Better Business Bureau Report for
Franciscan Works

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

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Charity Contact Information

Name: Franciscan Works
Address: P.O. Box 56007
  Chicago, IL 60656-0007
Phone: 773-809-4008
Web Address:
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Formerly known as:Mission Honduras
Mission Honduras International

Year, State Incorporated: 1970, Wisconsin
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: We are Franciscan Works & Liberia Mission Inc.! Franciscan Works is dedicated to breaking the cycle of poverty for the poorest of poor children in developing countries through education rooted in Gospel values in the spirit of St. Francis of Assisi. We develop the individual potential of children living in poverty so that they can live as God intended, making full use of their talents and abilities for the common benefit, in communion with God, nature and all humankind.

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Evaluation Conclusions


Franciscan Works meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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Franciscan Works currently supports Liberia Mission, Inc. Located in West Africa, Liberia Mission is a community of love, learning, work and prayer, providing education, life-skills, faith-formtion and opportunity to 400 children and youth. Creating peace takes time but can be measured. We have three primary measures for breaking the cycle of poverty. 1. The number of children that we provide care for. 2. The number of children that we support that graduate from high school and from college. 3. The number of people in the United States that we educate about how to help the poor around the world. Our 20 year goal is to help 1,000 kids become leaders of families and communities

For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2012, Franciscan WorksFranciscan Works 's program expenses were:

Charitable Grants 263,080
Devvelopment and Communication 22,684
Salaries- On Site Managers 18,240
Salaries-Office 16,780
Website 13,000
Staff Support 12,878
Travel 8,337
Professional Fees 4,161
Payroll Taxes 2,856
Office Expense 453
Employee Benefits 270
Postage 203
Total Program Expenses: $362,942
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Chief Executive : Todd Looby, Executive Director

Chair of the Board: Bob O'Dwyer
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Computer Network Engineer

Board Size: 6

Paid Staff Size: 5

*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, internet, membership
Fund raising costs were 11% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $372,355, 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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Source of Funds  
Contributions 372,355
Interest Income 348
Other Income 158
Total Income $372,861


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 81%  Fund Raising: 10%  Administrative: 9% 

Total income $372,861
Program expenses $362,942
Fund raising expenses 42,776
Administrative expenses 40,857
Total expenses $446,575
Expenses in Excess of Income (73,714)
Beginning net assets 165,088
Ending net assets 90,744
Total liabilities 285
Total assets $91,029

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