Beacon House (Washington, DC)


  • Name:Mr. Gerald Kittner
  • Title:Executive Director

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Beacon House
  • Address:601 Edgewood St., N.E.
    P.O. Box 29629
    Washington, DC 20017
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:202-529-0785
  • Main fax:202-832-9456

Organization Web

User Phone

  • Mobile phone:703-967-2735

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  • Mission:
  • Beacon House’s mission is to assist at-risk youth to identify and pursue educational objectives that will culminate in college or vocational training, and, more generally, to prepare them for productive involvement in their community and society.

  • Overview:
  • Beacon House is a tax-exempt, nonsectarian tutoring, mentoring, cultural and recreational center that serves at-risk children, ages 5-18, who reside in and around the Edgewood Terrace community in Ward 5 of Washington, D.C. Each day after school 120 low-income children come through our doors.

    Beacon House employs a “whole child,” or multi-faceted approach to nurturing our low-income children and youth, with all the program components contributing to their becoming capable adults. When children and youth walk through our doors, they are embraced into a safe, caring and positive environment. Given that outside our doors is a community where people struggle with drug and alcohol abuse, where there are periodic shootings, and where unemployed adults loiter on a daily basis, Beacon House is a safe haven where children and youth learn and grow.

    At the heart of our approach is a consistent, pervasive emphasis on the importance of doing well in school. Beacon House is committed to the principle that the most important and long lasting contribution we can make to our children and youth is to help them compete in school, get a good grade school education and continue their education beyond high school.

    Beacon House operates out of two 6,000 square foot centers that are in the middle of a large, subsidized apartment complex called Edgewood Terrace. One center is devoted to our elementary school students and the other to our middle and high school students. Afternoons are devoted to academic enrichment, including homework help. Evenings are devoted to math and reading tutoring, life skills mentoring, college readiness, reproductive health education and more. A very popular Science Club convenes on Saturday mornings.

    Concurrently, Beacon House operates an extensive athletic program that engages over 300 boys and girls in year-round team sports, including football, basketball, baseball and competitive cheerleading. We regard our athletic program as a mentoring program that builds self-esteem, self-discipline, resiliency, a sense of connectedness, and that teaches goal setting, delayed gratification, and healthy lifestyle habits.

    Until recently, boys dominated our athletic program. A few months ago a competitive cheerleading coach began working with us and that program has attracted over 80 of our girls. The program involves 3 rigorous practices a week, a 2 hour tumbling session on Saturdays, and periodic competitions. This program has already transformed many of our heretofore sedentary girls into proud athletes.

    We recently hired as our Education Director a former public school teacher and principal with over 20 years of experience. She has brought needed structure and discipline to the program. For example, we have traditionally operated as a drop-in center, leaving the decision whether to come to our afternoon Study Hall up to each individual child. While this is the most welcoming approach, and works for elementary school students, it has led to inconsistent attendance among certain middle and high school students. Our new Education Director has created an academic academy with expectations of daily participation, with buy-in from parents. Afternoon hours now have a healthy intensity of purpose with consistent attendance.

    Beacon House is a fiscally conservative organization. We undergo a rigorous audit by an independent accounting firm on an annual basis. Our Board of Directors is comprised of eleven persons, including a community resident, two members who have children or grandchildren in the program, as well as lawyers and financial professionals.

    Beacon House has an annual budget of roughly $970,000 which we meet through a combination of government and private grants, church and individual donations, program fees, investment income and special events. Our government grants include a federal grant under the 21st Century Community Learning Center program of the Department of Education. This is a highly competitive, multi-year grant program which Beacon House has been fortunate to receive for the past 8
    We also have been annual recipients of grants from the District's out-of-school time grant making organization.

    We operate with 8 full-time and 10 part-time staff persons, and enjoy the contributions of roughly 125 volunteers, who tutor, coach, chaperone and more.

  • History:
  • Beacon House was established in 1991 in response to the need for social service programs for youth in what was a drug and violence-plagued community. Beacon House began operating out of a donated basement apartment. With limited space and resources, Reverend Robinson, our founder, inspired dozens of volunteers, many from the suburbs, to support his efforts, both financially and by giving their time. Over the years, Beacon House has grown into a professionally-run organization with eight full-time and ten part-time staff who, in turn, manage dozens of volunteers, partnerships with complimentary not-for-profit programs, and an array of programs that nurture hundreds of children a year.

    Following his career as a civil servant with the DC government, Reverend Robinson became ordained as a Unitarian Universalist Minister. There are a dozen UU churches in and around the greater Washington metropolitan area, and Reverend Robinson visited each one inspiring members to help him realize his vision. Since Beacon House's inception and continuing today, these churches and their members have served as a great source of volunteer and individual donor support.

    Beacon House took a critical turn in the year 2000. Up until then, Beacon House had largely been a 'big hug" kind of place, offering a safe place for low-income children to come after school. Following a strategic planning process, the board of directors and management decided that Beacon House should become a rigorous academic program. Fortuitously, around the same time, the city established a quasi-governmental grant making organization to award grants to after school programs. The grants Beacon House began receiving from the DC Children and Youth Investment Trust Corp. were transformative in enabling the organization to hire the staff it needed to develop and implement rigorous academic enrichment programs.

    Largely because of these grants, Beacon House has been able to operate structured tutoring programs in math and reading for the past 14 years. These tutoring programs have helped hundreds of children who were operating below grade level to raise their math and reading skills back up to grade level and above.

    Success begat success and Beacon House has been on an upward trajectory for the past decade or so. Perhaps the best evidence of that trajectory has been the dramatic increase in the number of high school seniors who we have helped to graduate on time and go on to attend colleges and universities. Not all that long ago it was highly unusual for an Edgewood Terrace youth to go to college. These days, we are seeing 25 to 30 high school seniors graduate on time and gain admission into one or more colleges and universities.

    We remain committed to evolving and growing, and writing new chapters in our history. We are in the midst of a facilitated strategic planning process which is focused on creating alignment among management, staff and the Board on goals, strategies and objectives; Board development; fundraising strategies; and maximizing our resources.

    Beacon House will always remain a treasured community resource in the greater Edgewood community. The combination of having our own facilities, our physical presence within the apartment complex, the stability and dedication of our staff, and the hands-on, direct service aspect of our program all combine to give Beacon House its unique character as a warn, nurturing, highly effective social service organization.

  • Year established:1991
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:11
  • Advisory board size:0
  • Staff size:18


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:Operating
  • Tax ID:52-1773366

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IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:521773366
  • Sort (Secondary) Name:
  • Care Of Name:% DONALD E ROBINSON
  • Organization Address:601 EDGEWOOD ST NE STE 15
  • Organization City:WASHINGTON
  • Organization State:DC
  • Organization Zip:20017-3314
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):1
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Charitable Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:July, 1992
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:15
  • Foundation Code Desc.:Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public 170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
  • Activity Code(s):059
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):Other school related activities
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:December, 2016
  • Filing Requirement Category:01 (990 (all other) or 990EZ return)
  • Accounting Period:December
  • NTEE Code:P28Z
  • Asset Amount:$1,145,059
  • Asset Code:6 ($1,000,000 - $4,999,999)
  • Income Amount:$1,083,916
  • Income Code:6 ($1,000,000 - $4,999,999)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$1,079,605
  • Last Updated:3/17/2018 1:25:36 pm

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