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Women's Lunch Place

Dignity is everything

three stars

89.92

67 Newbury Street Boston, MA 02116
tel: (617) 267-0200   Web Site
EIN: 22-2514148

Board Leadership
Kay Calvert
Chair

CEO
Judy Beckler
Interim Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 89.92 three stars
  Financial 86.32 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 96.00 four stars
This rating was published 08/01/2019 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Since 1982, thousands of women in Greater Boston have found refuge and welcome at Women's Lunch Place.

Women's Lunch Place provides a safe, comfortable day time shelter, nutritious food, and vital services for women experiencing homelessness or poverty. We treat women with dignity and respect, and foster a community committed to meeting each woman's needs.

We are open six days a week, year-round, to serve anyone who identifies as a woman, with no requirements to receive any service. In the words of one guest, "I was half a person in the street and they put me together."

Since 1982, thousands of women in Greater Boston have found refuge and welcome at Women's Lunch Place.

Women's Lunch Place provides a safe, comfortable day time shelter, nutritious food, and vital services for women experiencing homelessness or poverty. We treat women with dignity and respect, and foster a community committed to meeting each woman's needs.

We are open six days a week, year-round, to serve anyone who identifies as a woman, with no requirements to receive any service. In the words of one guest, "I was half a person in the street and they put me together."

Impact Information

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Reported Results
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Total in 2018
Number of meals served
106,201
Percentage of guests reporting that programs have made a positive difference in their lives
94
Number of advocacy visits to provide individual supportive services
5,393
Number of guests who have improved or stabilized their housing situation
155
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

three stars

86.32

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

96.00

This rating was published 08/01/2019 and includes data from FY2018, 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)
76.4%
  Administrative Expenses 6.6%
  Fundraising Expenses 16.9%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.16
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.46
  Program Expenses Growth 5.3%
  Liabilities to Assets 3.0%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Women's Lunch Place on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Women's Lunch Place on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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How is the organization collecting feedback?
Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Case management notes, Suggestion box/email
How is the organization using feedback?
To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve
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Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Women's Lunch Place (MA) 89.92 three stars
Hesed House (IL) 91.88 four stars
The Road Home (UT) 93.98 four stars
National Council of the United States, Society of St. Vincent de Paul (MO) 86.77 three stars
The Midnight Mission (CA) 95.38 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $2,173,852
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $794,583
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $2,968,435
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $2,968,435
   Other Revenue $18,696
TOTAL REVENUE $2,987,131
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $2,441,344
   Administrative Expenses $161,416
   Fundraising Expenses $373,565
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $2,976,325
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $10,806
   
Net Assets $4,217,455

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
Meals $885,718 36.3%
Guest Services $783,723 32.1%
Advocacy $645,641 26.4%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-06 08/01/2019 89.92 three stars
2017-06 08/01/2018 88.22 three stars
2016-06 10/01/2017 91.84 four stars
2015-06 09/01/2016 95.61 four stars
2015-06 06/01/2016 94.78 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 08/01/2015 90.76 four stars
2013-06 05/01/2014 93.19 four stars
2012-06 09/01/2013 79.28 two stars
2012-06 05/01/2013 77.35 two stars
2011-06 12/01/2012 75.69 two stars
2011-06 04/01/2012 68.01 one star
2010-06 09/20/2011 73.65 two stars
 
CN 1.0
2010-06 07/01/2011 71.41 two stars
2009-06 06/01/2010 81.79 three stars
2008-06 03/01/2009 84.41 three stars
2007-06 02/01/2008 89.98 three stars
2005-08 05/01/2006 75.69 two stars
2004-08 10/01/2005 68.66 one star

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

EIN 22-2514148
Name in IRS Master File WOMENS LUNCH PLACE INC
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 (560) Supplying money, goods or services to the poor
(994) Described in section 170(b)1)(a)(vi) of the Code
(296) Community center
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, 1984
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
$156,342 5.25% Elizabeth Keeley Executive Director

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Women's Lunch Place (MA) 89.92 three stars
The Shade Tree (NV) 87.64 three stars
The Homeless Families Foundation (OH) 94.43 four stars
Share Our Selves (CA) 90.75 four stars
Healthcare for the Homeless - Houston (TX) 93.99 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Women's Lunch Place
67 Newbury Street
Boston, MA 02116
tel: (617) 267-0200
fax: (617) 267-6803
EIN: 22-2514148

Mail donations to:
PO Box 170900
Boston, MA 02117

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Board Leadership

Kay Calvert
Chair

CEO

Judy Beckler
Interim Executive Director

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