Better Business Bureau Report for
Interfaith Community Partners

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


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: Interfaith Community Partners
Address: 315 N. LaGrange Road Suite 203D
  LaGrange Park, IL 60526
Phone: 708-579-8929
Web Address: interfaith@att.net
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Formerly known as:Community PArtners

Year, State Incorporated: 2001, Illinois
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: The mission of Interfaith Community Partners is to maximize the independence and well-being of older adults by enabling connections with others in their community.

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Evaluation Conclusions

              

Interfaith Community Partners does not meet the following 9 Standards for Charity Accountability.

Standard 1: Oversight of Operations and Staff - Organizations shall have a board of directors that provides adequate oversight of the charity's operations and its staff. Indication of adequate oversight includes, but is not limited to, regularly scheduled appraisals of the CEO's performance, evidence of disbursement controls such as board approval of the budget, fund raising practices, establishment of a conflict of interest policy, and establishment of accounting procedures sufficient to safeguard charity finances.

Interfaith Community Partners does not meet this Standard because its board of directors does not:

  • Review the performance of the chief executive officer at least once every two years.

Standard 6: Board Policy on Effectiveness - Have a board policy of assessing, no less than every two years, the organization's performance and effectiveness and of determining future actions required to achieve its mission.

Interfaith Community Partners does not meet this Standard because:

  • The board of directors does not have a written policy stating that, at least every two years, an appraisal be done assessing the organization’s performance and effectiveness and determining future actions required to achieve its mission.

Standard 7: Board Approval of Written Report on Effectiveness - Submit to the organization's governing body, for its approval, a written report that outlines the results of the aforementioned performance and effectiveness assessment and recommendations for future actions.

Interfaith Community Partners does not meet this Standard because:

  • It has never completed an effectiveness assessment.

Standard 8: Program Service Expense Ratio - Spend at least 65% of its total expenses on program activities.

Interfaith Community Partners does not meet this Standard because:

  • According to the its audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2012, the organization spent $27,497 or 39% of its total expenses ($70,710) on program service activities.

Standard 10: Ending Net Assets - Avoid accumulating funds that could be used for current program activities. To meet this standard, the charity's unrestricted net assets available for use should not be more than three times the size of the past year's expenses or three times the size of the current year's budget, whichever is higher.

Interfaith Community Partners does not meet this Standard because:

  • According to its audited financial statements for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2012, the organization's total unrestricted net assets were $332,923, or 4 times the charity's total budgeted expenses of $79,185.

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.

Interfaith Community Partners does not meet this Standard because, in the organization's financial statements, the detailed functional breakdown of expenses:

  • Only included one program service category. It did not include a detailed breakdown of expenses for each of its major program activities.

Standard 15: Misleading Appeals - Have solicitations and informational materials, distributed by any means, that are accurate, truthful and not misleading, both in whole and in part. Appeals that omit a clear description of program(s) for which contributions are sought will not meet this standard. A charity should also be able to substantiate that the timing and nature of its expenditures are in accordance with what is stated, expressed, or implied in the charity's solicitations.

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.

Interfaith Community Partners does not meet this Standard because the organization's website, interfaith@att.net, does not include all of the recommended information for those charity websites that solicit for donations. Specifically, it does not include:

  • A summary of program service accomplishments.
  • 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.

Interfaith Community Partners does not meet this Standard because the privacy policy on this website, interfaith@att.net does not indicate:

  • What security measures are in place to protect personal information that is collected.
Interfaith Community Partners meets the remaining 11 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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Programs

              

Providing transportation and support for independent living. Transportation services include escorted medical transportation, to appointments, therapies, etc.. Other support includes grocery shopping (congregate and individual) telephone reassurance and well-being checks, friendly visitation and referral to other community agencies for needed services.

For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2012, Interfaith Community Partners's program expenses were:

  
Program Expenses 27,497
Total Program Expenses: $27,497
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Governance

              

Chief Executive : Gail Stone, Executive Director
Compensation*: 
$20,000

Chair of the Board: Kathleen King
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: College Professor

Board Size: 8

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, membership
Fund raising costs were 5% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $28,030, 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 Interfaith Community Partners's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2012.

Source of Funds  
Donations 19,378
Church Membership Dues 13,795
Theater Benefit 7,502
Interest Income 3,371
Advertising and Other 1,150
Investment Income 267
Total Income $45,463


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Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 39%  Fund Raising: 2%  Administrative: 59% 

Total income $45,463
Program expenses $27,497
Fund raising expenses 1,538
Administrative expenses 41,675
Total expenses $70,710
Expenses in Excess of Income (25,247)
Beginning net assets 359,890
Ending net assets 334,643
Total liabilities 966
Total assets $335,609


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