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Youth Science Institute

Partnering with nature to teach kids science

two stars

79.32

333 Blossom Hill Road Vasona Lake County Park
Los Gatos, CA 95032
tel: (408) 356-4945   Web Site
EIN: 94-1265213

Board Leadership
Pam Hoult
President

CEO
Erika Buck
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 79.32 two stars
  Financial 74.91 two stars
  Accountability & Transparency 85.00 three stars
This rating was published 02/01/2020 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Our mission is to Inspire Enthusiasm for Science and a Love of Learning in Pre-K through 6th-grade students in Santa Clara County, CA. We teach inquiry-based, life, physical, earth, and social science to nearly 30,000 children per year. Since our founding in 1953, we have taught hundreds of thousands of children. Our two youth programs are School & Group Programs and Summer Science Camps. We are committed to ensuring these programs are available to low-income, academically at-risk, and underserved populations. We also offer family Science Safaris (weekend and evening programs). YSI maintains 3 park-based Science & Nature Centers (San Jose, Saratoga, and Los Gatos). Each Center has specialized and unique artifacts, collections, and resources that connect children with nature while teaching science. Our programs are founded on the best practices of both hands-on science and experiential environmental education, and are correlated to the science content standards for CA public schools.

Our mission is to Inspire Enthusiasm for Science and a Love of Learning in Pre-K through 6th-grade students in Santa Clara County, CA. We teach inquiry-based, life, physical, earth, and social science to nearly 30,000 children per year. Since our founding in 1953, we have taught hundreds of thousands of children. Our two youth programs are School & Group Programs and Summer Science Camps. We are committed to ensuring these programs are available to low-income, academically at-risk, and underserved populations. We also offer family Science Safaris (weekend and evening programs). YSI maintains 3 park-based Science & Nature Centers (San Jose, Saratoga, and Los Gatos). Each Center has specialized and unique artifacts, collections, and resources that connect children with nature while teaching science. Our programs are founded on the best practices of both hands-on science and experiential environmental education, and are correlated to the science content standards for CA public schools.

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Financial

two stars

74.91

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

85.00

This rating was published 02/01/2020 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)
66.5%
  Administrative Expenses 24.9%
  Fundraising Expenses 8.5%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.21
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.65
  Program Expenses Growth -0.8%
  Liabilities to Assets 3.8%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Youth Science Institute on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Youth Science Institute on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Youth Science Institute (CA) 79.32 two stars
College Bound, St. Louis (MO) 87.83 three stars
Monarch School Project (CA) 97.56 four stars
The Immokalee Foundation (FL) 92.95 four stars
LEAP (CT) 85.94 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $225,151
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $175,000
Total Contributions $400,151
   Program Service Revenue $560,269
Total Primary Revenue $960,420
   Other Revenue $5,055
TOTAL REVENUE $965,475
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $643,165
   Administrative Expenses $217,542
   Fundraising Expenses $65,921
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $926,628
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $38,847
   
Net Assets $1,567,458

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
School & Group Programs $485,494 75.5%
Summer Science Camps $146,671 22.8%
Family Science Safaris $11,000 1.7%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-09 02/01/2020 79.32 two stars
2017-09 12/21/2018 69.17 one star
2016-09 02/01/2018 65.44 one star
2015-09 02/01/2017 78.61 two stars
2014-09 06/01/2016 77.12 two stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-09 03/01/2016 73.12 two stars
2014-09 12/22/2015 69.95 one star
2013-09 05/01/2015 70.73 two stars
2012-09 03/01/2014 77.90 two stars
2011-09 12/01/2012 77.73 two stars
2010-09 11/01/2011 87.32 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 94-1265213
Name in IRS Master File THE YOUTH SCIENCE INSTITUTE
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 (59) Other school related activities
(60) Museum, zoo, planetarium, etc.
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, 1962
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
$125,000 13.48% Erika C. Buck Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Youth Science Institute (CA) 79.32 two stars
Denver Kids, Inc. (CO) 85.02 three stars
The Immokalee Foundation (FL) 92.95 four stars
Breakthrough, Central Texas (TX) 90.21 four stars
A Child's Place (NC) 85.40 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

Youth Science Institute
333 Blossom Hill Road
Vasona Lake County Park
Los Gatos, CA 95032
tel: (408) 356-4945
EIN: 94-1265213

Mail donations to:
296 Garden Hill Drive
Los Gatos, CA 95032

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Board Leadership

Pam Hoult
President

CEO

Erika Buck
Executive Director

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