Better Business Bureau Report for
Society of St. Vincent de Paul, District Council of Cincinnati

Better Business Bureau Report issued August 2012
Better Business Bureau Report expires August 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: Society of St. Vincent de Paul, District Council of Cincinnati
Address: 1125 Bank Street
  Cincinnati, OH 45214
Phone: 513-562-8841
Web Address:
Also known as:St. Vincent de Paul - Cincinnati
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1926, Ohio
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: To answer Christ’s call of fostering hope by providing spiritual, emotional, and material assistance on a person-to-person basis to the poor, lonely, and forgotten in our community.

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Evaluation Conclusions


Society of St. Vincent de Paul, District Council of Cincinnati meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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BBB Accreditation


A BBB Accredited Charity since 02/25/2009.

BBB has determined that in addition to meeting BBB's 20 Standards for Charity Accountability, Society of St. Vincent de Paul, District Council of Cincinnati 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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For more than 140 years, St. Vincent de Paul has been responding to those in need. Answering Christ’s call, the charity fosters hope by providing spiritual, emotional, and material assistance on a person-to-person basis to the poor, lonely, and forgotten in the community, regardless of race or religious affiliation. During times of hardship, St. Vincent de Paul provides hope and guidance before a family becomes homeless, an illness escalates, or utilities are shut off. When the poor and vulnerable of the community have no other place to turn, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul is able to provide support. Home Visits: More than 800 St. Vincent de Paul members in 56 neighborhood conferences (volunteer groups) visit people in need in their homes and help with basic necessities like food, clothing, rent, utilities, and furniture. According to the charity, in 2011 more than 5,000 families received rental and utility assistance, making St. Vincent de Paul the largest private homelessness prevention provider in Cincinnati. Charitable Pharmacy: As the only charitable pharmacy in Southwest Ohio, the St. Vincent de Paul Charitable Pharmacy provides free medication valued at more than four million dollars annually to help low-income people meet their most urgent prescriptive needs and guides them toward long-term solutions. Providing Food: Throughout Hamilton County, St. Vincent de Paul operates many food services, including the Edyth and Carl Lindner Choice Food Pantry in the West End, nine neighborhood parish-based pantries, and many food closets. We provided food to more than 70,000 people in 2011, according to the charity. St. Vincent de Paul Outreach Centers: Outreach Centers in the West End offer basic assistance, financial literacy classes, GED classes, and men’s and women’s support groups. Seven Thrift Stores: Thrift stores provide low-cost and free clothing, household items, and furniture to low-income people. In 2011, $600,000 in clothing, furniture, and household items were provided at no cost to neighbors in need through St. Vincent de Paul's voucher program. Bob Rahe Mattress Fund: St. Vincent de Paul provides a mattress, box spring, and bed rail set to neighbors who would otherwise be sleeping on the floor. Each family receiving help with a bed is personally visited in their home by a St. Vincent de Paul volunteer. Accordng to the charity, more than 700 beds were given to families in need in 2011. St. Vincent de Paul has a variety of events that take place to help raise funds for neighbors in need - food and clothing drives, a charitable Golf Outing benefitting the St. Vincent de Paul Charitable Pharmacy and RetroFittings, our signature event of the year.

For the fiscal year-ended December 31, 2010, Society of St. Vincent de Paul, District Council of Cincinnati's program expenses were:

Furniture, Clothing, and Other Goods 8,880,846
Assistance to Needy 2,731,772
Food Pantries 1,347,134
Total Program Expenses: $12,959,752
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Chief Executive : Ms. Elizabeth L. Carter, Executive Director

Chair of the Board:
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation:

Co-Chair of the Board : Mr. Bart Kohler

Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: President & CEO, The Hubert Company

Co-Chair of the Board : Ms. Sandy Brielmaier

Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Marketing Director, Esther Price Candies

Board Size: 18

Paid Staff Size: 178

*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, print advertisements, television, radio, grant proposals, Internet, planned giving arrangements, cause-related marketing
Fundraising costs were 6% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $14,732,482, 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 Society of St. Vincent de Paul - Cincinnati's audited financial statements - combined for the fiscal year-ended December 31, 2010.

Source of Funds  
Store Sales 5,205,584
Contributions and Legal Bequests 4,830,888
Donated Food and Other Goods 4,086,475
Donated Auto Sales 609,535
Investment Gain, Net 238,660
Other Revenue 44,873
Reserve for Obsolescence on Donated Pharmaceutical Goods -1,083
Total Income $15,014,932


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 90%  Fund Raising: 7%  Administrative: 3% 

Total income $15,014,932
Program expenses $12,959,752
Fund raising expenses 949,771
Administrative expenses 374,159
Total expenses $14,283,682
Income in Excess of Expenses 731,250
Beginning net assets 12,109,686
Ending net assets 12,840,936
Total liabilities 1,103,589
Total assets $13,944,525

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Store Locations



6900 Colerain Avenue

Cincinnati, OH 45239

Phone: (513) 741-1641


Este Ave. Superstore

4530 Este Avenue

Cincinnati, OH 45232

Phone: (513) 681-9838



9864 Reading Road

Cincinnati, OH 45241

Phone: (513) 563-2949



1065 Reading Road

Mason, OH 45040

Phone: (513) 492-7940



813 Main Street

Milford, OH 45150

Phone: (513) 248-2664


Mt. Washington Store

2300 Beechmont Avenue

Cincinnati, OH 45230

Phone: (513) 231-1239


Western Hills

5555 Glenway Avenue

Cincinnati, OH 45238

Phone: (513) 347-0342

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