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Education : Youth Education Programs and Services

Big Thought

Making imagination a part of everyday learning

three stars

84.76

1409 South Lamar Street Suite 1015
Dallas, TX 75215
tel: (214) 520-0023   Web Site
EIN: 75-2170035

Board Leadership
Shaun Dowling
Chair

CEO
Byron Sanders
President & CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 84.76 three stars
  Financial 79.62 two stars
  Accountability & Transparency 93.00 four stars
This rating was published 09/03/2019 and includes data from FY2017, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Throughout our 32-year history of innovation, Big Thought has become a national model in arts education, out-of-school time systems, summer learning, and most recently in social-emotional learning. We manage a powerful network of more than 687 partners to help scale programs and expand the scope of services to close the opportunity gap - the disparity of access to the resources for students to be college and career ready. As our nation's workforce demands evolve, youth in marginalized communities must be equipped with the skills and tools they need to imagine and create their best lives and a better world.

Throughout our 32-year history of innovation, Big Thought has become a national model in arts education, out-of-school time systems, summer learning, and most recently in social-emotional learning. We manage a powerful network of more than 687 partners to help scale programs and expand the scope of services to close the opportunity gap - the disparity of access to the resources for students to be college and career ready. As our nation's workforce demands evolve, youth in marginalized communities must be equipped with the skills and tools they need to imagine and create their best lives and a better world.

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Financial

two stars

79.62

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

93.00

This rating was published 09/03/2019 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)
83.7%
  Administrative Expenses 7.3%
  Fundraising Expenses 8.9%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.10
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.46
  Program Expenses Growth -11.4%
  Liabilities to Assets 18.4%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Big Thought on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Big Thought on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Big Thought (TX) 84.76 three stars
Communities In Schools National Office (VA) 96.84 four stars
Communities In Schools of Nevada (NV) 91.18 four stars
SquashBusters (MA) 93.43 four stars
Breakthrough, Central Texas (TX) 90.24 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $4,158,055
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $256,708
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $1,124,700
Total Contributions $5,539,463
   Program Service Revenue $1,759,602
Total Primary Revenue $7,299,065
   Other Revenue $-43,242
TOTAL REVENUE $7,255,823
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $5,987,177
   Administrative Expenses $586,000
   Fundraising Expenses $524,053
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $7,097,230
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $158,593
   
Net Assets $3,707,029

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.

Due to an error on this organization's Form 990, we are unable to display program information.

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2017-06 09/03/2019 84.76 three stars
2017-06 03/01/2019 83.62 three stars
2016-06 02/01/2018 84.49 three stars
2015-06 12/01/2016 81.76 three stars
2014-06 10/01/2016 83.43 three stars
2014-06 06/01/2016 83.43 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 11/01/2015 79.42 two stars
2013-06 02/01/2015 86.27 three stars
2012-06 11/01/2013 90.91 four stars
2011-06 02/01/2013 91.62 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 75-2170035
Name in IRS Master File BIG THOUGHT
NTEE Code A25
NTEE Classification Arts Education
NTEE Type Arts, Culture and Humanities
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (59) Other school related 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 July, 1987
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End June
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • June, 2017
  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
  • June, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$217,351 3.06% Giselle Antoni CEO

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Big Thought (TX) 84.76 three stars
Venture Philanthropy Partners (DC) 89.86 three stars
Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NY) 85.27 three stars
The Immokalee Foundation (FL) 93.67 four stars
AMIT (NY) 90.28 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Big Thought
1409 South Lamar Street
Suite 1015
Dallas, TX 75215
tel: (214) 520-0023
EIN: 75-2170035

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Board Leadership

Shaun Dowling
Chair

CEO

Byron Sanders
President & CEO

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