Better Business Bureau Report for
College Bound

Better Business Bureau Report issued March 2011
Better Business Bureau Report expires March 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: College Bound
Address: 110 N. Jefferson
  St. Louis, MO 63103
Phone: 314-361-4441
Web Address:
Also known as:A Million Stars
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 2006, Missouri
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: "exists to provide promising high school students from under-resourced backgrounds with the academic enrichment, social supports and life skills needed to apply, matriculate and succeed in four-year colleges."

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Evaluation Conclusions


College Bound (CB) meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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College Bound offers promising first-generation, economically disadvantaged high school students the wrap-around academic enrichment, social supports and life skills they need to apply to, enroll in and graduate from four-year colleges. It does this through five programs: Get Your Prep On, a year-long outreach program, provides information, workshops, in-school advising and other resources that encourage 9th grade students to pursue post-secondary education. Making the Grade, a comprehensive academic enrichment program, offers courses in math and language arts, weekly tutoring and study groups that give students (grades 9-12) the academic foundation to succeed at selective four-year institutions. Enrichment continues year round, with intensive math and language arts courses over the summer. Admission Accomplished, a three-year college access program (for grades 9-12), provides college knowledge, career planning, financial literacy, Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) completion and tools to create high quality applications. College counselors, test preparation professionals and experienced staff prepare students to enter appropriate colleges. Culture, Character, Capacity provides students with opportunities for community service, cultural events, mentoring, social services and financial services. Complete U, a transition and persistence program that begins in the second semester of 12th grade, supports and empowers students through college. Students receive comprehensive counseling on budgeting, loan and managing debt, as well as non-cognitive training to promote self-efficacy and help-seeking. After matriculation to college, students receive on-going support from experienced college advisors, CB staff and consultants. The College Bound goal: Students who are admitted to college graduate from college.

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

College Bound 776,038
Total Program Expenses: $776,038
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Chief Executive : Lisa Zarin, Executive Director

Highest Paid Executive: Erica Zoll,Development Director
Compensation*: $65,000

Chair of the Board: Susan Weissman
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Principal & Founder, Maring Weissman Public Relations

Board Size: 11

Paid Staff Size: 9

*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, telephone, invitations to fund raising events, grant proposals
Fund raising costs were 6% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $1,201,754, 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 CBCollege Bound's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2009.

Source of Funds  
Contribution income, including in-kind 902,099
Special events (net) 175,111
Government funding 124,544
Interest income 854
Miscellaneous income 194
Total Income $1,202,802


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 87%  Fund Raising: 7%  Administrative: 6% 

Total income $1,202,802
Program expenses $776,038
Fund raising expenses 67,222
Administrative expenses 55,735
Total expenses $898,995
Income in Excess of Expenses 303,807
Beginning net assets 276,880
Ending net assets 580,687
Total liabilities 55,627
Total assets $636,314

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