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Strong City Baltimore

Building and strengthening vibrant urban communities Baltimore.

four stars

90.71

3503 North Charles Street Baltimore, MD 21218
tel: (410) 261-3500   Web Site
EIN: 52-0897806

Board Leadership
Georgia Smith
Chair

CEO
Karen D. Stokes
Chief Executive Officer

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 90.71 four stars
  Financial 87.50 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 96.00 four stars
This rating was published 07/01/2019 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Established in 1969, Strong City Baltimore (formerly Greater Homewood Community Corporation) is a grass-roots, nonprofit organization with a mission to build and strengthen neighborhoods and people in Baltimore. We help Baltimore's citizens get jobs, live in affordable homes, send their children to good schools, and build community ties.

Much like the neighborhoods we serve, our programs support Strong City's approach to fulfilling its mission. Over the past 49 years, we have forged many successful partnerships, expanding the services we provide and widening our geographical range.

We believe there are no quick fixes for the challenges that face Baltimore, but progress is achieved by building communities and building agency for individuals while helping them access the resources they need to improve their lives.

Established in 1969, Strong City Baltimore (formerly Greater Homewood Community Corporation) is a grass-roots, nonprofit organization with a mission to build and strengthen neighborhoods and people in Baltimore. We help Baltimore's citizens get jobs, live in affordable homes, send their children to good schools, and build community ties.

Much like the neighborhoods we serve, our programs support Strong City's approach to fulfilling its mission. Over the past 49 years, we have forged many successful partnerships, expanding the services we provide and widening our geographical range.

We believe there are no quick fixes for the challenges that face Baltimore, but progress is achieved by building communities and building agency for individuals while helping them access the resources they need to improve their lives.

Impact Information

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Reported Results
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Total in 2018
Number of community events or trainings held and attendance
400
Number of adults who received literacy services
540
Number of low-income families housed in affordable, well-maintained units as a result of the nonprofit's efforts
103
Number of fiscal sponsorship dollars distributed
8,692,000
This impact information is current as of October 2019, 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

three stars

87.50

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

96.00

This rating was published 07/01/2019 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)
94.1%
  Administrative Expenses 3.3%
  Fundraising Expenses 2.4%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.03
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.16
  Program Expenses Growth 38.8%
  Liabilities to Assets 38.4%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Strong City Baltimore on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Strong City Baltimore on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Strong City Baltimore (MD) 90.71 four stars
Gladden Community House (OH) 88.58 three stars
Family Pathways (MN) 88.08 three stars
The Educational Alliance (NY) 91.18 four stars
Christian Center Of Park City (UT) 89.95 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $7,491,897
   Federated Campaigns $22,460
   Membership Dues $75,732
   Fundraising Events $52,442
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $2,027,183
Total Contributions $9,669,714
   Program Service Revenue $2,174,539
Total Primary Revenue $11,844,253
   Other Revenue $221,039
TOTAL REVENUE $12,065,292
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $10,874,625
   Administrative Expenses $411,391
   Fundraising Expenses $280,629
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $11,566,645
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $498,647
   
Net Assets $1,654,427

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
Fiscal Sponsorship $8,155,202 75.0%
Neighborhood Programs $703,784 6.5%
Adult Literacy Program $618,064 5.7%

Ratings History
Strong City Baltimore has received 3 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-06 07/01/2019 90.71 four stars
2017-06 02/01/2019 90.71 four stars
2016-06 03/01/2018 92.38 four stars
2016-06 02/01/2018 89.48 three stars
2015-06 11/01/2016 91.45 four stars
2014-06 06/01/2016 83.85 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 11/01/2015 79.61 two stars
2013-06 12/01/2014 76.23 two stars
2012-06 05/01/2014 76.53 two 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 52-0897806
Name in IRS Master File STRONG CITY BALTIMORE
NTEE Code S20
NTEE Classification Community, Neighborhood Development, Improvement (General)
NTEE Type Community Improvement, Capacity Building
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (161) Scientific research (diseases)
(180) Contact or sponsored scientific research for industry
(402) Other activity aimed t combating community deterioration
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 March, 1970
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End June
IRS Forms 990
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  • June, 2018
  • June, 2017
  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$130,702 1.12% Karen Stokes CEO

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Strong City Baltimore (MD) 90.71 four stars
Canal Alliance (CA) 88.56 three stars
The Educational Alliance (NY) 91.18 four stars
Mercy Multiplied (TN) 89.18 three stars
St. Mary's Center (CA) 96.66 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Strong City Baltimore
3503 North Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21218
tel: (410) 261-3500
fax: (410) 261-3506
EIN: 52-0897806

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Board Leadership

Georgia Smith
Chair

CEO

Karen D. Stokes
Chief Executive Officer

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