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Little Kids Rock

Empowering and equipping teachers to create music programs as diverse as the students they serve.

three stars

89.88

271 Grove Ave., Bldg E2 Verona, NJ 07044
tel: (973) 746-8248   Web Site
EIN: 94-3396568

Board Leadership
Mark Lipson
Chairman

CEO
David Wish
CEO and Founder

 
 
  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 89.88 three stars
  Financial 85.70 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00 four stars
This rating was published 05/01/2018 and includes data from FY2016, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Little Kids Rock is a national nonprofit dedicated to transforming lives by restoring, expanding, and innovating music education in our schools. The organization partners with school districts to train public school teachers in its innovative Modern Band curriculum, and donates all the instruments and resources needed to teach popular music in a way that empowers students to experience instant achievement. Little Kids Rock is a pioneer and leader in the area of youth-centered music education in our nation's public school system, now bringing free, weekly music lessons to more than 320,000 students, through the efforts of more than 2,000 teachers volunteering in 200 public school districts nationwide. Since its inception in 2002, Little Kids Rock has since exploded into a national movement that has served more than 650,000 students. More info at www.littlekidsrock.org

Little Kids Rock is a national nonprofit dedicated to transforming lives by restoring, expanding, and innovating music education in our schools. The organization partners with school districts to train public school teachers in its innovative Modern Band curriculum, and donates all the instruments and resources needed to teach popular music in a way that empowers students to experience instant achievement. Little Kids Rock is a pioneer and leader in the area of youth-centered music education in our nation's public school system, now bringing free, weekly music lessons to more than 320,000 students, through the efforts of more than 2,000 teachers volunteering in 200 public school districts nationwide. Since its inception in 2002, Little Kids Rock has since exploded into a national movement that has served more than 650,000 students. More info at www.littlekidsrock.org

Results Information

Reported Results
Total in 2016
Number of participants engaged in programs
248,000
Number of products distributed
11,000
Number of teachers trained
1,800
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Financial

three stars

85.70

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

100.00

This rating was published 05/01/2018 and includes data from FY2016, 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)
78.7%
  Administrative Expenses 2.7%
  Fundraising Expenses 18.4%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.18
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.64
  Program Expenses Growth 26.5%
  Liabilities to Assets 10.8%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Little Kids Rock on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Little Kids Rock on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Little Kids Rock (NJ) 89.88 three stars
NDI New Mexico (NM) 91.71 four stars
Joy of Music Program (MA) 89.45 three stars
Kaufman Music Center (NY) 87.12 three stars
National YoungArts Foundation (FL) 89.39 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $4,168,293
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $842,826
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $5,011,119
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $5,011,119
   Other Revenue $802,820
TOTAL REVENUE $5,813,939
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $4,293,323
   Administrative Expenses $143,507
   Fundraising Expenses $1,118,574
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $5,555,404
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $258,535
   
Net Assets $3,000,688

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
Music Education $3,226,742 75.1%
Musical Instruments $1,066,581 24.8%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2016-12 05/01/2018 89.88 three stars
2015-12 04/01/2017 90.22 four stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 92.36 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2013-12 09/01/2015 93.48 four stars
2013-12 05/01/2015 92.89 four stars
2012-12 12/20/2013 95.48 four stars
2011-12 09/01/2012 95.21 four stars
2010-12 04/01/2012 94.51 four stars
2009-12 12/01/2011 97.23 four stars
2009-12 11/01/2011 96.04 four stars
2009-12 09/20/2011 75.80 two stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 12/01/2010 96.09 four stars
2008-12 03/01/2010 93.90 four stars
2007-12 02/01/2009 93.66 four stars
2006-12 05/01/2008 93.05 four 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 94-3396568
Name in IRS Master File LITTLE KIDS ROCK INC
NTEE Code A6C
NTEE Classification Music Groups, Bands, Ensembles
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 February, 2002
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End June
IRS Forms 990
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  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
  • December, 2012

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
$161,502 2.90% David Wish CEO

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Little Kids Rock (NJ) 89.88 three stars
Settlement Music School (PA) 90.42 four stars
The Ghetto Film School (NY) 91.42 four stars
Southwest School of Art (TX) 88.92 three stars
Music Academy of the West (CA) 92.44 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Little Kids Rock
271 Grove Ave., Bldg E2
Verona, NJ 07044
tel: (973) 746-8248
fax: (973) 746-8240
EIN: 94-3396568

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Board Leadership

Mark Lipson
Chairman

CEO

David Wish
CEO and Founder

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