Better Business Bureau Report for
Norton Healthcare Foundation

Better Business Bureau Report issued November 2016
Better Business Bureau Report expires November 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: Norton Healthcare Foundation
Address: 234 E. Gray Street, Suite 450
  Louisville, KY 40202
Phone: 502-629-8060
Web Address:
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1977, Kentucky
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: Norton Healthcare Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Norton Healthcare, Inc., representing the acute care hospitals that primarily serve adults and their newborn children. The Foundation's sole purpose is to raise funds and generate volunteer support for the hospitals’ vital programs and services.

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Evaluation Conclusions


Norton Healthcare Foundation does not meet the following 2 Standards for Charity Accountability.

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.

Norton Healthcare Foundation does not meet this standard because: 

  • Financial statements do not include a breakdown of functional expenses

The Norton Healthcare Foundation was provided an opportunity to respond to the compliance issue and responded as follows: "The Statement of Functional Expenses is only required by generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) for Not for Profit Organizations which are Voluntary Health and Welfare Organizations (such as the Red Cross or United Way). This statement is not required by GAAP for the Norton Healthcare Foundation. Adding this statement would add complexity to our accounting and reporting processes and increase external audit procedures, which would increase Foundation expenses. It is in the best interest of the organization and our donors to avoid unnecessary operating costs.”



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.

Norton Healthcare Foundation does not meet this Standard because:

  • The organization's website does not include its most recent IRS Form 990
Norton Healthcare Foundation meets the remaining 18 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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The Norton Healthcare Foundation supports the work and mission of the following hospitals to ensure that equipment, facilities, programs, services, and educational initiatives continue to keep pace with community health care needs: Norton Hospital; Norton Audubon Hospital; Norton Women's and Kosair Children's Hospital; and Norton Brownsboro Hospital. Norton Healthcare Foundation is committed to continually strengthening its partnership with the adult hospitals of the Norton Healthcare system. Through an effective process of raising funds and friends, the foundation will grow in its commitment to serve and achieve increasing philanthropic support in order to enhance patient care. The Foundation relies on the generosity of others to ensure that the adult hospitals of Norton Healthcare have the equipment, facilities, and programs that make a difference in the care provided to its patients.

For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2015, Norton Healthcare Foundation's program expenses were:

Capital projects 3,183,654
Programs 2,072,033
Financial assistance 57,100
Total Program Expenses: $5,312,787
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Chief Executive : Lynnie Meyer, Chief Development Officer

Chair of the Board: Lee K. Garlove
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Attorney, Middleton Reutlinger

Board Size: 27

Paid Staff Size: 8

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Fund Raising


Method(s) Used:

Direct mail, invitations to fund raising events, print advertisements, television, radio, grant proposals, internet, planned giving arrangements
Fund raising costs were 17% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $4,924,242, 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 Norton Healthcare Foundation's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2015.

Ending net assets as reported below include $1,415,668 in unrestricted net assets, $29,127,811 in temporarily restricted net assets, and $16,710,219 in permanently restricted net assets.

Source of Funds  
Donations and gifts, net 4,878,066
Other 704,701
Transfers from affiliates 46,176
Losses on investments -294,865
Change in beneficial interest in trusts held by others -492,817
Total Income $4,841,261


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 79%  Fund Raising: 13%  Administrative: 8% 

Total income $4,841,261
Program expenses $5,312,787
Fund raising expenses 839,398
Administrative expenses 527,434
Total expenses $6,679,619
Expenses in Excess of Income (1,838,358)
Beginning net assets 49,092,056
Ending net assets 47,253,698
Total liabilities 2,260,612
Total assets $49,514,310

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