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PUENTE Learning Center

People United to Enrich the Neighborhood Through Education

three stars

84.47

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

Board Leadership
Albert Reyes
Chair

CEO
Jerome Greening
Interim CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 84.47 three stars
  Financial 78.04 two stars
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00 four stars
This rating was published 09/03/2019 and includes data from FY2018, 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.

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Financial

two stars

78.04

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

100.00

This rating was published 09/03/2019 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)
69.4%
  Administrative Expenses 21.0%
  Fundraising Expenses 9.4%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.18
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 4.39
  Program Expenses Growth -1.2%
  Liabilities to Assets 0.7%
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.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
PUENTE Learning Center (CA) 84.47 three stars
The Opportunity Network (NY) 89.86 three stars
GreatSchools (CA) 86.76 three stars
Rainier Scholars (WA) 95.75 four stars
The Shawn Carter Foundation (FL) 85.81 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $827,387
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $13,353
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $1,114,958
Total Contributions $1,955,698
   Program Service Revenue $45,711
Total Primary Revenue $2,001,409
   Other Revenue $333,567
TOTAL REVENUE $2,334,976
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $3,121,871
   Administrative Expenses $823,184
   Fundraising Expenses $396,048
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $4,341,103
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-2,006,127
   
Net Assets $25,738,331

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 $2,095,455 67.1%
Early-Childhood $1,026,416 32.9%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
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
2003-06 06/01/2004 80.67 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
$100,003 2.30% Jerome G. Greening Interim Chief Executive Officer
Other Salaries of Note
$191,890 4.42% Andrea Bazan Former Chief Executive Officer

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
PUENTE Learning Center (CA) 84.47 three stars
Students Rising Above (CA) 91.04 four stars
The Opportunity Network (NY) 89.86 three stars
Year Up (MA) 91.95 four stars
Bottom Line (MA) 89.92 three 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

Albert Reyes
Chair

CEO

Jerome Greening
Interim CEO

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