Better Business Bureau Report for
Meals on Wheels Foundation of Cook County

Better Business Bureau Report issued April 2013
Better Business Bureau Report expires April 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: Meals on Wheels Foundation of Cook County
Address: 208 S. LaSalle Street
Suite 1900
  Chicago, IL 60604
Phone: 312-207-5290
Web Address: www.mowcookcounty.org
Also known as:Meals on Wheels Foundation
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 2001, Illinois
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: The Meals on Wheels Foundation of Cook County “MOWF” mission is to assist the Community Nutrition Network and Senior Services Association (CNNSSA) with the expansion of all resources, especially financial. The Foundation is doing business as (DBA) The Meals on Wheels Foundation of Northern Illinois.

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Evaluation Conclusions

              

Meals on Wheels Foundation of Cook County does not meet the following 2 Standards for Charity Accountability.

Standard 3: Frequency and Attendance of Board Meetings - An organization shall have a minimum of three evenly spaced meetings per year of the full governing body with a majority in attendance, with face-to-face participation. A conference call of the full board can substitute for one of the three meetings of the governing body. For all meetings, alternative modes of participation are acceptable for those with physical disabilities.

Meals on Wheels Foundation of Cook County does not meet this Standard because:

  • The board of directors did not hold a minimum of three evenly spaced meetings in the past fiscal year.

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.

Meals on Wheels Foundation of Cook County does not meet this Standard because:

  • According to its audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2012, the organization's fund raising costs were 61% ($436,080) of related contributions, which totaled $720,702.
In addition, the BBB of Chicago & Northern Illinois requested but did not receive complete information on the organization’s governance and oversight, effectiveness measures, finances, solicitation materials, annual report, donor privacy, and fundraising disclosures and is unable to verify the organization's compliance with the following 12Standards for Charity Accountability: 1, 4, 5, 6, 7, 12, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, and 19.
Meals on Wheels Foundation of Cook County meets the remaining 6 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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Programs

              

The Meals on Wheels Foundation of Northern Illinois (MOWF) serves seniors across the suburbs of Cook County and in neighboring Grundy and Kendall Counties in conjunction with its sister organization The Community Nutrition Network and Senior Services Association (CNNSSA). Together they serve nearly 600,000 meals a year to over 7,500 seniors. Seniors are served in their Community Cafes as well as in their own homes. Seniors able to leave their home are served in their Community Cafes across the community. Along with a nutritious meal, they provide educational and wellness programs. Their quarterly, newsletter contains nutrition information geared to the needs of seniors. Often participants arrive to their cafes hours before the meal is served to catch up with friends and enjoy educational and social programs offered. Through these programs their cafes fight isolation and depression.

For the fiscal year ended June 30, 2012, Meals on Wheels Foundation of Cook County's program expenses were:

  
Home delivered meals 1,821,622
Congregate meals 712,113
Program Services 74,393
Private pay 56,349
Total Program Expenses: $2,664,477
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Governance

              

Chief Executive :
Compensation*: 

Chair of the Board: Ann Cooper
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: CEO

Board Size: 5

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:


Fund raising costs were 61% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $720,702, 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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Financial

              

The following information is based on Meals on Wheels Foundation of Cook County's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2012.

Source of Funds  
Contract revenue 2,042,200
Contributions and grants 720,702
Project income 420,706
Private pay-food and management services 90,844
Other 20,433
Total Income $3,294,885


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Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 83%  Fund Raising: 14%  Administrative: 3% 

Total income $3,294,885
Program expenses $2,664,477
Fund raising expenses 436,080
Administrative expenses 102,105
Total expenses $3,202,662
Income in Excess of Expenses 92,223
Beginning net assets 1,063,084
Other Changes in Net Assets (98,405)
Ending net assets 1,056,902
Total liabilities 471,408
Total assets $1,528,310


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