Better Business Bureau Report for
Coalition for Independence

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

This BBB Accredited charity meets all 20 Standards for Charity Accountability and is a Seal Holder. Find out more...

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Charity Contact Information

Name: Coalition for Independence
Address: 4911 State Avenue
  Kansas City, KS 66102
Phone: 913-321-5140
Web Address:
Also known as:CFI
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1988, Kansas
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: The mission of the Coalition for Independence is to facilitate positive and responsible independence for all people with disabilities by acting as an advocate for individuals with disabilities, providing services, and promoting accessibility and acceptance.

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Evaluation Conclusions


Coalition for Independence meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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Since 1988, Coalition for Independence has been a leader in providing Independent Living Skill services and continues to offer innovative ways to assist in meeting the day-to-day needs of individuals with disabilities in the fifteen county bi-state Kansas City area.The five core services offered to current CFI participants include Information and Referrals, Independent Living Skills Training, Peer Support, Advocacy/Self-Advocacy/System Change and Community Integration. Additional support services include: Case Management, Payroll Services, Durable Medical Equipment, and Assisted Technology Services.

For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2011, Coalition for Independence's program expenses were:

program services 7,056,896
Total Program Expenses: $7,056,896
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Chief Executive : Clarence Smith, Executive Director

Chair of the Board: Amy Fowler
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Husch Blackwell LLP

Board Size: 6

Paid Staff Size: 20

*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, radio, internet, door to door
Fund raising costs were 1% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $527,668, 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 Coalition for Independence's audited financial statements - consolidated for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2011.

Source of Funds  
program service fees 7,853,298
grants 503,137
rent revenue 32,087
contributions 24,531
interest income 326
Total Income $8,413,379


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 87%  Fund Raising: Less than 1%  Administrative: 9%  Other Expenses: 4%

Total income $8,413,379
Program expenses $7,056,896
Fund raising expenses 4,423
Administrative expenses 753,149
Other Expenses 283,991
Total expenses $8,098,459
Income in Excess of Expenses 314,920
Beginning net assets (126,141)
Ending net assets 188,779
Total liabilities 890,158
Total assets $1,078,937

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