The Hunger Project (THP) is the Charity of the Day for August 6, 2013.
Charity category: Hunger-related charities.
Angel vs. Vampire: Angel
About The Hunger Project (THP)
Identity: If you search the IRS database or CharityCheck101.org for an organization with “hunger” in its name, you’ll find 263 or more. If you search for “hunger project” you’ll find 10 or more. We’re reporting today on The Global Hunger Project, also known as The Hunger Project (its unique EIN is 94-2443282).
Angel vs. Vampire: THP meets the “Angel” criteria. It’s a charity that has the highest ratings from both CharityNavigator.org (“4 Stars”) and CharityWatch.org (“A”) plus “green” or “yellow” status for all of its SGO ratios. Or, if the charity isn’t rated at all by one or both rating services, it has “green” status for all of its SGO ratios. See Ratings and ratios below.
The CharityNavigator.org and CharityWatch.org ratings and SGO ratios give you a quick way to screen a charity. We encourage you to read our full report on the charity and dig further to do your own evaluation.
Programs and spending: THP’s largest program works to provide an integrated approach to health, education, food security and economic development in community clusters in several countries in Africa (it reports spending $8.4 million or 60.1% of total spending). Its second largest program focuses on empowering and training women leaders elected to village councils in Bangladesh and India ($1.9 million or 13.9% of total spending).
At 83.18%, THP’s program spending percentage merits a caution in the SeriousGivers ratio system. If an organization reports spending more than 80% on programs, that means it is spending less than 20% on administration and fundraising. While an organization might be proud of minimizing administrative and fundraising costs, we believe that well-run organizations must spend meaningful resources on administration and fundraising. So, we suggest donors investigate further to make sure that the organization is not (i) having administrative or fundraising costs paid from an outside source, (ii) under-spending on important parts of its operations or (iii) mis-categorizing administration or fundraising costs as program costs.
Ratings and ratios
- CharityNavigator.org rates this charity “4 Stars” (Exceptional).
- CharityWatch.org rates this charity.
- The charity’s five SeriousGivers ratios show:
- 3 “green” (acceptable),
- 2 “yellow” (caution, discuss and obtain explanation) and
- 0 “red” (failed screening).
|Charity’s full name||THE GLOBAL HUNGER PROJECT|
|Also known as||The Hunger Project (THP)|
|City, State and ZIP||NEW YORK, NY 10003|
|EIN (employer identification number)||94-2443282|
|Does charity’s website show EIN? [more]||On financial information page and in attachments|
|Stated mission||TO END HUNGER AND POVERTY BY PIONEERING SUSTAINABLE, GRASSROOTS, WOMEN-CENTERED STRATEGIES AND ADVOCATING FOR THEIR WIDESPREAD ADOPTION IN COUNTRIES AROUND THE WORLD|
|Largest program description||AFRICA IN AFRICA, THP IMPLEMENTS AN INTEGRATED, PEOPLE-CENTERED APPROACH CALLED THE EPICENTER STRATEGY IN BENIN, BURKINA FASO, ETHIOPIA, GHANA, MALAWI, MOZAMBIQUE, SENEGAL AND UGANDA, WITH OFFICES IN ALL EIGHT OF THESE COUNTRIES THE EPICENTER STRATEGY MOBILIZES THE POPULATION OF CLUSTERS OF VILLAGES TO WORK TOGETHER TO CREATE AND RUN THEIR OWN PROGRAMS TO MEET BASIC NEEDS THE CENTERPIECE OF THE STRATEGY IS AN L-SHAPED BUILDING THAT HOUSES THE COMMUNITY’S PROGRAMS FOR HEALTH, EDUCATION, FOOD SECURITY AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMUNITIES LAUNCH VILLAGE-LEVEL PROJECTS TO GENERATE THEIR OWN INCOME AND BUILD CLASSROOMS, FOOD STORAGE FACILITIES AND NURSES’ QUARTERS TO ENSURE READY ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE TWO KEY COMPONENTS OF THIS INTEGRATED STRATEGY ARE A MICROFINANCE PROGRAM AND AN HIV/AIDS AND GENDER INEQUALITY WORKSHOP AS OF DECEMBER 31, 2011, THERE WERE 117 SUCH EPICENTER COMMUNITIES AND MORE THAN 1[.]1 MILLION PEOPLE HAD PARTICIPATED IN THE HIV/AIDS AND GENDER INEQUALITY WORKSHOP IN 2011, THP’S MICROFINANCE PROGRAM HAD 45,000 ACTIVE PARTICIPANTS – WITH $2[.]9 MILLION IN LOANS DISTRIBUTED IN 2011, MICROFINANCE PROGRAM PARTICIPANTS DEPOSITED OVER $1[.]6 MILLION IN SAVINGS|
|Date of IRS report data||Dec-2011|
|Largest single revenue source||Contributions, gifts, grants and similar amounts (excludes events, government grants and federated campaigns)|
|Largest revenue source amount||$13,471,534|
|Percent of revenues from largest source||95.7%|
|Link to Form 990 or 990-EZ||Click here|
|Charity’s website link||www.thp.org|
|CharityNavigator profile link|| Click here
|NCCS profile link||Click here|
|GreatNonprofits profile link||Click here|
|GuideStar profile link||Click here|
|SeriousGivers report link||Click here|
|Spending on programs % [more]||83.18%|
|Reserve ratio [more]||1.04|
|CharityCheck101 report link||Click here|
|Date SGO research completed or updated||August 6, 2013|
The information provided reflects research completed or updated on date shown. Information is gathered from public sources, including the most recent IRS Form 990 or Form 990-EZ we found for the charity.
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