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Human Services : Youth Development, Shelter, and Crisis Services

Camp Fire National Headquarters

Light the fire within.

three stars

82.22

1801 Main St., Suite 200 Kansas City, MO 64106
tel: (816) 285-2010   Web Site
EIN: 13-1623921

Board Leadership
Jane Parker
Chair

CEO
Greg Zweber
President, CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 82.22 three stars
  Financial 74.86 two stars
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00 four stars
This rating was published 08/01/2019 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Every Camp Fire program is built with Thrive{ology}: the science of helping youth thrive. It's a proven, research-based methodology to help youth find their sparks and discover who they are. Our trained, adult champions give youth the tools they need to become leaders in their community, school, or their peer group today.

Founded in 1910, Camp Fire annually reaches more than 120,000 youth aged 5-17. Councils deliver curriculum-based programs at 1,500 program sites in 26 states and Washington D.C., in highly diverse delivery settings through Camp & Environmental Education, School Year Programs, and Teen Service & Leadership.

Despite a 64-year head start as a female-only organization, Camp Fire nearly matches the overall population by gender, with 46% male participants and 54% female participants. Transgender program participants comprise 0.01% of youth served, compared to 0.3% of the overall adult population nationally. At Camp Fire, everyone is welcome.

Every Camp Fire program is built with Thrive{ology}: the science of helping youth thrive. It's a proven, research-based methodology to help youth find their sparks and discover who they are. Our trained, adult champions give youth the tools they need to become leaders in their community, school, or their peer group today.

Founded in 1910, Camp Fire annually reaches more than 120,000 youth aged 5-17. Councils deliver curriculum-based programs at 1,500 program sites in 26 states and Washington D.C., in highly diverse delivery settings through Camp & Environmental Education, School Year Programs, and Teen Service & Leadership.

Despite a 64-year head start as a female-only organization, Camp Fire nearly matches the overall population by gender, with 46% male participants and 54% female participants. Transgender program participants comprise 0.01% of youth served, compared to 0.3% of the overall adult population nationally. At Camp Fire, everyone is welcome.

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Financial

two stars

74.86

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

100.00

This rating was published 08/01/2019 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)
74.2%
  Administrative Expenses 16.1%
  Fundraising Expenses 9.5%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.15
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.78
  Program Expenses Growth -0.5%
  Liabilities to Assets 20.4%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Camp Fire National Headquarters on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Camp Fire National Headquarters on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Constituent Voice

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How is the organization collecting feedback?
Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc), Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Constituent (client or resident, etc) advisory committees, Program Quality Assessments through the Weikart Center - Council Visit Feedback Survey
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, To create relevant professional development
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 get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, We don't have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome, 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.
In the 2019 Spring and Summer Staff Surveys, the majority of staff agreed or strongly agreed to all survey items related to Camp Fire general support and engagement The item that received the lowest level of agreement from the staff was about their involvement with continuous improvement at their council Although the majority of staff agreed that they were involved, this was the area in which there was the most room for growth Camp Fire is using this feedback to inform training and professional development opportunities for councils Additional courses, webinars, and resources are being added to the Learning Lab to improve support for council staff
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Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Camp Fire National Headquarters (MO) 82.22 three stars
Sociedad Latina (MA) 92.74 four stars
Boys & Girls Clubs of King County (WA) 90.85 four stars
Boy Scouts of America, Mason-Dixon Council (MD) 88.24 three stars
Boys & Girls Clubs of Central New Hampshire (NH) 88.63 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $2,633,054
   Federated Campaigns $75,209
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $28,335
   Related Organizations $5,369
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $2,741,967
   Program Service Revenue $1,469,818
Total Primary Revenue $4,211,785
   Other Revenue $196,162
TOTAL REVENUE $4,407,947
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $2,385,682
   Administrative Expenses $511,514
   Fundraising Expenses $385,446
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $3,282,642
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $1,125,305
   
Net Assets $3,456,714

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
Programs for Youth Development $1,410,488 59.1%
Services to Councils $705,173 29.5%
Community Relations $270,021 11.3%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-06 08/01/2019 82.22 three stars
2017-06 08/01/2018 80.63 three stars
2016-06 08/01/2017 84.77 three stars
2015-06 12/01/2016 82.17 three stars
2014-06 06/01/2016 86.64 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 09/01/2015 80.21 three stars
2013-06 08/01/2014 84.24 three stars
2012-06 05/01/2013 82.82 three stars
2011-06 11/06/2012 84.42 three stars
2010-06 12/01/2011 85.12 three stars
2009-06 09/20/2011 85.73 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-06 12/01/2010 77.20 two stars
2008-06 02/01/2010 77.94 two stars
2007-06 09/01/2008 76.79 two stars
2006-06 07/01/2007 68.09 one star
2005-06 09/01/2006 75.08 two stars
2004-06 05/01/2005 82.02 three stars
2003-06 06/01/2004 79.85 two stars
2002-06 11/01/2003 76.98 two 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 13-1623921
Name in IRS Master File CAMP FIRE
NTEE Code O43
NTEE Classification Camp Fire
NTEE Type Youth Development
Classification Educational Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (349) Other youth organization or activities
(59) Other school related 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 CAMP FIRE USA
Ruling Date March, 1958
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
$260,591 7.93% Cathy Tisdale Chief Executive Officer
Other Salaries of Note
$3,000 0.09% Lauren Lampe Trustee

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Camp Fire National Headquarters (MO) 82.22 three stars
Boys & Girls Clubs of Bellevue (WA) 91.45 four stars
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Miami (FL) 96.40 four stars
Boys and Girls Club of Aberdeen Area (SD) 92.46 four stars
Union League Boys & Girls Clubs (IL) 92.44 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Camp Fire National Headquarters
1801 Main St., Suite 200
Kansas City, MO 64106
tel: (816) 285-2010
EIN: 13-1623921

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Board Leadership

Jane Parker
Chair

CEO

Greg Zweber
President, CEO

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