Better Business Bureau Report for
Down Syndrome of Louisville

Better Business Bureau Report issued December 2016
Better Business Bureau Report expires December 2018

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Charity Contact Information

Name: Down Syndrome of Louisville
Address: 5001 South Hurstbourne Parkway
  Louisville, KY 40291
Phone: 502-495-5088
Web Address:
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1991, Kentucky
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: Down Syndrome of Louisville's mission is to improve the lives of persons with Down syndrome and their families by providing support, information, education, and advocacy for their rights and concerns, thus to enable each individual to reach his/her full potential.

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Evaluation Conclusions


Down Syndrome of Louisville (DSL) meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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Down Syndrome of Louisville (DSL) provides educational and developmental programs for children and adults with Down syndrome, from prenatal diagnosis or birth throughout adulthood. From birth through age five, children receive cognitive, physical, and social development services in our Early Education program, initially through the home-based Kentucky First Step program (birth-3). Students ages five through 11 enrolled in our School-Age Creative Educational Enrichment Program attend educational programming during the school year and for two months in the summer to maintain/gain academic skills and improve school readiness. DSL provides ongoing educational and developmental programs for adolescents and adults, including a full-time day program, individual tutoring, life skills classes, postsecondary studies at Jefferson Community & Technical College, employment services, and exercise and fitness programs. DSL partners with Dreams With Wings to provide our adolescent and young adult members with a summer program that builds cognitive, social, and physical skills. DSL provides behavioral therapy services for children and adults of all ages. We contract with Associates in Pediatric Therapy to provide speech, occupational, and physical therapy services to our members at our Louisville facility. Our organization also provides outreach, referral, and support services to our members and their families.

For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2015, DSL's program expenses were:

Adult development 449,381
Supportive employment 226,971
Behavior education 199,922
Other program costs 183,993
Early childhood education 168,299
School-age enrichment 126,379
Adult education 85,579
Community 53,924
Teen/adult 43,801
Total Program Expenses: $1,538,249
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Chief Executive : Diana Merzweiler, Executive Director

Chair of the Board: Scott Touro
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Bank executive

Board Size: 18

Paid Staff Size: 36

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Fund Raising


Method(s) Used:

Direct mail, invitations to fund raising events, print advertisements, television, radio, grant proposals, internet, cause-related marketing, newsletters
Fund raising costs were 8% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $593,840, 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 DSL's audited financial statements - combined for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2015.

Ending net assets as reported below include $363,104 in unrestricted net assets and $116,022 in temporarily restricted net assets.

Total assets as reported include $89,546 invested in property and equipment.

Source of Funds  
Program services 1,049,170
Contributions & Grants 546,588
In-kind 31,507
Fund raising 15,745
Total Income $1,643,010


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 89%  Fund Raising: 3%  Administrative: 8% 

Total income $1,643,010
Program expenses $1,538,249
Fund raising expenses 44,841
Administrative expenses 138,022
Total expenses $1,721,112
Expenses in Excess of Income (78,102)
Beginning net assets 557,228
Ending net assets 479,126
Total liabilities 46,684
Total assets $525,810

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