Better Business Bureau Report for
CASA Lake County

Better Business Bureau Report issued July 2016
Better Business Bureau Report expires July 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: CASA Lake County
Address: 700 Forest Edge Drive
  Vernon Hills, IL 60061
Phone: 847-383-6260
Web Address: http://www.casalakecounty.com/
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1993, Illinois
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: The purposes of the Corporation are to serve as an advocate for children who come into contact with the Court system. These are children who are alleged to be dependent, victims of abuse and/or neglect, in need of supervision or in need of treatment. The corporation's goal is to advocate for these children through the court system in Lake County and with the Department of Children and Family Services. The Corporation shall also educate the community regarding the needs of these children, and deficiencies in the judicial and child welfare system in addressing their needs. In carrying out its purposes the Corporation shall comply with any standards established by the national CASA organization and the Illinois CASA organization.

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Evaluation Conclusions

              

CASA Lake County does not meet the following Standard for Charity Accountability.

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.

CASA Lake County does not meet this Standard because the organization's website, http://www.casalakecounty.com/, 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.
CASA Lake County meets the remaining 19 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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Programs

              

CASA Lake County recruits, trains, and manages volunteers from the local community to work with the courts to advocate for child-victims of abuse or neglect. These volunteers are appointed by the juvenile court judges to a specific child or family of children to monitor living conditions as well as medical, educational, and emotional needs and report back to court on their findings. These reports are used by the judges to make more informed decisions about the best interest of the children while working toward the goal of placement in a safe, stable, permanent home.

For the fiscal year ended June 30, 2015, CASA Lake County's program expenses were:

  
salaries 543,028
occupancy 61,571
payroll taxes 51,695
employee benefits 47,033
office expenses and printing 25,225
professional fees 7,000
depreciation 6,455
promotional materials 5,255
telephone and internet 5,044
insurance 4,932
seminars and education 4,313
recognition dinner 3,552
postage 2,785
travel and lodging-staff 2,782
dues and subscriptions 1,775
meetings and conferences 728
advocate training and development 719
Total Program Expenses: $773,892
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Governance

              

Chief Executive : Terri Zenner Greenberg, Executive Director
Compensation*: 
$146,468

Chair of the Board: Bob Silverstein
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Principal, Spill-Stop Manufacturing

Board Size: 16

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, print advertisements, grant proposals, internet
Fund raising costs were 7% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $804,078, 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 CASA Lake County's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2015.

Source of Funds  
Contributions and United Way 453,456
Annual Dinner Benefit 199,265
Golf Outings 87,952
Government Grants 60,935
Unrealized Gains on Investment 10,627
Investment Income 5,408
Training Fees 4,445
Other Fundraising 2,470
Total Income $824,558


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Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 88%  Fund Raising: 6%  Administrative: 6% 

Total income $824,558
Program expenses $773,892
Fund raising expenses 54,580
Administrative expenses 50,018
Total expenses $878,490
Expenses in Excess of Income (53,932)
Beginning net assets 744,674
Ending net assets 690,742
Total liabilities 19,929
Total assets $710,671


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