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Education : Youth Education Programs and Services

Project Exploration

Science education, discovery, youth development

three stars

82.50

4511 South Evans Avenue Chicago, IL 60653
tel: (312) 273-4026   Web Site
EIN: 36-4305660

Board Leadership
Judy Lubin
Chair

CEO
Natasha Smith-Walker
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 82.50 three stars
  Financial 80.32 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 85.00 three stars
This rating was published 12/01/2019 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Project Exploration is a nationally recognized nonprofit science education and youth development organization whose mission is to make science and engineering accessible to traditionally overlooked communities, particularly minority youth and girls. Since 1999, Project Exploration has engaged Chicago Public School students in hands-on experiences with real science and real scientists, and has provided critical leadership in the national conversation about out-of-school time STEM education.

Our student-centered approach promotes long-term relationships between students and scientists, and empowers youth to become active partners in their education by encouraging them to study science-related topics that they find interesting. There are no fees or academic prerequisites, and we strive to recruit students who are inquisitive and ambitious, but are not necessarily "straight-A" students.

Project Exploration is a nationally recognized nonprofit science education and youth development organization whose mission is to make science and engineering accessible to traditionally overlooked communities, particularly minority youth and girls. Since 1999, Project Exploration has engaged Chicago Public School students in hands-on experiences with real science and real scientists, and has provided critical leadership in the national conversation about out-of-school time STEM education.

Our student-centered approach promotes long-term relationships between students and scientists, and empowers youth to become active partners in their education by encouraging them to study science-related topics that they find interesting. There are no fees or academic prerequisites, and we strive to recruit students who are inquisitive and ambitious, but are not necessarily "straight-A" students.

Financial

three stars

80.32

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

85.00

This rating was published 12/01/2019 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)
77.4%
  Administrative Expenses 8.6%
  Fundraising Expenses 13.9%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.13
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.26
  Program Expenses Growth 9.8%
  Liabilities to Assets 51.7%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Project Exploration on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Project Exploration on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Project Exploration (IL) 82.50 three stars
Shake-A-Leg Miami (FL) 86.19 three stars
Sea Education Association (MA) 87.47 three stars
Birthright Israel Foundation (NY) 87.62 three stars
Wilderness Inquiry (MN) 97.30 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $474,451
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $183,268
Total Contributions $657,719
   Program Service Revenue $47,065
Total Primary Revenue $704,784
   Other Revenue $1,962
TOTAL REVENUE $706,746
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $504,022
   Administrative Expenses $54,019
   Fundraising Expenses $112,249
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $670,290
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $36,456
   
Net Assets $130,263

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
Explore Program $201,609 40.0%
Discover Program $201,609 40.0%
Chicago STEM Pathways Cooperative $100,804 20.0%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-08 12/01/2019 82.50 three stars
2017-08 12/21/2018 77.15 two stars
2016-08 11/01/2017 72.19 two stars
2015-08 07/01/2016 72.04 two stars
2014-08 06/01/2016 70.67 two stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-08 10/01/2015 74.03 two stars
2013-08 10/01/2014 74.88 two stars
2012-08 12/01/2013 67.16 one star
2011-08 08/01/2012 82.80 three stars
2010-08 09/20/2011 74.95 two stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-08 11/01/2010 68.71 one star
2008-08 08/01/2009 86.56 three stars
2007-08 10/01/2008 79.20 two stars
2006-08 08/01/2007 73.84 two stars
2005-08 09/01/2006 76.53 two stars
2004-08 12/01/2005 71.01 two 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 36-4305660
Name in IRS Master File PROJECT EXPLORATION
NTEE Code A56
NTEE Classification Natural History, Natural Science Museums
NTEE Type Arts, Culture and Humanities
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
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 September, 1999
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End August
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • August, 2017
  • August, 2016
  • August, 2015
  • August, 2014
  • August, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$102,081 15.22% Natasha Smith-Walker Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Project Exploration (IL) 82.50 three stars
Shake-A-Leg Miami (FL) 86.19 three stars
Pro Kids Golf Academy (CA) 88.40 three stars
Wilderness Inquiry (MN) 97.30 four stars
Birthright Israel Foundation (NY) 87.62 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

Project Exploration
4511 South Evans Avenue
Chicago, IL 60653
tel: (312) 273-4026
EIN: 36-4305660

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Board Leadership

Judy Lubin
Chair

CEO

Natasha Smith-Walker
Executive Director

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