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Human Services : Food Banks, Food Pantries, and Food Distribution

Northwest Harvest

Hunger Stops Here

three stars

87.62

P.O. Box 12272 Seattle, WA 98102
tel: (800) 722-6924   Web Site
EIN: 91-0826037

Board Leadership
Scott McQuilkin
Board Chair

CEO
Thomas Reynolds
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 87.62 three stars
  Financial 82.50 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00 four stars
This rating was published 02/01/2020 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Northwest Harvest, founded in 1967, is Washington's only statewide non-profit food bank distributor. Our mission: Leading the fight for hungry people statewide to have access to nutritious food while respecting their dignity and promoting good health. Our vision: Ending hunger in Washington. Currently, 1 of every 8 people in Washington (1 of every 5 children) lives with the risk of hunger. We believe that good food bank nutrition creates a bridge from temporary crisis to stability, allowing people in need to use cash for housing, fuel, utilities, health care or child care. Last year Northwest Harvest distributed more than 32 million pounds of food - over 2 million meals every month - to a network of 375 food banks, meal programs and high-need schools throughout Washington.

Northwest Harvest, founded in 1967, is Washington's only statewide non-profit food bank distributor. Our mission: Leading the fight for hungry people statewide to have access to nutritious food while respecting their dignity and promoting good health. Our vision: Ending hunger in Washington. Currently, 1 of every 8 people in Washington (1 of every 5 children) lives with the risk of hunger. We believe that good food bank nutrition creates a bridge from temporary crisis to stability, allowing people in need to use cash for housing, fuel, utilities, health care or child care. Last year Northwest Harvest distributed more than 32 million pounds of food - over 2 million meals every month - to a network of 375 food banks, meal programs and high-need schools throughout Washington.

Impact Information

This charity has reported a measure of cost-effectiveness: how much impact (per dollar) your donation will have on the charity's social outcome. The cost-effectiveness calculation was performed using protocols developed by ImpactMatters, an independent auditor of philanthropic impact.

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Program Name: Northwest Harvest
Program Activities
Northwest Harvest primarily collects, warehouses and distributes food to front-line organizations like food pantries and soup kitchens. It also manages smaller programs that serve meals and provide groceries directly to beneficiaries.
Impact Statement
$2 provides a meal to a person in need.
Impact Assessment
5/5
Assessment Benchmark
Impact assessments of food distribution programs are based on the cost of a meal relative to the cost that a food-secure person incurs to buy a meal in that county. Programs receive a 5/5 assessment if they are less than 75% the cost of a meal and a 4/5 assessment if they are less than 125%. If a nonprofit reports impact but doesn't meet the threshold for cost-effectiveness, it earns a 3/5 assessment.
Methodology
ImpactMatters analyzed publicly available data to rate the cost-effectiveness of Northwest Harvest.
Data Source
Outcome data collected during the program. Northwest Harvest publicly reports the amount of food it provides.
Method for Attributing Outcomes
We assume that the distribution of a meal from one nonprofit's food distribution program does not diminish the amount of food distributed by any other (neighboring) food distribution program. This “counterfactual” assumption about the amount of food distributed in the absence of Northwest Harvest’s food distribution program implies that the benefit of a meal to a beneficiary in need constitutes a net gain; the gain is not offset by reductions in food provided to other beneficiaries in need. We therefore set the counterfactual to zero.
Details
Analysis conducted by ImpactMatters and published on November 22, 2019.
This impact information is current as of June 2020, when it was provided to us by ImpactMatters. At this time, Impact information published on this organization's page has no effect on its rating per our methodology.

Financial

three stars

82.50

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

100.00

This rating was published 02/01/2020 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)
92.3%
  Administrative Expenses 3.2%
  Fundraising Expenses 4.3%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.04
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.34
  Program Expenses Growth -4.6%
  Liabilities to Assets 5.4%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Northwest Harvest on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Northwest Harvest on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Northwest Harvest (WA) 87.62 three stars
God's Pantry Food Bank (KY) 100.00 four stars
MANNA FoodBank (NC) 100.00 four stars
Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin (WI) 98.23 four stars
Operation Food Search (MO) 96.65 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $45,160,358
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $45,160,358
   Program Service Revenue $1,843,643
Total Primary Revenue $47,004,001
   Other Revenue $20,198
TOTAL REVENUE $47,024,199
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $43,978,780
   Administrative Expenses $1,813,788
   Fundraising Expenses $2,361,078
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $48,153,646
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-1,129,447
   
Net Assets $19,074,272

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
Food Bank $43,978,780 100.0%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-06 02/01/2020 87.62 three stars
2017-06 09/01/2018 91.11 four stars
2016-06 12/01/2017 98.23 four stars
2015-06 11/01/2016 98.23 four stars
2014-06 06/01/2016 96.88 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 11/01/2015 98.24 four stars
2013-06 12/01/2014 94.96 four stars
2012-06 09/01/2013 94.39 four stars
2011-06 03/01/2013 92.87 four stars
2011-06 07/01/2012 91.32 four stars
2010-06 09/20/2011 97.73 four stars
 
CN 1.0
2010-06 07/01/2011 96.80 four stars
2009-06 08/01/2010 92.65 four stars
2008-06 08/01/2009 83.19 three stars
2007-06 05/01/2008 81.50 three stars
2006-06 04/01/2007 90.78 four stars
2005-06 05/01/2006 94.98 four stars
2004-06 04/01/2005 81.86 three stars
2003-06 05/01/2004 79.32 two stars
2002-06 06/09/2003 74.50 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 91-0826037
Name in IRS Master File NORTHWEST HARVEST E M M
NTEE Code [Not Provided by IRS]
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 (29) Other religious activities
(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 November, 1975
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, 2017
  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
  • June, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$85,000 0.17% Thomas Reynolds CEO
Other Salaries of Note
$105,301 0.21% Michelle Rotondo Former CEO

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Northwest Harvest (WA) 87.62 three stars
University District Food Bank (WA) 90.18 four stars
Feed My People (MO) 93.58 four stars
Kansas Food Bank (KS) 95.34 four stars
Tarrant Area Food Bank (TX) 92.36 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Northwest Harvest
P.O. Box 12272
Seattle, WA 98102
tel: (800) 722-6924
fax: (206) 267-2179
EIN: 91-0826037

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Board Leadership

Scott McQuilkin
Board Chair

CEO

Thomas Reynolds
Executive Director

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