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Human Services : Children's and Family Services

First Star

Empowering foster youth through education

97.17

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 C. Wilson
Chief Executive Officer

 
 
  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 97.17
  Financial 100.00
  Accountability & Transparency 96.00
This rating was published 11/01/2021 and includes data from FY2019, 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

100.00

Accountability & Transparency

96.00

This rating was published 11/01/2021 and includes data from FY2019, 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)
87.5%
  Administrative Expenses 8.7%
  Fundraising Expenses 3.6%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.03
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.06
  Program Expenses Growth 16.3%
  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) 97.17
Providence House (OH) 92.16
Boys and Girls Country of Houston (TX) 89.39
Bright by Text (CO) 94.05
Child Advocates of Silicon Valley (CA) 93.19

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $2,219,307
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $118,730
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $2,338,037
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $2,338,037
   Other Revenue $-48,840
TOTAL REVENUE $2,289,197
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $1,699,158
   Administrative Expenses $145,262
   Fundraising Expenses $52,382
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $1,896,802
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $392,395
   
Net Assets $1,710,405

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 4 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-12 11/01/2021 97.17
2019-12 05/01/2021 91.51
2018-12 12/01/2019 91.33
2017-12 03/01/2019 90.80
2016-12 09/01/2018 91.51

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, 2018
  • December, 2017
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$110,064 5.80% Lyndsey Collins Chief Executive Officer

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
First Star (CA) 97.17
Amigos For Kids (FL) 86.70
Holiday Express (NJ) 90.38
One Simple Wish (NJ) 91.39
ZERO TO THREE (DC) 92.02

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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 C. Wilson
Chief Executive Officer

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