stars
Lowcountry Food Bank (SC) 90.85 four stars
Greater Cleveland Food Bank (OH) 87.37 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $3,293,156
   Federated Campaigns $4,089
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $27,250
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $93,536
Total Contributions $3,418,031
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $3,418,031
   Other Revenue $53,346
TOTAL REVENUE $3,471,377
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $3,325,158
   Administrative Expenses $44,027
   Fundraising Expenses $92,860
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $3,462,045
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $9,332
   
Net Assets $1,842,204

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 Bank $3,251,472 97.8%
Emergency Service $73,686 2.2%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2017-12 12/21/2018 84.44 three stars
2016-12 07/01/2018 100.00 four stars
2015-12 03/01/2017 84.44 three stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 87.42 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 12/01/2015 81.31 three stars
2013-12 07/01/2015 76.94 two stars
2012-12 12/20/2013 84.20 three stars
2011-12 10/01/2013 80.25 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 91-1475182
Name in IRS Master File NORTH HELPLINE
NTEE Code [Not Provided by IRS]
NTEE Classification [Not Provided by IRS]
NTEE Type [Not Provided by IRS]
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 April, 1994
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End June
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • December, 2017
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$65,250 1.88% Kelly Brown Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
North Helpline (WA) 84.44 three stars
South Plains Food Bank (TX) 92.59 four stars
Atlanta Community Food Bank (GA) 91.01 four stars
Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County (CA) 97.17 four stars
Central Pennsylvania Food Bank (PA) 98.23 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

North Helpline
12736 33rd Avenue NE
Seattle, WA 98125
tel: (206) 367-3477
EIN: 91-1475182

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Board Leadership

Patrick Bradshaw
Chair

CEO

Kelly Brown
Executive Director

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