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Ark Aid Street Mission Inc.


A BBB Accredited Charity since 10/25/1989.


This BBB Accredited Charity meets all 20 Standards for Charity Accountability and is a Seal Holder.
BBB issues Charity Reports on all organizations, whether or not they are BBB accredited. If an organization is a BBB Accredited Charity, it is stated in this report.
Name: Ark Aid Street Mission Inc.
Phone: (519) 667-0322
Fax: (226) 289-3045
Address: 696 Dundas Street E.
London, ON N5W 2Z4
Website: www.arkaidmission.com
www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=145893842085
https://twitter.com/@ArkAidMission
Report Creation Date: May 4, 1999
Report Expiration Date: May 5, 2018
Original Business Start Date: January 1984
Principal: Mr. Douglas Whitelaw, Acting Executive Director
Customer Contact: Mr. Douglas Whitelaw, Acting Executive Director - (519) 667-0322 or
Email Address:
Entity: Corporation
Incorporated: January 1984, ON
Type of Business: Social Service Organizations, Charity - Human Services (i.e. assistance to individuals & families), Charity - Local, Charity - Religious, Missions
BBB Accreditation: This organization is a BBB Accredited Charity.

Stated Purpose

To help needy people in London by creating tools and providing services to help people get back on their feed and have productive lives.


Evaluation Conclusions

This organization has been evaluated according to the 20 BBB Standards for Charity Accountability. This organization meets all those Standards and is a BBB Accredited Charity.


BBB Charity Seal Participation

Charities that meet the Standards for Charity Accountability are eligible to participate in BBB Wise Giving Alliance Charity Seal program. The seal, which can be displayed on the charity's web site and in printed materials, helps inform the public that the charity meets these standards. This organization participates in this program.


Programs

Ark Aid Street Mission Inc. funded programs include daily evening meal programs, afternoon snacks, counselling and coaching, basic academic tutoring, computer literacy skills, personal hygiene and Lifeskills coaching, job support, social activities, art and poetry programs, clothing, alternative justice measures, and volunteer commitment hours.

For the year ended December 31, 2013, Ark Aid Street Mission Inc.'s program expenses were:

Program:$218,955
 
Total Program Expenses:$218,955

Governance

Chief Executive Officer:Douglas Whitelaw, Executive Director
Chair of the Board:Chris Baron
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation:President
Board Size:6
Paid Staff Size:3 Full Time. 4 Part Time.

Fund Raising

Method(s) Used:Fund raising methods include: direct mail, donations, grants, membership, walk-a-thon, bike-a-thon, and silent auction.


Tax Status


Financial

According to Ark Aid Street Mission Inc.'s Unaudited financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2013:

Income
 Donations$304,035
  Merchandise sales$25,295
  Interest and rental$7,462
 Total Income:$336,792
 
Expenses  % of total
Expenses
 Programs:$218,955 79.96%
 Fund Raising:$4,512 1.65%
 Administrative:$50,367 18.39%
 Other:$0 0.00%
 Total Expenses:$273,834
 
Excess of Income over Expenses$62,958
Ending Net Assets:$250,478

* Excess for the year indicates the portion of income remaining after expenses.


Charity Licensing

Revenue Canada Registration #10672 1194 RR0001

Ark Aid Street Mission Inc is a registered charitable organization and is therefore authorized to issue receipts for tax reduction.


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1. Watch out for similar names. As there are many charities raising funds for similar causes, some charity names sound the same. Be sure to look at the name carefully, because the charity soliciting you may not be the one you have in mind.

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3. Question vague appeals. Appeals should clearly identify the charity's programs. Watch out for appeals that are strong on identifying a problem, but weak on describing what specifically the charity intends to do about it.

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6. Keep records of your donations (receipts, cancelled cheques and bank statements) so you can document you charitable giving at tax time.

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10. Report bad practices. Contact you Better Business Bureau.


ID: 1978
Report as of July 24, 2016 07:46
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