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Snowball Express

Serving the Children of our Fallen Military Heroes

four stars

92.46

611 South Main Street Suite 400
Grapevine, TX 76051
tel: (817) 410-4673   Web Site
EIN: 20-5627830

Board Leadership
Bob Apetz
Chairman

CEO
Francis "Buck" Kern
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 92.46 four stars
  Financial 89.35 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00 four stars
This rating was published 07/01/2017 and includes data from FY2015, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Our mission: Honor America's fallen military service members who have made the ultimate sacrifice since 9/11 by humbly serving the families they left behind. Champion their children's future success by creating opportunities for joy, friendship, education, and communal healing, by connecting these families to one another.

Our goal, since 2006, has been a simple, yet profoundly important one: Provide hope and new happy memories to the children of military fallen heroes who have died while on active duty since 9/11. We bring children together from all over the world for a four-day experience to help them heal through fun-filled activities that allow the children to connect in a comfortable and safe setting. Parents of children of the fallen often tell us that their child is reserved, withdrawn or unwilling to talk about their loss. Participating in Snowball Express changes that, giving each child an opportunity to share their feelings about losing something so precious, their parent.

Our mission: Honor America's fallen military service members who have made the ultimate sacrifice since 9/11 by humbly serving the families they left behind. Champion their children's future success by creating opportunities for joy, friendship, education, and communal healing, by connecting these families to one another.

Our goal, since 2006, has been a simple, yet profoundly important one: Provide hope and new happy memories to the children of military fallen heroes who have died while on active duty since 9/11. We bring children together from all over the world for a four-day experience to help them heal through fun-filled activities that allow the children to connect in a comfortable and safe setting. Parents of children of the fallen often tell us that their child is reserved, withdrawn or unwilling to talk about their loss. Participating in Snowball Express changes that, giving each child an opportunity to share their feelings about losing something so precious, their parent.

Financial

three stars

89.35

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

100.00

This rating was published 07/01/2017 and includes data from FY2015, 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)
94.9%
  Administrative Expenses 3.1%
  Fundraising Expenses 1.9%
  Fundraising Efficiency < $0.01
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.50
  Program Expenses Growth 5.4%
  Liabilities to Assets 40.1%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Snowball Express on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Snowball Express on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Snowball Express (TX) 92.46 four stars
Support The Enlisted Project (STEP) (CA) 93.90 four stars
AdoptAPlatoon Soldier Support Effort (TX) 85.17 three stars
Hope For The Warriors® (VA) 94.06 four stars
The Greater Jacksonville Area USO (FL) 93.39 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $2,055,828
   Federated Campaigns $26,600
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $11,997
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $2,094,425
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $2,094,425
   Other Revenue $0
TOTAL REVENUE $2,094,425
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $1,875,011
   Administrative Expenses $77,180
   Fundraising Expenses $44,999
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $1,997,190
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $97,235
   
Net Assets $1,099,500

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
Events for Families of Fallen Military $1,875,011 100.0%

Ratings History
Snowball Express has received 3 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2015-12 07/01/2017 92.46 four stars
2015-12 06/01/2017 91.95 four stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 91.16 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2013-12 08/01/2015 94.36 four stars
2013-12 07/01/2015 90.39 four 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 20-5627830
Name in IRS Master File SNOWBALL EXPRESS
NTEE Code P99
NTEE Classification Human Services - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C.
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 February, 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, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
  • December, 2012
  • December, 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).

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Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$115,000 5.75% Francis Kern Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Snowball Express (TX) 92.46 four stars
Project Sanctuary (CO) 92.02 four stars
USO of North Carolina (NC) 90.58 four stars
Veterans of Foreign Wars Foundation (MO) 85.73 three stars
The Mission Continues (MO) 97.17 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Snowball Express
611 South Main Street
Suite 400
Grapevine, TX 76051
tel: (817) 410-4673
fax: (888) 979-8639
EIN: 20-5627830

Mail donations to:
C/O Bank of Texas, Dept. 41728
P.O. Box 650823 
Dallas, TX 75265

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Board Leadership

Bob Apetz
Chairman

CEO

Francis "Buck" Kern
Executive Director

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