Better Business Bureau Report for
Erika's Lighthouse: A Beacon of Hope for Adolescent Depression

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

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Charity Contact Information

Name: Erika's Lighthouse: A Beacon of Hope for Adolescent Depression
Address: P.O. Box 616
  Winnetka, IL 60093
Phone: 847-386-6481
Web Address:
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 2004, Illinois
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: Erika's Lighthouse is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to educating and raising awareness about adolescent depression, encouraging good mental health and breaking down the stigma that surrounds mental health issues.

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Evaluation Conclusions


Erika's Lighthouse: A Beacon of Hope for Adolescent Depression meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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Erika's Lighthouse provides adolescent depression education programs and resources to middle and high school communities at no cost. Our message is that depression is common and can be serious, but is treatable. There is hope. Core programs include Teen Panels and Teen Clubs - a "by teens for teens" depression awareness and stigma reduction program model available to Chicago area high schools. In addition, Erika's Lighthouse offers depression education curricula nationwide for middle school and high school health classroom environments. Erika's Lighthouse also maintains a website,, with the purpose of being a comprehensive teen depression information and resource hub for teens and those who care for them.

For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2014, Erika's Lighthouse: A Beacon of Hope for Adolescent Depression's program expenses were:

Staff 164,285
School Programs 30,477
Community Awareness 23,233
Total Program Expenses: $217,995
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Chief Executive : Heather Freed, LCSW, Executive Director

Chair of the Board: Virginia Neuckranz
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: N/A

Board Size: 8

Paid Staff Size: 4

*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 11% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $423,770, 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 Erika's Lighthouse: A Beacon of Hope for Adolescent Depression's audited financial statements - consolidated for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2014.

Source of Funds  
Spring Party 162,535
Fundraising Letters 113,500
Donations 70,240
Grants 40,634
Walkathon 18,680
Outside Funddraisers 14,094
Chicago Marathon 11,155
Young Adult Board Fundraisers 4,212
Bill Mowry Challenge 3,500
Newsletters 2,800
ELH Clubs 1,100
Gain or Loss on Sale of Securities 465
Interest Income 437
Merchandise Sales 388
Parent Handbook 123
Total Income $443,863


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 65%  Fund Raising: 14%  Administrative: 21% 

Total income $443,863
Program expenses $217,995
Fund raising expenses 46,503
Administrative expenses 70,990
Total expenses $335,488
Income in Excess of Expenses 108,375
Beginning net assets 377,222
Ending net assets 485,597
Total liabilities 5,453
Total assets $491,050

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