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Human Services : Children's and Family Services

Life is Good Playmakers

To harness the power of optimism to create healing, life changing relationships for kids in need.

two stars

72.62

51 Melcher Street 9th Floor
Boston, MA 02210
tel: (888) 339-2987   Web Site
EIN: 20-5524270

Board Leadership
Julie Bowers
President

CEO
Steve Gross
Chief Playmaker

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 72.62 two stars
  Financial 64.31 one star
  Accountability & Transparency 85.00 three stars
This rating was published 12/01/2019 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Life is Good Playmakers support childcare professionals and organizations to create life-changing relationships and optimal environments where our most vulnerable kids can heal, learn, and grow. We provide a continuum of personal and professional development resources that help childcare professionals tap into the power of optimism and build healing, life-changing relationships with children in their care. Our initiative is based on the belief that in order to better care for the most vulnerable children, we must better support those who care for them.

Life is Good Playmakers support childcare professionals and organizations to create life-changing relationships and optimal environments where our most vulnerable kids can heal, learn, and grow. We provide a continuum of personal and professional development resources that help childcare professionals tap into the power of optimism and build healing, life-changing relationships with children in their care. Our initiative is based on the belief that in order to better care for the most vulnerable children, we must better support those who care for them.

Impact Information

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Reported Results
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Total in 2019
Number of list subscribers
72,028
Number of external speaking requests for members of the organization
14
Number of training workshops
77
Number of staff members certified in subject area training
7
This impact information is current as of August 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

one star

64.31

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

85.00

This rating was published 12/01/2019 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)
65.1%
  Administrative Expenses 10.9%
  Fundraising Expenses 23.8%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.38
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.86
  Program Expenses Growth -4.1%
  Liabilities to Assets 5.1%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Life is Good Playmakers on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Life is Good Playmakers on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Life is Good Playmakers (MA) 72.62 two stars
Operation Breakthrough (MO) 94.40 four stars
The Kentucky United Methodist Homes for Children & Youth (KY) 86.94 three stars
Marathon Kids (TX) 92.37 four stars
Daystar (TN) 86.19 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $1,122,396
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $1,122,396
   Program Service Revenue $338,515
Total Primary Revenue $1,460,911
   Other Revenue $17,952
TOTAL REVENUE $1,478,863
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $1,254,970
   Administrative Expenses $190,785
   Fundraising Expenses $443,181
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $1,888,936
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-410,073
   
Net Assets $1,656,504

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
Train Front-line Caregivers $1,254,970 100.0%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-12 12/01/2019 72.62 two stars
2018-12 11/01/2019 71.40 two stars
2017-12 12/01/2018 72.19 two stars
2016-12 02/01/2018 79.42 two stars
2015-12 04/01/2017 84.09 three stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 83.48 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 02/01/2016 81.30 three stars
2013-12 12/01/2015 84.13 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 20-5524270
Name in IRS Master File THE LIFE IS GOOD KIDS FOUNDATION INC
NTEE Code T31
NTEE Classification Community Foundations
NTEE Type Philanthropy, Voluntarism and Grantmaking Foundations
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 July, 2007
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
$112,909 5.97% Steven Gross Chief Playmaker

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Life is Good Playmakers (MA) 72.62 two stars
CARE House of Oakland County (MI) 93.32 four stars
First Star (CA) 91.33 four stars
Connie Maxwell Children's Home (SC) 88.06 three stars
Childcare Resources (AL) 85.11 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

Life is Good Playmakers
51 Melcher Street
9th Floor
Boston, MA 02210
tel: (888) 339-2987
EIN: 20-5524270

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Board Leadership

Julie Bowers
President

CEO

Steve Gross
Chief Playmaker

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