Charity ReviewIssued: November 2014 Expires: December 2016
Blue Skies For Children
Standards for Charity Accountability
Blue Skies For Children does not meet the following 1 Standards for Charity Accountability.
Standard 11: Audit Report - 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.
Blue Skies For Children does not meet this standard because:
Blue Skies for Children does not meet Standard 11 because it does not have financial statements that were reviewed by a certified public accountant (CPA). A review is an accounting service providing some assurance to interested parties as to the reliability of financial data without the CPA conducting an examination in accordance with Generally Accepted Auditing Standards (GAAS).
The mission of Blue Skies for Children is to raise hope and self esteem by sponsoring enrichment activities and other essentials for homeless, low-income and foster children.
Incorporated: 2002 in WA
Blue Skies for Children offers the following programs and services: Little Wishes Enrichment Program- Grants Little Wishes for ongoing support of lessons and activities including, but not limited to, art lessons, music lessons such as piano, violin or guitar, as well as martial arts, team sports, individual activities such as swimming lessons, dance, ballet, gymnastics, ice skating, ice hockey, horseback riding and soccer. One-Time Little Wishes Program- Grants Little Wishes for support of school trip fees, summer camp enrollment fees, bicycle and helmet, special needs equipment, tutoring, computers, school related supplies such as a scientific calculator, or an ASB card (required to participate in school sports), sports fees and/or uniforms, cleats and other items. Little Wishes Instrument Loaner Program- Loans musical instruments to children who wish to participate in their school band or orchestra, but find they are unable to afford the monthly rental cost of an instrument. Blue Skies inventory of instruments includes wind instruments, brass, strings, keyboards and drums. Back-to-School Program- Provides children in need with a voucher to obtain clothing, shoes, underwear, socks and a warm coat. Emergency Program- Provides emergency clothing and/or a backpack and school supplies for children who are in emergent or dire distress. Children are referred to Blue Skies by various community agencies. Children who receive services from our emergency program have experienced, for example, a house fire and have lost everything, or have escaped a domestic violence or sexual assault situation and are suddenly living in a shelter, having left home with only the clothes on their back. Winter Warm-Up Program- The Winter Warm-Up Program provides children in need with a new or gently used coat, hat, gloves, scarf, hooded sweatshirt and/or blanket. The Alex Pempe Youth Runners Fund- In memory of Alex Pempe, this fund has been established to support children in need who love to run and participates in school track or cross country and needs running shoes, or wish to participate in a running based meet, competition or other event that requires entrance fees. The Josh Fueston Memorial Swim to Live Fund In memory of Josh Fueston, this fund has been established to support children in need who love to swim and wish to participate on the Bellingham Bay Swim team. The fund also offers help with swim meet fees, swim lessons, developmental delay swim therapy & supplies and pool passes. Driver's Education Scholarship Program- The purpose is to help local teens (ages 15 to 17) overcome the cost associated with driver's education fees. Just three scholarships are awarded in Spring and three in Fall to candidates meeting all application requirements and income eligibility. Sponsor-A-Child Program- The program assigns one sponsor to one child enrolled in an ongoing enrichment activity. Although the two shall never meet in person, the sponsor will receive a photo of their child, their age, their personal story and quarterly updates on the child's growth and progress in their activity.
Blue Skies for Children utilizes direct mail appeals, invitations to fundraising events, print advertisements, and grant proposals as its methods of fundraising.
Blue Skies for Children receives funding from donations, grants and special events. According to its internally-produced financial statements for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2013, its fundraising expenses, $33,710, were 13.7% of related contributions, $244,906.
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.
The following information is based on Blue Skies For Children IRS Form 990 for the fiscal year ending Tuesday, December 31, 2013.
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