Better Business Bureau Report for
Innocent Children Foundation

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: Innocent Children Foundation
Address: 836 S. Arlington Heights Rd.
#195
  Elk Grove Village, IL 60007
Phone: 312-545-2211
Web Address: http://innocentchildrenfoundation.us/index.html
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 2011, Illinois
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: To raise awareness and aid child and adolescent victims of sexual abuse.

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Evaluation Conclusions

              

Innocent Children Foundation does not meet the following 5 Standards for Charity Accountability.

Standard 3: Frequency and Attendance of Board Meetings - An organization shall have a minimum of three evenly spaced meetings per year of the full governing body with a majority in attendance, with face-to-face participation. A conference call of the full board can substitute for one of the three meetings of the governing body. For all meetings, alternative modes of participation are acceptable for those with physical disabilities.

Innocent Children Foundation does not meet this Standard because:

  • The board of directors did not hold a minimum of three evenly spaced meetings in the past fiscal year.

Standard 4: Compensated Board Members - Not more than one or 10% (whichever is greater) directly or indirectly compensated person(s) serving as voting member(s) of the board. Compensated members shall not serve as the board's chair or treasurer.

Innocent Children Foundation does not meet this Standard because:

  • The paid chief executive officer also serves as the chair of the board of directors.

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.

Innocent Children Foundation does not meet this Standard because its IRS Form 990 for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2010:

  • Reports the organization had no 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.

Innocent Children Foundation does not meet this standard because the most recent annual report did not include:

  • A roster of the board of directors

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.

Innocent Children Foundation does not meet this Standard because the organization's website, http://innocentchildrenfoundation.us/index.html, 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.
  • Electronic access to the organization’s most recent IRS Form 990.
In addition, the BBB of Chicago & Northern Illinois requested but did not receive complete information on the organization’s governance and oversight and solicitation materials and is unable to verify the organization's compliance with the following 2Standards for Charity Accountability: 1 and 15.
Innocent Children Foundation meets the remaining 13 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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Programs

              

The Innocent Children Foundation has programs in place that work to combat child and adolescent sex abuse as well as assist those who have been affected. These programs are specifically designed to assist victims on the path to healing with a sense of pride and accomplishment.

For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2010, Innocent Children Foundation's program expenses were:

  
Total Program Expenses: $
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Governance

              

Chief Executive :
Compensation*: 

Chair of the Board: Board President: Amanda Parisi. Board Vice Chair: Gina Andersen additional board members Cathy Kelly, Jody Losaco & Robyn Derome
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation:

Board Size: 5

Paid Staff Size: 0

*Compensation includes annual salary and, if applicable, benefit plans, expense accounts, and other allowances.
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Fund Raising

              

Method(s) Used:

invitations to fund raising events, print advertisements, radio, internet
Fund raising costs were 12% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $10,722, 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 Innocent Children Foundation's IRS Form 990 for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2010.

Source of Funds  
public support 10,722
Total Income $10,722


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Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 87%  Fund Raising: 13%  Administrative: 0 

Total income $10,722
Program expenses $8,601
Fund raising expenses 1,276
Administrative expenses
Total expenses $9,877
Income in Excess of Expenses 845
Beginning net assets 100
Ending net assets 945
Total liabilities
Total assets $945


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