Sweetser in Saco, Maine (ME)

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Employer Identification Number (EIN)010211807
Name of OrganizationSweetser
Address50 Moody St, Saco, ME 04072-1536
ActivitiesOther school related activities, Other housing activities
SubsectionCharitable Organization
Ruling Date08/1969
DeductibilityContributions are deductible
FoundationOrganization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public
Exempt Organization StatusUnconditional Exemption
Tax Period06/2012
Assets$50,000,000 to greater
Income$50,000,000 to greater
Filing Requirement990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Asset Amount$50,889,081
Amount of Income$63,334,255
Form 990 Revenue Amount$51,235,261
National Taxonomy of Exempt Entities (NTEE)Human Services - Multipurpose and Other: Children's, Youth Services

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Amount of income in 2012: $63,334,255
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Assets in 2012: $50,889,081

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Expenses in 2007: $51,968,436
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Income to expenses ratio in 2007: 0.9
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Expenses allocated to program services in 2007: 83.8%

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Number of employees in 2007: 798

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Employees paid over $50,000 in 2007: 9.3%
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Grants share in income in 2007: 4.7%

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Financial snapshot ($)

Revenue for 2007

Assets at end of 2007

Expenses for 2007

Functional Expenses for 2007 ($)

Income-Producing Activities for 2007

Revenue, Expenses, and Changes in Net Assets or Fund Balances
Total revenue$37,159,446$47,109,111$53,055,717$58,098,150$56,465,695$53,873,553$57,421,205$48,558,891
Contributions, gifts, grants, and similar amounts received$723,151$3,335,639$2,780,943$2,842,807$2,747,653$2,001,616$2,202,928$2,301,231
Contributions to donor advised funds$0$0
Direct public support$663,864$881,474$635,685$690,344$1,051,005$1,175,424$947,778$837,055
Indirect public support$59,287$0$0$0$0$0$0$0
Government contributions (grants)$0$2,454,165$2,145,258$2,152,463$1,696,648$826,192$1,255,150$1,464,176
Program service revenue including government fees and contracts$36,051,581$40,034,253$45,775,545$50,596,069$49,449,567$49,532,371$51,277,317$45,647,588
Membership dues and assessments$0$0$0$0$0$0$0$0
Interest on savings and temporary cash investments$0$0$0$0$0$0$0$0
Dividends and interest from securities$915,532$866,700$893,781$1,106,324$1,155,070$1,169,452$1,261,391$1,034,299
Net rental income or (loss)$0$0$0$171,286$-238,700$-125,045$-217,410$-1,095,748
Gross rents$0$0$0$405,286$11,300$14,955$33,879$77,221
Less: rental expenses$0$0$0$234,000$250,000$140,000$251,289$1,172,969
Other investment income$0$0$0$0$0$0$0$0
Gain or (loss) from sales of assets other than inventory$-590,350$2,489,661$3,191,873$3,110,986$2,890,076$885,237$1,908,144$22,001
Gross amount from sales of assets other than inventory$2,820,830$5,006,070$8,912,237$10,413,162$9,139,262$7,396,492$11,643,468$14,414,699
Less: cost or other basis and sales expenses$3,411,180$2,516,409$5,720,364$7,302,176$6,249,186$6,511,255$9,735,324$14,392,698
Net income or (loss) from special events and activities$0$26,666$21,574$47,126$42,409$40,571$109,357$109,127
Gross revenue$0$56,874$47,882$80,685$86,983$89,261$151,568$146,037
Less: direct expenses other than fundraising expenses$0$30,208$26,308$33,559$44,574$48,690$42,211$36,910
Gross profit or (loss) from sales of inventory$0$0$0$0$0$0$0$0
Gross sales of inventory, less returns and allowances$0$0$0$0$0$0$0$0
Less: cost of goods sold$0$0$0$0$0$0$0$0
Other revenue$59,532$356,192$392,001$223,552$419,620$369,351$879,478$540,393
Total expenses$38,391,054$44,289,736$50,194,266$54,542,586$53,159,385$53,069,257$58,231,530$51,968,436
Program services$31,038,901$34,045,413$40,321,301$44,196,538$43,537,452$43,737,919$49,567,731$43,564,699
Management and general$7,062,603$9,769,565$9,336,246$9,967,958$9,229,782$8,892,377$8,177,937$8,069,210
Payments to affiliates$0$0$0$0$0$0$0$0
Net assets or fund balances at end of year$36,924,328$35,907,435$34,027,464$40,696,810$43,077,180$43,645,425$44,131,572$34,027,514
Excess or (deficit) for the year$-1,231,608$2,819,375$2,861,451$3,555,564$3,306,310$804,296$-810,325$-3,409,545
Net assets or fund balances at beginning of year$34,963,478$36,924,328$35,907,435$34,027,464$40,696,810$43,077,180$43,645,425$44,131,572
Other changes in net assets or fund balances$3,192,458$-3,836,268$-4,741,422$3,113,782$-925,940$-236,051$1,296,472$-6,694,513
Statement of Functional Expenses (for 2007)
TotalProgram servicesManagement and generalFundraising
Total functional expenses$51,968,436$43,564,699$8,069,210$334,527
Grants paid from donor advised funds$0
Other grants and allocations$0
Specific assistance to individuals$0
Benefits paid to or for members$0
Compensation of current officers, directors, key employees, etc.$345,400$0$345,400$0
Compensation of former officers, directors, key employees, etc.$0$0$0$0
Compensation and other distributions, not included above, to disqualified persons (as defined under section 4958(f)(1)) and persons described in section 4958(c)(3)(B)$0$0$0$0
Salaries and wages of employees not included above$27,727,502$23,973,976$3,562,183$191,343
Pension plan contributions not included above$478,512$405,506$69,982$3,024
Employee benefits not included above$3,932,384$3,332,422$575,108$24,854
Payroll taxes$2,315,394$1,976,874$321,210$17,310
Professional fundraising fees$0$0$0$0
Accounting fees$120,440$0$120,440$0
Legal fees$218,308$0$218,308$0
Postage and shipping$97,312$47,146$45,021$5,145
Equipment rental and maintenance$0$0$0$0
Printing and publications$146,595$78,245$51,562$16,788
Conferences, conventions, and meetings$0$0$0$0
Depreciation, depletion, etc.$1,714,554$919,280$783,042$12,232
Other expenses not covered above$9,083,778$8,343,257$728,842$11,679
Balance Sheets
Total assets$46,886,960$51,229,169$50,943,880$60,382,539$64,285,386$66,415,916$71,621,855$59,720,277
Cash - non-interest-bearing$241,716$16,465$17,246$1,301,560$14,039$10,892$7,954$2,100
Savings and temporary cash investments$0$0$0$0$0$0$0$0
Accounts receivable less allowance for doubtful accounts$5,365,968$5,919,498$7,224,711$5,563,557$6,475,567$7,862,365$9,230,064$9,172,984
Pledges receivable less allowance for doubtful accounts$20,895$62,358$60,041$814,356$421,421$205,105$206,648$330,800
Grants receivable$58,028$200,889$81,767$46,067$79,067$138,286$168,424$51,700
Receivables from current and former officers, directors, trustees, and key employees$0$0$0$0$0$0$0$0
Receivables from other disqualified persons (as defined under section 4958(f)(1)) and persons described in section 4958(c)(3)(B)$0$0
Other notes and loans receivable less allowance for doubtful accounts$0$0$0$0$0$0$0$0
Inventories for sale or use$0$0$0$0$0$0$58,142$51,447
Prepaid expenses and deferred charges$568,546$649,054$930,067$809,197$621,166$609,112$782,398$967,240
Investments - publicly-traded securities$31,763,590$23,947,753
Investments - other securities$29,561,905$27,984,950$24,891,650$30,680,730$33,566,426$32,441,276$683,159$385,798
Investments - land, buildings, and equipment less accumulated depreciation$0$0$0$0$0$0$0$0
Investments - other$197,757$2,830,904$381,012$653,652$708,996$756,414$770,393$771,537
Land, buildings, and equipment less accumulated depreciation$10,810,244$12,723,683$15,832,022$18,892,544$20,751,077$21,737,933$21,969,809$18,910,070
Other assets, including program-related investments$61,901$841,368$1,525,364$1,620,876$1,647,627$2,654,533$5,981,274$5,128,848
Total liabilities$9,962,632$15,321,734$16,916,416$19,685,729$21,208,206$22,770,491$27,490,283$25,692,763
Accounts payable and accrued expenses$4,611,041$3,208,346$4,194,977$5,294,078$5,125,113$4,347,138$4,873,042$4,711,348
Grants payable$0$219,188$540,641$484,425$396,523$389,522$56,718$147,918
Deferred revenue$0$0$0$0$0$0$0$0
Loans from officers, directors, trustees, and key employees$0$0$0$0$0$0$0$0
Tax-exempt bond liabilities$4,032,841$8,177,834$7,976,273$7,728,668$12,246,669$11,977,401$11,595,647$10,824,940
Mortgages and other notes payable$1,318,750$3,660,115$3,090,010$4,999,965$1,075,730$2,523,458$6,165,675$7,375,890
Other liabilities$0$56,251$1,114,515$1,178,593$2,364,171$3,532,972$4,799,201$2,632,667
Total liabilities and net assets/fund balances$46,886,960$51,229,169$50,943,880$60,382,539$64,285,386$66,415,916$71,621,855$59,720,277
Total net assets or fund balances$36,924,328$35,907,435$34,027,464$40,696,810$43,077,180$43,645,425$44,131,572$34,027,514
Reconciliation of Revenue per Audited Financial Statements With Revenue per Return
Total revenue$37,159,446$47,109,111$53,055,717$58,098,150$56,465,695$53,873,553$57,421,205$48,558,891
Total revenue, gains, and other support per audited financial statements$40,010,397$43,182,271$46,319,020$58,874,539$55,301,087$54,441,311$59,011,177$41,680,820
Other expenses$3,003,062$-3,733,120$-5,945,829$894,790$-879,382$567,758$1,589,972$73,745
Net unrealized gains on investments$3,003,062$-3,836,268$-5,981,337$861,231$-923,956$0$1,125,827$0
Donated services and use of facilities$0$72,940$9,200$0$0$0$0$0
Recoveries of prior year grants$0$0$0$0$0$0$0$0
Other revenue$152,111$193,720$790,868$118,401$285,226$0$0$6,951,816
Investment expenses$152,111$193,720$0$0$185,345$0$0$0
Reconciliation of Expenses per Audited Financial Statements With Expenses per Return
Total expenses$38,391,054$44,289,736$50,194,266$54,542,586$53,159,385$53,069,257$58,231,530$51,968,436
Total expenses and losses per audited financial statements$38,238,943$44,199,164$49,647,839$54,343,594$52,920,717$53,873,066$58,525,030$51,784,878
Other revenue$0$103,148$35,508$33,559$44,574$803,809$293,500$36,910
Donated services and use of facilities$0$72,940$9,200$0$0$0$0$0
Prior year adjustments$0$0$0$0$0$0$0$0
Other expenses$152,111$193,720$581,935$232,551$283,242$0$0$220,468
Investment expenses$152,111$193,720$0$0$185,345$0$0$0
Current Officers, Directors, Trustees, and Key Employees
Average hours per week devoted to positionCompensationContributions to employee benefit plans & deferred compensation plansExpense account and other allowances
Total number of officers, directors, and trustees permitted to vote on organization business at board meetings26
Are any officers, directors, trustees, or key employees listed in Form 990, Part V-A, or highest compensated employees listed in Schedule A, Part I, or highest compensated professional and other independent contractors listed in Schedule A, Part II-A or II-B, related to each other through family or business relationships?No
Do any officers, directors, trustees, or key employees listed in Form 990, Part V-A, or highest compensated employees listed in Schedule A, Part I, or highest compensated professional and other independent contractors listed in Schedule A, Part II-A or II-B, receive compensation from any other organizations, whether tax exempt or taxable, that are related to the organization?No
Does the organization have a written conflict of interest policy?Yes
Other Information
Did the organization have unrelated business gross income of $1,000 or more during the year covered by this return, and has it filed a tax return on Form 990-T for this year?No
Was there a liquidation, dissolution, termination, or substantial contraction during the year?No
Is the organization related (other than by association with a statewide or nationwide organization) through common membership, governing bodies, trustees, officers, etc., to any other exempt or nonexempt organization?Yes
Direct and indirect political expenditures$0
Did the organization file Form 1120-POL for this year?No
Were substantially all dues nondeductible by members?
Did the organization make only in-house lobbying expenditures of $2,000 or less?
Dues, assessments, and similar amounts from members$0
Section 162(e) lobbying and political expenditures$0
Aggregate nondeductible amount of section 6033(e)(1)(A) dues notices$0
Taxable amount of lobbying and political expenditures$0
Does the organization elect to pay the section 6033(e) tax on the amount above?
If section 6033(e)(1)(A) dues notices were sent, does the organization agree to add the amount above to its reasonable estimate of dues allocable to nondeductible lobbying and political expenditures for the following tax year?
Initiation fees and capital contributions$0
Gross receipts for public use of club facilities$0
At any time during the year, did the organization, directly or indirectly, own a controlled entity within the meaning of section 512(b)(13)?No
Amount of tax imposed on the organization during the year under: section 4911$0
Amount of tax imposed on the organization during the year under: section 4912$0
Amount of tax imposed on the organization during the year under: section 4955$0
Did the organization engage in any section 4958 excess benefit transaction during the year or did it become aware of an excess benefit transaction from a prior year?No
Amount of tax imposed on the organization managers or disqualified persons during the year under sections 4912, 4955, and 4958$0
Amount of tax above, reimbursed by the organization$0
At any time during the tax year, was the organization a party to a prohibited tax shelter transaction?No
Did the organization acquire a direct or indirect interest in any applicable insurance contract?No
Did the supporting organization, or a fund maintained by a sponsoring organization, have excess business holdings at any time during the year?No
Number of employees employed in the pay period that includes March 12, 2006798
Analysis of Income-Producing Activities (for 2007)
Unrelated business incomeExcluded by section 512, 513, or 514Related or exempt function income
Business codeAmountExclusion codeAmount
Program service revenue
Program service revenue 1000000$000$0$2,225,752
Program service revenue 2000000$000$0$949,633
Program service revenue 3000000$000$0$0
Program service revenue 4000000$000$0$0
Program service revenue 5000000$000$0$0
Medicare/Medicaid payments000000$000$0$33,642,581
Fees and contracts from government agencies000000$000$0$8,829,622
Membership dues and assessments000000$000$0$0
Interest on savings and temporary cash investments000000$000$0$0
Dividends and interest from securities000000$0Dividends, interest, payments with respect to securities loans, annuities, income from notional principal contracts, loan commitment fees, and other substantially similar income from ordinary and routine investments excluded by section 512(b)(1)$1,034,299$0
Net rental income or (loss) from real estate
debt-financed property000000$000$0$0
not debt-financed property000000$0Real property rental income that does not depend on the income or profits derived by the person leasing the property and is excluded by section 512(b)(3)$-1,095,748$0
Net rental income or (loss) from personal property000000$000$0$0
Other investment income000000$000$0$0
Gain or (loss) from sales of assets other than inventory000000$0Gain (or loss, to the extent allowed) from the sale of investments and other non-inventory property and from certain property acquired from financial institutions that are in conservatorship or receivership (sections 512(b)(5) and 512(b)(16)(A))$22,001$0
Net income or (loss) from special events000000$0Income from an activity that is not regularly carried on (section 512(a)(1))$109,127$0
Gross profit or (loss) from sales of inventory000000$000$0$0
Other revenue000000$000$0$540,393
Information Regarding Taxable Subsidiaries and Disregarded Entities (for 2007)
EIN of corporation, partnership, or disregarded entityPercentage of ownership interestTotal incomeEnd-of-year assets
Compensation of the Five Highest Paid Employees Other Than Officers, Directors, and Trustees (for 2007)
CompensationContributions to employee benefit plans & deferred compensationExpense account and other allowances
Total number of other employees paid over $50,00067
Statements About Activities (for 2007)
Expenses paid or incurred in connection with the lobbying activities$152,513
Did the organization receive or hold an easement for conservation purposes, including easements to preserve open space, the environment, historic land areas or historic structures?No
Did the organization provide credit counseling, debt management, credit repair, or debt negotiation services?No
Did the organization maintain any donor advised funds?No
Did the organization make any taxable distributions under section 4966?No
Did the organization make a distribution to a donor, donor advisor, or related person?No
Enter the total number of donor advised funds owned at the end of the tax year$0
Enter the aggregate value of assets held in all donor advised funds owned at the end of the tax year$0
Enter the total number of separate funds or accounts owned at the end of the tax year (excluding donor advised funds included above) where donors have the right to provide advice on the distribution or investment of amounts in such funds or accounts$0
Enter the aggregate value of assets held in all funds or accounts included above at the end of the tax year$0
Reason for Non-Private Foundation Status
The organization is not a private foundation because it isSchool
Support Schedule
Gifts, grants, and contributions received$0$0$0$0$0$0$0$0
Membership fees received$0$0$0$0$0$0$0$0
Gross receipts from admissions, merchandise sold or services performed, or furnishing of facilities in any activity that is related to the organization's charitable, etc., purpose$0$0$0$0$0$0$0$0
Gross income from interest, dividends, amounts received from payments on securities loans (section 512(a)(5)), rents, royalties, and unrelated business taxable income (less section 511 taxes) from businesses acquired by the organization after June 30, 1975$0$0$0$0$0$0$0$0
Net income from unrelated business activities not included above$0$0$0$0$0$0$0$0
Tax revenues levied for the organization's benefit and either paid to it or expended on its behalf$0$0$0$0$0$0$0$0
The value of services or facilities furnished to the organization by a governmental unit without charge. Do not include the value of services or facilities generally furnished to the public without charge$0$0$0$0$0$0$0$0
Other income$0$0$0$0$0$0$0$0
Lobbying Expenditures by Electing Public Charities (for 2007)
Total exempt purpose expenditures$51,968,436
Total lobbying expenditures$152,513
Total lobbying expenditures to influence public opinion (grassroots lobbying)$0
Total lobbying expenditures to influence a legislative body (direct lobbying)$152,513
Other exempt purpose expenditures$51,815,923
Lobbying nontaxable amount$1,000,000
Grassroots nontaxable amount$250,000
Statements Regarding Other IRS Filings and Tax Compliance (for 2012)
Did the organization have unrelated business gross income of $1,000 or more during the year?No
Initiation fees and capital contributions$0
Gross receipts for public use of club facilities $0
Gross income from members or shareholders$0
Gross income from other sources$0
Statement of Revenue (for 2012)
Total revenue$51,235,261
Contributions, Gifts, Grants and Other Similar Amounts$3,274,857
Program Service Revenue$46,517,727
Other Revenue
Investment income (including dividends, interest, and other similar amounts)$606,057
Income from investment of tax-exempt bond proceeds$0
Net rental loss$-582,068
Gross rents (Real / Personal)$203,434 / $0
Less: rental expenses (Real / Personal)$785,502 / $0
Rental income or (loss) (Real / Personal)$-582,068 / $0
Net gain from sales of assets other than inventory$1,329,081
Gross amount from sales of assets other than inventory (Securities / Other)$12,529,126 / $74,915
Less: cost or other basis and sales expenses (Securities / Other)$11,187,328 / $87,632
Gain or (loss) (Securities / Other)$1,341,798 / $-12,717
Net income from fundraising events$89,607
Gross income from fundraising events$128,139
Less: direct expenses$38,532
Net income from gaming activities$0
Net income from sales of inventory$0
Miscellaneous Revenue$0
Statement of Functional Expenses (for 2012)
Total functional expenses$50,574,493
Compensation of current officers, directors, trustees, and key employees$439,514
Other salaries and wages$23,618,931
Payroll taxes$1,922,869
Professional fundraising services$0
Balance Sheet (for 2012)
Total assets$50,889,081
Total liabilities$19,086,748
Tax-exempt bond liabilities$9,307,203
Secured mortgages and notes payable to unrelated third parties$0
Unsecured notes and loans payable to unrelated third parties$4,665,087
Total net assets or fund balances$31,802,333
Retained earnings, endowment, accumulated income, or other funds$0
Reason for Public Charity Status (for 2012)
The organization is not a private foundation because it is:A school described in section 170(b)(1)(A)(ii)
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