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Education : Early Childhood Programs and Services

Way to Grow

Imagine a world where every child has an equal opportunity to succeed

two stars

78.97

201 Irving Avenue N. Suite 100
Minneapolis, MN 55405
tel: (612) 874-4740   Web Site
EIN: 71-0956749

Board Leadership
Sophie Kelley
Chair

CEO
Carolyn Smallwood
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 78.97 two stars
  Financial 72.37 two stars
  Accountability & Transparency 89.00 three stars
This rating was published 06/01/2021 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.

For over 20 years, Way to Grow has been one of the preeminent early learning programs in the Twin Cities. We focus on the most important stages of life from prenatal to kindergarten and parenting. In October 2010, we launched the Great by Eight Initiative in partnership with the Minneapolis Public Schools. This new program expands our research-based model to grade three, age eight. We firmly believe that every child should be born healthy, stay healthy and have the equal opportunity to succeed in school and life. And that can only happen with parents' active participation. Through our in-home and center-based programming, we help parents create a healthy home and become their children's first and most important teachers.

For over 20 years, Way to Grow has been one of the preeminent early learning programs in the Twin Cities. We focus on the most important stages of life from prenatal to kindergarten and parenting. In October 2010, we launched the Great by Eight Initiative in partnership with the Minneapolis Public Schools. This new program expands our research-based model to grade three, age eight. We firmly believe that every child should be born healthy, stay healthy and have the equal opportunity to succeed in school and life. And that can only happen with parents' active participation. Through our in-home and center-based programming, we help parents create a healthy home and become their children's first and most important teachers.

Financial

two stars

72.37

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

89.00

This rating was published 06/01/2021 and includes data from FY2019, 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)
72.0%
  Administrative Expenses 8.8%
  Fundraising Expenses 19.1%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.25
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.04
  Program Expenses Growth 3.6%
  Liabilities to Assets 43.0%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Way to Grow on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Way to Grow on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Way to Grow (MN) 78.97 two stars
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Small Steps Nurturing Center (TX) 89.90 three stars
Educational First Steps (TX) 92.77 four stars
Opportunity, Inc. of Palm Beach County (FL) 96.26 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $2,085,661
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $350,802
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $2,436,463
   Program Service Revenue $1,278,176
Total Primary Revenue $3,714,639
   Other Revenue $29,968
TOTAL REVENUE $3,744,607
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $2,063,934
   Administrative Expenses $252,545
   Fundraising Expenses $566,512
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $2,882,991
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $861,616
   
Net Assets $2,840,406

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

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-12 06/01/2021 78.97 two stars
2018-12 03/01/2020 81.88 three stars
2017-12 02/01/2019 79.63 two stars
2016-12 03/01/2018 79.26 two stars
2015-12 04/01/2017 83.50 three stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 85.12 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 02/01/2016 81.83 three stars
2013-12 07/01/2015 82.17 three stars
2012-12 09/01/2014 74.07 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 71-0956749
Name in IRS Master File WAY TO GROW
NTEE Code P30
NTEE Classification Children's, Youth Services
NTEE Type Human Services - Multipurpose and Other
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
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 April, 2004
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End December
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • December, 2017
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$174,919 6.06% Carolyn Smallwood CEO

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Way to Grow (MN) 78.97 two stars
Educational First Steps (TX) 92.77 four stars
Children's Development Academy (GA) 89.31 three stars
Fun Time Early Childhood Academy (FL) 89.69 three stars
Trying Together (PA) 92.02 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Way to Grow
201 Irving Avenue N.
Suite 100
Minneapolis, MN 55405
tel: (612) 874-4740
EIN: 71-0956749

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Board Leadership

Sophie Kelley
Chair

CEO

Carolyn Smallwood
Executive Director

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