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Soup Kitchen meets the benchmark for high cost-effectiveness. The nonprofit's cost per meal is less than 75% of the local meal cost.
Note: The impact of this program may not be representative of the entire operation of Someone Cares Soup Kitchen.
Governance: Passes checks
To feed a daily nutritional meal to the homeless, the unemployed, the working poor, the mentally challenged, the senior citizens and most important of all, the children.
Costa Mesa, CA
Donations processed by the nonprofit.
Costa Mesa, CA
Someone Cares Soup Kitchen prepares and serves meals to beneficiaries.
People living in poverty
Costa Mesa, 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.
A meal provided to a person in need
To calculate impact, we estimate how many outcomes the nonprofit caused.
Outcome data collected during the program. Someone Cares Soup Kitchen publicly reports the amount of food it provides.
July 1, 2016, to June 30, 2017
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.
We assume that the distribution of a meal from one nonprofit's food distribution program does not diminish the amount of food distributed by any other (neighboring) food distribution program. This “counterfactual” assumption about the amount of food distributed in the absence of Someone Cares Soup Kitchen’s food distribution program implies that the benefit of a meal to a beneficiary in need constitutes a net gain; the gain is not offset by reductions in food provided to other beneficiaries in need. We therefore set the counterfactual to zero.
We don't know if the observed changes were caused by the nonprofit's program or something else happening at the same time (e.g. a participant got a raise). To determine causation, we take the outcomes we observe and subtract an estimate of the outcomes that would have happened even without the program (i.e. counterfactual outcomes).
Cost data reported by Someone Cares Soup Kitchen and data and assumptions about partner and beneficiary costs.
$477,142 program costs + $59,652 partner costs + $0 beneficiary costs = $536,795 total costs
After estimating the program's outcomes, we need to determine how much it cost to achieve those outcomes. All monetary costs are counted, whether they are borne by a nonprofit service deliverer or by the nonprofit’s public and private partners. In-kind donations, of labor or supplies, are not counted.
$536,795 total costs / 339,031 meals provided = roughly $2 provides a meal to a person in need.
Numbers may not divide precisely due to rounding and time discounting.
We calculate impact, defined as the change in outcomes attributable to a program divided by the cost to achieve those outcomes.
Impact ratings of food distribution programs are based on the cost of a meal relative to the cost that a food-secure person incurs to buy a meal in that county. Programs receive 5 stars if they are less than 75% the cost of a meal and 4 stars if they are less than 125%. If a nonprofit reports impact but doesn't meet the benchmark for cost-effectiveness, it earns 3 stars.
The nonprofit's cost per meal is less than 75% of the local meal cost.
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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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Analysis conducted by ImpactMatters and published on November 22, 2019.
An ImpactMatters analyst searched the Form 990s, annual reports, audited financials and the website of Someone Cares Soup Kitchen to calculate impact and rate cost-effectiveness. A second analyst conducted quality control.
Someone Cares Soup Kitchen passes our governance check.
Overhead spending is reasonable (<35% of total spending)
Charity Navigator has not issued a fraud or mismanagement advisory
Someone Cares Soup Kitchen itself has not reported any material diversions of assets
Someone Cares Soup Kitchen itself has not reported any excess benefit transactions
Source: Someone Cares Soup Kitchen Form 990 and Charity Navigator
This rating is based on ImpactMatters analysis of the impact of Soup Kitchen 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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$2 provides a meal to a person in need.