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Human Services : Children's and Family Services

Florida's Children First

Fighting for children's rights

four stars

90.65

1401 North University Drive Suite 408
Coral Springs, FL 33071
tel: (954) 796-0860   Web Site
EIN: 52-2372998

Board Leadership
Howard M. Talenfeld
President

CEO
Christina Spudeas
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 90.65 four stars
  Financial 87.13 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 97.00 four stars
This rating was published 06/01/2019 and includes data from FY2017, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Florida's Children First (FCF) was founded in 2001 by attorneys from across Florida who were working on issues affecting Florida's most vulnerable children. Our primary work is with children in state custody. We also work on issues for children who have disabilities and children who are immigrants. FCF staff, board members, volunteers, and advocates devote their time to ensure that each child in care or in an at-risk situation will have a voice that is heard when decisions are made. We use legislative and policy advocacy, executive branch education and advocacy, training and technical assistance to lawyers and Guardians Ad Litem representing children, public awareness, and filing of amicus briefs as strategies to improve child serving systems.

Florida's Children First (FCF) was founded in 2001 by attorneys from across Florida who were working on issues affecting Florida's most vulnerable children. Our primary work is with children in state custody. We also work on issues for children who have disabilities and children who are immigrants. FCF staff, board members, volunteers, and advocates devote their time to ensure that each child in care or in an at-risk situation will have a voice that is heard when decisions are made. We use legislative and policy advocacy, executive branch education and advocacy, training and technical assistance to lawyers and Guardians Ad Litem representing children, public awareness, and filing of amicus briefs as strategies to improve child serving systems.

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Financial

three stars

87.13

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

97.00

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)
89.1%
  Administrative Expenses 6.0%
  Fundraising Expenses 4.8%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.05
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.32
  Program Expenses Growth 4.6%
  Liabilities to Assets 14.3%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Florida's Children First on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Florida's Children First on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Florida's Children First (FL) 90.65 four stars
KC Healthy Kids (KS) 87.15 three stars
Alliance For Children (TX) 94.10 four stars
Memphis Child Advocacy Center (TN) 90.10 four stars
Connecticut Voices for Children (CT) 90.86 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $1,033,032
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $1,033,032
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $1,033,032
   Other Revenue $16,225
TOTAL REVENUE $1,049,257
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $971,052
   Administrative Expenses $86,790
   Fundraising Expenses $48,903
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $1,106,745
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-57,488
   
Net Assets $370,994

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
Improving General Child Welfare $579,389 59.7%
Improving Outcomes for Older Youth $391,663 40.3%

Ratings History
Florida's Children First has received 4 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2017-12 06/01/2019 90.65 four stars
2016-12 12/01/2017 94.54 four stars
2015-12 12/01/2016 93.79 four stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 91.16 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 11/01/2015 83.70 three stars
2013-12 04/01/2015 87.61 three stars
2013-12 03/01/2015 86.66 three stars
2012-12 12/20/2013 83.22 three stars
2011-12 12/01/2012 94.53 four stars
2010-12 09/20/2011 91.22 four stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 10/01/2010 96.73 four stars
2008-12 02/01/2010 94.47 four stars
2007-12 11/01/2008 98.06 four stars
2006-12 02/01/2008 95.91 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 52-2372998
Name in IRS Master File FLORIDAS CHILDREN FIRST INC
NTEE Code P30
NTEE Classification Children's, Youth Services
NTEE Type Human Services - Multipurpose and Other
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 March, 2003
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
$110,231 9.95% Christina Spudeas Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Florida's Children First (FL) 90.65 four stars
Greater Richmond SCAN (VA) 87.55 three stars
Voices for Utah Children (UT) 90.58 four stars
CASA of Travis County (TX) 91.53 four stars
Family First (FL) 89.66 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

Florida's Children First
1401 North University Drive
Suite 408
Coral Springs, FL 33071
tel: (954) 796-0860
fax: (954) 796-0862
EIN: 52-2372998

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Board Leadership

Howard M. Talenfeld
President

CEO

Christina Spudeas
Executive Director

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