Better Business Bureau Report for
First Look for Charity Foundation

Better Business Bureau Report issued November 2012
Better Business Bureau Report expires November 2014

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Charity Contact Information

Name: First Look for Charity Foundation
Address: 18 W 200 Butterfield Road
  Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181
Phone: 630-495-2282
Web Address:
Also known as:First Look for Charity
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 2004, Illinois
Affiliates: Chicago Automobile Trade Association
Stated Purpose: The First Look for Charity Foundation sponsors, promotes and executes the First Look for Charity gala prior to each year’s Chicago Auto Show. Funds raised by the event are distributed to a group of charitable organizations in the Chicago area.

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First Look for charity is a one day fundraising event held at McCormick Place the evening before the Chicago Auto Show opens to the public. Proceeds from the event are used to benefit a select group of eighteen Chicago area charities.

For the fiscal year ended June 30, 2011, hooved animal's program expenses were:

Funds Distributed to Charities 1,863,583
Total Program Expenses: $1,863,583
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Chief Executive : Dave Sloan, President

Chair of the Board: Kevin Mize
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Proprietor of O’Hare Honda and O’Hare Hyundai in Des Plaines

Co-Chair of the Board : Mike Ettleson

Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Proprietor of Ettleson Cadillac-Buick-GMC in Hodgkins and Ettleson Hyundai in Countryside

Board Size: 19

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
Fund raising costs were 18% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $2,312,854, 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 hooved animal's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2011.

Source of Funds  
Ticket sales 1,812,500
In-kind donations 409,630
Donations 90,724
Interest 124
Total Income $2,312,978


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 80%  Fund Raising: 18%  Administrative: 2%  Other Expenses: 0

Total income $2,312,978
Program expenses $1,863,583
Fund raising expenses 409,630
Administrative expenses 40,630
Other Expenses 15
Total expenses $2,313,858
Expenses in Excess of Income (880)
Beginning net assets 17,358
Ending net assets 16,478
Total liabilities 4,100
Total assets $20,578

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First Look for Charity receives certain services from the Chicago Automobile Trade Association a related party through a common Board of Directors. The Association provides administrative services to the Foundation but no amounts are reported. The Association also provides catering for the charity night event at the Chicago Auto Show. The catering amounted to $409,630 and $372,123 for the event in 2011 and 2010, respectively.

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