Disable all preview features

Health : Patient and Family Support

Starlight Children's Foundation

Delivering happiness to seriously ill children.

four stars

93.94

400 Corporate Point Suite 590
Culver City, CA 90230
tel: (310) 479-1212   Web Site
EIN: 95-3802159

Board Leadership
Cara Natterson
Chair

CEO
Adam Garone
Chief Executive Officer

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 93.94 four stars
  Financial 91.44 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00 four stars
This rating was published 05/01/2019 and includes data from FY2017, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Starlight Children's Foundation delivers happiness to seriously ill children and their families.

Starlight Children's Foundation delivers happiness to seriously ill children and their families.

Impact Information

GuideStar is Charity Navigator's trusted partner in sharing information on how this organization seeks impact.  GuideStar has recognized this organization with a Gold Seal of Transparency for voluntarily and publicly describing their goals, strategies, and accomplishments.  Learn More about Impact Information.
Charting Impact

What is your organization aiming to accomplish?

What are your strategies for making this happen?

What are your organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will your organization know if you are making progress?

What have and haven't you accomplished so far?

This impact information is current as of October 2019, when it was provided to us by GuideStar. At this time, Impact information published on this organization's page has no effect on its rating per our methodology.

Financial

four stars

91.44

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

100.00

This rating was published 05/01/2019 and includes data from FY2017, 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)
81.3%
  Administrative Expenses 9.4%
  Fundraising Expenses 9.1%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.08
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.97
  Program Expenses Growth 25.1%
  Liabilities to Assets 20.8%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Starlight Children's Foundation on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Starlight Children's Foundation on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Starlight Children's Foundation (CA) 93.94 four stars
enCourage Kids Foundation (NY) 89.25 three stars
Make-A-Wish Foundation of Suffolk County, NY (NY) 93.11 four stars
Make-A-Wish Foundation of Massachusetts and Rhode Island (MA) 87.31 three stars
Make-A-Wish Foundation of New Jersey (NJ) 88.68 three stars

Compare These Charities (Highly Rated)

REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $9,622,247
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $1,393,230
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $11,015,477
   Program Service Revenue $60,581
Total Primary Revenue $11,076,058
   Other Revenue $-30,525
TOTAL REVENUE $11,045,533
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $7,963,142
   Administrative Expenses $767,798
   Fundraising Expenses $1,075,117
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $9,806,057
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $1,239,476
   
Net Assets $7,160,437

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
Starlight Gowns $2,922,293 36.7%
Starlight Special Delivery $2,439,600 30.6%
Other $1,524,586 19.1%
Starlight Fun Centers $1,076,663 13.5%

Ratings History
Starlight Children's Foundation has received 4 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2017-12 05/01/2019 93.94 four stars
2016-12 03/01/2018 90.52 four stars
2015-12 05/01/2017 98.02 four stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 90.99 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 02/01/2016 84.59 three stars
2013-12 08/01/2015 84.21 three stars
2013-12 12/22/2014 83.95 three stars
2012-12 06/01/2014 81.60 three stars
2012-12 05/01/2014 81.54 three stars
2012-12 02/01/2014 81.49 three stars
2011-03 08/01/2013 74.58 two stars
2011-03 05/01/2012 74.10 two stars
2010-03 09/20/2011 79.26 two stars
 
CN 1.0
2010-03 02/01/2011 71.20 two stars
2009-03 08/01/2010 80.36 three stars
2008-03 07/01/2009 90.31 four stars
2007-03 04/01/2008 85.24 three stars
2006-03 04/01/2007 90.95 four stars
2005-03 05/01/2006 93.06 four stars
2004-03 07/01/2005 98.92 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 95-3802159
Name in IRS Master File STARLIGHT CHILDRENS FOUNDATION
NTEE Code [Not Provided by IRS]
NTEE Classification [Not Provided by IRS]
NTEE Type [Not Provided by IRS]
Classification Religious Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (160) Aid to the handicapped (see also 031)
(994) Described in section 170(b)1)(a)(vi) of the Code
(6) Missionary 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 Central - the organization is a parent (group ruling) and is not a church or 501(c)(1) organization.
Group Name STARLIGHT CHILDRENS FOUNDATION
Ruling Date September, 1987
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, 2017
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$280,500 2.86% Christopher Helfrich CEO

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Starlight Children's Foundation (CA) 93.94 four stars
Make-A-Wish Foundation of Massachusetts and Rhode Island (MA) 87.31 three stars
Dream Factory (KY) 92.63 four stars
A Kid Again (OH) 94.80 four stars
Make-A-Wish Foundation of South Dakota (SD) 86.90 three stars

Compare These Charities (Highly Rated)

This charity has an official representative registered with Charity Navigator.

Charity Contact Info

Starlight Children's Foundation
400 Corporate Point
Suite 590
Culver City, CA 90230
tel: (310) 479-1212
EIN: 95-3802159

Visit Web Site

Board Leadership

Cara Natterson
Chair

CEO

Adam Garone
Chief Executive Officer

Join Our Mailing List

Join over 400,000 other informed givers and get updates on charity ratings, new features, hot topics, and tips for donating.