Better Business Bureau Report for
Alternative Schools Network

Better Business Bureau Report issued April 2015
Better Business Bureau Report expires April 2017


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: Alternative Schools Network
Address: 1807 W. Sunnyside Ste. 1D
  Chicago, IL 60640
Phone: 773-728-4030
Web Address: http://www.asnchicago.org/
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1973, Illinois
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: ASN serves as a conduit for the work of its member schools and community-based programs, connecting the mission, goals, strategies and outcomes to create a unified community of active participants in programming. Through this role, ASN is able to link the voices of its partner communities to marshal resources and expertise that will improve the outcomes for its target populations.

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Evaluation Conclusions

              

Alternative Schools Network does not meet the following 6 Standards for Charity Accountability.

Standard 3: Frequency and Attendance of Board Meetings - An organization shall have a minimum of three evenly spaced meetings per year of the full governing body with a majority in attendance, with face-to-face participation. A conference call of the full board can substitute for one of the three meetings of the governing body. For all meetings, alternative modes of participation are acceptable for those with physical disabilities.

Alternative Schools Network does not meet this Standard because:

  • The board of directors did not hold a minimum of three evenly spaced meetings in the past fiscal year.

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.

Alternative Schools Network 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 7: Board Approval of Written Report on Effectiveness - Submit to the organization's governing body, for its approval, a written report that outlines the results of the aforementioned performance and effectiveness assessment and recommendations for future actions.

Alternative Schools Network does not meet this Standard because:

  • It has never completed an effectiveness assessment.

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.

Alternative Schools Network does not meet this standard because:

  • The organization states it does not have an annual report covering activities conducted in the past year.

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.

Alternative Schools Network does not meet this Standard because the organization's website, http://www.asnchicago.org/, does not include all of the recommended information for those charity websites that solicit for donations. Specifically, it does not include:

  • Total income.
  • Total program expenses.
  • Total fund raising expenses.
  • Total administrative expenses.
  • End of year net assets.
  • Electronic access to the organization’s most recent IRS Form 990.

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.

Alternative Schools Network does not meet this Standard because:

Alternative Schools Network does not meet this Standard because the privacy policy on this website, http://www.asnchicago.org/ 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.
  • What security measures are in place to protect personal information that is collected.
In addition, the BBB of Chicago & Northern Illinois requested but did not receive complete information on the organization’s governance and oversight and finances and is unable to verify the organization's compliance with the following 2Standards for Charity Accountability: 1 and 14.
Alternative Schools Network meets the remaining 12 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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Programs

              

ASN serves as a conduit for the work of its member schools and community-based programs, connecting the mission, goals, strategies and outcomes to create a unified community of active participants in programming. Through this role, ASN is able to link the voices of its partner communities to marshal resources and expertise that will improve the outcomes for its target populations. The ASN’s staff’s work centers around three strategic areas of focus: Resource Development Technical Assistance & Training Advocacy & Shaping Of Programs & Policy

For the fiscal year ended June 30, 2014, Alternative Schools Network's program expenses were:

  
School Services 5,919,027
Salaries, Taxes and Benefits 2,337,521
Professional Services 492,954
Occupancy 190,996
Transitional Expenses 144,749
Staff Training 105,400
Adminstrative Costs 77,641
Supplies and Equipment 53,635
Total Program Expenses: $9,321,923
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Governance

              

Chief Executive : Jack Wuest, Executive Director
Compensation*: 
$228,828

Chair of the Board: Oye Kale
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Retired

Board Size: 6

Paid Staff Size: 34

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

              

Method(s) Used:

invitations to fund raising events
Fund raising costs were % of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $10,516,440, 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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Financial

              

The following information is based on Alternative Schools Network's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2014.

Source of Funds  
Grants 10,516,440
Other Program Income 67,964
Memberships 40,000
Miscellaneous Income 10,000
Interest Income 1,185
Total Income $10,635,589


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Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 88%  Fund Raising: Less than 1%  Administrative: 12% 

Total income $10,635,589
Program expenses $9,321,923
Fund raising expenses 38,197
Administrative expenses 1,280,091
Total expenses $10,640,211
Expenses in Excess of Income (4,622)
Beginning net assets 206,983
Ending net assets 202,361
Total liabilities 2,036,936
Total assets $2,239,297


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