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Marion Downs Center


Original Business Start Date: 04/01/1956

A BBB Accredited Charity since 10/12/2006.


This BBB Accredited Charity meets all 20 Standards for Charity Accountability and is a Seal Holder.
BBB issues Charity Reports on all organizations, whether or not they are BBB accredited. If an organization is a BBB Accredited Charity, it is stated in this report.
Name: Marion Downs Center
Phone: (303) 322-1871
Fax: (303) 399-3411
Address: 4280 Hale Pkwy
Denver, CO 80220-3724
Website: www.chsl.org
Report Creation Date: December 19, 2012
Report Expiration Date: December 19, 2014
Original Business Start Date: April 1956
Principal: Ms. Jill Wayne, AuD, Executive Director
Customer Contact: Ms. Jill Wayne, AuD, Executive Director -
Email Address:
Incorporated: January 1961, CO
Type of Business: Charity - Local, Charity - Health
BBB Accreditation: This organization is a BBB Accredited Charity.

Additional DBA Names

The Center for Hearing, Speech & Language

Stated Purpose

Mission: The Center for Hearing, Speech and Language enriches people's lives by providing innovative, caring and high quality services regardless of financial status.


Evaluation Conclusions

This organization has been evaluated according to the 20 BBB Standards for Charity Accountability. This organization meets all those Standards and is a BBB Accredited Charity.


BBB Charity Seal Participation

Charities that meet the Standards for Charity Accountability are eligible to participate in BBB Wise Giving Alliance Charity Seal program. The seal, which can be displayed on the charity's web site and in printed materials, helps inform the public that the charity meets these standards. This organization participates in this program.


Programs

-Complete audiology services including hearing testing, evaluations, hearing aid device fitting and repairs.

-Complete speech-language services including screening, testing and evaluations, speech therapy and literacy programs.

-Industrial Hearing conservation program.

Total Program Expenses:$1,157,863

Governance

Chief Executive Officer:Jill Wayne
Chair of the Board:Carolyn Mulligan
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation:EMC, Inc., Sr. Manager
Board Size:16
Paid Staff Size:6 Full Time. 18 Part Time.

Fund Raising

Method(s) Used:Direct mail, print advertisements, fund raising events and grant proposals.


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.


Financial

According to Marion Downs Center's Audited Financial Statements for the year ended March 31, 2012:

Income
 Total Income:$1,450,150
 
Expenses  % of total
Expenses
% of total
Income
 Programs:$1,157,863 83.57%79.84%
 Fund Raising:$49,665 3.58%3.42%
 Administrative:$177,993 12.85%12.27%
 Other:$0 0.00%0.00%
 Total Expenses:$1,385,521
 
Excess of Income over Expenses$64,629
Ending Net Assets:$237,445

* 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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Whether charitable organizations use their employees, volunteers or professional fund- raisers to solicit donations by phone, mail, or in person, consider the following precautions to ensure that your donation dollars benefit the people and programs you want to help.

-Ask for written information, including the charity's name, address, and telephone number. A legitimate charity or fund- raiser will give you materials outlining the charity's mission, how your donation will be used, and proof that your contribution is tax deductible.

-Ask for identification. Many states require paid fund-raisers to identify themselves as such and to name the charity for which they're soliciting. If the solicitor refuses, hang up and report it to local law enforcement officials.

-Call the charity. Find out if the organization is aware of the solicitation and has authorized the use of its name. If not, you may be dealing with a fraudulent solicitor.

-Watch out for similar sounding names. Some phony charities use names that closely resemble those of respected, legitimate organizations.

-Know the difference between "tax exempt" and "tax deductible." Tax exempt means the organization doesn't have to pay taxes. Tax deductible means you can deduct your contribution on your federal income tax return. Even though an organization is tax exempt, your contribution may not be tax deductible. If deductibility is important to you, ask for a receipt showing the amount of your contribution and stating that it is tax deductible.

-Know that a 501(c)(3) organization must make a copy of its annual returns, (Form 990 or Form 990EZ) for the last three years and its exempt status application and supporting documents available for you to view during business hours.

-Be skeptical if someone thanks you for a pledge you don't remember making. If you have any doubt whether you've made a pledge or previously contributed, check your records. Be on the alert for invoices claiming you've made a pledge when you know you haven't. Some unscrupulous solicitors use this approach to get your money.

-Ask how your donation will be distributed. How much will go to the program you want to support, and how much will cover the charity's administrative costs? If a professional fund-raiser is used, ask how much it will keep.

-Refuse high pressure appeals. Legitimate fund-raisers won't push you to give on the spot.

-Be wary of charities offering to send a courier to collect your donation immediately.

-Consider the costs. When buying merchandise or tickets for special events, or when receiving free goods in exchange for giving, remember that these items cost money and generally are paid for out of your contribution. Although this can be an effective fund-raising tool, less money may be available for the charity.

-Be wary of guaranteed sweepstakes winnings in exchange for a contribution. You never have to donate anything to be eligible to win.

-Avoid cash gifts that can be lost or stolen. For security and tax record purposes, it's best to pay by check. Use the official full name of the charity - not initials - on your check. Avoid solicitors who want to send a courier or use an overnight delivery service to pick up your donation.

More information:
Philanthropic Advisory Service/ BBB Wise Giving Alliance Council of BBBs
4200 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 800
Arlington, VA 22203-1838
(703) 276-0100
http://www.bbb.org

American Institute of Philanthropy
4905 Del Ray Avenue, Suite 300
(301) 913-5200


(Source of info: http://www.ftc.gov/ftc/consumer.htm)


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Report as of October 20, 2014 16:46
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