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Human Services : Children's and Family Services

First Star

Empowering foster youth through education

four stars

91.33

2049 Century Park East Suite 4320
Los Angeles, CA 90067
tel: (310) 882-5810   Web Site
EIN: 31-1719436

Board Leadership
Peter Samuelson
President, Co-Founder

CEO
Lyndsey Collins
Chief Executive Officer

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 91.33 four stars
  Financial 97.50 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 88.00 three stars
This rating was published 12/01/2019 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

First Star improves the lives of foster youth by partnering with child welfare agencies, universities, and school districts to ensure foster youth have the academic, life skills, and adult supports needed to successfully transition to higher education and adulthood. We pursue our mission through innovative college-preparatory programs, providing technical assistance to stakeholders, and advocating for policy change. First Star was founded in 1999 as a national 501(c)(3) public charity dedicated to improving life for child victims of abuse and neglect. Since 2011 First Star has pioneered support programs to launch foster children into productive lives and careers through higher education.

First Star improves the lives of foster youth by partnering with child welfare agencies, universities, and school districts to ensure foster youth have the academic, life skills, and adult supports needed to successfully transition to higher education and adulthood. We pursue our mission through innovative college-preparatory programs, providing technical assistance to stakeholders, and advocating for policy change. First Star was founded in 1999 as a national 501(c)(3) public charity dedicated to improving life for child victims of abuse and neglect. Since 2011 First Star has pioneered support programs to launch foster children into productive lives and careers through higher education.

Impact Information

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Reported Results
Total in 2018
Number of foster youth who completed high school or equivalency
100
Number of foster youth enrolled in college
89
This impact information is current as of October 2019, 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

four stars

97.50

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

88.00

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)
87.1%
  Administrative Expenses 9.3%
  Fundraising Expenses 3.5%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.03
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.95
  Program Expenses Growth 19.4%
  Liabilities to Assets < 0.1%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by First Star on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by First Star on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
First Star (CA) 91.33 four stars
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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $1,608,280
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $51,985
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $1,660,265
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $1,660,265
   Other Revenue $3,521
TOTAL REVENUE $1,663,786
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $1,211,917
   Administrative Expenses $133,587
   Fundraising Expenses $53,803
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $1,399,307
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $264,479
   
Net Assets $1,318,111

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.

Due to an error on this organization's Form 990, we are unable to display program information.

Ratings History
First Star has received 3 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-12 12/01/2019 91.33 four stars
2017-12 03/01/2019 90.80 four stars
2016-12 09/01/2018 91.51 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 31-1719436
Name in IRS Master File FIRST STAR INC
NTEE Code P20
NTEE Classification Human Service Organizations - Multipurpose
NTEE Type Human Services - Multipurpose and Other
Classification Educational 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 August, 2000
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End December
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • December, 2017
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$95,273 6.80% Robin Winston Executive Director

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First Star (CA) 91.33 four stars
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Charity Contact Info

First Star
2049 Century Park East
Suite 4320
Los Angeles, CA 90067
tel: (310) 882-5810
EIN: 31-1719436

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Board Leadership

Peter Samuelson
President, Co-Founder

CEO

Lyndsey Collins
Chief Executive Officer

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