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Food for the Hungry

Ending Poverty, Together

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four stars

90.18

1224 East Washington Street Phoenix, AZ 85034
tel: (800) 248-6437   Web Site
EIN: 95-2680390

Board Leadership
Larry Jones
Chairman

CEO
Ed Hatch
Interim CEO/COO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 90.18 four stars
  Financial 86.12 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00 four stars
This rating was published 09/03/2019 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Food for the Hungry is a Christian humanitarian organization ending all forms of human poverty by providing life-changing development programs, disaster relief, and advocacy. Since 1971, Food for the Hungry has been going into the world's hardest places with an exit strategy: to respond to human suffering and graduate communities of extreme poverty into self-sustainability, all within a decade. By creating context-specific solutions in education, agriculture, health, livelihood, clean water, and disaster risk reduction, the nonprofit focuses on transformational development, investing in children as the key to lift entire communities out of poverty. With 98% of staff working in their country of origin, Food for the Hungry works side-by-side with local leaders, churches, and families to implement innovative solutions. The organization currently serves more than 14 million people in over 20 countries worldwide. For more information, follow @food4thehungry or visit www.fh.org.

Food for the Hungry is a Christian humanitarian organization ending all forms of human poverty by providing life-changing development programs, disaster relief, and advocacy. Since 1971, Food for the Hungry has been going into the world's hardest places with an exit strategy: to respond to human suffering and graduate communities of extreme poverty into self-sustainability, all within a decade. By creating context-specific solutions in education, agriculture, health, livelihood, clean water, and disaster risk reduction, the nonprofit focuses on transformational development, investing in children as the key to lift entire communities out of poverty. With 98% of staff working in their country of origin, Food for the Hungry works side-by-side with local leaders, churches, and families to implement innovative solutions. The organization currently serves more than 14 million people in over 20 countries worldwide. For more information, follow @food4thehungry or visit www.fh.org.

Impact Information

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Reported Results
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Total in 2018
Total global development beneficiaries
3,089,290
Number of communities served
3,176
Number of disaster events responded to
17
Number of sponsored children
134,369
This impact information is current as of July 2019, 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

three stars

86.12

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

100.00

This rating was published 09/03/2019 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)
80.2%
  Administrative Expenses 4.9%
  Fundraising Expenses 14.7%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.14
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.12
  Program Expenses Growth 12.3%
  Liabilities to Assets 17.9%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Food for the Hungry on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Food for the Hungry on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Food for the Hungry (AZ) 90.18 four stars
DKT International (DC) 88.81 three stars
Shalom Foundation (TN) 85.00 three stars
Himalayan Cataract Project (VT) 98.23 four stars
God's Littlest Angels (CO) 88.15 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $72,744,761
   Federated Campaigns $170,419
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $337,978
   Government Grants $52,568,540
Total Contributions $125,821,698
   Program Service Revenue $76,024
Total Primary Revenue $125,897,722
   Other Revenue $38,872
TOTAL REVENUE $125,936,594
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $97,225,802
   Administrative Expenses $6,606,978
   Fundraising Expenses $19,655,790
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $123,488,570
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $2,448,024
   
Net Assets $14,368,107

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
General Relief and Development Program $42,352,933 43.6%
Child Sponsorship $33,721,010 34.7%
Gifts in Kind Program $19,956,936 20.5%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-09 09/03/2019 90.18 four stars
2017-09 09/01/2018 88.37 three stars
2016-09 12/01/2017 88.62 three stars
2015-09 11/01/2016 81.72 three stars
2014-09 06/07/2016 85.09 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-09 11/01/2015 85.95 three stars
2013-09 12/01/2014 82.27 three stars
2011-09 05/01/2014 84.11 three stars
2011-09 05/01/2014 84.11 three stars
2009-09 09/11/2012 --Donor Advisory

Prior to 9/1/2016, Charity Navigator issued Advisories under the name CN Watchlist and Donor Advisory. For more information on the CN Advisory system click here. This charity was issued a DA.

This donor advisory was published on Tuesday, September 11, 2012

In accordance with our policy for removing Donor Advisories, Charity Navigator removed the Donor Advisory for the Food for the Hungry on May 1, 2014 because the Donor Advisory had been in place for more than a year (since September 2012) and because the issue that prompted the Donor Advisory has been resolved. Specifically:

  • The charity provided Charity Navigator with documentation from the IRS which indicated that the investigation was completed and that the IRS accepted Food for the Hungry's tax return for the period ending 9/30/2008 as originally filed.
  • Food for the Hungry confirmed that it was never fined by the IRS.

Charity Navigator had published a Donor Advisory for this charity because we became aware of the following information in connection with this charity:

  • The Internal Revenue Service audited Food for the Hungry to determine whether it reported the correct value of certain medicines that it distributed in 2007 and 2008. The IRS was concerned that Food for the Hungry may have reported a value higher than the fair market value.  You can view a copy of the letter from the IRS to Food for the Hungry here.
  • Food for the Hungry stated that it “relied on industry standard practices to determine the value, and its valuation method was approved by its independent auditors.”
  • Food for the Hungry stated that it provided the IRS with detailed records of its valuation method and that “The IRS has not determined that Food for the Hungry reported any incorrect values, nor has it assessed any fines or penalties against Food for the Hungry in connection with the audit, which has not been concluded.”
2009-09 10/01/2011 96.10 four stars
2009-09 09/20/2011 93.70 four stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-09 02/01/2011 94.49 four stars
2008-09 09/01/2009 94.24 four stars
2007-09 08/01/2008 83.08 three stars
2006-09 07/01/2007 73.46 two stars
2005-09 07/01/2006 71.34 two stars
2004-09 07/01/2005 91.79 four stars
2003-09 08/01/2004 91.75 four stars
2002-09 06/09/2003 91.73 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 95-2680390
Name in IRS Master File FOOD FOR THE HUNGRY INC
NTEE Code Q11
NTEE Classification Single Organization Support
NTEE Type International, Foreign Affairs and National Security
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (902) Emergency or disaster aid fund
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 March, 1971
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End September
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • September, 2017
  • September, 2016
  • September, 2015
  • September, 2014
  • September, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$224,439 0.18% Gary Edmonds Chief Executive Officer

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Food for the Hungry (AZ) 90.18 four stars
American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (NY) 96.37 four stars
The Haitian Project (RI) 86.10 three stars
Friends Without A Border (NY) 93.29 four stars
One Israel Fund Ltd. (NY) 92.61 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Food for the Hungry
1224 East Washington Street
Phoenix, AZ 85034
tel: (800) 248-6437
fax: (480) 889-5401
EIN: 95-2680390

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Board Leadership

Larry Jones
Chairman

CEO

Ed Hatch
Interim CEO/COO

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