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Education : Youth Education Programs and Services

Alternatives in Action

Where Youth Choose to Lead

three stars

81.26

2640 2640 International Blvd.
Oakland, CA 94601
tel: (510) 285-6290   Web Site
EIN: 94-3210413

Board Leadership
Katharine Earhart
President

CEO
Phung Lai
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 81.26 three stars
  Financial 75.47 two stars
  Accountability & Transparency 90.00 four stars
This rating was published 11/01/2019 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

At Alternatives in Action, we believe young people are powerful. Founded in 1996, Alternatives in Action (AIA) inspires Bay Area youth to express their leadership potential and prepare for college, career and community life through dynamic educational, skill-building and real world experiences. We believe in the power and promise of young people, we inspire them, support them, and create opportunities for young people to make a real difference. As a youth centered organization, Alternatives in Action envisions generations of young adults inspired and prepared to take meaningful action that positively transforms our their lives, neighborhoods, and their communities.

At Alternatives in Action, we believe young people are powerful. Founded in 1996, Alternatives in Action (AIA) inspires Bay Area youth to express their leadership potential and prepare for college, career and community life through dynamic educational, skill-building and real world experiences. We believe in the power and promise of young people, we inspire them, support them, and create opportunities for young people to make a real difference. As a youth centered organization, Alternatives in Action envisions generations of young adults inspired and prepared to take meaningful action that positively transforms our their lives, neighborhoods, and their communities.

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Financial

two stars

75.47

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

90.00

This rating was published 11/01/2019 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)
83.8%
  Administrative Expenses 9.1%
  Fundraising Expenses 6.9%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.05
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.10
  Program Expenses Growth -0.2%
  Liabilities to Assets 49.0%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Alternatives in Action on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Alternatives in Action on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Alternatives in Action (CA) 81.26 three stars
Eastside College Preparatory School (CA) 93.30 four stars
City Academy (MO) 86.36 three stars
Gottesman RTW Academy (NJ) 89.24 three stars
Nativity Prep Academy (CA) 90.03 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $194,062
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $4,602,110
Total Contributions $4,796,172
   Program Service Revenue $17,030
Total Primary Revenue $4,813,202
   Other Revenue $0
TOTAL REVENUE $4,813,202
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $3,574,466
   Administrative Expenses $730,472
   Fundraising Expenses $228,009
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $4,532,947
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $280,255
   
Net Assets $443,271

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
Bay Area School of Enterprise $2,205,667 61.7%
Community Programs $1,368,799 38.3%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-06 11/01/2019 81.26 three stars
2017-06 12/21/2018 87.25 three stars
2016-06 12/22/2017 90.00 four stars
2015-06 04/01/2017 89.86 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 94-3210413
Name in IRS Master File ALTERNATIVES IN ACTION
NTEE Code S43
NTEE Classification Management Services for Small Business, Entrepreneurs
NTEE Type Community Improvement, Capacity Building
Classification Educational Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (404) Community promotion
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, 1995
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End June
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • June, 2017
  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
  • June, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$140,247 3.09% Patricia Murillo Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Alternatives in Action (CA) 81.26 three stars
Chicago Hope Academy (IL) 85.87 three stars
Community Partnership School (PA) 92.29 four stars
Epiphany School (MA) 89.81 three stars
Nativity School of Worcester (MA) 88.76 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

Alternatives in Action
2640
2640 International Blvd.
Oakland, CA 94601
tel: (510) 285-6290
fax: (510) 285-6294
EIN: 94-3210413

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Board Leadership

Katharine Earhart
President

CEO

Phung Lai
Executive Director

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