CrossPurpose

Live Different Together

aka CrossPurpose   |   Denver, CO   |  www.crosspurpose.org

Mission

The mission of CrossPurpose is to abolish economic, spiritual, and relational poverty through career and community development.

Ruling year info

2014

Chief Executive Officer

Jason Janz

Chief Programs Officer

Juan Pena

Main address

P.O. Box 2483

Denver, CO 80201 USA

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EIN

46-3862392

NTEE code info

Human Services - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (P99)

Employment Procurement Assistance and Job Training (J20)

Christian (X20)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

350,000 adults are living in poverty in the Denver Metro area. That is, a single parent with one child living on $16,000 or less per year. In 2008, our lead team moved to Northeast Denver to learn what it meant how to love our neighbors. Through years of multiple poverty relief efforts, we finally realized we were asking the wrong question. Rather than asking ‘how do we help people in poverty?’, we started to ask ‘how do we help people out of poverty?’

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

CrossPurpose

CrossPurpose’ core development program is a holistic 6-month career and community development program. To help our unemployed and underemployed neighbors achieve economic self-sufficiency, we provide transformative personal and professional development in a supportive, relational environment, cultivating the confidence, skills, and connections necessary to start a meaningful career with a sustainable living wage.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of participants who gain employment

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

CrossPurpose

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This is the number of CrossPurpose graduates per year.

Average wage of clients served (in dollars)

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

CrossPurpose

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This is the average hourly wage post-graduation from CrossPurpose.

Additional revenue and wages generated attributable to the organization's efforts

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

CrossPurpose

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

This is the Social Return on Investment (in dollars) for every dollar donated to CrossPurpose.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

In 2014, CrossPurpose become a 501(c)(3) with the mission to abolish economic, relational, and spiritual poverty through career and community development.

CrossPurpose is 6 month program for adults in poverty that helps participants graduate with a career paying at least $15/hr.

Our program provides participants, called Leaders, 150 hours of personal development, 8 individual counseling sessions, the option to choose from one of 20 different career certifications, career coaching, and a new network of supportive relationships. We host a weekly meal called Family Gathering, where volunteers, called Allies, come alongside Leaders and encourage them in their journey through the program.

After Leaders graduate, they join the Alumni Association, where they are eligible to receive continued supportive services, homeownership workshops, continued community, and the opportunity to apply to Change Agency, our idea incubator for entrepreneurial graduates.

People: We have a strong staff of 24 who are both qualified to contribute to their department and are called to the work of poverty elimination.

Strategy: We have codified the program into a six month process, and have measured a 63% graduation rate. Our strategy is to continue to scale the number of those we serve, consequently decreasing the cost per participant.

Execution: With well-equipped departments focusing on each facet of our holistic program, we have strategic academic and community partners who help us to execute our services through the family doctor model of poverty eradication.

Revenue: With a $3M budget, CrossPurpose is in the top 5% of all nonprofits across the nation. We have continued to decrease the cost per graduate, allowing us to serve more, and are approaching 6 months worth of cash reserves.

We have served 287 individuals thus far, leading to over 700 families lifted out of poverty. By the end of 2020, our goal is to have helped 1,000 people and families out of economic, relational and spiritual poverty.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person),

  • 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 strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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CrossPurpose

Board of directors
as of 4/22/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Dee Daniels-Scriven

DHHS, Office of Refugee Resettlement

Lauren Steidl

Aurora Community Connection

Gail Salazar

Wave Financial Partners

Jason Janz

CrossPurpose

Doug Ideker

Retired, Gypsum Products, Inc.

Louise Lee

Denver Human Services

Ben Warwick

Quantitative Equity Strategies, LLC

Peter Bonstrom

Demmer Investments I, Inc. dba Intrex Aerospace

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/05/2019

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Hispanic/Latino/Latina/Latinx
Gender identity
Male

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 11/05/2019

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.