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Karis Community

Original Business Start Date: 05/12/1976

This charity does not meet one or more of the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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Name: Karis Community
Phone: (303) 355-5546
Fax: (303) 555-5567
Address: 1361 Detroit St
Denver, CO 80206-2412
Report Creation Date: April 17, 2015
Report Expiration Date: April 17, 2017
Original Business Start Date: May 1976
Principal: E.J. Barklage, Executive Director
Customer Contact: E.J. Barklage, Executive Director
Incorporated: May 1976, CO
Type of Business: Charity - Local, Charity - Health

Stated Purpose

The Karis Community Mission is to provide a transitional community living opportunity for restoring basic life skills and improving the social well-being of individuals recovering from serious and persistent mental illness.

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.

Karis Community does not meet the following 3 Standards for Charity Accountability.

16: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.

Karis Community does not meet this standard because its 2013-2014 Annual Report does not include complete financial information.

17: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.

Karis Community does not meet this standard because its website does not include all of the recommended information for those charity websites that solicit for donations. Specifically, it did not include a link to the organization's most recent IRS Form 990.

18: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 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.

Karis Community does not meet provision (b) of this standard because the organization's website does not provide access to a privacy policy that includes the recommended privacy information.

Karis Community meets the remaining 17 Standards for Charity Accountability.


Karis is a non-institutional, residential therapeutic community assisting adults 21 years and older in making a gradual adjustment to independent living. Community Members learn to make this transition by participating in the psycho-educational Empowerment Program. The Empowerment Program improves the Community Members' quality of life by promoting their adjustment to mainstream participation in the greater community and helping them avoid future hospitalization. Community Members learn to work with, share with, care about, and relate to others, so they gain realistic experience that equips them for integration into the mainstream of life. This learning process is achieved through a rigorously monitored program of activities, including weekly support groups and daily interaction with staff and other Community Members. Community Members learn to set and achieve specific personal goals, re-establish vocational, volunteer or academic investment, and re-develop personal care habits. They are also enabled to develop interpersonal relationship skills and embrace awareness of their growing wellness. Karis Community indicates it serves 60-65 individuals per year, including current Community Members and former Community Members who attend monthly meetings of the follow-up Alumni Group, where they can keep in touch with staff and each other and address any current issues.

Total Program Expenses:$274,266


Chief Executive Officer:E.J. Barklage
Chair of the Board:Liz Feldman
Board Size:10
Paid Staff Size:3 Full Time. 5 Part Time.

Fund Raising

Method(s) Used:Fundraising events and internet appeals.

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.


According to Karis Community's Audited Financial Statements for the year ended June 30, 2014:

 Total Income:$417,518
Expenses  % of total
% of total
 Programs:$274,266 70.06%65.69%
 Fund Raising:$51,468 13.15%12.33%
 Administrative:$65,713 16.79%15.74%
 Other:$0 0.00%0.00%
 Total Expenses:$391,447
Excess of Income over Expenses$26,071
Ending Net Assets:$1,638,697

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

Charity Licensing

All charitable organizations soliciting contributions in Colorado -- with a few specific exceptions listed in the Charitable Solicitations Act at 6-16-104(6)(a)-(c), C.R.S. -- must submit an initial registration statement with the Secretary of State and receive a registration number. After the initial registration, annual registration statements must be renewed each year by the 5th day of the fifth month after the close of the organization™s fiscal year. In addition, all solicitation campaigns utilizing paid solicitors as defined at 6-16-103(7), C.R.S. must be listed on separate Solicitation Notices, which should be filed online by the paid solicitor.

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Whether charitable organizations use their employees, volunteers or professional fund- raisers to solicit donations by phone, mail, or in person, consider the following precautions to ensure that your donation dollars benefit the people and programs you want to help.

-Ask for written information, including the charity's name, address, and telephone number. A legitimate charity or fund- raiser will give you materials outlining the charity's mission, how your donation will be used, and proof that your contribution is tax deductible.

-Ask for identification. Many states require paid fund-raisers to identify themselves as such and to name the charity for which they're soliciting. If the solicitor refuses, hang up and report it to local law enforcement officials.

-Call the charity. Find out if the organization is aware of the solicitation and has authorized the use of its name. If not, you may be dealing with a fraudulent solicitor.

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-Know that a 501(c)(3) organization must make a copy of its annual returns, (Form 990 or Form 990EZ) for the last three years and its exempt status application and supporting documents available for you to view during business hours.

-Be skeptical if someone thanks you for a pledge you don't remember making. If you have any doubt whether you've made a pledge or previously contributed, check your records. Be on the alert for invoices claiming you've made a pledge when you know you haven't. Some unscrupulous solicitors use this approach to get your money.

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-Avoid cash gifts that can be lost or stolen. For security and tax record purposes, it's best to pay by check. Use the official full name of the charity - not initials - on your check. Avoid solicitors who want to send a courier or use an overnight delivery service to pick up your donation.

More information:
Philanthropic Advisory Service/ BBB Wise Giving Alliance Council of BBBs
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Arlington, VA 22203-1838
(703) 276-0100

American Institute of Philanthropy
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(301) 913-5200

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Report as of May 3, 2015 23:31
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