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Fathers of St. Edmund, Southern Missions, Inc.


DOES NOT MEET ONE OR MORE STANDARDS.
This charity does not meet one or more of the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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Name: Fathers of St. Edmund, Southern Missions, Inc.
Phone: (334) 872-2359
Fax: (334) 875-8189
Address: 1428 Broad Street
Selma, AL 36701-4300
Website: edmunditemissions.org
Report Creation Date: February 19, 2016
Report Expiration Date: February 28, 2018
Original Business Start Date: July 1937
Principal: Mr. Chad McEachern, Executive Director
Customer Contact: Mr. Chad McEachern, Executive Director - (334) 872-2359 or
Email Address:
Entity: Organization
Incorporated: June 1943, AL
Type of Business: Charity - Local, Charity - National

Additional DBA Names

Edmundite Missions

Stated Purpose

(To) provide food, clothing and shelter to poor and marginalized children and families, young adults and seniors of all faith traditions to meet their immediate needs while addressing the long term issues of systemic poverty in the Deep South.


Evaluation Conclusions

This organization has been evaluated according to the 20 BBB Standards for Charity Accountability. Donors must decide for themselves the relative importance of the Standards in question.

Fathers of St. Edmund, Southern Missions, Inc. does not meet the following 1 Standards for Charity Accountability.

03:A minimum of three evenly spaced meetings per year of the full governing body with a majority in attendance, with face-to-face participation.

Fathers of St. Edmund, Southern Missions, does not meet this Standard because the organization's Board of Directors only met two times in the past fiscal year.

Fathers of St. Edmund, Southern Missions, Inc. meets the remaining 19 Standards for Charity Accountability.


Programs

Fathers of St. Edmund, Southern Missions (Edmundite Missions) serves the poor living in poverty-stricken communities of the Deep South. The organization nutritional programs, including the Bosco Nutritional Center, which serves hot lunch and dinner meals 365 days a year, home-delivered meals, the Ana Maria Food Kitchen and Pantry, serving hot and bagged meals, and the Ana Maria Food Project and Father Roger Food Pantry, providing food boxes. Shelter and clothing are available for those displaced by fire or eviction, the homeless, and those needing services during inclement weather. For the medically underserved, Edmundite Missions offers transportation to medical appointments, purchases vital prescriptions for those who cannot afford them, and sponsors the HealthLinks and Doc In A Bus programs, providing medicine and free healthcare for the uninsured. According to the organization, in 2015, Edmundite Missions served 322,390 meals and assisted 2,551 people through its health programs.

Edmundite Missions understands that providing food, shelter, and healthcare are necessary for alleviating poverty, but the most sustainable way to help a community improve is to provide education. The organization offers preschool and after-school classes, parenting courses, and summer enrichment programs. Finally, Edmundite Missions provides access to services and activities for the senior population. The Senior Activity Program is a multi-purpose resource that provides low income and vulnerable older adults with a variety of free services to prevent isolation, promote independence, wellness, and an enhanced quality of life. The organization provides daily meals, wellness and exercise programs, financial literacy and basic planning programs, education, computer, and foreign language classes, and referrals and connections to appropriate community support services. According to the organization, in 2015, Edmundite Missions served 8,091 older adults through its Senior Activity and other programs.

For the year ended June 30, 2015, Fathers of St. Edmund, Southern Missions, Inc.'s program expenses were:

Education:$58,043
Food Ministry:$1,284,186
Grants:$101,208
Maintenance and Other Real Estate:$287,908
Senior Care:$172,647
Social Outreach:$265,106
Mission Advancement:$1,088,004
 
Total Program Expenses:$4,190,767

Governance

Chief Executive Officer:Mr. Chad McEachern
Chair of the Board:Rev. Paul McQuillen, SSE
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation:Member, Society of St. Edmund
Board Size:6
Paid Staff Size:22 Full Time. 15 Part Time.

Fund Raising

Method(s) Used:Fundraising methods include direct mail appeals, invitations to fundraising events, internet appeals, grant proposals, and planned giving arrangements.

Fundraising costs were 21.48% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $5,575,204, are donations received as a result of fundraising activities.)


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.


Financial

According to Fathers of St. Edmund, Southern Missions, Inc.'s Audited Financial Statements for the year ended June 30, 2015:

Income
 Contributions$4,145,466
  Legacies and Bequests$1,429,738
  Investment Income$450,584
  Net Gain on Disposition of Property and Equipment$11,699
  Net Realized and Unrealized Loss on Investments$80,978
  Miscellaneous Income$293,793
  Change in value of trusts receivable$13,749
  Rental income$63,361
 Total Income:$6,489,368
 
Expenses  % of total
Expenses
% of total
Income
 Programs:$4,190,767 66.76%64.58%
 Fund Raising:$1,197,511 19.08%18.45%
 Administrative:$756,390 12.05%11.66%
 Other:$132,716 2.11%2.05%
 Total Expenses:$6,277,384
 
Excess of Income over Expenses$211,984
Beginning Net Assets$19,125,648
Ending Net Assets:$19,000,808
Total Assets$20,511,266
Total Liabilities$1,510,458

* Excess for the year indicates the portion of income remaining after expenses.


Additional Contact Information

Additional Phone Numbers
Tel: (888) 540-7722


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ID: 1003120
Report as of September 23, 2016 08:11
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