Charity Review

Issued: October 2017 Expires: October 2019

Charity Seal Holder

YWCA Alaska

Meets Standards
 
(907) 644-9600 324 E 5th Ave, Anchorage AK 99501-2633 ywcaak.org
  1. Conclusions
  2. Purpose
  3. Programs
  4. Governance & Staff
  5. Fund Raising
  6. Tax Status
  7. Financial
Conclusions Purpose

YWCA Alaska works to empower women and eliminate racism by addressing the social structures and contexts in which inequalities are permitted to persist.

Incorporated: 1989 in AK

Programs

YWCA Alaska offers the following programs and services:

- Social Justice acts as a catalyst for racial and gender equality, peace and justice through facilitating dialogue, education and opportunities for action. Throughout the year, YWCA Alaska coordinates several Opening Minds and Hearts programs to raise awareness and create dialogue around racial and social justice issues in Alaska.

- Women's Economic Empowerment is the lifeline to economic empowerment for women in all stages of life through Small Business creation, financial management and income generation. The purpose of the Women's Economic Empowerment Center is to create an educational and resource rich environment to help women (and men) start, grow and expand their small business.

- Women's Leadership applauds and honors the achievements of women making a significant contribution to Alaska through Women of Achievement. The Women of Achievement Award Ceremony pays tribute to women who give of their time and energy to make our world a better place and honors women who have demonstrated qualities of leadership and excellence in their professional and personal endeavors, as well as their contributions to the larger community.

- Women's Wellness works to eradicate health disparities by increasing access to healthcare through intensive community education, connection to life-saving screening and direct assistance to individuals experiencing barriers to accessing healthcare.  

- ENCOREplus provides breast and cervical cancer screening to medically under-served women of diverse backgrounds. Through our Block Screening Clinics, community outreach and education, YWCA Alaska provides: access to PAP tests, mammography, and clinical breast exams; enrollment into Alaska's State Breast and Cervical Health Check program, a payment option for eligible women; community education workshops on early detection of breast and cervical cancer; and barrier relief for women who need transportation, interpreter services, or childcare in order to attend their appointment.

- Lend a Helping Hand provides direct assistance to individuals undergoing treatment for cancer, with the goal of reducing the stress caused by the financial burden of treatment for individuals and families. Assistance comes in many forms, and can include help with transportation and basic household needs, based on the situation of the individual.

- Men Too provides education, outreach, and financial support in the community for men experiencing breast cancer.

- Youth Empowerment creates courageous, critical thinking youth through Exploratory, Solutionary and Leadership tracks.
--- The Leadership Track engages youth to access their own power and become leaders through two annual events: Multicultural Female Leadership Conference: Annual conference for ethnically diverse middle school girls designed to empower, educate, inspire, and create future leaders and Young People of Achievement Awards: Annual awards honoring ten local youth, ages 16-18, who have faced significant challenges in their lives and have demonstrated efforts that support the YWCA mission.

--- The Solutionary Track facilitates the use of critical-thinking to develop solutions-based life navigation skills through their Empower Group: Young Women's Council for Change: Community groups that support girls ages 12-18 to navigate life using solutions-based thinking and actions, including community service.

--- The Exploratory Track fosters courage and pride in one's gender to sustain youth through adolescence through Girls & Boys Circles: Small groups for youth struggling with long-term or situational issues that meet for 8-12 weeks to discuss issues related to self-confidence and healthy choices.

- Alaska Veterans Organization for Women is dedicated to connecting Alaska's women veterans to each other and their communities, to honor their service and achievements, and to empower women veterans to reach their highest potential as women and as veterans.

Governance & Staff

Board Chair: Ms. Renea Saade, Shareholder Business Affiliation: Littler Mendelson P.C.

CEO: Ms. Hilary A. Morgan, Chief Executive Officer

Board Size: 10

Staff: 10

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

% of Related Contributions on Fundraising: 0.50%

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 YWCA Alaska Audited Financial Statements for the fiscal year ending Friday, June 30, 2017.

Source of Funds
Government grants $59,714
Private and foundation grants $268,464
Corporate contributions $324,474
Individual contributions $96,584
Fundraising events $34,602
In-kind contributions $41,678
Rental income $34,855
Investment income $1,544
Other $97,763
Total Income: $959,678
 
Fusion Chart
 
Program Expenses: $694,531
Fundraising Expenses: $4,163
Administrative Expenses: $287,100
Total Expenses: $985,794
 
Income in Excess of Expenses: ($26,116)
 
Beginning Net Assets: $1,228,852
Ending Net Assets: $1,202,736
Total Liabilities: $52,837
Total Assets: $1,255,573


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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.