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SMART

Start Making a Reader Today

three stars

89.07

101 SW Market Street Suite 101
Portland, OR 97201
tel: (877) 598-4633   Web Site
EIN: 93-1051724

Board Leadership
Terri Browning
Chair

CEO
Chris Otis
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 89.07 three stars
  Financial 84.84 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 97.00 four stars
This rating was published 07/01/2019 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

SMART (Start Making a Reader Today) partners with hundreds of schools statewide to deliver proven literacy support to K-3 children. Teachers recommend students for participation in the program, which complements the school's curriculum. Local SMART Coordinators recruit and train community volunteers to read once a week from October to May with two children. The consistent, one-on-one relationship gives children the attention, self-confidence, and skills to succeed in school and beyond. SMART further encourages children to read outside the classroom by giving them new books each month. SMART serves about 10,000 children each year.

SMART (Start Making a Reader Today) partners with hundreds of schools statewide to deliver proven literacy support to K-3 children. Teachers recommend students for participation in the program, which complements the school's curriculum. Local SMART Coordinators recruit and train community volunteers to read once a week from October to May with two children. The consistent, one-on-one relationship gives children the attention, self-confidence, and skills to succeed in school and beyond. SMART further encourages children to read outside the classroom by giving them new books each month. SMART serves about 10,000 children each year.

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Financial

three stars

84.84

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

97.00

This rating was published 07/01/2019 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)
69.2%
  Administrative Expenses 10.2%
  Fundraising Expenses 20.4%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.19
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.44
  Program Expenses Growth 9.4%
  Liabilities to Assets 2.9%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by SMART on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by SMART on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
SMART (OR) 89.07 three stars
Readworks (NY) 93.91 four stars
Book Trust (CO) 88.43 three stars
Page Ahead Children's Literacy Program (WA) 95.97 four stars
First Book (DC) 88.93 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $3,185,304
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $589,648
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $203,933
Total Contributions $3,978,885
   Program Service Revenue $120,665
Total Primary Revenue $4,099,550
   Other Revenue $71,321
TOTAL REVENUE $4,170,871
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $2,513,519
   Administrative Expenses $346,654
   Fundraising Expenses $582,444
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $3,442,617
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $728,254
   
Net Assets $5,401,672

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
Reading Program $2,513,519 100.0%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-06 07/01/2019 89.07 three stars
2017-06 09/01/2018 87.37 three stars
2016-06 06/01/2017 85.06 three stars
2015-06 08/01/2016 82.95 three stars
2015-06 07/01/2016 82.72 three stars
2014-06 06/01/2016 79.64 two stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 04/01/2016 79.14 two stars
2014-06 09/01/2015 79.14 two stars
2013-06 02/01/2014 80.66 three stars
2012-06 06/01/2013 75.56 two stars
2011-06 10/01/2012 79.89 two stars
2011-06 05/01/2012 79.69 two stars
2010-06 09/20/2011 79.23 two stars
 
CN 1.0
2010-06 07/01/2011 70.91 two stars
2009-06 07/01/2010 71.45 two stars
2008-06 02/01/2009 76.97 two stars
2007-06 10/01/2008 67.82 one star
2006-06 08/01/2007 64.55 one star

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

EIN 93-1051724
Name in IRS Master File SMART READING
NTEE Code B21
NTEE Classification Kindergarten, Preschool, Nursery School, Early Admissions
NTEE Type Educational Institutions and Related Activities
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, 1996
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End June
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • June, 2018
  • June, 2017
  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$139,674 4.05% Chris Otis Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
SMART (OR) 89.07 three stars
National Center for Families Learning (KY) 89.75 three stars
Read Alliance (NY) 88.11 three stars
'Aha Pūnana Leo (HI) 85.83 three stars
Page Ahead Children's Literacy Program (WA) 95.97 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

SMART
101 SW Market Street
Suite 101
Portland, OR 97201
tel: (877) 598-4633
EIN: 93-1051724

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Board Leadership

Terri Browning
Chair

CEO

Chris Otis
Executive Director

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