The Big Table

Serving Hope

aka Big Table   |   SPOKANE, WA   |
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The Big Table

EIN: 20-8931223


Big Table exists to see the lives of those working in the restaurant and hospitality industry transformed by building community and caring for those in crisis, transition, or falling through the cracks.

Ruling year info


Executive Director & Founder

Kevin Finch

Associate Executive Director

Jill Lemon

Main address

PO BOX 372


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Subject area info

Mental health care

Housing loss prevention

Financial counseling

Basic and emergency aid

Adult peer mentoring

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Population served info


Low-income people

Working poor


Work status and occupations

NTEE code info

Other Philanthropy, Voluntarism, and Grantmaking Foundations N.E.C. (T99)

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


What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

We focus on those in crisis in the restaurant and hospitality industry - many of whom are the working poor. Statistics show that this one industry has the highest concentration of need because it collects all of our most vulnerable demographics. It is also the largest industry sector in the nation. Using existing relationships to identify, stabilize, and give long-term hope solves one of the most deadly risk factors for those most vulnerable... isolation. Leveraging a referral process that targets the most critical needs rapidly, ensures in a simple relational way the validity of the need, and changes the dynamics of the care relationship from the moment it begins.

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?

Caring for those working in the hospitality industry

Coming alongside those working in restaurants and hotels and helping them not fall off the ledge.

Population(s) Served
Work status and occupations
Low-income people
Working poor

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 people on the organization's email list

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Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Low-income people, Working poor, Immigrants, Ex-offenders, Work status and occupations

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


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.

Big Table care starts with a referral that leads to initial crisis care in one of these five impact areas;
1. Housing Stability
2. Medical + Dental Care
3. Mental + Emotional Health and Life Coaching
4. Job Readiness
5. Addiction Recovery

Strategically, we catch people before they fall off the ledge into financial and emotional devastation. Caring for people before the crisis and level of assistance needed becomes unmanageable, allows us to help far more individuals and families, and radically increases the chances of long-term success.

We pair this crisis care with ongoing relational coaching and mentoring that builds on the initial crisis to support long-term hope, resilience, and capacity.

We start not with a request from the person in crisis, but with a referral from someone close to them - often a manager or colleague who sees this need.

This referral allows us to:
1. target the most critical needs quickly through the community around them
2. identify those who are striving to succeed, and ensure the validity of the need
3. change the power dynamics and shame present when someone asks for help themselves

When a referral is received, we meet in person over coffee (whenever possible) with the person referred to begin crisis support and relational care. We do not ask referees to come to our office or fill out forms. Our ultimate goal is to cultivate ongoing relationships that create opportunities for connection, fostering authentic transformation.

Big Table has a well-developed cadre of resources to contribute to the success of our mission.

In addition to our Headquarters team in Spokane, WA, we have well-trained administration and care teams established in each city (Spokane and the Palouse, San Diego and the South Bay, and Nashville) who bring a wealth of professional experience to the work they do. Care Engagement Coordinators invest in those referred to Big Table through conversation and encouragement, working with them through crisis to help navigate barriers and/or apply for other resources to accomplish individualized goals.

To support further transformation, Big Table recruits and trains volunteer coaches in specific growth areas dedicated to building capacity in an individual’s life. These coaches mentor care recipients and model accountability and community while simultaneously celebrating victories. We also have volunteers who donate a range of tangible goods, including home supplies, furnishings, clothing, and even cars to provide care recipients with everything they need to thrive.

Community partnerships are a cornerstone in building capacity and providing holistic care to those in need. Big Table has strategically partnered with other organizations in each city to support families across all five of our impact areas. Additionally, we have a broad and sustainable funding base of individual donors, foundations, corporate partners, faith-based communities, and the industries we support.

We have filled a gap that wasn't previously filled by a charity. Instead of focusing on a cause, we are focusing on a high-risk population - who are working - but who often fall in the "working poor" category. We continue to be the only non-profit that provides financial help coupled with long-term relational coaching to the restaurant and hospitality industry. We have helped thousands of people over the past decade and continue to receive referrals on a daily basis from all over the country. Our long-term goal is to expand to 7 more cities by 2029.


The Big Table
Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31
Financial documents
2021 2021 Audit Final Financial Statements 2020 Big Table
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 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 3.34 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 5.1 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 12% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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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 The Big Table’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 $77,701 $5,460 $1,128,533 $102,656 -$261,507
As % of expenses 9.5% 0.5% 60.2% 4.5% -13.3%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $74,460 $1,683 $1,124,580 $97,590 -$266,196
As % of expenses 9.0% 0.1% 59.9% 4.3% -13.5%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $898,418 $1,129,306 $3,002,031 $2,378,670 $1,883,587
Total revenue, % change over prior year 10.6% 25.7% 165.8% -20.8% -20.8%
Program services revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.1% 0.2% 0.3% 0.7% 0.5%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 99.9% 99.8% 99.7% 99.2% 99.7%
Other revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% -0.2%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $820,717 $1,123,846 $1,873,498 $2,276,014 $1,968,864
Total expenses, % change over prior year 24.4% 36.9% 66.7% 21.5% -13.5%
Personnel 68.3% 69.8% 50.6% 60.6% 68.7%
Professional fees 0.2% 0.1% 0.3% 1.4% 3.5%
Occupancy 4.8% 4.9% 3.5% 3.8% 5.8%
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 26.7% 25.2% 45.6% 34.2% 22.0%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $823,958 $1,127,623 $1,877,451 $2,281,080 $1,973,553
One month of savings $68,393 $93,654 $156,125 $189,668 $164,072
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $5,691 $6,661 $7,838 $7,735 $7,245
Total full costs (estimated) $898,042 $1,227,938 $2,041,414 $2,478,483 $2,144,870

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 4.1 3.1 13.1 9.4 10.7
Months of cash and investments 4.1 3.1 13.1 9.4 10.7
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 3.3 2.4 8.6 7.6 7.1
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $283,160 $285,757 $2,048,853 $1,779,824 $1,752,894
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Receivables $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $43,045 $49,706 $57,364 $64,732 $66,050
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 36.0% 38.8% 40.2% 42.9% 40.2%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 21.2% 21.9% 34.1% 19.0% 45.2%
Unrestricted net assets $250,863 $252,546 $1,377,126 $1,474,716 $1,208,520
Temporarily restricted net assets $0 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 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total net assets $250,863 $252,546 $1,377,126 $1,474,716 $1,208,520

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.

Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Executive Director & Founder

Kevin Finch

Kevin moonlighted as a restaurant critic for the Spokesman-Review, The Inlander, and Spokane Coeur d’Alene magazine for ten years. Writing about people in the restaurant and hospitality industry triggered his “spidey” sense that there is a massive amount of unmet need hidden behind the smiles of those working in the industry. His day job then was that of a pastor, but when he discovered that this title was an instant barrier for many people working in the industry, he quit his day job to launch Big Table in 2009. He graduated from Seattle Pacific with an English degree and Princeton with a Masters in Divinity. Thankfully, Kevin gets energy from being with people and truly loves food in almost any form. Finding a great hole-in-the-wall ethnic restaurant or discovering a secret recipe for… anything… make his eyes dance.

Associate Executive Director

Jill Lemon

Jill joined the Big Table team in 2011. She is the organizational virtuoso behind Big Table’s growth and expansion and now manages our vibrant city teams as our Associate Executive Director. She is a graduate of WSU’s hospitality business program. Jill and her husband Jamie (a gifted architect) have three boys – technically now all young adults. Jill laughs easily, is gracious and direct in tough conversations, and gives thoughtful gifts. She thinks tacos are always a good idea and is a big fan of fresh crab. At 10 am every morning, Jill opens a can of Coke. Not Pepsi. Not Diet Coke. Coke. Challenging days are often an excuse for a second can.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

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Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Board of directors
as of 06/26/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board of directors data
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Board co-chair

Dan Erb

Able Label

Term: 2019 - 2025

Board co-chair

Tim Suor

Restaurant Consultant

Term: 2019 - 2023

Paul Cunningham

Dan Erb

Mark Patrick

Diane Smith

Stacey Smith

Tim Suor

Myra McCoy

Sarah Worley

Jan Baltzer

Grant Erickson

Jeff Johnson

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? No

Organizational demographics

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

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


The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity


Sexual orientation

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 06/28/2022

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

  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • 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 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.