Charity Review

Issued: August 2016 Expires: August 2018

Bridge Communities, Inc.

Standards Not Met
 
(630) 545-0610 505 Crescent Boulevard , Glen Ellyn IL 60137 www.bridgecommunities.org
  1. Conclusions
  2. Purpose
  3. Programs
  4. Tax Status
  5. Financial
  6. BBB Comment
Conclusions

Bridge Communities, Inc. does not meet the following 1 Standards for Charity Accountability.

Standard 18: Donor Privacy - 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.

Bridge Communities, Inc. does not meet this standard because:

The privacy policy on this website, www.bridgecommunities.org does not indicate:
What personal information is being collected and how it will be used.

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: #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7 #15 #19 #20

Purpose

The mission of Bridge Communities is to transition homeless families to self-sufficiency by working with partners to provide mentoring, housing, and supportive services. 

Incorporated: 1990 in IL

Programs

The following are some key elements of the Bridge Communities' Transitional Housing Program: Housing: Client families reside in Bridge Communities owned apartment buildings that are spread throughout DuPage County. Mentoring: Volunteer mentors from Program Partners sponsor and assist the client families as they work to develop the life-skills necessary for self-sufficiency. Case Management: Bridge Communities' professional case managers are available to assist mentors and client families in accessing resources that are important for families to achieve their individual goals. Employment Counseling: Bridge Communities' employment director assists client families in securing and maintaining employment that will sustain their economic self sufficiency upon graduation from the Transitional Housing Program. Tutoring: Since homelessness disrupts the continuity of school attendance, Bridge Communities provides professional certified teachers to tutor all school age children to help them achieve academic success. Counseling Resources: At times, client families need additional resources to help cope with life stressors or ongoing emotional issues. Car Donations: Homeless families often come into our Transitional Housing Program in need of reliable transportation to help them get to their jobs and take their children to child care or school.

For the fiscal year ended June 30, 2015, Bridge Communities, Inc.'s program expenses were:

  
Personnel                                                          1,019,809
Property                                                                929,602
Family Assistance                                               157,650
Administrative                                                      126,986
In Kind Expenses                                                  54,127
Development/Marketing                                       14,220
Capital Grants                                                          1,195
Total Program Expenses:                         $2,303,589


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.

Financial

The following information is based on Bridge Communities, Inc.'s Audited Financial Statements for the fiscal year ending Tuesday, June 30, 2015.

Source of Funds
Individual Donations $915,123
Program Revenue $784,988
Capital Campaign Pledges/Donations $570,749
Capital Grants $454,105
Corporate and Foundation $295,677
Community Organizations $263,883
Rental Income $250,201
Special Events $203,354
Gain on sale of property and equipment $127,239
Government Grants $85,392
In-Kind Contributions $59,482
Investment Return $8,220
Miscellaneous Income $4,403
Total Income: $4,022,816
 
Fusion Chart
 
Program Expenses: $2,303,589
Fundraising Expenses: $361,578
Administrative Expenses: $153,100
Total Expenses: $2,818,267
 
Income in Excess of Expenses: $1,204,549
 
Beginning Net Assets: $10,065,211
Ending Net Assets: $11,281,970
Total Liabilities: $2,493,700
Total Assets: $13,775,670

BBB Comment

Also known as: Bridge Communities


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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.

BBB requested, but did not receive, complete information on the Bridge Communities, Inc.’s governance and oversight and is unable to verify the organization's compliance with this standard.
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Standard 2: Board Size


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

BBB requested, but did not receive, complete information on the Bridge Communities, Inc.’s governance and oversight and is unable to verify the organization's compliance with this standard.
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Standard 3: Board Meetings


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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.

BBB requested, but did not receive, complete information on the Bridge Communities, Inc.’s governance and oversight and is unable to verify the organization's compliance with this standard.
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Standard 4: Board Compensation


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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.

BBB requested, but did not receive, complete information on the Bridge Communities, Inc.’s governance and oversight and is unable to verify the organization's compliance with this standard.
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Standard 5: Conflict of Interest


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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.

BBB requested, but did not receive, complete information on the Bridge Communities, Inc.’s governance and oversight and is unable to verify the organization's compliance with this standard.
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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.

BBB requested, but did not receive, complete information on the Bridge Communities, Inc.’s governance and oversight and is unable to verify the organization's compliance with this standard.
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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.

BBB requested, but did not receive, complete information on the Bridge Communities, Inc.’s governance and oversight and is unable to verify the organization's compliance with this standard.
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Standard 8: Program Expenses


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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 Bridge Communities, Inc.’s solicitation materials and is unable to verify the organization's compliance with this standard.
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Standard 16: Annual Report


Description:

Have an annual report available to all, on request, that includes: (a) the organization's mission statement, (b) a summary of the past year's program service accomplishments, (c) a roster of the officers and members of the board of directors, (d) financial information that includes (i) total income in the past fiscal year, (ii) expenses in the same program, fund raising and administrative categories as in the financial statements, and (iii) ending net assets.

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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.

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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.

Bridge Communities, Inc. does not meet meet this standard because:

The privacy policy on this website, www.bridgecommunities.org does not indicate:
What personal information is being collected and how it will be used.

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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 Bridge Communities, Inc.’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.

BBB requested, but did not receive, complete information on the Bridge Communities, Inc.’s governance and oversight and is unable to verify the organization's compliance with this standard.