Better Business Bureau Report for
Glen Ellyn Children's Chorus

Better Business Bureau Report issued September 2016
Better Business Bureau Report expires September 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: 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 Corporation is a community based instructional performing arts program for school aged children (regardless of gender, race, religious, ethnic or social background). The purpose of the Corporation in all its parts are exclusively charitable, educational and civic including, but not limited to, the following: 1) The development of musicianship and vocal technique through the art of choral music. 2) The participation of students in concerts, workshops, recordings and touring. 3) The mastery of musical and vocal skills enabling the children to develop an aesthetic awareness that will stimulate deeper perception of their environment, encourage discipline, develop self-confidence and personal poise through the process of music instruction and artistic experience and to 4) perform all other acts necessary or incidental to the above. Notwithstanding any other provisions of these Bylaws, the purposes of the Corporation are exclusively charitable, and the organization shall not engage in any activities expressly prohibited by Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended.

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Evaluation Conclusions


Glen Ellyn Children's Chorus does not meet the following 6 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:

  • Have an approved conflict of interest policy.

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.

Glen Ellyn Children's Chorus 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.

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 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.

Glen Ellyn Children's Chorus 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.

Glen Ellyn Children's Chorus 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.

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:

  • A summary of program service accomplishments.
In addition, the BBB of Chicago & Northern Illinois requested but did not receive complete information on the organization’s donor privacy and is unable to verify the organization's compliance with the following Standard for Charity Accountability: 18.
Glen Ellyn Children's Chorus meets the remaining 13 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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Anima is a tiered, performance-based music education program for children ages 5-18 that transforms young lives through excellence in music education and choral singing. Using choral music as a vehicle, Anima develops leaders for tomorrow through excellence, discipline, teamwork, and a global perspective gained from diverse repertoire and travel.

For the fiscal year ended July 31, 2015, Glen Ellyn Children's Chorus's program expenses were:

total salaries and related expenses 255,029
performances 29,655
travel 25,441
rent 18,215
accompanists 12,660
outreach 12,198
music 10,747
insurance 5,811
clothing 5,621
advertising 5,104
office 3,355
printing 2,006
utilitles 1,929
bank charges 1,675
retreat 1,622
postage 1,235
dues and subscriptions 1,158
professional fees 1,068
repairs 691
seminars 157
Total Program Expenses: $395,377
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Chief Executive : Simrit Patel, Executive Director

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

Chair of the Board: Elizabeth Schnell
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Independent Consultant

Board Size: 10

Paid Staff Size: 8

*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, planned giving arrangements, in person appeals
Fund raising costs were 18% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $388,770, 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 Glen Ellyn Children's Chorus's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended July 31, 2015.

Source of Funds  
special events 137,910
tuitions 120,431
board members 106,612
foundation 51,800
individuals 45,096
ticket sales 23,610
tours 23,095
government 22,400
corporate 18,250
contracted perfomances 18,037
singfest and retreat 9,448
program book advertising 6,702
clothing and concert dress 4,362
realized gain on investment 2,757
interest and dividends 2,589
recordings 867
unrealized loss on investments -1,189
Total Income $592,777


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 73%  Fund Raising: 13%  Administrative: 14% 

Total income $592,777
Program expenses $395,377
Fund raising expenses 70,734
Administrative expenses 78,041
Total expenses $544,152
Income in Excess of Expenses 48,625
Beginning net assets 320,228
Ending net assets 368,853
Total liabilities 0
Total assets $406,926

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