Charity Review

Issued: February 2018 Expires: November 2019

The Junior League of Columbus

Accredited Charity
Meets Standards
 
(614) 464-2717 583 Franklin Ave, Columbus OH 43215-4715 www.jlcolumbus.org
  1. Conclusions
  2. Complaints
  3. Purpose
  4. Programs
  5. Governance & Staff
  6. Fund Raising
  7. Tax Status
  8. Financial
  9. BBB Comment
Conclusions

The Junior League of Columbus meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.

Complaints

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1 complaint 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 1
Total Closed Complaints 1

Purpose

MISSION STATEMENT:

The Junior League of Columbus is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable.

VISION STATEMENT:

The Junior League of Columbus (JLC) is the leading resource for trained volunteers. Through our programs, and Kelton House Museum and Garden, we educate the community, preserve the past and build for the future of Columbus.

Incorporated: 1934 in OH

Also Known As: Kelton House Museum & Garden

Programs

COMMUNITY SERVICE:
In the last year, more than 150 active members donated almost 6,000 hours of volunteer service to community projects within the Junior League of Columbus (JLC). These volunteer hours equaled an in-kind donation last year of nearly $120,000 to our community. Over the past decade JLC has contributed more than $675,000 in funds to more than 20 projects.

TRAINING:
Training is a key focus of Junior League of Columbus (JLC). Through effective action our members receive hands-on volunteer, community need, organization, fundraising & leadership training on committees in the League, as well as, through community placements and projects.

COMMUNITY PROJECTS:
   Adopt-a-Backpack for Children (ABC) Project - Since 1999, JLC has strived to meet the needs of economically challenged children and families by providing a total of over 25,000 school supply-filled backpacks. Corporate and community partners are key to the success of this program, not only by providing financial support for the project, but also in joining the hundreds of hands required to stuff thousands of backpacks for deserving students in Central Ohio.

   Kids in the Kitchen - Launched by the Association of Junior Leagues International, JLC continues to fight childhood obesity through this project. Activities related to this project include: promoting healthy food choices in partnership with Mid-Ohio Food Bank; supporting the Red Nose Run; planting a vegetable garden at Decorators’ Showhouse; collaborating with the Broad Street Presbyterian Church Food Pantry and Afterschool Program, and; hosting hands-on cooking classes in partnership with Columbus Culinary Institute.

   Quick Impact Projects – These Projects are a one-time event, developed and lead in collaboration with a Central Ohio community partner, in attempt to maximize JLC and community volunteer and financial resources to address a community need, usually focusing on educational readiness. Local nonprofit organizations can propose a Quick Impact Project partnership during either the Fall or Spring proposal timing. Approximately, 4-6 Projects are chosen by JLC to support each year.

   Kelton House Museum & Garden – This historic site, located in the Discovery District, interprets urban life and the decorating arts in Columbus, Ohio, during the second half of the 19th century. Refurbished and operated by JLC since 1976, the Museum reflects the culturally diverse nature of the past and present, preserves the facility and its collections, interprets local history, educates the community, and trains volunteers. As a documented stop on the “Underground Railroad” the Museum is home to the Underground Railroad Learning Station, which hosts many school and community education tours each year.

   Bargain Box – This annual JLC merchandise sale is held at Resolute Athletic Complex. A sale of all types of new and gently used items, this event provides the community with a low-cost alternative to obtain quality merchandise. JLC members spend countless hours each year, developing and organizing this amazing shopping experience. Proceeds from this event help support the JLC mission and its community projects.

Governance & Staff

Board Chair: Ms. Beth Daly, Board President Business Affiliation: Battelle

Board Size: 8

Staff: 5

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

% of Related Contributions on Fundraising: 12.56%

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 The Junior League of Columbus's Audited Financial Statements for the fiscal year ending Friday, June 30, 2017.

Source of Funds
Special Events $114,343
Membership Dues $56,093
Program Income $52,380
Rental Income $31,302
Grants & Contributions $237,784
Investment Income $65,946
In-Kind Income $150,036
Total Income: $707,884
 
Fusion Chart
 
Program Expenses: $366,785
Fundraising Expenses: $70,104
Administrative Expenses: $105,797
Total Expenses: $542,686
 
Income in Excess of Expenses: $165,198
 
Beginning Net Assets: $1,321,074
Ending Net Assets: $1,486,272
Total Liabilities: $76,360
Total Assets: $1,562,632

BBB Comment

A BBB Accredited Charity since November, 2015. 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.