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Education : Youth Education Programs and Services (Grantmaking)

Optimist International Foundation

Helping Optimists help kids

three stars

88.71

4494 Lindell Boulevard St. Louis, MO 63108
tel: (800) 500-8130   Web Site
EIN: 23-7102928

Board Leadership
Sandy Williams
President

CEO
Craig Boring
Executive Director

 
 
  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 88.71 three stars
  Financial 84.55 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 96.00 four stars
This rating was published 08/01/2018 and includes data from FY2017, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Established in 1971, the Optimist International Foundation has been instrumental in providing significant funding for the charitable, literary and educational purposes of Optimist International, a community service based organization committed to creating a more optimistic future for young people through innovative programs. Optimist volunteers serve as leaders, mentors and friends to help kids achieve a more positive and productive life. Optimists create opportunities for youth as they develop into adulthood and become role models for future generations. Optimists believe that a positive approach can make all the difference in the world. Through service programs, Optimists develop positive attitudes and approaches to life that enable young people to excel in school and in their community.

Established in 1971, the Optimist International Foundation has been instrumental in providing significant funding for the charitable, literary and educational purposes of Optimist International, a community service based organization committed to creating a more optimistic future for young people through innovative programs. Optimist volunteers serve as leaders, mentors and friends to help kids achieve a more positive and productive life. Optimists create opportunities for youth as they develop into adulthood and become role models for future generations. Optimists believe that a positive approach can make all the difference in the world. Through service programs, Optimists develop positive attitudes and approaches to life that enable young people to excel in school and in their community.

Financial

three stars

84.55

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

96.00

This rating was published 08/01/2018 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)
82.9%
  Administrative Expenses 9.8%
  Fundraising Expenses 7.1%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.07
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.76
  Program Expenses Growth 2.7%
  Liabilities to Assets 49.4%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Optimist International Foundation on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Optimist International Foundation on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Optimist International Foundation (MO) 88.71 three stars
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New Jersey SEEDS (NJ) 90.42 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $1,080,329
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $1,080,329
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $1,080,329
   Other Revenue $324,389
TOTAL REVENUE $1,404,718
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $1,272,583
   Administrative Expenses $138,609
   Fundraising Expenses $102,616
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $1,513,808
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-109,090
   
Net Assets $4,884,386

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
Charitable, Literary and Educational Programs $499,198 39.2%
Oratorical Context Scholarships $240,980 18.9%
Club Grant Program $303,158 23.8%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2017-09 08/01/2018 88.71 three stars
2016-09 10/01/2017 84.89 three stars
2015-09 07/01/2016 84.93 three stars
2014-09 06/01/2016 82.56 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-09 11/01/2015 85.97 three stars
2013-09 11/01/2014 81.59 three stars
2012-09 09/01/2013 78.21 two stars
2011-09 11/06/2012 79.24 two stars
2010-09 09/20/2011 88.30 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-09 08/01/2010 69.41 one star
2008-09 10/01/2009 92.58 four stars
2007-09 10/01/2008 88.84 three stars
2006-09 07/01/2007 74.05 two stars
2005-09 03/01/2007 78.72 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 23-7102928
Name in IRS Master File OPTIMIST INTERNATIONAL FOUNDATION
NTEE Code T30
NTEE Classification Public Foundations
NTEE Type Philanthropy, Voluntarism and Grantmaking Foundations
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (328) Combat juvenile delinquency
(908) Patriotic activities
(905) Testing products for public safety
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 August, 1971
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End September
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • September, 2017
  • September, 2016
  • September, 2015
  • September, 2014
  • September, 2013

The data displayed in this profile is provided by the IRS for free in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$45,952 3.03% Craig Boring Secretary/Executive Director
Other Salaries of Note
$23,880 1.57% Steve Skodak Former Executive Director

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Charity Contact Info

Optimist International Foundation
4494 Lindell Boulevard
St. Louis, MO 63108
tel: (800) 500-8130
fax: (314) 535-7436
EIN: 23-7102928

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Board Leadership

Sandy Williams
President

CEO

Craig Boring
Executive Director

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