Better Business Bureau Report for
Changing Worlds

Better Business Bureau Report issued August 2014
Better Business Bureau Report expires August 2016


Does not meet one or more standards
This charity does not meet one or more of the 20 standards for Charity Accountability. Find out more...


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Charity Contact Information

Name: Changing Worlds
Address: 329 W. 18th Street
Suite 613
  Chicago, IL 60616
Phone: 312-421-8040
Web Address: www.changingworlds.org
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1999, Illinois
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: Changing Worlds' mission is to foster inclusive communities through oral history, writing and art programs that improve student learning, affirm identity and enhance cross-cultural understanding.

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Evaluation Conclusions

              

Changing Worlds does not meet the following 3 Standards for Charity Accountability.

Standard 11: Financial Statements - Make available to all, on request, complete annual financial statements prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles. When total annual gross income exceeds $500,000, these statements should be audited in accordance with generally accepted auditing standards. For charities whose annual gross income is less than $500,000, a review by a certified public accountant is sufficient to meet this standard. For charities whose annual gross income is less than $250,000, an internally produced, complete financial statement is sufficient to meet this standard.

Changing Worlds does not meet this Standard because:

  • It states it does not have audited financial statements for the past fiscal year.

Standard 17: Web Site Disclosures - Include on any charity websites that solicit contributions, the same information that is recommended for annual reports, as well as the mailing address of the charity and electronic access to its most recent IRS Form 990.

Changing Worlds does not meet this Standard because the organization's website, www.changingworlds.org, does not include all of the recommended information for those charity websites that solicit for donations. Specifically, it does not include:

  • Electronic access to the organization’s most recent IRS Form 990.

Standard 18: Privacy for Written Appeals & Internet Privacy - Address privacy concerns of donors by (a) providing in written appeals, at least annually, a means (e.g., such as a check off box) for both new and continuing donors to inform the charity if they do not want their name and address shared outside the organization, (b) providing a clear, prominent and easily accessible privacy policy on any of its websites that tells visitors (i) what information, if any, is being collected about them by the charity and how this information will be used, (ii) how to contact the charity to review personal information collected and request corrections, (iii) how to inform the charity (e.g., a check off box) that the visitor does not wish his/her personal information to be shared outside the organization, and (iv) what security measures the charity has in place to protect personal information.

Changing Worlds does not meet this Standard because:

Changing Worlds does not meet this Standard because the privacy policy on this website, www.changingworlds.org does not indicate:

  • What personal information is being collected and how it will be used.
  • How to contact the charity to review personal information that is collected and request corrections.
  • How to inform the charity that the visitor does not want his/her information shared with others.
  • What security measures are in place to protect personal information that is collected.
In addition, the BBB of Chicago & Northern Illinois requested but did not receive complete information on the organization’s governance and oversight, effectiveness measures, finances, solicitation materials, and fundraising disclosures and is unable to verify the organization's compliance with the following 11Standards for Charity Accountability: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 10, 14, 15, and 19.
Changing Worlds meets the remaining 6 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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Programs

              

They provide in-school, after-school and community outreach programs in Chicago and beyond. Their educational, art and cultural awareness programs reach more than 15,000 students, teachers and families each year.

For the fiscal year ended August 31, 2013, Changing Worlds's program expenses were:

  
Total Program Expenses: $
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Governance

              

Chief Executive :
Compensation*: 

Chair of the Board:
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation:

Board Size:

Paid Staff Size:

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

              

Method(s) Used:

internet
Fund raising costs were 13% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $892,076, 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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Financial

              

The following information is based on Changing Worlds's IRS Form 990 for the fiscal year ended August 31, 2013.

Source of Funds  
Contributions and grants 739,849
Program Service revenue 152,227
Other revenue 79,891
Investment Income 538
Total Income $972,505


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Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 82%  Fund Raising: 11%  Administrative: 7% 

Total income $972,505
Program expenses $815,644
Fund raising expenses 114,287
Administrative expenses 71,928
Total expenses $1,001,859
Expenses in Excess of Income (29,354)
Beginning net assets 467,050
Ending net assets 437,696
Total liabilities 23,867
Total assets $461,563


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