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YWCA Great Falls

YWCA Is On A Mission

aka Young Women's Christian Association of Great Falls   |   Great Falls, MT   |  www.ywcagreatfalls.org
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YWCA Great Falls

EIN: 81-0236853


Mission

MISSION: The YWCA GREAT FALLS is committed to eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all people. In support of this mission, the YWCA provides services to meet critical needs, promote self sufficiency, reduce violence, and achieve equal opportunities for all people. YWCA GREAT FALLS PHILOSOPHY STATEMENT: *We believe non-violence begins with self. *We believe non-violence encompasses the use of language and behaviors to interrelate, communicate, meet goals, and resolve conflicts without overtly or subtly seeking to gain control over others.

Ruling year info

1968

Executive Director

Ms. Sandi Filipowicz

Main address

220 2nd St N

Great Falls, MT 59401 USA

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EIN

81-0236853

Subject area info

Sexual assault victim services

Community and economic development

Women's rights

Children's rights

Human services

Population served info

Women and girls

Families

Economically disadvantaged people

Victims and oppressed people

NTEE code info

YMCA, YWCA, YWHA, YMHA (P27)

Rape Victim Services (F42)

Women's Rights (R24)

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Violence against women and children. Affordable Housing for stabilized women and families leaving emergency shelter. Racial Justice Empowering women and girls Empowering people of all ages, races, sexual orientations, and economic status. Reduce Injustices Poor health and well-being Unhealthy eating for families Throwing useable resources in landfills Silos within nonprofit agencies in the community Outdated policies

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?

Mercy Home Shelter

Emergency shelter for women and children fleeing intimate partner and sexual violence. Counseling, support groups, clothing, legal assistance, transportation, food, and other services are available at no cost.

We empower our participants to heal, make healthy choices, and work toward self-sufficiency.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Families
Heterosexuals
LGBTQ people
Victims and oppressed people

A confidential process in which the client has the opportunity to explore issues and concerns that are important to her or him in a safe, non-judgmental setting. Our counselors empower their clients by respecting the client's autonomy and honoring their strengths & human dignity.

Our counselors provide counseling for women, children, and groups who are seeking relief from intimate partner violence, sexual violence, PTSD, depression/anxiety, family dynamics, mental health, grief & loss, and trauma. All services are free to Mercy Home participants and the community.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Families
Non-adult children

The Y's Buys is open Monday through Friday from 10am to 4pm. It displays gently used clothing for all people of most sizes. All Mercy Home participants are given a $25 voucher (for each family member) to shop for their needs while in the shelter. Donations are accepted during business hours.

Population(s) Served
Victims and oppressed people
Economically disadvantaged people

This support group is for women who have experienced domestic or sexual violence. The Facilitator offers support for survivors to develop healthy relationdship skills, increase self-esteem and recognize red flags in an unhealthy relationship. Child care is provided at no cost.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Victims and oppressed people
Economically disadvantaged people

A program available while women are in the adult support group. For children who may have witnessed or experienced violence in their home. This program shows a modeling of non-violent communication, healthy and appropriate relationships - and a safe space to play and be authentic.

Population(s) Served
Non-adult children
Victims and oppressed people

A safe, confidential, and non-judgmental group of trained advocates to meet a victim or family member to assist with their needs.

Prevention is key to reducing these victimizations. We work in schools, community clubs, the Youth Resource Center, the University of Providence, churches, and many other groups to present common-sense ways to increase Bystander Intervention, and safety measures.

We are members of the Great Falls SART (Sexual Assault Response Team) and facilitate community involvement and prevention solutions.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Adults
Ethnic and racial groups
Religious groups
LGBTQ people

A committee of concerned citizens of Great Falls that want to promote the elimination of racism. Programs include trainings and support for businesses, resources for POC in leadership positions, and more. See our website for current happenings.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Ethnic and racial groups
Children and youth

A mentoring program in middle schools to teach and model positive coping and communication skills. Mentees will learn about and experience the qualities of healthy relationships, increase self-esteem and build valuable life skills while having fun.

This program is available to other groups in the community also.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Women and girls
At-risk youth
Men and boys

As an agency within the Great Falls community, the YWCA Great Falls opens it's doors to groups that enrich our community members through activities such as: Self-Defense; Boundaries Workshops; Estate Planning; Art Therapy; Juneteenth Community Celebration; Oula; Voter Registration; Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebrations; And more.

Population(s) Served
Adults
LGBTQ people
Victims and oppressed people
Retired people
Veterans

Where we work

Awards

Legacy Award 2023

Great Falls History Museum

Affiliations & memberships

MT Nonprofit Association 2023

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 donations made by board members

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Mercy Home Shelter

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

A Board goal is to have 100% of board members donating. It has been accomplished in the past 7 years.

Number of women in shelter rating their feeling of safety as improved.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Mercy Home Shelter

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total number of volunteer hours contributed to the organization

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of individuals attending community events or trainings

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of children that were counseled by a Child Advocate

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of phone calls/inquiries

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Mercy Home Shelter

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

24/7 Crisis Line

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn more about Sustainable Development Goals.

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.

Goal 1: Education and Advocacy
Goal 2: Culture
Goal 3: Partnerships/Community

Provide safe emergency shelter to women and children that have experienced domestic or sexual violence; Provide free counseling to victims; Provide advocacy, training, education, and mentoring to all participants; And continuously update safety plans for each family. We are committed to educating the community about healthy relationships, good boundaries, and self-defense. Provide education on basic cooking of nutritious meals for families, basic financial literacy, trauma education for parents, job skills in retail, and self-care.
Collaborate with partners in the community to strategize and find solutions.
Educate and advocate for equity, justice, peace, freedom, and dignity without violence.
Focus on becoming a best-in-class nonprofit organization, by looking at diversity, capabilities of board, staff, volunteers, and community partners.
Providing Counseling to all community members at no cost.
Eliminate racism in all it's forms.
Accept clothing and shoes to be put in our thrift store, or used by another agency, to prevent them from overfilling landfills.
Create units of affordable housing for women leaving our emergency shelter.
Participation in the Great Falls and Montana Continuum of Care boards.
Membership in the Montana Nonprofit Association.
Membership in the MT Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence.
Members of the Great Falls Chamber of Commerce.
Partners in the Great Falls Food Bank
Updating annually our policies and procedures.
Participate in national campaigns of "No More Violence Week", "Stand Against Racism", and "Get Out and Vote".
Participate in the global 10,000 Villages jewelry sales for a fair market price.
Bring all staff up to “living wages” for our community and provide health benefits, and ensure we have a diverse and inclusive place to work.
Membership in World YWCA to promote equity for women and girls around the world.

We have a full staff and resources for the Mercy Home emergency shelter for women and children. We have two counselors for women and children on staff. We are in the middle and high schools for outreach and mentoring. We are a primary contributor to the Week Without Violence Conference in April, and regular classes in Self-Defense, Healthy Boundaries, Financial Literacy, Retail Skills Training, Equity, Justice, Peace, Freedom, and Dignity.
We have a full well-trained board of Directors that racially, sexually, and in age, represent our community while working to ensure the goals are met and the agency is fiscally sound with high accountability.
An additional staff member who started out as the Shelter Director is now the Chief Operations Officer and has exceptional grant writing skills as well as nonprofit experience.
Our budget increased by over 30% this past year to meet these challenges.

We have accomplished a great deal in the past two years. We have made many improvements to our 65 year old building to take us into the future, including asbestos tile flooring that will be abated and replaced for the health and safety of our community, new cupboards for the Mercy Home shelter kitchen, and an improved heating system. Our surveys and evaluations show an 82-95% improvement in safety and self-sufficiency.
We are working on a contract to purchase a historic property to move our basement thrift store to a store front, and create eight units of housing for women and families transitioning out of our emergency shelter. We have a solid plan to fund this expansion and will be taking it in stages, including a capital campaign.
This past fiscal year we hired a new Chief Operations Officer to oversee the programs, enabling me to work on this expansion and strategic planning. We have also acquired funding to raise wages by two dollars/hour for our shelter workers this next fiscal year, and are paying for primary health care for all staff.
We have acquired funding to create a new Child Care Program for women in the shelter and staff with children. It is funded for this next year and we have plans for it to be self-sustaining within a year.

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 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

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time

Financials

YWCA Great Falls
Fiscal year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

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

5.29

Average of 12.34 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2023 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

0.7

Average of 6 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2023 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

16%

Average of 16% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

YWCA Great Falls

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

Fiscal year ending: cloud_download Download Data

YWCA Great Falls

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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YWCA Great Falls

Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of YWCA Great Falls’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 -$54,237 $56,667 $93,063 -$78,247 -$20,868
As % of expenses -13.5% 12.7% 15.4% -12.5% -2.7%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation -$67,425 $44,642 $81,195 -$90,024 -$33,070
As % of expenses -16.3% 9.8% 13.2% -14.1% -4.3%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $354,358 $511,361 $587,948 $634,898 $712,158
Total revenue, % change over prior year -34.6% 44.3% 15.0% 8.0% 12.2%
Program services revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.2% 0.0%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 5.4% 1.1% 0.7% 0.8% 0.9%
Government grants 19.2% 48.9% 46.5% 46.9% 45.9%
All other grants and contributions 72.7% 48.8% 51.3% 50.7% 51.8%
Other revenue 2.7% 1.1% 1.5% 1.5% 1.3%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $401,240 $445,300 $603,056 $627,771 $760,587
Total expenses, % change over prior year 0.0% 11.0% 35.4% 4.1% 21.2%
Personnel 73.3% 75.1% 65.7% 74.1% 75.8%
Professional fees 3.0% 2.7% 5.3% 6.3% 7.2%
Occupancy 11.0% 11.1% 17.3% 12.3% 8.6%
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 12.8% 11.1% 11.6% 7.3% 8.4%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Total expenses (after depreciation) $414,428 $457,325 $614,924 $639,548 $772,789
One month of savings $33,437 $37,108 $50,255 $52,314 $63,382
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $89,854 $0 $0 $22,911 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $537,719 $494,433 $665,179 $714,773 $836,171

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Months of cash 4.0 4.8 3.1 2.8 0.7
Months of cash and investments 11.9 11.8 10.7 9.3 6.8
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 11.2 11.6 10.4 8.1 6.4
Balance sheet composition info 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Cash $133,133 $176,803 $154,904 $147,900 $46,991
Investments $266,166 $262,242 $381,710 $338,352 $384,607
Receivables $5,122 $32,265 $36,305 $19,338 $62,753
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $698,085 $698,085 $698,085 $720,998 $720,996
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 69.3% 71.0% 72.7% 72.1% 73.7%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 3.5% 4.8% 5.4% 10.1% 11.9%
Unrestricted net assets $589,485 $634,127 $715,322 $625,298 $592,228
Temporarily restricted net assets $0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $9,875 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $9,875 $9,875 $9,875 $10,459 $9,875
Total net assets $599,360 $644,002 $725,197 $635,757 $602,103

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

Ms. Sandi Filipowicz

Sandi has over a decade of experience serving non-profit organizations in the Great Falls community including Voices of Hope, Community Help Line, Inc. and the American Cancer Society. Sandi is a graduate of Oregon State University with a Bachelor of Science in Communications. She has traveled extensively as an exchange student and grew up in Alaska. Sandi is a fourth generation Montanan and has lived in the states of Nevada, Utah, Alaska, and Oregon before settling back in Montana in 1999 and marrying a Great Falls man and having two children.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

YWCA Great Falls

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Compensation
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YWCA Great Falls

Board of directors
as of 02/22/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board chair

Ms. Jackie Owens

YWCA Great Falls

Term: 2023 - 2025

Tracy Williams

Nurse

Jackie Owens

Finance Officer

Stephanie Cummings

Sr. Business Advisor

Tiffany Wilkson

Outreach, Family Promise

Holly Kopeikin

Chief Marketing Officer

Becky Rate

Childcare Owner

Christianna Kruger

Social Media

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? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/22/2024

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
Female
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 03/24/2021

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.