Better Business Bureau Report for
Back Bay Mission

Better Business Bureau Report issued August 2016
Better Business Bureau Report expires August 2018

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

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Charity Contact Information

Name: Back Bay Mission
Address: 1012 Division Street
  Biloxi, MS 39530
Phone: 2284320301
Web Address:
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1962, Mississippi
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: [To meet] the urgent needs of those suffering from poverty and its effects while building pathways to social justice.

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Evaluation Conclusions


Back Bay Mission meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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Back Bay Mission is a ministry of the United Church of Christ and draws on a national network of support to decrease poverty and marginalization on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Back Bay Mission’s Emergency Assistance program provides financial and material support to people in need, including a client-choice food pantry, utility and prescription medicine assistance, and help with obtaining identification or birth documents. The organization offers education and empowerment opportunities for low-income individuals and families, including Art in Living classes and God’s Green Acres Community Garden. Housing Restoration helps low-income families stay in their homes by making necessary renovations and repairs, from scrape-and-paint to making houses accessible to people with disabilities to rebuilding homes that have been damaged or fallen into disrepair. Back Bay Mission’s Micah Day Center offers a place for homeless and low-income people to connect to vital services, including shower and laundry services and clothing and material assistance. Outreach services are also available to meet homeless individuals and families in various locations in Biloxi and Gulfport to provide services similar to those offered within the Micah Day Center, such as resume development, nutrition assistance applications, and transportation assistance. Supportive Housing programs offered by Back Bay Mission include Home At Last, with sublet apartments for individuals to live in while working with case managers to gain self-sufficiency, and HomePort, designed for veterans working toward self-sufficiency with the Department of Veterans Affairs and Back Bay Mission. According to the organization, in 2015, Back Bay Mission completed 21 housing recoveries, served 423 people at the Micah Day Center, and housed 41 clients through Home At Last.

For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2014, Back Bay Mission's program expenses were:

Programs 1,467,741
Total Program Expenses: $1,467,741
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Chief Executive : Ms. Alice Graham, Ph.D., Executive Director

Chair of the Board: Mr. Robert Braugtigam
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Retired

Board Size: 15

Paid Staff Size: 14

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


Method(s) Used:

direct mail, invitations to fundraising events, grant proposals, internet, cause-related marketing, appeals via social media
Fundraising costs were 24% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $1,043,369, are donations received as a result of fundraising 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 Back Bay Mission's audited financial statements for the fiscal year-ended December 31, 2014.

Source of Funds  
Contributions 500,290
Government grants 409,245
Program income 148,256
Other grants 121,025
Investment income 105,271
Bequests and trusts 12,809
Sales of promotional items 7,669
Total Income $1,304,565


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 80%  Fund Raising: 14%  Administrative: 6% 

Total income $1,304,565
Program expenses $1,467,741
Fund raising expenses 245,570
Administrative expenses 105,491
Total expenses $1,818,802
Expenses in Excess of Income (514,237)
Beginning net assets 5,593,976
Ending net assets 5,079,739
Total liabilities 134,724
Total assets $5,214,463

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BBB Comments


A BBB Accredited Charity Seal Holder since 11/18/2009.

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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