Soles for souls does an amazing job not only giving shoes for providing care for their recipients! They have fantastic organization, communication and follow through with their partners as well as volunteers!
I have worked with them as a photographer and as a volunteer for multiple trips and cannot say enough positive things about the entire staff !
S4S Team 10/02/2017
Briana, we appreciate you so much! Thank you for your incredible support all these years.
I have worked with Soles4Souls in various different ways. First when I was working with a start-up "business for good" company. Soles4Souls was one of our non-profit partners and one of my favorite to work with. They have a powerful and direct mission, great staff, and wonderful media that conveys their work to supporters. Soles4Souls goes above and beyond to make sure the work they are doing is serving each individual community in a helpful and meaningful way. Additionally they monitor and update their programs to stay up to date with ever evolving community needs. I recently also got to travel to Haiti with Soles4Souls. I was impressed by the contacts they have made and their allowance to let local leaders guide Soles4Souls' work based on what they know would help their community. As for my background, I have a degree in International Studies and have experience with a number of non-profits, foundations, and "business for good". Soles4Souls is one of the best and sets a standard for both stepping back and letting local leaders guide their work and constantly evolving in order to stay in touch with each community they work in and it's specific needs.
S4S Team 08/19/2017
Thanks Logan! We’re so grateful for your voice and all the ways you’ve partnered with us over the years.
I have travelled with S4S multiple times, to very remote areas. They do amazing work, both at the level of the individual (a young orphan or school child getting new durable shoes); and programmatically; by launching micro-enterprises, and being able to deliver sturdy shoes for a fraction of the price of other groups. They really care; it is a pleasure to support them. - Tim
S4S Team 07/28/2017
Tim, thank you for your amazing partnership and support. We appreciate you!
My experience with S4S has been awesome. They have been a terrific partner with our work in Honduras. We have worked together on both the donation and micro-economic side and have been succesful with both. i have found the staff to be compassionate, smart, quick to respond and they do what they say they will do. I cannot say this about all the non-profits I have dealt with.
The work that we have been able to do for the past 4 years with Soles4Souls has been incredible. They way that they are able to connect with the community of Los Angeles and then connect them to us has been a true blessing. Many lives have been touched by the more than 20 000 pairs of shoes that they have donated which includes those who are homeless to the Hollywood elite. Soles4Souls is truly a life changing company.
A agree with the other posters that the accounting seems very odd.
1. To its benefit, contributions are incredible, doubling every year. Any NPO would be proud of S4S' record.
2. In Part VIII, cash contributions (line 1c) and fundraising expenses not including line 1c (line 8a) are exactly the same amount, $1,145,217. What is the chance of that being accurate? Zero, if you believe Schedule G, which gives a different accounting of fundraising activities.
3. Some of the noncash contributions must be monetized. Cash contributions in Part VIII are $1.1m yet Part IX salaries are over $2m and legal is $214k. There doesn't seem to be enough cashflow to pay the expenses unless some of the donated item are being sold to pay salaries and expenses. Plus, net assets in Part X grew by more than $9m, so clearly all the donations are not flowing to the poor and needy.
For example, the noncash contributions from the rich are said to be $71.7m while grants to the needy were just $60.6m (still a very impressive number, even if substantially less than the contributions).
4. Part VII lists no independent contractors making more than $100k. This is only possible if all the work is purposefully divided among many contractors to conceal names. Legal expenses are $214k, advertising $810k, occupancy $181k, distribution $413k, and direct mail $267k, yet, again, we are told that none of these large categories had more than $100k to a single vendor.
5. Schedule O says the Directors reviewed the Form 990. There are enough reporting and math mistakes on this Form 990 to make that statement unlikely. At a minimum, the Directors should wonder where is the attached request for an extension, since this Form 990 is late.
Review from Guidestar
A lot of folks are very positive about S 4 S's work, but I find it troubling that the CEO is earning over $400,000 a year--for the past several years. I and others in this line of work try to align our own living standard with those we serve--although as Rich World residents, we never really get there.
I just think it says something about the priorities of an org if they're saying they're concerned about the poor, but find a way to enrich themselves as they serve the needy.
Review from Guidestar
Soles4Souls is an amazing organization that is changing the thinking of the entire footwear industry and creating a donation channel where footwear companies, retail stores, schools, civic groups and individuals come together to donate shoes, clothing, housing or sponsor micro-enterprise opportunities for people in need. Since 2005, Founder Wayne Elsey has single-handedly changed the way footwear companies can make a difference, both across the street and around the world. Soles4Souls has donated over 10 million pairs of new and gently worn shoes to people in 126 countries and is currently engaged in an ambitious program in Haiti to create footwear-related jobs, sustainable housing, schools and more.
Review from Guidestar