Better Business Bureau Report for
A Sanctuary for Military Families, Inc.

Better Business Bureau Report issued February 2014
Better Business Bureau Report expires February 2016

This BBB Accredited charity meets all 20 Standards for Charity Accountability. Find out more...

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Charity Contact Information

Name: A Sanctuary for Military Families, Inc.
Address: 94 CR 448 Hilltop
PO Box 1563
  Granby, CO 80446
Phone: 720-561-9193
Web Address:
Also known as:Project Sanctuary
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 2007, Colorado
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: "exists to take military families from battle-ready to family-ready by providing six-day, outdoor, therapeutic retreats in a healing environment and ongoing family support services for two years following each retreat."

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Evaluation Conclusions


A Sanctuary for Military Families, Inc. (SMF) meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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Project Sanctuary hosts therapeutic retreats for military families. As of the end of 2013, Project Sanctuary has hosted 42 therapeutic retreats and is providing support and services for more than 350 military families. 80% of the participating service members are “wounded warriors”with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and/or traumatic brain injury (TBI),physical wounds and/or amputations. Of the families served by Project Sanctuary: 90% are still together. Only one arrest has occurred, compared to much higher numbers for the returning military population at large. No participant has committed suicide.

For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2012, SMF's program expenses were:

Programs 340,729
Total Program Expenses: $340,729
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Chief Executive : Heather Ehle, Founder & CEO

Chair of the Board: Kevin Sands
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Audit & Tax Consultant

Board Size: 6

Paid Staff Size: 9

*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 fund raising events, grant proposals, internet
Fund raising costs were 8% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $554,474, are donations received as a result of fund raising 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 SMF's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2012.

Source of Funds  
Public Support - Grants 296,056
Public Support - Individual Contributions 90,477
Other Support - Contributions-in-kind 71,012
Public Support - Corporate Contributions 56,082
Other Support - Events 34,919
Public Support - Other 5,928
Other Support - Interest 55
Total Income $554,529


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 81%  Fund Raising: 11%  Administrative: 8% 

Total income $554,529
Program expenses $340,729
Fund raising expenses 45,587
Administrative expenses 31,808
Total expenses $418,124
Income in Excess of Expenses 136,405
Beginning net assets 25,836
Ending net assets 162,241
Total liabilities 73,935
Total assets $236,176

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