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The Georgia Center for Opportunity

We Remove Barriers to Opportunity

four stars

91.89

333 Research Court Suite 210
Peachtree Corners, GA 30092
tel: (770) 242-0001   Web Site
EIN: 58-1928520

Board Leadership
Jerry Thames
Chairman

CEO
Randy Hicks
President, CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 91.89 four stars
  Financial 96.78 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 89.00 three stars
This rating was published 08/01/2019 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Georgia Center for Opportunity (GCO) is independent, non-partisan, and solutions-focused. Our team is dedicated to creating opportunities for a quality education, fulfilling work, and a healthy family life for all Georgians. To achieve our mission, we research ways to help remove barriers to opportunity in each of these pathways, promote our solutions to policymakers and the public, and help effective and innovative social enterprises deliver results in their communities. Our ultimate goal is to see every Georgian who is willing to seize the opportunities presented to them living a life that can be characterized as truly flourishing. Our work is focused on three primary impact areas: education, employment and family formation. Thriving communities are built by rewarding virtues that lead to liberty, self-sufficiency, and earned success.

Georgia Center for Opportunity (GCO) is independent, non-partisan, and solutions-focused. Our team is dedicated to creating opportunities for a quality education, fulfilling work, and a healthy family life for all Georgians. To achieve our mission, we research ways to help remove barriers to opportunity in each of these pathways, promote our solutions to policymakers and the public, and help effective and innovative social enterprises deliver results in their communities. Our ultimate goal is to see every Georgian who is willing to seize the opportunities presented to them living a life that can be characterized as truly flourishing. Our work is focused on three primary impact areas: education, employment and family formation. Thriving communities are built by rewarding virtues that lead to liberty, self-sufficiency, and earned success.

Impact Information

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Reported Results
Total in 2018
Number of overall donors
186
Number of Hiring Well, Doing Good initiatives.
3
This impact information is current as of March 2020, when it was provided to us by GuideStar. At this time, Impact information published on this organization's page has no effect on its rating per our methodology.

Financial

four stars

96.78

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

89.00

This rating was published 08/01/2019 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)
82.5%
  Administrative Expenses 9.6%
  Fundraising Expenses 7.7%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.06
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.68
  Program Expenses Growth 11.1%
  Liabilities to Assets 9.5%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by The Georgia Center for Opportunity on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by The Georgia Center for Opportunity on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
The Georgia Center for Opportunity (GA) 91.89 four stars
SPUR (CA) 89.80 three stars
Institute for Energy Research (DC) 86.15 three stars
Atlas Network (VA) 90.29 four stars
Michigan League for Public Policy (MI) 91.59 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $2,228,181
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $2,228,181
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $2,228,181
   Other Revenue $281
TOTAL REVENUE $2,228,462
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $1,725,774
   Administrative Expenses $201,605
   Fundraising Expenses $166,845
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $2,094,224
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $134,238
   
Net Assets $1,141,743

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
The Georgia Center for Opportunity has received 2 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-06 08/01/2019 91.89 four stars
2017-06 04/01/2019 94.69 four stars
2017-06 09/01/2018 92.24 four stars
2016-06 02/01/2018 86.06 three stars
2015-06 12/01/2016 83.10 three stars
2014-06 06/01/2016 82.93 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 10/01/2015 78.70 two stars
2013-06 10/01/2014 80.93 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 58-1928520
Name in IRS Master File GEORGIA CENTER FOR OPPORTUNITY INC
NTEE Code B99
NTEE Classification Education N.E.C.
NTEE Type Educational Institutions and Related Activities
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (120) Publishing 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 November, 1982
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, 2018
  • June, 2017
  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$144,284 6.88% Randy Hicks President/CEO

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
The Georgia Center for Opportunity (GA) 91.89 four stars
National Humanities Center (NC) 89.79 three stars
SPUR (CA) 89.80 three stars
National Consumers League (DC) 86.24 three stars
Reason Foundation (CA) 95.47 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

The Georgia Center for Opportunity
333 Research Court
Suite 210
Peachtree Corners, GA 30092
tel: (770) 242-0001
fax: (770) 242-0501
EIN: 58-1928520

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Board Leadership

Jerry Thames
Chairman

CEO

Randy Hicks
President, CEO

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