Better Business Bureau Report for
Sunshine Ministries, Inc.

Better Business Bureau Report issued March 2007
Better Business Bureau Report expires March 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: Sunshine Ministries, Inc.
Address: 1520 North 13th Street
  St. Louis , MO 63106
Phone: 314-231-8209
Web Address:
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1942, Missouri
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: exists to provide Christian social services to the poor and needy of St. Louis by offering healing from the past, help for the present, and hope for the future.

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Evaluation Conclusions


Sunshine Ministries, Inc. (SM) does not meet the following 8 Standards for Charity Accountability.

Standard 4: Compensated Board Members - Not more than one or 10% (whichever is greater) directly or indirectly compensated person(s) serving as voting member(s) of the board. Compensated members shall not serve as the board's chair or treasurer.

22.22% of this organization's board members are directly compensated. 

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 does not have a formal board policy on assessing organizational performance and effectiveness. 

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 does not have a formal board policy on assessing organizational performance and effectiveness. 

Standard 8: Program Service Expense Ratio - Spend at least 65% of its total expenses on program activities.

60.28% of this organization's total expenses are for program services. 

Standard 12: Detailed Functional Breakdown of Expenses - Include in the financial statements a breakdown of expenses (e.g., salaries, travel, postage, etc.) that shows what portion of these expenses was allocated to program, fund raising, and administrative activities. If the charity has more than one major program category, the schedule should provide a breakdown for each category.

The organization does not have a detailed functional breakdown of expenses for each major program in its audited financial statements. 

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 does not produce 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 a link to its most recent IRS Form 990 or its annual report information 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 shares donor contact information but does not offer an opt-out in direct mail appeals. 

Sunshine Ministries, Inc. (SM) meets the remaining 12 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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Sunshine Ministries provides emergency shelter service, a men's resident program, a graduate program, a Family CARE Ministry, a kids club, and a teens club.

For the fiscal year ended June 30, 2006, SM's program expenses were:

Ministry 1,479,739
Total Program Expenses: $1,479,739
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Chief Executive : James Clarkson , Executive Director

Chair of the Board: Rich Keffer
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Corporate Counsel, Sigma-Aldrich Corporation

Board Size: 9

Paid Staff Size: 30

*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, grant proposals
Fund raising costs were 27% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $2,974,123, 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 SM's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2006.

Source of Funds  
Contributions- cash 2,552,810
Contributions- non-cash 421,313
Gain on investments 319,965
Other income 13,917
Total Income $3,308,005


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 61%  Fund Raising: 32%  Administrative: 7% 

Total income $3,308,005
Program expenses $1,479,739
Fund raising expenses 792,166
Administrative expenses 182,980
Total expenses $2,454,885
Income in Excess of Expenses 853,120
Beginning net assets 7,028,052
Ending net assets 7,881,172
Total liabilities 25,826
Total assets $7,906,998

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