Better Business Bureau Report for
Assistance League of Greater San Diego

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

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This charity does not meet one or more of the 20 standards for Charity Accountability. Find out more...

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Charity Contact Information

Name: Assistance League of Greater San Diego
Address: 108 University Avenue
  San Diego, CA 92103
Phone: (619) 298-7050
Web Address:
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Formerly known as:The Assistance League of San Diego County

Year, State Incorporated: 1964, California
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: Volunteers..reaching out to fulfill community needs.

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Evaluation Conclusions


Assistance League of Greater San Diego does not meet the following Standard for Charity Accountability.

Standard 16: Annual Report - Have an annual report available to all, on request, that includes: (a) the organization's mission statement, (b) a summary of the past year's program service accomplishments, (c) a roster of the officers and members of the board of directors, (d) financial information that includes (i) total income in the past fiscal year, (ii) expenses in the same program, fund raising and administrative categories as in the financial statements, and (iii) ending net assets.

The charity states it does not have an annual report covering activities conducted in the past year.


In addition, BBB requested but did not receive complete information on the charity's solicitation materials and is unable to verify the charity's compliance with the following Standard for Charity Accountability: 15.
Assistance League of Greater San Diego meets the remaining 18 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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The Operation School Bell Program provides school uniforms, shoes, hygiene kits, and school supplies kits to needy children referred by the school nurse or social worker. According to the charity, in 2010, 2,342 students were served by the program.

The Book Buddies Program provides books for the Florence Elementary School library, helps staff the library, and sponsors a reading contest each month with prizes given for reading the most books.

The Dance Program, in partnership with San Diego Ballet Company, sponsors ballet classes for children in the after-school care program at Florence Elementary School. The charity provides leotards and shoes and assists with supervision. According to the charity, in 2010, 317 were served.

The San-Dy Bears Program donates teddy bears to fire stations, police stations, and trauma centers for children in traumatic circumstances. In 2010, according to the charity, 144 teddy bears were distributed.

The Trauma Clothing Kits provide sweat pants, t-shirts, and sweatshirts to hospital emergency rooms for trauma victims to wear when release. According to the charity, 480 garments were delivered in 2010.

The Senior Citizens Program holds weekly sessions to offer free blood pressure checks and an opportunity for socializing for seniors at the chapter house. According to the charity, in 2010, 4040 seniors were served.

The Twain Continuation Senior High School has several programs to assist staff and students, including teaching young mothers how to read to their babies, providing bibs for infants and toddlers, coaching seniors for their portfolio presentations, sponsoring a party each quarter honoring students who have made significant improvement, books for the library, and awarding scholarships for higher education studies.

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For the fiscal year ended May 31, 2011, Assistance League of Greater San Diego's program expenses were:

Operation School Bell 129,427
Trauma Clothing 6,210
Twain School Scholarships 5,495
Twain School Supplies 1,969
Dance 1,457
Book Buddies 754
Operation Hug 712
Senior Citzen 552
Total Program Expenses: $146,576

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Chief Executive :

Chair of the Board: Ms. Barbara Wiggins
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Retired

Board Size: 11

Paid Staff Size: 0

*According to the charity, it is an all-volunteer organization and does not have any paid staff members.
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Fund Raising


Method(s) Used:

direct mail appeals, invitations to fundraising events, membership appeals
Fundraising costs were 8% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $52,614, are donations received as a result of fundraising activities.)
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Tax Status


This charity 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 Assistance League of Greater San Diego's reviewed financial statements for the fiscal year ended May 31, 2011.

Source of Funds  
Net Revenue from Thrift Shop 143,406
Contributions and Grants 38,145
Membership 14,469
Net Revenue from Treasure Bazaar 14,054
Investment Return 6,108
Parking Lot Fees 5,362
Total Income $221,544


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 68%  Fund Raising: 2%  Administrative: 4%  Other Expenses: 26%

Total income $221,544
Program expenses $146,576
Fund raising expenses 4,069
Administrative expenses 8,138
Other Expenses 56,325
Total expenses $215,108
Income in Excess of Expenses 6,436
Beginning net assets 1,156,405
Ending net assets 1,162,842
Total liabilities 12,719
Total assets $1,175,736

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