Better Business Bureau Report for
CASA, Inc.

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


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Charity Contact Information

Name: CASA, Inc.
Address: 982 Eastern Parkway, Box 9
  Louisville, KY 40217
Phone: 502-595-4911
Web Address: www.casariverregion.org
Also known as:CASA of the River Region
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1984, Kentucky
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: The Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Jefferson County, Kentucky is a non-profit organization incorporated in November 1984. The mission of CASA is to provide volunteer advocates who are committed to work on behalf of abused and neglected children involved in the court system. CASA volunteers provide a constant source of information to the court and undertake any and all activities necessary for the promotion of these children's health, safety and welfare until a permanent disposition is made. To meet our mission, CASA recruits, screens, trains, supervises and supports individuals from the community to perform this important advocacy function for children in need.

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Evaluation Conclusions

              

CASA, Inc. meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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Programs

              

CASA provides volunteer advocates who are committed to work on behalf of abused and neglected children involved in the court system. To perform this important advocacy function for needy children, CASA recruits, screens, trains, supervises, and supports individuals from the community to gather information from all parties to the case, (social workers, attorneys, teachers, mental health professionals), visit the child weekly and report back to the court their findings and recommendations. CASA volunteers handle only one case at a time and continue with that case until the child is in a safe and permanent home.

For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2011, CASA, Inc.'s program expenses were:

  
Program services 329,185
Total Program Expenses: $329,185
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Governance

              

Chief Executive : William Myers, Executive Director
Compensation*: 

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

Board Size: 24

Paid Staff Size: 7

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Fund Raising

              

Method(s) Used:

Methods of fund raising include direct mail, invitations to fund raising events, print advertisements, grant proposals, and internet appeals.
Fund raising costs were 17% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $730,407, 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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Financial

              

The following information is based on CASA of the River Region's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2011.

Ending net assets as reported below include $825,178 in unrestricted net assets and $92,388 in temporarily restricted net assets.

Total assets as reported include $596,853 invested in improvements and equipment, net.


Source of Funds  
Grants/Contribution 587,295
Special Events, less direct expenses of $81,710 143,112
Investment income -55
Total Income $730,352


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Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 61%  Fund Raising: 23%  Administrative: 16% 

Total income $730,352
Program expenses $329,185
Fund raising expenses 121,745
Administrative expenses 84,014
Total expenses $534,944
Income in Excess of Expenses 195,408
Beginning net assets 722,158
Ending net assets 917,566
Total liabilities 8,287
Total assets $925,853

The BBB has determined that the organization's use of funds is reasonable even though the organization's program service expense ratio was under the 65% requirement in Standard 8. The BBB notes that the organization has met the standard in prior years. In addition, the agency has advised the BBB that it anticipates meeting the program service expense ratio by no later that 2013.

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