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Mikva Challenge

Democracy is a verb!

four stars

95.01

332 South Michigan Avenue Suite 400
Chicago, IL 60604
tel: (312) 863-6340   Web Site
EIN: 52-2033353

Board Leadership
Lauren S. Young
Board Chair

CEO
Brian Brady
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 95.01 four stars
  Financial 93.62 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 97.00 four stars
This rating was published 02/01/2019 and includes data from FY2017, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Mikva Challenge develops youth to be informed, empowered, and active citizens and community leaders. We do this by engaging youth in action civics, an authentic and transformative learning process built on youth voice and youth expertise. We help low-income Chicago youth become meaningful actors in politics and, by doing so, we honor the Mikvas' decades of inspiring young adults to embark on careers in public service and politics. Since 2000, Mikva Challenge has trained over 40,000 young people through our elections, activism and policymaking programs. Through the Mikva process, young people connect with peers, adults and political issues, strategize about how to win their issue or campaign and take action to become real political participants.

Mikva Challenge develops youth to be informed, empowered, and active citizens and community leaders. We do this by engaging youth in action civics, an authentic and transformative learning process built on youth voice and youth expertise. We help low-income Chicago youth become meaningful actors in politics and, by doing so, we honor the Mikvas' decades of inspiring young adults to embark on careers in public service and politics. Since 2000, Mikva Challenge has trained over 40,000 young people through our elections, activism and policymaking programs. Through the Mikva process, young people connect with peers, adults and political issues, strategize about how to win their issue or campaign and take action to become real political participants.

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Financial

four stars

93.62

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

97.00

This rating was published 02/01/2019 and includes data from FY2017, 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)
80.2%
  Administrative Expenses 7.5%
  Fundraising Expenses 12.2%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.12
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.02
  Program Expenses Growth 15.4%
  Liabilities to Assets 4.7%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Mikva Challenge on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Mikva Challenge on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Mikva Challenge (IL) 95.01 four stars
Legal Outreach (NY) 87.22 three stars
BestPrep (MN) 91.04 four stars
Let's Get Ready (NY) 92.03 four stars
Overtown Youth Center (FL) 88.81 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $2,608,859
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $1,127,252
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $3,736,111
   Program Service Revenue $782,242
Total Primary Revenue $4,518,353
   Other Revenue $-54,321
TOTAL REVENUE $4,464,032
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $2,713,803
   Administrative Expenses $263,944
   Fundraising Expenses $456,648
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $3,434,395
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $1,029,637
   
Net Assets $3,255,818

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
Policymaking $1,801,414 66.4%
Center for Action Civics $284,320 10.5%
Youth Community Problem Solving $244,774 9.0%

Ratings History
Mikva Challenge has received 3 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2017-06 02/01/2019 95.01 four stars
2015-06 10/01/2017 90.38 four stars
2015-06 10/01/2017 90.38 four stars
2014-06 06/01/2016 88.99 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 09/01/2015 88.74 three stars
2014-06 05/01/2015 87.40 three stars
2013-06 08/01/2014 87.99 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 52-2033353
Name in IRS Master File MIKVA CHALLENGE GRANT FOUNDATION INC
NTEE Code B99
NTEE Classification Education N.E.C.
NTEE Type Educational Institutions and Related Activities
Classification Educational Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (994) Described in section 170(b)1)(a)(vi) of the Code
(59) Other school related activities
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 November, 1997
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End June
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • June, 2016
  • June, 2014
  • June, 2013
  • June, 2012
  • June, 2011
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$111,683 3.25% Michelle Morales CEO
Other Salaries of Note
$120,000 3.49% Brian Brady National Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Mikva Challenge (IL) 95.01 four stars
BestPrep (MN) 91.04 four stars
Higher Achievement (DC) 88.67 three stars
Achievement Centers for Children & Families Foundation (FL) 90.97 four stars
New Jersey SEEDS (NJ) 90.42 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Mikva Challenge
332 South Michigan Avenue
Suite 400
Chicago, IL 60604
tel: (312) 863-6340
fax: (312) 863-6341
EIN: 52-2033353

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Board Leadership

Lauren S. Young
Board Chair

CEO

Brian Brady
Executive Director

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