Better Business Bureau Report for
Cinema St. Louis

Better Business Bureau Report issued June 2007
Better Business Bureau Report expires June 2009

Does not meet one or more standards
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: Cinema St. Louis
Address: 3547 Olive Street
  St. Louis , MO 63103
Phone: 314-289-4150
Web Address:
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1992, Missouri
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: exists to promote the art of cinema within the diverse St. Louis community through a variety of screenings, unique programs, and educational opportunities throughout the year.

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Evaluation Conclusions


Cinema St. Louis (CSTL ) does not meet the following 4 Standards for Charity Accountability.

Standard 6: Board Policy on Effectiveness - Have a board policy of assessing, no less than every two years, the organization's performance and effectiveness and of determining future actions required to achieve its mission.

The organization does not have a board policy on assessing organizational performance and effectiveness but is working to comply with this standard by creating one. 

Standard 7: Board Approval of Written Report on Effectiveness - Submit to the organization's governing body, for its approval, a written report that outlines the results of the aforementioned performance and effectiveness assessment and recommendations for future actions.

The organization does not have a board policy on assessing organizational performance and effectiveness but is working to comply with this standard by creating one. 

Standard 12: Detailed Functional Breakdown of Expenses - Include in the financial statements a breakdown of expenses (e.g., salaries, travel, postage, etc.) that shows what portion of these expenses was allocated to program, fund raising, and administrative activities. If the charity has more than one major program category, the schedule should provide a breakdown for each category.

The organization does not have a detailed functional breakdown of expenses in its audited financial statements.  Has informed the BBB that it will include one it its next audit. 

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 organization does not produce an annual report but is working to comply with this standard by producing one. 

Cinema St. Louis (CSTL ) meets the remaining 16 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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Film festival production for the general public.

For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2005, CSTLCinema St. Louis 's program expenses were:

Film Festival Production 204,861
Total Program Expenses: $204,861
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Chief Executive :

Chair of the Board: Jay Kanzler
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Attorney, Witzel & Kanzler LLC

Board Size: 17

Paid Staff Size: 3

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


Method(s) Used:

invitations to fund raising events, grant proposals
Fund raising costs were 15% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $170,470, 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 CSTLCinema St. Louis 's IRS Form 990 for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2005.

Source of Funds  
Program service revenue 121,291
Government contributions 88,064
Direct public support 53,440
Special events (net) 28,966
Other revenue 1,177
Interest on savings and temporary cash investments 549
Total Income $293,487


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 71%  Fund Raising: 9%  Administrative: 20% 

Total income $293,487
Program expenses $204,861
Fund raising expenses 25,571
Administrative expenses 59,015
Total expenses $289,447
Income in Excess of Expenses 4,040
Beginning net assets 95,051
Ending net assets 89,481
Total liabilities 18,637
Total assets $108,118

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