Better Business Bureau Report for
Palos 118 Educational Foundation

Better Business Bureau Report issued November 2013
Better Business Bureau Report expires November 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: Palos 118 Educational Foundation
Address: 8800 W. 119th Street
  Palos Park, IL 60464-1004
Phone: 708-448-4800
Web Address:
Also known as:none
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Formerly known as:none

Year, State Incorporated: 1999, Illinois
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: The Palos 118 Educational Foundation is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the support and enhancement of superior educational opportunities for the students for Palos Community School District 118. Beliefs The foundation is an advocate of excellence in public education through long-term community partnerships and resources. Goals The foundation strives to expand the educational missions of the district by providing financing beyond the means of conventional public funding and by fostering long-term community partnerships.

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Evaluation Conclusions


Palos 118 Educational Foundation does not meet the following 7 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.

Palos 118 Educational Foundation 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.
  • Have an approved conflict of interest policy.

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.

Palos 118 Educational Foundation 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.

Palos 118 Educational Foundation does not meet this Standard because:

  • It has never completed an effectiveness assessment.

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

Palos 118 Educational Foundation does not meet this Standard because:

  • According to the its unaudited financial statements for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2012, the organization spent $6,512 or 28% of its total expenses ($23,360) on program service activities.

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.

Palos 118 Educational Foundation does not meet this Standard because:

  • According to its unaudited financial statements for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2012, the organization's fund raising costs were 77% ($15,159) of related contributions, which totaled $19,632.

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.

Palos 118 Educational Foundation does not meet this standard because:

  • The organization states it does not have an annual report covering activities conducted in the past year.

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 2Standards for Charity Accountability: 3 and 14.
Palos 118 Educational Foundation meets the remaining 11 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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The Palos 118 Educational Foundation was incorporated for the sole purpose of raising funds for the exclusive, specific, and explicit benefit of the students of Palos East, Palos West, and Palos South schools. With the help of the school district, the foundation selects unfunded school projects. The foundation works through fundraisers, corporate and private contributions, and state and local government support.

For the fiscal year ended September 30, 2012, Palos 118 Educational Foundation's program expenses were:

Media center supplies 6,512
Total Program Expenses: $6,512
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Chief Executive : n/a, n/a

Chair of the Board: Susan Manglano
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Volunteer

Board Size: 13

Paid Staff Size: 0

*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
Fund raising costs were 77% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $19,632, 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 Palos 118 Educational Foundation's unaudited financial statements for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2012.

Source of Funds  
Fundraising and special events 11,549
Contributions 8,083
Total Income $19,632


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 28%  Fund Raising: 65%  Administrative: 7% 

Total income $19,632
Program expenses $6,512
Fund raising expenses 15,159
Administrative expenses 1,689
Total expenses $23,360
Expenses in Excess of Income (3,728)
Beginning net assets 50,427
Ending net assets 53,627
Total liabilities
Total assets $53,627

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