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CAJA of Marshall County

This charity does not meet one or more of the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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Name: CAJA of Marshall County
Phone: (256) 878-1445
Fax: (256) 582-3511
Address: 103 South Hambrick Street
Albertville, AL 35950
Website: www.cajaofmarshall.org
Report Creation Date: June 18, 2014
Report Expiration Date: June 18, 2017
Original Business Start Date: January 1996
Principal: Ms. Sherry Willis, Volunteer Coordinator
Incorporated: AL
Employees: 2 Part Time.
Type of Business: Charity - Local, Non Profit Organizations - General Membership

Additional DBA Names

Court Appointed Juvenile Advocates of Marshall County

Stated Purpose

The purpose of the organization is to protect abused and neglected children within the jurisdiction of the Juvenile Court and to place these children in safe and permanent homes in order to help prevent future child abuse, neglect and delinquency

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.

CAJA of Marshall County does not meet the following 1 Standards for Charity Accountability.

017:Soliciting organizations shall 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.

The BBB did not see the required information posted on the CAJA website.

BBB was not able to verify the following 10 Standards for Charity Accountability.

001: Soliciting 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 and fund raising practices, establishment of a conflict of interest policy, and establishment of accounting procedures sufficient to safeguard charity finances.)

006: Soliciting organizations shall 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.

007: Soliciting organizations shall 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.

008: Soliciting organizations shall spend at least 65% of its total expenses on program activities.

009: Soliciting organizations shall spend 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.)

010: Soliciting organizations shall 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.

011: Soliciting organizations shall 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.)

012: Soliciting organizations shall 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.)

013: Soliciting organizations shall 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.)

018: Soliciting organizations shall 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, and (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.

CAJA of Marshall County meets the remaining 9 Standards for Charity Accountability.


Trained citizen volunteers serve as court appointed advocates for abused and neglected children. They independently investigate and report what is in the child's best interest.


CAJA's board of directors meets monthly.

Chief Executive Officer:Sherry Willis, Volunteer Coordinator
Board Size:10
Paid Staff Size: 2 Part Time.

Fund Raising

Method(s) Used:United Way, invitations to fund raising events

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.

Additional Contact Information

Additional Addresses
436 Blount Ave Ste B
Guntersville, AL  35976-1108

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In an effort to assist you in making a responsible decision, the BBB suggests you follow these guidelines:

1. Use your head as well as your heart. Beware of telephone solicitations. The ultimate telephone solicitation scam can result when callers secure your pledge for a donation to a non-existent charity.

2. If you are tempted to respond to a telephone appeal, request that literature be sent to you along with the organizations latest financial statement BEFORE you make a contribution. This information will allow you to determine how much of your donation actually goes to the cause, how much to fund raising and administrative costs.

3. Beware of "runners" who will be right over to pick up your check.

4. Never make cash donations, always pay by check with the endorsement made out to the charity, not the person collecting.

Bona fide solicitors will welcome the requests, and gladly furnish the information, bogus solicitors will not be able to provide this information or will attempt to talk themselves out of an uncomfortable situation and go on to a less "educated giver".

ID: 5003380
Report as of January 16, 2017 10:31
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