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Human Services : Youth Development, Shelter, and Crisis Services

Bridge Over Troubled Waters

Life-changing services for homeless and at-risk youth ages 14 to 24 since 1970

three stars

87.85

47 West Street Boston, MA 02111
tel: (617) 423-9575   Web Site
EIN: 04-2472126

Board Leadership
Gloria L. Clough
President

CEO
Elisabeth Jackson
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 87.85 three stars
  Financial 91.62 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 85.00 three stars
This rating was published 11/01/2019 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Bridge Over Troubled Waters (Bridge) is Boston's premier organization dedicated to transforming the lives of runaway, homeless, and high-risk youth through safe, supportive, and encouraging relationships and effective and innovative services that guide them toward self-sufficiency. Bridge began in 1970 with a small but energetic group of staff and volunteers, who offered free and confidential services to homeless young people on the streets of Boston. Of the young people who seek help at Bridge, 100 percent live at the poverty level. Bridge offers a safe and supportive environment in which these troubled youth can find out who they are and where they want to be. Then we help them get there.

Bridge Over Troubled Waters (Bridge) is Boston's premier organization dedicated to transforming the lives of runaway, homeless, and high-risk youth through safe, supportive, and encouraging relationships and effective and innovative services that guide them toward self-sufficiency. Bridge began in 1970 with a small but energetic group of staff and volunteers, who offered free and confidential services to homeless young people on the streets of Boston. Of the young people who seek help at Bridge, 100 percent live at the poverty level. Bridge offers a safe and supportive environment in which these troubled youth can find out who they are and where they want to be. Then we help them get there.

Impact Information

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Reported Results
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Total in 2019
How many contacts were made to youth by the Street Outreach Workers
550
How many visits were made by youth who received survival care and referrals
3,550
How many youth received in-depth counseling support
750
Number of students utilizing education and career development services
323
Number of youth stabilizing their lives in our Emergency Residence
35
Number of people in the area with access to affordable housing as a result of the nonprofit's efforts
48
Youth relying on our day and night programs for safety and rest
227
This impact information is current as of August 2020, when it was provided to us by GuideStar. At this time, Impact information published on this organization's page has no effect on its rating per our methodology.

Financial

four stars

91.62

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

85.00

This rating was published 11/01/2019 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)
73.2%
  Administrative Expenses 17.4%
  Fundraising Expenses 9.2%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.09
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.63
  Program Expenses Growth 20.7%
  Liabilities to Assets 14.8%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Bridge Over Troubled Waters on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Bridge Over Troubled Waters on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Bridge Over Troubled Waters (MA) 87.85 three stars
Methodist Children's Home (TX) 90.15 four stars
Children in Crisis (FL) 93.16 four stars
Covenant House Michigan (MI) 90.29 four stars
HOPE South Florida (FL) 86.88 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $3,367,710
   Federated Campaigns $119,692
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $1,628,324
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $1,739,136
Total Contributions $6,854,862
   Program Service Revenue $251,131
Total Primary Revenue $7,105,993
   Other Revenue $277,716
TOTAL REVENUE $7,383,709
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $4,229,457
   Administrative Expenses $1,091,816
   Fundraising Expenses $447,252
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $5,768,525
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $1,615,184
   
Net Assets $8,853,564

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
Residential Services $2,363,348 55.9%
Outreach and Support Services $1,332,741 31.5%
Emergency Services $533,368 12.6%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-06 11/01/2019 87.85 three stars
2017-06 02/01/2019 85.66 three stars
2016-06 12/01/2017 84.61 three stars
2015-06 11/01/2016 83.70 three stars
2014-06 06/01/2016 85.46 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 10/01/2015 82.16 three stars
2013-06 12/22/2014 88.74 three stars
2012-06 10/01/2013 83.30 three stars
2012-06 09/01/2013 80.31 three stars
2011-06 04/01/2013 79.05 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 04-2472126
Name in IRS Master File BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATERS INC
NTEE Code F30
NTEE Classification Mental Health Treatment - Multipurpose and N.E.C.
NTEE Type Mental Health, Crisis Intervention
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (328) Combat juvenile delinquency
(179) Other health services
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, 1972
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, 2017
  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
  • June, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$175,245 3.03% Elisabeth Jackson Executive Director

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Bridge Over Troubled Waters (MA) 87.85 three stars
Black Mountain Home for Children, Youth & Families (NC) 96.67 four stars
Wellspring Living (GA) 91.77 four stars
Avenues for Youth (MN) 90.80 four stars
Youth Emergency Services (NE) 87.32 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

Bridge Over Troubled Waters
47 West Street
Boston, MA 02111
tel: (617) 423-9575
EIN: 04-2472126

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Board Leadership

Gloria L. Clough
President

CEO

Elisabeth Jackson
Executive Director

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