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Northwest Harvest

A BBB Accredited Charity since 07/25/2011.

This BBB Accredited Charity meets all 20 Standards for Charity Accountability and is a Seal Holder.
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Name: Northwest Harvest
Phone: (206) 625-0755
Fax: (206) 682-3114
Address: 711 Cherry St
Seattle, WA 98104-1924
Report Creation Date: May 24, 2013
Report Expiration Date: June 30, 2015
Principal: Ms. Shelley Rotondo, Chief Executive Officer
Entity: Nonprofit
Incorporated: July 1975, WA
File Open Date: March 2001
Industry Classification: Charity - Human Services (i.e. assistance to individuals & families), Charity - Children & Youth, Charity - Health, Charity - Local, Charity - Other Charitable Organizations
BBB Accreditation: Northwest Harvest is a BBB Accredited Charity.


Northwest Harvest does not have any affiliates, subsidiaries, chapters and/or other related entities.

Stated Purpose

The mission of Northwest Harvest is to provide nutritious food to hungry people statewide in a manner that respects their dignity, while fighting to eliminate hunger. Their vision is that ample nutritious food is available to everyone in Washington State.

Evaluation Conclusions

This organization has been evaluated according to the 20 BBB Standards for Charity Accountability. This organization meets all those Standards and is a BBB Accredited Charity.

BBB Charity Seal Participation

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Northwest Harvest, Washington's only statewide non-profit food bank distributor, provides more than 1.9 million meals every month to their network of partner agencies including over 360 food banks, meal programs and high-need schools. They operate a 94,000-square foot warehouse in Kent and distribution centers in Spokane, Yakima, and Hoquiam, and we collaborate with 15 regional distributors to effectively serve all regions of the state including isolated rural communities where people otherwise would go hungry.

Statewide Food Distribution, their primary program, provides over 700,000 services to hungry people every month, up from 500,000 services prior to 2008. Their menu emphasizes good nutrition because many vulnerable children, seniors and families have poor access to healthy foods. Fruits and vegetables make up two-thirds of the food distributed.

Cherry Street Food Bank, Washington's busiest, serves up to 5,000 people per week near downtown Seattle. On full-service days, Cherry Street offers optional Meals-in-a-Bag for homeless and other clients needing take-out lunch instead of groceries. On Thursdays Cherry Street's Baby Day Program serves 150+ families per week with formula, diapers, and foods for children age 0-5.

Three Squares, the children's food backpack program, serves 50 high-need schools where participating students receive take-home food for three meals a day on weekends or school breaks. Each school identifies the 25 neediest children and delivers food while maintaining student privacy. Northwest Harvest provides child-friendly food (nutritious, shelf-stable, appealing, easy to prepare). Volunteers from local businesses or nonprofits help prepare the backpacks. Northwest Harvest's new children's initiative, Kids Summer Food Club, partners with local food banks to serve families whose children rely on school meals during the academic year, and lack access to a summertime food program.

For the year ended June 30, 2013, Northwest Harvest's program expenses were:

Program Services:$39,877,474
Total Program Expenses:$39,877,474


Chief Executive Officer:Ms. Shelley Rotondo, Chief Executive Officer
CEO Compensation:$160,406
Chair of the Board:Ms. Kathy Brown
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation:Senior Vice President, Umpqua Bank
Board Size:18
Paid Staff Size:66 Full Time. 2 Part Time.

Fund Raising

Method(s) Used:Northwest Harvest utilizes direct mail appeals, invitations to fundraising events, television, radio, grant proposals, internet, planned giving arrangements, cause-related marketing and a quarterly newsletter as their methods of fundraising.

Northwest Harvest receives funding through contributions from individuals, religious organizations, corporations, foundation, bequests and donated goods and services.

According to its audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2013, its fundraising expenses, $2,114,970, were 4.8% of related contributions, $43,865,660.

Tax Status

This organization is tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. It is eligible to receive contributions deductible as charitable donations for federal income tax purposes.


According to Northwest Harvest's audited financial statements - consolidated for the year ended June 30, 2013:

 General Public Contributions and Pledges$6,223,902
 Religious Organizations$25,935
 Corporations and Foundations$3,415,131
 Contributions of Goods and Services$34,078,564
 Investment return$103,220
 Interest Income from Northwest Harvest Investment Fund LLC$256,621
 Total Income:$44,820,492
Expenses  % of total
% of total
 Programs:$39,877,474 91.86%88.97%
 Fund Raising:$2,114,970 4.87%4.72%
 Administrative:$1,416,425 3.26%3.16%
 Other:$0 0.00%0.00%
 Total Expenses:$43,408,869
Excess of Income over Expenses$1,411,623
Beginning Net Assets$18,271,361
Ending Net Assets:$19,682,984
Total Assets$33,880,336
Total Liabilities$14,197,352

* Excess for the year indicates the portion of income remaining after expenses.

Additional Contact Information

Additional Addresses
PO Box 12272
Seattle, WA  98102-0272

22220 W Valley Hwy
Kent, WA  98032-1915

911 S 3rd St
Yakima, WA  98901-3407

3808 N Sullivan Rd Bldg 15K
Spokane Valley, WA  99216-6021

PO Box 297
Yakima, WA  98907-0297

Additional Phone Numbers
Tel: (206) 923-7475

Additional Fax Numbers
Fax: (206) 625-7518

ID: 73000524
Report as of November 22, 2014 08:34
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