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Little Kids Rock

Using popular music genres, our teachers build music programs that are as diverse as the students they serve.

three stars

88.90

P.O. Box 43369 Montclair, NJ 07043
tel: (973) 746-8248   Web Site
EIN: 94-3396568

Board Leadership
Chris Donohoe
Chairman

CEO
David Wish
CEO and Founder

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 88.90 three stars
  Financial 84.31 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00 four stars
This rating was published 12/01/2020 and includes data from FY2019, 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 recognized thought-leader in the field of inclusive, culturally relevant, student-centered music education in our nation's public school system, now bringing free music lessons to more than 550,000 students, through the efforts of more than 2,500 teachers in 500 public school districts nationwide. Since its inception in 2002, Little Kids Rock has served more than 950,000 students across the country. More information can be found 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 recognized thought-leader in the field of inclusive, culturally relevant, student-centered music education in our nation's public school system, now bringing free music lessons to more than 550,000 students, through the efforts of more than 2,500 teachers in 500 public school districts nationwide. Since its inception in 2002, Little Kids Rock has served more than 950,000 students across the country. More information can be found at www.littlekidsrock.org.

Impact Information

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Reported Results
Total in 2019
Number of participants engaged in programs
535,000
Number of products distributed
8,000
Number of teachers trained
2,600
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

three stars

84.31

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

100.00

This rating was published 12/01/2020 and includes data from FY2019, 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)
77.2%
  Administrative Expenses 9.9%
  Fundraising Expenses 12.7%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.13
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.86
  Program Expenses Growth 5.5%
  Liabilities to Assets 6.6%
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) 88.90 three stars
The Art Institute of Chicago (IL) 89.23 three stars
Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education (IL) 90.38 four stars
Young Audiences of Oregon & SW Washington (OR) 85.23 three stars
Inner-City Arts (CA) 92.21 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $4,908,734
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $4,908,734
   Program Service Revenue $318,391
Total Primary Revenue $5,227,125
   Other Revenue $818,822
TOTAL REVENUE $6,045,947
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $4,913,211
   Administrative Expenses $775,457
   Fundraising Expenses $383,195
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $6,071,863
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-25,916
   
Net Assets $5,273,425

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 $4,100,956 83.5%
Musical Instruments $812,255 16.5%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-06 12/01/2020 88.90 three stars
2018-06 09/03/2019 89.46 three stars
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
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • June, 2017
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$174,930 2.88% Dave Wish CEO

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Little Kids Rock (NJ) 88.90 three stars
Merola Opera Program (CA) 90.41 four stars
Inner-City Arts (CA) 92.21 four stars
Midori & Friends (NY) 91.65 four stars
Baltimore Clayworks (MD) 85.27 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

Little Kids Rock
P.O. Box 43369
Montclair, NJ 07043
tel: (973) 746-8248
fax: (973) 746-8240
EIN: 94-3396568

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Board Leadership

Chris Donohoe
Chairman

CEO

David Wish
CEO and Founder

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