Better Business Bureau Report for
Dixon Main Street

Better Business Bureau Report issued May 2012
Better Business Bureau Report expires May 2014

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: Dixon Main Street
Address: 115 South Hennepin Avenue
  Dixon, IL 61021
Phone: 815-288-2308
Web Address:
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1996, Illinois
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: Dixon Main Street works to foster a spirit of community teamwork and to strengthen the economic base of the community, while improving the appearance of the downtown area, and promoting and marketing Dixon as a vibrant place to visit, work, shop, play and live.

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Evaluation Conclusions


Dixon Main Street does not meet the following 3 Standards for Charity Accountability.

Standard 8: Program Service Expense Ratio - Spend at least 65% of its total expenses on program activities.

Dixon Main Street does not meet this Standard because:

  • According to the its IRS Form 990-EZ for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2011, the organization spent $16,328 or 26% of its total expenses ($62,030) on program service activities.

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.

Dixon Main Street does not meet this standard because the most recent annual report did not include:

  • 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 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.

In addition, the BBB of Chicago & Northern Illinois requested but did not receive complete information on the organization’s governance and oversight and finances and is unable to verify the organization's compliance with the following 3Standards for Charity Accountability: 1, 10, and 12.
Dixon Main Street meets the remaining 14 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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The principal activities for Dixon Main Street are focused on historic preservation, revitalization, community promotions and business relations.

For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2011, Dixon Main Street's program expenses were:

Other expenses 11,674
Occupancy, rent, utilities, and maintenance 3,754
Professional Fees 900
Total Program Expenses: $16,328
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Chief Executive : Joshua Albrecht, Executive Director

Chair of the Board: Kevin Marx
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Vice President, KSB Hospital

Board Size: 9

Paid Staff Size: 1

*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, grant proposals, cause-related marketing, Sponsorship Campaign
Fund raising costs were % of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $59,932, 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 Dixon Main Street's IRS Form 990-EZ for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2011.

Source of Funds  
Contributions, Gifts, Grants and similar amounts received 50,442
Fundraising Events 9,490
Other Income 2,979
Total Income $62,911


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 26%  Fund Raising: Less than 1%  Administrative: 74% 

Total income $62,911
Program expenses $16,328
Fund raising expenses 18
Administrative expenses 45,684
Total expenses $62,030
Income in Excess of Expenses 881
Beginning net assets (4,445)
Ending net assets (3,564)
Total liabilities 11,970
Total assets $8,406

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