Better Business Bureau Report for
National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Ohio Buckeye Chapter

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

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Charity Contact Information

Name: National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Ohio Buckeye Chapter
Address: 6155 Rockside Rd Ste 202
  Independence, OH 44131
Phone: 800-344-4867
Web Address:
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1953, New York
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: Mission: We mobilize people and resources to drive research for a cure and to address the challenges of everyone effected by MS.

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Evaluation Conclusions


National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Ohio Buckeye Chapter meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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MS stops people from moving. The National MS Society exists to make sure it doesn't. We address the challenges of each person affected by MS by funding cutting-edge research, driving change through advocacy, facilitating professional education, collaborating with MS organizations around the world, and providing programs and services designed to help people with MS and their families move their lives forward. We are people who want to do something about MS now. The Ohio Buckeye Chapter serves more than 14,000 persons with MS and their families in 64 counties.

For the fiscal year ended September 30, 2013, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Ohio Buckeye Chapter's program expenses were:

Client Programs 956,265
Research 704,282
Public Education 605,746
Public Support to Society Activities 553,365
Community Programs 119,344
Professional Education & Training 13,265
Total Program Expenses: $2,952,267
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Chief Executive : Janet L. Kramer, Chapter President

Chair of the Board: Roy Smoot
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Vice President, Banking Advisor, PNC Bank Wealth Management Banking

Board Size: 51

Paid Staff Size: 30

*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, print advertisements, television, radio, grant proposals, internet
Fund raising costs were 15% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $3,561,551, are donations received as a result of fund raising activities.)
National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Ohio Buckeye Chapter incurred joint costs of $91,681 for informational materials and activities that included fund raising materials. Of those costs $20,074 was allocated to program expenses, $71,607 was allocated to fund raising expenses, and $ was allocated to administrative expenses.
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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 National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Ohio Buckeye Chapter's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2013.

Source of Funds  
Special Events 2,779,910
Contributions 521,217
Legacies 150,514
Public Support 109,910
Investment Income 63,125
Miscellaneous Income 10,614
Service Program Fees 3,745
Total Income $3,639,035


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 82%  Fund Raising: 15%  Administrative: 3% 

Total income $3,639,035
Program expenses $2,952,267
Fund raising expenses 545,611
Administrative expenses 112,050
Total expenses $3,609,928
Income in Excess of Expenses 29,107
Beginning net assets 1,955,533
Ending net assets 1,984,640
Total liabilities 306,885
Total assets $2,291,525

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