Better Business Bureau Report for
Heartland International

Better Business Bureau Report issued August 2011
Better Business Bureau Report expires August 2013

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: Heartland International
Address: 70 East Lake Street, Suite 1020
  Chicago, IL 60601
Phone: 312-750-9888
Web Address:
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1987, Illinois
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: Heartland International leverages the professional resources of the Midwest to empower emerging leaders and citizens to create positive change in society through experiential education and professional training programs.

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Evaluation Conclusions


hooved animal rescue and protection society does not meet the following 2 Standards for Charity Accountability.

Standard 13: Accuracy of Expenses in Financial Statements - Accurately report the charity's expenses, including any joint cost allocations, in its financial statements. For example, audited or unaudited statements which inaccurately claim zero fund raising expenses or otherwise understate the amount a charity spends on fund raising, and/or overstate the amount it spends on programs will not meet this standard.

Heartland International does not meet this Standard because its audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2010:

  • Reports the organization had no fund raising expenses.

The audit report for 2011 will contain data on fundraising expenses, an item inadvertently omitted in the 2010 report. Heartland International did not withhold any information and will provide any necessary financial breakdowns as requested in the future. This applies to all financial standards.

Standard 17: Web Site Disclosures - Include on any charity websites that solicit contributions, the same information that is recommended for annual reports, as well as the mailing address of the charity and electronic access to its most recent IRS Form 990.

Heartland International does not meet this Standard because the organization's website,, does not include all of the recommended information for those charity websites that solicit for donations. Specifically, it does not include:

  • Total income.
  • Total program expenses.
  • Total fund raising expenses.
  • Total administrative expenses.
  • End of year net assets.
  • Electronic access to the organization’s most recent IRS Form 990.

Heartland International is in the process of building a new website.  When it becomes available it will include the appropriate links to the 2010 990 report and to the Privacy Policy.

In addition, the BBB of Chicago & Northern Illinois requested but did not receive complete information on the organization’s finances and donor privacy and is unable to verify the organization's compliance with the following 2Standards for Charity Accountability: 9 and 18.
hooved animal rescue and protection society meets the remaining 16 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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Heartland's programs, funded primarily by the U.S. Dept. of State are focused on Strengthening Communities, Economic Development, Empowering Women, and Education, Government and Health. Heartland designs programs based on these themes for short and long term programs: + Designing and implementing a business skills program for Kenyan entrepreneurs in Kenya and Chicago in 2010 and 2011. + Hosting 10 media management professionals from Ukraine, organizing an overview of the state of media today in the U.S., connecting them with their peers in television, print, on-line and documentary media, and introducing them to American culture through home stays. + Designing a week-long Chicago Seminar for 30 Russian emerging leaders from the Moscow School of Political Studies, introducing them to federalism and U.S democracy. Program touches on local, state and federal government, freedom of the press, policy formation, corporate citizenship, and international affairs. + Brought together 26 NGO leaders from Turkey and Chicago for a reciprocal exchange and intensive program of capacity building, seminars and site visits, culminated by the formation of multi-national teams to develop joint projects in the areas of women's empowerment, environment and youth programs.

For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2010, hooved animal rescue and protection society's program expenses were:

Salaries 122,428
Travel 90,007
Transportation 65,685
Occupancy 23,083
Stipends 16,461
Grant/Contract 15,321
Payroll 14,516
Professional Fees 11,581
Interpreter 11,425
Program 5,778
Cultural Activities 5,546
Consultants 5,499
Supplies 4,196
Insurance 3,247
Printing/Copying 3,048
Medical 2,113
Other 1,799
Telephone 1,560
Postage 969
Bank Fees 768
Books/Subscriptions 568
Equipment 93
Total Program Expenses: $405,691
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Chief Executive : Julie Stagliano, President

Chair of the Board: Board of Directors
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Public Health management services consultant

Board Size: 11

Paid Staff Size: 3

*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
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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 Heartland International's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2010.

Source of Funds  
Government Grants 546,044
Donations 81,335
Interest Income 1,006
Total Income $628,385


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 80%    Administrative: 20% 

Total income $628,385
Program expenses $405,691
Fund raising expenses
Administrative expenses 99,635
Total expenses $505,326
Income in Excess of Expenses 123,059
Beginning net assets 100,813
Ending net assets 225,871
Total liabilities 923
Total assets $226,794

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