Nurturing the mind, body, and spirit

Hayward, CA   |
GuideStar Charity Check


EIN: 71-0946078


The Northstar School is a full-time private Islamic school that aims to promote human excellence by cultivating students in K-8th grade who posess a well-trained mind, healthy body, good manners, and exceptional character by providing a mixture of modern and traditional education.

Ruling year info


Principal Officer

Salwa Abed

Main address

22502 Woodroe Ave Northstar School

Hayward, CA 94541 USA

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Subject area info

Elementary education


Population served info

Children and youth




NTEE code info

Primary/Elementary Schools (B24)

Islamic (X40)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

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

Tax forms


Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

There is a need to provide youth education rooted in the Islamic intellectual and spiritual tradition in concert with a high-quality academic program for student growth.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Quran, Arabic, Islamic Studies

In addition to the providing an education aligned with the California curriculum standards, Northstar offers Quran, Arabic and Islamic Studies for all students.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Northstar's education fulfills the California Curriculum state standards, but goes far beyond in educating and enriching our students.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of students enrolled

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Northstar School provides a holistic education where we present developmentally appropriate curriculum that fosters love of learning, curiosity, mastery of core concepts, imagination and a deep respect for the natural world in a dynamic way that cultivates spiritual, physical, intellectual and social growth.

Northstar School offers an integrated and comprehensive curriculum in all core subjects. Our curriculum meets each stage of the child's development and fosters healthy inquiry and a deep respect for nature. Instruction in different modalities develops the capacities of students across the subject areas. Early exposure to quality literature and experiential math instruction provide students with the platform from which they will flourish. Encouraging students to view the wonder of the natural world as well as look into history for lessons and inspiration rounds off their core subjects to provide each child with an intellectual capacity to explore their interests and find their life long passion.

Northstar is well-equipped with a highly seasoned staff of teachers who every day bring not only their substantial experience and know-how to the classroom, but also their sincere kindness, love for children, and care for the mission of the school.\r\n\r\nOur curriculum has been developed and refined from our many years of studying and employing some of the most cutting edge and time-tested strategies and tools for educating children.

We have educated and sparked a love of learning in many hundreds of children. We have developed an incredible team of seasoned educators and along with a nourishing and meticulous curriculum.\r\nWe have nurtured a family-like community of learning and support for our young students.\r\nWe have established a beautiful, welcoming campus environment that will support our students and families for many years into the future.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback


Fiscal year: Aug 01 - Jul 31

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 1.74 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 4.7 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 111% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Aug 01 - Jul 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Aug 01 - Jul 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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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Aug 01 - Jul 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of NORTHSTAR SCHOOL’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2017 2018 2019 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation -$56,807 $348,679 $214,651 $194,933 $161,630
As % of expenses -5.8% 34.0% 19.1% 16.7% 12.5%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation -$127,039 $221,993 $83,812 $59,182 $28,296
As % of expenses -12.2% 19.3% 6.7% 4.5% 2.0%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $904,184 $1,245,848 $1,333,185 $1,293,634 $1,456,620
Total revenue, % change over prior year -47.3% 37.8% 7.0% 0.0% 12.6%
Program services revenue 81.8% 75.3% 73.4% 65.9% 74.8%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.1% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 17.0% 1.7%
All other grants and contributions 18.0% 23.7% 24.1% 17.0% 21.9%
Other revenue 0.1% 1.0% 2.5% 0.1% 1.6%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $971,698 $1,025,018 $1,125,559 $1,165,424 $1,295,200
Total expenses, % change over prior year 4.6% 5.5% 9.8% 0.0% 11.1%
Personnel 63.6% 73.9% 69.3% 72.9% 71.3%
Professional fees 4.3% 3.9% 3.4% 4.4% 4.6%
Occupancy 18.0% 13.4% 18.2% 16.0% 14.9%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 9.2% 8.8% 9.2% 6.7% 9.2%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2017 2018 2019 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $1,041,930 $1,151,704 $1,256,398 $1,301,175 $1,428,534
One month of savings $80,975 $85,418 $93,797 $97,119 $107,933
Debt principal payment $267,555 $109,575 $177,651 $257,162 $67,038
Fixed asset additions $250,205 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $1,640,665 $1,346,697 $1,527,846 $1,655,456 $1,603,505

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2017 2018 2019 2021 2022
Months of cash 2.0 1.0 2.0 1.3 1.6
Months of cash and investments 2.0 1.0 2.0 1.3 1.6
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets -12.7 -9.3 -7.4 -5.4 -4.0
Balance sheet composition info 2017 2018 2019 2021 2022
Cash $162,069 $89,422 $190,351 $128,079 $177,763
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Receivables $50,207 $62,353 $10,186 $17,186 $10,186
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $4,348,732 $4,411,345 $4,483,025 $4,511,691 $4,527,334
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 1.6% 4.5% 7.3% 13.2% 16.1%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 64.6% 58.5% 56.7% 54.1% 52.3%
Unrestricted net assets $1,588,042 $1,810,035 $1,893,847 $1,879,449 $1,907,745
Temporarily restricted net assets $7,025 $7,025 $0 N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 $0 $0 N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $7,025 $7,025 $0 $0 $0
Total net assets $1,595,067 $1,817,060 $1,893,847 $1,879,449 $1,907,745

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2017 2018 2019 2021 2022
Material data errors Yes No No No No


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

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

Principal Officer

Salwa Abed

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990


Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Board of directors
as of 03/13/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board of directors data
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Board chair

Zachary Twist

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? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • 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? No
  • 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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/13/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.


The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Middle Eastern/North African
Gender identity

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

Transgender Identity

No data

Sexual orientation

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 03/13/2023

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
Policies and processes
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.