Charity Review

Issued: August 2017 Expires: August 2019

Charity Seal Holder

Columbus Housing Partnership dba Homeport

Meets Standards
 
(614) 221-8889 3443 Agler Rd Ste 200, Columbus OH 43219-3385 www.homeportohio.org
  1. Conclusions
  2. Complaints
  3. Purpose
  4. Programs
  5. Governance & Staff
  6. Fund Raising
  7. Tax Status
  8. Financial
  9. BBB Comment
Conclusions

Columbus Housing Partnership dba Homeport meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.

Complaints

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

Purpose

MISSION STATEMENT:

To create a cornerstone of dignity, security and opportunity through quality affordable homes and strong communities.

Incorporated: 1987 in OH

Also Known As: Columbus Housing Partnership, Inc. , Homeport

Programs

PROGRAMS & SERVICES:

Homeport builds quality, affordable homes, primarily financed with private investment leveraged by Federal tax credits. Homeport also develops new and renovated homes designed to catalyze neighborhood revitalization, including market-rate homes, single-family, and lease-to-purchase homes.

Homeport also equips thousands of Central Ohioans with foundational skills needed for successful home ownership. Through group classes and one-on-one coaching, Homeport provides direction and training in key areas such as the home buying process, setting a budget, and avoiding foreclosure, with the goal of providing the tools everyone needs to be long-term stewards of a home.

Homeport Housing Advisory Center: This is a HUD-Certified agency focused on increasing economic literacy. Our FREE foreclosure prevention program assisted over 1,500 Central Ohioans in 2009. Home-buyer Education workshops helped 769 clients get the facts needed to make competent, well-informed financial decisions. In the last five years, $1,000,000 was administered in down-payment and foreclosure rescue fund assistance to qualified homeowners

Homeport Rental Living: has developed over 2,000 units, today providing 6,000 Central Ohioans with a variety of safe, decent and affordable housing options. Communities encompass a wide demographic cross-section–comprised of senior, single-family and multifamily homes. This past year 324 households in our rental living communities, including 197 children, received over $470,000 in tax refunds and cash benefits. Connections to vital social services are also offered at communities –1,500 referrals for job seekers, education and other social service needs were made. In addition, we served over 1,300 meals to children at our communities

Homeport Home Ownership Division: ensures that economically neglected, central city neighborhoods have a chance to flourish and prosper. Since 2004, Homeport Home Ownership Division has taken more than 27 vacant or foreclosed properties within the City of Columbus and has redeveloped them into desirable, marketable homes. In that same time period we have developed and sold more than 96 homes. These affordable home ownership opportunities have transformed vacant streets of boarded-up houses into neighborhoods filled with home owners who take pride in their community.

Homeport Community Life Programs: Over 851 children benefited from programming implemented by our AmeriCorps members, who implemented a summer program that included educational lessons and activities. Our programs keep families stable and help ensure children graduate from high school. Community participation and involvement within our communities has increased exponentially through social engagement initiatives, including a robust community garden program, regular community events and donation drives. In addition, residents are connected to primary and preventive health programs.

Governance & Staff

Board Chair: Ms. Christy L. Hune, Major Accounts Manager Business Affiliation: Team Fishel

CEO: Mr. Bruce A. Luecke, President/CEO

Board Size: 21

Staff: 43

Fund Raising
Method(s) used: Invitations to Fundraising Events Grant Proposals Internet Appeals

% of Related Contributions on Fundraising: 9.81%

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 Columbus Housing Partnership dba Homeport's Consolidated Audited Financial Statements for the fiscal year ending Saturday, December 31, 2016.

Source of Funds
Government Grants $1,452,071
Individual Contributions $410,280
Corporation Contributions $460,685
Foundation Contributions $483,600
Revenue/(Loss) on Sale of Properties Held for Sale ($717,934)
Development Fees $1,127,424
Rental Income $8,055,256
Fees and Other Revenue $438,232
Gain on Sale $1,979,326
Unrealized Gain/(Loss) on Interest Rate Swap $116,386
Fair Value of Net Assets Acquired over Carrying Value ($178,329)
Investment Income $27,931
Equity in Losses of Unconsolidated Entities ($6,228)
Bad Debt Expense ($86,532)
Total Income: $13,562,168
 
Fusion Chart
 
Program Expenses: $12,341,798
Fundraising Expenses: $275,350
Administrative Expenses: $1,646,401
Total Expenses: $14,263,549
 
Income in Excess of Expenses: ($701,381)
 
Beginning Net Assets: $18,435,838
Ending Net Assets: $18,355,546
Total Liabilities: $51,051,257
Total Assets: $69,406,803

BBB Comment

A BBB Accredited Charity since July, 2008. BBB accreditation does not mean this charity's programs or services have been evaluated or endorsed by BBB or that BBB has made a determination as to this charity's competency in performing services.


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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.