Charity Review

Issued: August 2017 Expires: August 2018

Charity Seal Holder

Easterseals Midwest

Meets Standards
 
(800) 200-2119 13545 Barrett Parkway Dr Ste 300, Ballwin MO 63021-3823 www.eastersealsmidwest.org/
  1. Conclusions
  2. Purpose
  3. Programs
  4. Governance & Staff
  5. Fund Raising
  6. Tax Status
  7. Financial
Conclusions

Easterseals Midwest meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.

Purpose

"To change the way the world defines and views disabilities by making profound, positive difference in people’s lives every day."

Incorporated: 1972 in MO

Also Known As: Life Skills , Life Skills Foundation , Easter Seals Midwest

Programs

Easter Seals Midwest is part of a nearly century old network of high quality disability service providers. The mission of Easter Seals Midwest is to help individuals with developmental disabilities - including autism - learn, live, work and participate in the community. While we are part of a strong, national network all of the services we provide were designed in and for the communities we serve. Our board of directors is local and we have full control of program and funding decisions. In Missouri, our organization has been active for more than 50 years helping build communities where all people with developmental disabilities have equal opportunities to realize their goals, dreams and aspirations. Currently, we support nearly 4,000 youth and adults with developmental disabilities in St. Louis and across Missouri through the following four divisions:
Autism Services -- These services are designed to provide help for families impacted by autism. Our qualified team works with individuals who have autism, as well as with their families, to help clients develop communication and social skills, while troubleshooting problem behaviors. The agency customizes its services to meet each individual's and family's need for support. A wide variety of services -- including parent training, autism assessments, early intervention, respite services, family navigation, family support groups, community-integration support and clinical therapies -- are available. We currently provide these autism-specific services for more than 2,000 individuals.
Community Living Services -- These services are designed to help individuals with developmental disabilities live in homes of their own in the community. We customize services to meet each client's need for support -- ranging from just a few hours each month up to 24/7 support. Our Community Living Services team is able to assist with developing money-management and budgeting abilities, community safety skills, nutrition and meal preparation, and housekeeping and personal-care skills. Individuals typically live in apartments or homes owned or rented by them or their families. We serve more than 575 Community Living Services clients annually.
Early Childhood Services -- Our family-focused Early Childhood Services help at-risk children achieve more in life. At our Early Intervention Center, teachers incorporate an early-childhood curriculum and innovative technology into the learning environment to meet the needs of children both without and with special health needs and/or developmental delays. Additional services include physical, occupational, speech and developmental therapies, as well as in-home screenings that promote brain development and positive parenting techniques. We provide Early Childhood Services for nearly 300 children each year.
 Employment Services -- These services are designed to help individuals with developmental disabilities find and keep meaningful jobs in the community. Easter Seals Midwest customizes services to meet each client's need for support. Our Employment Services team assists clients with career exploration and discovery, job-skills assessments and job-placement services, as well as on-the-job coaching and retention services. It offers meaningful day programs that include volunteering opportunities and job-skills development as well as teen employment programs. It serves more than 700 Employment Services clients.

Governance & Staff

CEO: Ms. Wendy Sullivan, Chief Executive Officer Compensation:* $185,608

Board Chair: Mr. Sean Donlin, Community Volunteer

Board Size: 29

Staff: 1684

* Compensation includes annual salary and, if applicable, benefit plans, expense accounts and other allowances.
Fund Raising
Method(s) used: Direct Mail Appeals Invitations to Fundraising Events Print Advertisements (Newspapers, Magazines, etc.) Television Appeals Radio Appeals Grant Proposals Internet Appeals Planned Giving Arrangements Cause-Related Marketing Other

% of Related Contributions on Fundraising: 1.66%

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 Easterseals Midwest's Audited Financial Statements for the fiscal year ending Thursday, June 30, 2016.

Source of Funds
Program Service $49,754,746
Contributions and Grants $723,113
Special Events $853,939
Miscellaneous Income $284,083
Loss on Sale of Fixed Assets ($449,283)
Investment Income $15,769
Endowment Capital Campaign $190,336
Total Income: $51,372,703
 
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Program Expenses: $45,241,422
Fundraising Expenses: $849,849
Administrative Expenses: $5,388,641
Other Expenses: $224,440
Total Expenses: $51,704,352
 
Income in Excess of Expenses: ($331,649)
 
Beginning Net Assets: $10,309,416
Ending Net Assets: $9,977,767
Total Liabilities: $6,002,266
Total Assets: $15,980,033


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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.