BBB file opened:
June 24, 1998
Business incorporated: 03/20/1953 in CA
Type of Entity
Ms. Darby Vorce, Executive Director
Mr. Nicole Soucy, Director of Operations
Principal: Ms. Darby Vorce, Executive Director
Number of Employees
Alternate Business Names
This organization has been evaluated in relation to the 20 BBB
Standards for Charitable Accountability. This organization meets
all those Standards.
The Pacific Safety Council is a non-government, non-profit
organization dedicated to safety. They serve as a resource for
safety information, education and awareness in all aspects of
Southern Californian life - on the road, at home, at work and at
Focusing on safety education as the key to long range reduction
in avoidable deaths and injuries, the Council serves as a
resource for safety programs, working with and through partner
The Pacific Safety Council develops and delivers the safety
educational programs with two main audiences in view- the
workplace and the community. Although the workplace is usually
considered part of the community, the Council has developed
programs that meet the requirements of workplace environments
such as: dealing with hazardous chemicals, job safety analysis
and ergonomic safety.
Likewise, in the community, the Council has specific educational
programs that address car seat safety, motorcycle safety and home
Workplace Safety: The Council offers a comprehensive listing of
workplace safety programs companies can send their employees.
Home Safety: This organization provides programs that focus on
safety, health and the environment in the home.
Community Safety: This organization provides community safety
programs- everything from the Safety Mobile to the California
Motorcycle Safety Program.
FUND RAISING METHODS
In order to raise funds, this company uses holds community
dinners, which offers sponsorship opportunties, as well as an
They also have a golf tournament and an annual lucheon in order
to raise funds.
According to the IRS Form 990 for fiscal year ended 12/31/04:
Total Income..........: $ 1,039,205
Programs..............: $ 897,521 87.90% of total expenses
Fund Raising..........: $ 42,511 4.16% of total expenses
Administrative........: $ 81,037 7.94% of total expenses
Total Expenses........: $ 1,021,069 100.00%
Excess for the year...: $ 18,136*
Ending Net Assets.....: $ 134,997
* The item titled "Excess for the year" shows the portion of
income remaining after expenses.
When evaluating complaint information, please consider the
company's size and volume of business. The number of complaints
filed against the company may not be as important as the type of
complaints and how the company handled them.
The BBB processed one complaint about this company in the last 36
months, our standard reporting period. It was closed more than 12
Refund or Exchange Issues: 1
Outcome of the complaint -
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