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The Gospel Mission


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: The Gospel Mission
Phone: (712) 255-1769
Fax: (712) 258-5951
Address: 500 Bluff St
Sioux City, IA 51103-5422
Website: www.thegospelmission.org
Report Expiration Date: August 27, 2017
Original Business Start Date: January 1938
Principal: Harold Youtzy Jr, Executive Director
Customer Contact: Harold Youtzy Jr, Executive Director - (712) 255-1769
Entity: Corporation
Incorporated: August 1947, IA
Type of Business: Charity - Local, Emergency Shelters, Human Services Organizations, Social Service Organizations

Stated Purpose

To feed the hungry, to clothe the poor, to shelter the homeless, to lead them to Christ.


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.

The Gospel Mission does not meet the following 5 Standards for Charity Accountability.

06: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.

This Standard is not met due to the following:
The organization did not provide the BBB with a copy of its board policy on assessing organizational performance and effectiveness.

07: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.

This Standard is not met because the organization did not provide the BBB with a copy of its board policy on assessing organizational performance and effectiveness.

11:Make available to all, on request, complete annual financial statements prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles.

This Standard is not met due to the following:
The organization's financial statements do not include an Audit and the preparer's opinion.

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.

This Standard is not met due to the following:
The organization does not produce an Annual Report.

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.

This Standard is not met because the organization does not produce an Annual Report nor does the web site include the most recent IRS Form 990.

The Gospel Mission meets the remaining 15 Standards for Charity Accountability.


Programs

We provide food, clothing and shelter to those in need. In 2013, we served 360 meals per day, lodged 76 homeless individuals (men, women and children) each night, provided 125 food baskets to those in need, and gave away $1338 of merchandise each week to those who could not afford to pay. Additionally, 123 day jobs were obtained by our guests each week, 31 bibles a month were given away, and 66 individuals attended a chapel service each night. We focus on helping our guests change their lives on the inside that they might live abundant life on the outside.

For the year ended December 31, 2014, The Gospel Mission's program expenses were:

Grants:$27,691
Clothing; Food and Vehicle :$1,791,762
Insurance:$40,777
Depreciation:$131,017
Interest:$1,516
Rent:$68,712
Office Expenses:$46,944
Payroll Taxes:$27,388
Employee Benefits:$8,292
Salaries and Wages:$390,599
Other:$23,242
 
Total Program Expenses:$2,557,940

Governance

Chief Executive Officer:Harold Youtzy, Pastor/Executive Director
CEO Compensation:$80,800
Chair of the Board:Thomas Fitch
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation:Attorney
Board Size:15
Paid Staff Size:9 full time and 18 part time Full Time.

Fund Raising

Method(s) Used:Fund raising methods include: Direct Mail Appeals, Print Advertisements, Television, Grant Proposals, and Internet.


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 The Gospel Mission's Audited financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2014:

Income
 Contributions; Gifts and Grants$3,086,459
 Investment Income$1,006
 Asset Sales$-12,948
 Other Revenue$10,202
 Total Income:$3,084,719
 
Expenses  % of total
Expenses
% of total
Income
 Programs:$2,557,940 86.30%82.92%
 Fund Raising:$178,846 6.03%5.80%
 Administrative:$227,365 7.67%7.37%
 Other:$0 0.00%0.00%
 Total Expenses:$2,964,151
 
Excess of Income over Expenses$120,568
Beginning Net Assets$4,699,418
Ending Net Assets:$4,819,720
Total Assets$4,871,782
Total Liabilities$52,062

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


Additional Contact Information

Additional Addresses
PO Box 3745
Sioux City, IA  51102-3745

Women & Children's Shelter
415 Bluff St
Sioux City, IA  51103-5427

Thrift Store
215 W 6th St
Sioux City, IA  51103


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ID: 25087
Report as of July 23, 2016 19:07
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