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Education : Youth Education Programs and Services

PUENTE Learning Center

People United to Enrich the Neighborhood Through Education

three stars

87.52

501 South Boyle Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90033
tel: (323) 780-8900   Web Site
EIN: 95-4242175

Board Leadership
Chun Wong
Chair

CEO
Jerome Greening
Chief Executive Officer

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 87.52 three stars
  Financial 82.81 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 96.00 four stars
This rating was published 12/01/2020 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.

PUENTE is an acronym for People United to Enrich the Neighborhood Through Education. PUENTE is also the Spanish word for "bridge," and our educational services provide a bridge to opportunity, learning, and economic self-sufficiency.

Founded in Boyle Heights in 1985 by Sister Jennie Lechtenberg, PUENTE Learning Center began as a tutoring program for elementary school children without the resources to excel in school. Over the last 33 years, PUENTE has served over 110,000 individuals, enabling children to develop a lifelong love of learning, helping parents succeed in their role as their children's first and most important teachers, supporting youth as they move toward high school graduation and beyond, and assisting adults in need of English-language fluency and modern workforce skills.

PUENTE is an acronym for People United to Enrich the Neighborhood Through Education. PUENTE is also the Spanish word for "bridge," and our educational services provide a bridge to opportunity, learning, and economic self-sufficiency.

Founded in Boyle Heights in 1985 by Sister Jennie Lechtenberg, PUENTE Learning Center began as a tutoring program for elementary school children without the resources to excel in school. Over the last 33 years, PUENTE has served over 110,000 individuals, enabling children to develop a lifelong love of learning, helping parents succeed in their role as their children's first and most important teachers, supporting youth as they move toward high school graduation and beyond, and assisting adults in need of English-language fluency and modern workforce skills.

Financial

three stars

82.81

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

96.00

This rating was published 12/01/2020 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)
70.5%
  Administrative Expenses 20.2%
  Fundraising Expenses 9.1%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.19
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 4.36
  Program Expenses Growth 3.5%
  Liabilities to Assets 0.6%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by PUENTE Learning Center on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by PUENTE Learning Center on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Constituent Feedback

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Here's how this organization is listening and learning from the people they serve:
How is the organization collecting feedback?
Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc), Paper surveys, Case management notes, Constituent (client or resident, etc) advisory committees, Suggestion box/email
How is the organization using feedback?
To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve
With whom is the organization sharing feedback?
The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners
What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?
It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time
Describe a recent change in your organization that resulted from feedback.
Due to feedback from the community about the need for high-quality elementary school choices in Boyle Heights, PUENTE decided to expand its Charter School from kindergarten-only to a full elementary school The Charter School is expanding using a phased roll-out approach, adding one grade per year through 2022-23, when the school will serve grades TK-5 and 360 students
This Constituent Feedback information is provided to us by Candid. At this time, Constituent Feedback information published on this organization's page has no effect on its star rating per our methodology.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
PUENTE Learning Center (CA) 87.52 three stars
Educando by Worldfund (DC) 91.26 four stars
Khan Academy (CA) 96.66 four stars
College Possible (MN) 90.78 four stars
The Shawn Carter Foundation (FL) 85.81 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $1,162,419
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $17,650
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $1,399,465
Total Contributions $2,579,534
   Program Service Revenue $30,185
Total Primary Revenue $2,609,719
   Other Revenue $296,514
TOTAL REVENUE $2,906,233
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $3,297,907
   Administrative Expenses $640,442
   Fundraising Expenses $288,026
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $4,226,375
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-1,320,142
   
Net Assets $25,993,008

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
Adult Programs $1,918,724 58.2%
Early-Childhood $1,379,183 41.8%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-06 12/01/2020 87.52 three stars
2018-06 09/03/2019 84.47 three stars
2017-06 06/01/2018 86.60 three stars
2016-06 12/01/2017 89.30 three stars
2015-06 12/01/2016 89.73 three stars
2014-06 06/01/2016 88.92 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 11/01/2015 83.87 three stars
2013-06 12/01/2014 87.99 three stars
2013-06 09/01/2014 87.01 three stars
2012-06 07/01/2013 85.06 three stars
2011-06 11/06/2012 82.90 three stars
2010-06 04/01/2012 91.10 four stars
2010-06 09/20/2011 90.66 four stars
 
CN 1.0
2010-06 07/01/2011 85.42 three stars
2009-06 08/01/2010 76.47 two stars
2008-06 07/01/2009 84.25 three stars
2007-06 08/01/2008 85.95 three stars
2006-06 05/01/2007 86.06 three stars
2005-06 05/01/2006 91.76 four stars
2004-06 04/01/2005 80.77 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 95-4242175
Name in IRS Master File PUENTE LEARNING CENTER
NTEE Code B99
NTEE Classification Education N.E.C.
NTEE Type Educational Institutions and Related Activities
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (320) Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, etc.
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, 1994
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
$106,141 2.51% Jerome G. Greening Interim CEO
Other Salaries of Note
$191,890 4.54% Andrea Bazan Former CEO

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
PUENTE Learning Center (CA) 87.52 three stars
Bottom Line (MA) 90.78 four stars
The Opportunity Network (NY) 93.10 four stars
The Citizens Foundation, USA (TX) 96.46 four stars
One Million Degrees (IL) 90.46 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

PUENTE Learning Center
501 South Boyle Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90033
tel: (323) 780-8900
fax: (323) 780-0359
EIN: 95-4242175

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Board Leadership

Chun Wong
Chair

CEO

Jerome Greening
Chief Executive Officer

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