Better Business Bureau Report for
Center for Community Solutions

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

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

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Charity Contact Information

Name: Center for Community Solutions
Address: 4508 Mission Bay Drive
  San Diego, CA 92109
Phone: 858-272-5777
Web Address:
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1972, California
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: "to end relationship and sexual violence by being a catalyst for caring communities and social justice."

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Evaluation Conclusions


Center for Community Solutions (CCS) meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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CCS aims to eliminate societal conditions that condone and perpetuate relationship violence, sexual assault, and stalking, and to promote safety, justice, and healing for those impacted by these crimes. The organization offers prevention education and outreach to youth at schools, colleges, universities, community based organizations, youth groups and juvenile detention centers. CCS also offers 24-hour bilingual crisis hotline, 24-hour accompaniment to forensic exams for survivors of sexual assault, and 24-hour short-term emergency shelters for domestic violence victims and their children. In addition, the organization offers transitional housing, legal services, advocacy court accompaniment and on-going client services, support groups, and individual, child, and family counseling. CCS operates out of nine locations in San Diego County, and the organization reports that it operates the only Rape Crisis Center in the city of San Diego and most of the county.

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

Legal and advocacy services 1,475,169
Counseling and residential services 1,139,028
Prevention and education 391,312
Total Program Expenses: $3,005,509
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Chief Executive : Verna Griffin-Tabor, Chief Executive Officer

Chair of the Board: Stephanie Wagner
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Financial Consultant, WomenWealthyWise

Board Size: 16

Paid Staff Size: 68

*2016 compensation, as reported by the charity, includes annual salary and, if applicable, benefit plans, expense accounts, and other allowances.
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Fund Raising


Method(s) Used:

Direct mail, special events, grant proposals, and Internet appeals.
Fund raising costs were 31% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $886,717, 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 CCS's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2016.

Source of Funds  
Contract revenue 3,215,028
Contributions and grants 567,081
Fundraising revenue 225,432
In-kind contributions 94,204
Fees for services 52,859
Other income 26,763
Investment income -168
Total Income $4,181,199


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 72%  Fund Raising: 7%  Administrative: 21% 

Total income $4,181,199
Program expenses $3,005,509
Fund raising expenses 272,597
Administrative expenses 851,967
Total expenses $4,130,073
Income in Excess of Expenses 51,126
Beginning net assets 1,301,542
Ending net assets 1,352,668
Total liabilities 2,191,645
Total assets $3,544,313

Note: According to CCS’s audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended June 20, 2016, the organization received in-kind contributions of $94,204 including professional services ($55,152), materials ($27,065) and other ($11,987).

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