Better Business Bureau Report for
Salvation Army Louisville, Kentucky Area Command

Better Business Bureau Report issued January 2013
Better Business Bureau Report expires January 2015

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

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Charity Contact Information

Name: Salvation Army Louisville, Kentucky Area Command
Address: P O Box 1149
  Louisville, KY 40201
Phone: 502-671-4900
Web Address:
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1946, Georgia
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: The Salvation Army, founded in 1865, is a not-for-profit international religious organization and charitable movement organized and operated on a quasi-military pattern and is a branch of the Christian Church. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.

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Evaluation Conclusions


Salvation Army Louisville, Kentucky Area Command meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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The Salvation Army Louisville Area Command operates a variety of programs including: -- Corps community centers that provide spiritual, educational, and recreational services --homeless and emergency shelters --daily feeding --assistance for the poor and families in crisis --camping activities --disaster services, and --Christmas services.

For the fiscal year ended September 30, 2012, Salvation Army Louisville, Kentucky Area Command's program expenses were:

Social Services 4,051,533
Corps Community Ctrs 597,474
Total Program Expenses: $4,649,007
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Chief Executive : Major Michael Hawley, Louisville Area Commander

Chair of the Board: Todd Lanham
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Wells Fargo

Board Size: 44

Paid Staff Size: 67

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Fund Raising


Method(s) Used:

Methods of fund raising include direct mail, invitations to fund raising events, television, radio, grant proposals, internet, cause-related marketing, and membership.

In addition, the Salvation Army Louisville, Kentucky Area Command is a Metro United Way member agency.

Fund raising costs were 22% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $6,660,499, 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 Salvation Army Louisville, Kentucky Area Command's financial statements are included in the audited financial statements of the Salvation Army Southern Territory.

The following summary financial information below is based on Salvation Army Louisville, Kentucky Area Command's internally produced financial statements for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2012.

Additional financial detail, including information on beginning and ending net assets, is available from the Wise Giving Alliance report on the Salvation Army (National Corporation) referenced below.

The BBB has determined that the agency's program service expense ratio is reasonable even though the ratio is slightly below the 65% ratio required by standard 8. The agency has met standard 8 in prior years and has advised the BBB that it anticipates meeting the standard going forward.

Source of Funds  
Gifts in Kind 2,501,492
Seasonal Donations 2,056,527
Grants from Headquarters 695,462
Unrestricted Trust Funds 612,023
Donations General 552,208
Public Funds 532,482
MUW 232,795
Interest Income/Misc 122,678
Offerings 81,575
Program Service Fees 56,699
Special Fund Raising Events 7,958
Total Income $7,451,899


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 64%  Fund Raising: 20%  Administrative: 16% 

Total income $7,451,899
Program expenses $4,649,007
Fund raising expenses 1,462,979
Administrative expenses 1,202,043
Total expenses $7,314,029
Income in Excess of Expenses 137,870
Beginning net assets
Ending net assets
Total liabilities 0
Total assets $0

The Salvation Army Louisville, Kentucky Area Command is a local affiliate of the Salvation Army (National Corporation). The Salvation Army (National Corporation) has been reviewed by the BBB Wise Giving Alliance and meets all 20 standards for charity accountability. The WGA is the charity review affilate of the Council of Better Business Bureaus and is responsible for reviewing charities that are national in scope. The full WGA report for the Salvation Army (National Corporation) can be accessed on the WGA website at WGA reports can be requested in writing to the Wise Giving Alliance, 4200 Wilson Blvd., Suite 800, Arlington, VA 22203 or by phone to (703) 276-0100.

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