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Human Services : Social Services (Grantmaking)

Leaven

Turning Hardship Into Hope.

four stars

90.33

1475 Opportunity Way Menasha, WI 54952
tel: (920) 738-9635   Web Site
EIN: 39-1572168

Board Leadership
Harry Spiegelberg
President

CEO
Mary Parsons
Executive Director

 
 
  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 90.33 four stars
  Financial 91.88 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 89.00 three stars
This rating was published 06/01/2017 and includes data from FY2015, the most recent 990 received at that time.

LEAVEN was created in 1986 and opened its doors on January 1, 1987. The founders were local clergy, businesspeople, and community leaders. They were concerned about low income people not having emergency access to the basic necessities of life, not knowing where to turn for help, and the number of individuals who were going from place to place (particularly to churches) seeking assistance. Duplications of effort, and the real possibility of a few taking advantage of the charity of others, were also of great concern. The agency began with a tiny budget, a few volunteers, and a very part-time staff person. Since 1987, the agency has grown in budget, staff, and number of volunteers. There are currently over 200 volunteers that donate over 17,000 hours each year. This is equivalent to 8.3 full time employees and 67% of all hours worked. It has grown tremendously in its capacity for effective administration, raising money, growing endowments, and caring for the less fortunate in the Fox Valley Area.

LEAVEN was created in 1986 and opened its doors on January 1, 1987. The founders were local clergy, businesspeople, and community leaders. They were concerned about low income people not having emergency access to the basic necessities of life, not knowing where to turn for help, and the number of individuals who were going from place to place (particularly to churches) seeking assistance. Duplications of effort, and the real possibility of a few taking advantage of the charity of others, were also of great concern. The agency began with a tiny budget, a few volunteers, and a very part-time staff person. Since 1987, the agency has grown in budget, staff, and number of volunteers. There are currently over 200 volunteers that donate over 17,000 hours each year. This is equivalent to 8.3 full time employees and 67% of all hours worked. It has grown tremendously in its capacity for effective administration, raising money, growing endowments, and caring for the less fortunate in the Fox Valley Area.

Financial

four stars

91.88

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

89.00

This rating was published 06/01/2017 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)
88.9%
  Administrative Expenses 8.4%
  Fundraising Expenses 2.6%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.02
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 3.74
  Program Expenses Growth 0.4%
  Liabilities to Assets 0.2%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Leaven on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Leaven on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Leaven (WI) 90.33 four stars
Eva's Village (NJ) 94.17 four stars
MEND - Meet Each Need with Dignity (CA) 93.36 four stars
Guadalupe Center (FL) 95.08 four stars
St. Joseph Center (CA) 95.75 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $1,143,501
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $94,864
Total Contributions $1,238,365
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $1,238,365
   Other Revenue $42,323
TOTAL REVENUE $1,280,688
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $920,411
   Administrative Expenses $101,374
   Fundraising Expenses $28,356
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $1,050,141
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $230,547
   
Net Assets $4,086,000

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
Providing Emergency Goods and Services on a Short-Term Basis $920,411 100.0%

Ratings History
Leaven has received 2 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2015-12 06/01/2017 90.33 four stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 91.28 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 03/01/2016 85.97 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 39-1572168
Name in IRS Master File LEAVEN INC
NTEE Code P20
NTEE Classification Human Service Organizations - Multipurpose
NTEE Type Human Services - Multipurpose and Other
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (429) Other inner city or community benefit 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 May, 1987
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
$62,055 5.90% Mary Parsons Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Leaven (WI) 90.33 four stars
MEND - Meet Each Need with Dignity (CA) 93.36 four stars
Jewish Foundation for the Righteous (NY) 86.08 three stars
Center for People in Need (NE) 87.97 three stars
Action in Community Through Service (VA) 87.56 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

Leaven
1475 Opportunity Way
Menasha, WI 54952
tel: (920) 738-9635
EIN: 39-1572168

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Board Leadership

Harry Spiegelberg
President

CEO

Mary Parsons
Executive Director

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