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Human Services : Youth Development, Shelter, and Crisis Services

Creative Action

Sparking and supporting the academic, social and emotional development of young people

three stars

85.99

1023 Springdale Rd bldg 3
Austin, TX 78721
tel: (512) 825-6465   Web Site
EIN: 74-2856925

Board Leadership
Carron Whittaker
Chair

CEO
Karen Lashelle
Executive Director and Artistic Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 85.99 three stars
  Financial 94.42 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 81.00 three stars
This rating was published 09/03/2019 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Through interactive classroom performances, after school arts residencies and community-based programs, Creative Action's team of professional Teaching Artists inspire youth to be Creative Artists, Courageous Allies, Critical Thinkers, and Confident Leaders. We believe that when youth develop their creativity, compassion, confidence and critical thinking skills, and build meaningful connections with peers and positive role-models, they become successful adults who contribute to their communities and thrive in their careers and relationships.

Through interactive classroom performances, after school arts residencies and community-based programs, Creative Action's team of professional Teaching Artists inspire youth to be Creative Artists, Courageous Allies, Critical Thinkers, and Confident Leaders. We believe that when youth develop their creativity, compassion, confidence and critical thinking skills, and build meaningful connections with peers and positive role-models, they become successful adults who contribute to their communities and thrive in their careers and relationships.

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Financial

four stars

94.42

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

81.00

This rating was published 09/03/2019 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)
83.0%
  Administrative Expenses 9.3%
  Fundraising Expenses 7.6%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.17
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.96
  Program Expenses Growth 22.0%
  Liabilities to Assets 3.5%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Creative Action on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Creative Action on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Creative Action (TX) 85.99 three stars
Operation Shoestring (MS) 93.27 four stars
Boys & Girls Clubs of Bellevue (WA) 93.32 four stars
Emerald Youth Foundation (TN) 90.73 four stars
Boy Scouts of America, Greater St. Louis Area Council (MO) 86.08 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $1,621,172
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $296,944
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $1,918,116
   Program Service Revenue $2,175,970
Total Primary Revenue $4,094,086
   Other Revenue $886,070
TOTAL REVENUE $4,980,156
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $3,306,569
   Administrative Expenses $445,455
   Fundraising Expenses $258,033
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $4,010,057
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $970,099
   
Net Assets $3,442,458

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
After School $2,048,164 61.9%
In The Classroom $508,421 15.4%
Youth Theatre Ensembles $239,738 7.2%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-08 09/03/2019 85.99 three stars
2017-08 12/21/2018 88.65 three stars
2016-08 08/01/2017 85.86 three stars
2015-08 04/01/2017 85.89 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 74-2856925
Name in IRS Master File CREATIVE ACTION
NTEE Code A65
NTEE Classification Theater
NTEE Type Arts, Culture and Humanities
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 November, 2001
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End August
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • August, 2017
  • August, 2016
  • August, 2015
  • August, 2014
  • August, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$95,992 2.39% Karen Lashelle Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Creative Action (TX) 85.99 three stars
Friends of the Children - Seattle (WA) 90.58 four stars
WINGS for Kids (SC) 94.59 four stars
Plymouth Christian Youth Center (MN) 88.84 three stars
Boy Scouts of America, South Texas Council (TX) 91.31 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Creative Action
1023 Springdale Rd
bldg 3
Austin, TX 78721
tel: (512) 825-6465
fax: (512) 386-8994
EIN: 74-2856925

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Board Leadership

Carron Whittaker
Chair

CEO

Karen Lashelle
Executive Director and Artistic Director

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