Charity Review

Issued: July 2016 Expires: July 2018

Charity Seal Holder

Ohio Ecological Food & Farm Association

Meets Standards
 
(614) 421-2022 41 Croswell Rd, Columbus OH 43214-3062 www.oeffa.org
  1. Conclusions
  2. Purpose
  3. Programs
  4. Governance & Staff
  5. Fund Raising
  6. Tax Status
  7. Financial
  8. BBB Comment
Conclusions

Ohio Ecological Food & Farm Association meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.

Purpose

MISSION STATEMENT:

We dream of a world in which agricultural practices protect and enhance natural resources, farm families prosper, and healthy food is accessible to all members of our communities.

Incorporated: 1990 in OH

Also Known As: OEFFA , Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association Educational Fund, Inc. , OEFFA Education

Programs

PROGRAMS & SERVICES:

 • Annual Conference--Ohio's largest ecological agriculture conference features nationally-recognized speakers, a trade show, entertainment, and organic and locally-sourced meals. Each conference features more than 100 workshops taught by experienced OEFFA members, farmers, and researchers on sustainable farming, gardening, and homesteading.

 • Organic Certification--One of the oldest, largest, and most respected programs in the nation, OEFFA's Certification program ensures that organic crop and livestock producers meet the high standards established for organically grown food. The process of documentation and monitoring, strict production standards, and on-site inspections sets organic products apart from all others. These standards protect farmers, distributors, consumers, and the environment.

 • Farm Tours & Workshops--Our annual series of free public tours features organic and ecological farms and gardens in Ohio, providing unique opportunities for growers, educators, and conscientious eaters to see, taste, feel, and learn what alternative production systems are all about from the real experts, the farmers themselves. We also offer workshops, webinars, and other educational opportunities that help beginning and experienced farmers build their production, business, and marketing skills.

 • Learning from Each Other--OEFFA members are an invaluable source of practical knowledge and experience. OEFFA'S Farmer Information Network connects individuals with production and marketing questions with experienced farmers who have the answers. OEFFA's apprenticeship program links students and other aspiring farmers with knowledgeable growers, and in turn provides Ohio farmers with labor and support.

 • Investing in Farmers-- The OEFFA Investment Fund is the farmers' source for financing, making flexible and affordable capital available to OEFFA members engaged in sustainable food and farm business ventures. By helping mobilize additional capital,OEFFA is working to increase the availability of local, sustainably grown, fresh food in Ohio, grow food- and farm-related business opportunities, and encourage expansion of ecological agricultural practices.

 • Keeping You Connected--OEFFA's quarterly newsletter keeps members updated on OEFFA's work as well as regional, State and national news. Farm profiles, practical tips, book reviews, resources, and events are included in every thought-provoking issue. OEFFA's Good Earth Guide promotes local food and farm products and connects consumers with farmers in their area. The Website is packed with useful information for growers, backyard gardeners, teachers, and students.

 • Farm Policy Matters--OEFFA advocates for state and federal policies that protect and benefit sustainable agriculture, research and education, and citizens' right-to-know. Working with our members, we give voice to ecological family farmers who are creating rural economic opportunities and safeguarding the environment.

 • Pathways to Profitability--A good dinner can satisfy more than our appetite. A vibrant, local food system can provide Ohio's family farmers with a secure income, while protecting our environment. By breaking down the barriers that small farmers face, providing direct assistance and organic certification, promoting local products, and educating consumers, we help create economic success for today's farmers, while empowering the next generation of beginning and transitioning farmers. Together, we are working to re-create a regionally-scaled processing and distribution system that moves food from farm to local fork.

Governance & Staff

Board Chair: Ms. Rachel Tayse, Governing Board Chairperson

CEO: Ms. Carol Goland PhD, Executive Director

Board Size: 16

Staff: 16

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

% of Related Contributions on Fundraising: 8.95%

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 Ohio Ecological Food & Farm Association's Audited Financial Statements for the fiscal year ending Tuesday, March 31, 2015.

Source of Funds
Donations $116,740
Membership Contributions $73,054
Program Service Revenue $173,567
Grants $232,099
Sales (Net of Cost of Goods Sold of $8,397) ($478)
Reimbursement from 'Certification' $74,356
Chapter Income $2,085
Other Revenue $16,541
Rental Income $23,911
Total Income: $711,875
 
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Program Expenses: $500,447
Fundraising Expenses: $37,939
Administrative Expenses: $106,828
Other Expenses: $16,161
Total Expenses: $661,375
 
Income in Excess of Expenses: $50,500
 
Beginning Net Assets: $319,119
Ending Net Assets: $369,619
Total Liabilities: $274,305
Total Assets: $643,924

BBB Comment

A BBB Accredited Charity since July 28, 2016. BBB has determined that in addition to meeting BBB's 20 Standards for Charity Accountability, Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association adheres to the BBB Code of Business Practices, which includes a commitment to make a good faith effort to resolve any complaints. Charities that display the BBB Accredited Charity Seal pay a fee for review/monitoring and for support of BBB's services to the public. 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.