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Higher Achievement

Closing the opportunity gap for middle school youth

three stars

86.38

317 8th Street, NE Washington, DC 20002
tel: (202) 375-7732   Web Site
EIN: 52-1383374

Board Leadership
Chris Leech
Chair

CEO
Lynsey Wood Jeffries
Chief Executive Officer

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 86.38 three stars
  Financial 81.17 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 96.00 four stars
This rating was published 12/01/2019 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Higher Achievement was founded in 1975 by Greg Gannon, a teacher at Gonzaga College High School in Washington, DC. Higher Achievement closes the opportunity gap during the pivotal middle school years. By leveraging the power of communities, Higher Achievement's proven model provides a rigorous year-round out-of-school-time learning environment, caring role models, and a culture of high expectations, resulting in college-bound scholars with the character, confidence, and skills to succeed. Over the past 35 years, Higher Achievement has worked with more than 10,000 youth in the DC Metro area. On average, 95 percent of Higher Achievement scholars advance to top academic high schools and 93 percent go on to college.

Higher Achievement was founded in 1975 by Greg Gannon, a teacher at Gonzaga College High School in Washington, DC. Higher Achievement closes the opportunity gap during the pivotal middle school years. By leveraging the power of communities, Higher Achievement's proven model provides a rigorous year-round out-of-school-time learning environment, caring role models, and a culture of high expectations, resulting in college-bound scholars with the character, confidence, and skills to succeed. Over the past 35 years, Higher Achievement has worked with more than 10,000 youth in the DC Metro area. On average, 95 percent of Higher Achievement scholars advance to top academic high schools and 93 percent go on to college.

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Financial

three stars

81.17

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

96.00

This rating was published 12/01/2019 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)
66.9%
  Administrative Expenses 23.2%
  Fundraising Expenses 9.7%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.09
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.59
  Program Expenses Growth 5.4%
  Liabilities to Assets 15.8%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Higher Achievement on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Higher Achievement on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Higher Achievement (DC) 86.38 three stars
Communities In Schools of Nevada (NV) 92.58 four stars
College Bound, St. Louis (MO) 87.83 three stars
Partnership with Children (NY) 94.34 four stars
LEAP (CT) 85.94 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $4,883,515
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $922,412
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $3,987,490
Total Contributions $9,793,417
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $9,793,417
   Other Revenue $16,754
TOTAL REVENUE $9,810,171
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $6,691,069
   Administrative Expenses $2,283,790
   Fundraising Expenses $1,189,226
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $10,164,085
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-353,914
   
Net Assets $6,001,333

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
After School & Summer Academic Enrichment $6,691,069 100.0%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-08 12/01/2019 86.38 three stars
2017-08 12/21/2018 88.67 three stars
2016-08 03/01/2018 88.12 three stars
2015-08 03/01/2017 92.25 four stars
2015-08 02/01/2017 90.80 four stars
2014-08 06/01/2016 80.42 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-08 11/01/2015 84.81 three stars
2013-08 09/01/2014 91.66 four stars
2012-08 10/01/2013 88.87 three stars
2011-08 02/01/2013 78.63 two stars
2011-08 11/06/2012 77.26 two stars
2010-08 03/01/2012 90.23 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 52-1383374
Name in IRS Master File HIGHER ACHIEVEMENT PROGRAM INC
NTEE Code [Not Provided by IRS]
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 (46) Private school
Foundation Status School 170(b)(1)(A)(ii)
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 September, 1985
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End August
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • August, 2017
  • August, 2016
  • August, 2015
  • August, 2014
  • August, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$186,284 1.83% Lynsey Wood Jeffries CEO
Other Salaries of Note
$196,043 1.92% Raj Kapur Chief Financial Officer

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Higher Achievement (DC) 86.38 three stars
BestPrep (MN) 91.04 four stars
College Track (CA) 96.15 four stars
Monarch School Project (CA) 96.46 four stars
Living Classrooms Foundation (MD) 90.59 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Higher Achievement
317 8th Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002
tel: (202) 375-7732
fax: (202) 544-3644
EIN: 52-1383374

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Board Leadership

Chris Leech
Chair

CEO

Lynsey Wood Jeffries
Chief Executive Officer

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