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Children Now

On a mission to give kids power

four stars

91.66

1404 Franklin Street Suite 700
Oakland, CA 94612
tel: (510) 763-2444   Web Site
EIN: 94-3059243

Board Leadership
Jason Salzetti Jason Salzetti
Board Chair

CEO
Ted Lempert
President

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 91.66 four stars
  Financial 95.75 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 89.00 three stars
This rating was published 06/01/2020 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Founded in 1988, Children Now serves as the hub for all of the key children's issues, supporting and connecting thousands of groups in California to create an unprecedented power base for kids. To accomplish this, Children Now employs the top three strategies that all of the country's strongest interest groups have in common and, for the first time, applies those to kids: umbrella coverage, deep inside expertise and outside pressure.

Founded in 1988, Children Now serves as the hub for all of the key children's issues, supporting and connecting thousands of groups in California to create an unprecedented power base for kids. To accomplish this, Children Now employs the top three strategies that all of the country's strongest interest groups have in common and, for the first time, applies those to kids: umbrella coverage, deep inside expertise and outside pressure.

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Financial

four stars

95.75

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

89.00

This rating was published 06/01/2020 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)
88.2%
  Administrative Expenses 7.4%
  Fundraising Expenses 4.3%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.04
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.64
  Program Expenses Growth 6.3%
  Liabilities to Assets 8.6%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Children Now on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Children Now on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Children Now (CA) 91.66 four stars
Stand for Children Leadership Center (OR) 87.32 three stars
Research for Action (PA) 91.90 four stars
EdChoice (IN) 92.02 four stars
Advance Illinois (IL) 86.89 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $7,213,438
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $99,095
Total Contributions $7,312,533
   Program Service Revenue $735,918
Total Primary Revenue $8,048,451
   Other Revenue $241,318
TOTAL REVENUE $8,289,769
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $7,004,344
   Administrative Expenses $671,656
   Fundraising Expenses $389,098
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $8,065,098
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $224,671
   
Net Assets $12,435,800

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 Program $3,930,298 56.1%
Health Program $1,572,515 22.5%
Child Welfare $825,267 11.8%

Ratings History
Children Now has received 4 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-12 06/01/2020 91.66 four stars
2017-12 05/01/2019 92.02 four stars
2016-12 06/01/2018 92.02 four stars
2015-12 08/01/2017 92.02 four 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 94-3059243
Name in IRS Master File CHILDREN NOW
NTEE Code P30
NTEE Classification Children's, Youth Services
NTEE Type Human Services - Multipurpose and Other
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (320) Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, etc.
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 April, 1993
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End December
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • December, 2017
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$410,058 5.08% Edward Lempert President

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Children Now (CA) 91.66 four stars
The Mind Trust (IN) 95.05 four stars
Council of Independent Colleges (DC) 86.56 three stars
Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (IL) 90.09 four stars
Excelencia in Education (DC) 91.83 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Children Now
1404 Franklin Street
Suite 700
Oakland, CA 94612
tel: (510) 763-2444
fax: (510) 763-1974
EIN: 94-3059243

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Board Leadership

Jason Salzetti Jason Salzetti
Board Chair

CEO

Ted Lempert
President

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