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BRIGHT LITE CHARITY

Empowering Communities. Ending Poverty and Homelessness

NEW YORK, NY   |  https://www.brightlitecharity.org
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BRIGHT LITE CHARITY

EIN: 82-4642084


Mission

The mission of Bright Lite Charity is to assist people in need. We help the homeless, immigrants, children, communities and families across the country and around the world.

Notes from the nonprofit

Our program is international and national. We focus on bringing opportunities to children in impoverished countries. SCF exists to lift the financial burden of the shoulders of our local and global families. We honor the people we serve, respond to human suffering and help communities overcome extreme poverty.

Ruling year info

2018

CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

CHARLYE CALIZARE

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

NADIA LAURENT

Main address

322 W 52ND STREET, SUITE #6

NEW YORK, NY 10019 USA

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Formerly known as

Saint Charles Funds Corporation

EIN

82-4642084

Subject area info

Education

Water access, sanitation and hygiene

Human services

Population served info

Children and youth

Infants and toddlers

Families

Economically disadvantaged people

Homeless people

NTEE code info

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (P12)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (W01)

Human Service Organizations (P20)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Tax forms

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

We take feeding and nourishing the children quite seriously. We work with schools and communities to strengthen and improve meal programs that kids rely on. We focus on helping children and families escape the grip of generational poverty. Our goal is to give children a healthy start in life and a bright future.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

PREVENT HOMELESSNESS

For every person sleeping on sidewalks or on trains, 20 more are sleeping in shelters. Every individual living on the streets has his or her own story. Some are very educated and just down on their luck. Some are struggling with dependency. Others lost everything to medical bills, and some suffer mental illness. Every night, nearly 4,000 people sleep on the street, in the subway system or in other public spaces. However, the vast majority of New Yorkers experiencing homelessness spend the night within the city’s shelter system where they remain unseen. Bright Lite Charity mission for the homeless is to help provide services that meet their immediate needs and transforms their lives from poverty, hopelessness hunger and other crises to hope. We provide compassionate care services, including meals, clothing, hygiene kits and coming soon food pantry, supports for men and women, mental health and emotional wellbeing interventions as they journey towards recovery.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Homeless people

Nutrition deficiencies affect more than two billion people worldwide. Without adequate food and nutrition, children are unable to reach their full mental and physical potential and face developmental delays, learning difficulties, and increased risk of lifelong chronic illnesses. Food insecurity takes a psychological toll, as well - children experiencing food insecurity are more likely to suffer from depression and post-traumatic stress disorder through their adulthood. At Bright Lite Charity, we are working tirelessly to get food and essentials into the hands of the most vulnerable and defeat childhood hunger. We quickly and efficiently ship and deliver emergency food kits to strategic distribution points (nutritional centers, clinics, churches and feeding programs) in desperately poor communities. With proper nutrition early in life, children can grow, develop and thrive to their full potential.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Infants and toddlers
At-risk youth
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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Bright Lite Charity is a nonprofit charity organization established in 2018. Helping children and families in poverty has always been the heart of our efforts. We believe in the fight against poverty, which is why we serve the vulnerable in many countries globally. We serve on the basis of need alone. We provide life-changing resources such as clean water, medical aid, food, school supplies, educational opportunities, training and empowerment to our global children and families.

Our responsibility is to advocate for the poor without regard to race, faith or nationality. We strive to respect the culture and customs of the people we serve in order to preserve their humanity and dignity. We believe when communities are skilled and prepared to care for their most vulnerable, the entire community is lifted, and poverty can be overcome.

We are always looking for improved strategies to help children survive and thrive. We hold the following values for our work:
• Needs-based
• Needs-based,
• Child-focused,
• Measurable impact,
• Partnerships,
• Whole Community
• Long-term sustainable impact
Bright Lite Charity development teams seek relationships with foundations, corporations, and individuals that share a passion for serving children, their families, and their communities around the world. We believe that we need to collaborate with others working to defeat hunger, especially to promote strategies that we know will help children survive and thrive.

Internationally, we have made progress in the following areas:

Haiti - Distributed meals and feed 200 children

We plan to continue to expand our meal/food distribution to many other impoverished countries

Financials

BRIGHT LITE CHARITY
Fiscal year: Apr 01 - Mar 31

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
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Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

BRIGHT LITE CHARITY

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Apr 01 - Mar 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Apr 01 - Mar 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

Documents
Letter of Determination is not available for this organization
Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

CHARLYE CALIZARE

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

NADIA LAURENT

BRIGHT LITE CHARITY

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Compensation
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BRIGHT LITE CHARITY

Board of directors
as of 06/25/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board co-chair

Mr Charles Calizare

Chairperson

Term: 2018 - 2022


Board co-chair

DR B Riccio

Self Employed

Term: 2018 - 2022

Richard Rosen

New York Eye and Ear Infirmary

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/7/2021

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Leadership

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Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 08/16/2019

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Data
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.