Charity Review

Issued: May 2017 Expires: June 2019

Charity Seal Holder

Paralyzed Veterans of America - Mid-Atlantic

Meets Standards
 
(804) 378-0017 11620 Busy St., Richmond VA 23236 www.pvamidatlantic.org
  1. Conclusions
  2. Purpose
  3. Programs
  4. Governance & Staff
  5. Fund Raising
  6. Tax Status
  7. Financial
Conclusions

Paralyzed Veterans of America - Mid-Atlantic meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.

Purpose

A supportive community for capable heroes.

Incorporated: 1947 in VA

Also Known As: PVA Mid-Atlantic

Programs

Sports, Rec and Rehab: Sports and recreation is a critical element in the physical and mental well-being of spinal cord injury/disease Veterans. The Mid-Atlantic Chapter encourages our members to use this sports and recreation program as a rehabilitation tool to increase independence, self-esteem and enhance quality of life. This program is used as a stepping stone so that our veterans can regain their confidence so that they can return to their roles in society.

 

Accessible Independence: Veterans who become SCI/D after leaving active duty receive care from the VA, but benefits for many critical needs are not available to them. The chapter maintains three financial assistance programs, designed to help non-service connected members in need. The Accessible Independence Program helps fund the purchase of van lifts, hand controls, etc. This program also assists with installation of ramps, widening doorways, etc.

 

Financial Assistance: The Chapter sets aside a small amount of money for dire situations our members may face. However, our goal is to help our veterans find the resources to live independently through programs like PAVE, Paving Access for Veteran Employment, the Paralyzed Veterans of America’s vocation and education program to help our veterans return to work. Other programs PVA provides are: Peer Counseling for all newly injured veterans and their families. Each new injury is assigned a peer counselor that supports them through their life journey as a veteran with a spinal cord injury and disease.

 

Advocacy and Legislation –all though the PVA, Mid-Atlantic has no political affiliations, we work closely with all of our service leaders to support the necessary laws, policies and changes for all people with disabilities to live healthy and productive lives in all communities.

 

Hospital Liaison program is a program where the PVA has several trained Hospital Liaison trained members whose specific purpose is to monitor the Spinal Cord Units of all of our VA Hospitals to ensure they are supporting the needs our veterans. Also, this program is designed to support all veterans with any needs they may have as they work through the VA system. In this program, the PVA recruits new members and works closely with our PVA National office to bring strong quality care to all SCI units in VA hospitals.

 

For the fiscal year ended September 30, 2016, PVA's program expenses were:


Membership and benefits:                  $313,118
Public affairs:                                      $2,657
Advocacy and legislature:                   $5,140

Research:                                           $1,500
Total Program Expenses:                $322,415

Governance & Staff

Board Chair/CEO: Mr. Robert G. Satterwhite, Board President

CEO: Ms. Jennifer L. Purser, Administrative Director

Board Size: 9

Staff: 2

PVA Mid-Atlantic does not employ a CEO. The board chairman performs the functions of CEO on a volunteer basis and is evaluated annually by the board of directors & Paralyzed Veterans of America’s National Vice President.  The organization's Administrative Director is evaluated annually by the board of directors.

Fund Raising
Method(s) used: Telephone Appeals Invitations to Fundraising Events Print Advertisements (Newspapers, Magazines, etc.) Radio Appeals Grant Proposals Internet Appeals Cause-Related Marketing Appeals via Social Media (Facebook, etc.)

% of Related Contributions on Fundraising: 9.59%

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 Paralyzed Veterans of America - Mid-Atlantic Audited Financial Statements for the fiscal year ending Friday, September 30, 2016.

Source of Funds
Grants $174,567
Contributions $34,717
Program registrations $75,104
Fundraising projects $13,136
Investment income $12,309
Unrealized gain (loss) on investments $32,029
Other income (loss) $14,190
Total Income: $356,052
 
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Program Expenses: $322,415
Fundraising Expenses: $21,319
Administrative Expenses: $31,600
Total Expenses: $375,334
 
Income in Excess of Expenses: ($19,282)
 
Beginning Net Assets: $534,602
Ending Net Assets: $515,320
Total Liabilities: $24,636
Total Assets: $539,956


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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.