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HOPEWORKS N CAMDEN INC

Recode Your future

aka Hopeworks Camden   |   Camden, NJ   |  www.hopeworks.org
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HOPEWORKS N CAMDEN INC

EIN: 31-1660671


Mission

With a focus on education, technology, and entrepreneurship, Hopeworks provides a positive, healing atmosphere that propels young people to build strong futures and break the cycle of violence and poverty in Camden, New Jersey. We connect youth to life-changing opportunities where their growing technology skills go to work for enterprising businesses within our community. The real-world, on-the-job experience they gain raises their potential and benefits our partners. Hopeworks Camden is a nonprofit that has been working for over 19 years with Camden youth. Utilizing an advanced training curriculum in website design/development, GIS and Salesforce, Hopeworks works with youth 17-26 to get back in school, earn permanent jobs, and achieve their dreams.

Ruling year info

1999

Executive Director

Dan Rhoton

Main address

808 Market St. 3rd. Fl.

Camden, NJ 08102 USA

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EIN

31-1660671

Subject area info

Education

Student services

Student retention

Job training

Human services

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Population served info

Children and youth

Adolescents

Young adults

People of African descent

People of Latin American descent

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NTEE code info

Student Services and Organizations (B80)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Human Service Organizations (P20)

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

With a focus on skill development, real-world job experience, and trauma-informed care, Hopeworks propels young adults into long-term living wage careers that put them on the path to healing and financial stability

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?

Day Training Program

Day Training Program

Out of school youth participate in our Day Training Program -- Recode Your Future -- which offers technology training and job opportunities in a supportive setting. The program offers youth the opportunity to train in web design, GIS, and Salesforce while at the same time receiving literacy help and personal counseling or ‘Life Readiness.’

The Day Training Program is held Monday through Friday from 9 – 4. Each youth participates in our technology training as well as our Literacy and Life Readiness programs. The typical timeline is that after 3 months, a youth will have the skills to apply for a job with us.

The Day Training curriculum includes progressive technical training in front end web development -- HTML, graphic design – Photoshop, advanced HTML, Javascript, and Wordpress, as well as Geographic Information Systems (GIS) programs and Salesforce Administration. Trainees undergo a challenging production test to qualify for work in one of our businesses.

At the conclusion of training, trainees are invited to join the Hopeworks Corporate Internship Program, which offers part-time paying internships in Hopeworks own Web Development and GIS businesses, as well as with a variety of local businesses and organizations.

By the time youth are finished with their training and paid internship, they have the technical skills, social, emotional, and professional skills, and the professional portfolio to go on to full-time work at companies across the region!

Population(s) Served
Young adults
At-risk youth

CRIB
The Community Responding in Belief (CRIB) is a residential community for youth who have earned a job at Hopeworks. The CRIB is a community of success where youth live together, share meals, and all believe in furthering their goals. A powerful combination of supportive live-in staff and community structure help create an environment for success for young people who have often struggle with stable housing.

Population(s) Served
Young adults
At-risk youth

Academic Success
Academic success coaches help Hopeworks youth build and maintain the academic skills they need in order to achieve their goals. Hopeworks offers Adult Basic Skills (High School Equivalency) preparation, individual college and academic coaching, and the new Townsend Scholars program, which provides full tuition scholarships and individualized support to young people attending community college. These academic services, combined with the emotional support of our trauma informed approach, help youth succeed in academics even when they may have failed before.

Population(s) Served
Young adults
At-risk youth

Life Readiness Coaching

The primary task of the Life Readiness is to empower youth to identify and develop their dreams by meeting with youth consistently and working with them to develop a plan for their future. Utilizing a trauma-informed approach, life readiness coaches use motivational interviewing and other coaching techniques to help youth understand their patterns and behaviors and set and achieve goals. Life Readiness Coaches work with all trainees from intake through development and implementation of a dreams plan, through their education plan and entrance and through their internship. The Life Readiness Coach works closely with all youth to develop their vision for their future, and then meets with them individually every week to review their plans and to hold them accountable for making progress.

At Hopeworks, this includes explicit financial coaching on budgeting, credit management, savings, financial tools, predatory lending practices, and setting and achieving financial goals. Better Money Habits, supplied by Bank of America, is a key part of our financial literacy curriculum.

Population(s) Served
Young adults
At-risk youth

Where we work

Awards

Nonprofit of the Year 2016

Nonprofit Center of Southern NJ

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 jobs created and maintained

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Young adults, At-risk youth, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Day Training Program

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of clients placed in internships

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Young adults, Unemployed people

Related Program

Day Training Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Average starting wage over $44,000 per year, 95.3% 12 month retention rate in jobs

Number of participants who gain employment

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Young adults, At-risk youth, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Life Readiness Coaching

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Average hourly wage of clients who became employed after job skills training

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Young adults, At-risk youth, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Day Training Program

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of program participants who remain employed 12 months after program completion

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Young adults, At-risk youth, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Day Training Program

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

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.

Hopeworks unique mix of training, trauma-informed care, and real-world experience leads to extraordinary results.

It starts with training, giving young adults the high demand technical skills they need. Hopeworks’ starts with progressive technical training in front end web development as well as Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and data visualization, high demand skills that companies need.

Technical training is important; young adults need the coding and technical skills to make them employable in high wage occupations. Even more important, however, is helping our young adults develop the social and emotional skills to not just get those high wage jobs, but to keep them.

A unique combination of career readiness coaching, academic success coaching, and a strong community commitment to healing and progress means that young adults can find a place to succeed.

However, it takes one last step to make our young people the exceptional employees they are. Success for our young people also requires real-world experience. To provide this experience, Hopeworks runs real businesses, providing technology solutions for businesses in web design, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and data visualization that not only helps businesses achieve their goals, but also trains and employs young adults into high demand, high wage careers. Our young adults work in these businesses, gaining real world experience and a living wage. In the last 12 months, Hopeworks paid over $800,000 in wages to our participants.

Hopeworks unique combination of technical training, real business experience, and trauma-informed coaching and academic counseling has led to extraordinary results. On average, over 99% of young adults (aged 17-26) entering Hopeworks are unemployed, making less than $400 annually. young adults completing the Hopeworks program make, on average, over $43,000 annually, with an almost 90% 12-month retention rate in their jobs. That is the Hopeworks difference.

Hopeworks unique mix of training, trauma-informed care, and real-world experience leads to extraordinary results.

It starts with training, giving young adults the high demand technical skills they need. Hopeworks’ starts with progressive technical training in front end web development as well as Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and data visualization, high demand skills that companies need.

Technical training is important; young adults need the coding and technical skills to make them employable in high wage occupations. Even more important, however, is helping our young adults develop the social and emotional skills to not just get those high wage jobs, but to keep them.

A unique combination of career readiness coaching, academic success coaching, and a strong community commitment to healing and progress means that young adults can find a place to succeed.

However, it takes one last step to make our young people the exceptional employees they are. Success for our young people also requires real-world experience. To provide this experience, Hopeworks runs real businesses, providing technology solutions for businesses in web design, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and data visualization that not only helps businesses achieve their goals, but also trains and employs young adults into high demand, high wage careers. Our young adults work in these businesses, gaining real world experience and a living wage. In the last 12 months, Hopeworks paid over $800,000 in wages to our participants.

Hopeworks unique combination of technical training, real business experience, and trauma-informed coaching and academic counseling has led to extraordinary results. On average, over 99% of young adults (aged 17-26) entering Hopeworks are unemployed, making less than $400 annually. young adults completing the Hopeworks program make, on average, over $43,000 annually, with an almost 90% 12-month retention rate in their jobs. That is the Hopeworks difference.

With a focus on significant levels of resource navigation, a trauma-informed approach, and comprehensive support and coaching, Hopeworks makes a significant investment in the success of young adults aged 17-26. We specialize in changing the narrative shared by other organizations that deem some young adults “unemployable”, ”not ready,” or “too difficult” – young adults who have been failed by the educational system and social system, and who are left out of the growing economy.

Hopeworks, quite deliberately, does not filter or select young adults for our program. If a young person wants to change his or her life, Hopeworks is ready for them.

Our young adults -- once relegated to poverty or low-wage jobs in retail or the service sector -- have proven that they can earn living wage jobs in tech with massive growth potential. Now, with more and more companies recommitting to ideas of equity and diversifying their workforce, now is the time to scale our efforts.

Our unique trauma-informed approach, combined with high-demand, high-wage technical training and paid work experience helps young people not only get the job, but keep it, transforming their lives and the lives of their families.

On average, over 99% of young adults (aged 17-26) entering Hopeworks are unemployed, making less than $500 annually. young adults completing the Hopeworks program make, on average, over $43,000 annually, with an over 88% 12-month retention rate in their jobs. That is the Hopeworks difference, truly ending poverty and generating wealth for communities excluded from prosperity for generations.

Hopeworks has been honored numerous times in recent years, including:
Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce 2016 Nonprofit Organization of the Year
2016 Nonprofit Organization of the Year by the Nonprofit Development Center of Southern New Jersey.
2017 National Scattergood Innovation Award.
2017 National Tech All Star by Comcast/NBC Universal
2019 Seek the Power of Different Award from the Campbell’s Soup Foundation
2019 Rutgers Camden Civic Engagement Award
2021 NBA Foundation Grantee
2021 Ref Growth Portfolio Grantee

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 collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, 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 demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), 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 share the feedback we received with the people we serve, 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?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback

Financials

HOPEWORKS N CAMDEN INC
Fiscal year: Jul 01 - Jun 30
Financial documents
2022 FY2022 AUdit 2020 FY2020 financials
done  Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant. info

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

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

Liquidity in 2023 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

2.24

Average of 5.31 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2023 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

1.3

Average of 9.7 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2023 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

19%

Average of 15% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

HOPEWORKS N CAMDEN 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 HOPEWORKS N CAMDEN 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 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation -$329,394 -$45,754 $1,357,489 -$1,427,567 $1,272,472
As % of expenses -12.4% -1.6% 38.7% -28.3% 21.4%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation -$363,812 -$82,559 $1,319,556 -$1,473,750 $1,210,077
As % of expenses -13.5% -2.8% 37.2% -29.0% 20.1%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $2,745,464 $2,986,334 $4,521,455 $4,728,414 $6,652,989
Total revenue, % change over prior year 0.0% 8.8% 51.4% 4.6% 40.7%
Program services revenue 17.3% 16.6% 13.7% 11.4% 10.2%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 3.4% 1.2% 3.6% 4.9% 0.9%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 79.0% 82.2% 82.7% 83.7% 89.0%
Other revenue 0.2% 0.1% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $2,657,195 $2,912,424 $3,509,338 $5,042,935 $5,943,010
Total expenses, % change over prior year 0.0% 9.6% 20.5% 43.7% 17.8%
Personnel 75.8% 81.2% 79.1% 83.6% 83.0%
Professional fees 3.0% 2.0% 4.9% 2.3% 1.5%
Occupancy 6.0% 4.9% 4.9% 3.6% 4.6%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 15.2% 11.9% 11.1% 10.5% 10.8%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Total expenses (after depreciation) $2,691,613 $2,949,229 $3,547,271 $5,089,118 $6,005,405
One month of savings $221,433 $242,702 $292,445 $420,245 $495,251
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $375,583 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $60,584 $0 $63,324 $0 $141,853
Total full costs (estimated) $2,973,630 $3,191,931 $4,278,623 $5,509,363 $6,642,509

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Months of cash 1.5 4.1 3.2 0.4 1.3
Months of cash and investments 17.0 17.3 18.1 8.6 8.5
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 13.7 12.2 14.6 6.6 7.9
Balance sheet composition info 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Cash $331,138 $992,661 $943,726 $162,235 $667,109
Investments $3,435,919 $3,211,551 $4,360,845 $3,446,876 $3,548,576
Receivables $557,563 $579,394 $609,842 $1,325,784 $1,543,149
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $989,857 $779,385 $842,709 $883,934 $1,025,787
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 40.6% 26.8% 29.3% 33.1% 34.6%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 13.1% 18.6% 9.2% 11.6% 25.1%
Unrestricted net assets $3,619,910 $3,537,351 $4,856,907 $3,383,157 $4,593,234
Temporarily restricted net assets $675,887 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $675,887 $852,173 $1,089,144 $1,524,286 $1,234,314
Total net assets $4,295,797 $4,389,524 $5,946,051 $4,907,443 $5,827,548

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Material data errors No No No No No

Operations

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

Documents
Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Executive Director

Dan Rhoton

Dan Rhoton, M.Ed Dan has been working with youth for the past two decades in a variety of capacities. As a teacher and administrator at St. Gabriel’s Hall – a residential facility for adjudicated youth – for over 16 years, Dan has had the pleasure of teaching and learning from some of Philadelphia’s most promising and dynamic young men. Beginning in the juvenile justice field, Dan has developed extensive expertise in the use of restorative practices and trauma informed methodology both inside the classroom and in the larger community. Dan has been recognized numerous times for his work with young people, including a Meritorious Service Award from the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, the Distinguished Educator of the Year for Eastern North America, the United Ways Reis Community Advocate Award, and the Campbell Soup Foundations “Seek the Power of Different” Award. Under Dan's leadership, Hopeworks has received national and regional awards for outstanding programs and outcomes.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

HOPEWORKS N CAMDEN INC

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Compensation
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Board of directors
as of 09/15/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board chair

Mark Sarvary

Retired CEO

Term: 2024 - 2022

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Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

GuideStar worked with BoardSource, the national leader in nonprofit board leadership and governance, to create this section.

  • 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 9/15/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 09/21/2021

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 analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • 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.
  • 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 use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • 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 measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • 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.