Better Business Bureau Report for
Center For Enriched Living

Better Business Bureau Report issued March 2016
Better Business Bureau Report expires March 2018

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

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Charity Contact Information

Name: Center For Enriched Living
Address: 280 Saunders Road
  Riverwoods, IL 60015
Phone: 847-948-7001
Web Address:
Also known as:280 Saunders Road
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1984, Illinois
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: The Center for Enriched Living exists so that people with developmental disabilities can be fully included in the community, achieve personal success and enjoy a good quality of life.

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Evaluation Conclusions


Center For Enriched Living meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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CEL has 48 years of experience programming for individuals with developmental disabilities. We are committed to the inclusion of and enhancing the lives of adults and children with disabilities. We believe that people with developmental disabilities thrive with more opportunities for education, skill building, friendships and fun. All our programs have a dual focus: they are designed so that participants can acquire new skills and so that they can have the chance to socialize with peers In fiscal year 2015 CEL served 468 youth, adults and seniors in 63 different programs. Our programs stress friendships; healthy, active living; employment; creativity and self-expression; and recreation. Programs run 7 days per week, 48 weeks per year—the remaining 4 weeks are used for staff training. In FY15 we provided a record 97,256 program hours to our members. CEL is adding even more to our diverse programming in 2016 with the launch of a customized employment program for adults with developmental disabilities. Employment is a critical component of community living for most adults. Work is not only the means to economic self-sufficiency, it also is an important way for individuals to contribute to their communities, build a network of social relationships, and create opportunities for lifelong learning. Unfortunately, unemployment is a pervasive problem for individuals with developmental disabilities: 2012 U.S. Employment statistics compiled by Cornell University reveal that 77% of adults diagnosed with developmental disabilities are unemployed.

For the fiscal year ended June 30, 2015, Center For Enriched Living's program expenses were:

Adult Group Services 748,837
Adult Transition and Day 695,566
After School and Youth 324,563
Total Program Expenses: $1,768,966
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Chief Executive : Harriet Levy, Executive Director

Chair of the Board: Lawrence "Shea" Hart
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Director, PPM

Board Size: 21

Paid Staff Size: 53

*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, grant proposals, internet, planned giving arrangements, face to face capital asks
Fund raising costs were 11% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $3,207,736, 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 Center For Enriched Living's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2015.

Source of Funds  
contributions 2,148,306
special events 915,697
membership program 792,654
foundation and public funds 143,733
other income 71,358
in kind 35,399
investment income 3,435
less direct costs -169,749
Total Income $3,940,833


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 73%  Fund Raising: 15%  Administrative: 12% 

Total income $3,940,833
Program expenses $1,768,966
Fund raising expenses 358,690
Administrative expenses 295,098
Total expenses $2,422,754
Income in Excess of Expenses 1,518,079
Beginning net assets 5,177,747
Ending net assets 6,695,826
Total liabilities 126,868
Total assets $6,822,694

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