Better Business Bureau Report for
Awareness k-9 Foundation, Inc.

Better Business Bureau Report issued October 2006
Better Business Bureau Report expires October 2008


Does not meet one or more standards
This charity does not meet one or more of the 20 standards for Charity Accountability. Find out more...


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Charity Contact Information

Name: Awareness k-9 Foundation, Inc.
Address: 11 Timothy Bourne Cartway
  East Falmouth, MA 02536
Phone: 508-292-7977
508-394-3858
Web Address:
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 2004, Massachusetts
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: OUR Mission: Is to provide a safer, more stable and rewarding life for those who suffer from Type One Brittle Diabetes and/or Epilepsy through the use of our highly trained Service Dogs.

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Evaluation Conclusions

              

Awareness k-9 Foundation, Inc. does not meet the following 6 Standards for Charity Accountability.

Standard 2: Number of Board Members - Soliciting organizations shall have a board of directors with a minimum of five voting members.

  • The organization has FOUR (4) voting members of the board.

Standard 3: Frequency and Attendance of Board Meetings - An organization shall have a minimum of three evenly spaced meetings per year of the full governing body with a majority in attendance, with face-to-face participation. A conference call of the full board can substitute for one of the three meetings of the governing body. For all meetings, alternative modes of participation are acceptable for those with physical disabilities.

  • The organization does not meet the meeting frequency provision of this standard for meetings held in the past fiscal year.

Standard 4: Compensated Board Members - Not more than one or 10% (whichever is greater) directly or indirectly compensated person(s) serving as voting member(s) of the board. Compensated members shall not serve as the board's chair or treasurer.

  • The organization does not meet this standard since the paid chief executive officer also serves as the chair of the board.

Standard 6: Board Policy on Effectiveness - Have a board policy of assessing, no less than every two years, the organization's performance and effectiveness and of determining future actions required to achieve its mission.

  • The organization's board of directors does not have an official policy that the organization's performance and effectiveness will be assessed at least once every two years.

Standard 16: Annual Report - Have an annual report available to all, on request, that includes: (a) the organization's mission statement, (b) a summary of the past year's program service accomplishments, (c) a roster of the officers and members of the board of directors, (d) financial information that includes (i) total income in the past fiscal year, (ii) expenses in the same program, fund raising and administrative categories as in the financial statements, and (iii) ending net assets.

  • The organization states it does not have an annual report covering activities conducted in the past year.

Standard 17: Web Site Disclosures - Include on any charity websites that solicit contributions, the same information that is recommended for annual reports, as well as the mailing address of the charity and electronic access to its most recent IRS Form 990.

  • This organization does not meet this Standard because its website, www.abc.org, does not include all of the recommended information for those charity websites that solicit for donations. Specifically, it does not include a board roster or financial information. The website also does not provide electronic access to the organization’s most recent IRS Form 990.
  • This organization does not meet this Standard because its website, www.abc.org, does not include all of the recommended information for those charity websites that solicit for donations. Specifically, it does not include a board roster or financial information. The website also does not provide electronic access to the organization’s most recent IRS Form 990.
  • This organization does not meet this Standard because its website, www.abc.org, does not include all of the recommended information for those charity websites that solicit for donations. Specifically, it does not include a board roster or financial information. The website also does not provide electronic access to the organization’s most recent IRS Form 990.
  • This organization does not meet this Standard because its website, www.abc.org, does not include all of the recommended information for those charity websites that solicit for donations. Specifically, it does not include a board roster or financial information. The website also does not provide electronic access to the organization’s most recent IRS Form 990.
  • This organization does not meet this Standard because its website, www.abc.org, does not include all of the recommended information for those charity websites that solicit for donations. Specifically, it does not include a board roster or financial information. The website also does not provide electronic access to the organization’s most recent IRS Form 990.
  • This organization does not meet this Standard because its website, www.abc.org, does not include all of the recommended information for those charity websites that solicit for donations. Specifically, it does not include a board roster or financial information. The website also does not provide electronic access to the organization’s most recent IRS Form 990.
  • This organization does not meet this Standard because its website, www.abc.org, does not include all of the recommended information for those charity websites that solicit for donations. Specifically, it does not include a board roster or financial information. The website also does not provide electronic access to the organization’s most recent IRS Form 990.
  • This organization does not meet this Standard because its website, www.abc.org, does not include all of the recommended information for those charity websites that solicit for donations. Specifically, it does not include a board roster or financial information. The website also does not provide electronic access to the organization’s most recent IRS Form 990.
In addition, the Boston BBB requested but did not receive complete information on the organization’s governance and oversight, finances, solicitation materials, and donor privacy and is unable to verify the organization's compliance with the following 10 Standards for Charity Accountability: 1, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, and 18.
Awareness k-9 Foundation, Inc. meets the remaining 4 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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Programs

              

Our ograniztion prgram is to provide Service Dogs to people with Type One Brittle Diabetes and/or Epilepsy. We understand that not all dogs are up to this type of task, becasue they have to smell the chemical imbalance in one of these people, or if the person has both of these illnesses. Some of these Service Dogs work 24/7 days a week, we have one now that goes to the trainer once a week, but the training never stops. We have learned just like the dogs we train that people do not realize that there are Service Dog out there for these Illnesses, and even though our Service Dogs have a harrness on with some people they do not think. So please if you see a harrness on a dog think first, and always ask first if you can say hi to an dog first.

For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2005, Awareness k-9 Foundation, Inc.'s program expenses were:

  
Total Program Expenses: $
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Governance

              

Chief Executive : n/a, n/a
Compensation*: 
$

Highest Paid Executive: n/a,n/a
Compensation*: $

Chair of the Board: Marie J Cotellessa
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Founder/CEO

Board Size: 4

Paid Staff Size:

*Compensation includes annual salary and, if applicable, benefit plans, expense accounts, and other allowances.
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Fund Raising

              

Method(s) Used:

invitations to fund raising events, grant proposals, planned giving arrangements
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Tax Status

              

This organization is tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. It is eligible to receive contributions deductible as charitable donations for federal income tax purposes.
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Financial

              

The following information is based on Awareness k-9 Foundation, Inc.'s IRS Form 990-EZ for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2005.

Source of Funds  
Total Income $0


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Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

     

Total income $0
Program expenses $0
Fund raising expenses 0
Administrative expenses 0
Total expenses $0
0
Beginning net assets 0
Ending net assets 0
Total liabilities 0
Total assets $0


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