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The ALS Association Western Pennsylvania Chapter

Serving the needs of those living with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and their caregivers

four stars

90.46

416 Lincoln Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15209
tel: (800) 967-9296   Web Site
EIN: 23-7123851

Board Leadership
Christi Kolarcik
Board President

CEO
Ryan Reczek
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 90.46 four stars
  Financial 92.19 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 89.00 three stars
This rating was published 06/01/2019 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The Western Pennsylvania Chapter was founded in 1982 to serve the needs of those living with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and their caregivers. Our Chapter provides services and support to persons living with ALS, caregivers, families, and healthcare providers in 31 counties in central and western Pennsylvania. The ALS Association National Office and the Western Pennsylvania Chapter operates under a shared mission: To lead the fight to cure and treat ALS through global, cutting-edge research, and to empower people with Lou Gehrig's Disease and their families to live fuller lives by providing them with compassionate care and support. We work together to accomplish our mission. The Western Pennsylvania Chapter focuses primarily on helping local patients and families live with ALS while the National Office focuses primarily on research and advocacy.

The Western Pennsylvania Chapter was founded in 1982 to serve the needs of those living with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and their caregivers. Our Chapter provides services and support to persons living with ALS, caregivers, families, and healthcare providers in 31 counties in central and western Pennsylvania. The ALS Association National Office and the Western Pennsylvania Chapter operates under a shared mission: To lead the fight to cure and treat ALS through global, cutting-edge research, and to empower people with Lou Gehrig's Disease and their families to live fuller lives by providing them with compassionate care and support. We work together to accomplish our mission. The Western Pennsylvania Chapter focuses primarily on helping local patients and families live with ALS while the National Office focuses primarily on research and advocacy.

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Financial

four stars

92.19

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

89.00

This rating was published 06/01/2019 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.
Overall Rating Chart
  Program Expenses
(Percent of the charity's total expenses spent on the programs
and services it delivers)
86.9%
  Administrative Expenses 7.4%
  Fundraising Expenses 5.5%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.05
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.87
  Program Expenses Growth 3.7%
  Liabilities to Assets 7.4%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by The ALS Association Western Pennsylvania Chapter on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by The ALS Association Western Pennsylvania Chapter on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
The ALS Association Western Pennsylvania Chapter (PA) 90.46 four stars
ALS Association Minnesota/North Dakota/South Dakota Chapter (MN) 88.65 three stars
The ALS Association Florida Chapter (FL) 88.22 three stars
Les Turner ALS Foundation (IL) 89.17 three stars
The ALS Association, Greater Philadelphia Chapter (PA) 86.15 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $589,554
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $657,269
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $1,246,823
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $1,246,823
   Other Revenue $-79,774
TOTAL REVENUE $1,167,049
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $1,101,245
   Administrative Expenses $86,870
   Fundraising Expenses $57,911
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $1,246,026
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-78,977
   
Net Assets $1,041,780

Program names and associated costs are listed for the top programs as reported on the charity's most recently filed Form 990. The top programs displayed will include the largest three programs, or those programs covering at least 60% of the charity's total expenses, whichever comes first.

Program Name Amount Spent % of Program Expenses
Direct Support $855,488 77.7%
Contributions to National ALS Association $137,174 12.5%
Education $108,583 9.9%

Ratings History
The ALS Association Western Pennsylvania Chapter has received 4 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-01 06/01/2019 90.46 four stars
2017-01 05/01/2018 96.66 four stars
2016-01 02/01/2017 92.22 four stars
2015-01 09/01/2016 92.22 four stars

The data displayed on this tab is provided by the IRS in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

EIN 23-7123851
Name in IRS Master File AMYOTROPHIC LATERAL SCLEROSIS ASSOCIATION
NTEE Code [Not Provided by IRS]
NTEE Classification [Not Provided by IRS]
NTEE Type [Not Provided by IRS]
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (123) Discussion groups, forums, panels lectures, etc.
Foundation Status Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public   170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
Deductibility Contributions are deductible
Affiliation Subordinate - the organization is a subordinate in a group ruling.
Group Name AMYOTROPHIC LATERAL SCLEROSIS ASSN
Ruling Date July, 1990
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End January
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • January, 2018
  • January, 2017
  • January, 2016
  • January, 2015
  • January, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$92,321 7.40% Merritt Spier Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
The ALS Association Western Pennsylvania Chapter (PA) 90.46 four stars
The ALS Association, Greater Philadelphia Chapter (PA) 86.15 three stars
The ALS Association, St. Louis Chapter (MO) 95.43 four stars
The ALS Association Golden West Chapter (CA) 92.95 four stars
ALS Therapy Development Institute (MA) 92.80 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

The ALS Association Western Pennsylvania Chapter
416 Lincoln Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15209
tel: (800) 967-9296
fax: (412) 821-3549
EIN: 23-7123851

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Board Leadership

Christi Kolarcik
Board President

CEO

Ryan Reczek
Executive Director

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