Better Business Bureau Report for
William Byrd Community House

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

This BBB Accredited charity meets all 20 Standards for Charity Accountability and is a Seal Holder. Find out more...

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Charity Contact Information

Name: William Byrd Community House
Address: William Byrd Community House
224 South Cherry Street
  Richmond, VA 23220
Phone: (804)643-2717
Web Address:
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1923, Virginia
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: Our mission is simple..."to transform lives and build self-sufficiency". We achieve this through the delivery of a community of high quality programs and services to help individuals and families address immediate challenges and draw on their strengths to move toward self sufficiency.

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Evaluation Conclusions


William Byrd Community House (WBCH) meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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William Byrd Community House offers the following programs and services: Family Support and Emergency Services helps individuals and families resolve immediate crises such as eviction or loss of utilities, and provide lasting value through case management services. Children's Services provides nationally accredited, subsidized, low-cost, quality early education and childcare for children, ages 3-12, from low-or-no income families. Among the innovative components: case management services for the family of each child enrolled, and an emphasis on avoiding childhood obesity through healthy eating habits. Youth and Young Adult Services helps young people, ages 18-21, learn the skills to succeed in the workforce. The Grace Arents Library and Education Center features a library, computers, enrichment classes, the Grace Arents Community Garden, the Byrd House Market and the Byrd House Farmlet.

For the fiscal year ended June 30, 2011, WBCH's program expenses were:

Emergency Assistance 499,199
Group Work with Youth 375,618
Group work with Children 304,178
Early Childhood Education 246,255
Community Development 44,014
Total Program Expenses: $1,469,264
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Chief Executive : Shelia Givens, Executive Director

Chair of the Board: Christopher Cleveland, PhD.
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Afton Chemical

Board Size: 15

Paid Staff Size: 32

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Fund Raising


Method(s) Used:

direct mail, invitations to fund raising events, grant proposals, internet
Fund raising costs were 12% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $1,513,569, 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 William Byrd Community House's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2011.

Source of Funds  
Contributions and Grants 708,087
Fees & Grants from government agencies 673,341
Program Fees 176,317
United Way 132,141
Contributions - in kind 72,000
Misc 6,194
Total Income $1,768,080


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 83%  Fund Raising: 11%  Administrative: 6% 

Total income $1,768,080
Program expenses $1,469,264
Fund raising expenses 188,550
Administrative expenses 111,275
Total expenses $1,769,089
Expenses in Excess of Income (1,009)
Beginning net assets 469,226
Ending net assets 468,216
Total liabilities 155,568
Total assets $623,784

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