Charity Review

Issued: October 2016 Expires: October 2018

Gram Seva Foundation

Standards Not Met
 
(847) 564-2030 2030 Post Road , Northbrook IL 60062 www.gramseva.org/
  1. Conclusions
  2. Purpose
  3. Programs
  4. Governance & Staff
  5. Fund Raising
  6. Tax Status
Conclusions

Gram Seva Foundation does not meet the following 4 Standards for Charity Accountability.

Standard 2: Board Size - Soliciting organizations shall have a board of directors with a minimum of five voting members.

Gram Seva Foundation does not meet this standard because:

The organization has FOUR (4) voting members of the board.

Standard 3: Board Meetings - An organization shall have a minimum of three evenly spaced meetings per year of the full governing body with a majority in attendance, with face-to-face participation. A conference call of the full board can substitute for one of the three meetings of the governing body. For all meetings, alternative modes of participation are acceptable for those with physical disabilities.

Gram Seva Foundation does not meet this standard because:

The board of directors did not hold a minimum of three evenly spaced meetings in the past fiscal year.

Standard 4: Board Compensation - Not more than one or 10% (whichever is greater) directly or indirectly compensated person(s) serving as voting member(s) of the board. Compensated members shall not serve as the board's chair or treasurer.

Gram Seva Foundation does not meet this standard because:

The paid chief executive officer also serves as the chair of the board of directors.

Standard 6: Effectiveness Policy - Have a board policy of assessing, no less than every two years, the organization's performance and effectiveness and of determining future actions required to achieve its mission.

Gram Seva Foundation does not meet this standard because:

Its effectiveness assessment policy does not specify that this assessment will take place at least once every two years.

In addition, BBB requested, but did not receive, complete information on the organization and is unable to verify the organization's compliance with the following Standard(s) for Charity Accountability: #8 #9 #10 #11 #12 #13 #14 #15 #17 #18 #19

Purpose

Cater to the Health need of every individual Render special care to women and children. Uplift social and economical status Promote curative and preventive measures Create awareness for healthy qualitative life and development 

Incorporated: 2004 in IL

Programs

Hospital services: Treated over 850,000 patients in the last 20 years. Child's health and nutrition program: Saved 11,000 children from permanent Physical and mental retardation by treating malnutrition Ante-Natal care: Given to more than 47,000 mothers and conducted over 20,000 Institutional deliveries. Satellite program covering the deep interior forest areas have treated over 90,000 Tribal People in the last 10 years Adolescent health: Gives life education,screens for Illnesses, gives vaccination and vocational guidance Geriatric program: Screens for diabetes, and hypertension to prevent strokes and checks for cataracts to cure blindness. Sanitation program finances and builds toilets to promote hygiene and cut down the spread of communicable diseases Women empowerment program thru microcredits restores the much needed self respect & self confidence in women. Training programs for Grass Root workers of NGOs,Govt. Health Workers. Village leaders. & Students from India and Abroad. Dialysis program began in 2013 have completed over 4500 sessions at the cost of $5 a session. About 4238 sessions were totally free. Outpatients receive free medicines. After school tutorial programs cuts down the incidence of dropouts especially amongst the adolescent girls. The first completely green hostel in India was inaugurated on January 20, 2016 to house 100 orphans & migrant worker's children. a

For the fiscal year ended June 30, 2016, Gram Seva Foundation's program expenses were:

   
Total Program Expenses:                         

Governance & Staff

Board Chair: Mr. Jay Bozicevich , Head of IT Business Affiliation: Wells Fargo

Board Size: 4

Fund Raising
Method(s) used: Direct Mail Appeals Telephone Appeals Invitations to Fundraising Events Grant Proposals

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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Standard 1: Board Oversight


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Organizations shall have a board of directors that provides adequate oversight of the charity's operations and its staff. Indication of adequate oversight includes, but is not limited to, regularly scheduled appraisals of the CEO's performance, evidence of disbursement controls such as board approval of the budget, fund raising practices, establishment of a conflict of interest policy, and establishment of accounting procedures sufficient to safeguard charity finances.

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Standard 2: Board Size


Description:

Soliciting organizations shall have a board of directors with a minimum of five voting members.

Gram Seva Foundation does not meet meet this standard because:

The organization has FOUR (4) voting members of the board.

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Standard 3: Board Meetings


Description:

An organization shall have a minimum of three evenly spaced meetings per year of the full governing body with a majority in attendance, with face-to-face participation. A conference call of the full board can substitute for one of the three meetings of the governing body. For all meetings, alternative modes of participation are acceptable for those with physical disabilities.

Gram Seva Foundation does not meet meet this standard because:

The board of directors did not hold a minimum of three evenly spaced meetings in the past fiscal year.

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Standard 4: Board Compensation


Description:

Not more than one or 10% (whichever is greater) directly or indirectly compensated person(s) serving as voting member(s) of the board. Compensated members shall not serve as the board's chair or treasurer.

Gram Seva Foundation does not meet meet this standard because:

The paid chief executive officer also serves as the chair of the board of directors.

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Standard 5: Conflict of Interest


Description:

No transaction(s) in which any board or staff members have material conflicting interests with the charity resulting from any relationship or business affiliation. Factors that will be considered when concluding whether or not a related party transaction constitutes a conflict of interest and if such a conflict is material, include, but are not limited to: any arm's length procedures established by the charity; the size of the transaction relative to like expenses of the charity; whether the interested party participated in the board vote on the transaction; if competitive bids were sought and whether the transaction is one-time, recurring or ongoing.

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Standard 6: Effectiveness Policy


Description:

Have a board policy of assessing, no less than every two years, the organization's performance and effectiveness and of determining future actions required to achieve its mission.

Gram Seva Foundation does not meet meet this standard because:

Its effectiveness assessment policy does not specify that this assessment will take place at least once every two years.

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Standard 7: Effectiveness Report


Description:

Submit to the organization's governing body, for its approval, a written report that outlines the results of the aforementioned performance and effectiveness assessment and recommendations for future actions.

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Standard 8: Program Expenses


Description:

Spend at least 65% of its total expenses on program activities.

BBB requested, but did not receive, complete information on the Gram Seva Foundation’s finances and is unable to verify the organization's compliance with this standard.
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Standard 9: Fund Raising Expenses


Description:

Spending should be no more than 35% of related contributions on fund raising. Related contributions include donations, legacies, and other gifts received as a result of fund raising efforts.

BBB requested, but did not receive, complete information on the Gram Seva Foundation’s finances and is unable to verify the organization's compliance with this standard.
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Standard 10: Accumulating Funds


Description:

Avoid accumulating funds that could be used for current program activities. To meet this standard, the charity's unrestricted net assets available for use should not be more than three times the size of the past year's expenses or three times the size of the current year's budget, whichever is higher.

BBB requested, but did not receive, complete information on the Gram Seva Foundation’s finances and is unable to verify the organization's compliance with this standard.
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Standard 11: Audit Report


Description:

Make available to all, on request, complete annual financial statements prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles. When total annual gross income exceeds $500,000, these statements should be audited in accordance with generally accepted auditing standards. For charities whose annual gross income is less than $500,000, a review by a certified public accountant is sufficient to meet this standard. For charities whose annual gross income is less than $250,000, an internally produced, complete financial statement is sufficient to meet this standard.

BBB requested, but did not receive, complete information on the Gram Seva Foundation’s finances and is unable to verify the organization's compliance with this standard.
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Standard 12: Detailed Expense Breakdown


Description:

Include in the financial statements a breakdown of expenses (e.g., salaries, travel, postage, etc.) that shows what portion of these expenses was allocated to program, fund raising, and administrative activities. If the charity has more than one major program category, the schedule should provide a breakdown for each category.

BBB requested, but did not receive, complete information on the Gram Seva Foundation’s finances and is unable to verify the organization's compliance with this standard.
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Standard 13: Accurate Expense Reporting


Description:

Accurately report the charity's expenses, including any joint cost allocations, in its financial statements. For example, audited or unaudited statements which inaccurately claim zero fund raising expenses or otherwise understate the amount a charity spends on fund raising, and/or overstate the amount it spends on programs will not meet this standard.

BBB requested, but did not receive, complete information on the Gram Seva Foundation’s finances and is unable to verify the organization's compliance with this standard.
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Standard 14: Budget Plan


Description:

Have a board-approved annual budget for its current fiscal year, outlining projected expenses for major program activities, fund raising, and administration.

BBB requested, but did not receive, complete information on the Gram Seva Foundation’s finances and is unable to verify the organization's compliance with this standard.
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Standard 15: Truthful Materials


Description:

Have solicitations and informational materials, distributed by any means, that are accurate, truthful and not misleading, both in whole and in part. Appeals that omit a clear description of program(s) for which contributions are sought will not meet this standard. A charity should also be able to substantiate that the timing and nature of its expenditures are in accordance with what is stated, expressed, or implied in the charity's solicitations.

BBB requested, but did not receive, complete information on the Gram Seva Foundation’s solicitation materials and is unable to verify the organization's compliance with this standard.
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Standard 17: Website Disclosures


Description:

Include on any charity websites that solicit contributions, the same information that is recommended for annual reports, as well as the mailing address of the charity and electronic access to its most recent IRS Form 990.

BBB requested, but did not receive, complete information on the Gram Seva Foundation’s solicitation materials and is unable to verify the organization's compliance with this standard.
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Standard 18: Donor Privacy


Description:

Address privacy concerns of donors by (a) providing in written appeals, at least annually, a means (e.g., such as a check off box) for both new and continuing donors to inform the charity if they do not want their name and address shared outside the organization, (b) providing a clear, prominent and easily accessible privacy policy on any of its websites that tells visitors (i) what information, if any, is being collected about them by the charity and how this information will be used, (ii) how to contact the charity to review personal information collected and request corrections, (iii) how to inform the charity (e.g., a check off box) that the visitor does not wish his/her personal information to be shared outside the organization, and (iv) what security measures the charity has in place to protect personal information.

BBB requested, but did not receive, complete information on the Gram Seva Foundation’s solicitation materials and is unable to verify the organization's compliance with this standard.
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Standard 19: Cause Marketing Disclosures


Description:

Clearly disclose how the charity benefits from the sale of products or services (i.e., cause-related marketing) that state or imply that a charity will benefit from a consumer sale or transaction. Such promotions should disclose, at the point of solicitation: (a) the actual or anticipated portion of the purchase price that will benefit the charity (e.g., 5 cents will be contributed to abc charity for every xyz company product sold), (b) the duration of the campaign (e.g., the month of October), (c) any maximum or guaranteed minimum contribution amount (e.g., up to a maximum of $200,000).

BBB requested, but did not receive, complete information on the Gram Seva Foundation’s solicitation materials and is unable to verify the organization's compliance with this standard.
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Standard 20: Complaints


Description:

Respond promptly to and act on complaints brought to its attention by the BBB Wise Giving Alliance and/or local Better Business Bureaus about fund raising practices, privacy policy violations and/or other issues.