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Better Basics

Empowering Children - Reducing Illiteracy - Improving the Community

four stars

95.05

1231 2nd Avenue South Birmingham, AL 35233
tel: (205) 944-2928   Web Site
EIN: 63-1106040

Board Leadership
Shirley Fagan
President

CEO
Bill Harris
Interim Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 95.05 four stars
  Financial 99.94 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 93.00 four stars
This rating was published 05/01/2017 and includes data from FY2016, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Better Basics' mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of children and their families by advancing literacy through enrichment and intervention programs. Incorporated in 1994, we currently provide our services to 52 schools in Birmingham and surrounding school systems. During the 2013-2014 school year, Better Basics reached roughly 24,000 children and parents, gave away over 41,000 books to at-risk children, and provided enrichment programs to 14,000 students.

Better Basics' mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of children and their families by advancing literacy through enrichment and intervention programs. Incorporated in 1994, we currently provide our services to 52 schools in Birmingham and surrounding school systems. During the 2013-2014 school year, Better Basics reached roughly 24,000 children and parents, gave away over 41,000 books to at-risk children, and provided enrichment programs to 14,000 students.

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Financial

four stars

99.94

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

93.00

This rating was published 05/01/2017 and includes data from FY2016, 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)
84.8%
  Administrative Expenses 7.6%
  Fundraising Expenses 7.5%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.07
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.41
  Program Expenses Growth 10.9%
  Liabilities to Assets 1.8%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Better Basics on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Better Basics on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Better Basics (AL) 95.05 four stars
Reading In Motion (IL) 87.37 three stars
National Center for Families Learning (KY) 86.49 three stars
'Aha Pūnana Leo (HI) 85.95 three stars
Developments in Literacy (CA) 94.74 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $840,654
   Federated Campaigns $163,074
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $668,602
Total Contributions $1,672,330
   Program Service Revenue $225,625
Total Primary Revenue $1,897,955
   Other Revenue $79,114
TOTAL REVENUE $1,977,069
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $1,498,404
   Administrative Expenses $113,270
   Fundraising Expenses $120,724
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $1,732,398
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $244,671
   
Net Assets $2,354,047

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
Hope Centers $426,043 28.4%
Reading Intervention Program $297,303 19.8%
MORE Program $205,911 13.7%

Ratings History
Better Basics has received 6 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2016-06 05/01/2017 95.05 four stars
2015-06 06/01/2016 97.97 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 08/01/2015 98.09 four stars
2013-06 11/01/2014 91.86 four stars
2013-06 06/01/2014 90.47 four stars
2012-06 06/01/2013 91.47 four stars
2011-06 07/01/2012 90.90 four stars
2010-06 09/20/2011 79.21 two stars
 
CN 1.0
2010-06 06/01/2011 74.71 two stars
2009-06 07/01/2010 68.16 one star
2008-06 09/01/2009 62.12 one star
2007-06 06/01/2008 63.77 one star
2006-06 05/01/2007 85.42 three stars
2005-06 06/01/2006 90.96 four stars
2004-06 04/01/2005 90.67 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 63-1106040
Name in IRS Master File BETTER BASICS INC
NTEE Code I21
NTEE Classification Delinquency Prevention
NTEE Type Crime, Legal-Related
Classification Educational Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (59) Other school related activities
(328) Combat juvenile delinquency
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
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  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
  • June, 2013
  • June, 2012

The data displayed in this profile is provided by the IRS for free in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

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Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$48,412 2.79% Ammie Akin Executive Director
Other Salaries of Note
$76,422 4.41% Karen Kapp Former Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Better Basics (AL) 95.05 four stars
First Book (DC) 94.59 four stars
Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy (FL) 90.21 four stars
Make Way for Books (AZ) 91.81 four stars
Literacy Coalition of Palm Beach County (FL) 94.26 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Better Basics
1231 2nd Avenue South
Birmingham, AL 35233
tel: (205) 944-2928
fax: (205) 945-8159
EIN: 63-1106040

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Board Leadership

Shirley Fagan
President

CEO

Bill Harris
Interim Executive Director

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