Better Business Bureau Report for
Missouri Humanities Council, Inc.

Better Business Bureau Report issued July 2010
Better Business Bureau Report expires July 2012

Does not meet one or more standards
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: Missouri Humanities Council, Inc.
Address: 543 Hanley Industrial Court, Suite 201
  St. Louis, MO 63144-1905
Phone: 314-781-9660
Web Address:
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1975, Missouri
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: "exists to act as an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. It acts as a catalyst for cultural organizations, helping them to connect with people and communities in dynamic ways that spark the deep excitement for story and learning that builds character, intellect, and understanding."

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Evaluation Conclusions


Missouri Humanities Council, Inc. (MHC) does not meet the following 5 Standards for Charity Accountability.

Standard 3: Frequency and Attendance of Board Meetings - An organization shall have a minimum of three evenly spaced meetings per year of the full governing body with a majority in attendance, with face-to-face participation. A conference call of the full board can substitute for one of the three meetings of the governing body. For all meetings, alternative modes of participation are acceptable for those with physical disabilities.

MHC does not meet this Standard because:

  • The board of directors did not hold a minimum of three evenly spaced meetings in the past fiscal year.

Standard 7: Board Approval of Written Report on Effectiveness - Submit to the organization's governing body, for its approval, a written report that outlines the results of the aforementioned performance and effectiveness assessment and recommendations for future actions.

MHC does not meet this Standard because:

  • Although it has produced a written effectiveness assessment report, the report did not include recommendations for future actions.

Standard 16: Annual Report - Have an annual report available to all, on request, that includes: (a) the organization's mission statement, (b) a summary of the past year's program service accomplishments, (c) a roster of the officers and members of the board of directors, (d) financial information that includes (i) total income in the past fiscal year, (ii) expenses in the same program, fund raising and administrative categories as in the financial statements, and (iii) ending net assets.

MHC does not meet this standard because:

  • The organization states it does not have an annual report covering activities conducted in the past year.

Standard 17: Web Site Disclosures - Include on any charity websites that solicit contributions, the same information that is recommended for annual reports, as well as the mailing address of the charity and electronic access to its most recent IRS Form 990.

MHC does not meet this Standard because the organization's website,, does not include all of the recommended information for those charity websites that solicit for donations. Specifically, it does not include:

  • Total income.
  • Total program expenses.
  • Total fund raising expenses.
  • Total administrative expenses.
  • End of year net assets.
  • Electronic access to the organization’s most recent IRS Form 990.

Standard 18: Privacy for Written Appeals & Internet Privacy - Address privacy concerns of donors by (a) providing in written appeals, at least annually, a means (e.g., such as a check off box) for both new and continuing donors to inform the charity if they do not want their name and address shared outside the organization, (b) providing a clear, prominent and easily accessible privacy policy on any of its websites that tells visitors (i) what information, if any, is being collected about them by the charity and how this information will be used, (ii) how to contact the charity to review personal information collected and request corrections, (iii) how to inform the charity (e.g., a check off box) that the visitor does not wish his/her personal information to be shared outside the organization, and (iv) what security measures the charity has in place to protect personal information.


MHC does not meet this standard because:

  • The organization does not have an online privacy policy. 


Missouri Humanities Council, Inc. (MHC) meets the remaining 15 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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The Missouri Humanities Council (MHC) is a statewide, non-profit service organization dedicated to creating deep appreciation and engagement in the humanities in collaboration with Missouri museums, libraries, cultural organizations, educators and families. Its programs support these institutions as they create compelling activities for the public, inspire teachers, and make family reading and story sharing a universal benefit in Missouri.

For the fiscal year ended October 31, 2008, MHC's program expenses were:

Programs 646,952
Total Program Expenses: $646,952
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Chief Executive : Geoffrey Giglierano, Executive Director

Chair of the Board: Jim Tanner
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Retired

Board Size: 16

Paid Staff Size: 7

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


Method(s) Used:

direct mail, grant proposals, internet
Fund raising costs were 5% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $1,174,947, 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 MHC's IRS Form 990 for the fiscal year ended October 31, 2008.

Source of Funds  
Government Contributions 995,700
Direct Public Support 179,247
Other Revenue 8,643
Dividends and Interest 4,267
Total Income $1,187,857


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 66%  Fund Raising: 7%  Administrative: 27% 

Total income $1,187,857
Program expenses $646,952
Fund raising expenses 64,202
Administrative expenses 266,094
Total expenses $977,248
Income in Excess of Expenses 210,609
Beginning net assets 712,861
Ending net assets 921,327
Total liabilities 105,536
Total assets $1,026,863

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