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CN Advisory: Moderate Concern

Thrive Networks

Evidence-based international development at scale

three stars

83.70

1611 Telegraph Avenue Suite 708
Oakland, CA 94612
tel: (510) 763-7045   Web Site
EIN: 33-0316095

Board Leadership
Melinda Griffith
Chair of the Board

CEO
Lynn Foden
Chief Executive Officer

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Thrive Networks’ 12/2015 audit states that Thrive Networks has an “Emphasis of Matter Regarding Going Concern” that is outlined in Note 17. It reads, “Thrive Network has experienced negative changes in unrestricted net assets for several years and has minimal unrestricted assets as of December 31, 2015. Additionally, Thrive Networks, is experiencing some difficulty raising additional unrestricted resources. There is only modest confidence in management's ability to obtain additional sufficient funding and, accordingly, for Thrive Networks to continue as a going concern. The consolidated financial statements do not include information about the recoverability or reclassification of recorded asset amounts or classification of liabilities should Thrive Networks be unable to continue as a going concern.” For this reason, we have issued this Moderate Concern CN Advisory. For more information, please see the Fiscal Year 12/2015 audit.

  • Thrive Networks’ 12/2016 audit also states that Thrive Networks has an “Emphasis of Matter Regarding Going Concern” that is outlined in Note 16. For more information, please see the Fiscal Year 12/2016 audit.


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  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 83.70 three stars
  Financial 82.50 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 85.00 three stars
This rating was published 06/01/2019 and includes data from FY2017, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Thrive Networks is an international NGO pioneering evidence-based programs and technologies in health, water and sanitation, and education for underserved populations in Asia and Africa.

Thrive Networks currently works in 8 countries: Afghanistan, Cambodia, India, Laos, Myanmar, Philippines, Uganda and Vietnam.

What we do:

Innovate: Develop innovative technological and operational ideas.
Implement: Implement programs employing these innovations.
Measure: Carefully measure the performance of these programs.
Scale: Scale successful programs.
Disseminate: Document and disseminate successes - and highlight obstacles - to key institutional actors (governments, donors, investors, academic institutions).

Since 1988, Thrive Networks programs have benefited more than 3.36 million people around the world.


Thrive Networks is an international NGO pioneering evidence-based programs and technologies in health, water and sanitation, and education for underserved populations in Asia and Africa.

Thrive Networks currently works in 8 countries: Afghanistan, Cambodia, India, Laos, Myanmar, Philippines, Uganda and Vietnam.

What we do:

Innovate: Develop innovative technological and operational ideas.
Implement: Implement programs employing these innovations.
Measure: Carefully measure the performance of these programs.
Scale: Scale successful programs.
Disseminate: Document and disseminate successes - and highlight obstacles - to key institutional actors (governments, donors, investors, academic institutions).

Since 1988, Thrive Networks programs have benefited more than 3.36 million people around the world.


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Financial

three stars

82.50

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

85.00

This rating was published 06/01/2019 and includes data from FY2017, 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)
85.8%
  Administrative Expenses 11.1%
  Fundraising Expenses 2.9%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.04
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.37
  Program Expenses Growth -13.8%
  Liabilities to Assets 14.0%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Thrive Networks on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Thrive Networks on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Thrive Networks (CA) 83.70 three stars
Shalom Foundation (TN) 85.00 three stars
ShelterBox USA (FL) 94.42 four stars
American Friends of Leket Israel (NJ) 86.79 three stars
Faith In Practice (TX) 94.69 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $1,237,250
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $2,422,679
Total Contributions $3,659,929
   Program Service Revenue $28,933
Total Primary Revenue $3,688,862
   Other Revenue $-4,489
TOTAL REVENUE $3,684,373
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $4,429,605
   Administrative Expenses $734,924
   Fundraising Expenses $35,561
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $5,200,090
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-1,515,717
   
Net Assets $3,331,049

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
Water, Sanitation, Hygiene $3,926,011 88.6%
Education $281,135 6.3%
Other $222,459 5.0%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2017-12 06/01/2019 83.70 three stars
2016-12 06/01/2018 84.76 three stars
2015-12 02/16/2017 --Moderate Concern Advisory

Thrive Networks’ 12/2015 audit states that Thrive Networks has an “Emphasis of Matter Regarding Going Concern” that is outlined in Note 17. It reads, “Thrive Network has experienced negative changes in unrestricted net assets for several years and has minimal unrestricted assets as of December 31, 2015. Additionally, Thrive Networks, is experiencing some difficulty raising additional unrestricted resources. There is only modest confidence in management's ability to obtain additional sufficient funding and, accordingly, for Thrive Networks to continue as a going concern. The consolidated financial statements do not include information about the recoverability or reclassification of recorded asset amounts or classification of liabilities should Thrive Networks be unable to continue as a going concern.” For this reason, we have issued this Moderate Concern CN Advisory. For more information, please see the Fiscal Year 12/2015 audit.

2014-12 06/01/2016 88.09 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 12/01/2015 90.63 four stars
2013-12 12/22/2014 96.33 four stars
2012-12 12/20/2013 94.95 four stars
2011-12 02/01/2013 99.47 four stars
2010-12 06/01/2012 99.53 four stars
2010-12 04/01/2012 97.13 four stars
2009-12 09/20/2011 95.04 four stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 02/01/2011 99.64 four stars
2008-12 04/01/2010 90.80 four stars
2007-12 02/01/2009 84.91 three stars
2006-12 08/01/2007 84.93 three stars
2005-12 09/01/2006 82.00 three stars
2004-12 07/01/2005 74.35 two stars
2002-12 10/01/2003 88.20 three stars
2001-12 02/05/2003 84.76 three 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 33-0316095
Name in IRS Master File THRIVE NETWORKS GLOBAL
NTEE Code Q30
NTEE Classification International Development, Relief Services
NTEE Type International, Foreign Affairs and National Security
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (320) Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, etc.
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 September, 1993
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
$106,496 2.04% Lynn Foden Chief Executive Officer
Other Salaries of Note
$156,280 3.00% Burt Thompson Chief Financial Officer

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Thrive Networks (CA) 83.70 three stars
Hope 4 Kids International (AZ) 89.49 three stars
HOPE worldwide (CA) 91.55 four stars
Concern Worldwide US, Inc. (NY) 88.99 three stars
Agape International Missions (CA) 98.23 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Thrive Networks
1611 Telegraph Avenue
Suite 708
Oakland, CA 94612
tel: (510) 763-7045
fax: (510) 763-6545
EIN: 33-0316095

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Board Leadership

Melinda Griffith
Chair of the Board

CEO

Lynn Foden
Chief Executive Officer

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