Better Business Bureau Report for
Catholic Charities Southwestern Ohio

Better Business Bureau Report issued October 2012
Better Business Bureau Report expires October 2014

This BBB Accredited charity meets all 20 Standards for Charity Accountability and is a Seal Holder. Find out more...

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Charity Contact Information

Name: Catholic Charities Southwestern Ohio
Address: 100 East 8th Street
  Cincinnati, OH 45202
Phone: (513) 241-7745
Web Address:
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1924, Ohio
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: To respond to the teachings of Christ by providing services to advance the human dignity and welfare of people in need.

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Evaluation Conclusions


Catholic Charities Southwestern Ohio meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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BBB Accreditation


A BBB Accredited Charity since 04/25/2007.

BBB has determined that in addition to meeting BBB's 20 Standards for Charity Accountability, Catholic Charities Southwestern Ohio adheres to the BBB Code of Business Practices, which includes a commitment to make a good faith effort to resolve any complaints. Charities that display the BBB Accredited Charity Seal pay a fee for review / monitoring and for support of BBB's services to the public.
BBB accreditation does not mean that the charity's programs or services have been evaluated or endorsed by BBB or that BBB has made a determination as to the charity's competency in performing services.
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Catholic Charities Southwestern Ohio (CCSO) is a faith based agency serving people of all faiths and dedicated to carrying out the teachings of Catholic Social Doctrine, which is founded upon the principles of helping the vulnerable, supporting the poor, and welcoming the stranger. CCSO is an agency of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati and affiliated with Catholic Charities USA. The “Children & Parenting” program offers pregnancy counseling, adoption services, parenting workshops, and early childhood mental health consultation. The “New American” program offers refugee resettlement services at the Su Casa Hispanic Center. The “Neighbors in Distress” program offers mental health services, emergency assistance, and life issues workshops. The “Seniors” program has a caregiver assistance network, senior companions, and RSVP (Retired Service Volunteer Program). According to the charity, in 2011 CCSO counseled 42 birthparents, helped to resettle 158 refugees, gave 1,156 individuals emergency assistance, and teamed 251 seniors with other seniors in need.

For the fiscal year-ended December 31, 2011, Catholic Charities Southwestern Ohio's program expenses were:

Basic Needs 6,011,320
Mental Health Services 1,800,180
Immigration and Refugee Services 1,402,030
Volunteer Services 1,106,401
Community Outreach 849,187
Adoption and Pregnancy Services 262,852
Total Program Expenses: $11,431,970
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Chief Executive : Ms. Kathleen Donnellan, Chief Executive Officer

Chair of the Board: Most Rev. Dennis Schnurr
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Archbishop, Archdiocese of Cincinnati

Board Size: 14

Paid Staff Size: 87

*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, invitations to fundraising events, grant proposals, Internet
Fundraising costs were 2% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $7,066,293, 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 Catholic Charities Southwestern Ohio's audited financial statements for the fiscal year-ended December 31, 2011.

Source of Funds  
Donated Food for Distribution 4,944,918
Governmental Grants and Fees 2,536,288
United Way 1,214,689
Archdiocese of Cincinnati 897,250
Legacies, Bequests, and Donations 661,360
Program Service Fees 498,621
Special Events (300,898 Less Direct Expenses 55,572) 245,326
Interest and Dividends 163,226
Other Revenue and Support 39,546
Net Realized Gains on Investments 5,315
Sales to Public 4,885
Net Unrealized Losses on Investments -150,334
Total Income $11,061,090


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 88%  Fund Raising: 1%  Administrative: 11% 

Total income $11,061,090
Program expenses $11,431,970
Fund raising expenses 146,253
Administrative expenses 1,457,956
Total expenses $13,036,179
Expenses in Excess of Income (1,975,089)
Beginning net assets 6,127,325
Ending net assets 4,152,236
Total liabilities 3,963,666
Total assets $8,115,902

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