Better Business Bureau Report for
Epworth Children & Family Services

Better Business Bureau Report issued April 2008
Better Business Bureau Report expires April 2009

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: Epworth Children & Family Services
Address: 110 North Elm Avenue
  St. Louis, MO 63119
Phone: 314-961-5718
Web Address:
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1943, Missouri
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: In partnership with the community and the United Methodist Church, the organization offers a wide array of services to children, youth, and families in need, strengthening the capacity of each to thrive in society.

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Evaluation Conclusions


Epworth Children & Family Services (ECFS) meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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Epworth Children & Family Services is a 143-year-old, Joint Commission accredited agency providing residential care, intensive treatment, special education, family reunification, emergency shelter, transitional living, independent living, aging out services, and foster care case management for St. Louis area children and youth. Epworth is one of the largest children’s social service agencies in St. Louis and is one of the few agencies in the region specializing in serving older youth ages 7-21. Epworth currently provides direct services for over 800 at-risk youth per year, ranging in age from 7 to 21 years (a total of 1,800 are served annually, including family and indirect services). These youth are typically experiencing a variety of mental, emotional, and behavioral health issues, often stemming from a history of neglect, physical, sexual and/or emotional abuse. Because upon entering Epworth these youth are in various phases of recovery, Epworth’s broad treatment continuum is designed to address individual needs and encourage self-sufficiency. The agency’s philosophy is to “teach how” as opposed to “do for,” so that children and their families will be ready and able to stand on their own.

For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2006, ECFS's program expenses were:

Residential Treatment 4,074,432
Education 2,521,703
Community Living 1,011,290
Emergency Shelter 645,789
Foster Care 212,181
Total Program Expenses: $8,465,395
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Chief Executive : Kevin Drollinger, Executive Director

Chair of the Board: Patrick Welch
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Professor of Economics, St. Louis University

Board Size: 41

Paid Staff Size: 223

*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, telephone, invitations to fund raising events, print advertisements, television, radio, grant proposals, internet, planned giving arrangements, cause-related marketing
Fund raising costs were 16% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $3,299,915, 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 ECFS's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2006.

Source of Funds  
Fee for service 6,454,719
Contributions 2,256,593
Govt Grants 462,027
Investment Income 460,487
United Way 413,218
Legacies & bequests 113,110
Miscellaneous 109,922
GBGM 54,967
Total Income $10,325,043


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 85%  Fund Raising: 5%  Administrative: 10% 

Total income $10,325,043
Program expenses $8,465,395
Fund raising expenses 526,284
Administrative expenses 1,026,295
Total expenses $10,017,974
Income in Excess of Expenses 307,069
Beginning net assets 8,449,810
Ending net assets 8,756,879
Total liabilities 1,370,867
Total assets $10,127,746

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