Better Business Bureau Report for
Virginia Sheriffs' Institute

Better Business Bureau Report issued December 2014
Better Business Bureau Report expires January 2017

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Charity Contact Information

Name: Virginia Sheriffs' Institute
Address: 701 E. Franklin Street, Suite 706
  Richmond, VA 23219
Phone: 804-225-7152
Web Address:
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1981, Virginia

Mission: The mission of the Virginia Sheriffs’ Institute is to encourage charitable and educational activities among the sheriffs and their deputies within the Commonwealth of Virginia in all phases of law enforcement practices, procedures and technique, to educate the public and to do any and all things to promote the enforcement of law and order and the suppression of crime.

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Evaluation Conclusions


Virginia Sheriffs' Institute (VSI) meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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VSI sponsors numerous programs each year including the a spring educational conference for sheriffs and deputies, the Virginia Coalition for the Prevention of Elder Abuse, a newly elected sheriffs’ school, the National Sheriffs’ Institute educational program, the Victim Network for Victims and Witnesses of Crime Conference, Concerns of Police Survivors, lawful employment training for sheriffs, Virginia State Police Association Emergency Relief Fund, and the National Law Enforcement Memorial Fund to honor Virginia officers killed in the line of duty. In addition, the VSI provides scholarships to people throughout Virginia who major in criminal justice at a Virginia college or university and provide an immediate $5,000 in-the-line-of-duty death benefit to any sheriff or deputy killed in the line of duty to address distress and poverty situations only, and to comply with the IRS requirements to avoid inurement issues.

For the fiscal year ended June 30, 2014, VSI's program expenses were:

Program services 589,208
Total Program Expenses: $589,208
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Chief Executive : John W. Jones, Executive Director

Chair of the Board: The Hon. Anthony W. Roper
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Sheriff, Clarke County Virginia

Board Size: 9

Paid Staff Size: 4

VSI has no employees, but shares staff with the Virginia Sheriff's Association on a contractual basis.
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Fund Raising


Method(s) Used:

Direct mail, website donations, and membership appeals.
Fund raising costs were 29% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $627,594, are donations received as a result of fund raising activities.)
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The following information is based on VSI's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2014.

Source of Funds  
Members dues 372,508
Prospect mailing 178,826
Net realized and unrealized gains on securities 162,110
Newsletter donation 144,756
Special appeal 76,260
Spring conference reimbursements 36,150
Interest and dividends 23,904
Other 7,275
Total Income $1,001,789


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 66%  Fund Raising: 20%  Administrative: 14% 

Total income $1,001,789
Program expenses $589,208
Fund raising expenses 180,552
Administrative expenses 125,071
Total expenses $894,831
Income in Excess of Expenses 106,958
Beginning net assets 1,314,949
Ending net assets 1,421,907
Total liabilities 10,425
Total assets $1,432,332

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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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