Better Business Bureau Report for
Snow City Arts Foundation

Better Business Bureau Report issued December 2016
Better Business Bureau Report expires December 2018

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: Snow City Arts Foundation
Address: 1653 W. Congress Pkwy. #599J
  Chicago, IL 60612
Phone: 312-942-6991
Web Address:
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1998, Illinois
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: Snow City Arts inspires and educates children and youth in hospitals through the arts.

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Evaluation Conclusions


Snow City Arts Foundation does not meet the following Standard for Charity Accountability.

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.

Snow City Arts Foundation does not meet this Standard because the privacy policy on this website, 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.
Snow City Arts Foundation meets the remaining 19 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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Snow City Arts provides a standards-based arts education to children and youth in Chicagoland hospitals, free of charge to patient or family. We engage in one-on-one bedside in hospitals, and teach children creative writing, visual arts, music, theatre, and media arts. All work is performed by professional artists who work in their respective fields of study. Snow City Arts works with approximately 1,000 students each year across its four partner hospitals. Students working with Snow City Arts are eligible to receive academic credit for their work, as reports are sent to the students' home school after their hospital stay.

For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2015, Snow City Arts Foundation's program expenses were:

Total Program Expenses: $
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Chief Executive : Carrie Spitler, Executive Director

Chair of the Board: Kamana Mbekeani
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Board President

Board Size: 19

Paid Staff Size: 16

*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, invitations to fund raising events, grant proposals, internet
Fund raising costs were 17% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $525,961, 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 Snow City Arts Foundation's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2015.

Source of Funds  
foundation & corporate grants 287,041
special events 165,161
program service fees 148,440
individual and small business contribution 44,759
government grants 29,000
program merchandise sales 26,594
donated office space 17,032
miscellaneous income 3,937
Total Income $721,964


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 71%  Fund Raising: 13%  Administrative: 16% 

Total income $721,964
Program expenses $473,148
Fund raising expenses 90,450
Administrative expenses 107,183
Total expenses $670,781
Income in Excess of Expenses 51,183
Beginning net assets 390,347
Ending net assets 441,530
Total liabilities 6,742
Total assets $448,272

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