Charity Review

Issued: April 2017 Expires: May 2019

Charity Seal Holder

Saving Grace

Meets Standards
 
(541) 382-9227 1004 NW Milwaukee Ave STE 100, Bend OR 97701-2244 www.saving-grace.org
  1. Conclusions
  2. Purpose
  3. Programs
  4. Governance & Staff
  5. Fund Raising
  6. Tax Status
  7. Financial
Conclusions

Saving Grace meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.

Purpose

The mission of Saving Grace is to provide comprehensive domestic violence and sexual assault services and to promote the value of living life free from violence.

Incorporated: 1977 in OR

Also Known As: Central Oregon Battering & Rape Alliance

Programs

Saving Grace offers the following programs and services: 

Hotline - Saving Grace provides a 24-hour, crisis telephone line accessible by a local or toll-free number. Hotline advocates provide safety planning, crisis intervention, emotional support and information, and referrals for callers. Advocates also provide other forms of emergency assistance, such as shelter, food, and transportation.

Emergency Shelter - Saving Grace provides an emergency shelter in Bend, Oregon which is available for women and their dependent children who are victims of domestic violence or sexual assault. The shelter program provides food and personal supplies, emotional support, and advocacy. When our shelter is full, or it is not feasible to place someone in the shelter due to the time of night or location of the client etc, we rely on local motels for short term stays. While the shelter is located in Bend, it serves all 3 Central Oregon counties.

Lethality Assessment Program - The Lethality Assessment Program (LAP) is a partnership between law enforcement officers in Deschutes County and Saving Grace. Its purpose is to identify high risk domestic violence victims and connect them with services. If a victim screens in at high risk of being seriously injured or killed, a phone call is immediately made to a special Saving Grace hotline specifically for LAP. The victim is encouraged to speak on the phone where hotline workers explain options and offer services.

Crisis Counseling and Support Groups - Saving Grace offers individual and group sessions with an advocate or therapist who provides crisis intervention, emotional support, and education information.

Bend Counseling Center - The counseling center hosts the space for trauma informed individual and group therapy for survivors. We currently have support groups for women, teens and children. Advocates also meet clients for safety planning, emotional support, accessing community resources, and system advocacy. The center will also provide restraining order assistance when volunteers are available to help clients fill out protective orders.

Advocacy Centers for Rural Outreach - Saving Grace maintains offices in Redmond, Crook County (Prineville) and Jefferson County (Madras). Most services mentioned previously are provided in these communities. The facilities for Saving Grace's emergency shelter and supervised visitation center are located in Deschutes County. Saving Grace transports clients to emergency shelter or uses local motels as needed.

Children's Program - The children's program focuses on providing advocacy and support for children who have been impacted by domestic violence. An integral part of the program is the state certified daycare at the shelter, where children have a structured, emotionally safe environment under the care of our children's advocate. We also provide individual and group counseling services for children so that they can find a voice for their experience, explore their feelings, and connect with other children who have similar experiences. Supporting moms to reconnect with their children in developmentally matched ways is also a primary goal of our program.

Co-Location at Department of Human Services (DHS) - Saving Grace has advocates who spend a portion of their work week within the local DHS offices. This partnership allows us to bridge the gap that often occurs when a referral is made between agencies and gives the domestic/sexual violence victim more direct and quicker access to Saving Grace services.

Community Education and Training - Saving Grace conducts numerous public speaking engagements to service organizations, clubs, classrooms, churches, businesses, and the general public regarding domestic violence and sexual assault. Saving Grace offers training for professional groups such as law enforcement, medical staff, and Department of Human Services. A comprehensive training program is provided for volunteers.

Legal Advocacy - Advocates provided by Saving Grace can assist clients in obtaining restraining orders and can attend court proceedings with clients to provide support. Advocates are also able to assist clients obtain the proper civil paperwork for such things as divorce and/or custody issues and give basic instruction on how to complete the documents. Advocates provide referrals to the appropriate sources for further information specific questions. Saving Grace does not give legal advice.

Supervised Visitation Center (Mary's Place) - The center is located in Bend. We provide supervised visitation or exchanges which can be accomplished in a safe, monitored environment. Clients are referred to the facility by courts, other agencies or by self referral. In order to utilize our services, one parent must reside in Deschutes County, but the other parent may live anywhere. Services are provided on a sliding scale fee and victims are not charged.

Hospital Response Team - The Saving Grace Hospital Response Team (HRT) consists of staff and volunteers who respond to St. Charles Medical Center or Deschutes County Health Services for advocacy with sexual assault and domestic violence victims. HRT Advocates provide emotional support, information and referrals to survivors.

Youth Violence Prevention Program - The Youth Violence Prevention Program provides education on healthy dating relationships and how to prevent dating violence. Through classroom presentations, preventative groups, presentations with at-risk youth, and community outreach during Teen Dating Violence Awareness month (February), teens are able to develop preventative tools that will help them from entering abusive relationships. It will also give them tools they can use when they see red flags in their friends' relationships and ways to connect to services if they find themselves in abusive situations.

Governance & Staff

Board Chair: Mr. Eric Burtness, Pastor Business Affiliation: Zion Lutheran Church

CEO: Mrs. Janet Huerta, Executive Director

Board Size: 10

Staff: 7

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

% of Related Contributions on Fundraising: 10.12%

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 Saving Grace Audited Financial Statements for the fiscal year ending Thursday, June 30, 2016.

Source of Funds
Government and foundation grants $1,335,267
Fundraising, special events, net of direct expenses of $55,420 $136,168
Donations $293,248
Training fees and miscellaneous income $3,168
Investment loss ($2,586)
Total Income: $1,765,265
 
Fusion Chart
 
Program Expenses: $1,245,696
Fundraising Expenses: $178,522
Administrative Expenses: $207,314
Total Expenses: $1,631,532
 
Income in Excess of Expenses: $133,733
 
Beginning Net Assets: $1,116,153
Ending Net Assets: $1,249,886
Total Liabilities: $92,304
Total Assets: $1,342,190


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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.