Better Business Bureau Report for
Utah Youth Village

Better Business Bureau Report issued August 2015
Better Business Bureau Report expires August 2017

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Charity Contact Information

Name: Utah Youth Village
Address: 5800 So. Highland Drive
  Salt Lake City, UT 84121
Phone: 801-272-9980
Web Address:
Also known as:Alpine Academy
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Formerly known as:Utah Girls Village

Year, State Incorporated: 1973, Utah
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: "to change and improve the lives of troubled, neglected and abused children and youth, without regard to race, color, national origin or religious preference and to establish and aid all those who would join in this endeavor."

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Evaluation Conclusions


Utah Youth Village (UYV) meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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Utah Youth Village is a private provider of residential treatment for Utah foster children. Its mission is to change the lives of troubled children and families. It owns and operates two group homes for troubled teenage boys and three for latency aged children. It provides Families First, a unique intensive in-home interventions for the families of troubled children. It provides this service to families throughout the State. Families are referred through the State, ecclesiastic leaders, psychiatric hospitals, day treatment programs, schools, charities and word of mouth. It recruits, trains and supervises therapeutic foster parents who provide treatment, housing and care for 100 youth in their homes, which are located throughout Utah. It owns and operates Alpine Academy, a therapeutic boarding school in Tooele County, Utah, for 70 teenage girls from across the country. It partners with Catholic Community Services and the United Nations High Commission for Refugees to provide proctor families for refugee children from dangerous and war-torn countries. Lastly, it is developing Smarter Parenting, an exhaustive, interactive website which will teach parenting skills to the world. Its therapeutic model is the Teaching-Family Model; perhaps the most widely studied treatment in use today. It builds on the natural power of the child-parent relationship, whether that parent is biological or foster. The organization also provides live parenting classes, scholarships for Village graduates, scholarly research published in national journals, and effective state-wide advocacy for troubled children.

For the fiscal year ended June 30, 2014, UYV's program expenses were:

Residential Treatment Centers 7,040,932
Transitions 2,196,495
Families First 1,550,682
Youth Village Academy 596,541
Parenting & Child Issues 320,565
Total Program Expenses: $11,705,215
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Chief Executive : Eric Bjorklund, President & CEO

Chair of the Board: Gary L. Crocker
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Investor/Chair, Merrimack Pharmaceuticals; Founder, Crocker Ventures, LLC

Board Size: 25

Paid Staff Size: 169

*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, planned giving arrangements
Fund raising costs were 29% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $1,241,015, 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 UYV's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2014.

Source of Funds  
Other agencies and organizations 4,816,762
Utah Department of Human Services 3,851,914
Private Placement 3,391,544
Contributions 1,238,085
Interest Income 158,242
Special Events Revenue 2,930
Loss on sale of property and equipment -2,586
Total Income $13,456,891


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 90%  Fund Raising: 3%  Administrative: 7% 

Total income $13,456,891
Program expenses $11,705,215
Fund raising expenses 358,280
Administrative expenses 969,945
Total expenses $13,033,440
Income in Excess of Expenses 423,451
Beginning net assets 14,479,630
Ending net assets 14,903,081
Total liabilities 6,414,129
Total assets $21,317,210

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