Better Business Bureau Report for
Indian Nations Council, Boy Scouts of America

Better Business Bureau Report issued March 2012
Better Business Bureau Report expires March 2014


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: Indian Nations Council, Boy Scouts of America
Address: 4295 South Garnett Road Tulsa Oklahoma 74146
  Tulsa, OK 74146
Phone: 918-743-6125
Web Address: www.okscouts.org
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1940, Oklahoma
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: "to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law."

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Evaluation Conclusions

              

Indian Nations Council, Boy Scouts of America (INCBSA) does not meet the following 4 Standards for Charity Accountability.

Standard 3: Frequency and Attendance of Board Meetings - An organization shall have a minimum of three evenly spaced meetings per year of the full governing body with a majority in attendance, with face-to-face participation. A conference call of the full board can substitute for one of the three meetings of the governing body. For all meetings, alternative modes of participation are acceptable for those with physical disabilities.

INCBSA does not meet this Standard because:

  • The board of directors did not hold a minimum of three evenly spaced meetings in the past fiscal year.

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.

INCBSA does not meet this standard because the most recent annual report did not include:

  • Total ending net assets. 

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.

INCBSA does not meet this Standard because the organization's website, www.okscouts.org, does not include all of the recommended information for those charity websites that solicit for donations. Specifically, it does not include:

  • Electronic access to the organization’s most recent IRS Form 990.

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.

INCBSA does not meet this Standard because the organization's website, www.okscouts.org, does not include: 

  • An online privacy policy. 
In addition, the BBB of Tulsa requested but did not receive complete information on the organization’s finances and is unable to verify the organization's compliance with the following Standard for Charity Accountability: 14.
Indian Nations Council, Boy Scouts of America (INCBSA) meets the remaining 15 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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Programs

              

The Boy Scouts of America's goal is to prepare every eligible youth in America to become a responsible, participating citizen and leader who is guided by the Scout Oath and Law. Its programs include youth programs for boys ages 7-20 and girls 14-21.

For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2010, INCBSA's program expenses were:

  
Scouting Programs 5,003,057
Total Program Expenses: $5,003,057
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Governance

              

Chief Executive : Bill Haines, Scout Executive / CEO
Compensation*: 

Chair of the Board: Donald E. Walker
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: President

Board Size: 29

Paid Staff Size: 35

*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, grant proposals
Fund raising costs were 8% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $2,951,403, 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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Financial

              

The following information is based on INCBSA's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2010.

Source of Funds  
Net Assets Released from Restrictions 2,209,848
Camping Income 1,412,658
Capital Campaign 1,172,547
Friends of Scouting Campaign 1,071,012
United Way 707,844
Activity Income 517,966
Gain on Investments 450,946
Net Product Sales 406,040
Other Contributions 249,362
Net Store Revenue 174,662
Investment Income 81,229
Other Income 72,132
Loss on Disposal of Assets -3,027
Total Income $8,523,219


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Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 90%  Fund Raising: 4%  Administrative: 6% 

Total income $8,523,219
Program expenses $5,003,057
Fund raising expenses 235,321
Administrative expenses 362,650
Total expenses $5,601,028
Income in Excess of Expenses 2,922,191
Beginning net assets 19,016,433
Ending net assets 28,085,863
Total liabilities 683,785
Total assets $28,769,648

This organization's permanent and temporarily restricted net assets total $15,836,643.

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