Better Business Bureau Report for
Belvidere/Boone County Food Pantry

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


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: Belvidere/Boone County Food Pantry
Address: 200 South Fifth Street
P.O. Box 35
  Capron, IL 61012
Phone: 815-569-1571
815-979-5412
Web Address: http://www.bbcfoodpantry.com
Also known as:Belvidere/Boone County Food Pantry/Community Center
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 2004, Illinois
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: Belvidere/Boone County Food Pantry’s mission is to help those facing hard times until they are able to be self-sufficient. Their goal is to give people hope and to make a difference in their lives.

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Evaluation Conclusions

              

Belvidere/Boone County Food Pantry does not meet the following 8 Standards for Charity Accountability.

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.

Standard 11: Financial Statements - Make available to all, on request, complete annual financial statements prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles. When total annual gross income exceeds $500,000, these statements should be audited in accordance with generally accepted auditing standards. For charities whose annual gross income is less than $500,000, a review by a certified public accountant is sufficient to meet this standard. For charities whose annual gross income is less than $250,000, an internally produced, complete financial statement is sufficient to meet this standard.

Standard 12: Detailed Functional Breakdown of Expenses - Include in the financial statements a breakdown of expenses (e.g., salaries, travel, postage, etc.) that shows what portion of these expenses was allocated to program, fund raising, and administrative activities. If the charity has more than one major program category, the schedule should provide a breakdown for each category.

Belvidere/Boone County Food Pantry does not meet this Standard because, in the organization's financial statements, the detailed functional breakdown of expenses:

  • Did not include a breakdown of program service expenses.
  • Did not include a breakdown of administrative expenses.

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.

Belvidere/Boone County Food Pantry does not meet this Standard because its audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2013:

  • Reports the organization had no administrative expenses.

Standard 14: Budget - Have a board-approved annual budget for its current fiscal year, outlining projected expenses for major program activities, fund raising, and administration.

Belvidere/Boone County Food Pantry does not meet this Standard because, when the organization provided budget information, it indicated that the budget:

  • Did not identify total projected program service expenses.
  • Did not identify total projected administrative expenses.

Standard 16: Annual Report - Have an annual report available to all, on request, that includes: (a) the organization's mission statement, (b) a summary of the past year's program service accomplishments, (c) a roster of the officers and members of the board of directors, (d) financial information that includes (i) total income in the past fiscal year, (ii) expenses in the same program, fund raising and administrative categories as in the financial statements, and (iii) ending net assets.

Belvidere/Boone County Food Pantry does not meet this standard because the most recent annual report did not include:

  • The organization’s mission statement
  • A roster of the board of directors
  • Total income.
  • Total program expenses.
  • Total expenses for each program in the same categories that appear in the organization’s financial statements.
  • Total fund raising expenses.
  • Total administrative expenses.
  • Total end of year net assets.

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.

Belvidere/Boone County Food Pantry does not meet this Standard because the organization's website, http://www.bbcfoodpantry.com, does not include all of the recommended information for those charity websites that solicit for donations. Specifically, it does not include:

  • A roster of the board of directors.
  • 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.

Standard 18: Privacy for Written Appeals & Internet Privacy - Address privacy concerns of donors by (a) providing in written appeals, at least annually, a means (e.g., such as a check off box) for both new and continuing donors to inform the charity if they do not want their name and address shared outside the organization, (b) providing a clear, prominent and easily accessible privacy policy on any of its websites that tells visitors (i) what information, if any, is being collected about them by the charity and how this information will be used, (ii) how to contact the charity to review personal information collected and request corrections, (iii) how to inform the charity (e.g., a check off box) that the visitor does not wish his/her personal information to be shared outside the organization, and (iv) what security measures the charity has in place to protect personal information.

Belvidere/Boone County Food Pantry does not meet this Standard because:

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, and solicitation materials and is unable to verify the organization's compliance with the following 6Standards for Charity Accountability: 1, 3, 7, 8, 10, and 15.
Belvidere/Boone County Food Pantry meets the remaining 6 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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Programs

              

The Belvidere/Boone County Food Pantry was established to serve those underprivileged in the Boone County area. They seek to serve all residents who fall below the poverty level income guidelines as established by the Department of Human Services. Not only do they offer their clients food products, but they also offer non-food and clothing items. In the non-food area, they offer products such as shampoo, diapers, cleaning products, and light bulbs. Their clients also have access to furniture, appliances, and much more.

For the fiscal year ended June 30, 2013, Belvidere/Boone County Food Pantry's program expenses were:

  
Total Program Expenses: $
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Governance

              

Chief Executive :
Compensation*: 

Chair of the Board: Board of Directors
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Bank management

Board Size: 11

Paid Staff Size: 6

*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, telephone, invitations to fund raising events, print advertisements, grant proposals, internet, planned giving arrangements
Fund raising costs were 1% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $1,143,869, 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 Belvidere/Boone County Food Pantry's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2013.

Source of Funds  
In-kind donations 908,589
Contributions, cash 235,280
Total Income $1,143,869


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Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

  Fund Raising: 1%    Other Expenses: 99%

Total income $1,143,869
Program expenses $0
Fund raising expenses 6,565
Administrative expenses 0
Other Expenses 1,061,532
Total expenses $1,068,097
Income in Excess of Expenses 75,772
Beginning net assets 0
Ending net assets 0
Total liabilities 5,699
Total assets $608,855


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