To foster stability and self-sufficiency of Bellevue's children and their families through programs that feed, clothe and educate.

 |  PO Box 53203 Bellevue WA 98105

Bellevue Lifespring is headquartered in Bellevue, WA, and is a 501(c)(3) organization. EIN: 91-0658331.  Donations are tax-deductible. The IRS' NTEE classification is Emergency Assistance (Food, Clothing, Cash) within the Human Services - Multipurpose and Other category. The IRS ruling year for tax exemption was 1949.

(Source: IRS Business Master File and Form 990)

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Overall Score


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Finance & Accountability Score


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This Beta V1 of Finance Score provides a baseline measure of an organization’s health including the indicators listed in the report below.

This score represents Form 990 data from latest filing year 2019.

Finance & Accountability Rating Highlights

Higher Effect on Score


Independent Board Composition

We look for at least 3 board members, with more than 50% of members identified as independent.

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Liabilities to Assets Ratio

We look for a ratio less than 50%.

No Effect on Score


Total Revenue

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Finance & Accountability Report


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The Finance and Accountability Score provides a basic measure for organizational health. At this time, it comprises 100% of a charity's Overall Score.

Program Expense Ratio


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

For a passing score, Charity Navigator looks for a ratio of 70% or higher. Charities in the 50%-70% range receive zero points for their Program Expense Ratio score. Charities that fall below 50% will receive zero points for both of their financial metric scores, Program Expense Ratio AND Liabilities to Assets Ratio.

Source: IRS Form 990

Board Composition

24/24 Independent

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Charity Navigator looks for at least 3 board members, with more than 50% of those members identified as independent.

Source: IRS Form 990

Independent Review/Financial Audit

No Audit

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For organizations larger than $1million in total revenue we expect to see that the charity completed an audit.

This indicator is not part of the score for organizations less than $250k in total revenue and is removed from the scoring methodology.

For charities under $1 million but over $250K in total revenue we expect to see that the charity completed an Audit, Review or Compilation.

Source: IRS Form 990

Liabilities to Assets Ratio


Lower effect on score

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

Charity Navigator looks for a ratio less than 50%.

Source: IRS Form 990

Website Listed


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Charity Navigator looks for a website on the Form 990 as an accountability and transparency measure.

Nonprofits act in the public trust and reporting publicly on activities is an important component

Source: IRS Form 990

Additional Information


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Data Sources

Data Sources: IRS Forms 990

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IRS Forms 990 are provided courtesy of Foundation Center.

Total Revenue and Expenses

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  • The nonprofit is eligible for a score, but we have not yet developed the specific algorithms to estimate the impact of the type of service it delivers and so cannot issue a score yet.

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Largest Programs

Largest Programs

Bellevue Lifespring reported its three largest programs on its FY 2019 Form 990 as:


Spent in most recent FY


Percent of program expenses

CLOTHING CHILDREN AND THEIR FAMILIES: Clothes-4-Kids Provides children with vouchers for new back-to-school clothes so they can begin their school year confident and ready to learn. For the year ended ... (More)


Spent in most recent FY


Percent of program expenses

FEEDING CHILDREN AND THEIR FAMILIES: Breaktime-Mealtime ends hunger by distributing Safeway food during school breaks to children enrolled in the federal free and reduced-price lunch program. For the  ... (More)


Spent in most recent FY


Percent of program expenses

EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE:Emergency Assistance: Keeps kids stable and in their homes by providing food and basic needs, eviction prevention and move-in assistance to families in crisis. For the year ended  ... (More)

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What is your organization aiming to accomplish?

Bellevue LifeSpring's mission is to foster stability and self-sufficiency for Bellevue's children and their families through programs that feed, clothe and educate. Our vision for Bellevue is one where no child is hungry, every child has school clothing that makes them feel confident, each student has access to education and opportunities for success and all children live in a stable home.

What are your strategies for making this happen?

Bellevue LifeSpring's holistic approach includes wraparound services that provide access to food, clothing, education and emergency assistance to provide children with a foundation for future success. Our programs fall under four main service areas: food, clothing, education and emergency assistance. Food • Breaktime-Mealtime™: Meals for children during winter, mid-winter, spring and summer school breaks. Clothing • Clothes-4-Kids™: Vouchers for students to purchase back-to-school clothing and shoes. • Thrift Culture: Gift cards for those in need of clothing to shop at our thrift store in Bellevue Square. Education • Grads-On-Track™: Scholarships for high school students to recover credits through summer school or online course. • Educational Grants: College scholarships that are renewable for four years. Emergency Assistance • Rent and Utilities Assistance: Eviction and utilities shutoff prevention. • Food & Basic Needs Pantry: Emergency bags of food, toiletries and household items. • Holiday Adopt-A-Family™: Food, clothing and gifts for Christmas.

What are your organization's capabilities for doing this?

Established as the Overlake Service League in 1911, Bellevue LifeSpring has been serving the community for over 100 years. Today, Bellevue LifeSpring has a strong working relationship with the Bellevue School District which allows us to address needs as they are observed in the classroom. Our partnership with the school district also helps us to reach families who might otherwise not know where to turn. In addition, we are able to utilize Bellevue School District resources to implement our programs and keep administrative costs low. Bellevue LifeSpring is fortunate to have the support of over 300 dedicated members and volunteers who work tirelessly to provide assistance to families in need. They are also led by a professional, committed Board of Directors that reflects the diversity of families we serve. Bellevue LifeSpring accepts no government funding, allowing us to serve families whose financial situation may have improved just enough to make them ineligible for other forms of assistance. These “gray area" families are just one crisis away from slipping back into poverty. Thanks to the generosity of individuals and corporations in our community, Bellevue LifeSpring is able to provide them with continued support as they achieve financial security.

How will your organization know if you are making progress?

We measure our success by the success of Bellevue students. We believe education is key to breaking the cycle of poverty, and basic needs like food, clothing and shelter must be addressed in order for children to succeed academically. We've also received reports from the Bellevue School District that students on the free and reduced-price lunch program are currently experiencing a 38% achievement gap in reading and a 34% achievement gap in math when compared with their higher income peers. These students walk through school doors at a disadvantage due to their low-income status. Poor nutrition, low self-esteem and unstable home lives can all contribute to a student's inability to succeed in the classroom. Our programs work to narrow this gap and allow more students to succeed in school and in life. Our ultimate goal is to meet the need in our community so that no child lacks access to food, clothing, opportunities for education or shelter. We will know that we have maximized our impact when we are no longer turning families away due to lack of funding.

What have and haven't you accomplished so far?

Last year, Bellevue LifeSpring provided the following resources to children living in poverty: - 120,000+ meals provided through the Breaktime-Mealtime™ program, ensuring children in poverty don't miss out on vital nutrition during school breaks. - 512 children went back to school confident in new clothing purchased through Clothes-4-Kids™ and 73 families received Thrift Culture gift cards for work and school clothing. - 344 summer course scholarships distributed through Grads-On-Track™ to 203 students at risk of dropping out of school and 26 college students received scholarships to make their dreams of higher education a reality. - 34 evictions and 39 utility shutoffs were prevented for families in danger of living on the streets. 75 families received food and basic needs items from our pantry. - 813 children and their families received Christmas gifts and food through Holiday Adopt-A-Family™. There is still more work to be done. In the last year, we were also forced to turn away hundreds of children and their families due to lack of funding. While we provided over 100,000 meals during five weeks of the year, our ultimate goal is to provide meals during all 10 weeks when school or summer school is not in session so no child has to go hungry in Bellevue. We want to be able to serve all eligible children who have a need, providing the support they need to go from crisis to stability and ultimately, to self-sufficiency.


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