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Human Services : Children's and Family Services (Grantmaking/Grants Payable)

Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption

Dramatically increase the number of adoptions of children waiting in North America's foster care systems.

four stars

95.04

716 Mt. Airyshire Boulevard Suite 100
Columbus, OH 43235
tel: (800) 275-3832   Web Site
EIN: 31-1356151

Board Leadership
Mary A. Schell
Chair

CEO
Rita Soronen
President & CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 95.04 four stars
  Financial 99.72 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 93.00 four stars
This rating was published 06/01/2020 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption is the only public nonprofit charity in the United States that is focused exclusively on foster care adoption. Through its signature program, Wendy's Wonderful Kids®, the Foundation provides grants to adoption agencies to hire recruiters who use an evidence-based, child-focused recruitment model to find loving, permanent homes for children waiting in foster care.

The Foundation works closely with child welfare advocates and policymakers, provides free resources about foster care adoption and raises awareness through social media campaigns, public service announcements and events.

Visit davethomasfoundation.org, or call 1-800-ASK-DTFA to find out how you can help.

The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption is the only public nonprofit charity in the United States that is focused exclusively on foster care adoption. Through its signature program, Wendy's Wonderful Kids®, the Foundation provides grants to adoption agencies to hire recruiters who use an evidence-based, child-focused recruitment model to find loving, permanent homes for children waiting in foster care.

The Foundation works closely with child welfare advocates and policymakers, provides free resources about foster care adoption and raises awareness through social media campaigns, public service announcements and events.

Visit davethomasfoundation.org, or call 1-800-ASK-DTFA to find out how you can help.

Impact Information

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Reported Results
Total in 2019
Number of downloads of the organization's materials and explanations
51,699
Number of hours of training
13,859
Number of clients served
8,211
This impact information is current as of March 2020, 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

four stars

99.72

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

93.00

This rating was published 06/01/2020 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)
90.5%
  Administrative Expenses 4.5%
  Fundraising Expenses 4.9%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.04
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.63
  Program Expenses Growth 9.7%
  Liabilities to Assets 16.3%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption (OH) 95.04 four stars
Boys and Girls Home of North Carolina (NC) 86.12 three stars
Gift of Adoption Fund (IL) 89.68 three stars
Hope Cottage (TX) 90.42 four stars
New Mexico Christian Children's Home (NM) 91.57 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $22,137,003
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $149,599
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $5,916,993
Total Contributions $28,203,595
   Program Service Revenue $177,557
Total Primary Revenue $28,381,152
   Other Revenue $1,761,065
TOTAL REVENUE $30,142,217
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $22,954,065
   Administrative Expenses $1,501,190
   Fundraising Expenses $1,437,755
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $25,893,010
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $4,249,207
   
Net Assets $41,942,355

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
Wendy's Wonderful Kids $21,052,997 91.7%
Program Grants and Awareness $1,758,780 7.7%
Post-Adoption Services $9,887 < 0.1%

Ratings History
Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption has received 9 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-06 06/01/2020 95.04 four stars
2018-06 06/01/2019 96.51 four stars
2017-06 12/01/2018 96.29 four stars
2016-06 05/01/2017 95.47 four stars
2015-06 06/01/2016 95.47 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 09/01/2015 96.23 four stars
2013-06 07/01/2014 97.50 four stars
2012-06 06/01/2013 92.44 four stars
2011-06 03/01/2012 94.31 four stars
2010-06 09/20/2011 89.61 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2010-06 05/01/2011 85.87 three stars
2009-06 02/01/2010 96.42 four stars
2008-06 02/01/2009 85.75 three stars
2007-06 06/01/2008 89.10 three stars
2006-06 08/01/2007 93.46 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 31-1356151
Name in IRS Master File DAVE THOMAS FOUNDATION FOR ADOPTION
NTEE Code Z99
NTEE Classification Unknown
NTEE Type Unknown
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (559) Other matters
Foundation Status Organization that normally receives no more than one-third of its support from gross investment income and unrelated business income and at the same time more than one-third of its support from contributions, fees, and gross receipts related to exempt purposes.  509(a)(2)
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 December, 1992
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, 2018
  • June, 2017
  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$305,782 1.18% Rita L. Soronen President, CEO

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption (OH) 95.04 four stars
Boys & Girls Aid (OR) 89.63 three stars
Hope Cottage (TX) 90.42 four stars
New Mexico Christian Children's Home (NM) 91.57 four stars
Gift of Adoption Fund (IL) 89.68 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption
716 Mt. Airyshire Boulevard
Suite 100
Columbus, OH 43235
tel: (800) 275-3832
EIN: 31-1356151

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Board Leadership

Mary A. Schell
Chair

CEO

Rita Soronen
President & CEO

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