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Audiences Unlimited, Inc.

A BBB Accredited Charity since 02/20/2007.

This BBB Accredited Charity meets all 20 Standards for Charity Accountability and is a Seal Holder.
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Name: Audiences Unlimited, Inc.
Phone: (260) 424-1064
Fax: (260) 422-1336
Address: 1005 W Rudisill Blvd STE 304
Fort Wayne, IN 46807-2172
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Report Issued Date: December 15, 2011
Report Expiration Date: May 1, 2014
Original Business Start Date: June 1972
Principal: Ms. Lillian Embick, Executive Director
Customer Contact: Ms. Lillian Embick, Executive Director -
Email Address:
Type of Business: Charity - Local, Senior Citizens Service Organization
BBB Accreditation: This organization is a BBB Accredited Charity.

Stated Purpose

The purpose of Audiences Unlimited is to coordinate the cultural and entertainment resources of the community to benefit the institutionalized, elderly and handicapped residents who reside in nursing homes, retirement homes, and low-income senior housing apartment complexes. Free admissions are obtained & the necessary transportation is arranged. For those who cannot go out, capable programming is taken in the facilities and even bed-fast have musicians singing and playing to them in their rooms.

If you would like to make a tax deductible contribution to this BBB Accredited Charity, please visit the organization's website at or call their office at 260 424-1064.

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

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Audiences Unlimited, Inc. (AUI) continues to provide a higher quality of life for long-term care residents. Influence of AUI program has let to partnerships with 98% of the long term care facilities located in Allen and Noble Counties. The organization arranged 2,856 onsite programs and juke box parties. The Fort Wayne Philharmonic small ensemble groups made 81 performances for residents living in nursing homes throughout northeast Indiana. Two nutrition sites also benefited from these performances. The In-Community Events program allowed residents to enjoy a variety of holiday programs, summer activities and year-round popular attractions.

Long-term care residents continue to benefit from onsite performances made by local bands such as the Jay Fox Band, the Banjo Band, and the G-Men, the Fort Wayne Philharmonic small ensembles and more. Residents danced at hoedowns, back yard barbeques, anniversaries and birthday parties. Residents also enjoyed activities such as Music in the Courtyard, tea parties, and enhanced dining experiences. Alzheimer and bedfast residents often experience prolonged periods of isolation and are unable to participate in activities within their own environment. To bring attention and joy to this secluded group, more than 643 Room-to-Room visits made by professional musicians and certified music therapists were conducted. Patients of Alzheimer Units participated in small group visits with theme centered sing-a-longs and enjoyed the opportunity to play maracas, tambourines, castanets, and other small easy-to-use musical instruments.

For terminally ill residents, the Room-to-Room programs brings attention and joy through one-on-one visits. AUI has caring professionals who display compassion and empathy for these individuals. Each year, artists share stories of smiles and tears drawn form the words of a comforting song. The programs provide more than a brief distraction during life most challenging time.

AUI arranged 78 outings benefiting long-term care residents and individuals residing in subsidized independent living communities. Nearly all of AUI's partnering facilities took advantage of the one-day free admission to the Festival of Trees. Residents also enjoyed free admission and transportation to theaters, plays, festivals, and a host of other popular attractions offered by the greater community.

In 2008-2009 Audiences Unlimited has:
Coordinated 3015 onsite programs and community outings
Performed for 117,211 residents
Hired a part-time Program Coordinator
Established an outcomes evaluation process
Implemented an online activities calendar

Total Program Expenses:$241,182


Chief Executive Officer:Lillian C.Embick
Chair of the Board:John Rowlett
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation:Rowlett & Laker, Inc.
Board Size:14
Paid Staff Size:2 Full Time.

Fund Raising

Method(s) Used:Audiences Unlimited raises funds through grant proposals, direct mail appeals, planned giving,print advertisements.

Fund raising cost were 5.02% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $270,140 are donations received as a direct result of fund raising activities.)

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 Audiences Unlimited, Inc.'s IRS Form 990 for the year ended June 30, 2011:

 Contributions & Grants$269,666
 Investment income$173,983
 Other revenue$275
 Total Income:$443,924
Expenses  % of total
% of total
 Programs:$241,182 82.50%54.33%
 Fund Raising:$13,552 4.64%3.05%
 Administrative:$37,623 12.87%8.48%
 Total Expenses:$292,357
Excess of Income over Expenses$151,567
Ending Net Assets:$938,433

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