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Human Services : Children's and Family Services

Start Early

Champions for Early Learning

four stars

94.34

33 West Monroe Street Suite 1200
Chicago, IL 60603
tel: (312) 922-3863   Web Site
EIN: 36-3186328

Board Leadership
Curt R. Bailey
Chairman of the Board

CEO
Diana Rauner
President

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 94.34 four stars
  Financial 92.00 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00 four stars
This rating was published 05/01/2021 using data provided by the charity on a consolidated pro forma 990 which was verified against 990s received from the IRS.

Start Early was founded in 1982 as the Ounce of Prevention Fund, a nonprofit public-private partnership. Since the beginning, we have delivered best-in-class doula, home visiting and Early Head Start and Head Start programs and advocated for thoughtful policies and adequate funding at the local, state, and federal levels. From our roots directly serving families and children on Chicago's South Side and rural Illinois, we have expanded nationwide impacting early childhood programs and policies with partnerships in 25 states.

Our mission is to advance quality early learning for families with children, before birth through their earliest years, to help close the opportunity gap.

Start Early was founded in 1982 as the Ounce of Prevention Fund, a nonprofit public-private partnership. Since the beginning, we have delivered best-in-class doula, home visiting and Early Head Start and Head Start programs and advocated for thoughtful policies and adequate funding at the local, state, and federal levels. From our roots directly serving families and children on Chicago's South Side and rural Illinois, we have expanded nationwide impacting early childhood programs and policies with partnerships in 25 states.

Our mission is to advance quality early learning for families with children, before birth through their earliest years, to help close the opportunity gap.

Financial

four stars

92.00

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

100.00

This rating was published 05/01/2021 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)
89.1%
  Administrative Expenses 7.5%
  Fundraising Expenses 3.2%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.03
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.89
  Program Expenses Growth 7.0%
  Liabilities to Assets 16.8%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Start Early on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Start Early on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Start Early (IL) 94.34 four stars
Jewish Family Service of San Diego (CA) 97.46 four stars
Baptist Children's Homes of North Carolina (NC) 95.96 four stars
Jewish Family Services of Greater Kansas City (KS) 94.54 four stars
pureHOPE (OH) 86.11 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $26,894,924
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $1,282,319
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $36,200,502
Total Contributions $64,377,745
   Program Service Revenue $661,029
Total Primary Revenue $65,038,774
   Other Revenue $1,640,298
TOTAL REVENUE $66,679,072
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $60,390,249
   Administrative Expenses $7,557,361
   Fundraising Expenses $2,267,596
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $70,215,206
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-3,536,134
   
Net Assets $70,355,845

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
Head Start and Early Head Start $19,299,565 32.0%
Home Visiting $12,317,877 20.4%
Quality, Solutions, and Impact $9,183,656 15.2%

Ratings History
Start Early has received 3 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-06 05/01/2021 94.34 four stars
2018-06 12/01/2019 91.16 four stars
2017-06 07/01/2019 92.16 four stars
2017-06 04/01/2019 90.76 four stars
2017-06 08/01/2018 87.12 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 36-3186328
Name in IRS Master File START EARLY
NTEE Code B21
NTEE Classification Kindergarten, Preschool, Nursery School, Early Admissions
NTEE Type Educational Institutions and Related Activities
Classification Organization to Prevent Cruelty to Children
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (349) Other youth organization or 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 July, 1982
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End June
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • June, 2018
  • June, 2017
  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
Not compensated -- Diana Rauner President
Other Salaries of Note
$243,223 0.34% Johanna Vetter Chief Advancement Officer
$240,987 0.34% Sarah Rittling Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Start Early (IL) 94.34 four stars
Nurse-Family Partnership (CO) 96.04 four stars
Safe & Sound (CA) 93.52 four stars
Good Samaritan Community Services (TX) 92.70 four stars
OUR HOUSE Grief Support Center (CA) 91.49 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Start Early
33 West Monroe Street
Suite 1200
Chicago, IL 60603
tel: (312) 922-3863
fax: (312) 346-2981
EIN: 36-3186328

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Board Leadership

Curt R. Bailey
Chairman of the Board

CEO

Diana Rauner
President

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