Better Business Bureau Report for
Virginia Sheriffs' Institute

Better Business Bureau Report issued November 2011
Better Business Bureau Report expires November 2013

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This charity does not meet one or more of the 20 standards for Charity Accountability. Find out more...

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Charity Contact Information

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

Year, State Incorporated: 1933, Virginia
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: The Virginia Sheriffs' Institute, Inc., a Virginia nonstock, nonprofit, tax exempt corporation (the "Corporation"), shall be organized and operated for the following purposes: Section 1. Exclusively charitable and educational purposes and for the purpose of preventing cruelty to children by providing financial aid to boys and girls under twenty one years of age who are in need of home, camp, training, or school facilities such purpose to be accomplished primarily through a scholarship program. Section 2. Exclusively educational and training purposes, by sponsoring lectures, seminars and similar training type programs suitable for presentation at schools, conventions, conferences, seminars, and through the various media. Said programs are to be directed toward the improvement of the quality of law enforcement and jail administration in the Commonwealth of Virginia and shall cover subject areas including, but not limited to, crime prevention, public safety, criminal investigation developments, civil rights of confined persons, recent developments in the law, preventive law, trial tactics, career opportunities and legislation. Said programs shall be for the benefit of Virginia sheriffs, their deputies and staff, and the general public. Section 3. To do and perform all acts which may be incidental to and come legitimately within the scope of the foregoing purposes or which may be necessary or appropriate for the carrying out and accomplishment of the foregoing purposes.

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The Virginia Sheriffs' Institute (VSI) encourages charitable and educational activities among the sheriffs and deputies within the Commonwealth of Virginia to educate the public and to do any and all things to promote the enforcement of law and order and the suppression of crime. 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, judical threat seminars in conjuction with the US Marshals Service 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, 2012, Virginia Sheriffs' Institute's program expenses were:

Program Services 408,441
Total Program Expenses: $408,441
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Evaluation Conclusions


Virginia Sheriffs' Institute does not meet the following Standard for Charity Accountability.

Standard 8: Program Service Expense Ratio - Spend at least 65% of its total expenses on program activities.

Virginia Sheriffs' Institute does not meet this Standard because:

  • According to the its audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2012, the organization spent $408,441 or 57% of its total expenses ($721,750) on program service activities.
According to the most recent audited financial statements provided, the organization’s program service expense ratio was 4% greater in the fiscal year ended June 30, 2012 than in the previous year. The Virginia Sheriffs’ Institute has indicated to BBB that the organization “will continue this trend in the future by providing much needed training and education to Virginia’s sheriffs, deputies and citizens and by providing educational scholarships to young people pursuing a degree in criminal justice.”
Virginia Sheriffs' Institute meets the remaining 19 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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Chief Executive : The Virginia Sheriffs' Institute does not have any employees., N/A

Chair of the Board: Alex L. Caldwell, Jr.
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Sheriff of the City of Staunton

Board Size: 9

Paid Staff Size: 0

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Fund Raising


Method(s) Used:

direct mail, internet, membership
Fund raising costs were 28% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $683,651, 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 Virginia Sheriffs' Institute's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2011.

Source of Funds  
Renewal of Member Dues 266,677
Prospect Mailing 177,337
Newsletter Donation 116,265
Spring Conference Reimbursements 85,031
Card Appeal 46,458
Special Appeal 44,786
Net Realized and Unrealized gains and losses on securities 24,121
OCA Revenue 20,000
Interest and Dividents 18,078
Magnet Appeal 9,628
Other 4,513
Donor Contribution 2,500
Total Income $815,394


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 57%  Fund Raising: 26%  Administrative: 17% 

Total income $815,394
Program expenses $408,441
Fund raising expenses 190,277
Administrative expenses 123,032
Total expenses $721,750
Income in Excess of Expenses 93,644
Beginning net assets 997,944
Ending net assets 1,091,588
Total liabilities 31,707
Total assets $1,123,295

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