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Gateway Chapter Paralyzed Veterans of America


A BBB Accredited Charity since 12/20/1994.

This BBB Accredited Charity meets all 20 Standards for Charity Accountability and is a Seal Holder.
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Name: Gateway Chapter Paralyzed Veterans of America
Phone: (314) 427-0393
Fax: (314) 427-4183
Address: 1311 Lindbergh Plaza Ctr
Saint Louis, MO 63132-1630
Website: www.gatewaypva.org
Report Expiration Date: September 19, 2015
Original Business Start Date: January 1976
Principal: Susan Lyle, Executive Director
Type of Business: Charity - Veterans & Military
BBB Accreditation: This organization is a BBB Accredited Charity.

Additional DBA Names

Paralyzed Veterans of America

Stated Purpose

"To be the leading advocate for: *Quality health care for its members, *Research and education addressing spinal cord injury and dysfunction, *Benefits available as a result of its members' military service, and *Civil rights and opportunities that maximize the independence of its members."


Evaluation Conclusions

This organization has been evaluated according to the 20 BBB Standards for Charity Accountability. Gateway Chapter Paralyzed Veterans of America meets all voluntary Standards for Charity Accountability.


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Programs

1) Patient Services, 2) Sports & Recreation, 3) Membership Services, 4) Advocacy & Legislation, and 5) Transportation Services. The Patient Services program includes monthly luncheons for hospitalized veterans, plus snacks and coffee distributed to them five times each week. It also provides canteen coupons for necessities, holiday meals and gift bags, an annual steak dinner, and phone cards to keep in touch with their families while completing their lengthy rehabilitation. The local chapter also has a Hospital Liaison who helps patients with problems encountered during their stay in a VA medical facility. Its Sports & Recreation program provides socialization and therapy to new and longtime injured veterans. Outings include annual picnics and parades, fishing tournaments, bowling, trap shoots, wheelchair sports, swimming, adapted skiing, billiards, golf, and quad rugby. All of these activities allow SCI/D veterans the opportunity to regain confidence and rediscover the joy of movement, competition, and community involvement. The local chapter also provides members with a bi-monthly newsletter to keep them informed. It mails annual birthday cards, assists with VA and member benefits, as well as finding housing and employment. It offers peer support counseling, membership meetings, and other services which assist financially. Its transportation program consists of a chapter van and a paid driver. The driver takes veterans to therapy, doctor appointments, peer counseling, recreational outings, sporting events, membership meetings, and run local errands to their banks, grocery stores, or barbers. All of its programs are designed to enable each spinal cord injured or spinal cord diseased veteran "live life to the fullest."

For the year ended June 30, 2014, Gateway Chapter Paralyzed Veterans of America's program expenses were:

Program Services:$381,849
 
Total Program Expenses:$381,849

Governance

Chief Executive Officer:Susan M. Lyle, Executive Director
Chair of the Board:Stanley D. Brown, President
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation:Volunteer Coordinator
Board Size:13
Paid Staff Size:2 Full Time.

Fund Raising

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

Fund raising costs were 6% of related contributions. (Related contributions, totaled $397,889, which are donations received as a result of fund raising activities.)


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 Gateway Chapter Paralyzed Veterans of America's audited financial statements for the year ended June 30, 2014:

Income
 PVA Grant$155,000
  Special Events$158,880
  Contributions$72,818
  Net Rental Revenue$18,075
  Grants$11,191
  Unrealized Gain on Investment$130,210
  Miscellaneous Income$7,728
  Investment income$20,282
  Reimbursements$590
  Realized Loss on Investment$-3,455
 Total Income:$571,319
 
Expenses  % of total
Expenses
 Programs:$381,849 90.51%
 Fund Raising:$24,246 5.75%
 Administrative:$15,804 3.75%
 Total Expenses:$421,899
 
Excess of Income over Expenses$149,420
Beginning Net Assets$1,444,555
Ending Net Assets:$1,593,975
Total Assets$1,672,570
Total Liabilities$78,595

Additional Contact Information

Additional Phone Numbers
Tel: (314) 421-3539


Report as of September 28, 2014 20:39
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