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FIRST

For inspiration and recognition of science and technology

four stars

94.98

200 Bedford Street Manchester, NH 03101
tel: (800) 871-8326   Web Site
EIN: 22-2990908

Board Leadership
Kelly Ortberg & Robert M. Tuttle
Co-Chairs

CEO
Donald E. Bossi
President

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 94.98 four stars
  Financial 93.58 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 97.00 four stars
This rating was published 07/01/2019 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) was founded in 1989 to inspire young people's interest and participation in science and technology. FIRST designs accessible, innovative programs that motivate young people to pursue education and career opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and math, while building self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills. Since its beginning, FIRST has had a positive impact on students and academic communities.

FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) was founded in 1989 to inspire young people's interest and participation in science and technology. FIRST designs accessible, innovative programs that motivate young people to pursue education and career opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and math, while building self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills. Since its beginning, FIRST has had a positive impact on students and academic communities.

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Financial

four stars

93.58

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

97.00

This rating was published 07/01/2019 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)
86.4%
  Administrative Expenses 10.3%
  Fundraising Expenses 3.1%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.04
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.69
  Program Expenses Growth 8.6%
  Liabilities to Assets 10.7%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by FIRST on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by FIRST on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
FIRST (NH) 94.98 four stars
Ocean Institute (CA) 86.98 three stars
NAF (NY) 93.92 four stars
Silicon Valley Education Foundation (CA) 94.69 four stars
Mouse (NY) 94.27 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $45,767,417
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $1,599,443
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $4,432,595
Total Contributions $51,799,455
   Program Service Revenue $25,771,319
Total Primary Revenue $77,570,774
   Other Revenue $-151,856
TOTAL REVENUE $77,418,918
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $63,298,325
   Administrative Expenses $7,952,326
   Fundraising Expenses $2,312,412
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $73,563,063
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $3,855,855
   
Net Assets $47,694,400

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
FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) $44,898,749 70.9%
FIRST LEGO League $10,140,959 16.0%
The FIRST Tech Challenge $8,258,617 13.0%

Ratings History
FIRST has received 14 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-06 07/01/2019 94.98 four stars
2017-06 06/01/2018 95.87 four stars
2016-06 04/01/2017 95.40 four stars
2015-06 06/01/2016 93.35 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 08/01/2015 93.77 four stars
2013-06 07/01/2014 96.52 four stars
2012-06 05/01/2013 96.54 four stars
2011-06 05/01/2012 96.62 four stars
2010-06 09/20/2011 96.59 four stars
 
CN 1.0
2010-06 04/01/2011 96.23 four stars
2009-06 03/01/2010 96.42 four stars
2008-06 03/01/2009 93.76 four stars
2006-06 03/01/2007 90.15 four stars
2005-06 06/01/2006 93.57 four stars
2004-06 09/01/2005 93.49 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 22-2990908
Name in IRS Master File FOR INSPIRATION AND RECOGNITION OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY FIRST
NTEE Code U40
NTEE Classification Engineering and Technology Research, Services
NTEE Type Science and Technology Research Institutes, Services
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (60) Museum, zoo, planetarium, etc.
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 May, 1994
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End June
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • June, 2018
  • June, 2017
  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$351,839 0.47% Donald E. Bossi President

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
FIRST (NH) 94.98 four stars
NAF (NY) 93.92 four stars
Project Lead The Way (IN) 86.69 three stars
Ocean Institute (CA) 86.98 three stars
MATHCOUNTS (VA) 95.42 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

FIRST
200 Bedford Street
Manchester, NH 03101
tel: (800) 871-8326
fax: (603) 666-3907
EIN: 22-2990908

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Board Leadership

Kelly Ortberg & Robert M. Tuttle
Co-Chairs

CEO

Donald E. Bossi
President

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