Proteus, Inc.

Services to empower farmworkers

Des Moines, ID   |
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Proteus, Inc.

EIN: 42-1186501


Proteus, Inc. provides agricultural workers and their families with affordable healthcare, education assistance, and job training

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Chief Executive Officer

Daniel Zinnel

Main address

1221 Center St Suite 16

Des Moines, ID 50309 USA

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Subject area info

Vocational education

Adult education

Health care access

Community health care

Out-patient medical care

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Population served info

Children and youth




Widows and widowers

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NTEE code info

Employment Procurement Assistance and Job Training (J20)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

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

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Programs and results

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Our programs

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

National Farmworker Jobs Program

The National Farmworker Jobs Program (NFJP) is funded through the United States Department of Labor and is available across the United States. Proteus implements this program in Iowa, Indiana, and Nebraska.

Proteus is the recipient of the National Farmworker Jobs Program grant through the Employment and Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor. Funding provided through this program supports the response to chronic seasonal unemployment and underemployment experienced by agricultural workers, by offering educational assistance, short-term certification programs, job training, and/or career placements. The program helps farmworkers cover costs related to career and training programs such as; tuition, books, tools/equipment, or provides a stipend for class attendance.

Population(s) Served
Low-income people
Immigrants and migrants

The Agricultural Health Program is funded through the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Bureau of Primary Healthcare. This program provides agricultural workers and anyone in their household with access to affordable health care.

Farmworkers perform difficult labor and are in the fields from early morning until late evening, sometimes seven days a week. Such a schedule does not facilitate access to health care services. There are also language barriers and transportation issues.

Health care clinics are scheduled in locations where farmworkers are working and living, during the hours when workers are available for services. In these locations, workers receive vital exams such as blood pressure, temperature, height and weight, and blood profiling to check for anemia, cholesterol, and diabetes. All patients are able to have a complete physical exam.

Population(s) Served
Low-income people
Immigrants and migrants

The Health & Safety Training Program is funded primarily by the Association of Farmworker Opportunities Program (AFOP). This program provides farmworkers with life-saving information about pesticide exposure, heatstroke/heat stress prevention, and COVID-19 prevention and mitigation strategies.

AFOP’s train the trainer model sets up Proteus and other member organizations for success through accommodating training and bilingual material.

Our nationally trained employees at Proteus provide heat stress and pesticide safety training at the time and location for employers. Our training is taught with visual aids and interactive training techniques for a low-literacy approach to learning.

After each training, there are typically essential items provided to the farmworkers in attendance. Items such as toiletries, laundry bags to separate work clothes, long-sleeve shirts, as well as resource material from Proteus and partner organizations.

Population(s) Served
Immigrants and migrants

The Food Security Program provides families in central Iowa with access to nutritious meals. Individuals can access our food pantry at the Des Moines, IA office.

Proteus is a recipient of food rescue from the Eat Greater Des Moines (EGDM), a central Iowa-based non-profit organization that facilitates and builds connections to strengthen the area’s food system.

We receive rescued food items on Mondays so that patients can have access to ready-to-eat food when they come in for appointments during standing Tuesday clinics.

We are always interested in receiving food and essential item donations year-round. Due to our limited space to properly store food and make sure it gets to those in need in a timely manner, we ask that any organizations or individuals interested in donating call (515) 271-5306 to coordinate the donation.
While the Des Moines, IA office is currently the only established food pantry, we may be able to take donations at other office locations.

Population(s) Served
Immigrants and migrants
Low-income people
Immigrants and migrants
Low-income people
Immigrants and migrants
Low-income people

Where we work

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 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, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time, It is difficult to get honest feedback from the people we serve


Proteus, Inc.
Fiscal year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

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 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 0.88 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 1 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 30% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Proteus, Inc.

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

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: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of Proteus, 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 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation -$53,327 $7,142 $257,891 $84,012 $71,936
As % of expenses -1.2% 0.2% 5.1% 1.3% 1.1%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation -$53,327 $7,142 $238,822 $45,874 $33,798
As % of expenses -1.2% 0.2% 4.7% 0.7% 0.5%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $4,457,523 $4,597,388 $5,420,447 $6,864,690 $6,779,811
Total revenue, % change over prior year -2.9% 3.1% 17.9% 26.6% -1.2%
Program services revenue 1.6% 0.9% 0.8% 1.0% 0.9%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Government grants 96.3% 97.3% 92.7% 78.2% 89.4%
All other grants and contributions 1.9% 1.8% 6.5% 20.8% 9.7%
Other revenue 0.1% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $4,510,540 $4,585,875 $5,086,310 $6,717,765 $6,465,664
Total expenses, % change over prior year -2.0% 1.7% 10.9% 32.1% -3.8%
Personnel 61.0% 57.9% 61.9% 53.6% 61.6%
Professional fees 0.7% 1.0% 2.3% 1.9% 5.4%
Occupancy 6.0% 4.5% 4.1% 3.2% 3.4%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 13.1% 16.9% 16.4% 29.0% 18.8%
All other expenses 19.2% 19.7% 15.3% 12.4% 10.7%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $4,510,540 $4,585,875 $5,105,379 $6,755,903 $6,503,802
One month of savings $375,878 $382,156 $423,859 $559,814 $538,805
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $213,189 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $4,886,418 $4,968,031 $5,742,427 $7,315,717 $7,042,607

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 0.6 0.9 1.2 0.8 2.0
Months of cash and investments 0.6 0.9 1.2 0.8 2.0
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 0.8 0.8 0.8 0.8 0.9
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $240,057 $348,791 $491,772 $443,858 $1,056,540
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Receivables $469,582 $258,564 $442,767 $719,460 $408,409
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $201,286 $201,286 $414,475 $414,475 $387,778
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 100.0% 100.0% 53.2% 62.4% 69.6%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 60.7% 54.9% 47.8% 45.4% 37.3%
Unrestricted net assets $296,886 $304,028 $542,850 $588,724 $622,522
Temporarily restricted net assets $9,355 $13,726 N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 $0 N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $9,355 $13,726 $89,972 $152,885 $395,096
Total net assets $306,241 $317,754 $632,822 $741,609 $1,017,618

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Material data errors No No No No No


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

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Chief Executive Officer

Daniel Zinnel

Dr. Zinnel earned his Doctorate of Education in Leadership from Creighton University, M.A in Health Studies from the University of Alabama, B.A. in Liberal Arts with Psychology and Sociology Minors from Grand View University, and A.A. from Iowa Central Community College. Dr. Zinnel has over 15 years of nonprofit administration and leadership including currently serving as the CEO of Proteus, Inc. and previously as the Executive Director of One Iowa. 2021 - Business leader to know in the Des Moines Business Record's Book of Lists 2019 - Community Vision Award for Challenging by the Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute 2018 - Influencer of the Year at the Young Professionals Connection and Des Moines Register Young Professional of the Year Awards 2018 - Community Vision Award for Challenging by the Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute 2015 - Des Moines Business Record’s Forty Under 40 award 2012 - Karen Packer Spirit of Collaboration Award at the Iowa Cancer Summit

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

Proteus, Inc.

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Board of directors
as of 08/02/2023
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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? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 8/2/2023

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The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Gay, lesbian, bisexual, or other sexual orientations in the LGBTQIA+ community

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity


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Equity strategies

Last updated: 07/05/2023

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  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
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 help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • 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.