Better Business Bureau Report for
Lupus Foundation of America, Inc., Greater Ohio Chapter

Better Business Bureau Report issued March 2017
Better Business Bureau Report expires March 2018

This BBB Accredited charity meets all 20 Standards for Charity Accountability and is a Seal Holder. Find out more...

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Charity Contact Information

Name: Lupus Foundation of America, Inc., Greater Ohio Chapter
Address: 12930 Chippewa Rd
  Brecksville, OH 44141
Phone: 440-717-0183
Web Address:
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Formerly known as:Lupus Foundation of America, Greater Cleveland Chapter, Inc.

Year, State Incorporated: 1977, Ohio
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: "to improve the quality of life for all people affected by lupus through programs of research, education, and advocacy."

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Evaluation Conclusions


Lupus Foundation of America, Inc., Greater Ohio Chapter (LFAGOC) meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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Each year, the LFA, GOC offers more than 300 support groups with over 1000 participants throughout the state of Ohio. It continues to introduce educational and support programming that is designed to meet the needs of our constituents. These programs include; educational symposiums, patient navigation, new patient education classes, healthcare advocacy, patient literature and more. These efforts help patients get answers to their questions and manage the complexities of living with lupus. Most importantly, it helps them know they are not alone. This past year the LFA, GOC had the privilege of working with RAMA Consulting, Inc. to conduct the Ohio Department of Health Lupus Needs Assessment, a project to document the personal and public burden of lupus and inform implementation strategies to better serve this community in the next biennium. The LFA, GOC will be working to implement the results of this assessment in 2017 in conjunction with RAMA Consulting and the Ohio Department of Health. The LFA, GOC works every day to accomplish its mission and meet the needs of lupus patients in the state of Ohio.

For the fiscal year ended September 30, 2016, LFAGOC's program expenses were:

Program Expenses 381,422
Total Program Expenses: $381,422
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Chief Executive : Suzanne Tierney, President/CEO

Chair of the Board: Maria Woyma
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Program Coordinator, Cleveland Clinic

Board Size: 13

Paid Staff Size: 7

*Compensation includes annual salary and, if applicable, benefit plans, expense accounts, and other allowances.
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Fund Raising


Method(s) Used:

direct mail, telephone, invitations to fund raising events, radio, grant proposals, internet, membership, Third Party Fundraisers
Fund raising costs were 14% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $421,932, are donations received as a result of fund raising activities.)
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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.
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The following information is based on LFAGOC's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2016.

Source of Funds  
Contributions-Events 152,896
Fundraising 143,865
Grants 68,295
Contributions 47,976
Membership 8,900
Miscellaneous 3,517
Total Income $425,449


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 80%  Fund Raising: 13%  Administrative: 7% 

Total income $425,449
Program expenses $381,422
Fund raising expenses 60,574
Administrative expenses 33,731
Total expenses $475,727
Expenses in Excess of Income (50,278)
Beginning net assets 111,591
Ending net assets 61,310
Total liabilities 33,644
Total assets $94,954

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