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New York BBB Wise Giving Report for
Marty Lyons Foundation

A BBB Accredited charity


Expiration Date:
The Marty Lyons Foundation
354 Veterans Memorial Highway
Suite 9
Commack, NY 11725
Year, State Incorporated:
1982, New York
10 chapters
Stated Purpose:
" To fulfill special wishes of children chronologically aged 3 to 17 who have been diagnosed as having a terminal or life-threatening illness. "

Evaluation Conclusions

Marty Lyons Foundation (MLF) meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.


"The Marty Lyons Foundation provides the first wish program as well as the second one to terminally ill children who have fallen out of remission and are now facing more battles with their illnesses and the reality of death by providing them a moment of relief and encouragement through trips to the magical fantasy world of Disney, luxurious cruises to the Caribbean, the thrill of swimming with the dolphins, fishing trips on the clear blue sea of Key West with their family members, and other better-life-supporting necessities."


Chief Executive Officer:
Ms. Sandra White, Executive Director
Chair of the Board:
Mr. Marty Lyons
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation:
Chairman & Founder / The Marty Lyons Foundation
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, and grant proposals.
Fund raising costs were 34.1% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $920,108, 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 MLF's Audited Financial Statements for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2013.

Source of Funds  

Celebrity Golf Classic


Fund Raising Events


Unrestricted Contributions and Grants


Interest and Dividend Income on Investments


Unrealized Gain on Investments


Total Income


Program Expenses  

Program Services

Total Program Expenses:
Fund Raising Expenses
Administrative Expenses

Total expenses

Expenses in Excess of Income




Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 65%  Fund Raising: 32%  Administrative 3% 
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Beginning net assets $572,691
Ending net assets 512,823
Total liabilities 14,853

Total assets



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