Better Business Bureau Report for
Voices for Children

Better Business Bureau Report issued October 2010
Better Business Bureau Report expires October 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: Voices for Children
Address: 920 N. Vandeventer
  St. Louis, MO 63108-3530
Phone: 314-552-2430
314-552-2617
Web Address: www.voices-stl.org
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Formerly known as:St. Louis City CASA

Year, State Incorporated: 1998, Missouri
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: "exists to speak on behalf of abused and neglected children in St. Louis city foster care."

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Evaluation Conclusions

              

Voices for Children (VC) does not meet the following 5 Standards for Charity Accountability.

Standard 1: Oversight of Operations and Staff - Organizations shall have a board of directors that provides adequate oversight of the charity's operations and its staff. Indication of adequate oversight includes, but is not limited to, regularly scheduled appraisals of the CEO's performance, evidence of disbursement controls such as board approval of the budget, fund raising practices, establishment of a conflict of interest policy, and establishment of accounting procedures sufficient to safeguard charity finances.

VC does not meet this Standard because its board of directors does not:

  • Review the performance of the chief executive officer at least once every two years.

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.

VC does not meet this Standard because:

  • The board of directors does not have a written policy stating that, at least every two years, an appraisal be done assessing the organization’s performance and effectiveness and determining future actions required to achieve its mission.

Standard 14: Budget - Have a board-approved annual budget for its current fiscal year, outlining projected expenses for major program activities, fund raising, and administration.

VC does not meet this Standard because, when the organization provided budget information, it indicated that the budget:

  • Did not identify total projected program service expenses.
  • Did not identify total projected fund raising expenses.
  • Did not identify total projected administrative expenses.

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.

VC 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.

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

  • Annual report information. 
  • Electronic access to the organization’s most recent IRS Form 990.
Voices for Children (VC) meets the remaining 15 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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Programs

              

Voices for Children has developed an innovative, nationally recognized model for child advocacy. Voices integrates the dedication and determination of well trained Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) volunteers with the passion and expertise of child advocacy attorneys who specialize in legal services for abused and neglected children who desperately need a voice in the critical decisions that affect them today and long into the future. This team is charged with representing the best interests of the child in court and in the community, expediting vital health, mental health and education services. They work to keep children from getting lost in the maze of the system, supporting efforts to move each child into a safe, stable and supportive environment, providing hope and a voice...one child at a time

For the fiscal year ended June 30, 2009, VC's program expenses were:

  
CASA Advocacy Program 814,464
Total Program Expenses: $814,464
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Governance

              

Chief Executive : Jan K Huneke, Executive Director
Compensation*: 
$80,905

Chair of the Board: Bill Hutton
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Vice President/General Counsel - Reinsurance Group of America, Inc.

Board Size: 17

Paid Staff Size: 15

*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, internet
Fund raising costs were 14% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $1,205,464, 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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Financial

              

The following information is based on VC's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2009.

Source of Funds  
Grants 669,807
Contributions 289,899
Special Events 143,551
In-kind Contributions 102,207
Earned Income 77,219
Interest Income 3,234
Other Income 1,820
Total Income $1,287,737


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Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 77%  Fund Raising: 16%  Administrative: 7% 

Total income $1,287,737
Program expenses $814,464
Fund raising expenses 170,362
Administrative expenses 76,819
Total expenses $1,061,645
Income in Excess of Expenses 226,092
Beginning net assets 676,273
Ending net assets 902,365
Total liabilities 56,781
Total assets $959,146


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