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The Rainbow Connection

Making Dreams Come True For Michigan Children with Life Threatening Illnesses

four stars

91.23

621 West University Rochester, MI 48307
tel: (877) 649-4743   Web Site
EIN: 38-2608775

Board Leadership
David LewAllen
President

CEO
George J. Miller
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 91.23 four stars
  Financial 87.61 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00 four stars
This rating was published 12/22/2017 and includes data from FY2016, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The Rainbow Connection is a local organization that focuses its efforts exclusively on Michigan children and their families. Founded in 1985 by L. Brooks Patterson in memory of his best friend and two children who died in a plane crash, The Rainbow Connection is a Michigan-based charity dedicated to making dreams come true for Michigan children with life threatening illnesses and providing emergency support services to these families. To date, The Rainbow Connection has granted over 3,200 wishes to children across Michigan suffering from life-threatening or terminal illnesses. From something as simple as a new computer to meeting the President of the United States at the White House, to the most requested wish of all, a trip to Disney World, The Rainbow Connection grants wishes throughout the year.

The Rainbow Connection is a local organization that focuses its efforts exclusively on Michigan children and their families. Founded in 1985 by L. Brooks Patterson in memory of his best friend and two children who died in a plane crash, The Rainbow Connection is a Michigan-based charity dedicated to making dreams come true for Michigan children with life threatening illnesses and providing emergency support services to these families. To date, The Rainbow Connection has granted over 3,200 wishes to children across Michigan suffering from life-threatening or terminal illnesses. From something as simple as a new computer to meeting the President of the United States at the White House, to the most requested wish of all, a trip to Disney World, The Rainbow Connection grants wishes throughout the year.

Financial

three stars

87.61

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

100.00

This rating was published 12/22/2017 and includes data from FY2016, 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)
89.5%
  Administrative Expenses 5.5%
  Fundraising Expenses 4.9%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.05
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.81
  Program Expenses Growth 0.1%
  Liabilities to Assets 4.4%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by The Rainbow Connection on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by The Rainbow Connection on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
The Rainbow Connection (MI) 91.23 four stars
Make-A-Wish Foundation of Nebraska (NE) 94.62 four stars
A Kid Again (OH) 94.03 four stars
Make-A-Wish Foundation of Colorado (CO) 85.42 three stars
Make-A-Wish Foundation of New Hampshire (NH) 93.27 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $1,604,891
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $625,479
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $2,230,370
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $2,230,370
   Other Revenue $44,111
TOTAL REVENUE $2,274,481
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $1,885,094
   Administrative Expenses $162,864
   Fundraising Expenses $115,484
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $2,163,442
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $111,039
   
Net Assets $1,757,745

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
Wish Granting $1,677,528 89.0%
Enhancement Program $164,780 8.7%
Special Response $21,286 1.1%

Ratings History
The Rainbow Connection has received 6 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2016-12 12/22/2017 91.23 four stars
2015-12 02/01/2017 91.38 four stars
2015-12 12/01/2016 90.93 four stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 96.09 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 04/01/2016 91.35 four stars
2014-12 12/22/2015 90.90 four stars
2013-12 06/01/2015 91.97 four stars
2012-12 02/01/2014 93.91 four stars
2011-12 05/01/2013 93.84 four stars
2011-12 03/01/2013 89.12 three 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 38-2608775
Name in IRS Master File THE RAINBOW CONNECTION
NTEE Code E86
NTEE Classification Patient Services - Entertainment, Recreation
NTEE Type Health - General and Rehabilitative
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (408) Community service organization
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 September, 1985
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End December
IRS Forms 990
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  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
  • December, 2012
  • December, 2011

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

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Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$106,202 4.90% Mary Grace McCarter Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
The Rainbow Connection (MI) 91.23 four stars
Make-A-Wish Foundation of the Mid-South (TN) 89.41 three stars
Dreams Come True (FL) 95.04 four stars
Make-A-Wish Foundation of Southern Florida (FL) 87.19 three stars
Children's Cancer Association (OR) 88.21 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

The Rainbow Connection
621 West University
Rochester, MI 48307
tel: (877) 649-4743
fax: (248) 601-0086
EIN: 38-2608775

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Board Leadership

David LewAllen
President

CEO

George J. Miller
Executive Director

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