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Covenant House & Affiliates

CharityWatch report issued
August 2018

Top-Rated Charity
CharityWatch Grade
Our independent grade based
on a number of factors.
Program Percentage
Amount spent on programs
relative to overhead.
Cost to Raise $100
Amount spent to raise
$100 of contributions.

Contact Information

Covenant House & Affiliates
5 Penn Plaza
3rd Floor
New York, NY 10001

Other Names

Covenant House International
Under 21

Tax Status


Stated Mission

Shelters, protects and advocates on behalf of homeless, trafficked and sexually exploited youth.

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Data based on Fiscal Year Ended 06/30/2017

Program Percentage: 77%

The percentage of Covenant House & Affiliates's cash budget it spends on programs relative to overhead (fundraising, management, and general expenses).


Calculated Total Expenses



Cost to Raise $100: $17

How many dollars Covenant House & Affiliates spends on fundraising to raise each $100 of contributions.


Calculated Total Contributions


Government Funding

0% to 24%

Percentage of cash revenue
coming from government sources


Financial Documents

Entity Document Type Tax ID
Covenant House Georgia IRS Form 990 13-3523561
Covenant House IRS Form 990 13-2725416
Covenant House and Affiliates Consolidated Audited Financial Statements Multiple
Covenant House Michigan IRS Form 990 38-3351777
Covenant House Alaska IRS Form 990 13-3419755
Covenant House Washington DC IRS Form 990 13-3537709
Covenant House New Orleans IRS Form 990 58-1669937
Under 21 / Covenant House New York IRS Form 990 13-3076376
Covenant House New Jersey IRS Form 990 13-3537710
Covenant House Florida IRS Form 990 59-2323607
Covenant House California IRS Form 990 13-3391210
Covenant House Texas IRS Form 990 76-0050882
Covenant House Pennsylvania IRS Form 990 23-3003176
Entity: Covenant House Georgia
Document Type: IRS Form 990
Tax ID: 13-3523561
Entity: Covenant House
Document Type: IRS Form 990
Tax ID: 13-2725416
Entity: Covenant House and Affiliates
Document Type: Consolidated Audited Financial Statements
Tax ID: Multiple
Entity: Covenant House Michigan
Document Type: IRS Form 990
Tax ID: 38-3351777
Entity: Covenant House Alaska
Document Type: IRS Form 990
Tax ID: 13-3419755
Entity: Covenant House Washington DC
Document Type: IRS Form 990
Tax ID: 13-3537709
Entity: Covenant House New Orleans
Document Type: IRS Form 990
Tax ID: 58-1669937
Entity: Under 21 / Covenant House New York
Document Type: IRS Form 990
Tax ID: 13-3076376
Entity: Covenant House New Jersey
Document Type: IRS Form 990
Tax ID: 13-3537710
Entity: Covenant House Florida
Document Type: IRS Form 990
Tax ID: 59-2323607
Entity: Covenant House California
Document Type: IRS Form 990
Tax ID: 13-3391210
Entity: Covenant House Texas
Document Type: IRS Form 990
Tax ID: 76-0050882
Entity: Covenant House Pennsylvania
Document Type: IRS Form 990
Tax ID: 23-3003176

Governance & Transparency

CharityWatch evaluates certain criteria related to a charity's Governance and Transparency. Donors may want to consider a charity's willingness to be open and transparent with CharityWatch to be a good litmus test for determining its commitment to public accountability.
This charity is Top-Rated
What does it mean to be Top-Rated?
Covenant House & Affiliates
meets governance benchmarks.
Covenant House & Affiliates
meets transparency benchmarks.
Provides Financial Information
Audit Accessibility
Governance: Policies
Reports regularly & consistently monitoring & enforcing compliance with a written Conflict of Interest Policy
Reports required, annual disclosure by officers, directors, and key staff of interests that could give rise to conflicts
Reports having a written Whistleblower Policy
Reports having a written Document Retention and Destruction Policy
Governance: Financials
Reports providing copy of tax form to all board members prior to filing it with IRS
Reports that financial statements were audited by an independent accountant
Governance: Board of Directors
Reports at least 5 voting board members
51% or more of voting board members reported as independent
Reports documenting minutes of board and board committee meetings
Privacy Policy
Privacy Policy Opt-Out Policy  

  Name Title Compensation
1 Kevin Ryan President/CEO $309,774
2 Daniel McCarthy CFO $299,102
3 James M. White Past Executive VP $298,174
Name: Kevin Ryan
Title: President/CEO
Compensation: $309,774
Name: Daniel McCarthy
Title: CFO
Compensation: $299,102
Name: James M. White
Title: Past Executive VP
Compensation: $298,174

CharityWatch Analysts perform an in-depth analysis of charities' audited financial statements and IRS tax filings, and often review other documents such as state filings, annual reports, and fundraising contracts during their evaluations. Below are select notes that CharityWatch believes may be of interest to donors.
CharityWatch's rating of Covenant House & Affiliates includes the financial activities of the entities included in the Covenant House audited consolidated financial statements for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2017.

According to the Covenant House fiscal 2017 consolidated audit (Note 1, Organization and Tax Status):

"Covenant House (Parent) is the sole member of the following not-for-profit affiliates:"

(1) Covenant House Alaska; (2) Covenant House California; (3) Covenant House Chicago; (4) Covenant House Connecticut; (5) Covenant House Florida; (6) Covenant House Georgia; (7) Covenant House Holdings, LLC; (8) Covenant House Illinois; (9) Covenant House Michigan; (10) Covenant House Missouri; (11) Covenant House New Jersey; (12) Covenant House New Orleans; (13) Covenant House Pennsylvania/Under 21; (14) Covenant House Testamentum; (15) Covenant House Texas; (16) Covenant House Washington D.C.; (17) Covenant House Western Avenue; (18) Rights of Passage, Inc.; (19) Under 21 Boston, Inc.; (20) Under 21 Covenant House New York; (21) 268 West 44th Corporation.

"Covenant House (Parent) is also the sole member of Covenant International Foundation ('CIF'), a not-for-profit corporation. Covenant House (Parent), together with CIF, represent the controlling interest of the following active international not-for-profit affiliates:"

(1) Casa Alianza de Honduras; (2) Asociacion La Alianza (Guatemala); (3) Casa Alianza Internacional; (4) Casa Alianza Nicaragua; (5) Covenant House Toronto; (6) Covenant House Vancouver; (7) Fundacion Casa Alianza Mexico, I.A.P.

"Covenant House (Parent) is the founder of Fundacion Casa Alianza Mexico, I.A.P."


"On March 19, 2016, the California Affiliate's Board of Directors authorized the affiliate to enter into a Letter of Intent to merge Covenant House California 'CHCA' with another not-for-profit organization, YEAH!. YEAH!'s mission is consistent with that of CHCA... YEAH! is a lower barrier access point for youth to transition from the street into the affiliate's Oakland program. On June 26, 2017, the merger was finalized and all of YEAH!'s assets were transferred to CHCA."

Whenever practicable, CharityWatch obtains audited consolidated financial statements that include all of the entities of a charitable organization. Such an audit eliminates transactions among related entities, and allows us to determine how efficiently an organization is operating on the whole.

For more information on this topic, please see our section on Treatment of Related Organizations, which can be found by clicking on "Criteria & Methodology" from the "About Us" navigation header.
According to the Covenant House International (CHI) tax filing for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2017, CHI reports re: Compensation, Supplemental Information (IRS Form 990, Schedule J, Part III):

"Pursuant to the term[s] and conditions stipulated in Joan Smyth's separation agreement, CHI paid severance payment in the amount of $45,400 in 2016. This payment was treated as taxable compensation to the recipient."

CHI reports Joan Smyth as "Former SVP of Direct Marketing," with total compensation of $197,485 in calendar year 2016 (IRS Form 990, Schedule J, Part II).