Charity Review

Issued: April 2017 Expires: April 2019

Charity Seal Holder

People Working Cooperatively, Inc.

Meets Standards
 
(513) 351-7921 4612 Paddock Road, Cincinnati OH 45229 www.pwchomerepairs.org
  1. Conclusions
  2. Complaints
  3. Purpose
  4. Programs
  5. Governance & Staff
  6. Fund Raising
  7. Tax Status
  8. Financial
  9. BBB Comment
Conclusions

People Working Cooperatively, Inc. meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.

Complaints

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3 complaints closed with BBB in last 3 years | 1 closed in last 12 months
Complaint Type Total Closed Complaints
Advertising/Sales Issues 0
Billing/Collection Issues 0
Delivery Issues 0
Guarantee/Warranty Issues 0
Problems with Product/Service 3
Total Closed Complaints 3

Purpose

To perform essential repairs and services so that low-income homeowners can remain in their homes, living independently in a safe, sound environment. 

Incorporated: 1975 in OH

Also Known As: PWC

Programs

People Working Cooperatively (PWC) provides home repair services to low-income, elderly, and disabled homeowners.  This service is performed by PWC’s trained, licensed, bonded staff of tradesmen, including plumbers, electricians, carpenters, and HVAC technicians.  The organization offers emergency home repair services for situations that threaten a client's well-being.  PWC also provides Critical Home Repairs to correct major defects threatening the safety of occupants, integrity of the structure, general functionality of the house, or mobility of the occupants.  According to the organization, in 2015, People Working Cooperatively serviced 4,811 homes.

PWC's Energy Conservation (Weatherization) program works with homeowners and renters to take control over their energy usage and save on their utility bills.  PWC has a few different Energy Services: Duke Energy Weatherization Program, Home Weatherization Assistance Program (HWAP), and Electric Partnership Program (EPP), these services help participants to save on energy expenses and safety in the home.  According to the organization, in 2015, the Energy Conservation (Weatherization) program served 3,804 homes with energy usage and saving on their utility bills. 

PWC’s Volunteering Services allow the organization to maintain a presence in the community and complete home repair jobs.  This service welcomes individuals of all skill levels, from tradesmen to those wanting to learn a skill and even those who can only perform simple household tasks. Volunteers are matched with projects based on their skill set and level of experience. Volunteers can assist at multiple events throughout the year or on an ongoing basis.  According to the organization, in 2015, People Working Cooperatively benefited from 1,219 people providing volunteer services. 

For the fiscal year-ended December 31, 2015, People Working Cooperatively's program expenses were:

 

Home Repair Services                                 4,129,512

Energy Conservation Services                        5,682,385

Volunteer Services                                           430,488

Total Program Services                         $10,242,385

 

Governance & Staff

Board Chair: Mr. Richard W Zoller Business Affiliation: Messer Construction

CEO: Mr. Jock Pitts, President & CEO

Board Size: 20

Staff: 120

Fund Raising
Method(s) used: Invitations to Fundraising Events Radio Appeals Grant Proposals Internet Appeals Appeals via Social Media (Facebook, etc.)

% of Related Contributions on Fundraising: 2.72%

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 People Working Cooperatively, Inc.'s Audited Financial Statements for the fiscal year ending Thursday, December 31, 2015.

Source of Funds
Government Grants $6,574,999
Corporate Grants $4,116,899
Foundation Grants $1,042,084
Contributions $977,984
Whole Home $487,523
Investment Income $59,123
Donated Materials and Service $287,474
Event Revenue, net of expenses of $122,774 $64,343
Miscellaneous $53,827
Total Income: $13,664,256
 
Fusion Chart
 
Program Expenses: $10,242,385
Fundraising Expenses: $354,780
Administrative Expenses: $2,311,279
Total Expenses: $12,908,444
 
Income in Excess of Expenses: $755,812
 
Beginning Net Assets: $5,318,041
Ending Net Assets: $5,959,054
Total Liabilities: $1,294,984
Total Assets: $5,959,054

BBB Comment

BBB Accredited Charity Seal Holder since 03/21/2005.  

BBB has determined that in addition to meeting BBB's 20 Standards for Charity Accountability, People Working Cooperatively, Inc. adheres to the BBB Code of Business Practices, which includes a commitment to make a good faith effort to resolve any complaints.  Charities that display the BBB Accredited Charity Seal pay a fee for review / monitoring and for support of BBB's services to the public.

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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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


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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Standard 6: Effectiveness Policy


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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.

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Standard 7: Effectiveness Report


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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


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

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Standard 9: Fund Raising Expenses


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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.

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Standard 16: Annual Report


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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


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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


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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.

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Standard 19: Cause Marketing Disclosures


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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).

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Standard 20: Complaints


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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.