Better Business Bureau Report for
Down Syndrome of Louisville

Better Business Bureau Report issued May 2014
Better Business Bureau Report expires October 2016

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: Down Syndrome of Louisville
Address: 5001 South Hurstbourne Parkway
  Louisville, KY 40291
Phone: 502-495-5088
Web Address:
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1991, Kentucky
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: Down Syndrome of Louisville's mission is to improve the lives of persons with Down syndrome and their families by providing support, information, education, and advocacy for their rights and concerns, thus to enable each individual to reach his/her full potential.

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Evaluation Conclusions


Down Syndrome of Louisville (DSL) meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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Down Syndrome of Louisville (DSL) provides educational and personal development programming for children and adults with Down syndrome, from birth throughout adulthood. From birth through age five, children receive cognitive, physical, and social development services in our Early Education program, initially through the home-based Kentucky First Step program (birth-3) and . Students age five through 11 enrolled in our School-Age Creative Educational Enrichment Program attend educational programming during the school year and for two summer months to maintain/gain academic skills and improve school readiness. DSL provides ongoing educational and personal development programming for adolescents and adults, including a full-time day program, individual tutoring, life skills classes, postsecondary studies at Jefferson Community & Technical College, employment services, and exercise and fitness programs. DSL partners with Dreams With Wings to provide our adolescent and young adult members with a summer program that builds cognitive, social, and physical skills. DSL provides behavioral therapy services for children and adults of all ages. We contract with Associates in Pediatric Therapy to provide speech, occupational, and physical therapy services to our members at our Louisville facility and at Aquatic Therapy sessions held at the Home of the Innocents. Our organization also provides outreach, referral, and support services to our members and their families.

For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2012, DSL's program expenses were:

Early Childhood 155,438
Salaries Program 131,285
Lifelong Learning 122,655
Adult Development 114,662
Supportive Emploument 93,242
School Age Enrichment 59,215
Commmunity 42,382
Teen/ Adult 21,623
Total Program Expenses: $740,502
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Chief Executive : Diana Merzweiler, Executive Director

Chair of the Board: James Mc Donnell
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Digital Marketing Director of Papa Johns, Interntional

Board Size: 19

Paid Staff Size: 24

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Fund Raising


Method(s) Used:

Methods of fund raising include direct mail, invitations to fund raising events, print advertisements, television, grant proposals, internet, and planned giving arrangements.
Fund raising costs were 1% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $768,374, 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 DSL's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2012.

Ending net assets as reported below include $501,714 in unrestricted net assets and $185,750 in temporarily restricted net assets.

Total assets as reported include $131,085 invested in property and equipment.

Source of Funds  
Contribution and grants 703,607
Program Services 277,882
In Kind 38,305
Fundraising 26,462
Total Income $1,046,256


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 76%  Fund Raising: Less than 1%  Administrative: 22%  Other Expenses: 2%

Total income $1,046,256
Program expenses $740,502
Fund raising expenses 4,858
Administrative expenses 214,403
Other Expenses 18,000
Total expenses $977,763
Income in Excess of Expenses 68,493
Beginning net assets 618,971
Ending net assets 687,464
Total liabilities 14,886
Total assets $702,350

The Down Syndrome of Louisville has a Southern Indiana Campus located at 1329 Applegate Lane, Clarksville, IN 47129.

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