Better Business Bureau Report for
Firn, inc.

Better Business Bureau Report issued June 2012
Better Business Bureau Report expires June 2014

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Charity Contact Information

Name: Firn, inc.
Address: 5999 Harpers Farm Road
Suite E-200
  Columbia, MD 20143
Phone: 410-992-1923
Web Address:
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1983, Maryland
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: A community in which foreign-born individuals are welcomed and successful, and contribute to a global perspective, vibrant economy, and rich fabric of cultures and customs.

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Evaluation Conclusions


Firn, inc. meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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FIRN is the only nonprofit in Howard County offering: Immigration Counseling at low-cost to the foreign born community in Howard County. All inclusive from reviewing documents to US Citizenship. Information & Referral – We help clients with a wide array of social service issues including access to health care, housing, financial assistance, food, clothing, and more. Including victims of domestic violence. Literacy (Club LEAP) – In partnership with the Howard County Public School System, FIRN’s Club LEAP program sends trained, culturally competent volunteer tutors into six Howard County schools, where they conduct after-school English enrichment activities with small groups of ESOL students Language Connections & Interpreting Services – Language Connections is the only nonprofit interpreter service in Maryland.  Language Connections offers professionally trained interpreters who speak approximately 30 languages.

For the fiscal year ended June 30, 2011, Firn, inc.'s program expenses were:

Information & Referral 220,088
Language Connections 149,113
Education & Training 115,265
Total Program Expenses: $484,466
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Chief Executive : Hector Garcia, Executive Director

Chair of the Board: Young chan Han
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Family Involvement Specialist, Maryland State Department on Education

Board Size: 12

Paid Staff Size: 6

*Compensation includes annual salary and, if applicable, benefit plans, expense accounts, and other allowances.
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Fund Raising


Method(s) Used:

grant proposals, internet
Fund raising costs were 1% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $308,380, are donations received as a result of fund raising activities.)
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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.
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The following information is based on Firn, inc.'s audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2011.

Source of Funds  
Government Grants 243,860
Program Service Fees 216,458
Other Contributions 86,091
Fundraising Events 5,831
Interest 642
Total Income $552,882


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 87%  Fund Raising: 1%  Administrative: 12% 

Total income $552,882
Program expenses $484,466
Fund raising expenses 4,508
Administrative expenses 64,800
Total expenses $553,774
Expenses in Excess of Income (892)
Beginning net assets 236,735
Ending net assets 235,843
Total liabilities 33,009
Total assets $268,852

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