Charity Review

Issued: September 2017 Expires: September 2019

Girls Inc of Alameda County

Accredited Charity
Meets Standards
 
(510) 357-5515 510 16th Street, Oakland CA 94612 www.girlsinc-alameda.org/
  1. Conclusions
  2. Purpose
  3. Programs
  4. Governance & Staff
  5. Fund Raising
  6. Tax Status
  7. Financial
Conclusions

Girls Inc of Alameda County meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.

Purpose

"to inspire all girls to be strong, smart, and bold. Since 1958, we have responded to the unique needs of girls in the least resourced Alameda County communities, equipping them to navigate gender, economic, and racial barriers and develop into healthy, educated, and independent adults. Our cost-free continuum of programs and counseling services are developmentally appropriate, recognizing girls’ changing needs as they grow. From literacy activities in elementary school, to exciting science projects in middle school, to building college readiness in high school, Girls Inc. girls receive the support and the opportunities they need to thrive."

Incorporated: 1960 in CA

Programs

“The memory of my past fuels my vision for the future – a future where my family is safe, secure, and stable. A future where I have a college education, and I am pursuing dreams of my own. This future is possible thanks to Girls Inc.”                                          -Girls Inc. Participant
Girls Inc. of Alameda County recognizes that girls are key to our collective future. It also recognizes that many girls in Alameda County, especially girls of color from under-resourced neighborhoods, face significant barriers to their success and well-being. This includes lack of safe places to play and access healthy foods; negative media messages about girls of color and their potential; and underinvested schools where only one in five third graders from low-income households is reading at grade level, and only 14% of 11th graders meet grade level math standards. Ultimately, only one in three students in Oakland Unified School District will graduate from high school, a critical milestone toward a thriving adulthood.
At Girls Inc., the story is different. Its girls take part in comprehensive, cost-free programming that supports their development physically, emotionally and intellectually from kindergarten through high school graduation. In elementary school, girls master foundational academic skills, learn to stay healthy, and build positive relationships with peers and adults. In middle school, girls develop a positive identity and challenge themselves through a wide variety of physical and intellectual activities.  And in high school, girls build sisterhood and work to make change in their communities, while taking steps toward the colleges and careers of their dreams. Throughout these stages, girls and their families have access to bilingual counseling and case management services to support their journey.
Girls Inc.’s work has been consistently recognized by the community, including recently being profiled among eight “exemplary organizations” nationally in the Thrive Foundation’s report, “Nine Principles of Highly Effective Youth Service Organizations.” Its continuum of comprehensive, high dosage programs reaches over 10,000 girls, families and community members annually, from neighborhoods across Alameda County. Girls in its programs represent the diversity of the East Bay: in 2016, 98% of our participants identified as girls of color, and 40% of participants spoke a language other than English at home. Ninety percent of girls were eligible for free or reduced price lunch.
One of its graduating seniors, Donna, recently recounted how she arrived at Girls Inc. as a shy third grader. At Girls Inc., she learned to speak out about what was important to her, and discovered a deep love of math and science. She went on field trips to meet women in STEM fields, participated in engaging internships, and practiced being bold – including enrolling in an advanced computer science class at her high school.  As one of only two Junior girls, Donna didn’t fit the profile of most of her peers in the classroom, so much so that her teacher advised her to drop the class. Instead, Donna persevered and excelled.  By the end of the year, her male peers were asking her for help and she was one of the few students to pass the AP test.
Donna will now be going to UCLA- as the first in her family to attend a four year college. As Donna puts it:  “Girls Inc. has given me the resources and the courage to trust my ability to create a better future for myself and my family.”
Every year, stories like Donna’s are taking shape at Girls Inc. Last year, its third graders were three times more likely to read at grade level than their low-income peers. Its middle school girls coded their own websites designed to make positive change in their neighborhoods. Ninety percent of girls in its leadership program agreed they felt more like a leader in their communities. And ultimately, like Donna, 100% of girls in the college access program applied to and enrolled in college.
With the support of its community, Girls Inc. will continue to equip girls to defy limitations and stereotypes, break the cycle of poverty, and move into their strong, smart and bold future.

Governance & Staff

Board Chair: Ms. Robin Evitts, Managing Director Business Affiliation: Alvarez & Marsal

CEO: Ms. Julayne Virgil, Chief Executive Officer Business Affiliation: Girls Inc. of Alameda County

Board Size: 26

Staff: 87

Fund Raising
Method(s) used: Direct Mail Appeals Invitations to Fundraising Events Print Advertisements (Newspapers, Magazines, etc.) Grant Proposals Internet Appeals Planned Giving Arrangements Appeals via Social Media (Facebook, etc.)

% of Related Contributions on Fundraising: 11.16%

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 Girls Inc of Alameda County 's Audited Financial Statements for the fiscal year ending Thursday, June 30, 2016.

Source of Funds
Government Grants $1,211,550
Foundation Grants $1,360,630
Contributions $2,221,565
Special Events, net $623,121
Program fees $281,746
Rental Income $292,970
Miscellaneous Income $14,251
Financing Income $194,177
Interest and Dividends $6,344
Net Realized and unrealized loss on investments ($6,676)
Change in value of split-interest agreement $16,261
Total Income: $6,215,939
 
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Program Expenses: $5,874,304
Fundraising Expenses: $604,320
Administrative Expenses: $411,884
Total Expenses: $6,890,508
 
Income in Excess of Expenses: ($674,569)
 
Beginning Net Assets: $11,083,011
Ending Net Assets: $10,408,442
Total Liabilities: $18,318,307
Total Assets: $28,726,749


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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.