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Human Services : Children's and Family Services

First Star

Putting children first

four stars

91.51

2019 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
Robin Winston
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 91.51 four stars
  Financial 100.00 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 88.00 three stars
This rating was published 09/01/2018 and includes data from FY2016, 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.

Financial

four stars

100.00

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

88.00

This rating was published 09/01/2018 and includes data from FY2016, 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)
88.3%
  Administrative Expenses 9.2%
  Fundraising Expenses 2.3%
  Fundraising Efficiency < $0.01
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.38
  Program Expenses Growth 15.0%
  Liabilities to Assets 0.2%
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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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $1,110,206
   Federated Campaigns $218
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $87,871
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $92,492
Total Contributions $1,290,787
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $1,290,787
   Other Revenue $87,330
TOTAL REVENUE $1,378,117
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $1,079,516
   Administrative Expenses $109,333
   Fundraising Expenses $20,124
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $1,208,973
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $169,144
   
Net Assets $1,462,166

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
Foster Youth Academies $1,018,091 94.3%
Grants to Child Justice Program $51,391 4.8%
Child Advocacy $10,034 0.9%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
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)
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  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
  • December, 2012

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).

Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$52,107 4.31% Robin Winston Executive Director

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Charity Contact Info

First Star
2019 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

Robin Winston
Executive Director

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