Better Business Bureau Report for
City Union Mission, Inc.

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

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Charity Contact Information

Name: City Union Mission, Inc.
Address: 1101 E. 11th Street
  Kansas City, MO 64106
Phone: 816-474-9380
Web Address:
Also known as:City Union Mission
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1924, Missouri
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: City Union Mission is an evangelical ministry committed to sharing the Gospel and meeting the needs of men, women and children who are poor or homeless.

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Evaluation Conclusions


City Union Mission, Inc. meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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City Union Mission reports that in 2012 it served more than 250,000 meals, provided more than 150,000 beds, and provided health screenings and other medical assistance to more than 9,0000 homeless individuals. Doors to its separate men's shelter and women/family shelter, including an infirmary for the ill and injured, are open 365 days a year, 24 hours a day. CUM also operates Hotline for the Homeless, which allows the homeless to call a single number to find available shelter. Various forms of community assistance are also offered through the organization, including utility bill assistance, school supplies, clothing, food, and holiday projects. During the summer months, CUM operates a camp in the Ozarks, Camp CUMCITO, for up to 500 low-income children. Since 2010, CUMission has also offered City Camp, a 10-week day camp in the summer, offering a similar activity and positive experience but in the city with about another 500 children participating. Additionally, CUM provides after-school tutoring and life-skills programs for low-income children, as well as adult job-placement and education

For the fiscal year ended September 30, 2012, City Union Mission, Inc.'s program expenses were:

Salary and Payroll Taxes 3,791,700
Depreciation 862,494
Fringe Benefits 840,007
Groceries 646,403
Utilities 402,831
Property Insurance 231,894
Building equipment rental 213,581
Professional fees 208,631
Small equipment purchases 203,549
Clothing 200,926
Automobile expenses 134,203
Miscellaneous expenses 117,731
Overhead allocated 113,547
Furniture & household items 108,591
Housekeeping supplies expenses 106,559
Maintenance & repairs 101,416
Promotions, Publications & Postage 98,132
Christmas & Thanksgiving expenses 93,768
Operating & medical supplies 55,446
Emergency relief 30,478
Paper products & supplies 26,487
Spending allowance 22,694
Travel - seminars & education 16,671
Dues, subscriptions, & fees 16,480
Office supplies 13,132
Financial expenses 11,436
Taxes & licenses 3,737
Bad debt expense
Contract Services
Total Program Expenses: $8,672,524
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Chief Executive : Dan Doty, Chief Executive Officer

Chair of the Board: Mark Sewalson
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Vice President - Financial Advisor

Board Size: 17

Paid Staff Size: 139

*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, telephone, invitations to fund raising events, print advertisements, television, radio, grant proposals, internet, planned giving arrangements, cause-related marketing, membership
Fund raising costs were 17% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $10,924,301, are donations received as a result of fund raising activities.)
City Union Mission, Inc. incurred joint costs of $1,134,824 for informational materials and activities that included fund raising materials. Of those costs $989,156 was allocated to program expenses, $70,688 was allocated to fund raising expenses, and $74,980 was allocated to administrative expenses.
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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 City Union Mission, Inc.'s audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2012.

Source of Funds  
Contributions 8,017,060
Contributed Serices and gifts-in-kind 1,719,373
Receiving Center Sales 1,187,868
Federal Home Loan Grant 456,687
Investment Income 211,643
Beneficial Interest in Community Foundations 146,810
Miscellaneous Income 45,475
Vending Revenue 41,569
Camp Rental and Fees 30,696
Gain on Disposal of Assets 23,227
Dormitory Fees 20,334
Realized Loss on Investments -10,864
Total Income $11,889,878


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 76%  Fund Raising: 16%  Administrative: 8% 

Total income $11,889,878
Program expenses $8,672,524
Fund raising expenses 1,842,559
Administrative expenses 898,122
Total expenses $11,413,205
Income in Excess of Expenses 476,673
Beginning net assets 25,943,558
Other Changes in Net Assets 682,897
Ending net assets 27,103,128
Total liabilities 617,157
Total assets $27,720,285

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