Charity ReviewIssued: May 2016 Expires: May 2018
The Blue Bench
Standards for Charity Accountability
The Blue Bench meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
[To] eliminate sexual assault and diminish the impact it has on individuals, their loved ones and our community through comprehensive issue advocacy, prevention and care.
Incorporated: 1983 in CO
Also Known As: RAAP , Rape Assistance and Awareness Program
The Blue Bench provides support and services to survivors of sexual assault in the Denver area at each step of the healing process. The organization offers a 24-hour-a-day, 365-days-a-year, sexual assault hotline for anyone who has experienced sexual assault or knows someone who has. Hospital advocates are also available 24 hours a day to accompany survivors to the hospital, provide initial support, and help them understand and consider options and available resources. Case Managers provide assistance and referrals for basic needs, such as shelter, food, clothing, or rent assistance, along with support and assistance with medical and reporting processes and accompaniment to hospitals, law enforcement agencies, and court appointments. Counselors are available to provide short- and long-term therapy, as well as support groups and workshops for family and friends of survivors. According to the organization, in 2015, The Blue Bench provided services to 2,612 clients and answered 2,161 hotline calls.
The Blue Bench works as a voice for all survivors, their loved ones, and the community at-large by providing community resources on statistics and information on sexual assault and raising awareness. The Blue Bench has a team of community organizers who go door-to-door in neighborhoods to inform the public about the realities of sexual assault. Trainings and workshops are also available for professionals, first responders, and parents. According to the organization, in 2015, The Blue Bench’s community outreach programs reached over 7,300 people.
To support abuse prevention, The Blue Bench offers Pathway to Prevention. This series of prevention and education programs build and mature with the individual, from youth to adult, with each stage offering age-appropriate content designed to engage, empower, and educate through social context. Safety and empowerment skills trainings are available from The Blue Bench-certified instructors with backgrounds in victim related issues, and are taught and attended by female-identified women and girls.
Board Chair: Ms. Karen Liley Business Affiliation: Retired
CEO: Ms. Karmen Carter, Executive Director Compensation:* $87,650
Board Size: 13
Staff: 14* Compensation includes annual salary and, if applicable, benefit plans, expense accounts and other allowances.
% of Related Contributions on Fundraising: 18.77%
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.
The following information is based on The Blue Bench Audited Financial Statements for the fiscal year ending Wednesday, December 31, 2014.
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