Better Business Bureau Report for
Alternatives Inc.

Better Business Bureau Report issued December 2017
Better Business Bureau Report expires December 2019

This BBB Accredited charity meets all 20 Standards for Charity Accountability. Find out more...

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Charity Contact Information

Name: Alternatives Inc.
Address: P.O. Box 1302
  Anderson, IN 46015
Phone: 765-643-0200
Web Address:
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1978, Indiana
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: "to eradicate domestic and sexual violence through education, prevention, and intervention in Central Indiana."

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Evaluation Conclusions


Alternatives Inc. (AI) meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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Alternatives is the state designated emergency shelter for domestic violence and sexual assault victims from Hamilton, Hancock, Henry, Madison, and Tipton counties. It serves Marion County when their shelters are at capacity. From July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017 (FY 2017), 362 victims resided in its emergency shelter program. Services include food, shelter, clothing, and personal care items; as well as individualized case management; an education/employment training center; and support and education groups. Five units of transitional housing afforded 9 women and 20 children the opportunity to stay beyond the state defined “45-day emergency shelter period.” In FY 2017, 3,927 calls were answered on the agency's 24-hour crisis line maintained 365 days a year through both local and toll-free lines. Children’s services include an in-shelter, weekday preschool program and an afterschool/summer program. New ways to live peacefully are modeled through 1,784 hours of individual, group, and tutoring time. Prevention services teaching about sexual assault and the dangers of street drugs, rape, and domestic violence are provided in both Madison and Hancock County middle and high schools. In FY 2017, 1,987 unduplicated teens attended 501 prevention education sessions. Outreach services are provided on a 24-hour basis for victims needing advocacy. Offices are operated in Tipton County, Hancock County, northern Madison County, and Hamilton County to afford victims immediate access to advocates. The targeted effect was 259 clients received 1,620 hours of crisis response and/or advocacy. Additionally, 11,732 individuals attended 722 domestic violence and sexual assault awareness presentations.

For the fiscal year ended June 30, 2016, AI's program expenses were:

Crisis residential 735,211
Family violence outreach 211,734
Children's advocacy 103,592
Transitional housing 70,296
Community education 68,302
Sexual assault 22,319
Total Program Expenses: $1,211,454
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Chief Executive : Johna Lee, CEO

Chair of the Board: Thomas F. Bannon
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: VP/Chief Foundation Officer, Community Hospital Anderson

Board Size: 18

Paid Staff Size: 27

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


Method(s) Used:

invitations to fund raising events, grant proposals, internet
Fund raising costs were 2% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $1,264,285, 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 AI's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2016.

Source of Funds  
Federal funding 405,835
State and local funding 211,756
In-kind contributions 182,974
Contributions-United Way of Central Indiana 133,579
Foundation and other grants 129,191
Other cash contributions 127,914
Fundraising revenue 47,435
United Way of Madison Co. 25,601
Service revenue 17,370
Investment revenue 3,693
Realized & unrealized loss on investments -8,253
Total Income $1,277,095


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 90%  Fund Raising: 2%  Administrative: 8% 

Total income $1,277,095
Program expenses $1,211,454
Fund raising expenses 27,670
Administrative expenses 113,730
Total expenses $1,352,854
Expenses in Excess of Income (75,759)
Beginning net assets 3,293,441
Ending net assets 3,217,682
Total liabilities 104,799
Total assets $3,322,481

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