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DOES NOT MEET ONE OR MORE STANDARDS.
This charity does not meet one or more of the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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Name: Critter Barn
Phone: (616) 748-1110
Address: 9275 Adams St
Zeeland, MI 49464-9079
Report Issued Date: May 19, 2014
Report Expiration Date: May 19, 2016
Principal: Mary Rottschafer, Director
Customer Contact: Mary Rottschafer, Director - (616) 748-1110
Employees: 1 full time and 11 part time
File Open Date: March 2007
Type of Business: Charity - Local

Stated Purpose

The Critter Barn is dedicated to teaching about farming and agriculture while inspiring people of all ages and abilities through the miracles in nature found at the farm.


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.

Critter Barn does not meet the following 4 Standards for Charity Accountability.

06: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.

This Standard is not met due to the following: Critter Barn did not have a written 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. However, they indicated on questionnaire that they performed some kind of an assessment.

16: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.

This Standard is not met due to the following: Critter Barn does not have an annual report.

17: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.

This Standard is not met due to the following: Critter Barn does not have electronic access to its most recent IRS Form 990 and annual report information.

18: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 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.

This Standard is not met due to the following: Critter Barn does not have a privacy policy.

BBB was not able to verify the following 1 Standards for Charity Accountability.

07: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.

This standard is not met due to the following: This organization does not submit to its governing body a written report of the aforementioned performance and effectiveness assessment.

Critter Barn meets the remaining 15 Standards for Charity Accountability.


Programs

For the year ended December 31, 2013, Critter Barn's program expenses were:

Total Program Services Expenses:$209,405
 
Total Program Expenses:$209,405

Governance

Chief Executive Officer:Mary Rottschafer, Executive Director
CEO Compensation:$2,600
Chair of the Board:Luke Meerman
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation:owner, Grassfield Farms
Board Size:11
Paid Staff Size:1 full time and 11 part time

Fund Raising

Method(s) Used:Fund raising methods include: Direct Mail Appeals, Telephone Appeals, Invitations to Fund Raising Events, Print Advertisements, Radio, Grant Proposals, and Internet.


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 Critter Barn's Audited financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2013:

Income
 Total Revenue$246,855
 Total Income:$246,855
 
Expenses  % of total
Expenses
% of total
Income
 Programs:$209,405 77.71%84.83%
 Fund Raising:$43,312 16.07%17.55%
 Administrative:$16,746 6.21%6.78%
 Total Expenses:$269,463
 
Excess of Income over Expenses$-22,608
Beginning Net Assets$46,006
Ending Net Assets:$23,398
Total Assets$106,086
Total Liabilities$82,688

Report as of March 28, 2015 00:16
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