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Human Services : Children's and Family Services

Bright Beginnings, Inc.

Sunny starts. Bright futures. Where homeless children grow.

94.78

3418 4th Street SE 3418 4th Street SE
Washington, DC 20032
tel: (202) 842-9090   Web Site
EIN: 52-1697917

Board Leadership
Maria Estefania
President

CEO
Marla M. Dean
Executive Director

 
 
  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 94.78
  Financial 93.80
  Accountability & Transparency 96.00
This rating was published 12/23/2020 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Bright Beginnings was established in 1991 and is today a nationally-accredited child and family development center that offers a bright start for homeless infants, toddlers and preschoolers and their families. Bright Beginnings serves about 186 children annually whose families are living in crisis shelters or transitional housing. Their educational, therapeutic, health and family support services prepares these children for kindergarten and stabilizes their families so ultimately they can make the transition out of homelessness. Bright Beginnings' vision is that their leadership and programming will restore and revitalize the quality of life for every homeless child and family in Washington, DC.

Bright Beginnings was established in 1991 and is today a nationally-accredited child and family development center that offers a bright start for homeless infants, toddlers and preschoolers and their families. Bright Beginnings serves about 186 children annually whose families are living in crisis shelters or transitional housing. Their educational, therapeutic, health and family support services prepares these children for kindergarten and stabilizes their families so ultimately they can make the transition out of homelessness. Bright Beginnings' vision is that their leadership and programming will restore and revitalize the quality of life for every homeless child and family in Washington, DC.

Financial

93.80

Accountability & Transparency

96.00

This rating was published 12/23/2020 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)
80.8%
  Administrative Expenses 13.8%
  Fundraising Expenses 5.2%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.05
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.24
  Program Expenses Growth 17.3%
  Liabilities to Assets 32.4%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Bright Beginnings, Inc. on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Bright Beginnings, Inc. on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Bright Beginnings, Inc. (DC) 94.78
HomeSafe (FL) 94.47
Childhaven (WA) 90.67
The Mentoring Alliance (TX) 93.82
Tim Tebow Foundation (FL) 96.31

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $2,686,365
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $13,617
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $4,707,514
Total Contributions $7,407,496
   Program Service Revenue $1,042,650
Total Primary Revenue $8,450,146
   Other Revenue $128,525
TOTAL REVENUE $8,578,671
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $6,362,434
   Administrative Expenses $1,516,632
   Fundraising Expenses $415,143
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $8,294,209
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $284,462
   
Net Assets $8,324,917

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 $3,198,925 50.3%
Therapeutic Services $1,729,792 27.2%
Family Services $744,840 11.7%

Ratings History
Bright Beginnings, Inc. has received 3 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-09 12/23/2020 94.78
2018-09 08/01/2019 93.28
2017-09 09/01/2018 90.80
2016-09 11/01/2017 89.24
2015-09 07/01/2016 89.39
2014-09 06/01/2016 88.64
 
CN 2.0
2014-09 11/01/2015 89.08
2013-09 12/01/2014 84.49
2012-09 12/01/2013 91.80
2011-09 04/01/2013 83.61

The data displayed on this tab is provided by the IRS in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

EIN 52-1697917
Name in IRS Master File BRIGHT BEGINNINGS INC
NTEE Code [Not Provided by IRS]
NTEE Classification [Not Provided by IRS]
NTEE Type [Not Provided by IRS]
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (574) Day care center
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 January, 1991
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End September
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • September, 2018
  • September, 2017
  • September, 2016
  • September, 2015
  • September, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$148,347 1.78% Marla Dean Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Bright Beginnings, Inc. (DC) 94.78
Voices For Children Foundation, Inc. (FL) 92.39
Arizona Friends of Foster Children Foundation (AZ) 94.34
Clothes To Kids (FL) 98.23
Roca (MA) 94.54

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Charity Contact Info

Bright Beginnings, Inc.
3418 4th Street SE
3418 4th Street SE
Washington, DC 20032
tel: (202) 842-9090
fax: (202) 842-9095
EIN: 52-1697917

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Board Leadership

Maria Estefania
President

CEO

Marla M. Dean
Executive Director

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