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Community Development : Housing and Neighborhood Development

Grey Bears

Connect. Sustain. Recycle.

four stars

93.49

2710 Chanticleer Avenue Santa Cruz, CA 95065
tel: (831) 479-1055   Web Site
EIN: 94-2298681

Board Leadership
Pamela B. Goodman
President

CEO
Tim Brattan
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 93.49 four stars
  Financial 94.04 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 93.00 four stars
This rating was published 08/01/2020 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Grey Bears was founded in 1973 by UCSC graduate Kristina Mailliard, and Gary Denny to address the undernourishment of the elderly poor, gleaning fruits and vegetables from their gardens and share with local seniors. Today, Grey Bears improves the health and well-being of seniors and our community through food distribution, volunteerism, resource conservation and recycling. We acknowledge and respond to the challenges of aging and living with disabilities and through volunteerism and community service we can create a community based on trust, integrity and compassion.

Grey Bears was founded in 1973 by UCSC graduate Kristina Mailliard, and Gary Denny to address the undernourishment of the elderly poor, gleaning fruits and vegetables from their gardens and share with local seniors. Today, Grey Bears improves the health and well-being of seniors and our community through food distribution, volunteerism, resource conservation and recycling. We acknowledge and respond to the challenges of aging and living with disabilities and through volunteerism and community service we can create a community based on trust, integrity and compassion.

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Financial

four stars

94.04

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

93.00

This rating was published 08/01/2020 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)
92.6%
  Administrative Expenses 5.7%
  Fundraising Expenses 1.5%
  Fundraising Efficiency < $0.01
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.90
  Program Expenses Growth 6.5%
  Liabilities to Assets 2.3%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Grey Bears on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Grey Bears on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Constituent Voice

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How is the organization collecting feedback?
Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc), Paper surveys, Community meetings or town halls, Constituent (client or resident, etc) advisory committees, Suggestion box/email
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, To fulfill governtment grant deliverables
With whom is the organization sharing feedback?
The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners
What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?
We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback
Describe a recent change in your organization that resulted from feedback.
Board and staff completed a grant-funded, facilitated Strategic Planning process in 2108 The plan identified four core strategies, priorities, goals and key actions that are improving board training and staff morale, participation in our programs, fundraising, Survey responses of clients receiving weekly brown bags of groceries indicate a need for more fruit in the bags We have increased our efforts for glean team volunteers to pick fruit from more available orchards, including apples, persimmons, pears and other tree crops to include in bags We are also sourcing other options including fruit purchases, such as oranges and berries
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Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Grey Bears (CA) 93.49 four stars
Community Action Services and Food Bank (UT) 87.97 three stars
West Valley Community Services (CA) 87.65 three stars
Eastern Market Corporation (MI) 91.59 four stars
Asian Pacific Environmental Network (CA) 91.75 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $4,742,683
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $141,522
Total Contributions $4,884,205
   Program Service Revenue $356,321
Total Primary Revenue $5,240,526
   Other Revenue $966,033
TOTAL REVENUE $6,206,559
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $5,586,319
   Administrative Expenses $351,315
   Fundraising Expenses $87,829
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $6,025,463
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $181,096
   
Net Assets $5,197,588

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
2018-06 08/01/2020 93.49 four 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 94-2298681
Name in IRS Master File GREY BEARS
NTEE Code P81
NTEE Classification Senior Centers, Services
NTEE Type Human Services - Multipurpose and Other
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (575) Services for the aged (see also 153 ad 382)
(408) Community service organization
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, 1976
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End June
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • June, 2018
  • June, 2017
  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$107,060 1.77% Tim Brattan Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Grey Bears (CA) 93.49 four stars
Hope Community (MN) 89.09 three stars
Community Action Services and Food Bank (UT) 87.97 three stars
Initiative for A Competitive Inner City (MA) 92.19 four stars
MEDA (MN) 87.52 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

Grey Bears
2710 Chanticleer Avenue
Santa Cruz, CA 95065
tel: (831) 479-1055
fax: (831) 479-8465
EIN: 94-2298681

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Board Leadership

Pamela B. Goodman
President

CEO

Tim Brattan
Executive Director

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