Better Business Bureau Report for
Allendale Association Inc.

Better Business Bureau Report issued April 2015
Better Business Bureau Report expires April 2017

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: Allendale Association Inc.
Address: 600 West Grand Ave.
  Lake Villa, IL 60046
Phone: 847-356-2351
Web Address:
Also known as:Allendale Association
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1908, Illinois
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: Founded in 1897, The Allendale Association is a private, not-for-profit organization dedicated to excellence and innovation in the care, treatment, education and advocacy for children and youth with serious emotional, mental and behavioral challenges.

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Evaluation Conclusions


Allendale Association Inc. does not meet the following 4 Standards for Charity Accountability.

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.

Allendale Association Inc. does not meet this Standard because:

  • Average attendance at its board meetings in the past fiscal year was less than 50%.

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.

Allendale Association Inc. does not meet this Standard because:

  • It did not produce a written report outlining the results of its most recent effectiveness assessment.

Standard 9: Fund Raising Expense Ratio - Spending should be no more than 35% of related contributions on fund raising. Related contributions include donations, legacies, and other gifts received as a result of fund raising efforts.

Allendale Association Inc. does not meet this Standard because:

  • According to its audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2014, the organization's fund raising costs were 44% ($486,354) of related contributions, which totaled $1,098,603.

Standard 14: Budget - Have a board-approved annual budget for its current fiscal year, outlining projected expenses for major program activities, fund raising, and administration.

Allendale Association Inc. does not meet this Standard because, when the organization provided budget information, it indicated that the budget:

  • Did not identify total projected program service expenses.
  • Did not identify total projected administrative expenses.
  • Included total projected program service expenses, however, did not break these expenses down by major program category.
Allendale Association Inc. meets the remaining 16 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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Allendale’s residential, clinical, educational, vocational and recreational programs are provided within safe, aesthetically designed facilities. Allendale's main campus spans 120 acres off the banks of Cedar Lake in Lake Villa, Illinois and houses the Elizabeth Morse Special Education School, the Bradley Counseling Center and intensive Residential Treatment programs for youth 7 to 18 years of age. Additionally, Allendale has a residential treatment program in Benet Lake, Wisconsin and in North Chicago, Illinois, as well as group homes in Waukegan and Highland Park, Illinois, outpatient community based child/family counseling center in Gurnee, Illinois and an extended day treatment special education satellite programs for children and youth from surrounding communities in Woodstock, Illinois.

For the fiscal year ended June 30, 2014, Allendale Association Inc.'s program expenses were:

Residential Treatment 12,638,088
Special Education 9,627,808
Group Homes 2,762,066
North Chicago 2,109,791
Benet Lake, WI 2,081,058
Transitional Living 1,849,529
Foster Care 859,629
Outpatient Clinic 509,279
Youth Community Services 461,298
Independent Living 252,340
Total Program Expenses: $33,150,886
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Chief Executive : Mary Shahbazian, President & CEO

Chair of the Board: Robert E. Lee, III
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Retired; formerly an Executive with Associated Bank

Board Size: 26

Paid Staff Size: 500

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


Method(s) Used:

direct mail, invitations to fund raising events, print advertisements, grant proposals, internet, planned giving arrangements
Fund raising costs were 44% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $1,098,603, are donations received as a result of fund raising activities.)
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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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The following information is based on Allendale Association Inc.'s audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2014.

Source of Funds  
Service Fees and Grants 34,391,041
Contributions and Special Events 1,098,603
Net Realized and Unrealized Gains on Investments 678,046
Service Fees - Third Party 343,888
School Lunch Program 213,665
Investment and Dividend Income 191,106
Program Sales 32,960
Client and Family Fees 10,493
Miscellaneous 5,188
Change in Fair Value of Interest Rate Swap Agreements - Net of Periodic Settlement Payments -4,590
Total Income $36,960,400


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 92%  Fund Raising: 1%  Administrative: 7% 

Total income $36,960,400
Program expenses $33,150,886
Fund raising expenses 486,354
Administrative expenses 2,399,900
Total expenses $36,037,140
Income in Excess of Expenses 923,260
Beginning net assets 21,277,545
Other Changes in Net Assets 142,616
Ending net assets 22,343,421
Total liabilities 8,801,795
Total assets $31,145,216

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