Directors for those organizations also use the report — which provides a snapshot of how well programs have fared in meeting various goals — to plan and apportion their own resources.
“They’re absolutely invaluable in gauging where we are with these programs,” said Natalie Profant Komuro, executive director of PATH Achieve, a homeless outreach and low-income housing advocacy group.
Last fiscal year, her organization placed 157 low-income or homeless people in some sort of housing within six months of first contact, which was 22% of the 694 clients served.
In the report, expected to go before the advisory committee today, that success rate surpasses the 15% goal PATH Achieve set for itself for the year.
Almost all the nonprofits beat their outcome goals for programs, which included after-school chess, homeless prevention, services for the developmentally disabled and youth job placement.
The majority of the 13 nonprofits on the list did this despite serving far more clients than they were originally funded for.
PATH Achieve assisted nearly 400 more people than expected, while the Bookmobile served 850 more children than administrators had planned on, according to the report.
As the number of clients outstripped the original funding, program directors were either forced to leverage the difference with other grants or cap enrollment.
Of the $300,000 needed to operate the New Horizons after school program, just $45,000 of it comes from the city, founder and executive director Maria Rochart said.
Various community foundations’ support, along with federal and county grants, make up the difference and keep the program open to as many applicants as possible, she said.