Better Business Bureau Report for
Kids On The Block

Better Business Bureau Report issued February 2012
Better Business Bureau Report expires April 2014

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Charity Contact Information

Name: Kids On The Block
Address: 2465 Russellville Road
  Bowling Green, KY 42101
Phone: 270-842-2259
Web Address:
Also known as:South Central Kentucky Kids On The Block
Bowling Green Kentucky Kids On The Block
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1989, Kentucky
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: ARTICLE 1: Mission Statement (from BYLAWS adopted 1/1/11) 1.1 The mission of the South Central Kentucky Kids on the Block, Inc. is to provide ongoing education and prevention through Bunraku-style puppetry to children in grades 1-6 and to the community at large, in handicap awareness, safety, medical conditions and social concerns. The aims of the program are to foster the development of better understanding and acceptance of differences in others; to encourage appropriate and positive decision making in difficult social situations; and to provide exposure to the ancient art form of puppet theater and the creative expression that comes through puppetry. 1.2 In order to carry out this mission, this Corporation shall have all of the powers enumerated in KRS Chapter 273 and shall specifically have the powers to contrat and be contracted with, make and enter into contracts, borrow money, incur indebtedness, sue and be sued, acquire, own, hold and use real and personal property by purchase, lease, gift, or in an other manner whatsoever, including without limitation the power to mortgage, lease, or other encumber same, to sell and dispose of same, or to dispose of same by gift, so long as such disposition does not violate the terms and conditions of any grant pursuant to which such property is received by this corporation.

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Evaluation Conclusions


Kids On The Block meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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South Central Kentucky Kids on the Block provides 20-50 minute interactive, educational, Bunraku style puppetry shows to children in grades K-6. The puppetry shows teach children about sensitive issues not usually addressed in the school curriculum, relating to physical challenges, medical conditions, social and safety issues. The programs present factual information in a humorous and heart-warming fashion. The puppets are child-sized and model the language and mannerisms of real children to develop rapport and captivate our audiences. Student participation is encouraged through comments, suggestions, and questions from the audience. Each program teaches skills to help children make good decisions in difficult situations and to understand and accept differences in themselves and others. South Central Kentucky Kids on the Block is the only nationally-trained Kids on the Block troupe in the state of Kentucky and has been serving the children for more than 25 years. The organization typically serves 25,000-30,000 students annually in 25+ counties across the state.

For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2011, Kids On The Block's program expenses were:

Program Services 144,428
Total Program Expenses: $144,428
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Chief Executive : Debbie Hays, Executive Director

Chair of the Board: Bunny Brinkley
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Property Manager, Williams Properties

Co-Chair of the Board : Johna Rogers

Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Grant Writer, Green River Regional Educational Coop.

Co-Chair of the Board : N/A

Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: N/A

Board Size: 23

Paid Staff Size: 6

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


Method(s) Used:

Methods of fund raising include direct mail, invitations to fund raising events, print advertisements, television, radio, grant proposals, internet, and planned giving arrangements.
Fund raising costs were 12% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $165,431, 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 Kids On The Block's internally produced unaudited financial statements for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2011.

Source of Funds  
Special events, less direct expenses for charitable gaming 80,442
Grants 60,301
Contributions 24,688
Miscellaneous 7,451
Total Income $172,882


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 78%  Fund Raising: 11%  Administrative: 11% 

Total income $172,882
Program expenses $144,428
Fund raising expenses 19,826
Administrative expenses 20,374
Total expenses $184,628
Expenses in Excess of Income (11,746)
Beginning net assets 341,969
Ending net assets 330,223
Total liabilities 0
Total assets $0

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