Better Business Bureau Report for
I AM ABLE Center For Family Development, Inc.

Better Business Bureau Report issued November 2014
Better Business Bureau Report expires November 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: I AM ABLE Center For Family Development, Inc.
Address: 3410 W. Roosevelt Rd.
  Chicago, IL 60624
Phone: 773-826-2929
Web Address: http://www.iamablecenter.org/index-2.html
Also known as:ABLE
I AM ABLE Family Center
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1992, Illinois
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: I AM ABLE'S mission is to demonstrate the love of Jesus Christ, providing all families and individuals with life-changing clinical counseling, educational and wellness services, which instill a sense of purpose, confidence and hope.

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Evaluation Conclusions

              

I AM ABLE Center For Family Development, Inc. does not meet the following 4 Standards for Charity Accountability.

Standard 12: Detailed Functional Breakdown of Expenses - Include in the financial statements a breakdown of expenses (e.g., salaries, travel, postage, etc.) that shows what portion of these expenses was allocated to program, fund raising, and administrative activities. If the charity has more than one major program category, the schedule should provide a breakdown for each category.

Standard 16: Annual Report - Have an annual report available to all, on request, that includes: (a) the organization's mission statement, (b) a summary of the past year's program service accomplishments, (c) a roster of the officers and members of the board of directors, (d) financial information that includes (i) total income in the past fiscal year, (ii) expenses in the same program, fund raising and administrative categories as in the financial statements, and (iii) ending net assets.

I AM ABLE Center For Family Development, Inc. does not meet this standard because:

  • The organization states it does not have an annual report covering activities conducted in the past 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.

I AM ABLE Center For Family Development, Inc. does not meet this Standard because the organization's website, http://www.iamablecenter.org/index-2.html, does not include all of the recommended information for those charity websites that solicit for donations. Specifically, it does not include:

  • Total income.
  • Total program expenses.
  • Total fund raising expenses.
  • Total administrative expenses.
  • End of year net assets.
  • 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.

I AM ABLE Center For Family Development, Inc. does not meet this Standard because:

I AM ABLE Center For Family Development, Inc. does not meet this Standard because the privacy policy on this website, http://www.iamablecenter.org/index-2.html 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 finances and is unable to verify the organization's compliance with the following 2Standards for Charity Accountability: 8 and 9.
I AM ABLE Center For Family Development, Inc. meets the remaining 14 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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Programs

              

Provides clinical counseling, educational and wellness services to people who have been traumatized and abused and to those that have mental health issues

For the fiscal year ended June 30, 2013, I AM ABLE Center For Family Development, Inc.'s program expenses were:

  
clinical services 195,997
family bridges 138,826
general fund 29,469
safety networks 17,914
learn 12,342
fraizer 11,061
Total Program Expenses: $405,609
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Governance

              

Chief Executive : Carolyn Vessel, CEO
Compensation*: 
$69,000

Chair of the Board: Jeff Liesendahl
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: retired

Board Size: 6

Paid Staff Size: 13

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

              

Method(s) Used:

invitations to fund raising events
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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 I AM ABLE Center For Family Development, Inc.'s audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2013.

Source of Funds  
grant revenue 447,145
contributions 21,495
buliding lease 13,800
fund raisers 11,029
participant fees 9,059
Total Income $502,528


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Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 82%    Administrative: 18% 

Total income $502,528
Program expenses $405,609
Fund raising expenses 0
Administrative expenses 90,454
Total expenses $496,063
Income in Excess of Expenses 6,465
Beginning net assets (66,433)
Ending net assets (59,968)
Total liabilities 0
Total assets $0


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