Better Business Bureau Report for
Junior Achievement of Northern California

Better Business Bureau Report issued December 2012
Better Business Bureau Report expires July 2014

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Charity Contact Information

Name: Junior Achievement of Northern California
Address: 3003 Oak Road #109
  Walnut Creek, CA 94597
Phone: 925-465-1070
Web Address:
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1950, California
Affiliates: Junior Achievement
Stated Purpose: "to give young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their future, and make smart academic and economic choices."

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Evaluation Conclusions


Junior Achievement of Northern California (JANC) meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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JANC’s programs in the core content areas of work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy aim to allow young people to experience and realize the opportunities and realities of work and life in the 21st century. All programs emphasize a school-to-career idea while teaching real-life concepts, such as money management, career preparation and global competition, and reinforcing life skills, such as critical thinking, teamwork, and problem solving. JANC's K-12th grade curriculum is organized into grade-specific elementary, middle and high school programs, and taught by local volunteers from the business community during the regular school day at no cost to schools. These volunteers are recruited and trained by JANC staff, and they lead activities while they share their own life experiences, challenge students to think beyond their present circumstances, and reinforce basic skills to succeeding in our modern economic system.

For the fiscal year ended June 30, 2011, JANC's program expenses were:

Elementary school 2,157,052
High school 227,104
Middle School 138,066
Total Program Expenses: $2,522,222
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Chief Executive : Linda McCracken, President

Chair of the Board: Tony B. Sarsam
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: President, Nestle Direct Store Delivery Company

Board Size: 52

Paid Staff Size: 27

*2010 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, special events, print advertisements, grant proposals, and Internet appeals.
Fund raising costs were 8% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $3,274,583, 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 JANC's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2011.

Source of Funds  
Corporations 1,103,508
Special events, net 903,032
In-kind contributions 617,528
Foundations 445,707
Individuals 204,808
Other income 10,926
Total Income $3,285,509


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 83%  Fund Raising: 9%  Administrative: 8% 

Total income $3,285,509
Program expenses $2,522,222
Fund raising expenses 273,158
Administrative expenses 254,020
Total expenses $3,049,400
Income in Excess of Expenses 236,109
Beginning net assets 739,039
Ending net assets 975,148
Total liabilities 168,021
Total assets $1,143,169

Note: According to JANC's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2011, the organization received in-kind contributions in the amount of $617,528 including professional services ($417,000), donated materials ($186,295), and office equipment and supplies ($14,233).

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