Mission: The mission of The Children's Assessment Center is to provide a professional, compassionate and coordinated approach to the treatment of sexually abused children and ... (More)

The Children's Assessment Center Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization, with an IRS ruling year of 1995, and donations are tax-deductible.

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Contact Information

  http://www.cachouston.org/

  2500 Bolsover Street
Houston TX 77005 

  713-986-3300


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Exceptional

This charity's score is 100.00, earning it a 4-Star rating. Donors can "Give with Confidence" to this charity. 

This score is calculated from two sub-scores:

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

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Program Expense

Program Expense Ratio

90.4%


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. Dividing a charity's average program expenses by its average total functional expenses yields this percentage. We calculate the charity's average expenses over its three most recent fiscal years.


Source: IRS Form 990

Administrative Expenses

4.8%


As reported by charities on their IRS Form 990, this measure reflects what percent of its total budget a charity spends on overhead, administrative staff and associated costs, and organizational meetings. Dividing a charity's average administrative expenses by its average total functional expenses yields this percentage. We calculate the charity's average expenses over its three most recent fiscal years.


Source: IRS Form 990

Fundraising Expenses

4.7%


This measure reflects what a charity spends to raise money. Fundraising expenses can include campaign printing, publicity, mailing, and staffing and costs incurred in soliciting donations, memberships, and grants. Dividing a charity's average fundraising expenses by its average total functional expenses yields this percentage. We calculate the charity's average expenses over its three most recent fiscal years.


Source: IRS Form 990

Liabilities to Assets Ratio

0.5%


The Liabilities to Assets Ratio is determined by Total Liabilities divided by Total Assets (most recent 990).


Part of our goal in rating the financial performance of charities is to help donors assess the financial capacity and sustainability of a charity. As do organizations in other sectors, charities must be mindful of their management of total liabilites in relation to their total assets. This ratio is an indicator of an organization’s solvency and or long term sustainability. Dividing a charity's total liabilities by its total assets yields this percentage.


Source: IRS Form 990

Fundraising Efficiency

$0.05


The amount spent to raise $1 in charitable contributions. To calculate a charity's fundraising efficiency, we divide its average fundraising expenses by the average total contributions it receives. We calculate the charity's average expenses and average contributions over its three most recent fiscal years.


Source: IRS Form 990

Working Capital Ratio

7.32 years


Determines how long a charity could sustain its level of spending using its net available assets, or working capital, as reported on its most recently filed Form 990. We include in a charity's working capital unrestricted and temporarily restricted net assets, and exclude permanently restricted net assets. Dividing these net available assets in the most recent year by a charity's average total expenses, yields the working capital ratio. We calculate the charity's average total expenses over its three most recent fiscal years.


Source: IRS Form 990

Program Expense Growth

28.57%


We compute the average annual growth of program expenses using the following formula: [(Yn/Y0)(1/n)]-1, where Y0 is a charity's program expenses in the first year of the interval analyzed, Yn is the charity's program expenses in the most recent year, and n is the interval of years passed between Y0 and Yn.


Source: IRS Form 990

Governance


Charity Navigator looks to confirm on the Form 990 that the organization has these governance practices in place.


Sources Include: IRS Form 990

Governance:
Independent Voting Board Members  ... (More)
No Material Diversion of Assets ... (More)

A diversion of assets – any unauthorized conversion or use of the organization's assets other than for the organization's authorized purposes, including but not limited to embezzlement or theft – can seriously call into question a charity's financial integrity. We check the charity's last two Forms 990 to see if the charity has reported any diversion of assets. If the charity does report a diversion, then we check to see if it complied with the Form 990 instructions by describing what happened and its corrective action. This metric will be assigned to one of the following categories:

  • Full Credit: There has been no diversion of assets within the last two years.

  • Partial Credit: There has been a diversion of assets within the last two years and the charity has used Schedule O on the Form 990 to explain: the nature of the diversion, the amount of money or property involved and the corrective action taken to address the matter. In this situation, we deduct 7 points from the charity's Accountability and Transparency score.
  • No Credit: There has been a diversion of assets within the last two years and the charity's explanation on Schedule O is either non-existent or not sufficient. In this case, we deduct 15 points from the charity's Accountability and Transparency score.
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Audited financial statements provide important information about financial accountability and accuracy. They should be prepared by an independent accountant with oversight from an audit committee. (It is not necessary that the audit committee be a separate committee. Often at smaller charities, it falls within the responsibilities of the finance committee or the executive committee.) The committee provides an important oversight layer between the management of the organization, which is responsible for the financial information reported, and the independent accountant, who reviews the financials and issues an opinion based on its findings. We check the charity's Form 990 reporting to see if it meets this criteria.

  • Full Credit: The charity's audited financials were prepared by an independent accountant with an audit oversight committee.

  • Partial Credit: The charity's audited financials were prepared by an independent accountant, but it did not have an audit oversight committee. In this case, we deduct 7 points from the charity's Accountability and Transparency score.
  • No Credit: The charity did not have its audited financials prepared by an independent accountant. In this case, we deduct 15 points from the charity's Accountability and Transparency score.
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Does Not Provide Loan(s) to or Receive Loan(s) From Related Parties ... (More)
Documents Board Meeting Minutes ... (More)
Distributes 990 to Board Before Filing ... (More)
Compensates Board ... (More)

Policies


Charity Navigator looks to confirm on the Form 990, or for some metrics on the charity's website, that the organization has these policies in place.


Sources Include: IRS Form 990 and organization's website

Policies:
Conflict of Interest  ... (More)
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Records Retention and Destruction ... (More)
CEO Compensation Process ... (More)
Donor Privacy ... (More)

Donors can be reluctant to contribute to a charity when their name, address, or other basic information may become part of donor lists that are exchanged or sold, resulting in an influx of charitable solicitations from other organizations. Our analysts check the charity's website to see if the organization has a donor privacy policy in place and what it does and does not cover. Privacy policies are assigned to one of the following categories:

  • Yes: This charity has a written donor privacy policy published on its website, which states unambiguously that (1) it will not share or sell a donor's personal information with anyone else, nor send donor mailings on behalf of other organizations or (2) it will only share or sell personal information once the donor has given the charity specific permission to do so.

  • Opt-out: The charity has a written privacy policy published on its website which enables donors to tell the charity to remove their names and contact information from lists the charity shares or sells. How a donor can have themselves removed from a list differs from one charity to the next, but any and all opt-out policies require donors to take specific action to protect their privacy.
  • No: This charity either does not have a written donor privacy policy in place to protect their contributors' personal information, or the existing policy does not meet our criteria.

The privacy policy must be specific to donor information. A general website policy which references "visitor" or "user" personal information will not suffice. A policy that refers to donor information collected on the website is also not sufficient as the policy must be comprehensive and applicable to both online and offline donors. The existence of a privacy policy of any type does not prohibit the charity itself from contacting the donor for informational, educational, or solicitation purposes.

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Transparency


Charity Navigator looks to confirm on the Form 990, or for some metrics on the charity's website, that the organization makes this information easily accessible.


Sources Include: IRS Form 990 and organization's website

Transparency:
CEO Salary Listed on 990 ... (More)
Board of Directors Listed on Website ... (More)
Key Staff Listed on Website ... (More)
Audited Financial Statements on Website ... (More)
Form 990 Available on Website ... (More)

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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 this organizations key compensated staff members as identified by our analysts. 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



Kelly Opot, Executive Director

$162,425 (2.11% of Total Expenses)


Current CEO and Board Chair can be found in the Leadership & Adaptability report below.

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:

Prevention of cruelty to children (BMF activity code: 327)


Foundation Status:

Organizations operated solely for the benefit of and in conjunction with organizations described in 10 through 16 above.  509(a)(3) (BMF foundation code: 17)


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.


The Children's Assessment Center Foundation reported being impacted by COVID-19 in the following ways:
  • Program Delivery

  • Fundraising Capacity

  • Revenue

  • Staffing

  • Balance Sheet


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

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we had a net loss of half a million in revenue due to canceled fundraising events, deferred donor giving, and increased expenses. Increased expenses included purchases of personal protective equipment, computers, cameras, and telehealth platforms to adapt to COVID safety measures and protocols. We offset some revenue losses by creatively finding ways to save money and pursue new sources of funding.


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

We continued to serve clients throughout the pandemic and constantly adapted to enhance our service provision to ensure safety and healing. We continued to provide our essential services in a time of high public health risk and quickly had to implement teleservices. We now offer virtual services for mental health services, family advocacy sessions, and prevention and professional development training. The flexibility and allowance of social distancing provided by virtual services have been crucial during this challenging time. Early in the pandemic, fear of COVID caused many families to skip sessions initially. Children were isolated for much of the pandemic and had decreased contact with trusted adults, such as teachers and doctors. Due to this isolation, there were fewer disclosures and reporting of child sexual abuse in 2020. Thus, we had fewer new clients at the height of the pandemic. However, our workload was maintained as we worked through our waitlist of clients.


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

We worked to improve access to our services during the pandemic and expanded our operating hours. Additional business hours allows families more flexible access to our healing services and provides extra time to serve more clients. We also adapted to the changing COVID safety measures and ensured we had the appropriate PPE to keep our staff and clients safe. Safety measures included protocols such as hiring additional janitor staff to clean the facility, instating COVID screening to enter our building, putting up safety screens at intake, and asking our team to wear masks while in our building.


Innovations the organization intends to continue permanently after the pandemic:

We will maintain our telehealth services for our mental health, training, and forensic departments. Telehealth allows clients the flexibility to access our services if they live far from our facility, are experiencing COVID symptoms, or are institutionalized. We will permanently keep our extended operating hours to increase the accessibility of our services. We are also maintaining flexible staff work hours to enhance staff morale and accommodate the increased operating hours. We will keep the COVID safety protocols in place until the risk is substantially lowered.


Historical Ratings

Date PublishedForm 990 FYEOverall ScoreOverall Rating
Rating Version: 2.1
12/1/20212020 100.00
12/23/20202019 100.00
9/3/20192018 100.00
7/1/20192017 98.23
7/1/20182017 92.02

This organization received multiple star ratings within this fiscal year, due to an update to its Accountability and Transparency data and/or the receipt of an amended Form 990.

5/1/20172016 90.10
7/1/20162015 90.10
6/1/20162014 92.21
Rating Version: 2.0
11/1/20152014 92.11
6/1/20142013 94.96
7/1/20132012 91.93
3/1/20122011 92.27
9/20/20112010 91.51
Rating Version: 1.0
5/1/20112010 92.37
7/1/20102009 91.26
7/1/20092008 89.32
5/1/20082007 82.12
5/1/20072006 90.79
7/1/20062005 88.66
5/1/20052004 76.60
6/1/20042003 69.69
1/1/20042002 92.70

...   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

Not Currently Scored

The Children's Assessment Center Foundation cannot currently be evaluated by our Encompass Rating Impact & Results methodology because either (A) it is eligible, but we have not yet received data; (B) we have not yet developed an algorithm to estimate its programmatic impact; (C) its programs are not direct services; or (D) it is not heavily reliant on contributions from individual donors.

Note: The absence of a score does not indicate a positive or negative assessment, it only indicates that we have not yet evaluated the organization.

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Largest Programs

Largest Programs



The Children's Assessment Center Foundation reported its three largest programs on its FY 2020 Form 990 as:


$2,123,577

Spent in most recent FY

29%

Percent of program expenses


Forensic Services


$2,015,056

Spent in most recent FY

28%

Percent of program expenses


Therapy and Psychological Services


$1,684,276

Spent in most recent FY

23%

Percent of program expenses


Training and External Affairs


...   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 The Children's Assessment Center Foundation is a passing score. This score has no effect on the organization's Star Rating.

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


The mission of The Children's Assessment Center is to provide a professional, compassionate and coordinated approach to the treatment of sexually abused children and their families and to serve as an advocate for all children in our community.


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Vision

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


Our work at The CAC is guided by the belief that all children in our community deserve to grow up safe, happy, and healthy. Our vision is a world free of child sexual abuse.


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: Enhance outreach and prevention services: We have prioritized expanding our outreach and training services to reach more community members and prevent child sexual abuse from ever occurring.

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


Goal Two: Expand access to CAC services: We are expanding our programs to serve more clients and reduce barriers to accessing our facility, such as increased operating hours and transportation support.

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


Goal Three: Improve outcomes for clients through data-driven decisions: We are enhancing data collection and analysis to drive program innovation, efficiency, and streamline services between departments.

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

The CAC is committed to enhancing leadership development and providing opportunities for training and networking. Our leadership is encouraged to participate in networking events with local nonprofit and for-profit leaders, leadership development seminars, and committees for CAC leadership across the nation. For example, our Development Director joined a Development Council for metro-CAC’s to coordinate plans, network with peers, and discuss fundraising best practices. Our Assistant Executive Director is on the Texas Governor’s Child Sex Trafficking Team, which is chaired by leaders from all over Texas working together to lead actionable steps to fight human trafficking. We also offer all of our Board members specialized training through the Best Boards Conference. Our leadership is constantly pursuing new opportunities to develop their leadership skills, network with local leaders, and participate in thought leadership to solve systemic community issues.

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?

We have had to quickly adapt to the changes brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. We modified services to include telehealth and virtual training. We have continued to work with our 57 community partners to coordinate investigations, provide services, pool resources and expertise, and reduce potential trauma to children and families. Our partners include law enforcement, medical and mental health professionals, nonprofits, and governmental investigative entities, all with the common goal of protecting children. The CAC and our community partners sit on a Partner Council which works to enhance collaboration and best practice protocol for services for child sexual abuse victims. We expanded our community outreach and prevention training during the last year, specifically focusing on schools, medical and mental health professionals, and parents. We also developed a new outreach campaign designed to mobilize prevention and community engagement initiatives in 2022.

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.


The COVID-19 pandemic forced us to adapt to changes in public health policies quickly. One of the significant changes we established was to start providing virtual sessions. Telehealth was new for The CAC, and we had to thoroughly research platforms, confidentially practices, and privacy risks. We could not risk someone hacking into a therapy session or breaking HIPPA confidentially standards. Our staff also had to rapidly learn how to conduct teletherapy sessions for the first time with clients that have unique considerations, such as young age, lack of availability of technology, and absence of typical therapy tools. Play therapy is especially challenging to perform over virtual conference. Our therapists quickly realized that the children lacked the necessary play therapy items to help them process their trauma and foster healing. We started sending play therapy kits to clients to ensure we provide high-quality services that support their healing journey. One therapist said that “having the structure and reassurance that my clients will receive one hour of virtual therapy each week has been beneficial for my clients and their families. It allows clients the space to discuss what they need to during these difficult times with an unbiased source – which allows them to continue healing.” Although we had to overcome the learning curve, providing virtual services was a light in the child’s darkness of dealing with trauma, isolation, and unparalleled stress of the pandemic.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

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Organization Leadership

Organization Leadership


Kerry McCracken

Executive Director

Kathy Wells

President

...   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

Not Currently Scored

The Children's Assessment Center Foundation is currently not eligible for a Culture & Community score because we have not received its Constituent Feedback data. Nonprofit organizations are encouraged to fill out the How We Listen section of their Candid profile. This data will provide the basis for the initial evaluation of Culture & Community.

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Constituent Feedback

Constituent Feedback

Not Scored


This organization reported that it is collecting feedback. However, it did not respond to one or more survey questions, and therefore is not eligible for a score on this metric. (View our beacon methodology.)


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


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

Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.)


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


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

Our staff, Our board


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


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

Note: The organization did not respond to this question.



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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