Better Business Bureau Report for
Boys Hope Girls Hope of Greater Cincinnati

Better Business Bureau Report issued June 2011
Better Business Bureau Report expires June 2013

Does not meet one or more standards
This charity does not meet one or more of the 20 standards for Charity Accountability. Find out more...

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Charity Contact Information

Name: Boys Hope Girls Hope of Greater Cincinnati
Address: 4225 Malsbary Road, Suite 208
  Cincinnati, OH 45242
Phone: (513) 721-3380
Web Address:
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1982, Ohio
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: Boys Hope Girls Hope helps academically capable and motivated children-in-need to meet their full potential and become men and women for others by providing value-centered, family-like homes, opportunities, and education through college.

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Evaluation Conclusions


Boys Hope Girls Hope of Greater Cincinnati does not meet the following 2 Standards for Charity Accountability.

Standard 17: Web Site Disclosures - Include on any charity websites that solicit contributions, the same information that is recommended for annual reports, as well as the mailing address of the charity and electronic access to its most recent IRS Form 990.

The charity has a website that requests contributions, but the website does not include financial information for the past fiscal year, which includes total income, expenses by programs, fundraising, and administration, and total ending net assets. Additionally, the website does not include a link to the charity’s most recent IRS Form 990, the annual financial form filed with the Internal Revenue Service.


Standard 18: Privacy for Written Appeals & Internet Privacy - Address privacy concerns of donors by (a) providing in written appeals, at least annually, a means (e.g., such as a check off box) for both new and continuing donors to inform the charity if they do not want their name and address shared outside the organization, (b) providing a clear, prominent and easily accessible privacy policy on any of its websites that tells visitors (i) what information, if any, is being collected about them by the charity and how this information will be used, (ii) how to contact the charity to review personal information collected and request corrections, (iii) how to inform the charity (e.g., a check off box) that the visitor does not wish his/her personal information to be shared outside the organization, and (iv) what security measures the charity has in place to protect personal information.

The charity's website does not provide access to a privacy policy.


In addition, the BBB of Cincinnati requested but did not receive complete information on the organization’s solicitation materials and is unable to verify the organization's compliance with the following Standard for Charity Accountability: 15.
Boys Hope Girls Hope of Greater Cincinnati meets the remaining 17 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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Boys Hope Girls Hope of Greater Cincinnati is part of a national non-profit organization that helps academically capable and motivated children realize their full potential. The program's overall approach provides in-need children with four services: a stable home, opportunities, parental role models, and a quality education. The Boys Hope Girls Hope Residential Program includes three homes (two boys homes and a girls home) which house twenty-four students between the ages of nine and eighteen. The children will continue to live in these homes through high school graduation. Placement in this program is voluntary on the part of the child and his or her parent/guardian. Boys Hope Girls Hope works closely with the parents/guardians of each child and offers referrals to community resources, parenting guidance, and informal counseling. The Boys Hope Girls Hope of Greater Cincinnati Community-Based Program enrolls economically disadvantaged children in a multi-year program focusing on academic preparation and character building. This program is similar to the Residential Program in that each scholar receives a full scholarship to a private college-preparatory school, tutoring, and mentoring. The children within the community program do not reside within a house. Currently, the Community-Based Program is working with St. Francis DeSales School and Purcell Marian High School in East Walnut Hills and according to the charity, is assisting twelve students.

For the fiscal year ended June 30, 2009, Boys Hope Girls Hope of Greater Cincinnati's program expenses were:

Program Services - Housing / Education Assistanec 871,473
Total Program Expenses: $871,473
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Chief Executive : Mr. John Van Gilse, Executive Director

Chair of the Board: Mr. David W. Conway
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: President & CEO, iSqFt Construction Software Technologies

Board Size: 40

Paid Staff Size: 20

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


Method(s) Used:

direct mail appeals, telephone appeals, invitations to fundraising events, print advertisements, radio appeals, grant proposals, Internet
Fund raising costs were 21% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $734,660, are donations received as a result of fundraising activities.)
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Tax Status


This charity 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.
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The following information is based on Boys Hope Girls Hope of Greater Cincinnati's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2009.

Source of Funds  
Contributions 439,066
Special Events, Net 295,594
In-Kind Contributions 88,698
Investment Return 55,985
Miscellaneous Income 7,357
Realized Gain (Loss) on Investments -64,804
Market Value Appreciation (Depreciation) -312,394
Total Income $509,502


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 73%  Fund Raising: 13%  Administrative: 14% 

Total income $509,502
Program expenses $871,473
Fund raising expenses 151,288
Administrative expenses 159,689
Total expenses $1,182,450
Expenses in Excess of Income (672,948)
Beginning net assets 2,528,364
Ending net assets 1,855,416
Total liabilities 537,647
Total assets $2,393,063

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