Charity Review

Issued: October 2016 Expires: November 2018

Charity Seal Holder

YMCA of Snohomish County

Meets Standards
 
(425) 258-9211 2720 Rockefeller Ave, Everett WA 98201-3523 www.ymca-snoco.org
  1. Conclusions
  2. Complaints
  3. Purpose
  4. Programs
  5. Governance & Staff
  6. Fund Raising
  7. Tax Status
  8. Financial
Conclusions

YMCA of Snohomish County meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.

Complaints

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3 complaints closed with BBB in last 3 years | 1 closed in last 12 months
Complaint Type Total Closed Complaints
Advertising/Sales Issues 0
Billing/Collection Issues 2
Delivery Issues 0
Guarantee/Warranty Issues 0
Problems with Product/Service 1
Total Closed Complaints 3

Purpose

The mission of YMCA of Snohomish County is to inspire, nurture, and strengthen culturally vibrant communities through youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility.

Incorporated: 1901 in WA

Also Known As: Everett Family YMCA , Marysville North County YMCA , Mukilteo Family YMCA , Southeast Family YMCA , Big Brothers Big Sisters of Snohomish County , Monroe Sky Valley Family YMCA

Programs

Our Cause: A Stronger Snohomish County Behind everything we do is a profound commitment to build a stronger Snohomish County. Because we believe everyone has the power to make their lives and community better, the Y provides opportunities for all. Support for the YMCA through our annual campaign ensures our doors are open to everybody - regardless of socio-economic circumstances.

Together with our 65,000 members; 37,600 program participants; and 2,100 volunteer friends and partners throughout the community, we make Snohomish County stronger by focusing on three priorities: youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility.
Youth Development: We believe that all kids deserve the opportunity to discover who they are and what they can achieve, under the guidance of adults who care about them and believe in their potential. By providing a continuum of support from birth through high school, we see every interaction with young people as an opportunity for learning and development.

Healthy Living: We know that health and well-being are all about balance. That's why we provide people of all ages and interests the resources and supportive environment needed to build and maintain healthy habits for spirit, mind, and body.

Social Responsibility: We bridge the gaps that divide people and neighborhoods across Snohomish County by bringing together people of all ages and backgrounds. With our members, volunteers, staff, and partners, we take on the most urgent needs in our community, bringing our cause to the people and neighborhoods that need us most.

Governance & Staff

Board Chair: Dr. Gary Cohn, Superintendent Business Affiliation: Everett Public Schools

CEO: Mr. Scott Washburn, CEO/President Business Affiliation: YMCA of Snohomish County

Board Size: 35

Staff: 534

Fund Raising
Method(s) used: Direct Mail Appeals Telephone Appeals Invitations to Fundraising Events Grant Proposals Internet Appeals Planned Giving Arrangements Membership Appeals Appeals via Social Media (Facebook, etc.)

% of Related Contributions on Fundraising: 3.73%

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 YMCA of Snohomish County Audited Financial Statements for the fiscal year ending Thursday, December 31, 2015.

Source of Funds
Membership fees $11,983,224
Program service fees $7,192,567
Less financial assistance ($2,533,852)
Contracts and grants $294,496
Investment return $7,755
Earnings distributed from split-interest agreements $136,000
Other revenue $81,397
Contributions $1,433,978
United Way $352,943
Special events, net of direct costs of $157,980 $142,013
Capital and endowment grants and contributions $11,278,845
Contribution of split-interest agreement $62,827
Change in value of split-interest agreement ($109,390)
Investment return ($95,176)
Change in value of interest rate swap agreement $95,843
Total Income: $30,323,470
 
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Program Expenses: $18,111,165
Fundraising Expenses: $504,230
Administrative Expenses: $1,962,833
Total Expenses: $20,578,228
 
Income in Excess of Expenses: $9,745,242
 
Beginning Net Assets: $33,594,104
Ending Net Assets: $43,339,346
Total Liabilities: $14,691,751
Total Assets: $58,031,097


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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.