Better Business Bureau Report for
Architreasures

Better Business Bureau Report issued June 2013
Better Business Bureau Report expires June 2015


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...


Find out more about this charity:

Back To Top

Charity Contact Information

Name: Architreasures
Address: 3339 W. Division Ave
  Chicago, IL 60651
Phone: 773-772-4416
Web Address: www.architreasures.org
Back To Top

Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1998, Illinois
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: archi-treasures is an arts-based community development organization reducing social isolation by creating grassroots partnerships to build public spaces, empowering individuals to shape their future and the future of their community.

Back To Top

Evaluation Conclusions

              

Architreasures does not meet the following 6 Standards for Charity Accountability.

Standard 1: Oversight of Operations and Staff - Organizations shall have a board of directors that provides adequate oversight of the charity's operations and its staff. Indication of adequate oversight includes, but is not limited to, regularly scheduled appraisals of the CEO's performance, evidence of disbursement controls such as board approval of the budget, fund raising practices, establishment of a conflict of interest policy, and establishment of accounting procedures sufficient to safeguard charity finances.

Architreasures does not meet this Standard because its board of directors does not:

  • Review the performance of the chief executive officer at least once every two years.

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.

Architreasures does not meet this Standard because:

  • The board of directors does not have a written policy stating that, at least every two years, an appraisal be done assessing the organization’s performance and effectiveness and determining future actions required to achieve its mission.

Standard 7: Board Approval of Written Report on Effectiveness - Submit to the organization's governing body, for its approval, a written report that outlines the results of the aforementioned performance and effectiveness assessment and recommendations for future actions.

Architreasures does not meet this Standard because:

  • The organization’s effectiveness assessment did not take place within the past two years. The last assessment was completed April 1, 2011.

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.

Architreasures does not meet this standard because the most recent annual report did not include:

  • The organization’s mission statement
  • Total income.
  • Total program expenses.
  • Total expenses for each program in the same categories that appear in the organization’s financial statements.
  • Total fund raising expenses.
  • Total administrative expenses.
  • Total end of year net assets.

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.

Architreasures does not meet this Standard because the organization's website, www.architreasures.org, does not include all of the recommended information for those charity websites that solicit for donations. Specifically, it does not include:

  • A summary of program service accomplishments.
  • Total income.
  • Total program expenses.
  • Total fund raising expenses.
  • Total administrative expenses.
  • End of year net assets.
  • Electronic access to the organization’s most recent IRS Form 990.

Standard 18: Privacy for Written Appeals & Internet Privacy - Address privacy concerns of donors by (a) providing in written appeals, at least annually, a means (e.g., such as a check off box) for both new and continuing donors to inform the charity if they do not want their name and address shared outside the organization, (b) providing a clear, prominent and easily accessible privacy policy on any of its websites that tells visitors (i) what information, if any, is being collected about them by the charity and how this information will be used, (ii) how to contact the charity to review personal information collected and request corrections, (iii) how to inform the charity (e.g., a check off box) that the visitor does not wish his/her personal information to be shared outside the organization, and (iv) what security measures the charity has in place to protect personal information.

Architreasures does not meet this Standard because:

Architreasures does not meet this Standard because the privacy policy on this website, www.architreasures.org does not indicate:

  • What personal information is being collected and how it will be used.
  • How to contact the charity to review personal information that is collected and request corrections.
  • How to inform the charity that the visitor does not want his/her information shared with others.
  • What security measures are in place to protect personal information that is collected.
In addition, the BBB of Chicago & Northern Illinois requested but did not receive complete information on the organization’s governance and oversight and is unable to verify the organization's compliance with the following Standard for Charity Accountability: 3.
Architreasures meets the remaining 13 Standards for Charity Accountability.
Back To Top

Programs

              

archi-treasures is a non-profit, arts-based community development organization that combats urban isolation by involving people in projects that transform public space and increase civic engagement.

For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2011, Architreasures's program expenses were:

  
Program Consultants 81,215
Salaries 54,984
Payroll Taxes 10,592
Occupancy 9,786
Office Supplies 6,696
Construction Supplies 5,912
Employee Benefits 5,823
Artwork Supplies 4,863
Professional Fees 3,956
Landscaping 3,921
Insurance 3,821
Program Expenses 3,463
Telephone 2,182
Small Tools 1,572
Equipment and Truck Costs 865
Newsletter and Marketing 595
Postage 568
Documentation 555
Total Program Expenses: $201,369
Back To Top

Governance

              

Chief Executive : Joyce Fernandes, Executive Director
Compensation*: 
$60,000

Chair of the Board: Julianne Scherer
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: architect

Board Size: 11

Paid Staff Size: 5

*Compensation includes annual salary and, if applicable, benefit plans, expense accounts, and other allowances.
Back To Top

Fund Raising

              

Method(s) Used:

direct mail, invitations to fund raising events, grant proposals, internet, cause-related marketing
Fund raising costs were 18% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $138,280, are donations received as a result of fund raising activities.)
Back To Top

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.
Back To Top

Financial

              

The following information is based on Architreasures's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2011.

Source of Funds  
Program Services 122,584
Direct Support 98,109
Fundraising 21,421
Government Grants 16,250
Donated Assets 2,500
Miscellaneous Income 49
Total Income $260,913


chart



Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 78%  Fund Raising: 9%  Administrative: 13% 

Total income $260,913
Program expenses $201,369
Fund raising expenses 24,613
Administrative expenses 34,954
Total expenses $260,936
Expenses in Excess of Income (23)
Beginning net assets (23,632)
Ending net assets (23,655)
Total liabilities 68,447
Total assets $44,792


Back To Top

An organization may change its practices at any time without notice. A copy of this report has been shared with the organization prior to publication. It is not intended to recommend or deprecate, and is furnished solely to assist you in exercising your own judgment. If the report is about a charity and states the charity meets or does not meet the BBB Standards for Charity Accountability, it reflects the results of an evaluation of information and materials provided voluntarily by the charity. The name Better Business Bureau is a registered service mark of the Council of Better Business Bureaus, Inc.

This report is not to be used for fund raising or promotional purposes.

Send to:



What is an Accredited Charity