Sierra Roots

Building community with the homeless community

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Sierra Roots

EIN: 45-4897093


Sierra Roots is committed to providing a secure and safe place for people who are chronically homeless. We employ a relationship-based approach that identifies individual needs and preserves the dignity ofeach person. Our goal is a community in which homeless people experience inclusion rather than isolation and where they can progress toward health and self reliance.

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Acting Executive Director

Susan A Rice

Main address

PO BOX 2086


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Subject area info

Health care access

Human services information

Free goods distribution

Food aid

Homeless shelters

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Population served info

Homeless people

NTEE code info

Other Housing, Shelter N.E.C. (L99)

Health - General and Rehabilitative N.E.C. (E99)

Other Housing Support Services (L80)

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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Our programs

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Sierra Roots Weather Shelter

The shelter is a 30-bed facility in Nevada City, located at one of two available venues, used during extreme weather events. Current planning with County to provide COVID-19 safe sheltering fall 2020 during Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) events.

Population(s) Served
Homeless people

Our meal events serve approximately 50 chronically homeless people weekly. In addition to providing nutritious meals, the Thursday sit-down lunch event allows us to cultivate relationships with participants in order to engage them in our advocacy program.

Population(s) Served
Homeless people

We provide a training program for volunteers interested in advocating for individuals who are homeless. After certification of completion of the training, Sierra Roots matches the trained volunteers one-on-one with a homeless participant, in order to help meet their immediate needs and facilitate new connections with available resource and service providers.

Population(s) Served
Homeless people

Where we work


Sierra Roots
Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

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 6.89 over 7 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Average of 0.9 over 7 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 3% over 7 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Sierra Roots

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Sierra Roots

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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Sierra Roots

Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of Sierra Roots’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 2020 2021
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $40,574 $19,961
As % of expenses 14.3% 10.0%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $40,574 $15,703
As % of expenses 14.3% 7.7%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $293,876 $219,977
Total revenue, % change over prior year 0.0% -25.1%
Program services revenue 0.0% 0.0%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.0% 0.0%
Government grants 81.6% 76.5%
All other grants and contributions 18.4% 23.5%
Other revenue 0.0% 0.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $283,445 $199,295
Total expenses, % change over prior year 0.0% -29.7%
Personnel 18.3% 40.2%
Professional fees 11.6% 5.5%
Occupancy 0.3% 0.0%
Interest 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 69.8% 54.3%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2020 2021
Total expenses (after depreciation) $283,445 $203,553
One month of savings $23,620 $16,608
Debt principal payment $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $36,508
Total full costs (estimated) $307,065 $256,669

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2020 2021
Months of cash 4.6 1.8
Months of cash and investments 6.5 4.5
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 5.1 6.2
Balance sheet composition info 2020 2021
Cash $109,565 $30,467
Investments $44,642 $44,642
Receivables $24 $71,330
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $0 $36,508
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 0.0% 11.7%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 1.6% 5.5%
Unrestricted net assets $119,588 $135,291
Temporarily restricted net assets N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $32,732 $33,613
Total net assets $152,320 $168,904

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2020 2021
Material data errors No No


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

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Acting Executive Director

Susan A Rice

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

Sierra Roots

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Compensation data
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Sierra Roots

Board of directors
as of 06/18/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board chair

Susan Rice

Sierra Roots

Term: 2022 - 2024

Susan Rice

Nick Wilczek

Dianne Weichel

Board leadership practices

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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? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • 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? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 4/6/2023

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The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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