Charity Review

Expires: February 2016

Brain Injury Alliance of Colorado

Standards Not Met
 
(303) 355-9969 1385 South Colorado Boulevard #606, Building A, Denver CO 80222 www.biacolorado.org
  1. Conclusions
  2. Purpose
  3. Programs
  4. Tax Status
  5. Financial
Conclusions

Brain Injury Alliance of Colorado does not meet the following 2 Standards for Charity Accountability.

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

Brain Injury Alliance of Colorado does not meet this standard because:

Brain Injury Alliance of Colorado does not meet this standard because according to its audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2012, the organization spent $452,348 or 63% of its total expenses ($712,521) on program service activities.

Standard 17: Website 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.

Brain Injury Alliance of Colorado does not meet this standard because:

Brain Injury Alliance of Colorado does not meet this standard because its website does not include all of the recommended information. Specifically, it did not include a link to the organization's most recent IRS Form 990.

Purpose

The Brain Injury Alliance of Colorado mission is to improve the quality of life for people with brain injuries by connecting survivors with resources to help navigate the path of rehabilitation.

Year, State incorporated: 1981 in CO

Also Known As: Brain Injury Association of Colorado

Programs

Brain Injury Alliance of Colorado (BIAC) was founded on the premise that survivors, care-givers and family members need support so that the process of rehabilitation may continue successfully. Today, BIAC offers over 35 support groups, 9 adventure camps and an information and referral program that assists over 15,000 calls and emails every year. -Recreation Programs: Challenge By Choice - Week-long educational, social and recreational and creative opportunities for adults and youth with brain injury -Brain Injury Professional Networks (BIPNs) - Groups of providers who work together to enhance the system of supports for survivors across the state -Colorado Brain Injury Program Adult Services - Application intake and eligibility determination for the state-wide program which provides case management services to adults who have sustained a TBI -Colorado Youth Brain Injury Connections - A part of the Colorado Brain Injuury Program, BIAC provides state-wide intake and referral of youths in the community with any type of brain injury to receive care coordination and education consultation -Conference - Annual educational event and networking opportunity for individuals with brain injuries, families and professionals -Community Outreach & Education - Presentations, exhibits, and seminars to encourage prevention and increase public awareness of brain injury -Energy Outreach Colorado (EOC) - Financial assistance with heating and electricity bills for individuals and families facing life changes after brain injury -Information and Referral - Phone and e-mail based support. Information about providers that work with brain injury, state benefits such as Medicaid HCBS Waiver services, and other resource related needs -Pikes Peak Challenge - Annual hike to the summit of Pikes Peak to increase brain injury awareness and raise money to support our programs -Public Policy - State and federal legislative advocacy to encourage policies for brain injury prevention and establishment of an organized system of care, which includes appropriate services and benefits for persons with brain injury -Resource Directory - Database of brain injury related providers available for public access on their website -Support Groups - State-wide meetings to provide education, recreation, and emotional support to individuals with brain injury, family members, and friends.

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

The following information is based on Brain Injury Alliance of Colorado's Audited Financial Statements for the fiscal year ending Monday, December 31, 2012.

Source of Funds
Total Revenue $7,117
Total Income: $7,117
 
Fusion Chart
 
Fundraising Expenses: $127,879
Administrative Expenses: $132,294
Total Expenses: $260,173
 
Income in Excess of Expenses: ($253,056)
 
Beginning Net Assets: $0
Ending Net Assets: $154,247
Total Liabilities: $0
Total Assets: $0


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Standard 1: Board Oversight


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Organizations shall have a board of directors that provides adequate oversight of the charity's operations and its staff. Indication of adequate oversight includes, but is not limited to, regularly scheduled appraisals of the CEO's performance, evidence of disbursement controls such as board approval of the budget, fund raising practices, establishment of a conflict of interest policy, and establishment of accounting procedures sufficient to safeguard charity finances.

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Standard 2: Board Size


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Soliciting organizations shall have a board of directors with a minimum of five voting members.

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Standard 3: Board Meetings


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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.

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Standard 4: Board Compensation


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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.

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Standard 5: Conflict of Interest


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No transaction(s) in which any board or staff members have material conflicting interests with the charity resulting from any relationship or business affiliation. Factors that will be considered when concluding whether or not a related party transaction constitutes a conflict of interest and if such a conflict is material, include, but are not limited to: any arm's length procedures established by the charity; the size of the transaction relative to like expenses of the charity; whether the interested party participated in the board vote on the transaction; if competitive bids were sought and whether the transaction is one-time, recurring or ongoing.

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Standard 6: Effectiveness Policy


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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.

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Standard 7: Effectiveness Report


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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.

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Standard 9: Fund Raising Expenses


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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.

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Standard 10: Accumulating Funds


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Avoid accumulating funds that could be used for current program activities. To meet this standard, the charity's unrestricted net assets available for use should not be more than three times the size of the past year's expenses or three times the size of the current year's budget, whichever is higher.

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Standard 11: Audit Report


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Make available to all, on request, complete annual financial statements prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles. When total annual gross income exceeds $250,000, these statements should be audited in accordance with generally accepted auditing standards. For charities whose annual gross income is less than $250,000, a review by a certified public accountant is sufficient to meet this standard. For charities whose annual gross income is less than $100,000, an internally produced, complete financial statement is sufficient to meet this standard.

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Standard 12: Detailed Expense Breakdown


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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.

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Standard 13: Accurate Expense Reporting


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Accurately report the charity's expenses, including any joint cost allocations, in its financial statements. For example, audited or unaudited statements which inaccurately claim zero fund raising expenses or otherwise understate the amount a charity spends on fund raising, and/or overstate the amount it spends on programs will not meet this standard.

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Standard 14: Budget Plan


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Have a board-approved annual budget for its current fiscal year, outlining projected expenses for major program activities, fund raising, and administration.

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Standard 15: Truthful Materials


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Have solicitations and informational materials, distributed by any means, that are accurate, truthful and not misleading, both in whole and in part. Appeals that omit a clear description of program(s) for which contributions are sought will not meet this standard. A charity should also be able to substantiate that the timing and nature of its expenditures are in accordance with what is stated, expressed, or implied in the charity's solicitations.

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Standard 16: Annual Report


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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.

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Standard 18: Donor Privacy


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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.

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Standard 19: Cause Marketing Disclosures


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Clearly disclose how the charity benefits from the sale of products or services (i.e., cause-related marketing) that state or imply that a charity will benefit from a consumer sale or transaction. Such promotions should disclose, at the point of solicitation: (a) the actual or anticipated portion of the purchase price that will benefit the charity (e.g., 5 cents will be contributed to abc charity for every xyz company product sold), (b) the duration of the campaign (e.g., the month of October), (c) any maximum or guaranteed minimum contribution amount (e.g., up to a maximum of $200,000).

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Standard 20: Complaints


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Respond promptly to and act on complaints brought to its attention by the BBB Wise Giving Alliance and/or local Better Business Bureaus about fund raising practices, privacy policy violations and/or other issues.

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Standard 8: Program Expenses


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Spend at least 65% of its total expenses on program activities.

Brain Injury Alliance of Colorado does not meet meet this standard because:

Brain Injury Alliance of Colorado does not meet this standard because according to its audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2012, the organization spent $452,348 or 63% of its total expenses ($712,521) on program service activities.

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Standard 17: Website Disclosures


Description:

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.

Brain Injury Alliance of Colorado does not meet meet this standard because:

Brain Injury Alliance of Colorado does not meet this standard because its website does not include all of the recommended information. Specifically, it did not include a link to the organization's most recent IRS Form 990.