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Human Services : Children's and Family Services

Amara

90.80

5907 Martin Luther King Jr. Way South Seattle, WA 98118
tel: (206) 260-1700   Web Site
EIN: 91-0577487

Board Leadership
Sara Wong
President

CEO
Jason Gortney
Interim CEO

 
 
  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 90.80
  Financial 89.74
  Accountability & Transparency 92.00
This rating was published 07/01/2021 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.

For over 90 years, Amara has been providing services to families and children impacted by foster care and adoption. Throughout our history we have developed innovative programs to meet these changing needs. Our mission is to ensure that every child in foster care has the love and support of a committed family as quickly as possible - and for as long as each child needs. We do this through our three programs: our two Emergency Sanctuaries which provide a "soft landing" for children recently removed from their homes for their own safety; our Foster Care Services which license and support foster families; and our Post-Adoption Services which provide services and support to adoptees, adopted families and birth families through their life-long adoption journey. Amara is an independent, nonprofit in the State of Washington and was formerly known as Medina Children's Services.

For over 90 years, Amara has been providing services to families and children impacted by foster care and adoption. Throughout our history we have developed innovative programs to meet these changing needs. Our mission is to ensure that every child in foster care has the love and support of a committed family as quickly as possible - and for as long as each child needs. We do this through our three programs: our two Emergency Sanctuaries which provide a "soft landing" for children recently removed from their homes for their own safety; our Foster Care Services which license and support foster families; and our Post-Adoption Services which provide services and support to adoptees, adopted families and birth families through their life-long adoption journey. Amara is an independent, nonprofit in the State of Washington and was formerly known as Medina Children's Services.

Financial

89.74

Accountability & Transparency

92.00

This rating was published 07/01/2021 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)
84.1%
  Administrative Expenses 5.2%
  Fundraising Expenses 10.6%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.12
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.26
  Program Expenses Growth 18.4%
  Liabilities to Assets 32.9%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Amara on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Amara on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Amara (WA) 90.80
The Adoption Exchange (CO) 88.32
SOS Children's Villages - Florida (FL) 85.69
Presbyterian Children's Homes and Services (TX) 95.79
Gift of Adoption Fund (IL) 89.94

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $2,611,545
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $604,562
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $3,216,107
   Program Service Revenue $845,665
Total Primary Revenue $4,061,772
   Other Revenue $-9,779
TOTAL REVENUE $4,051,993
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $4,722,434
   Administrative Expenses $313,696
   Fundraising Expenses $615,428
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $5,651,558
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-1,599,565
   
Net Assets $7,618,846

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
Foster Care and Adoption Services $2,094,518 44.4%
Emergency Sanctuary Program $1,487,411 31.5%
Communications and Outreach $809,549 17.1%
Post-Adoption Program $330,956 7.0%

Ratings History
Amara has received 5 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-12 07/01/2021 90.80
2018-12 05/01/2020 92.11
2017-12 07/01/2019 92.08
2016-12 03/01/2018 92.08
2015-12 04/01/2017 90.36
2014-12 06/01/2016 88.55
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 03/01/2016 92.93
2013-12 07/01/2015 87.25
2012-12 09/01/2014 88.26

The data displayed on this tab is provided by the IRS in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

EIN 91-0577487
Name in IRS Master File AMARA
NTEE Code P34
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 (328) Combat juvenile delinquency
(349) Other youth organization or 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 April, 1946
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End December
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • December, 2017
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$149,445 2.64% John Morse Chief Executive Officer

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Amara (WA) 90.80
Christian Alliance for Orphans (VA) 96.46
New Mexico Christian Children's Home (NM) 88.79
The Adoption Exchange (CO) 88.32
Boys & Girls Aid (OR) 87.25

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Charity Contact Info

Amara
5907 Martin Luther King Jr. Way South
Seattle, WA 98118
tel: (206) 260-1700
EIN: 91-0577487

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Board Leadership

Sara Wong
President

CEO

Jason Gortney
Interim CEO

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