Better Business Bureau Report for
Starlight Children's Foundation Midwest

Better Business Bureau Report issued January 2014
Better Business Bureau Report expires January 2016

This BBB Accredited charity meets all 20 Standards for Charity Accountability and is a Seal Holder. Find out more...

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Charity Contact Information

Name: Starlight Children's Foundation Midwest
Address: 30 E. Adams Street
Suite 1020
  Chicago, IL 60603
Phone: 312-251-7827
Web Address:
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1986, Illinois
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: Starlight Children's Foundation partners with experts to improve the life and health of kids and families.

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Evaluation Conclusions


Starlight Children's Foundation Midwest meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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Starlight Midwest's programs are designed to be with a child and family, at all points of their medical journey, in the hospital, at home, and online. In the Hospital: Hospital Happenings™ Starlight provides programs and support to over 150 hospital partners in IL, IN, MI, & WI throughout the year. Starlight Fun Centers™, StarPAKs (Pediatric Admission Kits), Holiday Bears, and Party in a Box are a few Starlight programs providing comfort and therapeutic distraction to kids during their hospital stay. At Home: Great Escapes™ Great Escapes are family outings for children who have been diagnosed with a chronic or life-threatening illness. Escapes are designed to create fun, positive memories in a during a challenging medical journey. These carefree, relaxing activities also allow children and parents the opportunity to connect with others on a similar journey. Online: Starbright World® Starbright World® is the first-ever online social network for teens with chronic and life-threatening medical conditions, and their siblings. Members are able to connect globally with others experiencing similar medical journeys.

For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2011, Starlight Children's Foundation Midwest's program expenses were:

Great Escapes 2,833,545
Other Programs 2,487,468
Hospitals Happenings 1,718,184
Fun Centers 1,639,518
Starlight Sites 636,050
Starbright World 201,613
PC Pals 54,315
Total Program Expenses: $9,570,693
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Chief Executive : Joan Steltmann, Executive Director

Chair of the Board: Ms. Sonya Naar
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Attorney

Board Size: 21

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, cause-related marketing
Fund raising costs were 15% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $10,740,156, 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 Starlight Children's Foundation Midwest's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2011.

Source of Funds  
Contributed Goods, Services and Use of Facilities 5,217,573
Contributions 3,160,866
Special Events 2,361,717
Assessments and Sales to International Affiliates 252,000
Miscellaneous 48,802
Investment Loss -89,331
Total Income $10,951,627


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 80%  Fund Raising: 14%  Administrative: 6% 

Total income $10,951,627
Program expenses $9,570,693
Fund raising expenses 1,634,846
Administrative expenses 761,448
Total expenses $11,966,987
Expenses in Excess of Income (1,015,360)
Beginning net assets 12,694,077
Ending net assets 8,577,489
Total liabilities 651,069
Total assets $9,228,558

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