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Education : Scholarship and Financial Support

The Guardsmen

Enriching Young Lives

three stars

82.16

P.O. Box 29250 San Francisco, CA 94129
tel: (415) 856-0939   Web Site
EIN: 94-1196194

Board Leadership
Joseph R. Elefante Joseph R. Elefante
President

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 82.16 three stars
  Financial 82.34 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 82.00 three stars
This rating was published 03/01/2020 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The Guardsmen is a group of Bay Area men mobilizing their significant talents and resources to enhance and improve the lives of at-risk youth. This all-volunteer organization, founded in 1947, provides access to high-quality educational and outdoor activities for inner-city youth. The opportunities created through The Guardsmen's scholarship and campership programs mean that every year kids who otherwise would not have a chance at success are given the opportunity to excel as productive members of society. Sometimes that support means giving kids a chance to “just be kids,” by giving them their first experience to hike, bike, or play a game of softball in the great outdoors. Sometimes that support means the difference between attending a low-performing public school, and access to a higher-quality private education and the life-changing course such an opportunity creates.

The Guardsmen is a group of Bay Area men mobilizing their significant talents and resources to enhance and improve the lives of at-risk youth. This all-volunteer organization, founded in 1947, provides access to high-quality educational and outdoor activities for inner-city youth. The opportunities created through The Guardsmen's scholarship and campership programs mean that every year kids who otherwise would not have a chance at success are given the opportunity to excel as productive members of society. Sometimes that support means giving kids a chance to “just be kids,” by giving them their first experience to hike, bike, or play a game of softball in the great outdoors. Sometimes that support means the difference between attending a low-performing public school, and access to a higher-quality private education and the life-changing course such an opportunity creates.

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Financial

three stars

82.34

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

82.00

This rating was published 03/01/2020 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)
75.7%
  Administrative Expenses 15.9%
  Fundraising Expenses 8.3%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.09
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.28
  Program Expenses Growth -5.7%
  Liabilities to Assets 10.6%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by The Guardsmen on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by The Guardsmen on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
The Guardsmen (CA) 82.16 three stars
Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation (MA) 92.02 four stars
Big Shoulders Fund (IL) 93.83 four stars
South Carolina Governor's School for Science and Math Foundation (SC) 86.01 three stars
Fund for Public Schools (NY) 89.50 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $1,029,659
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $263,829
   Fundraising Events $639,491
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $1,932,979
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $1,932,979
   Other Revenue $985,644
TOTAL REVENUE $2,918,623
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $1,303,419
   Administrative Expenses $551,870
   Fundraising Expenses $192,892
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $2,048,181
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $870,442
   
Net Assets $5,823,445

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
Scholarship Program $638,410 49.0%
Campership Program $566,893 43.5%
Other Grants $98,116 7.5%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-09 03/01/2020 82.16 three stars
2017-09 02/01/2019 76.56 two stars
2016-09 03/01/2018 86.98 three stars
2015-09 04/01/2017 76.08 two stars
2014-09 06/01/2016 82.88 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-09 04/01/2016 82.86 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 94-1196194
Name in IRS Master File THE GUARDSMEN
NTEE Code O20
NTEE Classification Youth Centers, Clubs, Multipurpose
NTEE Type Youth Development
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (328) Combat juvenile delinquency
(349) Other youth organization or 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 October, 1948
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End September
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • September, 2018
  • September, 2017
  • September, 2016
  • September, 2015
  • September, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
None reported -- This organization did not report a CEO

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
The Guardsmen (CA) 82.16 three stars
Vellore Christian Medical College Foundation (NY) 89.40 three stars
The Chi Chi Rodriguez Youth Foundation (FL) 89.61 three stars
Palo Alto Partners in Education (CA) 87.62 three stars
Walnut Hills High School Alumni Foundation (OH) 86.01 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

The Guardsmen
P.O. Box 29250
San Francisco, CA 94129
tel: (415) 856-0939
fax: (415) 856-0949
EIN: 94-1196194

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Board Leadership

Joseph R. Elefante Joseph R. Elefante
President

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