Better Business Bureau Report for
Sunnyhill, Inc.

Better Business Bureau Report issued February 2011
Better Business Bureau Report expires February 2013

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: Sunnyhill, Inc.
Address: 11140 South Towne Square
Suite 101
  Saint Louis, MO 63123
Phone: 314-845-3900
Web Address:
Also known as:Sunnyhill
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Formerly known as:Council For Extended Care

Year, State Incorporated: 1977, Missouri
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: "exists to empower children and adults with developmental disabilities to become productive citizens and achieve their individual dreams. Sunnyhill specializes in individually tailored residential services, adventure camp, travel opportunities and the Sunnyhill University day program, for children and adults with developmental disabilities.

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Evaluation Conclusions


Sunnyhill, Inc. (SH) does not meet the following Standard for Charity Accountability.

Standard 9: Fund Raising Expense Ratio - Spending should be no more than 35% of related contributions on fund raising. Related contributions include donations, legacies, and other gifts received as a result of fund raising efforts.

SH does not meet this Standard because:

  • According to its audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2010, the organization's fund raising costs were 80% ($170,411) of related contributions, which totaled $211,739.
Sunnyhill, Inc. (SH) meets the remaining 19 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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Sunnyhill operates a camp that provides recreational opportunities for children with or without disabilities and adults with disabilities to experience the great outdoors. Everyday is an adventure at camp; campers enjoy fishing, swimming, canoeing, campfires, climbing & repelling, all the while discovering, learning, growing, teambuilding and forming friendships. Over 500 children and adults of all abilities attend Sunnyhill Adventures every summer and hundreds more children visit the camp for field trips and community youth events in the fall and spring. Sunnyhill's residential support services provides customized daily, in-home support for over 200 individuals. Through this program Sunnyhill maximizes independence in the least restrictive environment. Like all of Sunnyhill’s programs, Sunnyhill’s residential services emphasize health, safety, independence, personal choice, autonomy and involvement in the community. Currently the organization provides care through Missouri’s Medicaid Waiver Program for people who need 24 hour support and through the Independent Supported Living Arrangements (ISLA) Program for those individuals who can live independently with occasional support. Sunnyhill University is an educational day program for adults with developmental disabilities that supports acquisition of life skills and community involvement. Sunnyhill University is a “school” that gives individuals with disabilities the opportunity to venture out of their homes, learn about their community and the world around them, improve on valuable life skills, socialize and enjoy life. Sunnyhill University creates a learning environment for adults with disabilities that fosters interest, creativity, learning, independence, autonomy, confidence, pride and dignity. By integrating life skills education with academics, Sunnyhill University provides people with developmental disabilities the opportunity to develop their intellectual, physical and social skills. Sunnyhill also provides weekend travel opportunities for adults with disabilities. Many individuals served by Sunnyhill, as well as other community organizations, participate in Sunnyhill’s On The Road Adventures program. Once or twice a month, Sunnyhill escorts travelers on weekend road trips to desirable vacation locations such as Nashville, Memphis, Branson, Chicago and Indianapolis. Travelers enjoy many activities such as sight seeing, shopping, attractions and shows, all with the support of Sunnyhill staff.

For the fiscal year ended June 30, 2010, SH's program expenses were:

Supported Living 6,090,207
Independant Supported Living 1,273,706
Camp 573,720
Living Center 407,289
Total Program Expenses: $8,344,922
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Chief Executive : Victoria James, President and CEO

Chair of the Board: Derrick Good
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Attorney

Board Size: 11

Paid Staff Size: 294

*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 80% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $211,739, 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 SH's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2010.

Source of Funds  
Program Services 9,257,716
Special Events 134,625
Contributions 74,614
Miscellaneous Revenue 23,988
Interest 7,316
Net Assets Released from Restriction 4,467
Grant Income 2,500
Total Income $9,505,226


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 86%  Fund Raising: 2%  Administrative: 12% 

Total income $9,505,226
Program expenses $8,344,922
Fund raising expenses 170,411
Administrative expenses 1,128,376
Total expenses $9,643,709
Expenses in Excess of Income (138,483)
Beginning net assets 1,066,735
Other Changes in Net Assets 16,927
Ending net assets 945,179
Total liabilities 1,469,859
Total assets $2,415,038

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