Better Business Bureau Report for
Lupus Foundation of America, Inc., Greater Ohio Chapter

Better Business Bureau Report issued February 2016
Better Business Bureau Report expires February 2017

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Charity Contact Information

Name: Lupus Foundation of America, Inc., Greater Ohio Chapter
Address: 12930 Chippewa Rd
  Brecksville, OH 44141
Phone: 440-717-0183
Web Address:
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Formerly known as:Lupus Foundation of America, Greater Cleveland Chapter, Inc.

Year, State Incorporated: 1977, Ohio
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: "to improve the quality of life for all people affected by lupus through programs of research, education, and advocacy."

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Evaluation Conclusions


Lupus Foundation of America, Inc., Greater Ohio Chapter (LFAGOC) meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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The Lupus Foundation of America, Greater Ohio Chapter continued the expansion of its programs and services to include the entire state of Ohio this year. As three Ohio LFA chapters closed their doors in the last 18 months, this Chapter was left with the responsibilities of meeting the needs of all those affected by lupus in Ohio. Now in all 88 counties we have direct patient services and indirect services. It is dedicated to improving the quality of life for all those affected through programs of research, education, support, and advocacy. Its goal is to educate the patient, family, employers, friends, public and medical professionals about lupus as the LFA is the leading source for the latest and most accurate information about lupus in the world. This includes educational seminars, one on one patient navigation, new patient classes, support groups, newsletters, hot news, Health Talks via telephone or web, website presence and our social networking presence and much more. It provides direct services to over 10,000 people through these programs. As it grows, it plans to expand its services in the Cleveland area and throughout the state.

For the fiscal year ended September 30, 2015, LFAGOC's program expenses were:

Program Expenses 382,609
Total Program Expenses: $382,609
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Chief Executive : Suzanne Tierney, President/CEO

Chair of the Board: Maria Woyma
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Program Coordinator, Cleveland Clinic

Board Size: 14

Paid Staff Size: 9

*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, radio, grant proposals, internet, membership, Third Party Fundraisers
Fund raising costs were 16% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $457,921, 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 LFAGOC's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2013.

Source of Funds  
Fundraising 188,707
Contributions-Events 169,264
Grants 51,232
Contributions 38,742
Membership 8,745
Miscellaneous 1,231
Total Income $457,921


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 78%  Fund Raising: 15%  Administrative: 7% 

Total income $457,921
Program expenses $382,609
Fund raising expenses 71,069
Administrative expenses 31,772
Total expenses $485,450
Expenses in Excess of Income (27,529)
Beginning net assets 139,120
Ending net assets 111,591
Total liabilities 47,540
Total assets $159,131

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