Better Business Bureau Report for
Americana Community Center

Better Business Bureau Report issued December 2013
Better Business Bureau Report expires December 2015

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

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Charity Contact Information

Name: Americana Community Center
Address: 4801 Southside Drive
  Louisville, KY 40214
Phone: 502-366-7813
Web Address:
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1993, Kentucky
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: The Americana Community Center is a non-profit organization which provides a spectrum of services for the many diverse residents of Metro Louisville. These services enable people to discover and utilize resources to build strong families, create a safe, supportive community and realize their individual potential.

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Evaluation Conclusions


Americana Community Center meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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Americana Community Center (ACC) strives to be a safe and welcoming place for a culturally diverse group of people, serving refugees, immigrants and native born residents. The programs offer support and provide opportunities for individuals, children and families to build their capacity for success with a primary focus on education and community building activities, as well as opportunities in the arts and recreation. Program participants represent 92 different countries and 36 metro zip code areas. ACC and its partners offer an array of programs and services are offered including: 1) Youth Program: after-school and summer programs for K-12 youth; 2) Family Education Program: works with immigrant and refugee families to support the education of the entire family; 3) Adult Education: GED, ABE and ESL classes; 4) Citizenship Classes; 5) Americana Fiberworks: an art and literacy program for women; 6) Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) site, providing free tax preparation for low to moderate income families; 7) Community building activities - Americana serves as a facility for community groups to host a multitude of events. Neighborhood residents and program participants also benefit from the Community Garden on campus. Our campus also hosts the annual Americana World Festival which brings people together to celebrate their diversity.

For the fiscal year ended June 30, 2014, Americana Community Center's program expenses were:

Program services 644,678
Total Program Expenses: $644,678
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Chief Executive : Egardo N Mansilla, Executive Director

Chair of the Board: J. Barry Barker
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Executive Director, Transit Authority of River City

Board Size: 14

Paid Staff Size: 37

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Fund Raising


Method(s) Used:

Methods of fund raising include direct mail, telephone, invitations to fund raising events, print advertisements, radio, internet, planned giving arrangements, and cause-related marketing.

In addition, the Americana Community Center is a Metro United Way member agency.

Fund raising costs were 15% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $655,416, 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 Americana Community Center's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2014.

Ending net assets as reported below include $911,054 in unrestricted net assets and $928,885 in temporarily restricted net assets.

Total assets as reported include $1,299,897 invested in property, land, and equipment.

Revenue as reported below includes $836,381 in capital campaign contributions.

Source of Funds  
Contributions and grants 599,216
Government grants 56,200
Miscellaneous 25,866
Interest income 74
Total Income $681,356


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 78%  Fund Raising: 12%  Administrative: 10% 

Total income $681,356
Program expenses $644,678
Fund raising expenses 96,014
Administrative expenses 82,449
Total expenses $823,141
Expenses in Excess of Income (141,785)
Beginning net assets 1,981,724
Ending net assets 1,839,939
Total liabilities 521,631
Total assets $2,361,570

This report was originally issued in December 2013. Financial information in the report was updated in March 2015.

The audit for the year ending June 30, 2014 includes a "Going Concern" note that reads, in part, that "The Center has experienced significant decreases in unrestricte net assets for the last six years, and is having difficutly obtaining sufficient unrestricted funds to provide working capital...The Center is evaluating its options in order to increase revenue, and decrease operation expenditures. It has already implemented some measures, such as salary reductions and total staff reductions in management. The ability of the center to continue as a going concern is dependent on the success of these actions. These financial statements do not include an adjustments that might be necessary if the Center is unable to continue as a going concern."

The American Community Center was provided an opportunity to comment on the "going concern" note in the audit and has responded in follow: "When Americana Community Center opened almost 25 years ago, it was a community-based, grassroots-funded project meeting an immediate need with unestablished sustainability; we performed as many services as possible on an unstable budget. As we move into the future, ACC is thinking and acting long-term. As our services are unique and unduplicated in this city, we see the importance of ensuring their availability for future generations. In 2013, we began our first endeavors into diversifying fundraising, and we are currently launching a comprehensive plan that will sustain us for the years to come. The steps of our six pronged plan include: Initiate Major Campaign for Sustainability of Operations, Reduction of Grant Dependency, Development of Americana’s Board of Directors, Expansion of Special Events, Creation of a Strategic Giving Program, and Formation of Succession Plan. In the next 3 years, we commit to raising $4.2 million for The Americana Dream! Our board is serving as the driving force behind this initiative. Activities include opening doors for financial opportunities with foundations or corporations, soliciting donations from associates, or even writing personal checks. We have worked very hard to build a board that is committed to the financial stability of Americana."

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