Better Business Bureau Report for
Greater Cincinnati Coalition for the Homeless

Better Business Bureau Report issued March 2010
Better Business Bureau Report expires March 2012

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: Greater Cincinnati Coalition for the Homeless
Address: 117 East 12th Street
  Cincinnati, OH 45202
Phone: (513) 421-7803
Web Address:
Also known as:GCCH
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1984, Ohio
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: The Greater Cincinnati Coalition for the Homeless is a unified social action agency, fully committed to its ultimate goal: the eradication of homelessness with respect for the dignity and diversity of its membership, the homeless, and the community. The Coalition works towards this goal by coordinating services, educating the public, and engaging in grassroots organizing and advocacy.

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Evaluation Conclusions


Greater Cincinnati Coalition for the Homeless does not meet the following 2 Standards for Charity Accountability.

Standard 16: Annual Report - Have an annual report available to all, on request, that includes: (a) the organization's mission statement, (b) a summary of the past year's program service accomplishments, (c) a roster of the officers and members of the board of directors, (d) financial information that includes (i) total income in the past fiscal year, (ii) expenses in the same program, fund raising and administrative categories as in the financial statements, and (iii) ending net assets.

The organization's most recent annual report does not include total program, fundraising, and administrative expenses and total ending net assets.


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 organization has a website that requests contributions, but the website does not include total program, fundraising, and administrative expenses and total ending net assets.


Greater Cincinnati Coalition for the Homeless meets the remaining 18 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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<p>The Greater Cincinnati Coalition for the Homeless seeks to end homelessness through coordination of services, public education, grassroots advocacy and organizing, and Streetvibes.&nbsp;</p> <p>By coordinating services within the community, the organization aids member agencies in providing their services, sharing their resources, and working with the homeless population. One of the most important coordination of services program is Minimum Standards services.&nbsp;To qualify for funding from the City of Cincinnati, member agencies must meet Coalition for the Homeless&rsquo; minimum standards for quality services.&nbsp;These standards go beyond ensuring that service facilities are clean and safe; the standards also ensure that service providers have important policies and procedures that protect their clients&rsquo; civil rights and confidentiality.&nbsp;In 2009, Coalition for the Homeless expanded beyond shelters and transitional housing facilities to include soup kitchens, pantries, and shower houses.&nbsp;</p> <p>Through education opportunities and resources, the organization provides the groundwork for understanding the complexities of homelessness so that the community can work towards sustainable solutions. Coalition for the Homeless provides education opportunities to churches, companies, schools, and universities in Cincinnati. There are many stereotypes and myths regarding homelessness in the community and the organization seeks to eradicate this misinformation by portraying a more accurate and holistic picture of homelessness in Cincinnati.&nbsp;The organization&rsquo;s Speaker&rsquo;s Bureau, which is made up of homeless and formerly homeless individuals, who share their stories with area schools, and civic and faith organizations. According to the organization, the Speaker&rsquo;s Bureau held 119 events reaching 4,452 people in 2009.&nbsp;</p> <p>The organization works with local officials, the community, and homeless individuals to ensure that the rights of homeless persons are preserved, the trend of criminalization of homelessness is reversed, and that just social policy is enacted to end homelessness. Coalition for the Homeless is a regional site for the National Homeless Civil Rights Organizing Project, which seeks to document and end hate crimes against homeless people and to educate and organize homeless individuals to protect their civil rights.</p> <p>The organization publishes a newspaper, <em>Streetvibes</em>, that covers the issues of homelessness, social justice, and poverty. <em>Streetvibes </em>reports the often-invisible story of poverty in the community. <em>Streetvibes </em>also includes creative writing, poetry, articles, photography, and interviews written by homeless and formerly homeless individuals. <em>Streetvibes </em>targets homeless and formerly homeless individuals who require supplemental income to become vendors.&nbsp;<em>Streetvibes </em>vendors purchase papers for 25 cents and sell them to the public for a dollar donation, keeping the profit they have earned.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>For the fiscal year ended June 30, 2009, Greater Cincinnati Coalition for the Homeless' program expenses were:</p> <p> <table class="CurrencyRight" id="reportSection144806_programGrid" border="0" rules="all" cellspacing="0" style="border-width: 0px; border-color: rgb(251, 249, 220); border-collapse: collapse;"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="width: 350px;"><span>Program Services</span></td> <td class="CurrencyRight1" style="width: 100px;"><span>143,156</span></td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong>Total Program Expenses:</strong></td> <td class="CurrencyRight1" style="width: 100px;"><span id="reportSection144806_programGrid_ctl03_totalExpensesLabel">$143,156</span></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </p>

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Chief Executive : Mr. Josh Spring, LSW, Executive Director

Chair of the Board: Ms. Cristina Glynn
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Kentucky Program Manager, Center for Independent Living Options (CILO)

Co-Chair of the Board : Mr. Steve Gibbs

Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: CEO Emertius, Freestore Foodbank

Board Size: 9

Paid Staff Size: 4

*Mr. Spring became the organization's Executive Director on March 1, 2009. 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, invitations to fundraising events, grant proposals, Internet
Fundraising costs were 7% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $144,073, are donations received as a result of fundraising activities.)
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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.
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The following information is based on Greater Cincinnati Coalition for the Homeless' audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2009.

Source of Funds  
Direct Public Support 52,385
Grants - Fund for the Homeless 40,000
Grants - Other 36,500
Cincinnati Urban Experience 11,284
Membership Dues 11,000
Streetvibes 10,323
Fundraising Revenues (Less Direct Costs $2,679) 6,484
Indirect Support - Community Shares 6,288
Vista Costshare Income 5,972
Speak's Bureau 3,190
AHA Supervision & Staff 3,150
Annual Dinner (Less Direct Costs $9,368) 2,416
Other Services 2,319
Miscellaneous 578
Total Income $191,889


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 79%  Fund Raising: 6%  Administrative: 15% 

Total income $191,889
Program expenses $143,156
Fund raising expenses 10,226
Administrative expenses 26,988
Total expenses $180,370
Income in Excess of Expenses 11,519
Beginning net assets 3,085
Ending net assets 14,604
Total liabilities 4,844
Total assets $19,448

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