Better Business Bureau Report for
Snow City Arts Foundation

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

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Charity Contact Information

Name: Snow City Arts Foundation
Address: 1653 W. Congress Pkwy. #599J
  Chicago, IL 60612
Phone: 312-942-6991
Web Address:
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1998, Illinois
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: Snow City Arts educates and inspires children in hospitals through the arts.

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Evaluation Conclusions


Snow City Arts Foundation meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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In 2011, at Rush, Stroger, and Children’s Memorial Hospitals, Snow City Arts engaged 1,065 students in 3,124 workshops for a total of 3,472 hours of instruction. The children we serve are primarily from the greater Chicago area, but the hospitals also serve the collar counties and neighboring states. Our student/patients are ethnically diverse: 50% African-American, 23% Latino, 21% Caucasian, and 6% Asian. Approximately 70% of the children are from low income/working poor families. All of the children we serve are considered disabled due to their hospitalization. Regardless of their background or illness, Snow City Arts’ goal is to provide these children with the educational resources they deserve. The majority of these children have had little or no exposure to quality cultural and arts education experiences, and so our impact on them is significant. The incredibly high quality interaction that takes place between our professional artists and the children they work with allows the young people to learn, heal, and grow intellectually and physically. While we are arts-based, we put the focus on learning and integrate state and national standards in Social Studies, Math, Science, Fine Arts, and Language Arts into both the student workshops and our evaluation systems. We include both the Illinois Department of Education learning standards, as well as national standards for arts education. By integrating these standards into lesson planning and assessment, Snow City Arts is able to ensure that the hospitalized children are learning skills that are in line with their regular school's classroom.

For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2011, Snow City Arts Foundation's program expenses were:

Salaries and benefits 356,653
Program Supplies 33,478
Other 20,204
Fees for Services 6,975
Temporary Help 6,716
Conferences/Meeting 5,191
Information Technology 5,059
Communications 4,176
Insurance 4,088
Employee Relations 3,201
Advertising/PR 2,902
Dues and Subscriptions 2,016
Travel 1,021
Total Program Expenses: $451,680
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Chief Executive : Michael Schield, executive director

Highest Paid Executive: Sadia Uqaili,Interim Executive Director, Director of Artistic Programs
Compensation*: $

Chair of the Board: Peter Schmitz
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: President, Astyx, Inc.

Board Size: 15

Paid Staff Size: 13

*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, cause-related marketing
Fund raising costs were 12% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $599,398, 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 Snow City Arts Foundation's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2011.

Source of Funds  
Donations 599,398
Total Income $599,398


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 73%  Fund Raising: 12%  Administrative: 15% 

Total income $599,398
Program expenses $451,680
Fund raising expenses 74,336
Administrative expenses 92,457
Total expenses $618,473
Expenses in Excess of Income (19,075)
Beginning net assets 272,618
Ending net assets 253,543
Total liabilities 3,024
Total assets $256,567

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