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Human Services : Children's and Family Services

Families Forward

Dignity. Empowerment. Hope.

four stars

96.46

8 Thomas Irvine, CA 92618
tel: (949) 552-2727   Web Site
EIN: 33-0086043

Board Leadership
Robert Davis
Chair

CEO
Madelynn Hirneise
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 04/01/2021 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Families Forward was founded in 1984 by a group of dedicated community members who shared the same vision of providing supported housing programs for families in crisis. Families Forward assists families in financial crisis to achieve and maintain self-sufficiency. We do not just provide support; we supply the tools for families to move from depending upon public services to return to being independent, productive residents of the community. At Families Forward, we give families renewed self-confidence and the tools they need to succeed in life. Last year, Families Forward assisted over 6,000 individuals through housing, counseling, food, referrals, school supplies, career coaching, and other services.

Families Forward was founded in 1984 by a group of dedicated community members who shared the same vision of providing supported housing programs for families in crisis. Families Forward assists families in financial crisis to achieve and maintain self-sufficiency. We do not just provide support; we supply the tools for families to move from depending upon public services to return to being independent, productive residents of the community. At Families Forward, we give families renewed self-confidence and the tools they need to succeed in life. Last year, Families Forward assisted over 6,000 individuals through housing, counseling, food, referrals, school supplies, career coaching, and other services.

Financial

four stars

95.00

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

100.00

This rating was published 04/01/2021 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)
89.3%
  Administrative Expenses 5.1%
  Fundraising Expenses 5.5%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.05
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 2.34
  Program Expenses Growth 12.4%
  Liabilities to Assets 20.1%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Families Forward on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Families Forward on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Families Forward (CA) 96.46 four stars
Start Early (IL) 94.34 four stars
Benevilla (AZ) 91.43 four stars
Sheridan House Family Ministries (FL) 97.10 four stars
Jewish Family Service Agency (NV) 92.38 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $3,001,887
   Federated Campaigns $104,100
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $645,490
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $1,913,921
Total Contributions $5,665,398
   Program Service Revenue $374,059
Total Primary Revenue $6,039,457
   Other Revenue $384,800
TOTAL REVENUE $6,424,257
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $5,424,060
   Administrative Expenses $295,270
   Fundraising Expenses $330,909
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $6,050,239
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $374,018
   
Net Assets $12,280,400

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
Housing Program $3,908,126 72.1%
Homeless Prevention & Community Services Program $1,515,934 27.9%

Ratings History
Families Forward has received 11 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-09 04/01/2021 96.46 four stars
2019-09 02/01/2021 95.87 four stars
2018-09 03/01/2020 98.05 four stars
2017-09 02/01/2019 100.00 four stars
2016-09 03/01/2018 99.82 four stars
2015-09 12/21/2016 99.51 four stars
2015-09 12/01/2016 97.13 four stars
2014-09 06/01/2016 97.13 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-09 11/01/2015 96.45 four stars
2013-09 12/01/2014 94.54 four stars
2012-09 11/01/2013 97.02 four stars
2011-09 11/06/2012 99.10 four stars
2010-09 04/01/2012 99.18 four stars
2010-09 09/20/2011 97.05 four stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-09 07/01/2010 98.71 four stars
2008-09 10/01/2009 81.72 three stars
2007-09 10/01/2008 84.63 three stars
2006-09 06/01/2007 93.45 four stars
2005-09 09/01/2006 93.16 four stars
2004-09 10/01/2005 85.76 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 33-0086043
Name in IRS Master File FAMILIES FORWARD
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 (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 October, 1985
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End September
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • September, 2018
  • September, 2017
  • September, 2016
  • September, 2015
  • September, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$167,289 2.76% Margaret Wakeham Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Families Forward (CA) 96.46 four stars
Family & Children's Service (TN) 87.49 three stars
LISTEN Community Services (NH) 94.69 four stars
Merrick Community Services (MN) 89.00 three stars
Chai Lifeline (NY) 89.17 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

Families Forward
8 Thomas
Irvine, CA 92618
tel: (949) 552-2727
EIN: 33-0086043

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Board Leadership

Robert Davis
Chair

CEO

Madelynn Hirneise
CEO

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