Better Business Bureau Report for
Project COPE

Better Business Bureau Report issued August 2010
Better Business Bureau Report expires August 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: Project COPE
Address: 3529 Marcus Avenue
  St. Louis , MO 63115
Phone: 314-389-4804
Web Address:
Also known as:Congregation & Offender Partnership Enterprise
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1985, Missouri
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: "exists to provide community re-entry support for selected ex-offenders through faith-based team partnerships and transitional housing."

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Evaluation Conclusions


Project COPE (PC) does not meet the following 3 Standards for Charity Accountability.

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.

The organization did not send the BBB an annual report. 

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. 

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.

The organization does not have an online privacy policy. 

In addition, the St. Louis Better Business Bureau requested but did not receive complete information on the organization’s finances and is unable to verify the organization's compliance with the following 5Standards for Charity Accountability: 8, 9, 11, 12, and 13.
Project COPE (PC) meets the remaining 12 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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Project COPE’s primary program activity is to provide selected ex-offenders with the holistic support they need to become productive and competent members of society. Project COPE’s congregation-based partnership teams offer close personal relationships to help clients address their problems in the crucial first year out of prison when the problems of adjustment are most severe and the clients are most amenable to change. A transitional housing program offers housing for eight months. A mandatory savings plan allows a resident to save money to pay for the first month's rent and security deposit on a place of his/her own. Through these efforts ex-offenders achieve honorable independence and stability and the entire community is protected and enriched.

For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2008, PC's program expenses were:

Ex-offender Re-entry 143,909
Total Program Expenses: $143,909
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Chief Executive : Adrienne Denson, Executive Director

Chair of the Board: Marcy Soda
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation:

Board Size: 14

Paid Staff Size: 1

*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, golf tournament
Fund raising costs were % of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $153,505, 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 PC's IRS Form 990-EZ for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2008.

Source of Funds  
Contributions, gifts, and grants 150,414
Program service revenue 4,286
Special Events 3,091
Investment income 2,485
Total Income $160,276


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 100%    Administrative: 0 

Total income $160,276
Program expenses $143,909
Fund raising expenses
Administrative expenses
Total expenses $143,909
Income in Excess of Expenses 16,367
Beginning net assets 290,985
Ending net assets 306,750
Total liabilities
Total assets $306,750

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