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Human Services : Homeless Services

Solutions for Change

We're solving family homelessness.

three stars

82.74

722 West California Avenue Vista, CA 92083
tel: (760) 941-6545   Web Site
EIN: 33-0902617

Board Leadership
Leanne Abraham
Chairman

CEO
Chris Megison
President and CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 82.74 three stars
  Financial 76.62 two stars
  Accountability & Transparency 93.00 four stars
This rating was published 05/01/2020 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Solutions for Change was founded in 1999 to transform lives and communities by permanently solving family homelessness. Our approach is unique, providing a complete and sustainable solution driven by accountability. There are many solutions at Solutions for Change. Taken together, they are the pillars supporting a productive environment in which we build the futures of homeless families. Our solutions consist of Solutions University, Solutions Enterprise, and Solutions in the Community. Every day, they combine to create successful, sustainable solutions for families and the San Diego communities in which they live.

Solutions for Change was founded in 1999 to transform lives and communities by permanently solving family homelessness. Our approach is unique, providing a complete and sustainable solution driven by accountability. There are many solutions at Solutions for Change. Taken together, they are the pillars supporting a productive environment in which we build the futures of homeless families. Our solutions consist of Solutions University, Solutions Enterprise, and Solutions in the Community. Every day, they combine to create successful, sustainable solutions for families and the San Diego communities in which they live.

Impact Information

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Reported Results
Total in 2018
Number of financial literacy courses conducted
35
This impact information is current as of August 2020, when it was provided to us by GuideStar. At this time, Impact information published on this organization's page has no effect on its rating per our methodology.

Financial

two stars

76.62

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

93.00

This rating was published 05/01/2020 and includes data from FY2018, 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)
85.9%
  Administrative Expenses 10.0%
  Fundraising Expenses 3.9%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.06
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.24
  Program Expenses Growth 1.6%
  Liabilities to Assets 93.9%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Solutions for Change on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Solutions for Change on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Solutions for Change (CA) 82.74 three stars
Solid Ground (MN) 97.34 four stars
St. Francis Center (CA) 90.76 four stars
Sunnyvale Community Services (CA) 95.25 four stars
Share Our Selves (CA) 90.75 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $2,319,654
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $250,677
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $200,000
Total Contributions $2,770,331
   Program Service Revenue $1,707,972
Total Primary Revenue $4,478,303
   Other Revenue $-124,097
TOTAL REVENUE $4,354,206
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $3,147,324
   Administrative Expenses $321,655
   Fundraising Expenses $118,567
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $3,587,546
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $766,660
   
Net Assets $854,682

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.

Due to an error on this organization's Form 990, we are unable to display program information.

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-12 05/01/2020 82.74 three stars
2017-12 03/01/2020 79.92 two stars
2017-12 05/01/2019 79.52 two stars
2016-12 02/01/2019 74.35 two stars
2016-12 12/21/2018 73.65 two stars
2016-12 04/01/2018 72.95 two stars
2015-12 12/01/2017 71.62 two 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 33-0902617
Name in IRS Master File SOLUTIONS FOR CHANGE INC
NTEE Code P85
NTEE Classification Homeless Persons Centers, Services
NTEE Type Human Services - Multipurpose and Other
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
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 June, 2000
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, 2017
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$154,500 4.30% Chris Megison President & CEO

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Solutions for Change (CA) 82.74 three stars
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Coalition on Temporary Shelter (MI) 86.72 three stars
Sheffield Place (MO) 97.29 four stars
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Charity Contact Info

Solutions for Change
722 West California Avenue
Vista, CA 92083
tel: (760) 941-6545
EIN: 33-0902617

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Board Leadership

Leanne Abraham
Chairman

CEO

Chris Megison
President and CEO

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