Better Business Bureau Report for
Allendale Association Inc.

Better Business Bureau Report issued September 2013
Better Business Bureau Report expires September 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...

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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: The Allendale Association is a private, not-for-profit organization dedicated to excellence and innovation in the care, education, treatment and advocacy for troubled children, youth and their families.

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Evaluation Conclusions


Allendale Association Inc. does not meet the following 3 Standards for Charity Accountability.

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.

Allendale Association Inc. 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.

Allendale Association Inc. does not meet this Standard because:

  • Although it produced a written effectiveness assessment report, it was not submitted for approval to the board of directors.

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 fund raising expenses.
  • Did not identify total projected administrative expenses.
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: 1.
Allendale Association Inc. meets the remaining 16 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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Program Highlights include: Serving over 1200 children, adolescents and families annually Winner of the 2011 Council on Accreditation's Innovative Practices Award Residential Care Day Treatment Specialized Education Counselling Services Out-patient Clinic Foster Care Independent Living Skills

For the fiscal year ended June 30, 2012, Allendale Association Inc.'s program expenses were:

Residential Treatment 11,782,101
Special Education 9,476,620
Group Homes 2,674,583
Benet Lake, WI 2,146,593
Transitional Living 2,076,072
Daisy 1,808,486
Foster Care 590,144
Outpatient Clinic 447,313
Independent Living 317,503
Youth Community Services 262,793
Total Program Expenses: $31,582,208
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Chief Executive : Mary Shahbazian, President

Chair of the Board: Robert E. Lee
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Former Banker

Board Size: 27

Paid Staff Size: 430

*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
Fund raising costs were 2% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $34,667,973, 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, 2012.

Source of Funds  
Government Support 33,847,397
Contributions and special events 820,576
Service fees- third party 303,539
investment and dividend income 161,430
program sales 27,847
miscellaneous 10,163
client and family fees 8,341
change in fair value of interest rate swap agreements, net of periodic settlement payments -104,231
net realized and change in unrealized (losses) gains on investments -113,289
Total Income $34,961,773


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 92%  Fund Raising: 2%  Administrative: 6% 

Total income $34,961,773
Program expenses $31,582,208
Fund raising expenses 585,575
Administrative expenses 2,031,631
Total expenses $34,199,414
Income in Excess of Expenses 762,359
Beginning net assets 20,573,875
Ending net assets 20,269,261
Total liabilities 7,327,354
Total assets $27,596,615

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