Better Business Bureau Report for
Glen Ellyn Children's Chorus

Better Business Bureau Report issued June 2014
Better Business Bureau Report expires June 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: Glen Ellyn Children's Chorus
Address: 799 Roosevelt Rd.
Bldg. 6, Suite 100
  Glen Ellyn, IL 60137-5910
Phone: 630-858-2471
Web Address:
Also known as:Anima - Young Singers of Greater Chicago
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1981, Illinois
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: The Mission of Anima is to transform young lives through excellence in music education and choral singing.

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Evaluation Conclusions


Glen Ellyn Children's Chorus does not meet the following 4 Standards for Charity Accountability.

Standard 1: Oversight of Operations and Staff - Organizations shall have a board of directors that provides adequate oversight of the charity's operations and its staff. Indication of adequate oversight includes, but is not limited to, regularly scheduled appraisals of the CEO's performance, evidence of disbursement controls such as board approval of the budget, fund raising practices, establishment of a conflict of interest policy, and establishment of accounting procedures sufficient to safeguard charity finances.

Glen Ellyn Children's Chorus does not meet this Standard because its board of directors does not:

  • Review the performance of the chief executive officer at least once every two years.

Standard 6: Board Policy on Effectiveness - Have a board policy of assessing, no less than every two years, the organization's performance and effectiveness and of determining future actions required to achieve its mission.

Glen Ellyn Children's Chorus does not meet this Standard because:

  • The board of directors does not have a written policy stating that, at least every two years, an appraisal be done assessing the organization’s performance and effectiveness and determining future actions required to achieve its mission.

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.

Glen Ellyn Children's Chorus does not meet this standard because the most recent annual report did not include:

  • A roster of the board of directors

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.

Glen Ellyn Children's Chorus does not meet this Standard because the organization's website,, does not include all of the recommended information for those charity websites that solicit for donations. Specifically, it does not include:

  • The organization’s mission statement.
  • A summary of program service accomplishments.
  • A roster of the board of directors.
  • Total income.
  • Total program expenses.
  • Total fund raising expenses.
  • Total administrative expenses.
  • End of year net assets.
  • The organization’s mailing address.
  • Electronic access to the organization’s most recent IRS Form 990.
In addition, the BBB of Chicago & Northern Illinois requested but did not receive complete information on the organization’s finances and donor privacy and is unable to verify the organization's compliance with the following 2Standards for Charity Accountability: 14 and 18.
Glen Ellyn Children's Chorus meets the remaining 14 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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Founded in 1964, Anima-Young Singers of Greater Chicago (formerly the Glen Ellyn Children’s Chorus) welcomes all youth ages 5 – 18 and believes that children are inherently musical and that singing is a learned skill. By choosing excellent, culturally diverse repertoire, setting a high standard of excellence in performance, developing the musicianship skills needed to inform the practice, teaching young people how to sing with passion and understanding, and collaborating with other excellent artists, the chorus is transforming young lives. Anima’s ensembles involve students in grades 2nd-12th, in twice-weekly and weekly study/rehearsals and weekly classes for children in grades Kindergarten-1st. Through in-depth study, rehearsals and performances, students experience a high level of accomplishment leading to informed, expressive, and empowered singing, and a commitment to excellence in all areas of their lives. Community programs include Summer Sing camps (K – 4th,) a week-long intensive Summer Music Academy (5th – 9th), a boys only workshop, a day-long SingFest workshop (4th – 8th) for students and teachers with a guest conductor/composer, and other community engagement programs to reach students who may not have access to high quality choral music education. Anima has been widely recognized for concerts, recordings, outreach workshops, commissioned works, and performances with world-renowned musical organizations. To date, Anima has commissioned over 70 new works by 35 different composers, performs in 40-55 concerts annually including self-produced concerts and others high-profile performances reaching between 50,000 - 70,000 people. The chorus tours nationally and internationally and serves as an educational and artistic model across the nation.

For the fiscal year ended July 31, 2013, Glen Ellyn Children's Chorus's program expenses were:

Total Salaries and related expenses 229,986
Rent 31,902
Performances, workshops and recordings 19,051
Travel 14,846
Accompanists 9,713
Retreat 6,148
Music 5,581
Outreach 5,488
Office 5,330
Insurance 4,898
Bank Charges 4,494
Printing and publication 4,245
Advertising 2,961
Telephone 1,992
Clothing 1,583
Postage and shipping 1,214
Seminars and education 1,166
Utilities 1,140
Dues and subscriptions 1,090
Repairs and maintenance 850
Miscellaneous 802
Professional fees 77
Total Program Expenses: $354,557
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Chief Executive : Nondi Orazi, Executive Director

Highest Paid Executive: Emily Ellsworth,Artistic Director
Compensation*: $75,000

Chair of the Board: William J. Hupp
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Retired CFO, Adam Street Partners, CPA

Board Size: 15

Paid Staff Size: 7

*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, grant proposals, internet
Fund raising costs were 14% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $539,041, 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 Glen Ellyn Children's Chorus's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended July 31, 2013.

Source of Funds  
Contributions 262,783
Program fees 124,938
Special events 85,615
Performances & recordings 65,705
realized gain on investments 5,528
unrealized gain (loss) on investments 4,648
Interest and dividends 3,733
Total Income $552,950


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 70%  Fund Raising: 15%  Administrative: 15% 

Total income $552,950
Program expenses $354,557
Fund raising expenses 75,383
Administrative expenses 75,445
Total expenses $505,385
Income in Excess of Expenses 47,565
Beginning net assets 296,469
Ending net assets 344,034
Total liabilities 33,527
Total assets $377,561

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