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.
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

Charts

Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$65,250 1.88% Kelly Brown Executive Director

Mission

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.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
North Helpline (WA) 84.44 three stars
Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee (TN) 91.11 four stars
Second Harvest Foodbank of the Mahoning Valley (OH) 94.82 four stars
Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan (MI) 93.62 four stars
America's Second Harvest of the Big Bend (FL) 92.92 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