Better Business Bureau Report for
Blue Apple Players

Better Business Bureau Report issued May 2013
Better Business Bureau Report expires May 2015

This BBB Accredited charity meets all 20 Standards for Charity Accountability. Find out more...

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Charity Contact Information

Name: Blue Apple Players
Address: P.O. Box 4261
  Louisville, KY 40204
Phone: 502-587-7990
Web Address:
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1986, Kentucky
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: To produce educational theater programs for young people and families with an emphasis on original works. To educate, inspire, entertain and teach important life lessons while reaching across social, economic and geographical boundaries.

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Evaluation Conclusions


Blue Apple Players meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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Since 1976, Blue Apple Players has been dedicated to using the power of drama to ignite academic and social growth in youth. Its original educational musicals and Drama for Learning; Drama for Life programs reach across social, economic and geographic boundaries to enlighten and inspire. Each year, our programs reach youth (pre-K to 12), educators, and families in the Louisville area and beyond. Major programs include: ----39 Educational Musicals created by Blue Apple help youth address tough issues such as teen pregnancy, abuse, or bullying. This Kentucky-created educational material was used in 12 other states in 2012. ----Drama for Learning; Drama for Life education classes provide student-centered curricula to improve literacy & other vital academic & developmental skills for pre-school ages to grade 12. Program has grown from 2 pilot schools in 2000 to over 70 schools & community sites each year ----Continuing Education programs for educators, social workers, and other professionals. Includes 9 year collaboration with Eastern Kentucky University training social workers in forensic interviewing for child abuse and a program created with Community Coordinated Childcare to train pre-school teachers on literacy building techniques.

For the fiscal year ended June 30, 2012, Blue Apple Players's program expenses were:

Tour Programs 130,882
Education Programs 113,226
Total Program Expenses: $244,108
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Chief Executive : Paul Lenzi, Executive Director

Chair of the Board: J. Tanner Watkins
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Attorney

Board Size: 11

Paid Staff Size: 14

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


Method(s) Used:

Methods of fund raising include direct mail, telephone, invitations to fund raising events, grant proposals, and internet appeals.
Fund raising costs were 21% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $309,741, 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 Blue Apple Players's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2012.

The audit includes a going concern note stating that the organization has lost a significant stream of funding from a state budget cut and that "Management has taken steps to cut expenditures, redo the budget, campaign for new sources of revenue and pay down the debt". As indicated below, income exceeded expenses by $11,642 for the year ending June 30, 2012.

Source of Funds  
Corps and Foundations 170,500
Government Grants 69,500
Contributions from Board membeers and Individuals 49,128
Education-School based 35,655
Fundraising events, net 20,613
Education-Training Project 15,000
Ticket Sales and Revenue 7,814
Gain on Sale of Asset 2,700
Misc Income 85
Total Income $370,995


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 68%  Fund Raising: 18%  Administrative: 14% 

Total income $370,995
Program expenses $244,108
Fund raising expenses 63,981
Administrative expenses 51,264
Total expenses $359,353
Income in Excess of Expenses 11,642
Beginning net assets (111,274)
Ending net assets (99,632)
Total liabilities 165,742
Total assets $66,110

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