Better Business Bureau Report for
San Diego Second Chance Program

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

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

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Charity Contact Information

Name: San Diego Second Chance Program
Address: 6145 Imperial Avenue
  San Diego, CA 92114
Phone: 619-234-8888
Web Address:
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1993, California
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: "to disrupt the cycles of incarceration an poverty by helping people find their way to self-sufficiency."

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Evaluation Conclusions


San Diego Second Chance Program (Second Chance) meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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Second Chance programs provide job readiness and life skills training, job placement, behavioral health treatment and prisoner reentry services, relapse prevention and sober living housing for adults and youth in need. The organization seeks to address the generational issues of poverty, unemployment, addiction, abuse, neglect, criminal thinking and homelessness. Second Chance also works to foster behavioral changes that promote personal responsibility, healthy relationships, a strong work ethic, and positive contributions to society. The organization reports that their job readiness training helps participants cultivate the attitude needed to get and keep a job; enhances self-esteem and self-confidence; teaches résumé preparation and interview skills, and computer training and financial literacy. Second Chance also provides job placement assistance and related services. The youth programs are focused on helping justice-involved youth overcome neglect, abuse, criminal backgrounds, addiction and other generational barriers to achieving self-sufficiency. The Sober Living Housing program offers safe, substance-free homes that support recovery and foster personal growth.

For the fiscal year ended June 30, 2015, Second Chance's program expenses were:

Youth Services 1,101,509
Housing 831,440
Workforce Development 305,123
Total Program Expenses: $2,238,072
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Chief Executive : Robert Coleman, President and CEO

Chair of the Board: Dan Schwimmer
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Real Estate (retired)

Board Size: 19

Paid Staff Size: 40

*2014 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, special events, grant proposals, and Internet appeals.
Fund raising costs were 13% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $2,162,122, 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 Second Chance's audited financial statements - consolidated - for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2015.

Source of Funds  
Contracts and grants 1,464,887
Housing 1,068,657
Contributions 689,625
Interest and other 44,503
Special events, net 7,610
Total Income $3,275,282


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 76%  Fund Raising: 10%  Administrative: 14% 

Total income $3,275,282
Program expenses $2,238,072
Fund raising expenses 285,764
Administrative expenses 426,230
Total expenses $2,950,066
Income in Excess of Expenses 325,216
Beginning net assets 4,592,447
Ending net assets 4,917,663
Total liabilities 4,583,461
Total assets $9,501,124

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