Q3 2012 Research OverviewCause                Nonprofit                Page   Cause               Nonprofit               ...
Background. Urban Arts Partnership operates                               and provides arts instruction in a variety of   ...
Background. The Red Sox Foundation (“RSF” or                               the “Foundation”), the official team charity of...
Background. Project GRAD Houston (“GRAD”) is                                 an education reform model at work in five fee...
Background. Room to Read (“RTR”) is a global                                 organization working in nine countries across...
Background. One Acre Fund, (“OAF”), was                                  founded to address the crisis of hunger in       ...
Background. Accion USA helps low to                               moderate income (“LMI”) small-business                  ...
Background. CaringBridge is a social                                 network, keeping families and loved ones             ...
Background. VisionSpring, Inc.(“VisionSpring”),                                 formed in October 2001, trains villagers i...
Background. JobTrain provides low-income                               individuals in the Bay Area with classes,          ...
Background. Ashoka identifies and develops                              the world’s leading social entrepreneurs to       ...
Background. Vital Voices Global Partnership                                  (“VVGP”) was bred from Vital Voices          ...
Background. The Endeavor Initiative, Inc.                             (“Endeavor Global”) and its international           ...
Background. The All Stars Project, Inc. (“ASP”) is a                              non-partisan organization dedicated to p...
Background. Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership                                (“HOBY”) programs provide youth selected by      ...
Background. Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of                                America (“IAVA”) is the nation’s first and lar...
Background. The National Military Family                               Association (“NMFA”) represents officer and        ...
Background. Operation Homefront provides                                 services to alleviate a military family’s or     ...
Background.      Swords    to      Plowshares                              (“Swords” or “STP”) provides care to more      ...
Background. One Economy Corporation                                ("One Economy"), founded in 2000 in                    ...
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NPI's most recent research includes: Review of Urban Arts Partnership, Review of Red Sox Foundation, Review of Project GRAD Houston, Review of Room to Read, Review of One Acre Fund, Review of Accion USA, Review of CaringBridge, Review of VisionSpring, Review of JobTrain, Review of Ashoka, Review of Vital Voices Global Partnership, Review of Endeavor Global, Review of All Stars Project, Review of Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership, Review of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, Review of National Military Family Association, Review of Swords to Plowshares, Review of One Economy

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  1. 1. Q3 2012 Research OverviewCause Nonprofit Page Cause Nonprofit PageArts 1 Leadership and Development 10Youth Arts Education Urban Arts Partnership 1 International Ashoka 10 Women Vital Voices Global 11Community 2 PartnershipCommunity Youth Red Sox Foundation 2 International Endeavor Global 12Education 3 Youth All Stars Project 13Youth Education Project GRAD Houston 3 Youth Hugh O’Brian Youth 14Global Education Room to Read 4 LeadershipGlobal Development 5 Military / Veterans 15Agriculture One Acre Fund 5 Veterans Advocacy Iraq and Afghanistan 15Microfinance Accion USA 6 Veterans of America Military Families National Military Family 16Health 7 and Veterans AssociationPatient / Family CaringBridge 7 Military Families Operation Homefront 17Support and VeteransVision VisionSpring 8 Veterans Services Swords to Plowshares 18Job Training 9 Technology 19Job Training JobTrain 9 Technology Access One Economy 19 Published November 12, 2012
  2. 2. Background. Urban Arts Partnership operates and provides arts instruction in a variety of interdisciplinary arts programs that include in- school classroom integration, after-school programs, professional development, summerUrban Arts Partnership programs, arts festivals and special projects.http://urbanarts.org/ The organization targets schools with a highHeadquarters: New York, NY percentage of students from low-income families located primarily in New York City andFY 2011 Revenue: $3.9MM the surrounding area.Nonprofit Investor Rating: NPI Assessment. Urban Arts Partnership hasBUY developed a strong portfolio of arts-based programs and has demonstrated a proven track record of advancing students’ intellectual,Read the full report: social and artistic development. NPI wouldNPI Evaluation of Urban Arts recommend volunteering and / or furtherPartnership considering a donation. nonprofitinvestor.org | 1
  3. 3. Background. The Red Sox Foundation (“RSF” or the “Foundation”), the official team charity of the Boston Red Sox, focuses in serving the health, education, recreation and social service needs of children, families in need, and wounded veterans across New England. RSF accomplishes thisRed Sox Foundation through partnerships with local communities,http://redsoxfoundation.org/ active involvement from Red Sox players, andHeadquarters: Boston, MA strong dedication from the team’s ownership group led by Principal Owner John Henry,FY 2010 Revenue: $6.6MM Chairman Tom Werner and President/CEO Larry Lucchino.Nonprofit Investor Rating:NEUTRAL NPI Assessment. The Red Sox Foundation does an excellent job of leveraging its assets, including cash and ticket donations, autographs, playerRead the full report: appearances, while keeping costs low, which hasNPI Evaluation of Red Sox resulted in $52 million of donations over the pastFoundation 10 years. The key areas of caution are the current lack of transparency by RSF and increasing employee costs. nonprofitinvestor.org | 2
  4. 4. Background. Project GRAD Houston (“GRAD”) is an education reform model at work in five feeder patterns (Davis, Sam Houston, Reagan, Wheatley and Yates) within Houston Independent SchoolProject GRAD Houston District (“HISD”), serving 64 schools and overhttp://projectgradhouston.org/ 44,000 economically disadvantaged children – 23% of the school districts total schoolHeadquarters: Houston, TX population and approximately 24% of its total at-FY 2010 Revenue: $5.5MM risk population.Nonprofit Investor Rating: NPI Assessment. Project GRAD has a longstanding history with HISD, providing programs such asNEUTRAL scholarship, mentoring, and education. While a small sample of results provided by GRADRead the full report: indicates increased graduation rates and decreased dropout rates, lack of broaderNPI Evaluation of Project GRAD disclosures of results and lack of detail regardingHouston program services provided by GRAD limit the ability to draw a causal link between programs provided and results achieved. nonprofitinvestor.org | 3
  5. 5. Background. Room to Read (“RTR”) is a global organization working in nine countries across Asia and Africa helping millions of children in the developing world gain access to qualityRoom to Read educational opportunities. RTR has built anhttp://roomtoread.org/ effective, entrepreneurial and passionate global team, a strong and diverse donor base and aHeadquarters: foundation of scalable programming.San Francisco, CAFY 2011 Revenue: $39.4MM NPI Assessment. RTR is a results-oriented organization and has affected lives of 6MM+ children worldwide. The organization works inNonprofit Investor Rating: collaboration with local communities, partnerBUY organization and governments to build a skilled workforce sustainable for the long-run. UsingRead the full report: Salesforce.com Foundation, it constantly monitors and evaluates projects, identifies strengths andNPI Evaluation of Room to Read weaknesses and facilitates dialogue with stakeholders. Its push to carry scale and efficient operating models internationally has proven to be successful over time. nonprofitinvestor.org | 4
  6. 6. Background. One Acre Fund, (“OAF”), was founded to address the crisis of hunger in Africa. OAF concentrates on serving small-scale farmers in Africa by providing them with theOne Acre Fund comprehensive “market bundle” program sohttp://oneacrefund.org/ that farmers can lift themselves out of poverty and can send their children to school.Headquarters: Highland Park, ILFY 2011 Revenue: $18.7MM NPI Assessment. One Acre Fund continues to meet or exceed defined program metrics inNonprofit Investor Rating: their mission to eliminate poverty in Africa through thoughtful business practices andBUY operational efficiency. Because OAFs program metrics and financial statements are notRead the full report: entirely explained by public documentation,NPI Evaluation of One Acre Fund NPI recommends that OAF either publish more detailed explanations of survey methods and financial statements or provide access to OAF staff. nonprofitinvestor.org | 5
  7. 7. Background. Accion USA helps low to moderate income (“LMI”) small-business owners build sustainable businesses and attain economic self-sufficiency throughAccion USA providing affordable microloans and freehttp://accionusa.org financial education services.Headquarters: New York, NYFY 2011 Revenue: $6.2MM NPI Assessment. Accion USA is a large, established organization with an active loanNonprofit Investor Rating: portfolio of over $6MM. Their activities have an evident impact on providingNEUTRAL opportunities and alleviating poverty. However, the recent decrease in donations /Read the full report: grants is limiting their lending ability and isNPI Evaluation of Accion USA testing their capability to match revenue and expenses, to avoid loss. nonprofitinvestor.org | 6
  8. 8. Background. CaringBridge is a social network, keeping families and loved ones connected through its free websites duringCaringBridge any type of health event.http://caringbridge.org/ NPI Assessment. Since 1997, CaringBridge’sHeadquarters: Eagan, MN program model and firm stance on privacyFY 2011 Revenue: $8.8MM has been effectively addressing a sensitive need and has mainly been supported by itsNonprofit Investor Rating: beneficiaries. CaringBridge continues toBUY update its technology and evolve and increase awareness around its serviceRead the full report: offerings. The organization has the elements in place that should allow it to continueNPI Evaluation of CaringBridge increasing the number of people it serves. nonprofitinvestor.org | 7
  9. 9. Background. VisionSpring, Inc.(“VisionSpring”), formed in October 2001, trains villagers in the developing world to conduct outreach & vision screenings and sell high-quality, low-costVisionSpring eyeglasses in their communities. VisionSpringhttp://visionspring.org/ Vision Entrepreneurs sell reading glasses,Headquarters: New York, NY sunglasses & eye drops and refer customersFY 2010 Revenue: $1.3MM needing prescription glasses to optometrists or partner eye health institutions.Nonprofit Investor Rating: NPI Assessment. VisionSpring has developed aNEUTRAL unique way to address a critical social need. While VisionSpring’s impact on clients seemsRead the full report: logical, NPI notes discrepancies regarding impact which should be corrected immediately.NPI Evaluation of VisionSpring Also, VisionSpring’s corporate structure must be publicly documented to provide assurance that disclosed impact is exclusively attributable to the U.S. entity, Visionspring, Inc. nonprofitinvestor.org | 8
  10. 10. Background. JobTrain provides low-income individuals in the Bay Area with classes, training, career counseling, and job placement services to prepare them forJobTrain quality jobs and careers.http://jobtrainworks.org/Headquarters: Menlo Park, CA NPI Assessment. JobTrain’s programs serve many people in the Bay Area, ranging fromFY 2011 Revenue: $4.9MM children to adults. The organization and its staff have years of experience, and itsNonprofit Investor Rating: programs offer many an opportunity toNEUTRAL acquire the skills necessary for quality jobs in today’s world. However, JobTrain’s lack ofRead the full report: organizational and impact transparencyNPI Evaluation of JobTrain makes it difficult to fully assess and leaves enough questions unanswered that we rate it a NEUTRAL until further information is made available. nonprofitinvestor.org | 9
  11. 11. Background. Ashoka identifies and develops the world’s leading social entrepreneurs to serve as catalysts for change by providing them with the financial support, technical guidance and robust network forAshoka collaboration. The organization focuses onhttp://ashoka.org/ developing effective models that advanceHeadquarters: Arlington, VA the field of social entrepreneurship andFY 2011 Revenue: $55.9MM inspire everyday citizens to become powerful changemakers.Nonprofit Investor Rating: NPI Assessment. Since the Ashoka approachNEUTRAL addresses pressing societal change on an individual, system and framework level,Read the full report: direct impact is difficult to measure. ThoughNPI Evaluation of Ashoka Ashoka has made significant contributions in building the citizen sector, additional impact metrics are needed to establish a clear understanding of program effectiveness. nonprofitinvestor.org | 10
  12. 12. Background. Vital Voices Global Partnership (“VVGP”) was bred from Vital Voices Democracy Initiative, a U.S. government program led by then-First Lady Hillary RodhamVital Voices Global Partnership Clinton and former Secretary of Statehttp://vitalvoices.org/ Madeleine Albright. VVGP was created in 2000 to focus on human rights, economicHeadquarters: Washington, DC empowerment and political participation byFY 2010 Revenue: $9.7MM creating a platform to provide valuable skills and connections for women globally to make aNonprofit Investor Rating: transformative impact in their communities.BUY NPI Assessment. VVGP has been able to successfully identify, train and empowerRead the full report: women leaders and social entrepreneursNPI Evaluation of Vital Voices globally. Yet, securing a diversified donor baseGlobal Partnership and stable/growing revenue stream along with allocating expenses for efficiency is an opportunity for improvement. nonprofitinvestor.org | 11
  13. 13. Background. The Endeavor Initiative, Inc. (“Endeavor Global”) and its international affiliates (together, “Endeavor”) helpEndeavor Global high‐impact entrepreneurs unleash theirhttp://endeavor.org/ potential by providing an unrivaled network of seasoned business leaders, who provideHeadquarters: New York, NY the key ingredients to entrepreneurialFY 2010 Revenue: $8.6MM success.Nonprofit Investor Rating: NPI Assessment. Endeavor Global has aBUY strong track record of generating social impact and tracking the impact throughRead the full report: innovative metrics. NPI rates Endeavor Global a BUY and encourages theNPI Evaluation of Endeavor organization to continue improving itsGlobal disclosures. nonprofitinvestor.org | 12
  14. 14. Background. The All Stars Project, Inc. (“ASP”) is a non-partisan organization dedicated to promoting development through the use of an innovative performance-based model. ASP creates privately funded, outside-of-school, educational, andAll Stars Project performing-arts activities for tens of thousands ofhttp://allstars.org/ poor and minority young people. ASP activelyHeadquarters: New York, NY promotes supplementary education and the performance-learning model in academic andFY 2011 Revenue: $7.0MM civic arenas.Nonprofit Investor Rating: NPI Assessment. ASP’s programs reach thousands of poor and minority young people every yearNEUTRAL helping them build the skills and confidence needed to succeed in academic and workplaceRead the full report: settings. However, ASP’s inability to track andNPI Evaluation of All Stars demonstrate a quantifiable impact, combinedProject with unresolved historical controversy leaves enough questions unanswered that we rate it NEUTRAL until additional information is made available. nonprofitinvestor.org | 13
  15. 15. Background. Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership (“HOBY”) programs provide youth selected by their schools opportunities to participate in unique leadership training, service-learning and motivation-building experiences.Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Additionally, HOBY provides volunteerhttp://hoby.org/ opportunities for adults wishing to make aHeadquarters: positive impact on the lives of adolescents.Westlake Village, CAFY 2011 Revenue: $2.3MM NPI Assessment. HOBY’s robust program offerings and large volunteer network provide many students with the opportunity to make aNonprofit Investor Rating: positive impact on their community. However,NEUTRAL the organization lacks a publicly available feedback loop or study in order to gauge theRead the full report: effectiveness of programs. NPI would also like to see a more accountable management teamNPI Evaluation of HOBY to prevent lack of communication and delayed financial reports. nonprofitinvestor.org | 14
  16. 16. Background. Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (“IAVA”) is the nation’s first and largest nonprofit organization for the newest generation of veterans from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. By delivering impact in health, education,Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans employment and community, IAVA is committedof America to building an empowered generation of veteranshttp://iava.org/ that will provide sustainable leadership for theHeadquarters: New York, NY United States.FY 2011 Revenue: $7.2MM NPI Assessment. IAVA’s public reporting would benefit from clearer and more specific disclosuresNonprofit Investor Rating: about the effectiveness of its outreaches andBUY media and lobbying activities, especially as it has changed over time. However, the charity demonstrates strong growth, a solid vision forRead the full report: holistically interceding for veterans’ causes, and aNPI Evaluation of IAVA proven ability to multiply its revenues through in- kind donations, making it a premier charity for advancing the veteran cause. nonprofitinvestor.org | 15
  17. 17. Background. The National Military Family Association (“NMFA”) represents officer and enlisted families of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and Public HealthNational Military Family Service. NMFA assists those seeking resources for:Association themselves and combat‐weary service membershttp://militaryfamily.org/ returning home from war with fragile mental health, children separated from parents duringHeadquarters: Alexandria, VA deployments, spouses forging ahead withFY 2010 Revenue: $11.5MM educations to build better lives for their families or to prepare for the unthinkable, widows seekingNonprofit Investor Rating: information about benefits available to them as they cope with their losses, and for proud parentsBUY of single service members.Read the full report: NPI Assessment. The NMFA offers an effectiveNPI Evaluation of NMFA channel to assist military families. The organization has a long track record of success and effectively deploys its resources to create an outsized impact towards its goals. nonprofitinvestor.org | 16
  18. 18. Background. Operation Homefront provides services to alleviate a military family’s or individual’s emergency financial burden, as well as counseling and recovery support. The target population is American military personnel andOperation Homefront their families who have unmet needs due tohttp://operationhomefront.net/ financial hardship, death, injury, or physical or mental detriment as a result of service in Iraq orHeadquarters: San Antonio, TX Afghanistan.FY 2011 Revenue: $24.7MM NPI Assessment. Operation Homefront hasNonprofit Investor Rating: developed a model which requires limited spending for fundraising and administrativeNEUTRAL functions, yet generates substantial contributions and support. However, Operation Homefront’sRead the full report: affiliate structure makes it challenging to evaluateNPI Evaluation of Operation the impact of the organization’s efforts and theHomefront costs associated with each program. The financial information would be better suited for evaluation by clearly breaking out each affiliate as well as highlighting the costs associated with each individual program. nonprofitinvestor.org | 17
  19. 19. Background. Swords to Plowshares (“Swords” or “STP”) provides care to more than 2,000 veterans annually in the San Francisco Bay Area by providing health andSwords to Plowshares social services, supportive housing,http://swords-to- employment and training, and legalplowshares.org/ assistance with veterans benefits.Headquarters:San Francisco, CA NPI Assessment. Swords has made greatFY 2011 Revenue: $8.0MM strides in providing a variety of services to reduce homelessness among veterans and has even engaged other communityNonprofit Investor Rating: organizations with specialized expertise toNEUTRAL help with their efforts. However, the organization has operated at a financial lossRead the full report: for 3 years and program expenses as aNPI Evaluation of Swords to percent of total expenses have beenPlowshares declining each successive year. nonprofitinvestor.org | 18
  20. 20. Background. One Economy Corporation ("One Economy"), founded in 2000 in Washington, DC, is a nonprofitOne Economy Corporation organization that focuses on the use ofhttp://one-economy.org/ technology, and the Internet in particular,Headquarters: Washington, DC to allow people who are disadvantaged toFY 2010 Revenue: $14.0MM better their lives. NPI Assessment. One Economy’s servicesNonprofit Investor Rating: have impacted a number of people andNEUTRAL have gained the support of players ranging from government to corporations.Read the full report: However, actual impact of the services isNPI Evaluation of One Economy unclear, and expenditures consistently exceed revenues, throwing sustainability into doubt. nonprofitinvestor.org | 19

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