Charity Review

Issued: February 2015 Expires: February 2018

Charity Seal Holder

St. Stephen's Community House

Meets Standards
 
(614) 294-6347 1500 E 17th Ave, Columbus OH 43219-1002 www.saintstephensch.org
  1. Conclusions
  2. Purpose
  3. Programs
  4. Governance & Staff
  5. Fund Raising
  6. Tax Status
  7. Financial
  8. BBB Comment
Conclusions

St. Stephen's Community House meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.

Purpose

MISSION STATEMENT:

To assist residents of Greater Linden area to build community, self-sufficiency and individual well-being. To help individuals maximize their potential through programs and services in the areas of employment, social development, community organization, education, and childcare.

Incorporated: 1966 in OH

Also Known As: St. Stephen Community Services, Inc.

Programs

PROGRAMS & SERVICES:

Community and Emergency Services Program: The Community and Emergency Services programs assist households with basic material needs, providing emergency food and financial aid to struggling families on an as needed basis. In addition, our Choice Food Pantry is open 5 days a week, allowing qualifying families to access the pantry and “choose” the foods they would like for their family.

The Youth Services Department provides comprehensive services to at-risk youth ages five to eighteen years of age and their families. Staff emphasizes developing age-appropriate social skills, enhancing academics, increasing positive peer interactions and nurturing family relationships through developmental group work, individual and family support services and school visits.

After-School Programs: Two sites provide after-school and summer programming to students held on-site at SSCH and Windsor STEM K-6 Academy. The program focuses on academic enhancement as well as age appropriate activities.

Tutoring: Our Tutoring Service Program focuses on providing the resources and support that enable youth to achieve academic success.

Learn to Succeed Employment Program: In collaboration with Columbus Urban League, youth ages 14-18 years were provided with work readiness skills, paid work internships and case management services for six weeks during the summer months.

Project L.I.N.K. (Learning Innovative New Knowledge) Project: L.I.N.K. provides a summer youth camp for 200 youth ages 5-13 years in collaboration with Battelle, AEP, FCDJFS and Honda. The camp focused on introducing youth to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) principles through hands-on, engaging activities.

STEM LA (Linden Area): In collaboration with Columbus City Schools, STEM LA provided school support and after-school programming to Linden McKinley STEM Academy students; ensuring youth students stay actively engaged in school and avoid negative social and health behaviors.

Family to Family Initiative: The Family-to-Family Initiative provides support services to families, focusing on keeping families together as well as building strong healthy families.  

Governance & Staff

Board Chair: Mr. James Ervin Business Affiliation: L brands

CEO: Ms. Marilyn J. Mehaffie, President/CEO

Board Size: 41

Staff: 50

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

% of Related Contributions on Fundraising: 17.50%

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 St. Stephen's Community House's Audited Financial Statements for the fiscal year ending Tuesday, June 30, 2015.

Source of Funds
Voluntary Contributions $408,400
United Way $330,629
Catholic Diocese of Columbus $25,000
Franklin County Children Services $1,129,071
Franklin County Job & Family Services $1,759,541
Franklin County Office on Aging $147,850
Ohio Department of Education $98,330
City of Columbus $303,721
Community Agencies $256,055
Program Fees $50,596
Facility Rental $102,245
Fundraising Revenue $418,645
Gain / (Loss) on Investments $3,944
Other $36,758
Total Income: $5,070,785
 
Fusion Chart
 
Program Expenses: $3,752,987
Fundraising Expenses: $206,939
Administrative Expenses: $1,111,854
Total Expenses: $5,071,780
 
Income in Excess of Expenses: ($995)
 
Beginning Net Assets: $1,700,321
Ending Net Assets: $1,779,105
Total Liabilities: $825,534
Total Assets: $2,604,640

BBB Comment

A BBB Accredited Charity since 02/26/2015. BBB has determined that in addition to meeting BBB's 20 Standards for Charity Accountability, St. Stephen's Community House 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 that the charity's programs or services have been evaluated or endorsed by BBB or that BBB has made a determination as to the 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.