Better Business Bureau Report for
Council On Developmental Disabilities, Inc.

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

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Charity Contact Information

Name: Council On Developmental Disabilities, Inc.
Address: 1151 South Fourth Street
  Louisville, KY 40203 2997
Phone: 502-584-1239
Web Address:
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1952, Kentucky
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: It is the mission of The Council On Developmental Disabilities to initiate positive change on behalf of individuals with developmental disabilities by (1)voicing their needs to the community; (2) creating new choices for living, learning, and participation; and, (3) ensuring the highest quality of life possible. The Council’s vision is a society that includes, values, and empowers children, youth, and adults with developmental disabilities.

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Evaluation Conclusions


Council On Developmental Disabilities, Inc. meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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The Council On Developmental Disabilities programs include (1) advocacy and systems change activities (2) services to individuals with developmental disabilities, and (3) services to families with persons with developmental disabilities. 1. Advocacy and systems change program components include: Public Education and Information to provide accurate information about developmental disabilities, and the value and capacities of persons with DD; Client and Family Advocacy to actively intervene with or on behalf of individuals with DD and or their families as they seek solutions to individual needs or to deal with unresponsive systems within the community; Education Committee to monitor the quality of educational programs available to DD students in Jefferson and surrounding counties; Monitoring Committee to examine and evaluate DD programs relative to their treatment of clients, their benefit to clients, and their adherence to "best practice" models; and Governmental Affairs and Disability policy to monitor public policies, legislation, and regulations that impact persons with sevelopmental disabilities. 2. Services to individuals with developmental disabilities components include: Client Advocacy to match competent, capable, and interested volunteers to persons with DD; a Recreation Committee to seek and encourage normative, community-based recreational programs for persons with DD; and self advocacy activities for consumers. 3. Services to families of persons with developmental disabilities components include: Parent Outreach to match experienced parents with parents of newly identified children with DD; Guardianship and Planning for the Future to assist and support families in planning for the future; Information and Referral to assist families in accessing community resources; and Find a Future which is an online database of providers, agencies, and organizations that offer programs and services to persons with disabilities and their families.

For the fiscal year ended June 30, 2013, Council On Developmental Disabilities, Inc.'s program expenses were:

Training & Advocacy 200,743
Family Outreach 71,993
Assistive Technology Services 69,466
Weber Gallery 40,383
Total Program Expenses: $382,585
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Chief Executive : Donovan A. Fornwalt, Chief Executive Officer

Chair of the Board: ZoeAnn Yussman
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Parent Advocate

Co-Chair of the Board : Richard Bush

Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Attorney

Co-Chair of the Board : Lisa Archer

Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Financial Planning

Board Size: 24

Paid Staff Size: 6

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Fund Raising


Method(s) Used:

Methods of fund raising include direct mail, invitations to fund raising events, grant proposals, and internet.

In addition, the Council On Developmental Disabilities is a Metro United Way member agency.

Fund raising costs were 11% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $621,019, 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 Council On Developmental Disabilities, Inc.'s audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2013.

Ending net assets as reported below include $868,230 in unrestricted net assets , $408,873 in temporarily restricted net assets, and $881,218 in permanently restricted net assets.

Total assets as reported include $825,234 invested in property and equipment, net.

Source of Funds  
Metro United Way 190,487
General Contributions 111,594
Other Grants 91,341
Investment income and gains 82,416
Federal Grant SPEAK 74,643
Annual Campaign 49,743
Miscellaneous 21,013
Fund Raising Events (less direct expenses of $18,411)) 15,654
Gain on beneficial interest in foundation assets 5,345
Program Fees 5,141
Total Income $647,377


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 64%  Fund Raising: 12%  Administrative: 24% 

Total income $647,377
Program expenses $382,585
Fund raising expenses 69,793
Administrative expenses 140,284
Total expenses $592,662
Income in Excess of Expenses 54,715
Beginning net assets 2,103,606
Ending net assets 2,158,321
Total liabilities 68,338
Total assets $2,226,659

This report was originally issued in February 2013. Financial information in the report was updated in March 2014.

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