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Adopt-A-Classroom Inc

aka AdoptAClassroom.org   |   Minneaplis, MN   |  http://www.adoptaclassroom.org
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Adopt-A-Classroom Inc

EIN: 65-0828272


Mission

Advancing equity in education, one classroom at a time.

Ruling year info

1999

Executive Director

Ms. Ann Ruhr Pifer

Main address

10 S 5th St Suite 835

Minneaplis, MN 55402 USA

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EIN

65-0828272

Subject area info

Arts education

Elementary and secondary education

Children's rights

Population served info

Children and youth

Adults

Students

NTEE code info

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

Arts Education/Schools (A25)

Children's Rights (R28)

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

School budgets are tight and many families cannot afford to provide school supplies for their children. Teachers fill the gap by spending an annual average of $750 out-of-pocket on their classroom. We connect teachers and schools with funding to ensure every student has what they deserve to succeed in school.

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?

Classroom Adoptions

When you choose a classroom and make an adoption, we direct 100% of these funds to the teacher.  The teacher can then purchase purchase items that enrich the learning environment. Adopt-A-Classroom emphasizes accountability and responsibility. We send you information about your adopted classroom and an itemized invoice detailing exactly what the teacher purchased. We also send the teacher contact information about you. Throughout the school year, you communicate with the teacher and students and visit the classroom to experience first-hand the impact of your contribution. As you participate in subsequent years, you enjoy the cumulative effect of your efforts with each new class of students, as well as develop a lasting and meaningful relationship with the teacher.

Population(s) Served
Students
Adults

Teachers may apply annually to receive funding for classroom materials specifically for STEM subjects. Priority is given to teachers in Title 1 schools

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

The Arts fund supports arts education programs in schools—from drama to finger-painting—so teachers can stock their classrooms with the supplies they need. Arts programs are especially vulnerable to limited budgets as teachers rely on expensive consumable products. A student’s creativity shouldn’t have a limit, and your support makes this a reality.

Population(s) Served
Students
Adults

What is an "Inclusive Classroom" and why is it important?

Every student learns in their own way and often at their own pace. And, we know teachers are uniquely positioned to identify and address each student's individual needs.

The Inclusive Classroom Fund will support teachers wanting to incorporate reading materials better representative of their students cultural and experiential backgrounds, materials for ESL students, equipment and curriculum materials for special needs students, anti-bullying programs and workshops, diversity training for teachers, alternative learning therapies, and much more.

Population(s) Served
Students
Adults

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 classrooms adopted

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Related Program

Classroom Adoptions

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of children who received school supplies

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Related Program

Classroom Adoptions

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

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.

AdoptAClassroom.org addresses educational inequity by connecting donors with teachers and schools who need funding. Our goal is to ensure that all students have the tools they deserve to succeed in school.

By 2025, we want to reach all of our nation’s school districts and provide funding for 3 out of 4 Title 1 schools.

We recruit individual donors to support education across the nation by adopting classrooms and schools. We reach out through traditional mail, email marketing, and social media.

We recruit teachers and schools to participate in our programs by distributing information to school districts, participating in national and regional education conferences, and volunteer outreach.

We also partner with corporations and foundations to fund classrooms and schools on a larger scale.

Our website: Teachers and schools can register on our free crowdfunding platform AdoptAClassroom.org. Donors may search and adopt teachers and schools directly on our website.

Our proprietary eCommerce marketplace: No cash changes hands in our system. Teachers and schools spend their funds on our private eCommerce marketplace consisting exclusively of educational products and office supply vendors. Teachers and schools can get what they need, when they need it. All spending in our marketplace is tracked for full transparency.

Our programs: Our Teacher Program, School Program, and Spotlight Funds serve accredited K-12 public, private, and charter schools and teachers. Spotlight Fund grants fund need based on subject area or Title I status.

Our staff: Our staff of 12 employees is organized into Marketing & Development, Finance & Administration, and Operations & Technology. We leverage technology to keep our team as small and efficient as possible.

Since 1998, we have raised $57 million, adopted 250,000 classrooms, and supported 5.8 million students.

By 2025, we want to reach all of our nation’s school districts and provide funding for 3 out of 4 Title 1 schools.

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 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 identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve

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

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

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

Liquidity in 2023 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

20.50

Average of 29.44 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2023 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

5.3

Average of 7.9 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2023 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

16%

Average of 15% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Adopt-A-Classroom Inc

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

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: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of Adopt-A-Classroom Inc’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 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation -$297,281 $313,924 $726,652 $453,335 $204,529
As % of expenses -7.0% 9.6% 16.6% 7.2% 2.9%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation -$520,090 $109,810 $516,941 $242,291 $132,894
As % of expenses -11.7% 3.2% 11.2% 3.7% 1.9%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $3,892,315 $4,634,968 $6,668,089 $7,937,853 $8,225,864
Total revenue, % change over prior year -3.0% 19.1% 43.9% 19.0% 3.6%
Program services revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.8% 1.0% 0.5% 0.4% 1.6%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 2.3% 0.0% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 99.2% 98.8% 97.2% 99.6% 98.4%
Other revenue 0.0% 0.1% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $4,238,728 $3,263,803 $4,389,117 $6,309,123 $7,083,826
Total expenses, % change over prior year 5.5% -23.0% 34.5% 43.7% 12.3%
Personnel 23.2% 28.4% 23.0% 18.7% 25.8%
Professional fees 1.0% 1.3% 2.3% 4.0% 1.9%
Occupancy 1.1% 1.6% 1.2% 0.8% 0.9%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 62.0% 52.5% 64.2% 70.2% 65.9%
All other expenses 12.7% 16.3% 9.4% 6.3% 5.6%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Total expenses (after depreciation) $4,461,537 $3,467,917 $4,598,828 $6,520,167 $7,155,461
One month of savings $353,227 $271,984 $365,760 $525,760 $590,319
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $4,814,764 $3,739,901 $4,964,588 $7,045,927 $7,745,780

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Months of cash 5.1 11.4 9.4 7.8 5.3
Months of cash and investments 5.1 11.4 9.4 7.8 12.7
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets -0.3 0.7 2.3 2.4 2.4
Balance sheet composition info 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Cash $1,809,378 $3,104,997 $3,440,937 $4,100,279 $3,117,492
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0 $4,365,215
Receivables $240,390 $370,618 $2,378,202 $3,125,739 $670,943
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $1,133,546 $1,154,593 $1,239,421 $1,273,485 $1,321,654
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 44.0% 60.8% 73.6% 88.2% 90.4%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 9.6% 9.3% 7.8% 4.8% 4.0%
Unrestricted net assets $533,515 $643,325 $1,160,266 $1,402,557 $1,535,451
Temporarily restricted net assets $1,867,441 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $530,895 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $2,398,336 $3,414,913 $5,085,264 $6,176,585 $7,119,026
Total net assets $2,931,851 $4,058,238 $6,245,530 $7,579,142 $8,654,477

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Material data errors No No No No No

Operations

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

Documents
Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Executive Director

Ms. Ann Ruhr Pifer

Ann joined AdoptAClassroom.org in September, 2013, as Chief Operating Officer, and was named Executive Director in January 2018. Ann’s prior work experience includes 15 years as a corporate banker in New York City and Minneapolis, managing relationships with large corporate clients including UPS, Home Depot, ADP, Lifetouch, Gillette, and Delta Airlines, among others. Ann received her BA in Economics with High Honors from Smith College, her MA in International Economics and Latin American Studies from John Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, and a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

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Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Board of directors
as of 01/17/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/4/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

Transgender Identity

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Contractors

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