Better Business Bureau Report for
Rainbows For all Children

Better Business Bureau Report issued May 2015
Better Business Bureau Report expires May 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: Rainbows For all Children
Address: 1007 Church Street, Suite 408
  Evanston, IL 60201
Phone: 847-952-1770
Web Address:
Also known as:Rainbows
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Formerly known as:Rainbows For All God's Children

Year, State Incorporated: 1983, Illinois
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: Rainbows for All Children is dedicated to being the premier source of support for all youth as they navigate grief and heal from loss, whether from death, divorce, deployment, or other trauma. Rainbows for All Children fosters awareness that youth require support to heal. They nurture a community of effective Rainbows-trained Facilitators, supported with a repository of resources designed to guide youth in their grieving process.

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Evaluation Conclusions


Rainbows For all Children does not meet the following 2 Standards for Charity Accountability.

Standard 8: Program Service Expense Ratio - Spend at least 65% of its total expenses on program activities.

Rainbows For all Children does not meet this Standard because:

  • According to the its audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2014, the organization spent $349,498 or 46% of its total expenses ($760,997) on program service activities.

Standard 9: Fund Raising Expense Ratio - Spending should be no more than 35% of related contributions on fund raising. Related contributions include donations, legacies, and other gifts received as a result of fund raising efforts.

Rainbows For all Children does not meet this Standard because:

  • According to its audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2014, the organization's fund raising costs were 53% ($225,897) of related contributions, which totaled $427,989.
Rainbows For all Children meets the remaining 18 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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RFAC trains the leaders of these support groups and provides them with the skills, confidence and materials needed to facilitate the consistent and proven RFAC curriculum. RFAC’s programs are delivered in the children’s school, faith based institutions, and other community organizations where the children are already comfortable and familiar. Unlike individual therapy, the children are able to grieve, communicate and heal among peers; they no longer feel alone in their grief.

For the fiscal year ended June 30, 2014, Rainbows For all Children's program expenses were:

personnel and related costs 202,996
program materials 45,754
rent and occupancy costs 34,173
office supplies and expense 30,087
depreciation 8,490
insurance 6,568
telephone 5,347
bank fees 4,304
miscellaneous 3,874
travel 2,600
professional fees 1,500
training 1,454
interest 1,427
marketing 924
Total Program Expenses: $349,498
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Chief Executive : Bob Thomas, Executive Director and CEO

Chair of the Board: Brogan Ptacin
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Managing Director, First Evanston Bancorp, Inc.

Co-Chair of the Board : Alwin Brunner

Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Chief Informatin Officer, Heidrick & Struggle's

Board Size: 12

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, invitations to fund raising events, grant proposals, internet
Fund raising costs were 53% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $427,989, 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 Rainbows For all Children's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2014.

Source of Funds  
special events 249,040
contributions 178,949
program sales 132,308
training 31,320
royalties 7,454
miscellaneous 842
dividends 802
Total Income $600,715


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 46%  Fund Raising: 30%  Administrative: 24% 

Total income $600,715
Program expenses $349,498
Fund raising expenses 225,897
Administrative expenses 185,602
Total expenses $760,997
Expenses in Excess of Income (160,282)
Beginning net assets 848,448
Ending net assets 688,166
Total liabilities 55,239
Total assets $743,405

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