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International : Development and Relief Services

Music For Life Institute

Helping Africa's most vulnerable children today, so they can help Africa tomorrow

three stars

80.28

P.O. Box 29690 Bellingham, WA 98228
tel: (877) 532-8651   Web Site
EIN: 31-1746269

Board Leadership
Alex Palmer
Director

CEO
Rheanne Lechkobit
COO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 80.28 three stars
  Financial 76.50 two stars
  Accountability & Transparency 85.00 three stars
This rating was published 02/01/2021 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Music For Life Institute provides general relief and care in Africa with a focus on children's programs. The organization also brings children from Africa to the US for training and care integrated with a touring program. One of Music For Life Institute's main programs is the African Children's Choir. The African Children's Choir is made up of some of the neediest and most vulnerable children in their countries. The African Children's Choir helps these children break away from the everyday cycle of poverty and hopelessness. While touring with the Choir, the children are exposed to a world of new possibilities. After returning to Africa, the children receive a quality education, leadership training and spiritual ministry at the Music for Life Primary School at well-equipped schools in their respective countries.

Music For Life Institute provides general relief and care in Africa with a focus on children's programs. The organization also brings children from Africa to the US for training and care integrated with a touring program. One of Music For Life Institute's main programs is the African Children's Choir. The African Children's Choir is made up of some of the neediest and most vulnerable children in their countries. The African Children's Choir helps these children break away from the everyday cycle of poverty and hopelessness. While touring with the Choir, the children are exposed to a world of new possibilities. After returning to Africa, the children receive a quality education, leadership training and spiritual ministry at the Music for Life Primary School at well-equipped schools in their respective countries.

Financial

two stars

76.50

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

85.00

This rating was published 02/01/2021 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)
81.5%
  Administrative Expenses 15.5%
  Fundraising Expenses 2.9%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.03
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.13
  Program Expenses Growth -0.6%
  Liabilities to Assets 30.4%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Music For Life Institute on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Music For Life Institute on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Music For Life Institute (WA) 80.28 three stars
CURE International (MI) 92.22 four stars
Loving Shepherd Ministries (IN) 95.05 four stars
Himalayan Cataract Project (VT) 98.23 four stars
Meds & Food for Kids (MO) 94.13 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $2,325,489
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $150,315
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $2,475,804
   Program Service Revenue $102,628
Total Primary Revenue $2,578,432
   Other Revenue $742
TOTAL REVENUE $2,579,174
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $1,984,523
   Administrative Expenses $357,411
   Fundraising Expenses $85,131
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $2,427,065
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $152,109
   
Net Assets $368,675

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
General Relief Care $1,984,523 100.0%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-03 02/01/2021 80.28 three stars
2019-03 12/23/2020 77.23 two stars
2018-03 08/01/2019 81.77 three stars
2017-03 07/01/2018 81.68 three stars
2016-03 04/01/2017 85.01 three stars
2015-03 06/01/2016 83.33 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2015-03 12/22/2015 78.92 two stars
2014-03 09/01/2015 83.25 three stars
2013-03 02/01/2014 77.68 two stars
2012-03 08/01/2013 77.49 two stars
2011-03 08/01/2012 70.44 two stars
2011-03 05/01/2012 60.30 one star
2010-03 09/20/2011 75.52 two stars
 
CN 1.0
2010-03 06/01/2011 87.28 three stars
2009-03 07/01/2010 88.42 three stars
2008-03 04/01/2009 86.30 three 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 31-1746269
Name in IRS Master File MUSIC FOR LIFE INSTITUTE
NTEE Code A65
NTEE Classification Theater
NTEE Type Arts, Culture and Humanities
Classification Educational Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
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 February, 2001
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End March
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • March, 2017
  • March, 2016
  • March, 2015
  • March, 2014
  • March, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title Compensation from Affiliates
Not compensated -- Raymond R. Barnett President $68,587
Other Salaries of Note
$60,000 2.47% Suzanne M. Nelson Vice President --

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Music For Life Institute (WA) 80.28 three stars
Childspring International (GA) 85.85 three stars
Life for Relief and Development (MI) 95.87 four stars
One Israel Fund Ltd. (NY) 92.76 four stars
Friends Without A Border (NY) 93.31 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Music For Life Institute
P.O. Box 29690
Bellingham, WA 98228
tel: (877) 532-8651
fax: (360) 752-2402
EIN: 31-1746269

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Board Leadership

Alex Palmer
Director

CEO

Rheanne Lechkobit
COO

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