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Miriam Foundation

This BBB Accredited Charity meets all 20 Standards for Charity Accountability and is a Seal Holder.
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Name: Miriam Foundation
Phone: (314) 962-6059
Address: 501 Bacon Street
Saint Louis, MO 63119
Report Expiration Date: May 31, 2014
Original Business Start Date: January 1984
Principal: Andrew Thorp, Executive Director
Type of Business: Charity - Local, Charity - Children & Youth
BBB Accreditation: This organization is a BBB Accredited Charity.

Additional DBA Names

Miriam Learning Center

Stated Purpose

"To improve the quality of life for children with learning disabilities and their families through innovative and comprehensive programs."

Evaluation Conclusions

This organization has been evaluated according to the 20 BBB Standards for Charity Accountability. Miriam Foundation meets all voluntary Standards for Charity Accountability.

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Miriam: The Learning Disability Experts is the only one-stop resource for children with learning disabilities in the St. Louis region and operates two programs, the Miriam School and the Miriam Learning Center. The Miriam School serves 96 children, pre-kindergarten through eighth grade in small, ungraded classrooms with a ratio of ten students per teacher. Children come to the Miriam School with unique academic, social and personal challenges and the professional faculty provides an individualized education plan and curriculum designed to meet each child's needs, The mission of the Miriam Learning Center (MLC) is to improve the lives of children with learning challenges and their families through specialized therapeutic and educational services. MLC offers convenient after school, evening and weekend programs for over 300 children who need academic and therapeutic support to succeed in their current school. MLC has a variety of resources that will help children discover their learning potential. MLC's team of specialist professionals works with each child to determine the best support strategy. Services include: Psycho-educational Evaluations, Post High School Educational Evaluations, Occupational Therapy and Evaluations, Speech/Language Therapy and Evaluations, Music Therapy, Art Therapy, Tutoring with Certified Special Education Teachers, Study Skills Training, Educational Consultation, After School Adapted Enrichment Classes, Social Skills Training, Individual and Family Counseling, Summer Therapy Camp

For the year ended June 30, 2012, Miriam Foundation's program expenses were:

Miriam Learning Center:$239,259
Miriam School:$1,860,562
Memorial scholarships:$24,492
Financial assistance:$675,600
Total Program Expenses:$2,799,913


Chief Executive Officer:Andrew Thorp, Executive Director
CEO Compensation:$97,475
Chair of the Board:Judi Scissors
Board Size:30
Paid Staff Size:73 Full Time.

Fund Raising

Method(s) Used:direct mail, invitations to fund raising events, print advertisements, grant proposals, internet, planned giving arrangements, membership

Fund raising costs were 15% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $991,613 are donations received as a 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 Miriam Foundation's audited financial statements for the year ended June 30, 2012:

 The Miriam Switching Post sales$392,048
  The Miriam School tuition$2,206,510
  Miriam Learning Center$251,942
  The Miriam School - Other Revenue$98,771
  Net gain (loss) on investments$2,837
  Donations and annual giving$479,469
  Interest and dividends$99,082
 Total Income:$3,651,383
Expenses  % of total
 Programs:$2,799,913 78.98%
 Fund Raising:$147,788 4.17%
 Administrative:$597,390 16.85%
 Total Expenses:$3,545,091
Excess of Income over Expenses$106,292
Beginning Net Assets$7,233,481
Ending Net Assets:$7,339,773
Total Assets$8,573,951
Total Liabilities$1,234,178

Additional Contact Information

Additional Addresses
501 Bacon Ave
Saint Louis, MO  63119-1512

Additional Phone Numbers
Tel: (314) 961-1500
Tel: (314) 968-5225

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