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New York BBB Wise Giving Report for
Friends of Karen

A BBB Accredited charity


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Friends of Karen
118 Titicus Road
North Salem, NY 10560
Year, State Incorporated:
1979, New York
Stated Purpose:
" Friends of Karen provides vital, practical and comprehensive support, at no cost, to families caring for a child with cancer or another life-threatening illness, to relieve them of everyday needs and concerns in order to keep them stable, functioning and able to cope. "

Evaluation Conclusions

Friends of Karen meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.



Friends of Karen provides emotional, financial and advocacy support to families caring for a child with a life-threatening illness. We tailor the “support” for each family, which can include:

  • emotional support to help each family member cope with the frightening and tumultuous ordeal of living with a child with cancer or another life-threatening illness
  • financial help with illness-related and basic living expenses, enabling families to stay secure in their home and children to receive the care they need
  • advocacy action on issues like hospital and insurance billing, education needs, and available public/private programs, to relieve parents of one more stressful activity
  • visits with a Sibling Support Specialist for sisters and/or brothers of the sick child, who often feel “invisible” because of the focus on the sick child
  • gift programs to ensure that children do not miss milestones like birthdays, holidays and back-to-school when parents are consumed with worries and struggles
  • end-of-life and bereavement support, so families never have to endure this alone


Chief Executive Officer:
Judith R. Factor, Executive Director
Chair of the Board:
Pam Hervey
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation:
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 Fund Raising Events, Grant Proposals, Internet.
Fund raising costs were 11.2% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $3,219,789, 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 Friends of Karen's Audited Financial Statements for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2013.

Source of Funds  

Special Events


Contributions (including in-kind revenue of $(389,821)




Less direct cost of special events (including in-kind expense of $102,305)


Total Income


Program Expenses  

Family Support


Public Education

Total Program Expenses:
Fund Raising Expenses
Administrative Expenses

Total expenses

Expenses in Excess of Income




Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 81%  Fund Raising: 10%  Administrative 9% 
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Beginning net assets $5,434,401
Ending net assets 5,497,069
Total liabilities 178,316

Total assets



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