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buildOn

Breaking the cycle of poverty, illiteracy and low expectations through service and education.

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four stars

95.84

P.O. Box 16741 Stamford, CT 06905
tel: (508) 395-9703   Web Site
EIN: 22-3128648

CEO
Jim Ziolkowski
President, CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 95.84 four stars
  Financial 94.94 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 97.00 four stars
This rating was published 06/01/2019 and includes data from FY2017, the most recent 990 received at that time.

At home or abroad, buildOn's mission is to break the cycle of poverty, illiteracy and low expectations through service and education. Across the U.S., buildOn empowers urban youth to transform their neighborhoods through intensive community service and to change the world by building schools in some of the economically poorest countries in the world.

In the U.S., buildOn runs service learning programs in some of the lowest performing urban high schools in the Bay Area, Boston, Bridgeport CT, Chicago, Detroit and New York City. Globally, buildOn is breaking ground every two days on new schools in developing countries, including Burkina Faso, Haiti, Malawi, Mali, Nepal, Nicaragua and Senegal. Since 1991, buildOn has empowered more than 2 million hours of youth service in the U.S. and has constructed 1,300 schools worldwide, with more than 160,000 children and adults attending these schools every day.

At home or abroad, buildOn's mission is to break the cycle of poverty, illiteracy and low expectations through service and education. Across the U.S., buildOn empowers urban youth to transform their neighborhoods through intensive community service and to change the world by building schools in some of the economically poorest countries in the world.

In the U.S., buildOn runs service learning programs in some of the lowest performing urban high schools in the Bay Area, Boston, Bridgeport CT, Chicago, Detroit and New York City. Globally, buildOn is breaking ground every two days on new schools in developing countries, including Burkina Faso, Haiti, Malawi, Mali, Nepal, Nicaragua and Senegal. Since 1991, buildOn has empowered more than 2 million hours of youth service in the U.S. and has constructed 1,300 schools worldwide, with more than 160,000 children and adults attending these schools every day.

Impact Information

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Program Name: buildOn International School Construction Program
Problem

An estimated 57 million primary school-aged children in the world do not have access to education. Currently, 775 million people in the world do not know how to read or write, and nearly two-thirds of them are women. One of the contributing factors to the global education crisis is an acute lack of primary school infrastructure in rural communities in the developing world; it is estimated that 50% of all rural villages have inadequate infrastructure to support their teachers and students.

Strategy

buildOn identifies rural communities that lack proper school infrastructure and creates true partnerships with the community members. buildOn provides training, supplies, and guidance throughout the school construction projects, and community members provide project leadership and volunteer labor to complete the projects. buildOn also works with local government officials and Ministries of Education and trains community members to identify out of school children and enroll them in school.

IF:THEN

IF parents are involved in their own education projects,...

THEN they will understand the value of education for their children.

IF buildOn engages women and girls in all aspects of our work,...

THEN females will be empowered to advocate for their education and girls will enroll in school in equal numbers to boys.

IF community members lead the school construction projects with support and guidance from buildOn,...

THEN they will be committed to the project’s continued success after buildOn leaves.

IF we partner with local governments and Ministries of Education,...

THEN they will provide ongoing teacher training and curriculum to the local schools.

IF buildOn trains community members about how to identify and enroll out of school children in school,...

THEN more students will enroll and stay in school with the support of the community.
This impact information is current as of October 2018, when it was provided to us by Classy. At this time, Impact information published on this organization's page has no effect on its rating per our methodology.

Financial

four stars

94.94

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

97.00

This rating was published 06/01/2019 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)
84.8%
  Administrative Expenses 4.7%
  Fundraising Expenses 10.3%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.09
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.82
  Program Expenses Growth 13.7%
  Liabilities to Assets 3.9%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by buildOn on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by buildOn on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
buildOn (CT) 95.84 four stars
Shared Interest (NY) 92.38 four stars
Partners Worldwide (MI) 94.18 four stars
Kids Around the World (IL) 96.46 four stars
Worldserve International (MO) 87.25 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $15,761,957
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $1,269,768
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $17,031,725
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $17,031,725
   Other Revenue $648,574
TOTAL REVENUE $17,680,299
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $14,714,446
   Administrative Expenses $954,180
   Fundraising Expenses $1,790,689
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $17,459,315
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $220,984
   
Net Assets $13,047,580

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
International Programs $9,640,695 65.5%
US Afterschool Program $5,073,751 34.5%

Ratings History
buildOn has received 15 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2017-12 06/01/2019 95.84 four stars
2016-12 06/01/2018 93.73 four stars
2015-12 04/01/2017 93.64 four stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 92.44 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 12/22/2015 91.64 four stars
2013-12 07/01/2015 92.94 four stars
2012-12 02/01/2014 97.30 four stars
2011-12 02/01/2013 93.48 four stars
2010-12 04/01/2012 96.47 four stars
2009-12 09/20/2011 99.17 four stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 04/01/2011 98.82 four stars
2008-12 04/01/2010 96.32 four stars
2007-12 07/01/2009 98.95 four stars
2006-12 02/01/2008 98.74 four stars
2005-12 02/01/2007 93.37 four stars
2004-12 07/01/2006 98.58 four stars
2003-12 07/01/2005 98.67 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 22-3128648
Name in IRS Master File BUILDON INC
NTEE Code Q30
NTEE Classification International Development, Relief Services
NTEE Type International, Foreign Affairs and National Security
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
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 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 August, 1992
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End December
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
  • December, 2012
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$344,275 1.97% Jim Ziolkowski Chief Executive Officer

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
buildOn (CT) 95.84 four stars
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BrazilFoundation (NY) 91.42 four stars
International Community Foundation (CA) 97.17 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

buildOn
P.O. Box 16741
Stamford, CT 06905
tel: (508) 395-9703
EIN: 22-3128648

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CEO

Jim Ziolkowski
President, CEO

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