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Easter Seal Society of Iowa


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This Charity did not provide requested information. As a result, we cannot determine if it meets Standards.
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Name: Easter Seal Society of Iowa
Phone: (515) 274-1529
Fax: (515) 289-1281
Address: 2920 30th St
Des Moines, IA 50310
Website: www.eastersealsia.org
Report Creation Date: August 13, 2012
Report Expiration Date: September 10, 2017
Original Business Start Date: December 1926
Principal: Sherri Nielsen, President/CEO
Customer Contact: Sherri Nielsen, President/CEO - (515) 289-1933
Entity: Non-Profit
Incorporated: December 1926, IA
Type of Business: Charity - Local

Additional DBA Names

Camp Sunnyside

BBB Comments

This charitable organization either has not responded to written BBB requests for information or has declined to be evaluated in relation to BBB Standards for Charity Accountability. Charity participation in BBB review is voluntary. However, without the requested information, it is not possible to determine whether this charity adheres to all of the BBB Standards for Charity Accountability. The BBB encourages charities to disclose accountability information beyond that typically included in financial statements and government filings, in order to demonstrate transparency and strengthen public trust in the charitable sector.

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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.


Additional Contact Information

Additional Addresses
401 NE 66th Ave
Des Moines, IA  50313-1243
Tel: (515) 289-1933

PO Box 5168
Des Moines, IA  50333-4002


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Report as of April 24, 2015 15:41
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