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BELL (Building Educated Leaders for Life)

Our vision is for all children to excel.

three stars

85.74

One University Avenue Suite 201A North Building
Westwood, MA 02090
tel: (617) 740-0460   Web Site
EIN: 04-3182053

Board Leadership
Laurene Sperling
Chair

CEO
Lauren Gilbert
Chief Executive Officer

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 85.74 three stars
  Financial 85.50 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 86.00 three stars
This rating was published 12/23/2020 and includes data from FY2019, 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

85.50

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

86.00

This rating was published 12/23/2020 and includes data from FY2019, 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)
78.0%
  Administrative Expenses 14.6%
  Fundraising Expenses 7.3%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.06
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.14
  Program Expenses Growth -10.3%
  Liabilities to Assets 8.7%
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) 85.74 three stars
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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $9,346,453
   Federated Campaigns $280,506
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $5,678,237
Total Contributions $15,305,196
   Program Service Revenue $1,745,395
Total Primary Revenue $17,050,591
   Other Revenue $228,766
TOTAL REVENUE $17,279,357
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $11,871,200
   Administrative Expenses $2,255,224
   Fundraising Expenses $1,254,271
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $15,380,695
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $1,898,662
   
Net Assets $18,289,856

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 $8,105,231 68.3%
After School Program $2,825,060 23.8%
Strategic Initiatives $764,741 6.4%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-06 12/23/2020 85.74 three stars
2018-06 08/01/2019 87.50 three stars
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

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, 2018
  • June, 2017
  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$281,542 1.83% Lauren Gilbert Chief Executive Officer

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BELL (Building Educated Leaders for Life) (MA) 85.74 three stars
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BELL (Building Educated Leaders for Life)
One University Avenue
Suite 201A North Building
Westwood, MA 02090
tel: (617) 740-0460
fax: (617) 282-2698
EIN: 04-3182053

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Board Leadership

Laurene Sperling
Chair

CEO

Lauren Gilbert
Chief Executive Officer

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