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Citizen Schools

Expanding the learning day for low-income children across the country

three stars

82.58

One Beacon Street Second Floor, Suite 2200
Boston, MA 02108
tel: (617) 695-2300   Web Site
EIN: 04-3259160

Board Leadership
Eric Schwarz
Chair

CEO
Emily McCann
CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 82.58 three stars
  Financial 76.38 two stars
  Accountability & Transparency 93.00 four stars
This rating was published 02/01/2020 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Founded in 1995, Citizen Schools operates a growing national network of after-school education programs for students in the middle grades (6th, 7th and 8th). Our programs complement classroom learning by engaging students in hands-on learning projects led by adult volunteers after school and supported by a staff of professional educators. Through the demonstration of our powerful impact and partnerships with out-of-school advocates, we are at the forefront of a movement to transform the learning day and improve the educational trajectories of young people across the country. Today Citizen Schools operates in middle schools in seven states, serving 4,400 kids and engaging 3,200 volunteers.

Founded in 1995, Citizen Schools operates a growing national network of after-school education programs for students in the middle grades (6th, 7th and 8th). Our programs complement classroom learning by engaging students in hands-on learning projects led by adult volunteers after school and supported by a staff of professional educators. Through the demonstration of our powerful impact and partnerships with out-of-school advocates, we are at the forefront of a movement to transform the learning day and improve the educational trajectories of young people across the country. Today Citizen Schools operates in middle schools in seven states, serving 4,400 kids and engaging 3,200 volunteers.

Impact Information

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Reported Results
Total in 2019
Number of mentors recruited
646
Net promoter score
94
This impact information is current as of August 2020, 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

two stars

76.38

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

93.00

This rating was published 02/01/2020 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)
81.1%
  Administrative Expenses 9.8%
  Fundraising Expenses 8.9%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.10
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.22
  Program Expenses Growth -20.0%
  Liabilities to Assets 19.5%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Citizen Schools on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Citizen Schools on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Citizen Schools (MA) 82.58 three stars
CollegeBound Foundation (MD) 90.37 four stars
Overtown Youth Center (FL) 91.45 four stars
Grace Place for Children and Families (FL) 95.73 four stars
Pratham USA (TX) 92.85 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $8,776,807
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $268,454
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $5,526,120
Total Contributions $14,571,381
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $14,571,381
   Other Revenue $15,831
TOTAL REVENUE $14,587,212
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $12,460,368
   Administrative Expenses $1,716,534
   Fundraising Expenses $1,636,090
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $15,812,992
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-1,225,780
   
Net Assets $4,644,219

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
Campus Operations $5,583,265 44.8%
Field Development $3,321,083 26.7%
State Services $2,290,524 18.4%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-06 02/01/2020 82.58 three stars
2017-06 05/01/2018 85.00 three stars
2016-06 05/01/2017 86.85 three stars
2015-06 07/01/2016 89.55 three stars
2015-06 06/01/2016 88.44 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 11/01/2015 92.76 four stars
2014-06 10/01/2015 91.26 four stars
2014-06 09/01/2015 89.76 three stars
2013-06 06/01/2014 94.26 four stars
2012-06 06/01/2013 94.21 four stars
2011-06 05/01/2012 94.19 four stars
2010-06 09/20/2011 88.94 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2010-06 07/01/2011 85.98 three stars
2009-06 08/01/2010 95.81 four stars
2008-06 07/01/2009 95.79 four stars
2006-06 05/01/2008 95.76 four stars
2004-12 12/01/2005 94.80 four stars
2003-12 10/01/2004 95.67 four stars
2002-12 04/01/2004 95.75 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 04-3259160
Name in IRS Master File CITIZEN SCHOOLS INC
NTEE Code B90
NTEE Classification Educational Services and Schools - Other
NTEE Type Educational Institutions and Related Activities
Classification Educational Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (995) Described in section 509(a)(2) of the Code
(149) Other instruction and training
(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 April, 1995
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, 2018
  • June, 2017
  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$240,385 1.52% Emily McCann CEO

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Citizen Schools (MA) 82.58 three stars
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SquashBusters (MA) 93.43 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Citizen Schools
One Beacon Street
Second Floor, Suite 2200
Boston, MA 02108
tel: (617) 695-2300
EIN: 04-3259160

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Board Leadership

Eric Schwarz
Chair

CEO

Emily McCann
CEO

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