Better Business Bureau Report for
Les Turner Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Foundation, Ltd.

Better Business Bureau Report issued February 2014
Better Business Bureau Report expires February 2016

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Charity Contact Information

Name: Les Turner Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Foundation, Ltd.
Address: 5550 W. Touhy Ste 30C
  Skokie, IL 60077
Phone: 847-679-3311
Web Address:
Also known as:Les Turner ALS Foundation
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1977, Illinois
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: The mission of the Les Turner ALS Foundation is to raise funds to: advance scientific research into the causes, treatments and prevention of ALS; provide people living with ALS, their families and caregivers exceptional clinical care and support services and; increase awareness and education of ALS.

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Evaluation Conclusions


Les Turner Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Foundation, Ltd. meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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The Les Turner ALS Foundation, founded in 1977, conducts research, provides patient care and educates the public about ALS, serving more than 90 percent of people with ALS (PALS) in the area, offering support when it’s needed most. The Foundation’s full spectrum patient service programs include a multi-disciplinary patient center, in home consultations, support groups, equipment loans and education programs. The Foundation also offers hope for a future without ALS by funding two world class scientific research labs at Northwestern Medicine.

For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2012, Les Turner Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Foundation, Ltd.'s program expenses were:

ALS Research 755,793
Patient and family support services 591,502
Les Turner/Lois Insolia ALS Center 573,005
Education 126,201
Total Program Expenses: $2,046,501
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Chief Executive : Wendy Abrams, Executive Director

Chair of the Board: Harvey Gaffen
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: CPA, retired

Board Size: 23

Paid Staff Size: 15

*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, television, radio, grant proposals, internet, planned giving arrangements
Fund raising costs were 4% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $2,981,728, 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 Les Turner Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Foundation, Ltd.'s audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2012.

Source of Funds  
Net fund-raising support 1,783,694
Contributions and bequests 735,103
Grants 177,302
Memorials 154,984
Annual appeal 130,645
Ivestment income 16,752
Rental fees 140
Total Income $2,998,620


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 83%  Fund Raising: 5%  Administrative: 12% 

Total income $2,998,620
Program expenses $2,046,501
Fund raising expenses 120,245
Administrative expenses 309,001
Total expenses $2,475,747
Income in Excess of Expenses 522,873
Beginning net assets 931,164
Ending net assets 1,454,037
Total liabilities 1,442,856
Total assets $2,896,893

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