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BELL (Building Educated Leaders for Life)

Our vision is for all children to excel.

three stars

88.19

60 Clayton Street 60 Clayton Street
Dorchester, MA 02122
tel: (617) 740-0460   Web Site
EIN: 04-3182053

Board Leadership
Laurene Sperling
Chair

CEO
Lauren Sanchez Gilbert
Chief Executive Officer

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 88.19 three stars
  Financial 84.85 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 93.00 four stars
This rating was published 09/01/2018 and includes data from FY2017, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Founded in 1992, BELL (Building Educated Leaders for Life) exists to transform the academic achievements, self-confidence, and life trajectories of children living in low-income, urban communities. Because we believe in the tremendous potential of all children to excel, we recognize them as scholars.

We pursue our mission by expanding learning time in the summer and after school. BELL programs feature small-group instruction in literacy and math with research-based and multicultural curricula, positive adult role models to build self-esteem and respect for others, a wide range of enrichment experiences, and experiential learning through guest speakers, field trips and service projects.

School districts use BELL's comprehensive solution to design, deliver and measure evidence-based summer and research-based afterschool learning experiences for highest-need PK-8 students. In 2017, BELL-powered programs reached 15,000 students at 150 sites in 34 U.S. states.

Founded in 1992, BELL (Building Educated Leaders for Life) exists to transform the academic achievements, self-confidence, and life trajectories of children living in low-income, urban communities. Because we believe in the tremendous potential of all children to excel, we recognize them as scholars.

We pursue our mission by expanding learning time in the summer and after school. BELL programs feature small-group instruction in literacy and math with research-based and multicultural curricula, positive adult role models to build self-esteem and respect for others, a wide range of enrichment experiences, and experiential learning through guest speakers, field trips and service projects.

School districts use BELL's comprehensive solution to design, deliver and measure evidence-based summer and research-based afterschool learning experiences for highest-need PK-8 students. In 2017, BELL-powered programs reached 15,000 students at 150 sites in 34 U.S. states.

Financial

three stars

84.85

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

93.00

This rating was published 09/01/2018 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)
84.5%
  Administrative Expenses 11.1%
  Fundraising Expenses 4.3%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.04
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.69
  Program Expenses Growth -8.7%
  Liabilities to Assets 18.4%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by BELL (Building Educated Leaders for Life) on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by BELL (Building Educated Leaders for Life) on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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BELL (Building Educated Leaders for Life) (MA) 88.19 three stars
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Birthright Israel Foundation (NY) 90.74 four stars
First Graduate (CA) 90.80 four stars
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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $8,461,562
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $9,457,596
Total Contributions $17,919,158
   Program Service Revenue $1,587,115
Total Primary Revenue $19,506,273
   Other Revenue $65,206
TOTAL REVENUE $19,571,479
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $13,434,227
   Administrative Expenses $2,075,663
   Fundraising Expenses $1,051,020
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $16,560,910
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $3,010,569
   
Net Assets $13,175,681

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
Bell Summer $11,771,235 87.6%
After School Program $1,662,992 12.4%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2017-06 09/01/2018 88.19 three stars
2016-06 12/01/2017 89.18 three stars
2015-06 12/21/2016 85.91 three stars
2015-06 11/01/2016 85.75 three stars
2014-06 06/01/2016 90.52 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 04/01/2016 88.99 three stars
2014-06 11/01/2015 87.92 three stars
2013-06 11/01/2014 92.19 four stars
2013-06 10/01/2014 89.68 three stars
2012-06 08/01/2013 96.68 four stars
2012-06 07/01/2013 92.48 four stars
2011-06 09/01/2012 95.81 four stars
2011-06 07/01/2012 92.05 four stars
2010-06 09/20/2011 77.42 two stars
 
CN 1.0
2010-06 06/01/2011 79.46 two stars
2009-06 10/01/2010 80.56 three stars
2008-06 09/01/2009 95.92 four stars
2007-06 03/01/2009 95.87 four stars
2006-06 07/01/2007 91.24 four stars
2005-06 02/01/2007 90.60 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 04-3182053
Name in IRS Master File THE B E L L FOUNDATION INC
NTEE Code [Not Provided by IRS]
NTEE Classification [Not Provided by IRS]
NTEE Type [Not Provided by IRS]
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (408) Community service organization
(349) Other youth organization or activities
(40) Scholarships (other)
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 March, 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

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).

Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$316,280 1.90% Tiffany C. Gueye President, CEO

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
BELL (Building Educated Leaders for Life) (MA) 88.19 three stars
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Bright Prospect (CA) 92.47 four stars
Grace Place for Children and Families (FL) 95.24 four stars
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BELL (Building Educated Leaders for Life)
60 Clayton Street
60 Clayton Street
Dorchester, MA 02122
tel: (617) 740-0460
fax: (617) 282-2698
EIN: 04-3182053

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Board Leadership

Laurene Sperling
Chair

CEO

Lauren Sanchez Gilbert
Chief Executive Officer

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