Charity Review

Issued: March 2017 Expires: March 2019

Charity Seal Holder

YWCA O‘ahu

Meets Standards
 
(808) 538-7061 1040 Richards St, Honolulu HI 96813-2920 www.ywcaoahu.org
  1. Conclusions
  2. Purpose
  3. Programs
  4. Governance & Staff
  5. Fund Raising
  6. Tax Status
  7. Financial
Conclusions

YWCA O‘ahu meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.

Purpose

YWCA O‘ahu is a women's membership movement that exists to cultivate opportunities for women's and girl's growth and leadership, help them create fulfilling lives for themselves and their families, and facilitate social change with positive economic impact for their communities. 

YWCA O‘ahu is women helping women. 

YWCA O‘ahu will thrust its collective power toward the empowerment of women and the elimination of racism.

Incorporated: 1903 in HI

Also Known As: Young Women's Christian Association of Oahu , Launch My Business , Na Wahine U'I "The Beautiful Women" , Patsy T. Mink Center for Business & Leadership

Programs

YWCA O'ahu helps to ensure that women can support themselves and provide for their families and offer tools, training and guidance so that women can realize their dreams. Their members are women who, in turn, go on to contribute to their communities and beyond. They increase opportunities for community participation through recreation, education, giving and volunteering. YWCA O'ahu bridges racial and cultural divides in order to realize a peaceful, harmonious and productive community. They do so through the following range of programs and services: 

Aquatics: The Aquatics Department strives to provide a safe, nurturing environment for swimming education and recreation. We emphasize positive reinforcement to encourage confidence and self-esteem in participants. YWCA annual membership is required for all aquatics programs. Health and Wellness membership is required for lap and recreational open swim at YWCA Laniakea.
The Aquatics Department offers the following swimming classes: group cardio-aquatics fitness; water safety; 
adaptive swim; parent toddler fun (6 months - 3 years); junior swim classes (3-5 years); youth swim (6 years+); adult swim; semi-private swim instruction; and private swim instruction.

Health & Wellness:
YWCA O‘ahu is proud to provide the community with a holistic approach to health and wellness. They empower individuals to make their own health plan and can help you determine how to accomplish your health and wellness goals! They offer convenient and cost-effective plans available to everyone and our full range of programming can fit in any busy schedule. Offering a wide range of classes, fitness center, and basketball court, visit the Fitness Center at Laniakea is conveniently located in the business district of downtown Honolulu. In order to participate in their health and wellness programs, you must be a YWCA O‘ahu member unless stated otherwise.
 
Camp & Family Events: Located on the Windward side of O‘ahu on Kane‘ohe Bay, Kokokahi offers the whole family a place to participate in educational and recreational activities. With access to over 11 acres of waterfront property, a pool with locker rooms, beautiful open fields, multiple classrooms, Midkiff gym, and overnight lodge and cabins, this makes Kokokahi the perfect location for various outdoor activities designed for keiki and families. At our spring and summer day camps, keiki build teamwork skills, leadership skills and learn more about the environment and their surroundings. Other events offered throughout the year include Parents Night Out and Family Night utilizing the amenities that Kokokahi offers to provide family friendly entertainment.

Dress for Success:
Dress for Success® is more than just a new outfit. It’s about confidence. It’s about enabling women to break the cycle of poverty. The mission of Dress for Success is to empower women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. YWCA O'ahu offers four Dress for Success programs: 
-Suitings: Dress for Success volunteers serve as personal shoppers and provide clients with a career outfit, cosmetics, footwear, accessories and—most importantly—a self-confidence boost.
-Going Places Network: Going Places Network is an 8-week job support program for unemployed women to help address and eliminate the frustrating obstacles that may arise during a search for employment.
-Professional Women's Group: Professional Women’s Group offers successfully employed Dress for Success clients a support system where volunteers and staff empower them to retain their jobs, and advance in their careers.
-Personal Pathways: Dress for Success clients have access to Personal Pathways, a powerful workshop series in partnership with the Patsy T. Mink Center for Business & Leadership, to provide knowledge and confidence for the aspiring professional woman.

Transitional Housing: The Homebase transitional housing program was created for homeless, employed women making the difficult transition to become economically self-sufficient. The program includes housing and supportive services that help individuals regain stability as they move toward independent living and permanent housing. While availability is on a case by case basis, Homebase is offered as extended affordable housing option for women who complete the Ka Hale Ho‘ala Hou No Na Wahine work furlough program.

Work Furlough: Ka Hale Ho‘ala Hou No Na Wahine is a community-based work furlough program in our Fernhurst facility, dedicated to empowering women to successfully transition from prison back into the community. Through this program, our work furlough residents set and accomplish attainable goals, build resiliency, learn to manage emotions, and make positive changes.

Patsy T. Mink Center for Business & Leadership: Funded by the Small Business Administration, the Patsy T. Mink Center for Business & Leadership (MCBL) at YWCA O‘ahu promotes the economic and leadership advancement of entrepreneurs and women at all levels and stages in their careers. MCBL offers a range of courses, covering how to excel in an existing career, launch a new venture, and grow an existing business. YWCA O'ahu partners with successful business and community leaders to provide program participants with training, coaching and networking opportunities. MCBL also hosts Girls’ Summit, an annual conference and mentorship event for young women in high school. This event encourages young women to network with peers, learn more about professional development, and seek mentorship with professional women.

Governance & Staff

Board Chair: Ms. Kristi Inkinen Yanagihara, Franchise Owner Business Affiliation: Remedy Intelligent Staffing

CEO: Ms. Noriko Namiki, CEO

Board Size: 23

Staff: 104

Fund Raising
Method(s) used: Direct Mail Appeals Print Advertisements (Newspapers, Magazines, etc.) Grant Proposals Internet Appeals Cause-Related Marketing Membership Appeals Appeals via Social Media (Facebook, etc.)

% of Related Contributions on Fundraising: 20.66%

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 YWCA O‘ahu's Audited Financial Statements for the fiscal year ending Thursday, December 31, 2015.

Source of Funds
Contributions and pledges $480,648
Grants $379,448
Special events $273,677
Aloha United Way $138,468
Legacies and bequests $39,473
Program service fees $1,605,493
Rental income $994,617
Membership dues $75,465
Interest and dividends $19,015
Miscellaneous $95,333
Net realized gain on sale of investments $13,492
Change in net unrealized gain on investments $186
Change in value of beneficial interest in perpetual trust $203,353
Total Income: $4,318,668
 
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Program Expenses: $3,233,462
Fundraising Expenses: $270,990
Administrative Expenses: $697,918
Total Expenses: $4,202,370
 
Income in Excess of Expenses: $116,298
 
Beginning Net Assets: $8,102,434
Ending Net Assets: $8,218,732
Total Liabilities: $577,305
Total Assets: $8,796,037


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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.