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

Helena Food Share

Creating a Hunger Free Community.

four stars

91.16

PO Box 943 Helena, MT 59624
tel: (406) 443-3663   Web Site
EIN: 36-3507623

Board Leadership
Amanda Harrow
Chair

CEO
Bruce Day
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 91.16 four stars
  Financial 88.16 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 96.00 four stars
This rating was published 07/01/2020 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Helena Food Share serves our neighbors in need by providing food in a respectful and dignified way and by working with others to eliminate hunger in the greater Helena area. We provide emergency food assistance to a broad spectrum of individuals and families in Helena who are experiencing the difficulties of today's economic realities.

Helena Food Share serves our neighbors in need by providing food in a respectful and dignified way and by working with others to eliminate hunger in the greater Helena area. We provide emergency food assistance to a broad spectrum of individuals and families in Helena who are experiencing the difficulties of today's economic realities.

Impact & Results Score

Score
100/100
Program Name: Grocery Share, Agency Collaboration, Kid Packs, Commodity Boxes, Farm Stand and Mobile Pantry
Program Name: Grocery Share, Agency Collaboration, Kid Packs, Commodity Boxes, Farm Stand and Mobile Pantry

Note: The Impact & Results score currently has no effect on the nonprofit's Star Rating.

The Impact & Results score is a measure of how well a nonprofit delivers on its stated mission. To issue a score, Charity Navigator estimates the actual impact the nonprofit has on the lives of those it serves, and determines whether it is making good use of donor resources to achieve that impact. Learn more about our Impact & Results methodology here.

Program Activities
Helena Food Share primarily collects, warehouses and distributes food to front-line organizations like food pantries and soup kitchens. It also manages smaller programs that provide groceries directly to beneficiaries.
Impact Statement
$2 provides a meal to a person in need.
Assessment Benchmark
Impact & Results scores 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 an Impact & Results score of 100 if they are less than 75% the cost of a meal and a score of 75 if they are less than 125%. If a nonprofit reports impact but doesn't meet the threshold for cost-effectiveness, it earns a score of 50.
Methodology
ImpactMatters analyzed publicly available data to rate the cost-effectiveness of Helena Food Share.
Data Source
Outcome data collected during the program. Helena Food Share 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 Helena Food Share’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 September 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

88.16

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

96.00

This rating was published 07/01/2020 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)
89.9%
  Administrative Expenses 4.2%
  Fundraising Expenses 5.8%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.05
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.18
  Program Expenses Growth 6.7%
  Liabilities to Assets 3.5%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Helena Food Share on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Helena Food Share on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Constituent Voice

Charity Navigator believes collecting feedback from the people an organization serves can make it more effective. That is why we're partnering with GuideStar by Candid to share Constituent Voice information with you. Here's how this organization is listening and learning from its constituents:
How is the organization collecting feedback?
Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc), Paper surveys, Case management notes
How is the organization using feedback?
To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve
With whom is the organization sharing feedback?
The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our community partners
What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?
It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time
Describe a recent change in your organization that resulted from feedback.
We recently extended our service hours, adding additional evening service hours We've increased the amount and variety of fresh and other healthy, nutritious food options
This Constituent Voice information is provided to us by Candid. At this time, Constituent Voice information published on this organization's page has no effect on its rating per our methodology.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Helena Food Share (MT) 91.16 four stars
Clark County Food Bank (WA) 97.60 four stars
Sunshine Division, Inc. (OR) 93.91 four stars
Volunteers Enlisted to Assist People (MN) 86.49 three stars
STEP (MN) 93.89 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $3,788,438
   Federated Campaigns $37,036
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $90,381
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $3,915,855
   Program Service Revenue $638
Total Primary Revenue $3,916,493
   Other Revenue $-2,938
TOTAL REVENUE $3,913,555
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $3,334,270
   Administrative Expenses $154,305
   Fundraising Expenses $251,760
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $3,740,335
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $173,220
   
Net Assets $1,105,789

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 $3,334,270 100.0%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-06 07/01/2020 91.16 four stars
2018-06 04/01/2019 89.71 three stars
2017-06 04/01/2018 91.55 four stars
2016-06 12/01/2017 92.12 four stars
2016-06 10/01/2017 89.30 three stars
2015-06 09/01/2016 91.56 four stars
2014-06 06/01/2016 90.24 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 07/01/2015 86.69 three stars
2013-06 12/01/2014 93.01 four stars
2012-06 03/01/2014 89.18 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 36-3507623
Name in IRS Master File HELENA FOOD SHARE INC
NTEE Code K31
NTEE Classification Food Banks, Food Pantries
NTEE Type Food, Agriculture and Nutrition
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (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 May, 1987
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End June
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • June, 2018
  • June, 2017
  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$66,679 1.78% Bruce Day Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Helena Food Share (MT) 91.16 four stars
Kalamazoo Loaves & Fishes (MI) 90.00 four stars
Middle Georgia Community Food Bank (GA) 87.83 three stars
Hunger Network of Greater Cleveland (OH) 85.69 three stars
Food Bank of Northwest Indiana (IN) 85.85 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

Helena Food Share
PO Box 943
Helena, MT 59624
tel: (406) 443-3663
EIN: 36-3507623

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Board Leadership

Amanda Harrow
Chair

CEO

Bruce Day
Executive Director

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