Financial Reports

The following pie charts summarize expenses and donations for 2016. These numbers are provisional as we haven’t yet filed our 2016 tax return. We will file our return in November 2017.


Brain Support Network Program expenses (brain donations, web site, events) constitute the bulk of Brain Support Network’s (BSN’s) expenses at 91% of total in 2016.  Part-time staff (working from home) who help families with brain donation arrangements is our single largest program expense.

Program expenses are lower than you would expect because much of our work is accomplished by volunteers.  Hundreds of volunteer hours are given each month to BSN as we have one full-time volunteer and dozens of part-time volunteers. Volunteers handle important tasks, such as sharing thought-provoking blog posts, assessing disorder-specific resources for our Top Resources sheets, and keeping up with research. All members of our Board of Directors are unpaid volunteers.

Program Expenses27%82%89%89%90.95%
Management Expenses72%13%8%8%7.54%
Fundraising Expenses2%5%3%3%1.51%

Our events are planned and staffed by volunteers. Thanks to the generosity of our medical community collaborators, we rarely compensate (or pay the transportation costs of) persons to speak at our events. In addition, Support Group discussion coordinators are unpaid volunteers.

BSN could not execute its mission without the commitment of our staff and volunteers. They allow much work to be done at very low cost. At the same time, BSN could not exist without the generosity of our donors without whom the infrastructure and scale of the organization could not be maintained.

Management expenses, at 8% of total, consist of accounting fees, insurance premiums, office supplies, postage, and a post office box.  These expenses make possible the work of several part-time employees and dozens of volunteers.

Fundraising expenses amount to less than 2% of our expenses, where major items are credit card processing fees and printing memorial flyers to honor brain donors.

These memorial flyers are used by families who have donated a loved one’s brain for research as a way to educate friends and family as to the journey they’ve been on and to raise awareness about brain donation.  We are especially grateful to these families for helping raise funds to make possible brain donation arrangements for the next family. Brain Support Network does not use any outside (“Professional”) fundraising organizations.

Donors and Donations

In 2016, our average donation was $175 and our median donation was $100. We saw a 45% increase in the number of individual donations.

Individual Donors and Donations

Individual Donors and Donations20122013201420152016*
Individual Donations Total$61,705$59,724$99,378$132,738$130,601
Number of Individual Donations36364478523748
Average Individual Donation$1,714$164$208$254$175
Median Individual Donation$80$75$100$100$100

* As noted below, we have not yet filed our tax return for 2016. That happens in November 2017. The 2016 figures are provisional.

Corporate/Governmental Donors and Donations

In 2016 Brain Support Network received less than 4% of its funding from institutional donors.

Institutional Donors and Donations20122013201420152016*
Institutional Donations Total$0$2,000$2,800$6,250$6,562
Number of Institutional Donations015620
Average Institutional Donationnone$2,000$560$1,042$328
Median Institutional Donationnone$2,000$100$250$100

* As noted below, we have not yet filed our tax return for 2016. That happens in November 2017. The 2016 figures are provisional.

These donors are primarily businesses, though we did receive our first “Government” donation in 2015. The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors in California graciously supported our conference on Dementia that took place in Santa Rosa on November 14, 2015.

Highest Paid Directors and Employees

In addition to summaries of donations and expenses, the IRS requires disclosure of the highest paid members of the Board of Directors and the highest paid employees. No member of the Brain Support Network’s Board of Directors is paid. All employees of BSN are part-time.

Annual Gross Salary of the Highest-Paid…20122013201420152016*
Members of the Board of Directors$0$0$0$0$0**

* As noted below, we have not yet filed our tax return for 2016. That happens in November 2017. The 2016 figures are provisional.

** One Board member is our finance director. He receives no compensation for his Board duties but does for his work as a finance director.

IRS Form 990s

Each year BSN reports financials to the IRS to maintain our 501(c)(3) non-profit status. Links to our IRS Form 990s, the IRS for non-profit financial disclosures, follow. Because we are small, our accounting firm puts us (naturally) at the back of the queue. For this reason, our 990s are generally submitted to the IRS in the last quarter of the following year.


Brain Support Network IRS Form 990 for calendar year 2016: Not yet available. Expected in November 2017.


Brain Support Network IRS Form 990 for calendar year 2015.


Brain Support Network IRS Form 990 for calendar year 2014.


Brain Support Network IRS Form 990 for calendar year 2013.


In our first year of operations as a non-profit, we did not meet the thresholds required for a full tax return. Instead, we submitted the required “postcard”: Brain Support Network IRS Form 990N (postcard) for calendar year 2012.