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Human Services : Children's and Family Services

Bright Beginnings

Sunny starts. Bright futures. Where homeless children grow.

four stars

93.28

3418 4th Street SE Washington, DC 20032
tel: (202) 842-9090   Web Site
EIN: 52-1697917

Board Leadership
Stephen Niven
President

CEO
Marla M. Dean
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 93.28 four stars
  Financial 94.88 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 92.00 four stars
This rating was published 08/01/2019 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Bright Beginnings was established in 1991 and is today a nationally-accredited child and family development center that offers a bright start for homeless infants, toddlers and preschoolers and their families. Bright Beginnings serves about 186 children annually whose families are living in crisis shelters or transitional housing. Their educational, therapeutic, health and family support services prepares these children for kindergarten and stabilizes their families so ultimately they can make the transition out of homelessness. Bright Beginnings' vision is that their leadership and programming will restore and revitalize the quality of life for every homeless child and family in Washington, DC.

Bright Beginnings was established in 1991 and is today a nationally-accredited child and family development center that offers a bright start for homeless infants, toddlers and preschoolers and their families. Bright Beginnings serves about 186 children annually whose families are living in crisis shelters or transitional housing. Their educational, therapeutic, health and family support services prepares these children for kindergarten and stabilizes their families so ultimately they can make the transition out of homelessness. Bright Beginnings' vision is that their leadership and programming will restore and revitalize the quality of life for every homeless child and family in Washington, DC.

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Financial

four stars

94.88

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

92.00

This rating was published 08/01/2019 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.
Overall Rating Chart
  Program Expenses
(Percent of the charity's total expenses spent on the programs
and services it delivers)
84.6%
  Administrative Expenses 9.5%
  Fundraising Expenses 5.8%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.05
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.47
  Program Expenses Growth 11.9%
  Liabilities to Assets 36.2%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Bright Beginnings on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Bright Beginnings on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Bright Beginnings (DC) 93.28 four stars
King Street Center (VT) 85.54 three stars
Nebraska Children and Families Foundation (NE) 91.65 four stars
Miami Bridge Youth and Family Services (FL) 90.13 four stars
Community Partners of Dallas (TX) 90.48 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $3,105,377
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $10,075
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $3,314,385
Total Contributions $6,429,837
   Program Service Revenue $438,601
Total Primary Revenue $6,868,438
   Other Revenue $178,987
TOTAL REVENUE $7,047,425
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $5,220,270
   Administrative Expenses $966,703
   Fundraising Expenses $408,487
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $6,595,460
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $451,965
   
Net Assets $7,992,135

Program names and associated costs are listed for the top programs as reported on the charity's most recently filed Form 990. The top programs displayed will include the largest three programs, or those programs covering at least 60% of the charity's total expenses, whichever comes first.

Program Name Amount Spent % of Program Expenses
Education $2,301,857 44.1%
Program Expansion $1,772,874 34.0%
Home Based Program $669,237 12.8%
Family Services $476,302 9.1%

Ratings History
Bright Beginnings has received 2 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-09 08/01/2019 93.28 four stars
2017-09 09/01/2018 90.80 four stars
2016-09 11/01/2017 89.24 three stars
2015-09 07/01/2016 89.39 three stars
2014-09 06/01/2016 88.64 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-09 11/01/2015 89.08 three stars
2013-09 12/01/2014 84.49 three stars
2012-09 12/01/2013 91.80 four stars
2011-09 04/01/2013 83.61 three stars

The data displayed on this tab is provided by the IRS in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

EIN 52-1697917
Name in IRS Master File BRIGHT BEGINNINGS INC
NTEE Code [Not Provided by IRS]
NTEE Classification [Not Provided by IRS]
NTEE Type [Not Provided by IRS]
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (574) Day care center
Foundation Status Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public   170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
Deductibility Contributions are deductible
Affiliation Independent - the organization is an independent organization or an independent auxiliary (i.e., not affiliated with a National, Regional, or Geographic grouping of organizations).
Group Name [Not Applicable]
Ruling Date January, 1991
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End September
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • September, 2018
  • September, 2017
  • September, 2016
  • September, 2015
  • September, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$144,999 2.19% Marla Dean Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Bright Beginnings (DC) 93.28 four stars
Infant Crisis Services (OK) 92.89 four stars
Home of the Innocents (KY) 90.56 four stars
Cookie Cart (MN) 88.38 three stars
The Mentoring Alliance (TX) 94.31 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Bright Beginnings
3418 4th Street SE
Washington, DC 20032
tel: (202) 842-9090
fax: (202) 842-9095
EIN: 52-1697917

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Board Leadership

Stephen Niven
President

CEO

Marla M. Dean
Executive Director

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