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Covenant House

Summary:  Covenant House incorporated in 1972, to provide shelter, food, clothing, medical attention, crisis intervention, public education, prevention, and other services to homeless, runaway and trafficked young people.  For fiscal year 2020, Covenant House provided services to about 74,000 young people.  Its program services are broken down into nine significant areas:

(1) Shelter and Crisis Care, providing shelter, food, clothing, counseling and legal advice to abandoned and runaway youths.

(2) Outreach, vans cruising the city streets every night, searching for homeless youths and providing them with food, a trained counselor and offering a safe ride to a shelter.

(3) Mother/Child Program, providing emergency shelter, food and counseling to homeless mothers under the age of 21 and their children.

(4) Medical attention to youths via clinics.

(5) Community Service Center, providing comprehensive services to youths who have left crisis centers and who need support to maintain themselves in stable living situations.

(6) Public Education, informing the public on how to identify runaway adolescents and resources available.

(7) Transitional Living, services for up to 18 months to youths, including counseling, help completing education, and finding jobs and housing.

(8) Schools, providing services to those suspended from school, with general education, job training, and reduction in the length of the suspension.

(9) Permanent Supportive Housing, providing housing to more than 120 young adults with an apartment, and ongoing case management and behavioral health services.  

Covenant House is more complex than a single issue nonprofit organization.  Covenant House encompasses 24 separately incorporated United States nonprofit organizations and seven international not-for-profit corporations.  The aim of Covenant House is to serve homeless youth with absolute respect and unconditional love by protecting and safeguarding those children in need.

MinistryWatch Financial Efficiency Rating:  2 Star (out of a possible 5 Stars)

MinistryWatch Transparency Grade:  C

ECFA Member?  No

Revenue in Most Recent Year Available (2020):  $248,436,666

Five-Year Revenue Trend:  increasing  (by about 30% change)

Percent of Revenue Covenant House spends on Fundraising: 12 percent 

Percent Peer Group Spends on Fundraising:  6 percent

President & CEO:  Kevin Ryan

President’s Salary and Other Compensation:  $213,838 

(according to public information, salary was for average of 23 hours per week for Covenant House and 12 hours per week for unspecified related organizations)

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Rod Pitzer

Rodney Pitzer, Certified Fraud Examiner since 2005, has worked for audit and investigative organizations, including Oregon Department of Justice's Charitable Activities, and being Director of the Oregon Board of Tax Professionals in 1999. In 2011 founded AVOWED.org, ministering to widows, elderly and the disabled, and now scheduled to plant a church in Corpus Christi, Texas.