Better Business Bureau Report for
Assistance League® of Indianapolis

Better Business Bureau Report issued January 2018
Better Business Bureau Report expires January 2019

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: Assistance League® of Indianapolis
Address: 1475 W. 86th St. Suite E
  Indianapolis, IN 46260
Phone: 317-872-1010
Web Address:
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1988, Indiana
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: "is a nonprofit, all-volunteer organization committed to serving the needs of children and adults through ongoing philanthropic programs developed and managed by its members."

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Evaluation Conclusions


Assistance League® of Indianapolis (ALI) meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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Assistance League of Indianapolis, a chapter of National Assistance League, was organized in 1984 and chartered in 1988 with tax-exempt status under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The chapter currently implements and manages four philanthropic programs that touch the lives of thousands of people in central Indiana: Operation School Bell® (our signature program), Assault Survivor Kits®, ALI Bears, and ALI Friends. The Board of Directors is composed of chapter members who volunteer their time. It is a member elected working board that directs 238 member-volunteers. Assistance League of Indianapolis is a recognized leader in supplying services to the disadvantaged, and it is done with the efforts of member-volunteers, as there is no paid staff or salaried employees. In fiscal year 2015-2016 over 27,000 charitable hours were logged by Assistance League member-volunteers, which translates to an estimated value $635,000 based on the US Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor estimated value of a volunteer hour.

For the fiscal year ended May 31, 2016, ALI's program expenses were:

Operation School Bell 419,499
Assault Survivors Kits 17,298
Other 10,250
Total Program Expenses: $447,047
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Chief Executive :

Chair of the Board: Adele B. Carr
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Community Volunteer

Board Size: 12

Paid Staff Size: 0

*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, invitations to fund raising events, print advertisements, grant proposals, internet, planned giving arrangements, membership
Fund raising costs were 6% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $641,997, 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 ALI's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended May 31, 2016.

Source of Funds  
Contributions & Grants 386,738
Fundraising events 232,929
Membership 22,330
Interest 642
Total Income $642,639


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 90%  Fund Raising: 8%  Administrative: 2% 

Total income $642,639
Program expenses $447,047
Fund raising expenses 41,080
Administrative expenses 10,107
Total expenses $498,234
Income in Excess of Expenses 144,405
Beginning net assets 922,917
Ending net assets 1,067,322
Total liabilities 16,525
Total assets $1,083,847

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