Better Business Bureau Report for
MorningStar Mission Ministries, Inc.

Better Business Bureau Report issued April 2014
Better Business Bureau Report expires April 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: MorningStar Mission Ministries, Inc.
Address: 350 E. Washnington Street
  Joliet, IL 60433
Phone: 815-722-5780
Web Address:
Also known as:MorningStar Mission
MorningStar Treasure Chest
MorningStar Counseling Center
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1909, Illinois
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: MorningStar Mission relieves the spiritual and physical hunger of the poor by providing food for the hungry, clothing for the needy, shelter for the homeless and the Gospel of Jesus Christ for all.

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Evaluation Conclusions


MorningStar Mission Ministries, Inc. does not meet the following 3 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.

MorningStar Mission Ministries, Inc. does not meet this Standard because:

  • TWO (2) member(s) out of the SIX (6) member board of directors (33%) is/are compensated either directly or indirectly.

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.

MorningStar Mission Ministries, Inc. does not meet this standard because:

  • The organization states it does not have an annual report covering activities conducted in the past year.

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.

MorningStar Mission Ministries, Inc. 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.
  • Electronic access to the organization’s most recent IRS Form 990.
MorningStar Mission Ministries, Inc. meets the remaining 17 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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Since 1909, MorningStar Mission has served men, women, children and entire families in Joliet and Will County, offering hope for the hurting through one-time meals and long-term recovery programs.

For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2012, MorningStar Mission Ministries, Inc.'s program expenses were:

Homeless Shelter/Meals 5,068,305
Total Program Expenses: $5,068,305
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Chief Executive : Marilyn Farmer, Executive Director

Chair of the Board: Steven Medvesky
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: CPA

Board Size: 6

Paid Staff Size: 49

*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, radio, grant proposals, internet, planned giving arrangements
Fund raising costs were 14% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $5,497,203, 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 MorningStar Mission Ministries, Inc.'s audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2012.

Source of Funds  
In-Kind Contributions 3,766,260
Contributions 1,603,693
Retail Shop Income 1,068,289
Special Events 146,915
Bequests 125,070
Other Grants 96,625
Rent 80,178
Miscellaneous 62,628
Advance Rent Grant 30,625
Counseling Center 21,509
Emergency Shelter Privileges 15,994
Investment Income 4,393
Net Unrealized Gain on Investment 4,239
Total Income $7,026,418


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 75%  Fund Raising: 11%  Administrative: 14% 

Total income $7,026,418
Program expenses $5,068,305
Fund raising expenses 746,232
Administrative expenses 960,147
Total expenses $6,774,684
Income in Excess of Expenses 251,734
Beginning net assets 4,683,248
Ending net assets 4,934,982
Total liabilities 0
Total assets $0

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