Charity Review

Issued: December 2015 Expires: December 2016

Charity Seal Holder

Disabled Athlete Sports Association

Meets Standards
 
(636) 477-0716 1236 Jungermann Rd Ste A, Saint Peters MO 63376-6962 www.dasasports.org
  1. Conclusions
  2. Purpose
  3. Programs
  4. Governance & Staff
  5. Fund Raising
  6. Tax Status
  7. Financial
Conclusions

Disabled Athlete Sports Association meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.

Purpose

All those that live with a physical or visual disability will be given the opportunity to participate in sports or fitness activities designed to improve self-esteem and to promote growth and well-being while instilling family values.

Programs

Dasa provides recreation programs year round in: Sports and Fitness programs such as swimming, track &field, archery, tennis, rock climbing, power wheelchair soccer and sled hockey and competition teams in Sled Hockey, Track & Field, Swimming and Archery. As well as summer camps and adaptive snow skiing and FUNctional fitness. DASA's Top Three Organizational Priorities.- DASA was founded by a physical therapist that understood the need for children with disabilities to be physically challenged. The St. Louis area and surrounding Illinois counties are significantly lacking in opportunities for children and adults with physical and visual disabilities to participate in sports and fitness opportunities. Children and adults with physical disabilities desire the thrill of sports enjoyed by their peers. A routine of fitness and sport to keep a body strong and flexible and a mind and spirit confident with a high self esteem should be a priority for all youth. Those with physical disabilities are not encouraged enough to become involved in such endeavors. This leads to three organizational priorities. One priority is education and follow through. Through clinics and camps, DASA educates parents and athletes about the importance of whole body fitness and exercise for their disabled child. Parents are not aware of the opportunities such as physical and emotional growth and also disabled athletic scholarships and competitive team venues that give a child opportunity to travel. DASA provides these participants with quality programming designed to strengthen the athletes' abilities both physically and physiologically. DASA provides opportunity to train and travel to participate in their prospective sport, and also provide the athletes with the proper specialized equipment to participate successfully. A second priority is having facilities available that will be accommodating and convenient for the athletes to participate. DASA secures facilities that will welcome the athletes with disabilities and provide access to these athletes for ongoing training. The third priority is funding. Parents and families of people with disabilities are at risk for financial instability. Not only do they have the daily needs as typical families, but they also have ongoing medical cost, equipment, braces, surgeries, adaptation to houses and cars, most of which are not covered by insurance. DASA has made it a priority to provide quality cost effective services to people with disabilities. DASA also offers scholarships to those families in need. DASA assures that no family is turned away because of geographic area, limited facility resources or funding issues.

Governance & Staff

Board Size: 13

Fund Raising
Method(s) used: Invitations to Fundraising Events Print Advertisements (Newspapers, Magazines, etc.) Grant Proposals Internet Appeals Door-to-Door Appeals Membership Appeals

% of Related Contributions on Fundraising: 12.08%

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

The following information is based on Disabled Athlete Sports Association Audited Financial Statements for the fiscal year ending Wednesday, December 31, 2014.

Source of Funds
Grants $52,717
Contributions $186,667
Fundraising Income $164,184
Participation Fees $49,891
In-Kind Donations $5,350
Interest Income $36
Investment Income $2,764
Miscellaneous Income $5,071
Total Income: $466,680
 
Fusion Chart
 
Program Expenses: $352,623
Fundraising Expenses: $49,417
Administrative Expenses: $80,378
Total Expenses: $482,418
 
Income in Excess of Expenses: ($15,738)
 
Beginning Net Assets: $357,409
Ending Net Assets: $341,671
Total Liabilities: $13,317
Total Assets: $354,988


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Standard 1: Board Oversight


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

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Standard 2: Board Size


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Soliciting organizations shall have a board of directors with a minimum of five voting members.

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Standard 3: Board Meetings


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An organization shall have a minimum of three evenly spaced meetings per year of the full governing body with a majority in attendance, with face-to-face participation. A conference call of the full board can substitute for one of the three meetings of the governing body. For all meetings, alternative modes of participation are acceptable for those with physical disabilities.

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Standard 4: Board Compensation


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Not more than one or 10% (whichever is greater) directly or indirectly compensated person(s) serving as voting member(s) of the board. Compensated members shall not serve as the board's chair or treasurer.

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Standard 5: Conflict of Interest


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No transaction(s) in which any board or staff members have material conflicting interests with the charity resulting from any relationship or business affiliation. Factors that will be considered when concluding whether or not a related party transaction constitutes a conflict of interest and if such a conflict is material, include, but are not limited to: any arm's length procedures established by the charity; the size of the transaction relative to like expenses of the charity; whether the interested party participated in the board vote on the transaction; if competitive bids were sought and whether the transaction is one-time, recurring or ongoing.

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Standard 6: Effectiveness Policy


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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.

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Standard 7: Effectiveness Report


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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.

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Standard 8: Program Expenses


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Spend at least 65% of its total expenses on program activities.

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Standard 9: Fund Raising Expenses


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Spending should be 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.

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Standard 10: Accumulating Funds


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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.

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Standard 11: Audit Report


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Make available to all, on request, complete annual financial statements prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles. When total annual gross income exceeds $500,000, these statements should be audited in accordance with generally accepted auditing standards. For charities whose annual gross income is less than $500,000, a review by a certified public accountant is sufficient to meet this standard. For charities whose annual gross income is less than $250,000, an internally produced, complete financial statement is sufficient to meet this standard.

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Standard 12: Detailed Expense Breakdown


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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.

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Standard 13: Accurate Expense Reporting


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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.

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Standard 14: Budget Plan


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Have a board-approved annual budget for its current fiscal year, outlining projected expenses for major program activities, fund raising, and administration.

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Standard 15: Truthful Materials


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Have solicitations and informational materials, distributed by any means, that are accurate, truthful and not misleading, both in whole and in part. Appeals that omit a clear description of program(s) for which contributions are sought will not meet this standard. A charity should also be able to substantiate that the timing and nature of its expenditures are in accordance with what is stated, expressed, or implied in the charity's solicitations.

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Standard 16: Annual Report


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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.

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Standard 17: Website Disclosures


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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.

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Standard 18: Donor Privacy


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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 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.

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Standard 19: Cause Marketing Disclosures


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Clearly disclose how the charity benefits from the sale of products or services (i.e., cause-related marketing) that state or imply that a charity will benefit from a consumer sale or transaction. Such promotions should disclose, at the point of solicitation: (a) the actual or anticipated portion of the purchase price that will benefit the charity (e.g., 5 cents will be contributed to abc charity for every xyz company product sold), (b) the duration of the campaign (e.g., the month of October), (c) any maximum or guaranteed minimum contribution amount (e.g., up to a maximum of $200,000).

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Standard 20: Complaints


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Respond promptly to and act on complaints brought to its attention by the BBB Wise Giving Alliance and/or local Better Business Bureaus about fund raising practices, privacy policy violations and/or other issues.