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Project Lead The Way

Project Lead The Way, a K-12 STEM Solution

three stars

85.72

3939 Priority Way South Drive Suite 400
Indianapolis, IN 46240
tel: (877) 335-7589   Web Site
EIN: 14-1816385

Board Leadership
Frank D. Zaffino
Chair

CEO
Vince Bertram
President, CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 85.72 three stars
  Financial 83.08 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 89.00 three stars
This rating was published 06/01/2016 and includes data from FY2015, the most recent 990 received at that time.

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Financial

three stars

83.08

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

89.00

This rating was published 06/01/2016 and includes data from FY2015, 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)
78.3%
  Administrative Expenses 8.9%
  Fundraising Expenses 12.7%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.25
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.28
  Program Expenses Growth 29.1%
  Liabilities to Assets 40.1%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Project Lead The Way on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Project Lead The Way on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Project Lead The Way (IN) 85.72 three stars
National Math + Science Initiative (TX) 86.84 three stars
Silicon Valley Education Foundation (CA) 96.39 four stars
MATHCOUNTS (VA) 85.57 three stars
Ocean Institute (CA) 85.50 three stars

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Project Lead The Way (PLTW) is the nation's leading provider of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programs. As a nonprofit organization, PLTW's mission is simple: prepare students for the global economy. PLTW's world-class, activity-, project-, and problem-based curriculum and high-quality teacher professional development model, combined with an engaged network of educators and corporate partners, help students develop the skills needed to succeed in our global economy. Courses are designed to complement math and science courses offered by a school and in some instances are used as the core curriculum. PLTW programs can be found in over 5,000 elementary, middle, and high schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. 100% of all philanthropic gifts go directly to support grants for schools, student and teacher scholarships, PLTW event sponsorship, or donor-approved projects.

REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $14,830,188
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $14,830,188
   Program Service Revenue $14,440,656
Total Primary Revenue $29,270,844
   Other Revenue $8,758,196
TOTAL REVENUE $38,029,040
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $24,115,794
   Administrative Expenses $2,755,681
   Fundraising Expenses $3,222,810
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $30,094,285
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $7,934,755
   
Net Assets $29,357,194

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
Provision of Curriculum and Teaching Prep $24,115,794 100.0%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2015-06 06/01/2016 85.72 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 09/01/2015 89.98 three stars
2013-06 06/01/2014 82.43 three stars
2012-06 09/01/2013 91.57 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 14-1816385
Name in IRS Master File PROJECT LEAD THE WAY INC
NTEE Code B90
NTEE Classification Educational Services and Schools - Other
NTEE Type Educational Institutions and Related Activities
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities
Foundation Status Organization that normally receives no more than one-third of its support from gross investment income and unrelated business income and at the same time more than one-third of its support from contributions, fees, and gross receipts related to exempt purposes.  509(a)(2)
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 March, 2000
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End June
IRS Forms 990
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  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
  • June, 2013
  • June, 2012
  • June, 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
$444,755 1.47% Vince Bertram Chief Executive Officer

Project Lead The Way (PLTW) is the nation's leading provider of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programs. As a nonprofit organization, PLTW's mission is simple: prepare students for the global economy. PLTW's world-class, activity-, project-, and problem-based curriculum and high-quality teacher professional development model, combined with an engaged network of educators and corporate partners, help students develop the skills needed to succeed in our global economy. Courses are designed to complement math and science courses offered by a school and in some instances are used as the core curriculum. PLTW programs can be found in over 5,000 elementary, middle, and high schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. 100% of all philanthropic gifts go directly to support grants for schools, student and teacher scholarships, PLTW event sponsorship, or donor-approved projects.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Project Lead The Way (IN) 85.72 three stars
FIRST (NH) 95.40 four stars
NAF (NY) 92.07 four stars
Silicon Valley Education Foundation (CA) 96.39 four stars
Ocean Institute (CA) 85.50 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

Project Lead The Way
3939 Priority Way South Drive
Suite 400
Indianapolis, IN 46240
tel: (877) 335-7589
fax: (317) 663-8296
EIN: 14-1816385

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Board Leadership

Frank D. Zaffino
Chair

CEO

Vince Bertram
President, CEO

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