Better Business Bureau Report for
Northfield Township Food Pantry

Better Business Bureau Report issued October 2013
Better Business Bureau Report expires October 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: Northfield Township Food Pantry
Address: 3801 West Lake Avenue Suite 101
  Glenview, IL 60026
Phone: 847-724-8300
Web Address:
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 2002, Illinois
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: The Pantry's mission is simple: Hunger is Unacceptable in the Community.

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Evaluation Conclusions


Northfield Township Food Pantry does not meet the following 4 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.

Board of Directors do receive a copy of the auditor's management letter. AP 9/20



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.

Northfield Township Food Pantry 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 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.

Northfield Township Food Pantry 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.

Northfield Township Food Pantry does not meet this Standard because:

  • It has never completed an effectiveness assessment.
Northfield Township Food Pantry meets the remaining 16 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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The Northfield Township Food Pantry was started over 30 years ago to assist Township residents who are unable to provide enough food for themselves and their families.

For the fiscal year ended February 28, 2013, Northfield Township Food Pantry's program expenses were:

Food and Food Certificates 261,227
Holiday Programs 76,485
Other 2,279
Total Program Expenses: $339,991
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Chief Executive : Mary Lour Kratochwill, Pantry Coordinator

Chair of the Board: Jill A. Brickman
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Elected Supervisor, Northfield Township

Board Size: 6

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:

direct mail, invitations to fund raising events, grant proposals, internet
Fund raising costs were 2% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $441,255, 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 Northfield Township Food Pantry's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended February 28, 2013.

Source of Funds  
Donations 341,738
Township Funding 83,000
Fundraisers 15,117
Grants 1,400
Other 291
Interest 54
Total Income $441,600


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 77%  Fund Raising: 2%  Administrative: 21%  Other Expenses: 0

Total income $441,600
Program expenses $339,991
Fund raising expenses 9,790
Administrative expenses 95,141
Other Expenses 20
Total expenses $444,942
Expenses in Excess of Income (3,342)
Beginning net assets 185,245
Ending net assets 181,903
Total liabilities 5,048
Total assets $186,951

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