Better Business Bureau Report for
Solidarity Bridge

Better Business Bureau Report issued November 2013
Better Business Bureau Report expires November 2015

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: 1999, Illinois
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: In a spirit of mutuality, 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 3,900 surgeries possible, seen more than 57,000 patients, and provided well over $28 million worth of medical supplies. Additionally, 335 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, 2012, Solidarity Bridge's program expenses were:

General Surgery & Other Medical 1,616,068
Multi-Specialty Mission Trip 1,495,290
Neuro Surgery Program 346,293
Heart Surgery Program, 123,298
Fair Trade 23,469
Total Program Expenses: $3,604,418
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Chief Executive : Ann Rhomberg, Executive Director

Highest Paid Executive: Juan Hinojosa,Founding Director
Compensation*: $67,174

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 $4,217,132, 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, 2012.

Source of Funds  
Medical supplies & equipment- donated 3,183,434
Contributions 387,619
Medical services-donated 241,449
Organizational Grants 133,478
Special Events-Fiesta contributions 113,895
Organizational Grants 72,225
Marketing/Advertising-donated 62,600
Special events-Fiesta ticket sales 33,486
Fiesta supplies-donated 22,232
Fair Trade Income, net returns 22,136
Other income 3,977
Interest, Dividend, and Realized Gain/Loss Income 2,949
Office Supplies-donated 200
Total Income $4,279,680


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 91%  Fund Raising: 5%  Administrative: 4% 

Total income $4,279,680
Program expenses $3,604,418
Fund raising expenses 178,006
Administrative expenses 142,499
Total expenses $3,924,923
Income in Excess of Expenses 354,757
Beginning net assets 293,296
Ending net assets 648,053
Total liabilities 34,142
Total assets $682,195

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