Better Business Bureau Report for
Evangelical Children's Home

Better Business Bureau Report issued June 2007
Better Business Bureau Report expires June 2009

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: Evangelical Children's Home
Address: 8240 St. Charles Rock Road
  Saint Louis, MO 63114
Phone: 314-427-3755
Web Address:
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1858, Missouri
Affiliates: Carrie Elligson Gietner School
Stated Purpose: exists to partner with the community to assist children, youth and their families in their individual quest for health and wholeness through quality, faithful, professional services.

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Evaluation Conclusions


Evangelical Children's Home (EVH) does not meet the following 3 Standards for Charity Accountability.

Standard 6: Board Policy on Effectiveness - Have a board policy of assessing, no less than every two years, the organization's performance and effectiveness and of determining future actions required to achieve its mission.

The organization's board of directors does not have an official policy that the organization's performance and effectiveness will be assessed at least once every two years.  The organization has informed the BBB that it is working to comply with this standard. 

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.

The organization did not produce a written report outlining the results of the effectiveness assessment.  The organization has informed the BBB that it is working to comply with this standard. 

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.

The organization solicits donations via its website; however, it does not have its annual report information or a link to its most recent IRS Form 990 on the site.  The organization has informed the BBB that it is working to comply with this standard. 

Evangelical Children's Home (EVH) meets the remaining 17 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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The organization's St. Louis based programs include residential treatment for abused children ages 6 to 18; day treatment at our On-Grounds School for our residents and for children with behavior and truancy problems who still live at home; two community-based group homes for children; the Steppingstone independent living program for older teens; counseling services for families and individuals; and day care for preschoolers from low-income families. Our Kansas City campus is dedicated solely to our Steppingstone program serving homeless and at-risk youth ages 16-21 through a three stage transitional living program.

For the fiscal year ended September 30, 2006, EVH's program expenses were:

St. Louis Residential 3,340,172
Kansas City Steppingstone 1,469,565
Family and Personal Counseling Center 1,158,966
Early Education Center 439,700
Transitional Living 396,973
St. Louis Steppingstone 277,525
Group Homes 262,201
Total Program Expenses: $7,345,102
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Chief Executive : Michael Brennan, Executive Director

Chair of the Board: Oliver A Berwin Jr
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Insurance Agency Owner

Board Size: 17

Paid Staff Size: 189

*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, grant proposals, planned giving arrangements
Fund raising costs were 29% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $1,809,321, 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 EVH's audited financial statements - consolidated for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2006.

Source of Funds  
Client fees 5,409,258
Investment income 1,911,537
Donations 1,809,321
Other income 79,596
Change in value of split interest agreements -5,170
Transfer accounts -192,132
Total Income $9,012,410


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

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

Total income $9,012,410
Program expenses $7,345,102
Fund raising expenses 519,353
Administrative expenses 965,382
Total expenses $8,829,837
Income in Excess of Expenses 182,573
Beginning net assets 28,702,350
Ending net assets 28,884,923
Total liabilities 1,856,222
Total assets $30,741,145

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