Better Business Bureau Report for
Solidarity Bridge

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

This BBB Accredited charity meets all 20 Standards for Charity Accountability. Find out more...

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Charity Contact Information

Name: Solidarity Bridge
Address: 1577 Florence Ave.
  Evanston, IL 60201
Phone: 847-328-7748
Web Address:
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 2001, Illinois
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: Solidarity Bridge builds a healthier future for the people of Bolivia and Paraguay through domestic and international partnerships. They train and equip their medical communities, empowering them to provide highly-complex surgery and other health care for those living in poverty.

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Evaluation Conclusions


Solidarity Bridge meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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Their Medical Programs are a partnership between Solidarity Bridge and the medical personnel/hospitals in Bolivia and Paraguay. Their four primary programs - General Surgery, Gynecologic Surgery, Heart Surgery, and Neurosurgery - serve the poor year-round through the Bolivian and Paraguayan surgeons with whom they partner. U.S. companies donate high value medical equipment/supplies and U.S. medical teams support these programs through their travel to Bolivia and Paraguay on short term medical mission trips. Their aim is to train and equip local medical communities to better serve their fellow citizens. From 1999 through 2013, they have made more than 4,000 surgeries possible, seen more than 60,000 patients, and provided well over $37 million worth of medical supplies. Additionally, 355 U.S. medical professionals and language interpreters have joined their short term medical mission trips throughout these many years. As their mission evolved, they recognized the need to not only address health concerns, but to go to the root of the problem of poverty. So they formed Fair Trade partnerships with two U.S. companies, Dharma Trading and Greenola Style, providing a bridge between indigenous Bolivian cooperatives and U.S. consumers.

For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2013, Solidarity Bridge's program expenses were:

Neuro Surgery Program 1,728,377
Heart Surgery Program 1,506,681
Gneral Surgery and Other Medical 1,025,131
Multi-Specialty Mission Trip 883,535
Fair Trade 33,259
Total Program Expenses: $5,176,983
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Chief Executive : Ann Rhomberg, Executive Director

Highest Paid Executive: Ann Rhomberg,Executive Director
Compensation*: $60,000

Chair of the Board: Kurt Florian
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Attorney. Mr. Florian is also CEO & President of Epilepsy Foundation Greater Chicago

Board Size: 16

Paid Staff Size: 8

*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
Fund raising costs were 4% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $5,311,819, 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 Solidarity Bridge's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2013.

Source of Funds  
Medical supplies and Equipment-donates 4,205,444
Medical Service-donated 433,380
Contributions 374,407
Total net assests released from restrictions 194,294
Special Events-fiesta contributions 144,994
Organizational Grants 65,394
Marketing/advertising-donted 60,000
Special Events-fiesta ticket sales 47,370
Fiesta Supplies-donated 26,532
Fair Trade Income, net of returns 26,033
Office Supplies-donated 1,668
Interest, dividend, and realized gain/loss income 843
Other income 747
Total Income $5,581,106


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 94%  Fund Raising: 4%  Administrative: 2% 

Total income $5,581,106
Program expenses $5,176,983
Fund raising expenses 224,552
Administrative expenses 132,192
Total expenses $5,533,727
Income in Excess of Expenses 47,379
Beginning net assets 628,909
Ending net assets 674,638
Total liabilities 56,404
Total assets $731,042

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