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Human Services : Social Services

Project Open Hand

Meals with Love

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three stars

85.66

730 Polk Street San Francisco, CA 94109
tel: (415) 447-2300   Web Site
EIN: 94-3023551

Board Leadership
Timothy Barabe
Chair

CEO
Paul Hepfer
Chief Executive Officer

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 85.66 three stars
  Financial 80.64 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 94.00 four stars
This rating was published 02/01/2019 and includes data from FY2017, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Founded in 1985, Project Open Hand is a nonprofit organization that provides 'meals with love' to the sick and vulnerable in our community. Our food is like medicine, helping clients recover from illness, get stronger, and lead healthier lives. Every day, we prepare 2,500 nutritious meals and provide 200 bags of healthy groceries to help sustain our clients as they battle serious illnesses, isolation, or the health challenges of old age. We serve San Francisco and Alameda Counties, engaging more than 125 volunteers every day to nourish our neighbors.

Founded in 1985, Project Open Hand is a nonprofit organization that provides 'meals with love' to the sick and vulnerable in our community. Our food is like medicine, helping clients recover from illness, get stronger, and lead healthier lives. Every day, we prepare 2,500 nutritious meals and provide 200 bags of healthy groceries to help sustain our clients as they battle serious illnesses, isolation, or the health challenges of old age. We serve San Francisco and Alameda Counties, engaging more than 125 volunteers every day to nourish our neighbors.

Impact Information

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Program Name: Wellness Program
Problem

Roughly 16% of residents in San Francisco experience food insecurity. The average cost of a meal at $3.92 is almost $1 higher than the national per-meal cost of $2.89. San Franciscans are paying more for food than the national average. For those critically ill residents living on limited means, with additional costs of health care, the higher costs of nutritional, wholesome food can become an unwelcome factor to their recovery and household budgets. Most clients are low-income or impoverished.

Strategy

Project Open Hand will execute our Theory of Change through new partnerships and outreach opportunities. For instance, to directly confront the growing problem of food insecurity and its relation to chronic disease, we will partner with Zuckerberg SF General Hospital to create a fully integrated program of medically tailored meals as well as related services among the medically underserved adults of the Bay Area. We also will develop a mobile service to go into the neighbors of our clients.

IF:THEN

IF If clients gain access to and consume Project Open Hand medically tailored meals...

THEN ER visits + hospitalizations will decrease, & medical adherence will increase. (In fact, we partnered with UCSF and recently published a study in the Journal of Urban Health declaring our food reduced hospitalization by 65% and ER visits by 36%.

IF San Francisco's critically ill residents begin receiving Project Open Hand's nutritious meals,...

THEN they will no longer continue to struggle with food insecurity, as a large portion of their daily dietary needs will be met.

IF If we can ensure that people with critical illnesses such as HIV/AIDS, cancer, diabetes, and more, receive nutritious food every week,...

THEN we will significantly reduce health costs and improve quality of life.
This impact information is current as of October 2018, when it was provided to us by Classy. At this time, Impact information published on this organization's page has no effect on its rating per our methodology.

Financial

three stars

80.64

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

94.00

This rating was published 02/01/2019 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)
73.2%
  Administrative Expenses 9.0%
  Fundraising Expenses 17.6%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.19
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.58
  Program Expenses Growth 6.5%
  Liabilities to Assets 17.3%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Project Open Hand on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Project Open Hand on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Project Open Hand (CA) 85.66 three stars
Waste Not (AZ) 94.69 four stars
St. John's Bread & Life (NY) 89.71 three stars
FamilyWorks (WA) 89.79 three stars
Food For Thought (CA) 91.26 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $5,575,804
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $584,895
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $4,000,811
Total Contributions $10,161,510
   Program Service Revenue $614,698
Total Primary Revenue $10,776,208
   Other Revenue $316,295
TOTAL REVENUE $11,092,503
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $8,837,179
   Administrative Expenses $792,167
   Fundraising Expenses $2,072,105
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $11,701,451
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-608,948
   
Net Assets $6,176,897

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
Senior Program $4,684,869 53.0%
HIV Program $2,497,233 28.2%
HCI Program $1,620,550 18.3%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2017-06 02/01/2019 85.66 three stars
2016-06 03/01/2018 81.71 three stars
2015-06 12/01/2016 84.48 three stars
2014-06 10/01/2016 84.71 three stars
2014-06 06/01/2016 84.60 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 11/01/2015 78.51 two stars
2013-06 12/22/2014 78.69 two stars
2012-06 10/01/2013 80.06 three stars
2011-06 11/06/2012 77.23 two stars
2010-06 09/20/2011 79.63 two stars
 
CN 1.0
2010-06 07/01/2011 70.78 two stars
2009-06 06/01/2010 72.83 two stars
2008-06 08/01/2009 80.57 three stars
2007-06 09/01/2008 82.01 three stars
2006-06 07/01/2007 78.98 two stars
2005-06 07/01/2006 70.28 two stars
2004-06 07/01/2005 70.76 two stars
2003-06 06/01/2004 73.46 two stars
2002-06 09/01/2003 72.92 two stars
2001-06 10/15/2002 79.85 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 94-3023551
Name in IRS Master File PROJECT OPEN HAND
NTEE Code K36
NTEE Classification Meals on Wheels
NTEE Type Food, Agriculture and Nutrition
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (160) Aid to the handicapped (see also 031)
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, 1991
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
$171,475 1.46% Mark Ryle Chief Executive Officer

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Project Open Hand (CA) 85.66 three stars
Hunger Free America (NY) 88.51 three stars
St. Vincent de Paul Society of Marin County (CA) 96.42 four stars
Trenton Area Soup Kitchen (NJ) 97.46 four stars
Food & Friends (DC) 88.01 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

Project Open Hand
730 Polk Street
San Francisco, CA 94109
tel: (415) 447-2300
fax: (415) 447-2490
EIN: 94-3023551

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Board Leadership

Timothy Barabe
Chair

CEO

Paul Hepfer
Chief Executive Officer

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