Better Business Bureau Report for
Gilda's Club Louisville

Better Business Bureau Report issued January 2014
Better Business Bureau Report expires July 2016

This BBB Accredited charity meets all 20 Standards for Charity Accountability. Find out more...

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Charity Contact Information

Name: Gilda's Club Louisville
Address: 633 Baxter Avenue
  Louisville, KY 40204
Phone: 502-583-0075
Web Address:
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 2004, Kentucky
Affiliates: There are 52 affiliates throughout the US and Cananda. A listing of affiliates is available, upon request.
Stated Purpose: Gilda's Club Louisville mission is to create welcoming communities of free support for everyone living with cancer--men, women, teens and children--along with their families and friends. The organization's innovative program is an essential complement to medical care, providing networking and support groups, workshops, education and social activities.

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Evaluation Conclusions


Gilda's Club Louisville meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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The Gilda’s Club Louisville program is made up of five main components. Support & Networking Groups-- Support groups are offered for men, women, and children living with any type of cancer (and are offered to friends and family member as well). Networking groups bring together members who have specific interests that are less likely to be addressed in a support group. Lectures and Workshops--- Lectures and workshops offer Gilda’s Club members opportunities to acquire new skills, tools, and information to learn how to live with cancer. Lectures and workshops are facilitated by subject-matter experts. Social Activities--- Social activities are among the most popular offerings at Gilda’s Club, and most include potluck suppers, karaoke nights, comedy nights, performances by members, family game nights, seasonal parties, and Noogiefest for the kids. Family Support Activities--- Gilda’s Club offers two activities that bring together members' families and friends in support. “Team Convene” helps family and friends give practical support to a member by identifying areas where assistance is needed and developing a plan of action. “Family Focus” brings people together to explore emotional and family issues, with the aim of helping the family learn together how to live with cancer. Children’s Programming--- Noogieland© is the name of the main playroom in each Gilda’s Club and the program component for children and teens. Open to children with cancer as well as those whose parents and siblings have cancer Noogieland is a safe, fun environment outfitted with toys, books, and arts and crafts supplies.

For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2012, Gilda's Club Louisville's program expenses were:

Program services 1,032,262
Total Program Expenses: $1,032,262
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Chief Executive : Karen Morrison, Chief Executive Officer

Chair of the Board: David Owen
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Owner, Owen Funeral Home

Board Size: 26

Paid Staff Size: 14

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


Method(s) Used:

Methods of fund raising include direct mail, invitations to fund raising events, print advertisements, television, radio, grant proposals, internet, planned giving arrangements, and cause-related marketing.
Fund raising costs were 11% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $1,226,278, 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 Gilda's Club Louisville's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2012.

Ending net assets as reported below include $4,717,573 unrestricted net assets, $192,145 in temporarily restricted net assets, and $404,411 in permanently restricted net assets.

Unrestricted net assets include $4,140,788 in undesignated assets and $576,785 in board designated assets.

Total assets as reported include $2,942,496 invested in property and equipment, net.

Source of Funds  
Contributions 552,465
Special events, net of direct expenses 380,785
Foundation grants 264,349
In-Kind contributions 28,679
Investment Income 12,979
Total Income $1,239,257


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 81%  Fund Raising: 11%  Administrative: 8% 

Total income $1,239,257
Program expenses $1,032,262
Fund raising expenses 139,242
Administrative expenses 96,999
Total expenses $1,268,503
Expenses in Excess of Income (29,246)
Beginning net assets 5,343,375
Ending net assets 5,314,129
Total liabilities 45,003
Total assets $5,359,132

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