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American Brain Tumor Association

CharityWatch report issued
January 2024

Top-Rated Charity
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Program Percentage
Amount spent on programs
relative to overhead.
Cost to Raise $100
Amount spent to raise
$100 of contributions.

Contact Information

American Brain Tumor Association
8550 W Bryn Mawr Ave
Suite 550
Chicago, IL 60631-3225

Other Names


Tax Status




Stated Mission

To advance the understanding and treatment of brain tumors with the goals of improving, extending and, ultimately, saving the lives of those impacted by a brain tumor diagnosis.

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Data based on Fiscal Year Ended 12/31/2022

Program Percentage: 76%

The percentage of American Brain Tumor Association's cash budget it spends on programs relative to overhead (fundraising, management, and general expenses).


Calculated Total Expenses



Cost to Raise $100: $8

How many dollars American Brain Tumor Association spends on fundraising to raise each $100 of contributions.


Calculated Total Contributions


Government Funding

0% to 24%

Percentage of cash revenue
coming from government sources


Financial Documents

Entity Document Type Tax ID
American Brain Tumor Association Audited Financial Statements 23-7286648
American Brain Tumor Association IRS Form 990 23-7286648
Entity: American Brain Tumor Association
Document Type: Audited Financial Statements
Tax ID: 23-7286648
Entity: American Brain Tumor Association
Document Type: IRS Form 990
Tax ID: 23-7286648

Governance & Transparency

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American Brain Tumor Association
meets governance benchmarks.
American Brain Tumor Association
meets transparency benchmarks.
Provides Financial Information
Audit Accessibility
Governance: Policies
Reports regularly & consistently monitoring & enforcing compliance with a written Conflict of Interest Policy
Reports required, annual disclosure by officers, directors, and key staff of interests that could give rise to conflicts
Reports having a written Whistleblower Policy
Reports having a written Document Retention and Destruction Policy
Governance: Financials
Reports providing copy of tax form to all board members prior to filing it with IRS
Reports that financial statements were audited by an independent accountant
Governance: Board of Directors
Reports at least 5 voting board members
51% or more of voting board members reported as independent
Reports documenting minutes of board and board committee meetings
Privacy Policy
Privacy Policy Opt-Out Policy  

  Name Title Compensation
1 Ralph Devitto President / CEO $272,147
2 Kelly Sitkin Chief Development Officer $197,239
3 Nicole Wilmarth Chief Mission Officer $176,462
Name: Ralph Devitto
Title: President / CEO
Compensation: $272,147
Name: Kelly Sitkin
Title: Chief Development Officer
Compensation: $197,239
Name: Nicole Wilmarth
Title: Chief Mission Officer
Compensation: $176,462

CharityWatch Analysts perform an in-depth analysis of charities' audited financial statements and IRS tax filings, and often review other documents such as state filings, annual reports, and fundraising contracts during their evaluations. Below are select notes that CharityWatch believes may be of interest to donors.

According to the American Brain Tumor Association (ABTA) audit of December 31, 2022 (Note B9, Donated Items and Services), ABTA received in-kind donated items and services in 2022 on which it placed a total value of $20,000.

[Note: CharityWatch generally excludes the value of in-kind (non-cash) donations of goods and services from its calculations of Program % and Cost to Raise $100. More information on how grades are calculated and the treatment of in-kind donations can be found on the Our Process page.]

According to the American Brain Tumor Association (ABTA) audit of December 31, 2022 (Note D, Employee Retention Credits):

"In March 2020, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act ("CARES Act") was signed into law, which includes provisions for the Employee Retention Credit ("ERC"). The provisions of the ERC were later amended by the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, the American Rescue Plan Act, and the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (collectively, the "Acts"). The ERC is a refundable tax credit taken against certain payroll taxes equal to a specified percentage of qualified wages paid after March 12, 2020 and before October 1, 2021 by an eligible employer, as defined in the Acts. The credit is claimed through the ABTA's quarterly Form 941 payroll tax filings, or other means as prescribed by the IRS. The IRS has extended the statute of limitations on ERC claims from three to five years. 

As of December 31, 2022 and 2021, claimed credits totaling $356,958 are included as "Employee Retention Credit receivable" on the statements of financial position and the amount was recognized as income for the year ended December 31, 2022. Subsequent to year end, the ABTA received $184,259 of refunds from the IRS."

According to the American Brain Tumor Association (ABTA) audit of December 31, 2022 (Note K, Note Payable, Paycheck Protection Program):

"In April 2021, the Organization entered into a PPP loan agreement that totaled $442,000, bore interest at 1.00%, was set to mature April 2026, was not collateralized, and was eligible for forgiveness subject to provisions of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act ("CARES Act"). The ABTA met requirements, applied for forgiveness in the year ended December 31, 2021, and received forgiveness in December 2021. The ABTA accounted for the advance in accordance with ASC 958-605, in which the advance was treated as a conditional contribution, and was included in revenue as government grant income on the statement of activities as of December 2021."

"As part of the PPP, the ABTA is required to retain all records relating to the loan for six years from the date the loan was forgiven and permit authorized representatives of the SBA to access such records upon request. Although forgiveness of the loan has been granted, the SBA may undertake a review at any time at the SBA's discretion."