Topic: Donate

Be a part of their story this #GivingTuesday!

By donating to Preble Street on #GivingTuesday, you support our neighbors on their journey to healing and hope. Be a part of their story!

Help us raise $100,000 to fill more plates, open more doors, and keep hope alive. The first $30,000 is doubled thanks to a generous challenge match!

Enter your payment today and your gift will be added to the Preble Street #GivingTuesday campaign total on December 3.

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Throughout the day on #GivingTuesday staff will share quotes from the people we serve. Pictured: Alphonse Havugimana, Custodial Team Leader

124,344 pounds of food…and counting!

124,344 pounds of food (and counting) arrived at Preble Street today! Thanks to Rewind 100.9, Chuck Igo, all of the schools, businesses, individual donors, and dozens of dedicated volunteers – including Senator Angus King, Jr. – for helping us stuff and un-stuff two big yellow Custom Coach and Limousine school buses as part of the 14th Annual Stuff the Bus food drive! Our pantry and hearts are full.

The buses are unstuffed, but it’s not too late to give! We can turn every dollar donated into SEVEN pounds of food.
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More Mainers Home for Good

“Laying on the ground, sleeping outside, cold. Now it’s nice and warm. I feel safe. This is home.”

Because of your support, Preble Street is the place people begin the journey from homelessness to hope.

When they no longer have to deal with the stress and danger of the streets tenants in Housing First programs focus on their goals, work on their health, and reconnect to families. Some go back to work. Others volunteer. Their lives improve. The community improves.

“It saved my life. I’m hoping it will save a bunch more lives. Places like this are common sense.”

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Your support saves lives

One year after opening, Huston Commons tenants reflect on how their lives have changed.

Your support gives chronically homeless neighbors a chance to reclaim their lives.

Donate here to help bring more Mainers home for good!

Mainers Helping Mainers: A Preble Street Year in Review

Watch our Year in Review video, featuring some of the friends and neighbors who stepped up to make a difference in 2016!

Every day at Preble Street, the community comes together to help Mainers move forward to better lives, giving their time, their energy, their money, their voices, and their hearts.

Your donation to Preble Street does more than ensure that the most vulnerable people in our community make it through another day. Your support empowers brave, determined people to break the cycle of homelessness by finding work, studying hard, never giving up, learning new skills, finding their voices, reuniting with family, and reaching their goals.

Most of all it helps them hold on to hope during their darkest hours.

Please join us this year in growing our community of giving hands and grateful hearts.

THANK YOU for a successful #GivingTuesday!

Thanks to your support, Preble Street blew our $30,000 #GivingTuesday match challenge goal out of the water, raising $41,500 in individual donations over 24 hours.

That total nearly doubles last year’s #GivingTuesday gifts and, with the addition of the $30,000 match, will add up to more than $70,000 for crucial, life-changing services!

THANK YOU to everyone who stepped up to join us in our commitment to help vulnerable Mainers move forward to better lives by giving, liking, sharing, and commenting on our posts throughout the day!

Preble Street earns 12th consecutive four-star Charity Navigator rating

In a 2016 fiscal-year analysis, Preble Street, a Portland-based social service agency, was awarded Charity Navigator’s top rating, four stars, for a 12th consecutive year.

Charity Navigator, the country’s largest and most-utilized evaluator of charities, provides online tools that allow donors to see, at a glance, the percentage agencies spend on program services, compared to administrative and fundraising expenses.

Recording an overall average of 98.23 points out of a possible 100, with a perfect score in the area of “accountability and transparency,” Preble Street ranked among the highest-scored nonprofits in the country. The agency, dedicated to providing accessible barrier-free services to empower people experiencing problems with homelessness, housing, hunger, and poverty, and to advocating for solutions to those problems, was also recognized for fundraising efficiency and revenue growth.

The premier rating is awarded to nonprofits exceeding industry standards and outperforming most charities in their cause category.
“Less than 1 percent of the charities we evaluate have received at least 12 consecutive 4-star evaluations, indicating that Preble Street outperforms most other charities in America. This exceptional designation from Charity Navigator Preble Street apart from its peers and demonstrates to the public its trustworthiness,” said Michael A. Thatcher, president and CEO of Charity Navigator.

The scores are based on an analysis of a charity’s federal income tax filing, which is public information. Charity Navigator rates more than 8,000 public charities. Charity Navigator only evaluates organizations granted tax-exempt status under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and that file a Form 990.

Charity Navigator’s evaluation covers two broad areas of performance: “financial health” and “accountability and transparency.” The ratings provide donors with information on how efficiently a charity uses philanthropic support, how well it has sustained its programs and services over time, and the level of its commitment to being accountable and transparent.

“We are incredibly proud to be rated as one of the top 1 percent of nonprofits in the whole country,” said Mark Swann, Preble Street executive director.

“We work very hard at Preble Street to take good care of the business-side of being an effective, strategic and efficient nonprofit organization. There are an increasing number of people counting on us to help them through tough times. We can’t let them down.”

Donors increasingly base giving decisions on the guidance of Charity Navigator other watchdog groups that offer insight into how their money will be used.

Preble Street’s complete Charity Navigator profile can be viewed here.