Better Business Bureau Report for
Children's Foundation of Mid-America

Better Business Bureau Report issued June 2011
Better Business Bureau Report expires June 2012

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: Children's Foundation of Mid-America
Address: 1220 North Lindbergh
  St. Louis, MO 63132
Phone: 314-989-9727
Web Address:
Also known as:Presbyterian Childrens Services, Inc.
Farmington Children's Home
Regional Girls' Shelter
Stubbins Memorial Regional Family & Youth Center
Midwest Learning Center
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Formerly known as:Presbyterian Home for Children
Elmwood Presbyterian Orphanage
Presbyterian Orphanage of Missouri

Year, State Incorporated: 1983, Missouri
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: "exists to provide compassionate and therapeutic social, psychological and educational services to children and families of all faiths."

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Evaluation Conclusions


Children's Foundation of Mid-America (CFMA) meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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Founded as an orphanage in 1914, Presbyterian Children's Services served 1300 children and their families in 2007, with services of: Teen Crisis Care Services, Court-Diversion Intensive Supervision Services, Community and Family Support Services (Family Aide, Parent Aide, Transportation, Tracking, Counseling, Family Therapy & other in-home/in-community services), Family Focused Residential Services, Intensive Secure Residential Treatment Services, Residential Treatment Services, Supported Community Living Services, Therapeutic Mentoring Services, Foster Care Case Management/Specialized Case Management, Emergency Care Services, or Community Counseling Services.

For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2010, CFMA's program expenses were:

Residential Treatment 5,701,859
Professional Services 3,294,546
Total Program Expenses: $8,996,405
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Chief Executive : James W. Thurman, President/CEO

Chair of the Board: Rev. Charles Stikes
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Unknown

Board Size: 19

Paid Staff Size: 287

*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, invitations to fund raising events, print advertisements, radio, grant proposals, internet, planned giving arrangements
Fund raising costs were 8% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $5,250,269, 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 CFMA's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2010.

Source of Funds  
Fees and grants from govt agencies for services 4,026,382
Program services fees 3,189,587
Support from the public- contributions 589,959
Estates and trusts 331,631
Support from related organizations- contributions 169,422
Other revenues 147,567
Interest and Dividends 93,795
Gain on investments 72,585
Income from perpetual trusts 53,036
Income from charitable remainder trusts 41,589
Noncash property and equipment 38,250
Gain on sale of property and equipment 5,938
Losses on annuities -14,746
Total Income $8,744,995


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 89%  Fund Raising: 4%  Administrative: 7% 

Total income $8,744,995
Program expenses $8,996,405
Fund raising expenses 420,974
Administrative expenses 743,858
Total expenses $10,161,237
Expenses in Excess of Income (1,416,242)
Beginning net assets 8,346,212
Ending net assets 6,929,970
Total liabilities 5,486,940
Total assets $12,416,910

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