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New York BBB Wise Giving Report for
Staten Island Center for Independent Living

A BBB Accredited charity


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Staten Island Center for Independent Living
470 Castleton Avenue
Staten Island, NY 10301
Year, State Incorporated:
1985, New York
Stated Purpose:
" Helps individuals with disabilities take responsibility for their own lives, and be able to live, work, recreate and worship in their own communities. "

Evaluation Conclusions

Staten Island Center for Independent Living (SICL) meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.


The Staten Island Center for Independent Living (SICIL) is a non-residential resource center that serves individuals with disabilities of all ages. SICIL services include advocacy for those with disabilities, architectural barrier consultation, benefits advisement, peer, personal and group counseling, housing and transportation assistance, independent living skills training, information and referral services for the deaf, social networking, and a transition program for students who are about to graduate from high school and enter the adult world of higher education, training or employment. The Center has also launched a program that allows consumers to gain knowledge and skills using state-of-the-art technology. Through contracts with New York City, SICIL assists consumers in finding affordable, accessible housing.


Chief Executive Officer:
Ms. Lorraine DeSantis, Executive Director
Chair of the Board:
Ms. Anna Williams
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation:
Victory State Bank-Vice President
Board Size:
Paid Staff Size:

Compensation includes annual salary and, if applicable, benefit plans, expense accounts, and other allowances.

Fund Raising

Method(s) Used:

Direct Mail Appeals, Invitations To Fundraising Events, Grant Proposals.
Fundraising costs were 6.3% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $398,553, are donations received as a result of fund raising activities.)

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.


The following information is based on SICL's Audited Financial Statements for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2012.

Source of Funds  

Government Grants


Grants and Contributions


Special Event Fund Raisers, net


Interest Income


Total Income


Program Expenses  

Program Expense

Total Program Expenses:
Fund Raising Expenses
Administrative Expenses

Total expenses

Expenses in Excess of Income




Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 70%  Fund Raising: 6%  Administrative 24% 
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Beginning net assets $683,917
Ending net assets 680,929
Total liabilities 293,010

Total assets



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