Better Business Bureau Report for
Leave No Veteran Behind

Better Business Bureau Report issued March 2012
Better Business Bureau Report expires March 2014

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: Leave No Veteran Behind
Address: 19 S. LaSalle
Suite 500
  Chicago, IL 60603-1438
Phone: 312-379-8652
Web Address:
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 2008, Illinois
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: Leave No Veteran Behind (LNVB) is a national 501(c)3 non-profit organization that provides educational and employment services to Veterans who face economic hardship. Through their educational debt relief scholarship, community service, employment training, and job placement programs, LNVB invests in heroes who have honorably served our nation and seek to continue their service as productive citizens in their communities.

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Evaluation Conclusions


Leave No Veteran Behind does not meet the following 2 Standards for Charity Accountability.

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.

Leave No Veteran Behind does not meet this Standard because:

  • FOUR (4) member(s) out of the SEVEN (7) member board of directors (57%) is/are compensated either directly or indirectly.

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.

Leave No Veteran Behind 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.
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, solicitation materials, annual report, donor privacy, and fundraising disclosures and is unable to verify the organization's compliance with the following 9Standards for Charity Accountability: 1, 3, 6, 7, 14, 15, 16, 18, and 19.
Leave No Veteran Behind meets the remaining 9 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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Leave No Veteran Behind believes that this ethos of service is a critical and final component for a veterans successful integration into society. It is for this reason that Veterans helped through our programs are required to perform community service. Leave No Veteran Behind has partnered with multiple agencies to provide our veterans as strategic support. While the focus of their organization is providing veterans education and employment opportunities, the goal is to make sure that veterans are in a position to have a positive impact on society. Currently, Veterans helped through their programming are provided employment opportunities with at-risk youth and other structured service opportunities that allow them to leverage their training, skills, experiences, and education to make a positive impact in their communities.

For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2010, Leave No Veteran Behind's program expenses were:

veteran provided services 165,190
outside contractors 15,559
education scholarship 14,551
Officers salaries 8,250
insurance 4,488
office supplies 3,111
interest and bank charges 3,020
other program expenses 2,124
payroll taxes 908
marketing 264
Total Program Expenses: $217,465
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Chief Executive : Eli Williamson, Executive Director

Chair of the Board: Maynard Anderson
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Former President and CEO of Arcadia Group Worldwide, Inc.

Board Size: 7

Paid Staff Size: 2

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


Method(s) Used:

Fund raising costs were 7% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $33,050, 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 Leave No Veteran Behind's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2010.

Source of Funds  
Contract services 238,991
individual contributions 30,650
In Kind 2,400
Total Income $272,041


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 81%  Fund Raising: 1%  Administrative: 18% 

Total income $272,041
Program expenses $217,465
Fund raising expenses 2,400
Administrative expenses 48,787
Total expenses $268,652
Income in Excess of Expenses 3,389
Beginning net assets 5,537
Other Changes in Net Assets 2,664
Ending net assets 11,590
Total liabilities
Total assets $11,590

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