Covenant House

Summary

Covenant House is the largest privately-funded childcare agency in the United States providing shelter and service to homeless and runaway youth. It was incorporated in New York City in 1972 and has since expanded in the United States to Anchorage, Atlanta, Atlantic City, Detroit, Fort Lauderdale, Houston, Los Angeles, Newark, New Orleans, Oakland, Orlando, Philadelphia, St. Louis, Washington, D. C., and, outside the United States, to Toronto, Vancouver, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico and Nicaragua.

This organization is a nonprofit. Contributions to it are fully tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.


Contact information

Mailing address:
5 Penn Plaza 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10001-0001

Website: www.covenanthouse.org

Phone: (212) 727-4155

Email: SisterMaryRose@CovenantHouse.org


Organization details

EIN: 132725416

CEO/President: Sister Patricia A. Cruise, D.C.

Chairman: Mr. Brian D. McAuley

Board size: 18

Founder:

Year founded: 1968

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 06/30

Member of ECFA: No

Member of ECFA since:


Purpose

We've been opening our doors to homeless kids since 1972 - now standing as a powerful human rights movement for vulnerable youth in 31 cities across six countries. In addition to food, shelter, clothing and crisis care, Covenant House provides a variety of services to homeless youth including health care, education, vocational preparation, drug abuse treatment and prevention programs, legal services, recreation, mother/child programs, transitional living programs, street outreach and aftercare. Covenant House provides residential and non-residential services to youth. Our comprehensive program model builds a life-affirming bridge for young people by engaging youth on the street (Street Outreach) providing no-barrier, safe, short-term housing to meet their immediate needs (Immediate Care), and longer-term transitional housing (Rights of Passage) to assist those who are ready for more independent living.


Mission statement

"We who recognize God's providence and fidelity to His people are dedicated to living out His covenant among ourselves and those children we serve, with absolute respect and unconditional love. That commitment calls us to serve suffering children of the street, and to protect and safeguard all children. Just as Christ in His humanity is the visible sign of God's presence among His people, so our efforts together in the covenant community are a visible sign that effects the presence of God, working through the Holy Spirit among ourselves and our kids."


Statement of faith

Transparency grade

C

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Relief and Development

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating516 of 58563 of 68
Fund acquisition rating461 of 58557 of 68
Resource allocation rating396 of 58557 of 68
Asset utilization rating466 of 58559 of 68

Financial ratios

Funding ratiosMedian % for
all ministries in
MW database
20192018201720162015
Return on fundraising efforts Return on fundraising efforts =
Fundraising expense /
Total contributions
8%12%13%13%15%15%
Fundraising cost ratio Fundraising cost ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total revenue
6%11%12%12%14%14%
Contributions reliance Contributions reliance =
Total contributions /
Total revenue
94%92%92%91%94%92%
Fundraising expense ratio Fundraising expense ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total expenses
6%12%13%12%13%13%
Other revenue reliance Other revenue reliance =
Total other revenue /
Total revenue
6%8%8%9%6%8%
 
Operating ratiosMedian % for
all ministries in
MW database
20192018201720162015
Program expense ratio Program expense ratio =
Program services /
Total expenses
82%78%78%77%76%76%
Spending ratio Spending ratio =
Total expenses /
Total revenue
98%92%92%96%105%104%
Program output ratio Program output ratio =
Program services /
Total revenue
80%72%72%74%80%80%
Savings ratio Savings ratio =
Surplus (deficit) /
Total revenue
2%8%8%4%-5%-4%
Reserve accumulation rate Reserve accumulation rate =
Surplus (deficit) /
Net assets
2%7%8%5%-5%-4%
General and admin ratio General and admin ratio =
Management and general expense /
Total expenses
11%10%9%11%11%10%
 
Investing ratiosMedian measure
for all ministries
in MW database
20192018201720162015
Total asset turnover Total asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total assets
1.080.610.650.670.680.66
Degree of long-term investment Degree of long-term investment =
Total assets /
Total current assets
1.693.102.972.612.842.92
Current asset turnover Current asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total current assets
2.181.891.931.741.941.92
 
Liquidity ratiosMedian measure
for all ministries
in MW database
20192018201720162015
Current ratio Current ratio =
Total current assets /
Total current liabilities
8.843.713.744.073.423.71
Current liabilities ratio Current liabilities ratio =
Total current liabilities /
Total current assets
0.110.270.270.250.290.27
Liquid reserve level Liquid reserve level =
(Total current assets -
Total current liabilities) /
(Total expenses / 12)
4.714.644.565.214.374.56
 
Solvency ratiosMedian % for
all ministries in
MW database
20192018201720162015
Liabilities ratio Liabilities ratio =
Total liabilities /
Total assets
10%30%26%33%35%29%
Debt ratio Debt ratio =
Debt /
Total assets
0%16%1%0%0%0%
Reserve coverage ratio Reserve coverage ratio =
Net assets /
Total expenses
75%114%114%100%95%107%

Financials

Balance sheet
 
Assets20192018201720162015
Cash$24,907,087$24,189,208$19,911,555$22,227,916$21,607,888
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$15,539,400$13,864,074$13,515,210$12,481,882$11,166,286
Short-term investments$62,575,353$56,603,933$65,399,992$52,239,069$50,964,914
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$103,021,840$94,657,215$98,826,757$86,948,867$83,739,088
Long-term investments$16,613,823$17,455,756$0$2,743,841$3,952,076
Fixed assets$161,543,849$134,011,675$127,540,199$127,211,837$130,307,844
Other long-term assets$38,518,012$34,953,653$31,465,523$29,857,288$26,847,599
Total long-term assets$216,675,684$186,421,084$159,005,722$159,812,966$161,107,519
Total assets$319,697,524$281,078,299$257,832,479$246,761,833$244,846,607
 
Liabilities20192018201720162015
Payables and accrued expenses$19,895,793$15,359,903$14,657,891$15,400,615$13,205,108
Other current liabilities$7,867,456$9,917,217$9,612,347$10,043,274$9,370,737
Total current liabilities$27,763,249$25,277,120$24,270,238$25,443,889$22,575,845
Debt$50,040,254$2,650,538$0$0$0
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$19,662,342$45,587,318$61,084,841$60,941,364$49,327,193
Total long-term liabilities$69,702,596$48,237,856$61,084,841$60,941,364$49,327,193
Total liabilities$97,465,845$73,514,976$85,355,079$86,385,253$71,903,038
 
Net assets20192018201720162015
Unrestricted$160,758,951$155,310,708$131,721,515$132,015,578$154,180,409
Temporarily restricted$61,472,728$43,016,791$31,426,846$19,230,810$11,654,964
Permanently restricted$0$9,235,824$9,329,039$9,130,192$7,108,196
Net assets$222,231,679$207,563,323$172,477,400$160,376,580$172,943,569
 
Revenues and expenses
 
Revenue20192018201720162015
Total contributions$194,641,050$183,408,062$163,251,984$150,745,250$142,238,323
Program service revenue$3,960,909$3,356,970$0$0$0
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$3,217,385$3,446,729$4,696,911$723,159$722,813
Other revenue$9,080,426$8,645,053$11,598,082$9,497,692$11,564,976
Total other revenue$16,258,720$15,448,752$16,294,993$10,220,851$12,287,789
Total revenue$210,899,770$198,856,814$179,546,977$160,966,101$154,526,112
 
Expenses20192018201720162015
Program services$151,171,814$142,627,228$132,103,247$128,539,798$122,943,424
Management and general$20,389,741$17,049,931$18,602,492$18,058,847$16,367,904
Fundraising$22,974,069$22,948,053$21,054,075$22,409,914$21,573,268
Total expenses$194,535,624$182,625,212$171,759,814$169,008,559$160,884,596
 
Change in net assets20192018201720162015
Surplus (deficit)$16,364,146$16,231,602$7,787,163($8,042,458)($6,358,484)
Other changes in net assets($1,695,790)$18,854,321$4,313,657($6,799,508)($9,463,242)
Total change in net assets$14,668,356$35,085,923$12,100,820($14,841,966)($15,821,726)

Response from ministry

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History


Program accomplishments

Covenant House has reached over a million boys and girls since opening, averaging around 74,000 youth each year.


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