Impact Rating

Soccer Without Borders

Impact: $7,800 increases the earnings of a newcomer refugee or immigrant student by $20,000.

Soccer Without Borders Oakland meets the benchmark for high cost-effectiveness. The nonprofit increases income for a beneficiary by more than $1.50 for every $1 spent.

Note: The impact of this program may not be representative of the entire operation of Soccer Without Borders.

Methodology

Governance: Passes checks

Mission

Soccer Without Borders uses soccer as a vehicle for positive change, providing under-served youth with a toolkit to overcome obstacles to growth, inclusion, and personal success. We aim to build a more inclusive world through soccer.

Cause

Education

Rated Program

Soccer Without Borders Oakland

Program Geography

Oakland, CA

Headquarters

Cambridge, MA

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Cause

Education

Rated Program

Soccer Without Borders Oakland

Program Geography

Oakland, CA

Headquarters

Cambridge, MA

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Rated Program

Program

Soccer Without Borders Oakland

Activities

Soccer Without Borders runs year­-round youth development programs in Oakland, CA. Using soccer, academic support, and team building activities, Soccer Without Borders helps newcomer refugee and immigrant youth achieve growth, inclusion, and personal success.

Program Type

High School Graduation

Beneficiaries Served

Children and youth

Geography

Oakland, CA

Outcomes: Changes in people's lives. They can be caused by a nonprofit.

Costs: The money spent by nonprofits and their partners and beneficiaries.

Impact: The cost to achieve an outcome.

Cost-effectiveness: A judgment as to whether the cost was "worth" the outcome.

Outcomes

Outcome Metric

Increase in earnings for a newcomer refugee or immigrant student.

To calculate impact, we estimate how many outcomes the nonprofit caused.

Data Source

Outcome data collected through tracking participant information throughout the year. This includes graduation rates for high school seniors, as well as the percentage of graduates who enroll in 2 or 4 year colleges.

Time Period of Data

Oct. 1, 2015, to June 30, 2018

Ratings are based on data the nonprofit itself collects on its work. We use the most recent year with sufficient data. Typically, this data allows us to calculate direct changes in participants' lives, such as increased income.

Method for Attributing Outcomes

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, English Language Learners in California graduate from high school at a rate of 72 percent. This indicates that Soccer Without Borders Oakland participants graduate at a much higher rate than their peers.

To determine causation, we take the outcomes we observe and subtract an estimate of the outcomes that would have happened even without the program.

Cost

Data Source

Cost data reported by Soccer Without Borders and data and assumptions about partner and beneficiary costs.

All monetary costs are counted, whether they are borne by a nonprofit service deliverer or by the nonprofit’s public and private partners.

Impact

Impact Statement

$7,800 increases the earnings of a newcomer refugee or immigrant student by $20,000.

We calculate impact, defined as the change in outcomes attributable to a program divided by the cost to achieve those outcomes.

Rating

Benchmark for Rating

Impact ratings of high school graduation programs are based on income generated relative to cost. Programs receive 5 stars if they increase income for a beneficiary by more than $1.50 for every $1 spent and 4 stars if income increases by more than $0.85 for every $1 spent. If a nonprofit reports impact but doesn't meet the benchmark for cost-effectiveness, it earns 3 stars.

Determination

The nonprofit increases income for a beneficiary by more than $1.50 for every $1 spent.

Why We Could Be Wrong

We welcome your suggestions for improving our methodology. Our methodology section includes explanations of how we mitigate these issues.

  • The outcome could oversimplify total impact. Using “increased income” as the metric of analysis may not intuitively convey the potential downstream benefits of participating in the program, such as reduced financial stress.
  • There could be multiple important outcomes not captured in our analysis.
  • Soccer Without Borders may be spending additional money in order to serve harder-to-reach and/or particularly valuable populations.
  • In the absence of better data, we assume uniform counterfactual rates for programs, at the risk of masking variation across nonprofits.
  • Our estimates rely on data made public by Soccer Without Borders on its website, annual reports, financial statements and Form 990s.
  • We only analyze programs that meet our criteria. As a result, this report may not fully reflect the impact of Soccer Without Borders.
  • We do not assess what explains the nonprofit's cost-effectiveness.

We assign a rating to the nonprofit using the rubric:

  • There are indications of governance or financial health issues at the nonprofit.

  • After being given an opportunity, the nonprofit chose not to publish impact information.

    We are not yet issuing this level of star rating.

  • The rated program does not meet our benchmark for cost-effectiveness.

  • The rated program is cost-effective.

  • The rated program is highly cost-effective.

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Nonprofit Comment

Not provided. This may be because we lacked contact information for Soccer Without Borders or it chose not to comment. If you are a representative of this nonprofit, contact us to review and comment on your rating.

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Analysis Details

Analysis conducted by ImpactMatters and published on November 22, 2019.

This rating is based on data reported by Soccer Without Borders using ImpactMatters' impact reporting platform. Using data from the platform, ImpactMatters analysts calculated impact and assigned a rating.

We welcome corrections. If you are interested in exploring applications of ImpactMatters data, contact us at partnerships@impactmatters.org.

Governance Check

Soccer Without Borders passes our governance check.

Overhead spending is reasonable (<35% of total spending)

Charity Navigator has not issued a fraud or mismanagement advisory

Soccer Without Borders itself has not reported any material diversions of assets

Soccer Without Borders itself has not reported any excess benefit transactions

Source: Soccer Without Borders Form 990 and Charity Navigator

How We Calculate Impact

This rating is based on ImpactMatters analysis of the impact of Soccer Without Borders Oakland relative to costs. Impact is the change in the social outcomes of people served by the program, net of the change that would have happened even without the program (the “counterfactual”); divided by cost. Learn more.

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