Better Business Bureau Report for
Rescue Community Center

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

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: Rescue Community Center
Address: PO Box 29421
  Cincinnati, OH 45229
Phone: (513) 221-6246
Web Address:
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1991, Ohio
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: To minister to the poor in Avondale by helping to meet needs of food, clothing, and furniture and provide other services. Rescue Community Center wants all people to be treated with dignity and respect. We seek to build up people's self esteem and provide encouragement.

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Evaluation Conclusions


Rescue Community Center does not meet the following 7 Standards for Charity Accountability.

Standard 3: Frequency and Attendance of Board Meetings - An organization shall have a minimum of three evenly spaced meetings per year of the full governing body with a majority in attendance, with face-to-face participation. A conference call of the full board can substitute for one of the three meetings of the governing body. For all meetings, alternative modes of participation are acceptable for those with physical disabilities.

For the year ended December 31, 2010, the charity states that it held one (1) meeting of the full governing board of directors.


Standard 6: Board Policy on Effectiveness - Have a board policy of assessing, no less than every two years, the organization's performance and effectiveness and of determining future actions required to achieve its mission.

The charity’s board of directors does not have a formal policy that states that the charity’s performance and effectiveness will be assessed at least once every two years.


Standard 7: Board Approval of Written Report on Effectiveness - Submit to the organization's governing body, for its approval, a written report that outlines the results of the aforementioned performance and effectiveness assessment and recommendations for future actions.

The charity states that it has not completed a performance assessment of its programs and does not have one planned to take place in the next two years.


Standard 12: Detailed Functional Breakdown of Expenses - Include in the financial statements a breakdown of expenses (e.g., salaries, travel, postage, etc.) that shows what portion of these expenses was allocated to program, fund raising, and administrative activities. If the charity has more than one major program category, the schedule should provide a breakdown for each category.

Because the IRS Form 990-EZ does not require a detailed functional breakdown of expenses, BBB requested an internal breakdown from the charity. However, BBB did not receive a detailed functional breakdown of expenses by natural classification (e.g., salaries, travel, postage, etc.) that shows what portion of these expenses was allocated to program, fundraising, and administrative activities.


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.

Despite written requests, BBB was not provided with the charity’s most recent annual report.


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 a current roster of the members of the board of directors and 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, BBB requested but did not receive complete information on the charity's governance and oversight, finances, and solicitation materials and is unable to verify the charity's compliance with the following 5 Standards for Charity Accountability: 1, 8, 9, 13, and 15.
Rescue Community Center meets the remaining 8 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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According to the charity, Rescue Community Center is open on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday and serves clients by providing groceries, clothing, furniture, and counseling.


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Chief Executive : Ms. Daisy M. Johnson, Director

Chair of the Board: Not Provided
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Not Provided

Board Size: 10

Paid Staff Size: 0

*Compensation information not provided to BBB.
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Fund Raising


Method(s) Used:

Internet, planned giving arrangements, car donations, invitations to fundraising events
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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 Rescue Community Center's IRS Form 990-EZ for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2010.

Source of Funds  
Contributions, Gifts, and Grants 48,299
Investment Income 22
Total Income $48,321

Total expenses   $157,314
Expenses in Excess of Income   (108,993)
Beginning net assets   163,110
Ending net assets   54,117
Total liabilities    
Total assets   $54,117

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