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International : Development and Relief Services

Alight (formerly American Refugee Committee)

We build a meaningful life for and with the displaced.

four stars

96.46

615 First Ave. NE. Suite 500
Minneapolis, MN 55413
tel: (612) 872-7060   Web Site
EIN: 36-3241033

Board Leadership
Maureen Reed
Board Chair

CEO
Daniel Wordsworth
President and CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 96.46 four stars
  Financial 95.00 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00 four stars
This rating was published 10/01/2020 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Alight is a family of organizations that works closely with refugees, trafficked persons, and economic migrants, to co- design solutions that help them build full and fulfilling lives.

We work with our constituents to provide health care, clean water, shelter, protection and economic opportunities to more than 3.5 million people in 17 countries each year. This looks like: Offering world-class services in unexpected places. Supporting the world's very most marginalized and vulnerable individuals. Creating sanctuary spaces to shelter and guide displaced people. Getting young people access to the building blocks to make their future. Asking recipients of our services to also determine quality.

Alight exist to inspire and unleash the abundance in every person. We're becoming an organization that sees possibility instead of scarcity, that provides services truly worthy of human beings instead of just 'good enough.' Our purpose is to unlock limitless potential, together.

Alight is a family of organizations that works closely with refugees, trafficked persons, and economic migrants, to co- design solutions that help them build full and fulfilling lives.

We work with our constituents to provide health care, clean water, shelter, protection and economic opportunities to more than 3.5 million people in 17 countries each year. This looks like: Offering world-class services in unexpected places. Supporting the world's very most marginalized and vulnerable individuals. Creating sanctuary spaces to shelter and guide displaced people. Getting young people access to the building blocks to make their future. Asking recipients of our services to also determine quality.

Alight exist to inspire and unleash the abundance in every person. We're becoming an organization that sees possibility instead of scarcity, that provides services truly worthy of human beings instead of just 'good enough.' Our purpose is to unlock limitless potential, together.

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Financial

four stars

95.00

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

100.00

This rating was published 10/01/2020 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)
89.1%
  Administrative Expenses 7.9%
  Fundraising Expenses 2.8%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.02
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.55
  Program Expenses Growth 10.2%
  Liabilities to Assets 15.4%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Alight (formerly American Refugee Committee) on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Alight (formerly American Refugee Committee) on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Alight (formerly American Refugee Committee) (MN) 96.46 four stars
Episcopal Relief & Development (NY) 89.54 three stars
Pathfinder International (MA) 90.91 four stars
Zakat Foundation of America (IL) 93.92 four stars
CARE (GA) 88.50 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $7,927,674
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $741,724
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $50,936,809
Total Contributions $59,606,207
   Program Service Revenue $154,402
Total Primary Revenue $59,760,609
   Other Revenue $-90,768
TOTAL REVENUE $59,669,841
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $57,275,863
   Administrative Expenses $5,135,601
   Fundraising Expenses $1,892,305
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $64,303,769
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-4,633,928
   
Net Assets $31,523,027

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
Alight (formerly American Refugee Committee) has received 9 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-03 10/01/2020 96.46 four stars
2018-03 08/01/2019 95.33 four stars
2017-03 07/01/2018 96.46 four stars
2016-03 09/01/2017 94.69 four stars
2015-03 12/21/2016 96.46 four stars
2015-03 06/01/2016 95.47 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-03 10/01/2015 92.15 four stars
2013-03 02/01/2014 93.67 four stars
2011-12 12/01/2012 95.79 four stars
2010-12 11/01/2011 97.54 four stars
2009-12 09/20/2011 89.69 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 02/01/2011 83.14 three stars
2008-12 02/01/2010 85.92 three stars
2007-12 06/01/2009 89.52 three stars
2006-12 05/01/2008 85.26 three stars
2005-12 04/01/2007 83.05 three stars
2004-12 12/01/2005 82.18 three stars
2003-12 11/01/2004 85.87 three stars
2002-12 11/01/2003 94.32 four stars
2001-12 10/15/2002 94.28 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 36-3241033
Name in IRS Master File ALIGHT
NTEE Code Q71
NTEE Classification International Migration, Refugee Issues
NTEE Type International, Foreign Affairs and National Security
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (560) Supplying money, goods or services to the poor
(902) Emergency or disaster aid fund
(994) Described in section 170(b)1)(a)(vi) of the Code
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, 1979
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End March
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • March, 2018
  • March, 2017
  • March, 2016
  • March, 2015
  • March, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$288,954 0.44% Daniel Wordsworth President

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Alight (formerly American Refugee Committee) (MN) 96.46 four stars
Global Communities (MD) 87.20 three stars
Mercy Corps (OR) 85.59 three stars
Samaritan's Purse (NC) 98.23 four stars
Pathfinder International (MA) 90.91 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Alight (formerly American Refugee Committee)
615 First Ave. NE.
Suite 500
Minneapolis, MN 55413
tel: (612) 872-7060
fax: (612) 607-6499
EIN: 36-3241033

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Board Leadership

Maureen Reed
Board Chair

CEO

Daniel Wordsworth
President and CEO

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