Disable all preview features

Human Services : Children's and Family Services (Grantmaking)

Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption

Finding forever families for children in foster care

impact data icon

Impact Information Available From Our Partner: GuideStar

four stars

96.29

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

Board Leadership
Mary A. Schell
Chairman of the Board

CEO
Rita Soronen
President & CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 96.29 four stars
  Financial 96.62 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 96.00 four stars
This rating was published 06/01/2018 and includes data from FY2017, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption is America's only nonprofit public charity dedicated exclusively to finding permanent homes for the 110,000 children waiting in foster care to be adopted. We are driven by Dave's vision: to make sure every child has a permanent and loving family. In our unwavering pursuit of this goal, we provide funds to adoption agencies that hire specially-trained adoption recruiters whose sole mission is to find permanent, loving families for the children most at risk of aging out of foster care without being adopted. We increase awareness across the nation about waiting children and the process to adopt. We raise funds to support our awareness and advocacy programs. We offer free resources to professionals, and prospective and adoptive parents. Because we depend on people like you to help us fulfill our mission, please visit davethomasfoundation.org, or call 1-800-ASK-DTFA to find out how you can help.

The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption is America's only nonprofit public charity dedicated exclusively to finding permanent homes for the 110,000 children waiting in foster care to be adopted. We are driven by Dave's vision: to make sure every child has a permanent and loving family. In our unwavering pursuit of this goal, we provide funds to adoption agencies that hire specially-trained adoption recruiters whose sole mission is to find permanent, loving families for the children most at risk of aging out of foster care without being adopted. We increase awareness across the nation about waiting children and the process to adopt. We raise funds to support our awareness and advocacy programs. We offer free resources to professionals, and prospective and adoptive parents. Because we depend on people like you to help us fulfill our mission, please visit davethomasfoundation.org, or call 1-800-ASK-DTFA to find out how you can help.

Impact Information

data icon GuideStar is Charity Navigator's trusted partner in sharing information on how this organization seeks impact. GuideStar has recognized this organization with a Platinum Seal of Transparency for voluntarily and publicly sharing information about how they measure their progress and results.
Reported Results
Total in 2017
Number of clients served
4,397
Did you find the Impact Information useful?
There was a problem saving your response. Please try again.
Thank you for your feedback. If you wish to share more about this data you may do so below.
Your feedback has been recorded
There was a problem saving your response. Please try again.
This impact information is current as of November 2018, when it was provided to us by GuideStar. Impact information published on this organization's rating page has no effect on its rating at this time.

Financial

four stars

96.62

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

96.00

This rating was published 06/01/2018 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)
91.3%
  Administrative Expenses 3.5%
  Fundraising Expenses 5.0%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.04
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.27
  Program Expenses Growth 8.1%
  Liabilities to Assets 29.6%
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) 96.29 four stars
Pajama Program (NY) 93.63 four stars
The Maine Children's Home for Little Wanderers (ME) 92.00 four stars
Hope Cottage (TX) 91.58 four stars
Amara (WA) 92.08 four stars

Compare These Charities (Highly Rated)

REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $27,104,422
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $203,723
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $4,048,037
Total Contributions $31,356,182
   Program Service Revenue $113,556
Total Primary Revenue $31,469,738
   Other Revenue $2,377,834
TOTAL REVENUE $33,847,572
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $22,065,347
   Administrative Expenses $893,827
   Fundraising Expenses $1,142,934
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $24,102,108
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $9,745,464
   
Net Assets $27,491,327

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 $19,977,461 90.5%
Adoption Awareness and Advocacy $1,132,514 5.1%

Ratings History
Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption has received 7 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2017-06 06/01/2018 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)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • June, 2017
  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
  • June, 2013

The data displayed in this profile is provided by the IRS for free in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$253,896 1.05% Rita L. Soronen President, CEO

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption (OH) 96.29 four stars
Hope Cottage (TX) 91.58 four stars
Boys and Girls Home of North Carolina (NC) 89.21 three stars
New Mexico Christian Children's Home (NM) 90.57 four stars
Smoky Mountain Children's Home (TN) 87.30 three stars

Compare These Charities (Highly Rated)

This charity has an official representative registered with Charity Navigator.

Charity Contact Info

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

Visit Web Site

Board Leadership

Mary A. Schell
Chairman of the Board

CEO

Rita Soronen
President & CEO

Join Our Mailing List

Join over 400,000 other informed givers and get updates on charity ratings, new features, hot topics, and tips for donating.