Mission: To embrace, educate, and empower hardworking, under-resourced families and children to achieve their full potential.

Florence Fuller Child Development Centers, Inc. (dba Fuller Center) is a 501(c)(3) organization, with an IRS ruling year of 1971, and donations are tax-deductible.

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Contact Information

  http://www.fullercenterfl.org/

  200 NE 14th Street
Boca Raton FL 33432 

  561-391-7274


 Important note on the timeliness of ratings

The IRS is significantly delayed in processing nonprofits' annual tax filings (Forms 990). As a result, the Financial and Accountability & Transparency score for Florence Fuller Child Development Centers, Inc. (dba Fuller Center) is outdated and the overall rating may not be representative of its current operations. Please check with the charity directly for any questions you may have.

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Exceptional

This charity's score is 95.14, earning it a 4-Star rating. Donors can "Give with Confidence" to this charity. 

This score is calculated from two sub-scores:

This score represents Form 990 data from 2019, the latest year published by the IRS. The organization provided this information on a consolidated pro forma 990 which was verified against 990s received from the IRS. View all organizations in this consolidation.

Note: This rating represents consolidated financial data for these organizations:

  • Florence Fuller Child Development Foundation, EIN: 02-0630595

  • Florence Fuller Child Development Centers, EIN: 59-1312245 (this organization)

  • Florence Fuller Child Development Foundation, EIN: 02-0630595

  • Florence Fuller Child Development Centers, EIN: 59-1312245 (this organization)

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Program Expense

Program Expense Ratio

84.9%


The Program Expense Ratio is determined by Program Expenses divided by Total Expense (average of most recent three 990s).


This measure reflects the percent of its total expenses a charity spends on the programs and services it exists to deliver. Dividing a charity's average program expenses by its average total functional expenses yields this percentage. We calculate the charity's average expenses over its three most recent fiscal years.


Source: IRS Form 990

Administrative Expenses

8.5%


As reported by charities on their IRS Form 990, this measure reflects what percent of its total budget a charity spends on overhead, administrative staff and associated costs, and organizational meetings. Dividing a charity's average administrative expenses by its average total functional expenses yields this percentage. We calculate the charity's average expenses over its three most recent fiscal years.


Source: IRS Form 990

Fundraising Expenses

6.4%


This measure reflects what a charity spends to raise money. Fundraising expenses can include campaign printing, publicity, mailing, and staffing and costs incurred in soliciting donations, memberships, and grants. Dividing a charity's average fundraising expenses by its average total functional expenses yields this percentage. We calculate the charity's average expenses over its three most recent fiscal years.


Source: IRS Form 990

Liabilities to Assets Ratio

4.0%


The Liabilities to Assets Ratio is determined by Total Liabilities divided by Total Assets (most recent 990).


Part of our goal in rating the financial performance of charities is to help donors assess the financial capacity and sustainability of a charity. As do organizations in other sectors, charities must be mindful of their management of total liabilites in relation to their total assets. This ratio is an indicator of an organization’s solvency and or long term sustainability. Dividing a charity's total liabilities by its total assets yields this percentage.


Source: IRS Form 990

Fundraising Efficiency

$0.07


The amount spent to raise $1 in charitable contributions. To calculate a charity's fundraising efficiency, we divide its average fundraising expenses by the average total contributions it receives. We calculate the charity's average expenses and average contributions over its three most recent fiscal years.


Source: IRS Form 990

Working Capital Ratio

1.78 years


Determines how long a charity could sustain its level of spending using its net available assets, or working capital, as reported on its most recently filed Form 990. We include in a charity's working capital unrestricted and temporarily restricted net assets, and exclude permanently restricted net assets. Dividing these net available assets in the most recent year by a charity's average total expenses, yields the working capital ratio. We calculate the charity's average total expenses over its three most recent fiscal years.


Source: IRS Form 990

Program Expense Growth

3.16%


We compute the average annual growth of program expenses using the following formula: [(Yn/Y0)(1/n)]-1, where Y0 is a charity's program expenses in the first year of the interval analyzed, Yn is the charity's program expenses in the most recent year, and n is the interval of years passed between Y0 and Yn.


Source: IRS Form 990

Governance


Charity Navigator looks to confirm on the Form 990 that the organization has these governance practices in place.


Sources Include: IRS Form 990

Governance:
Independent Voting Board Members  ... (More)
No Material Diversion of Assets ... (More)

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  • Full Credit: There has been no diversion of assets within the last two years.

  • Partial Credit: There has been a diversion of assets within the last two years and the charity has used Schedule O on the Form 990 to explain: the nature of the diversion, the amount of money or property involved and the corrective action taken to address the matter. In this situation, we deduct 7 points from the charity's Accountability and Transparency score.
  • No Credit: There has been a diversion of assets within the last two years and the charity's explanation on Schedule O is either non-existent or not sufficient. In this case, we deduct 15 points from the charity's Accountability and Transparency score.
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  • Full Credit: The charity's audited financials were prepared by an independent accountant with an audit oversight committee.

  • Partial Credit: The charity's audited financials were prepared by an independent accountant, but it did not have an audit oversight committee. In this case, we deduct 7 points from the charity's Accountability and Transparency score.
  • No Credit: The charity did not have its audited financials prepared by an independent accountant. In this case, we deduct 15 points from the charity's Accountability and Transparency score.
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Policies


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  • Yes: This charity has a written donor privacy policy published on its website, which states unambiguously that (1) it will not share or sell a donor's personal information with anyone else, nor send donor mailings on behalf of other organizations or (2) it will only share or sell personal information once the donor has given the charity specific permission to do so.

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  • No: This charity either does not have a written donor privacy policy in place to protect their contributors' personal information, or the existing policy does not meet our criteria.

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Transparency


Charity Navigator looks to confirm on the Form 990, or for some metrics on the charity's website, that the organization makes this information easily accessible.


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Audited Financial Statements on Website ... (More)
Form 990 Available on Website ... (More)

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Total Revenue and Expenses

Total Revenue and Expenses

This chart displays the trend of revenue and expenses over the past several years for this organization, as reported on their IRS Form 990.

Salary of Key Persons

Presented here are this organizations key compensated staff members as identified by our analysts. This compensation data includes salary, cash bonuses and expense accounts and is displayed exactly how it is reported to the IRS. The amounts do not include nontaxable benefits, deferred compensation, or other amounts not reported on Form W-2. In some cases, these amounts may include compensation from related organizations. Read the IRS policies for compensation reporting



Ellyn Okrent, Chief Executive Officer

$125,921 (1.99% of Total Expenses)


Current CEO and Board Chair can be found in the Leadership & Adaptability report below.

Source: IRS Form 990 (page 7), filing year 2019

Business Master File Data

Below are some key data points from the Exempt Organization IRS Business Master File (BMF) for this organization. Learn more about the BMF on the IRS website


Activities:

Other school related activities (BMF activity code: 059)

Nursery school (BMF activity code: 032)


Foundation Status:

Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public   170(b)(1)(A)(vi) (BMF foundation code: 15)


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). (BMF affiliation code: 3)

Data Sources: IRS Forms 990

The Form 990 is a document that nonprofit organizations file with the IRS annually. We leverage finance and accountability data from it to form Encompass ratings. Click here to view this organization's Forms 990 on the IRS website (if any are available).

Pandemic Response

Due to the unprecedented nature of the pandemic, we give charities such as this one the opportunity to share the story of COVID's impact on them. Charities may submit their own pandemic responses through their nonprofit portal.


Florence Fuller Child Development Centers, Inc. (dba Fuller Center) reported being impacted by COVID-19 in the following ways:
  • Program Delivery

  • Fundraising Capacity

  • Revenue

  • Staffing

  • Administrative Capacity

  • Grants Received


How COVID-19 impacted the organization's operations financially:

Expenses and demand for services increased, while income decreased substantially due to the inability to have events and the limited capacity for enrollment due to social distancing. We received the first PPP loan but did not qualify for the second round of PPP because of nonrecurring Covid emergency funds earmarked for staff directly, not to be used for operations.


How COVID-19 impacted the organization's delivery of programs:

Created a single point of entry to our campuses, requiring facility adaptation and additional staff. Increased kitchen staff and food supplies, which increased our trash pick-up and other costs. PPE expenses were added. The number of children served was reduced- by 25%, reducing earned revenue, while staffing needs and costs increased. We added technology staff and supplied the children, staff, and families with needed Chromebooks for connectivity and virtual learning. We followed the CDC guidelines and changed procedures daily. Volunteers and campus therapies were discontinued. Met the increased demand for food and support for hard-working essential working parents who could not quarantine or stay home from work. We implemented a health, teen and an elementary school program. We rebranded from Florence Fuller Child Development Centers to the Fuller Center, as we are so much more than child care- We are community care. We created a new website and had weekly Board meetings throughout.


How this organization adapted to changing conditions caused by COVID-19:

Initially, we went virtual until it became evident that our families needed us - in person. Over 100 Fuller staff came to work daily from June 1, 2020, and gave up their 2020 vacation time to meet the needs of over 775 unduplicated children and supported their families so that they could work and keep our local economy open and ultimately take care of us! Many of our families and staff suffered great losses of family members and friends to Covid. We created a Health program to address the health disparity we saw among our staff and families. We started a Teen Program to meet the needs of the youth left at home alone who showed up on our doorsteps hungry and in need of support, guidance, and food. We opened a private Elementary School when the public schools didn't reopen.


Innovations the organization intends to continue permanently after the pandemic:

We will be keeping the single point of entry to better ensure safety on our campuses. We plan to enhance and continue our Health, Teen, and Elementary School Programs- while we expand our collaborative partners who work with us to embrace, educate and empower the children and families in our community.


Historical Ratings

Date PublishedForm 990 FYEOverall ScoreOverall Rating
Rating Version: 2.1
4/1/20222019 95.14
7/1/20212019 93.06

This organization received multiple star ratings within this fiscal year, due to an update to its Accountability and Transparency data and/or the receipt of an amended Form 990.

7/1/20202018 93.37
7/1/20192017 91.74
5/1/20182016 92.53
8/1/20172015 92.51
8/1/20162014 92.68

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...   Impact & Results


This score estimates the actual impact a nonprofit has on the lives of those it serves, and determines whether it is making good use of donor resources to achieve that impact.


Impact & Results Score

Not Currently Scored

Florence Fuller Child Development Centers, Inc. (dba Fuller Center) cannot currently be evaluated by our Encompass Rating Impact & Results methodology because either (A) it is eligible, but we have not yet received data; (B) we have not yet developed an algorithm to estimate its programmatic impact; (C) its programs are not direct services; or (D) it is not heavily reliant on contributions from individual donors.

Note: The absence of a score does not indicate a positive or negative assessment, it only indicates that we have not yet evaluated the organization.

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Largest Programs

Largest Programs



Florence Fuller Child Development Centers, Inc. (dba Fuller Center) reported its largest program on its FY 2019 Form 990 as:


$3,823,601

Spent in most recent FY

71%

Percent of program expenses


Early Education Program


$3,219,384

Spent in most recent FY

59%

Percent of program expenses


Early Childhood Education


$807,803

Spent in most recent FY

15%

Percent of program expenses


Afterschool/Summer Camp Program


$700,096

Spent in most recent FY

13%

Percent of program expenses


Family Support


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...   Leadership & Adaptability


This score provides an assessment of the organization's leadership capacity, strategic thinking and planning, and ability to innovate or respond to changes in constituent demand/need or other relevant social and economic conditions to achieve the organization's mission.


Leadership & Adaptability Score

100

out of 100

The score earned by Florence Fuller Child Development Centers, Inc. (dba Fuller Center) is a passing score. This score has no effect on the organization's Star Rating.

Encompass Rating V4 provides an evaluation of the organization's Leadership & Adaptability through the nonprofit organization submitting a survey response directly to Charity Navigator.


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Leadership & Adaptability Report

100

of 100 points

Mission

The nonprofit organization presents evidence of strategic thinking through articulating the organization’s mission


The Fuller Centers mission is to embrace, educate and empower hardworking under-resourced families and children to achieve their full potential. We provide quality childcare, early childhood and elementary education, afterschool, summer and out-of-school time programming, a teen leadership program, mentoring program, and a comprehensive family support program to ensure that our children go home to safe, stable, and healthy families who positively contribute to our community. We serve more than 900 children between the ages of 6 weeks and 12 years of age and youth between 16 to 23 years of age. In addition, we serve 600 of their family members annually. We provide 1800 nutritious meals daily and provide access to health care, behavioral health care and screenings, housing, employment opportunities, parenting skills, crisis management, financial assistance, budget training, and job coaching all under one roof in collaboration with many community partners.


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Vision

The nonprofit organization presents evidence of strategic thinking through articulating the organization’s vision.


The Fuller Center's vision is to be the leading organization providing access and opportunities for all children and families to help build a strong and vibrant community.


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Strategic Goals

The nonprofit organization presents evidence of strategic thinking and goal setting through sharing their most important strategic goals.


Goal One: Provide outstanding programs and services

Goal Type: Grow, expand, scale or increase access to the existing programs and services.


Goal Two: Diversify funding

Goal Type: Invest in the capacity of our organization (financial, management, technical, etc.).


Goal Three: Invest in Board and staff development

Goal Type: This goal reflects our commitment to further our advocacy work for our organization and or cause area.


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Leadership Development

The nonprofit provides evidence of investment in leadership development


Describe an investment in leadership

All staff and Board members are required to participate in agency-wide, department/committee, and individual training, conferences, and seminars. We maintain national and local accreditation. We utilize consultants, participate in numerous leadership groups and leadership trainings.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Mobilizing for Mission

The nonprofit provides evidence of leadership through focusing externally and mobilizing resources for the mission.


This organization mobilizes for mission in the following ways:
  • Strategic Partnerships

  • Networks of Collective Impact Efforts

  • Thought Leadership

  • Raising Awareness

  • Policy Advocacy

What are this organization’s external mobilizaton efforts?

Fuller Center actively utilizes social media, T.V., and radio news, press releases, print media, and public speaking opportunities to inform the community of the issues concerning our mission. We work closely with our elected officials both state and federal and involve our families, alumni, volunteers, community partners, and Board members to act as our ambassadors.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Story of Adaptability

The nonprofit has an opportunity to tell the story of how the organization adapted to tremendous external changes in the last year.


In December of 2019, we had been granted funds for 180 Chromebooks and a technology teacher. We formated the Chromebooks and implemented intense technology training that we rolled out for our staff in early 2020. In March of 2020, when the world shut down the Fuller Center stepped up! Our families were caught off guard, unprepared, unable to quarantine, and had limited access to technology, childcare, and basic needs and resources. Fuller was ready- We went virtual immediately, sharing the 180 Chromebooks and maintaining connections with our families. It became apparent that our families were facing food insecurity and other stressors. We began organizing food pickups for hundreds of families daily, but that wasn't enough- The Board and the staff worked closely together strategizing a reopening plan so our parents could keep their jobs, and keep our local economy open. On June 1st, we reopened our doors during the height of the Covid 19 pandemic. We were featured on the Today Show as a model for keeping child care centers open safely. We partnered with the local Health Department and followed the CDC guidelines - and worked through the pandemic, in person, throughout, with NO spread of the Corona Virus. We noticed, however, that the population we served was being heavily impacted by Covid 19 and we implemented a Health program. We had teens show up at our centers hungry and in need of guidance and support because they were home alone while their parents were working- and we created a Teen Leadership Program. And when the schools didn't open for our elementary-age children and we witnessed the learning losses taking place, we opened the Fuller Academy. While we are facing a child care and staffing crisis our centers stand strong because of the support received from our community. We too face the challenges imposed by the pandemic and the current state of the world around us, yet continue to work together, as we strive to meet our mission and actualize our vision.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

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Organization Leadership

Organization Leadership


Ellyn Okrent

Chief Executive Officer

Simone Spiegel

President and Chairman of the Board

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...   Culture & Community


This score provides an assessment of the organization's culture and connectedness to the community it serves. Learn more about how and why we rate Culture & Community.


Culture & Community Score

100

out of 100

Florence Fuller Child Development Centers, Inc. (dba Fuller Center) has earned a passing score. This score has no effect on the organization's Star Rating. The organization provided data about how it listens to constituents (Constituent Feedback) and its Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DEI) practices (see report below).

The Culture & Community Beacon is comprised of the following metrics:

  • Constituent Feedback: 100/100 (30% of beacon score)

  • Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion: 100/100 (70% of beacon score)


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Culture & Community Report

100

of 100 points

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Constituent Feedback

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

100/100 points

70% of beacon score


This organization's score of 100 is a passing score. The organization reported that it is implementing 14 diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) practices. Charity Navigator believes nonprofit organizations implementing effective DEI policies and practices can enhance a nonprofit's decision-making, staff motivation, innovation, and effectiveness.


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Methodology


We are utilizing data collected by Candid to document and assess the DEI practices implemented by the organization. Nonprofit organizations are encouraged to fill out the Equity Strategies section of their Candid profiles to receive a rating.


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Constituent Feedback

100/100 points

30% of beacon score


This organization reported that it is collecting feedback from the constituents and/or communities it serves. Charity Navigator believes nonprofit organizations that engage in inclusive practices, such as collecting feedback from the people and communities they serve, may be more effective.


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Methodology


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Analysis and Research


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Constituent Feedback


Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

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