Mission: Provides shelter for homeless families & individuals, & helps them to secure long-term housing.

Partners for Affordable Housing is a 501(c)(3) organization, with an IRS ruling year of 1985, and donations are tax-deductible.

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Contact Information

  www.partnersforhousing.org

  12 Civic Center Plaza
Suite 2145
Mankato MN 56001



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Encompass Rating System by Charity Navigator


Overall Score

99

out of 100

This charity's score is a passing score.
This overall score is calculated from multiple beacon scores: 35% Finance & Accountability, 50% Impact & Results, 10% Leadership & Adaptability, and 5% Culture & Community


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...   Finance & Accountability


This score provides an assessment of a nonprofit's financial health (stability, efficiency and sustainability) and its commitment to governance practices and policies.


Finance & Accountability Score

97

out of 100

The score earned by Partners for Affordable Housing is a passing score

This V5 of the Finance & Accountability Score provides a baseline measure of an organization’s health including the indicators listed in the report below.

This score represents Form 990 data from 2020, the latest year electronically filed and published by the IRS.



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Finance & Accountability Report

97

of 100 points

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Program Expense

Program Expense Ratio

75.23%

Higher effect on score

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The Program Expense Ratio is determined by Program Expenses divided by Total Expense (average of most recent three 990s). This measure reflects the percent of its total expenses a charity spends on the programs and services it exists to deliver.


Program Expense Percentage

Amount of Credit Received

70% or higherFull Credit
60% - 69.9%Partial Credit
Below 50%Zero Points for Both Program Expense percentage AND Liabilities to Assets

Source: IRS Form 990

Board Composition

12/12 Independent

Higher effect on score


Charity Navigator looks for at least 3 board members, with more than 50% of those members identified as independent (not salaried).


The presence of an independent governing body is strongly recommended by many industry professionals to allow for full deliberation and diversity of thinking on governance and other organizational matters.


Source: IRS Form 990

Independent Audit or Financial Review

Has Audit/Review

Higher effect on score


An Audit, Review, or Compilation provides important information about financial accountability and accuracy. Organizations are scored based on their Total Revenue Amount:

Total Revenue Amount

Expectation to Receive Credit

$1 million or higherExpected to complete an audit
$500,000 - $1 millionExpected to complete an audit, review, or compilation
Less than $500,000No expectation (removed from scoring methodology)

Source: IRS Form 990

Liabilities to Assets Ratio

36.38%

Lower effect on score


The Liabilities to Assets Ratio is determined by Total Liabilities divided by Total Assets (most recent 990). This ratio is an indicator of an organization’s solvency and/or long-term sustainability.

Liabilities to Assets Ratio

Amount of Credit Received

Less than 50%Full Credit
50% - 59.9%Partial Credit
60% or moreNo Credit

Source: IRS Form 990

Website

Listed

Lower effect on score


Charity Navigator looks for a website on the Form 990 as an accountability and transparency metric.


Nonprofits act in the public trust and reporting publicly on activities is an important component.


Source: IRS Form 990

Conflict of Interest Policy

Listed

Lower effect on score


Charity Navigator looks for the existence of a conflict of interest policy on the Form 990 as an accountability and transparency measure.


This policy protects the organization and by extension those it serves, when it is considering entering into a transaction that may benefit the private interest of an officer, director and/or key employee of the organization.


Source: IRS Form 990

Board Meeting Minutes

Documented

Lower effect on score


Charity Navigator looks to confirm on the Form 990 that the organization has this process in place as an accountability and transparency measure.


An official record of the events that take place during a board meeting ensures that a contemporaneous document exists for future reference.


Source: IRS Form 990

Document Retention and Destruction

Missing

Lower effect on score


Charity Navigator looks for the existence of a document retention and destruction policy per the Form 990 as an accountability and transparency measure.


This policy establishes guidelines for the handling, backing up, archiving and destruction of documents. These guidelines foster good record keeping procedures that promote data integrity.


Source: IRS Form 990

Whistleblower Policy

Listed

Lower effect on score


Charity Navigator looks for the existence of a whistleblower policy per the Form 990 as an accountability and transparency measure.


This policy outlines procedures for handling employee complaints, as well as a confidential way for employees to report financial or other types of mismanagement.


Source: IRS Form 990

Additional Information

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Total Revenue and Expenses

Total Revenue and Expenses

This chart displays the trend of revenue and expenses over the past several years for this organization, as reported on their IRS Form 990.

Salary of Key Persons

Presented here are up to five of this organization's highest compensated employees. This compensation data includes salary, cash bonuses, and expense accounts and is displayed exactly how it is reported to the IRS. The amounts do not include nontaxable benefits, deferred compensation, or other amounts not reported on Form W-2. In some cases, these amounts may include compensation from related organizations. Read the IRS policies for compensation reporting



JEN THENEMAN, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

$71,106


CHRISTIAN BAILEY, PRESIDENT

$0


LAINA RAJALA, VICE PRESIDENT

$0


JAKE SEWARD, TREASURER

$0


JACOB SHERLOCK, SECRETARY

$0


Source: IRS Form 990 (page 7), filing year 2020

Business Master File Data

Below are some key data points from the Exempt Organization IRS Business Master File (BMF) for this organization. Learn more about the BMF on the IRS website


Activities:

Instruction and guidance on housing (BMF activity code: 398)


Foundation Status:

Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public   170(b)(1)(A)(vi) (BMF foundation code: 15)


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). (BMF affiliation code: 3)

Data Sources: IRS Forms 990

The Form 990 is a document that nonprofit organizations file with the IRS annually. We leverage finance and accountability data from it to form Encompass ratings. Click here to view this organization's Forms 990 on the IRS website (if any are available).

Pandemic Response

Due to the unprecedented nature of the pandemic, we give charities such as this one the opportunity to share the story of COVID's impact on them. Charities may submit their own pandemic responses through their nonprofit portal.


Partners for Affordable Housing reported being impacted by COVID-19 in the following ways:
  • Program Delivery

  • Fundraising Capacity

  • Revenue

  • Staffing

  • Administrative Capacity

  • Grants Received

  • The people we serve have been greatly impacted by COVID-19 in so many ways. This challenges them and our ability to support them in their success.


How COVID-19 impacted the organization's operations financially:

We had increased expenses, cancelled fundraisers, and unstable grants. In 2021, we saw fewer grant opportunities, and in 2022 to date, even fewer opportunities despite significant ongoing COVID-19 impacts.


How COVID-19 impacted the organization's delivery of programs:

Staffing shortages, decreased funding and increased expenses, and higher client needs.


How this organization adapted to changing conditions caused by COVID-19:

Increased sanitation and security protocols for clients and staff. Increased grant writing. Creative solutions to adapt to ever changing climate. Increased community partnerships. Increased virtual meetings with partners, government, staff to be up-to-date on increased needs to serve homeless populations during the last two years. Increased communication with staff and guests to ensure that protocols and solutions are inclusive and impactful. Also increased communication to ensure that our Board understands the impacts and challenges.


Innovations the organization intends to continue permanently after the pandemic:

Enhanced areas and protocols to ensure sanitation, air flow and space for clients and staff. Vaccination stipend for staff who are vaccinated. Virtual meetings when appropriate.


...   Impact & Results


This score estimates the actual impact a nonprofit has on the lives of those it serves, and determines whether it is making good use of donor resources to achieve that impact.


Impact & Results Score

100

out of 100

Partners for Affordable Housing is highly cost-effective, earning a passing score.


Impact

$20 provides a night of shelter for a person experiencing homelessness.


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Impact & Results Report

100

of 100 points


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Rated Program

Rated Program


Program

Emergency Shelter

Activities

The nonprofit provides people experiencing homelessness with a temporary place to stay.

Program Type

Emergency Shelter

Beneficiaries Served

People experiencing homelessness; Adults; Men; Women; Families

Program Geography

2 counties and cities in MN

Time Period of Data

7/1/16 to 6/30/17


Learn how we assess the impact of nonprofits

Outcomes and Cost

Outcomes: Changes in the lives of those served by a nonprofit. They can be caused by the nonprofit.

Costs: The money spent by a nonprofit and its partners and beneficiaries.

Impact: Outcome caused by a nonprofit relative to its cost.

Cost-effectiveness: A judgment as to whether the cost was a good use of resources to cause the outcome.


Outcome Metric

A night of shelter for a person experiencing homelessness


Outcome Data Source

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 look for self-reported shelter nights. If we cannot find this information we estimate it using HIC data.


Method for Attributing Outcomes

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).


We assume that the provision of shelter by one nonprofit does not diminish the provision of shelter by any other (neighboring) nonprofit. We also assume there is, in general, no slack capacity in the homeless shelter system. In the absence of a given shelter, beneficiaries would not be able to stay at another shelter because other shelters are assumed to have no beds to spare. We therefore set the counterfactual to zero.


Cost Data Source

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.


Program cost data reported by the nonprofit. Partner and beneficiary costs reported by the nonprofit or estimated by Charity Navigator.


Cost Calculation

$229,203 program costs + $0 partner costs + $0 beneficiary costs = $229,203 total costs


Impact and Determination

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

Impact Calculation

$229,203 total costs / 13,638 nights of shelter provided = roughly $20 provides a night of shelter for a person experiencing homelessness.

Benchmark for Rating

Impact & Results scores of emergency shelters are based on the cost of providing a night of shelter relative to the Fair Market Rent in that county. Programs receive an Impact & Results score of 100 if they are less than 200% the Fair Market Rent and a score of 75 if they are less than 400%. If a nonprofit reports impact but doesn't meet the benchmark for cost-effectiveness, it earns a score of 50.

Determination

Highly cost-effective

Nonprofit Comment

Before publishing, we ask every nonprofit we can to review our work, offer corrections and provide a comment.


This nonprofit did not provide a comment

Analysis Details


Analysis conducted in 2019 by ImpactMatters. An analyst searched the Form 990s, annual reports, audited financials and the website of the nonprofit to calculate impact and rate cost-effectiveness. A second analyst conducted quality control.

Additional Information

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Largest Programs

Largest Programs



Partners for Affordable Housing reported its three largest programs on its FY 2020 Form 990 as:


$210,658

Spent in most recent FY

25%

Percent of program expenses


Transitional Housing: Partners for Affordable Housing opened the Welcome Inn Transitional Living Center the summer of 1985. Committed to serving homeless families and individuals, it provides housing  ... (More)


$129,148

Spent in most recent FY

15%

Percent of program expenses


Permanent Housing: Our agency also provides some permanent and affordable housing for low-income individuals and families and those with special needs in order to help combat high rental costs that ar ... (More)


$479,157

Spent in most recent FY

58%

Percent of program expenses


Emergency Shelter: Though it offers a wide range of housing options for low-income families and individuals, Partners for Affordable Housing is probably best known as Mankato's "homeless shelter" offe ... (More)


...   Leadership & Adaptability


This score provides an assessment of the organization's leadership capacity, strategic thinking and planning, and ability to innovate or respond to changes in constituent demand/need or other relevant social and economic conditions to achieve the organization's mission.


Leadership & Adaptability Score

100

out of 100

The score earned by Partners for Affordable Housing is a passing score.

Encompass Rating V4 provides an evaluation of the organization's Leadership & Adaptability through the nonprofit organization submitting a survey response directly to Charity Navigator.


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Leadership & Adaptability Report

100

of 100 points

Mission

The nonprofit organization presents evidence of strategic thinking through articulating the organization’s mission


Provides shelter for homeless families & individuals, & helps them to secure long-term housing.


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Vision

The nonprofit organization presents evidence of strategic thinking through articulating the organization’s vision.


Everyone has a safe and affordable place to call home.


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Strategic Goals

The nonprofit organization presents evidence of strategic thinking and goal setting through sharing their most important strategic goals.


Goal One: Evaluate housing option effectiveness and long-term growth plans

Goal Type: Invest in the capacity of our organization (financial, management, technical, etc.).


Goal Two: Enhance awareness, education and inclusion strategies to better support the diverse populations we serve and employ

Goal Type: This goal reflects our commitment to further our advocacy work for our organization and or cause area.


Goal Three: Enhance programs to increase client self-sufficiency

Goal Type: Grow, expand, scale or increase access to the existing programs and services.


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Leadership Development

The nonprofit provides evidence of investment in leadership development


Describe an investment in leadership

Leverage free and low-cost training opportunities to enhance the knowledge of front-line managers.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Mobilizing for Mission

The nonprofit provides evidence of leadership through focusing externally and mobilizing resources for the mission.


This organization mobilizes for mission in the following ways:
  • Strategic Partnerships

  • Networks of Collective Impact Efforts

  • Thought Leadership

  • Raising Awareness

  • Community Building

  • Policy Advocacy

What are this organization’s external mobilizaton efforts?

Our team participates in local, regional and state-wide groups focused on housing and non-profit advocacy. We regularly are asked to speak to civic groups and businesses to discuss our cause and organization's work. We participate in many networking groups and regularly meet with other agencies who we partner with to provide coordinated support of our shared clients.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Story of Adaptability

The nonprofit has an opportunity to tell the story of how the organization adapted to tremendous external changes in the last year.


Our organization has adapted internally through changing protocols, staff assignments, increased client in-person and financial support, increased staff communication to share knowledge, set expectations and discuss challenges and opportunities. Externally, our organization has taken advantage of weekly state and federal virtual meetings to stay abreast of changing best practices, impacts on homelessness and resources. We've been involved in more virtual meetings to participate in racial impact on homelessness, eviction diversion pilot, people with lived experience feedback sessions and more.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

...   Culture & Community


This score provides an assessment of the organization's culture and connectedness to the community it serves. Learn more about how and why we rate Culture & Community.


Culture & Community Score

100

out of 100

Partners for Affordable Housing has earned a passing score. The organization provided data about how it listens to constituents (Constituent Feedback) and its Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI practices (see report below).


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Culture & Community Report

100

of 100 points

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Constituent Feedback

Constituent Feedback

Full Credit


This organization reported that it is collecting feedback.


Here's how this organization is listening and learning from the people it serves:


Who are the people you serve with your mission? Describe briefly.

All are socioeconomically challenged. We serve individuals and families, all gender and sexual orientations, all ages, all races and ethnicities, all religious affiliations, and people whose primarily language is English and languages other than English with interpreter assistance.


How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

SMS text surveys, Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Paper surveys, Case management notes, Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees, Suggestion box/email


How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

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


With whom does your organization share the feedback you got from the people you serve?

The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners


How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship with them or shifted power - over decisions, resources, rules or in other ways - to them?

We discuss that each person's opinion represents one person, however when we hear feedback we listen with intention, as we hear suggestions and ideas and opportunities to serve better. When staff show that we are willing to listen and ask questions for understanding, we build rapport and trust with the people we serve.


What challenges does your organization face in collecting feedback from the people you serve?

It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, We don't have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time


Briefly describe a recent change that your organization made in response to feedback from the people you serve.

During COVID-19 we had a rigid 'no nights out' policy in our shelters. We found that we needed to discuss each situation separately and create a mutual game plan and accountability to establish expectations and keep them safe, as well as other people living in the houses and staff safe when they returned.



Methodology


Charity Navigator believes nonprofit organizations that engage in inclusive practices, such as collecting feedback from the people and communities they serve, may be more effective. We've partnered with Candid to survey organizations about their feedback practices. Nonprofit organizations can fill out the How We Listen section of their Candid profile to receive a rating.


Learn more about the methodology.

Analysis and Research


Like the overall Encompass Rating System, the Culture & Community Beacon is designed to evolve as metrics are developed and ready for integration. Our partnership with Feedback Labs and Candid, and other partners including Fund for Shared Insight, GlobalGiving, and Keystone Accountability, enables us to launch the first version of this beacon with Constituent Feedback information collected on Candid's site.


Feedback practices have been shown to support better Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion outcomes, an essential area of assessment that we intend to further expand and develop in the future. Feedback Labs has documented several studies which indicate that beyond achieving organizational goals, nonprofits that are attentive and responsive to concerns and ideas raised by beneficiaries establish stronger relationships with the people they serve, promote greater equity, and empower constituents in ways that can help to ensure better long-term outcomes. You can find resources to help nonprofits improve their feedback practices here.

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