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Education : Youth Education Programs and Services

Living Classrooms Foundation

Learning by doing

three stars

89.33

802 South Caroline Street Baltimore, MD 21231
tel: (410) 685-0295   Web Site
EIN: 52-1369524

Board Leadership
Ronald Peterson
Chair

CEO
James Piper Bond
President, CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 89.33 three stars
  Financial 86.64 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 93.00 four stars
This rating was published 06/01/2019 and includes data from FY2017, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Living Classrooms Foundation strengthens communities and inspires young people to achieve their potential through hands-on education and job training, using urban, natural, and maritime resources as "living classrooms." Living Classrooms Foundation is a Baltimore-Washington based non-profit educational organization with a distinctive competency in experiential learning - literally learning by direct experience, or what we call "learning by doing." We educate students through our own charter school, through after-school and supplemental education programs, and through environmental experiences, with special emphasis on serving students who live in high-risk environments. We also eliminate barriers to success for young adults and families through community development, workforce preparation, and life skills training.

Living Classrooms Foundation strengthens communities and inspires young people to achieve their potential through hands-on education and job training, using urban, natural, and maritime resources as "living classrooms." Living Classrooms Foundation is a Baltimore-Washington based non-profit educational organization with a distinctive competency in experiential learning - literally learning by direct experience, or what we call "learning by doing." We educate students through our own charter school, through after-school and supplemental education programs, and through environmental experiences, with special emphasis on serving students who live in high-risk environments. We also eliminate barriers to success for young adults and families through community development, workforce preparation, and life skills training.

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Financial

three stars

86.64

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

93.00

This rating was published 06/01/2019 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)
82.0%
  Administrative Expenses 11.0%
  Fundraising Expenses 6.8%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.05
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 2.09
  Program Expenses Growth -1.5%
  Liabilities to Assets 17.3%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Living Classrooms Foundation on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Living Classrooms Foundation on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Living Classrooms Foundation (MD) 89.33 three stars
REACH Prep (CT) 94.30 four stars
Project Success (MN) 88.68 three stars
Prep for Prep (NY) 93.92 four stars
The Immokalee Foundation (FL) 93.67 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $5,354,128
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $996,664
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $1,751,504
Total Contributions $8,102,296
   Program Service Revenue $936,112
Total Primary Revenue $9,038,408
   Other Revenue $282,010
TOTAL REVENUE $9,320,418
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $7,108,367
   Administrative Expenses $1,035,432
   Fundraising Expenses $613,578
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $8,757,377
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $563,041
   
Net Assets $20,211,210

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
Education and Job Skills Training $5,627,584 79.2%
Shipboard and Outreach Programs $1,036,767 14.6%
Inner Harbor Paddleboats $444,016 6.2%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2017-12 06/01/2019 89.33 three stars
2016-12 05/01/2018 90.20 four stars
2015-12 07/01/2017 88.21 three stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 84.86 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 04/01/2016 80.65 three stars
2013-12 06/01/2015 78.28 two stars
2012-12 12/20/2013 84.14 three stars
2011-12 06/01/2013 86.90 three stars
2010-12 09/01/2012 73.34 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 52-1369524
Name in IRS Master File LIVING CLASSROOMS FOUNDATION INC
NTEE Code B31
NTEE Classification [Not Provided by IRS]
NTEE Type [Not Provided by IRS]
Classification Educational Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (60) Museum, zoo, planetarium, 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 Central - the organization is a parent (group ruling) and is not a church or 501(c)(1) organization.
Group Name LIVING CLASSROOMS FOUNDATION INC
Ruling Date May, 1998
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End December
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • December, 2017
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$259,825 2.96% James Bond President & CEO

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Living Classrooms Foundation (MD) 89.33 three stars
BestPrep (MN) 91.04 four stars
Mikva Challenge (IL) 93.76 four stars
LEAP (CT) 91.45 four stars
Communities in Schools of Chicago (IL) 92.13 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Living Classrooms Foundation
802 South Caroline Street
Baltimore, MD 21231
tel: (410) 685-0295
EIN: 52-1369524

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Board Leadership

Ronald Peterson
Chair

CEO

James Piper Bond
President, CEO

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