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Colorado Neurological Institute

Original Business Start Date: 08/09/1988

This charity does not meet one or more of the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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Name: Colorado Neurological Institute
Phone: (303) 788-4010
Fax: (303) 788-5469
Address: 701 E Hampden Ave STE 415
Englewood, CO 80113-2759
Report Creation Date: February 9, 2015
Report Expiration Date: February 9, 2017
Original Business Start Date: August 1988
Principal: Ms. Tamra Lack, Executive Director
Customer Contact: Genevieve Laca, Development Manager
Incorporated: January 1988, CO
Type of Business: Charity - Local, Charity - Health

Stated Purpose

The mission of the Colorado Neurological Institute is to enhance the delivery of personalized, comprehensive and state-of-the-art care to patients with neurological conditions through coordinated research, patient services and education.

Evaluation Conclusions

This organization has been evaluated according to the 20 BBB Standards for Charity Accountability. Donors must decide for themselves the relative importance of the Standards in question.

Colorado Neurological Institute does not meet the following 1 Standards for Charity Accountability.

16: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.

Colorado Neurological Institute does not meet this standard because its 2012 annual report does not include a roster of the officers and members of the board of directors and it does not identify total end-of-year net assets.

Colorado Neurological Institute meets the remaining 19 Standards for Charity Accountability.


CNI has three focus areas: research, patient services, and education. Programs related to each focus area are listed below:

1. Research: CNI promotes and coordinates research and clinical trials for a broad range of neurological conditions. CNI supports physician initiated studies each year. Currently, CNI is participating in over 50 research projects. A patient might not see a cure in his/her lifetime, but can find comfort in the fact their involvement in CNI's research studies will help find better treatment options and hopefully a cure for future generations.

2. Patient Services: CNI collaborates with physicians to offer integrated and enhanced services. Services include patient care coordination and navigation, social work services, support groups, outpatient neurological rehabilitation, patient assistance fund, the Underserved Patient Rehab Program, ALS and Huntington's disease clinics, and the Kids Cochlear Camp. CNI strives to be a resource center for patients and their caregivers, making it easy to obtain the information and services they need to make informed decisions about their health.

3. Education: CNI's education programs cover topics like hearing, epilepsy, movement disorders, stroke, new treatment options, Parkinson's disease, Huntington's disease, brain tumors, caregiver support, brain function, spasticity, multiple sclerosis, and other topics. These are covered through seminars, our large Neuro Conference, and community meetings.

Total Program Expenses:$2,515,475


Chief Executive Officer:Tamra Lack
Chair of the Board:LaRae Dodson
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation:Vice President Real Estate & Fleet
Board Size:15
Paid Staff Size:16 Full Time. 5 Part Time.

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.


According to Colorado Neurological Institute's Audited Financial Statements for the year ended December 31, 2013:

 Total Income:$2,845,402
Expenses  % of total
% of total
 Programs:$2,515,475 84.01%88.40%
 Fund Raising:$291,687 9.74%10.25%
 Administrative:$187,182 6.25%6.58%
 Other:$0 0.00%0.00%
 Total Expenses:$2,994,344
* Excess of Expenses over Income$148,942
Ending Net Assets:$2,026,207

* Excess for the year indicates the portion of income remaining after expenses.

Charity Licensing

All charitable organizations soliciting contributions in Colorado -- with a few specific exceptions listed in the Charitable Solicitations Act at 6-16-104(6)(a)-(c), C.R.S. -- must submit an initial registration statement with the Secretary of State and receive a registration number. After the initial registration, annual registration statements must be renewed each year by the 5th day of the fifth month after the close of the organization’s fiscal year. In addition, all solicitation campaigns utilizing paid solicitors as defined at 6-16-103(7), C.R.S. must be listed on separate Solicitation Notices, which should be filed online by the paid solicitor.

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Report as of October 8, 2015 07:49
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