Better Business Bureau Report for
Big Brothers Big Sisters SW. IL.

Better Business Bureau Report issued July 2010
Better Business Bureau Report expires July 2012

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: Big Brothers Big Sisters SW. IL.
Address: 6400 West Main Street, Suite 1G
  Belleville , IL 62223
Phone: 618-398-3162
Web Address:
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1980, Illinois
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: "exists to help children reach their potential through professionally supported one-to-one relationships."

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Evaluation Conclusions


Big Brothers Big Sisters SW. IL. (BBBSWIL) meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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Mentoring (school and community based)- This includes counseling, sexual abuse prevention training, group activities, volunteer education, and referrals.

For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2009, BBBSWIL's program expenses were:

Big Brothers Big Sisters Mentoring Program 755,503
Total Program Expenses: $755,503
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Chief Executive : Barbara Cempura , President & CEO

Chair of the Board: John Barud
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: District Manager, Ameren

Board Size: 16

Paid Staff Size: 16

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


Method(s) Used:

direct mail, invitations to fund raising events, print advertisements, grant proposals
Fund raising costs were 13% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $774,100, 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 BBBSWIL's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2009.

Source of Funds  
Fundraising 285,831
Grants 255,140
Contributions 117,584
Local tax funds- Community Mental Health Act (708) 69,078
United Way 46,417
Interest income 3,932
Sale of Merchandise 50
Total Income $778,032


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 83%  Fund Raising: 11%  Administrative: 6% 

Total income $778,032
Program expenses $755,503
Fund raising expenses 101,351
Administrative expenses 58,053
Total expenses $914,907
Expenses in Excess of Income (136,875)
Beginning net assets 267,080
Ending net assets 130,205
Total liabilities 400
Total assets $130,605

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