Better Business Bureau Report for
Gateway Chapter Paralyzed Veterans of America, Inc.

Better Business Bureau Report issued March 2012
Better Business Bureau Report expires March 2013

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Charity Contact Information

Name: Gateway Chapter Paralyzed Veterans of America, Inc.
Address: 1311 Lindbergh Plaza Center Drive
  St. Louis, MO 63132
Phone: 314-427-0393
Web Address:
Also known as:Gateway Chapter Paralyzed Veterans of America
Gateway Chapter PVA
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1976, Missouri
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: PVA, a congressionally chartered veterans service organization founded in 1946, has developed a unique expertise on a wide variety of issues involving the special needs of our members--veterans of the armed forces who have experienced spinal cord injury or dysfunction. PVA will use that expertise to be the leading advocate for: *Quality health care for its members, *Research and education addressing spinal cord injury and dysfunction, *Benefits available as a result of its members' military service, and *Civil rights and opportunities that maximize the independence of its members.

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Evaluation Conclusions


Gateway Chapter Paralyzed Veterans of America, Inc. (GCPVA) meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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1) Patient Services, 2) Sports & Recreation, 3) Membership Services, 4) Advocacy & Legislation, and 5) Transportation Services. The Patient Services program includes monthly luncheons for hospitalized veterans, plus snacks and coffee distributed to them 5 times each week. It also provides canteen coupons for necessities, holiday meals and gift bags, an annual steak dinner, and phone cards to keep in touch with their families while completing their lengthy rehabilitation. The local chapter also has three Hospital Liaisons who help patients with problems encountered during their stay in a VA medical facility. Its Sports & Recreation program provides socialization and therapy to new and longtime injured veterans. Outings include annual picnics and parades, fishing tournaments, bowling, trap shoots, wheelchair sports, swimming, adapted skiing, billiards, golf, and quad rugby. All of these activities allow SCI/D veterans the opportunity to regain confidence and rediscover the joy of movement, competition, and community involvement. The local chapter also provides members with a bi-monthly newsletter to keep them informed. It mails annual birthday cards, assists with VA and member benefits, as well as finding housing and employment. It offers peer support counseling, membership meetings, and other services which assist financially. Its transportation program consists of one chapter van and one part-time paid driver. Our bus driver takes veterans to therapy, doctor appointments, peer counseling, recreational outings, sporting events, membership meetings, and run local errands to their banks, grocery stores, or barbers. All of its programs are designed to enable each spinal cord injured or spinal cord diseased veteran "live life to the fullest."

For the fiscal year ended September 30, 2011, GCPVA's program expenses were:

Program Services 267,275
Total Program Expenses: $267,275
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Chief Executive : Susan M. Lyle, Executive Director

Chair of the Board: Stanley D. Brown
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Volunteer Coordinator

Board Size: 12

Paid Staff Size: 5

*Compensation includes annual salary and, if applicable, benefit plans, expense accounts, and other allowances.
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Fund Raising


Method(s) Used:

telephone, invitations to fund raising events
Fund raising costs were 11% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $415,902, 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 GCPVA's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2011.

Source of Funds  
PVA Grant 173,378
Special Events 139,400
Contributions 95,521
Reimbursements 52,081
Net Rental Revenue 15,382
Grants 7,603
Investment Income 3,122
Gain on Disposal of Fixed Assets 2,750
Misc Income 1,828
Realized Loss on Investment -5,922
Unrealized Gain on Investment -18,115
Total Income $467,028


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 82%  Fund Raising: 14%  Administrative: 4% 

Total income $467,028
Program expenses $267,275
Fund raising expenses 44,826
Administrative expenses 12,931
Total expenses $325,032
Income in Excess of Expenses 141,996
Beginning net assets 1,018,876
Ending net assets 1,160,872
Total liabilities 54,822
Total assets $1,215,694

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BBB Membership



This organization is a member of the Better Business Bureau. 


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