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Mikva Challenge

Democracy is a verb!

four stars

90.46

332 South Michigan Avenue Suite 400
Chicago, IL 60604
tel: (312) 863-6340   Web Site
EIN: 52-2033353

Board Leadership
Sharon Bush
Board Chair

CEO
Brian Brady
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 90.46 four stars
  Financial 88.48 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 93.00 four stars
This rating was published 10/01/2017 and includes data from FY2016, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Mikva Challenge develops youth to be informed, empowered, and active citizens and community leaders. We do this by engaging youth in action civics, an authentic and transformative learning process built on youth voice and youth expertise. We help low-income Chicago youth become meaningful actors in politics and, by doing so, we honor the Mikvas' decades of inspiring young adults to embark on careers in public service and politics. Since 2000, Mikva Challenge has trained over 40,000 young people through our elections, activism and policymaking programs. Through the Mikva process, young people connect with peers, adults and political issues, strategize about how to win their issue or campaign and take action to become real political participants.

Mikva Challenge develops youth to be informed, empowered, and active citizens and community leaders. We do this by engaging youth in action civics, an authentic and transformative learning process built on youth voice and youth expertise. We help low-income Chicago youth become meaningful actors in politics and, by doing so, we honor the Mikvas' decades of inspiring young adults to embark on careers in public service and politics. Since 2000, Mikva Challenge has trained over 40,000 young people through our elections, activism and policymaking programs. Through the Mikva process, young people connect with peers, adults and political issues, strategize about how to win their issue or campaign and take action to become real political participants.

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Financial

three stars

88.48

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

93.00

This rating was published 10/01/2017 and includes data from FY2016, 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)
79.7%
  Administrative Expenses 7.3%
  Fundraising Expenses 12.8%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.14
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.81
  Program Expenses Growth 19.1%
  Liabilities to Assets 5.5%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Mikva Challenge on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Mikva Challenge on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Mikva Challenge (IL) 90.46 four stars
Prep for Prep (NY) 90.08 four stars
The TEAK Fellowship (NY) 92.46 four stars
Higher Achievement (DC) 88.12 three stars
Umoja Student Development Corporation (IL) 92.18 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $1,827,075
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $1,092,264
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $2,919,339
   Program Service Revenue $438,691
Total Primary Revenue $3,358,030
   Other Revenue $-52,428
TOTAL REVENUE $3,305,602
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $2,619,243
   Administrative Expenses $242,264
   Fundraising Expenses $375,351
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $3,236,858
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $68,744
   
Net Assets $2,267,860

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
Policymaking $1,749,125 66.8%
Electoral Engagement $308,951 11.8%
Center for Action Civics $246,130 9.4%

Ratings History
Mikva Challenge has received 2 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2015-06 10/01/2017 90.38 four stars
2015-06 10/01/2017 90.38 four stars
2014-06 06/01/2016 88.99 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 09/01/2015 88.74 three stars
2014-06 05/01/2015 87.40 three stars
2013-06 08/01/2014 87.99 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 52-2033353
Name in IRS Master File MIKVA CHALLENGE GRANT FOUNDATION INC
NTEE Code B99
NTEE Classification Education N.E.C.
NTEE Type Educational Institutions and Related Activities
Classification Educational Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (994) Described in section 170(b)1)(a)(vi) of the Code
(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 November, 1997
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End June
IRS Forms 990
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  • June, 2016
  • 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).

Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$120,000 3.70% Brian Brady Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Mikva Challenge (IL) 90.46 four stars
Optimist International Foundation (MO) 88.71 three stars
New Heights Youth, Inc. (NY) 89.86 three stars
The Colorado I Have A Dream Foundation (CO) 94.48 four stars
College Track (CA) 96.15 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Mikva Challenge
332 South Michigan Avenue
Suite 400
Chicago, IL 60604
tel: (312) 863-6340
fax: (312) 863-6341
EIN: 52-2033353

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Board Leadership

Sharon Bush
Board Chair

CEO

Brian Brady
Executive Director

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