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BBB Charity Review for
Mustard Seed, Inc.

A BBB Accredited Charity since 8/11/2008

 

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Charity Contact & Profile

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Business Name:
Business Address: 1085 Luckney Rd
Brandon, MS 39047
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Original Business Start Date: 4/3/1981
Local Business Start Date: 4/3/1981
Type of Entity: Charity/NonProfit
Principal:
Forrest G Bratley Jr., Executive Director
Phone Number:
(601) 992-3556
Email Address:
Type of Business:
CHARITY - LOCAL
Primary Email: jfloyd@mustardseedinc.org
Website Address:

Evaluation Conclusions

This organization has been evaluated in relation to the 20 Better Business Bureau Standards for Charitable Accountability. This organization meets all those standards.

Mission

The mission of the Mustard Seed seeks to meet the spiritual, physical, emotional, and intellectual needs of adults with developmental disabilities by providing a loving and protected Christian community with meaningful activities that allow the participants to fulfill the potential that God has created within them.

The founding members were parents of mentally challenged adults and others who saw the need for a Christ-centered ministry in the community. Prior to the Mustard Seed’s inception in 1981, many parents and guardians of mentally challenged adults had few options for the care of their loved ones. These visionaries knew that their special persons had great potential for growth and the right to their own life experiences.


Programs

Starting with the Bells of Faith Handbell Choir, the Mustard Seed has grown to include two group homes, a swimming pool, a multi-purpose activity center, and a ceramics studio and workshop. All of this is on nearly 8 acres in Brandon, Mississippi.

The ceramic arts program at the Mustard Seed provides clients with an opportunity to contribute to their own support. The Seedsters ceramics are sold and are responsible for bringing in about 13% of our annual income. Painting provides the Seedsters an opportunity to express themselves, and it instills a great sense of pride in each and every one of the 41 Seedsters who currently participate in the day program.

Our New Women’s Home is 5917 square feet with six Seedster bedrooms, a group home parent’s quarters, kitchen, gym/multipurpose room, kitchen-living room, weekend relief quarters, laundry, screened porch, and eight bathrooms. The new home accommodates 10 clients, and all areas of the home are handicap accessible.

Governance

Board Size:19
Paid Staff:2

Fundraising Methods

The Mustard Seed uses newsletters, appeal letters, donor acknowledgements, special events, and printed materials to help fund the organization.

The Mustard Seed receives no government funding.

Financial Summary

According to the IRS Form 990 for the Fiscal Year ended 4/30/2010:

Total Income $1,020,721.00
Total Expenses $752,629.00
Gain/Loss for the Year $268,092.00

Expense Breakdown
Item Amount % of Expenses
Programs $667,343.00 88.67%
Fund Raising $41,343.00 5.49%
Administrative $43,943.00 5.84%
Miscellaneous $0.00 0.00%

Income Breakdown
Item Amount % of Income
Contributions $538,498.00 52.76%
Program Service Revenue $440,279.00 43.13%
Dividends $39,767.00 3.90%
Other $2,177.00 0.21%

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Additional Information

The name of the Mustard Seed comes from the Bible. Matthew 17:20 says that “I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there' and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you."

Customer Complaint History

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BBB has processed no customer complaints on this charity in its three year reporting period.

Government Action(s)

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BBB has no information regarding government actions at this time.

Advertising Review

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BBB has no information regarding advertising review at this time.

Additional Information

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The Mustard Seed, Inc. uses direct mail solicitations and grant request to help fund the organization.

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Report as of: 8/23/2014
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