Better Business Bureau Report for
Assist the Officer Foundation

Better Business Bureau Report issued August 2012
Better Business Bureau Report expires August 2013


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: Assist the Officer Foundation
Address: 1600 State Street
  Houston, TX 77007
Phone: 713-223-4286
Web Address: www.assisttheofficer.com
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1994, Texas
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: Assist the Officer is a non-profit organization providing short-term, immediate need financial assistance for officers critically injured or disabled in the line of duty. Assist The Officer symbolizes the appreciation for every officer’s dedicated service and commitment to the safety of citizens.

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Evaluation Conclusions

              

Assist the Officer Foundation does not meet the following 5 Standards for Charity Accountability.

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.

Assist the Officer Foundation does not meet this standard because it did not show that a board assesssment policy for assessing the organization's performance and effectiveness is currently in place.

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.

Assist the Officer Foundation does not meet this standard because its IRS Form 990 for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2010 did not include a functional breakdown of expenses.

Standard 13: Accuracy of Expenses in Financial Statements - Accurately report the charity's expenses, including any joint cost allocations, in its financial statements. For example, audited or unaudited statements which inaccurately claim zero fund raising expenses or otherwise understate the amount a charity spends on fund raising, and/or overstate the amount it spends on programs will not meet this standard.

Assist the Officer Foundation does not meet this Standard because its IRS Form 990-EZ for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2010:

  • Reports the organization had no administrative expenses.
  • Reports the organization had no fundraising expenses.

Standard 14: Budget - Have a board-approved annual budget for its current fiscal year, outlining projected expenses for major program activities, fund raising, and administration.

Assist the Officer Foundation does not meet this standard because it did not provide a functionanl budget with total projeceted expenses for the current fiscal year for the areas of fundraising, administration, and programs.

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.

Assist the Officer Foundation does not meet this standard because its website does not include a donor privacy policy.

In addition, the Houston BBB requested but did not receive complete information on the organization’s effectiveness measures and finances and is unable to verify the organization's compliance with the following 3Standards for Charity Accountability: 7, 8, and 9.
Assist the Officer Foundation meets the remaining 12 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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Programs

              

Assist the Officer provides short-term, immediate need financial assistance for officers critically injured or disabled in the line of duty. Once a year, Assist the Officer offers scholarship funds to qualifying high school seniors of these injured officers as well as to disabled officers having to seek a career change due to medical retirement. Assist the Officer also provides financial assistance to police officers' organization in order to purchase additional equipment to help better serve the community.

For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2010, Assist the Officer Foundation's program expenses were:

  
Total Program Expenses: $
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Governance

              

Chief Executive :
Compensation*: 

Chair of the Board: Renee Cravens
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: HR Manager with RES Energy Solutions

Board Size: 11

Paid Staff Size: 0

*Compensation includes annual salary and, if applicable, benefit plans, expense accounts, and other allowances.
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Fund Raising

              

Method(s) Used:

invitations to fund raising events, internet
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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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Financial

              

The following information is based on Assist the Officer Foundation's IRS Form 990-EZ for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2010.

Source of Funds  
Program service fees, including government fees and contracts 133,758
Investment income 607
Total Income $134,365


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Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

     

Total income $134,365
Program expenses $0
Fund raising expenses 0
Administrative expenses 0
Total expenses $160,648
Expenses in Excess of Income (26,283)
Beginning net assets 125,242
Ending net assets 98,959
Total liabilities
Total assets $98,959


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Complaints

              

The BBB has processed no complaints about this organization in the past 36 months, our standard reporting period.

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