Better Business Bureau Report for
Boys & Girls Club of Bethalto

Better Business Bureau Report issued June 2008
Better Business Bureau Report expires June 2010

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: Boys & Girls Club of Bethalto
Address: 324 E Central Ave
  Bethalto, IL 62010
Phone: 618-377-6030
Web Address:
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1980, Illinois
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: exists to inspire and enable all young people, expecially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens.

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Evaluation Conclusions


Boys & Girls Club of Bethalto does not meet the following 2 Standards for Charity Accountability.

Standard 14: Budget - Have a board-approved annual budget for its current fiscal year, outlining projected expenses for major program activities, fund raising, and administration.

This organization does not meet this Standard because the budget provided by the organization does not clearly identify the projected amounts to be spent on program service activities.

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 did not send the BBB a copy of its annual report. 

In addition, the St. Louis Better Business Bureau requested but did not receive complete information on the organization’s solicitation materials and is unable to verify the organization's compliance with the following Standard for Charity Accountability: 15.
Boys & Girls Club of Bethalto meets the remaining 17 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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The Boys & Girls Club of Bethalto provides: A safe place to learn and grow, ongoing relationships with caring, adult professionals, life-enhancing programs and character development experiences, and hope and opportunity. Its Youth Development Strategy is central to our programming. They believe that by using this strategy in their work with youth, they will give them the skills to make responsible choices and act against negative influences in their lives. The YDS is based on the following four principles. A sense of belonging- provide a setting where he/she feels welcome and fits in. A sense of usefulness- provide the opportunity to contribute and do something of value for others. A sense of competence- provide opportunities for success so they feel there is something they do well and that is respected by their peers. A sense of power or influence- provide an opportunity to be heard, listened to, cared about, and to influence decisions. Core Program Areas: Character and Leadership Development- empowers youth to support and influence their Club and community, sustain meaningful relationships with others, develop a positive self-image, participate in the democratic process and respect their own and others’ cultural identities. Education and Career Development- enables youth to become proficient in basic educational disciplines, apply learning to everyday situations and embrace technology to optimize employability. Health and Life Skills- develops young people’s capacity to engage in positive behaviors that nurture their own well-being, set personal goals and develop the competencies to live successfully as self-sufficient adults. The Arts- to develop creativity and an understanding and appreciation of the arts. Sports, Fitness and Recreation- develops fitness, positive use of leisure time, skills for stress management, appreciation for the environment and social and interpersonal skills. Current Programs: Serving over 1600 youth, ages 6-18, from Bethalto and 14 surrounding communities. Character & Leadership Development programs include: TEEN Supreme Keystone Club, Torch Club, Youth of the Year, Teen Council Education & Career Development programs include: Power Hour, Computer Lab, Tutoring, The Ultimate Journey, Junior Staff Career Development, Career Exploration, Goals for Growth, Job Ready, Club Service Health & Life Skills programs include: SMART Moves, SMART Girls, Kids in Control, Act SMART, Street SMART, Passport to Manhood, Cavity-Free Zone The Arts programs include: Art Club, Photography Class, Digital Arts Sports, Fitness & Recreation programs include: Nike Swoosh Club, Nike Challenges, Fitness Authority, Baseball, Soccer, Basketball, Teen Night Camp Cool, which includes elements of every core area, is offered during the summer months. Teen REACH, an Illinois Department of Human Services funded program, emphasizes education and mentoring, with staff providing case management services to selected youth. 21st Century Community Learning Center housed at East Alton Middle School is a Illinois Department of Education program offering educational enhancement services along with Boys & Girls Club social and recreational programs in an after school setting.

For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2006, Boys & Girls Club of Bethalto's program expenses were:

Positive Horizons 247,234
Other Programs 47,512
Total Program Expenses: $294,746
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Chief Executive : Kathleen Wilson, Executive Director

Chair of the Board: Brenda Goodman
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Business- manufacturing sales

Board Size: 12

Paid Staff Size: 23

*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, radio, internet, Individual Giving- It Just Takes 1 Campaign
Fund raising costs were 7% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $244,883, 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 Boys & Girls Club of Bethalto's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2006.

Source of Funds  
State Grant 77,405
Program Fees 71,117
United Way 60,313
Special Events 42,406
Corporate Pledges 22,401
Foundations/Government 15,499
In Kind Support 14,237
Contributions 12,206
Membership Dues 11,611
Investment Income 9,271
Federal Grant 416
Total Income $336,882


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 88%  Fund Raising: 5%  Administrative: 7% 

Total income $336,882
Program expenses $294,746
Fund raising expenses 16,541
Administrative expenses 23,929
Total expenses $335,216
Income in Excess of Expenses 1,666
Beginning net assets 306,301
Ending net assets 307,967
Total liabilities 10,868
Total assets $318,835

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