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Better Basics

Empowering Children - Reducing Illiteracy - Improving the Community

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four stars

91.36

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

Board Leadership
Andrew Nix
President

CEO
Kristi Bradford
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 91.36 four stars
  Financial 90.00 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 93.00 four stars
This rating was published 04/01/2019 and includes data from FY2018, 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 schools in Birmingham City and surrounding school systems. During the 2018-2019 school year, Better Basics reached over 22,000 children and parents, gave away over 47,000 books to at-risk children, and deployed 2200+ volunteer opportunties.

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 schools in Birmingham City and surrounding school systems. During the 2018-2019 school year, Better Basics reached over 22,000 children and parents, gave away over 47,000 books to at-risk children, and deployed 2200+ volunteer opportunties.

Impact Information

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Reported Results
Total in 2018
Number of children served
22,675
Number of books distributed
47,181
Number of volunteers
2,211
This impact information is current as of July 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

90.00

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

93.00

This rating was published 04/01/2019 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)
86.0%
  Administrative Expenses 6.5%
  Fundraising Expenses 7.4%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.08
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.51
  Program Expenses Growth -5.7%
  Liabilities to Assets 0.9%
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) 91.36 four stars
Readworks (NY) 93.91 four stars
Developments in Literacy (CA) 89.02 three stars
First Book (DC) 88.93 three stars
Make Way for Books (AZ) 91.91 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $587,474
   Federated Campaigns $166,917
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $378,544
Total Contributions $1,132,935
   Program Service Revenue $199,002
Total Primary Revenue $1,331,937
   Other Revenue $79,364
TOTAL REVENUE $1,411,301
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $1,180,492
   Administrative Expenses $87,071
   Fundraising Expenses $117,655
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $1,385,218
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $26,083
   
Net Assets $2,335,738

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 $336,428 28.5%
Reading Intervention Program $263,872 22.4%
MORE Program $131,231 11.1%

Ratings History
Better Basics has received 8 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-06 04/01/2019 91.36 four stars
2017-06 05/01/2018 92.38 four stars
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
(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
$45,891 3.31% Kristi Bradford Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Better Basics (AL) 91.36 four stars
Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation of USA (TX) 87.74 three stars
'Aha Pūnana Leo (HI) 86.46 three stars
Make Way for Books (AZ) 91.91 four stars
First Book (DC) 88.93 three 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

Andrew Nix
President

CEO

Kristi Bradford
Executive Director

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