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Health : Patient and Family Support

The Rainbow Connection

Making Dreams Come True For Michigan Children with Life Threatening Medical Conditions

four stars

97.85

621 West University Rochester, MI 48307
tel: (248) 601-9474   Web Site
EIN: 38-2608775

CEO
George Miller
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 97.85 four stars
  Financial 96.96 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00 four stars
This rating was published 04/01/2021 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The Rainbow Connection is a Michigan-based charity dedicated to making dreams come true for Michigan children with life threatening medical conditions and providing emergency support services to these families.

In 1985, The Rainbow Connection was incorporated as a wish granting organization. Our first wish was granted when Muhammed Ali shadow-boxed bed-side with Wish Child, John Bowden at Children's Hospital.

Since that first wish, we have granted the wishes of more than 3,700 Michigan children as well as provided special assistance, enhancements, and support to our wish families when needed.



The Rainbow Connection is a Michigan-based charity dedicated to making dreams come true for Michigan children with life threatening medical conditions and providing emergency support services to these families.

In 1985, The Rainbow Connection was incorporated as a wish granting organization. Our first wish was granted when Muhammed Ali shadow-boxed bed-side with Wish Child, John Bowden at Children's Hospital.

Since that first wish, we have granted the wishes of more than 3,700 Michigan children as well as provided special assistance, enhancements, and support to our wish families when needed.



Financial

four stars

96.96

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

100.00

This rating was published 04/01/2021 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)
90.5%
  Administrative Expenses 3.3%
  Fundraising Expenses 6.1%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.05
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.07
  Program Expenses Growth 6.0%
  Liabilities to Assets 0.9%
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.

Constituent Feedback

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Here's how this organization is listening and learning from the people they serve:
How is the organization collecting feedback?
Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Case management notes, Constituent (client or resident, etc) advisory committees
How is the organization using feedback?
To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve
With whom is the organization sharing feedback?
Our staff, Our board
What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?
It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback
Describe a recent change in your organization that resulted from feedback.
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Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
The Rainbow Connection (MI) 97.85 four stars
Make-A-Wish Foundation of Northeastern California and Northern Nevada (CA) 88.12 three stars
Make-A-Wish Foundation of Southern Nevada (NV) 90.38 four stars
Sunshine Foundation (PA) 88.12 three stars
Make-A-Wish Foundation of Massachusetts and Rhode Island (MA) 88.94 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $2,236,350
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $937,022
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $3,173,372
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $3,173,372
   Other Revenue $142,241
TOTAL REVENUE $3,315,613
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $2,242,794
   Administrative Expenses $81,110
   Fundraising Expenses $167,704
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $2,491,608
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $824,005
   
Net Assets $2,705,666

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 $1,991,515 88.8%
Enhancement Program $225,524 10.1%
Special Response $1,755 < 0.1%

Ratings History
The Rainbow Connection has received 9 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-12 04/01/2021 97.85 four stars
2018-12 10/01/2019 94.16 four stars
2017-12 12/01/2018 96.66 four stars
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
(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
$110,737 4.44% George Miller Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
The Rainbow Connection (MI) 97.85 four stars
Make-A-Wish Foundation of Massachusetts and Rhode Island (MA) 88.94 three stars
Make-A-Wish Arizona (AZ) 85.95 three stars
Make-A-Wish International (AZ) 90.79 four stars
Make-A-Wish Foundation of Connecticut (CT) 87.50 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

The Rainbow Connection
621 West University
Rochester, MI 48307
tel: (248) 601-9474
fax: (248) 601-0577
EIN: 38-2608775

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CEO

George Miller
Executive Director

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