Keeping Our Promise Inc

Rochester, NY   |
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Keeping Our Promise Inc

EIN: 85-1918996


To provide comprehensive resettlement assistance to endangered wartime allies who served U.S. interests in conflict and war zones.

Ruling year info


Executive Director

Ellen Smith

Board Chair

Danielle Moskowitz

Main address

PO Box 92117

Rochester, NY 14692 USA

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Subject area info

Freedom from violence and torture

Freedom of association and expression

Right to free movement and asylum

Basic and emergency aid

Population served info

Children and youth


Women and girls

People of Middle Eastern descent

People of Asian descent

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NTEE code info

International Migration, Refugee Issues (Q71)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Tax forms

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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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?

Special Immigrant Visa Advocacy

Advocates provide support to Special Immigrant Visa applicants to identify why their case was denied or rejected. Research and investigative work to secure multiple American resources and letters of recommendations, enables advocates to override rejections before the 90 day appeal deadline

Population(s) Served
Military personnel
Immigrants and migrants
Refugees and displaced people

Secure safe and affordable housing for each arriving individual and family with first rent and security deposit.

Population(s) Served

Fully furnish each dwelling with required resettlement items, including: furniture, dishes, kitchen supplies, and linens. We also provide basic household supplies, stocked fridge and pantry, grocery gift cards at local establishments that meet cultural dietary requirements, car seats, and more

Population(s) Served

Every new arrival is paired with a group of local community volunteers, who will support Afghans to navigate a new country and new systems. These supports include- providing rides, establishing a bank account and budget, enrolling children in school, learning to pay bills, etc.
Staff members also provide tailored case management support to navigate help social services and more.

Population(s) Served
Immigrants and migrants
Refugees and displaced people
Military personnel

Every head of household resettled to Rochester NY is eligible for a cart grant for a modest vehicle suitable for family size and needs. Grant applicants must complete 100 hours of volunteers service, must be employed or nearing employment, and have sufficient English language skills.

Population(s) Served
Immigrants and migrants
Refugees and displaced people
Military personnel

Through generous grant funding we are able to provide driving instruction to every head of household, and female spouse to prepare them to pass the NYS road test and receive a driver's license.

Population(s) Served
Immigrants and migrants
Refugees and displaced people
Military personnel
Women and girls

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

For 2022 our goal was to assist in resettling 50 wartime ally families. We surpassed that goal by resettling 59 families totaling 206 individuals who served United States interests in Afghanistan.

> Assist wartime allies from conflict zones with visa advocacy so they may safely and legally enter into and resettle in the Monroe County, NY region under the U.S. Government's Special Immigrant Visa Program.
> Make flight arrangements when possible for those who have earned their Special Immigrant Visa.
> Pay an SIV family's first month's rent and a security deposit.
> Furnish the family's apartment.
> Offer food until an SIV family is able to obtain SNAP benefits.
> Emergency rental assistance for SIV families.
> Employment referrals.
> Assistance with obtaining a NYS driver's license with driver's manuals in Pashto and Dari.
> A down payment for a vehicle and insurance through our Wheels for Work program (must have a license, employment, and 100 hours of community service).

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 demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • 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, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback


Keeping Our Promise Inc
Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31
Financial documents
2022 KOP 2022 Form 990 2022 KOP 2022 Financial Statement
done  Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant. info

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2021 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 0.00 over 2 years

Months of cash in 2021 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 17.1 over 2 years

Fringe rate in 2021 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 5% over 2 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Keeping Our Promise Inc

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of Keeping Our Promise Inc’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2021
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $762,321
As % of expenses 250.8%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $762,321
As % of expenses 250.8%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $1,096,266
Total revenue, % change over prior year 0.0%
Program services revenue 0.0%
Membership dues 0.0%
Investment income 0.0%
Government grants 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 99.3%
Other revenue 0.7%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $303,945
Total expenses, % change over prior year 0.0%
Personnel 20.3%
Professional fees 0.3%
Occupancy 0.0%
Interest 0.0%
Pass-through 71.1%
All other expenses 8.3%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2021
Total expenses (after depreciation) $303,945
One month of savings $25,329
Debt principal payment $0
Fixed asset additions $0
Total full costs (estimated) $329,274

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2021
Months of cash 34.2
Months of cash and investments 34.2
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 33.1
Balance sheet composition info 2021
Cash $867,317
Investments $0
Receivables $0
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $0
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 0.0%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 0.0%
Unrestricted net assets $837,317
Temporarily restricted net assets N/A
Permanently restricted net assets N/A
Total restricted net assets $30,000
Total net assets $867,317

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2021
Material data errors No


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

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Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Executive Director

Ellen Smith

A former credentialed reporter for 30 years, Ellen began assisting in the resettlement of wartime allies in 2014. She now leads a local resettlement organization in Rochester, NY for those wartime allies who served the US military, USAID, U.S. State Dept.

Board Chair

Danielle Moskowitz

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

Keeping Our Promise Inc

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Board of directors
as of 11/15/2023
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Board of directors data
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Board co-chair

Danielle Moskowitz

Board co-chair

Noreen Sellinger

Jill Baszczynski

Andy Dutcher

Andraé Evans

Leah Granger

Ben Levy

Thomas Rusling

Jawaid Samadey

Nick Stefanovic

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/16/2023

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 03/16/2023

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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.