Better Business Bureau Report for
Arthritis Foundation, Eastern Missouri Chapter

Better Business Bureau Report issued September 2008
Better Business Bureau Report expires September 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: Arthritis Foundation, Eastern Missouri Chapter
Address: 9433 Olive Boulevard, Suite 100
  St. Louis, MO 63132
Phone: 314-991-9333
Web Address:
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1949, Missouri
Stated Purpose: exists to improve lives through leadership ni the prevention, control and cure of arthritis and related diseases.

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Evaluation Conclusions


Arthritis Foundation, Eastern Missouri Chapter (AFEM) does not meet the following 2 Standards for Charity Accountability.

Standard 3: Frequency and Attendance of Board Meetings - An organization shall have a minimum of three evenly spaced meetings per year of the full governing body with a majority in attendance, with face-to-face participation. A conference call of the full board can substitute for one of the three meetings of the governing body. For all meetings, alternative modes of participation are acceptable for those with physical disabilities.

The organization does not meet the meeting attendance provision of this Standard calling for at least 50% attendance on average for meetings held in the past fiscal year.  The organization responded to this finding by noting that it did meet its quorum requirement at each meeting. 

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, fundraising, and administrative expenses.  The organization responded to this finding by stating that budgeting format comes from its national office.    

Arthritis Foundation, Eastern Missouri Chapter (AFEM) meets the remaining 18 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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Education about arthritis to the public and services to pepole with arthritis. Services include financial assistance, exercise, classes, support groups, and self help courses. Additionally the Arthritis Foundation is the largest nonprofit supporter of arthritis research in the world.

For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2007, AFEM's program expenses were:

Public Health Education 745,100
Research 467,806
Patient & community services 395,348
Professional Education 31,783
Total Program Expenses: $1,640,037
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Chief Executive : Linda Sherwin , President

Chair of the Board: Walter G. Smith
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Vice President, Inflammation Research, Pfizer

Board Size: 26

Paid Staff Size: 8

*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, television, radio, grant proposals, internet, planned giving arrangements, membership
Fund raising costs were 11% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $2,008,698, 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 AFEM's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2007.

Source of Funds  
Bequests 862,209
Commerce & Industry 278,378
Direct Mail 244,266
Special Events Adj. Gross 215,627
CFC & United Way 192,826
Contributed good & serv. 102,714
Investment Income 49,045
Personal annual gifts 27,557
Goverment Grants 27,134
Foundations 26,000
Memorials 17,767
Service Fees 17,467
Clubs & Organizations 10,350
Other gifts 4,916
Donated Vehicles 3,870
Net Gains/Losses from investments 1,983
Other direct mail 1,493
Total Income $2,083,602


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

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

Total income $2,083,602
Program expenses $1,640,037
Fund raising expenses 214,850
Administrative expenses 126,018
Total expenses $1,980,905
Income in Excess of Expenses 102,697
Beginning net assets 833,015
Ending net assets 935,712
Total liabilities 1,980,905
Total assets $2,916,617

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