Better Business Bureau Report for
West Side Youth League

Better Business Bureau Report issued August 2010
Better Business Bureau Report expires August 2012

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: West Side Youth League
Address: 238 N. Parkside
  Chicago, IL 60644
Phone: 773-297-7360
Web Address:
Also known as:WSYL
West Side Wolfpack
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 2007, Illinois
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: The West Side Youth League (WSYL) is a non-profit youth organization that is composed of volunteer coaches, parents, and league officials. We have created this organization to teach boys and girls the fundamentals of sports, teamwork, and seek to instill in its participants the ideals of good sportsmanship, honesty, loyalty, courage, discipline, and respect for authority.

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Evaluation Conclusions


West Side Youth League does not meet the following 6 Standards for Charity Accountability.

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.

West Side Youth League 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.

West Side Youth League does not meet this Standard because:

  • It has never completed an effectiveness assessment.

Standard 12: Detailed Functional Breakdown of Expenses - Include in the financial statements a breakdown of expenses (e.g., salaries, travel, postage, etc.) that shows what portion of these expenses was allocated to program, fund raising, and administrative activities. If the charity has more than one major program category, the schedule should provide a breakdown for each category.

West Side Youth League does not meet this Standard because, in the organization's financial statements, the detailed functional breakdown of expenses:

  • Was not included. A detailed functional breakdown shows expenses by natural classification (e.g., salaries, travel, postage, etc.) and indicates what portion of these expenses was allocated to program, fund raising, and administrative activities).

Standard 13: Accuracy of Expenses in Financial Statements - Accurately report the charity's expenses, including any joint cost allocations, in its financial statements. For example, audited or unaudited statements which inaccurately claim zero fund raising expenses or otherwise understate the amount a charity spends on fund raising, and/or overstate the amount it spends on programs will not meet this standard.

West Side Youth League does not meet this Standard because its IRS Form 990 for the fiscal year ended August 30, 2009:

  • Reports the organization had no administrative expenses.

Standard 14: Budget - Have a board-approved annual budget for its current fiscal year, outlining projected expenses for major program activities, fund raising, and administration.

West Side Youth League does not meet this Standard because, when the organization provided budget information, it indicated that the budget:

  • Did not identify total projected program service expenses.
  • Did not identify total projected fund raising expenses.
  • Did not identify total projected administrative expenses.

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.

In addition, the BBB of Chicago & Northern Illinois requested but did not receive complete information on the organization’s governance and oversight, finances, solicitation materials, and donor privacy and is unable to verify the organization's compliance with the following 8Standards for Charity Accountability: 1, 4, 8, 9, 10, 15, 17, and 18.
West Side Youth League meets the remaining 6 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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The primary objectives for WSYL will be reached by providing the highest quality of supervision and competitive games for baseball. The supervisors shall bear in mind at all times that the attainment of exceptional athletic skill or the winning of games is secondary to the players’ well being. It is the philosophy of WSYL to have its coaches teach all players all aspects of the game of baseball.

For the fiscal year ended August 30, 2009, West Side Youth League's program expenses were:

Total Program Expenses: $
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Chief Executive : N/A, N/A

Highest Paid Executive: N/A,N/A
Compensation*: $

Chair of the Board: Thomas Bowling
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Danielle Redd

Board Size: 16

Paid Staff Size: 0

*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, print advertisements, internet, door to door
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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 West Side Youth League's audited financial statements for the year ended August 30, 2009.

Source of Funds  
Walmart 3,000
Total Income $3,000


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses


Total income $3,000
Program expenses $0
Fund raising expenses 0
Administrative expenses 0
Total expenses $0
Beginning net assets 0
Ending net assets 0
Total liabilities 0
Total assets $0

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