Charity Review

Issued: February 2018 Expires: February 2020

Washington Poison Center

Accredited Charity
Meets Standards
 
(206) 517-2350 155 NE 100th St Ste 100, Seattle WA 98125-8007 www.wapc.org
  1. Conclusions
  2. Purpose
  3. Programs
  4. Governance & Staff
  5. Fund Raising
  6. Tax Status
  7. Financial
Conclusions

Washington Poison Center meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.

Purpose

The mission of Washington Poison Center is to prevent and reduce harm from poisoning through expertise, collaboration, and education.

Incorporated: 1994 in WA

Programs

The Washington Poison Center (WAPC) provides immediate, free, and expert treatment advice and assistance on the telephone in case of exposure to poisonous, hazardous, or toxic substances. All calls are confidential.

Public Education: WAPC's education program is focused on harm reduction and awareness related to poison and drug concerns. Poison Center staff set up exhibits at community events, conduct presentations on a variety of topics, provide media consultations, disseminate media campaigns, and distribute educational materials throughout the state. Their mascot, Mr. Yuk, attends community events with the core purpose of raising awareness of the Washington Poison Center’s services with the aim of reducing poisoning incidences and ensuring that when poisonings do occur, the WAPC is the top-of-mind resource. Each Mr. Yuk sticker has the poison center’s toll-free phone number, which will route you to the poison center serving the area from where you are calling.

Professional Education:
WAPC's professional education program is focused on harm reduction and awareness related to poison and drug concerns. Their program consists of several components that are designed to train health care professionals in clinical toxicology and offer clinical toxicology and drug information programs to students. The healthcare provider clinical education program continues to grow immensely as a result of new opportunities and fostering new relationships. The Washington Poison Center conducts various clinical rotations and in-house education programs to help prepare practicing health care professionals. They host on-site trainees from the state universities’ professional schools and programs including medical, pharmacy and nursing students, fellows, residents and other trainees. They receive training in how to access information to handle toxic exposures during their careers. The WAPC also provides training in clinical toxicology for many different healthcare professionals at a variety of locations throughout the State. Professional outreach programs can be arranged through Dr. Alexander Garrard. There is a nominal charge to cover travel expenses and professional time. All programs must be arranged at least a month in advance and are subject to speaker availability.

Public Health and Legislative Affairs:
WAPC's Toxic Trend Reports answer questions and highlight growing threats and toxic substances in the state that demand our attention. Through these Toxic Trend Reports, WAPC has been able to ignite the fire in our community leaders on such topics as e-cigarettes, marijuana and secure medicine return. Being the drug and poisoning experts in the state, the toxicologists of the WAPC are frequently called upon to testify in front of the Senate and House Health Care Committees during legislative sessions. The WAPC is often a strong voice at the table advocating for increased public health funding and greater scrutiny on emerging drugs and products which threaten our health. The WAPC is also a critical member in the emergency response capabilities of the State.

Poison Center Hotline:
WAPC can be reached, 24/7/365, at 1-800-222-1222 to provide immediate, free and expert treatment advice and assistance. Their phones are answered by medical professionals (nurses, pharmacists & poison specialists) with clinical expertise in managing poisonings and drug exposures.

Syndromic Surveillance: The Washington Poison Center is the only entity within the state that handles poison calls and performs syndromic surveillance on a real-time basis. In collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, poison cases from around the state are assessed in real-time for any outbreaks, perceived threats or unusual activity. Should unusual activity or high risk poisonings occur i.e. chlorine gas release, the WAPC will notify public health officials to conduct an investigation and further assess the threat on public health. Poison center cases can also be used to assess for communal food poisoning due to poor conditions at restaurants and other establishments, or even assist in the investigation of shellfish poisonings in the warmer months around the beaches of Puget Sound and the Pacific Coast.

Emergency Preparedness Response:
WAPC is experienced in handling CBRN (chemical, biological, radiologic and nuclear) hazards calls requiring an acute emergency response. WAPC clinical command center staff can quickly mobilize to conduct telephone-based triage to ascertain a patient’s need to seek medical attention. Staff are FEMA trained, including ICS and NIMS, and have participated in drills or activation for events such as pandemics or radiological disasters, thus allowing the affected local health jurisdiction to focus on incident management. WAPC is adaptable and capable of conducting just-in-time training on treatment guidelines (provided by Incident Commander) and by securing additional trained personnel as warranted by the magnitude and response requirements of the emergency incident.

Not For Kids:
In February 2017, WAPC, with the partnership of the Washington Liquor and Cannabis Board, launched the Not For Kids warning symbol for identifying marijuana edible product. The Washington Poison Center (WAPC) developed the warning symbol as a deterrent for children who may access edible marijuana products purchased by adults in their home. Not For Kids symbol in addition to our education and outreach services aims: To remind adults that the product with this symbol contains marijuana; To equip parents and caregivers to have a conversation with their loved ones ages 1 to 21; and To provide a free, confidential, 24/7, medical helpline for emergencies for all individuals.

Take Back Your Meds: This program is dedicated to helping people dispose of their unwanted medications. Their goal is to decrease the number of accidental poisonings occurring in the household due to unwanted medications. This can be due to medication mistakes due to excess unused medications, teenage abuse of opiates, and childhood poisoning due to accessible medications. Currently, accidental poisoning is the number one reason for accidental death in the state of Washington. Check www.takebackyourmeds.org for details on proper disposal for your family's medicines and controlled substances.

Governance & Staff

Board Chair: Dr. Ryan Keay MD, Executive Director Business Affiliation: Providence Regional Medical

CEO: Dr. Erica Liebelt MD, Medical Director/Executive Director

Board Size: 14

Staff: 25

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

% of Related Contributions on Fundraising: 2.66%

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 Washington Poison Center's Audited Financial Statements for the fiscal year ending Friday, June 30, 2017.

Source of Funds
Contract revenue $3,152,517
Contributions $396,008
In-kind contributions $40,713
Other revenue $122,099
Interest income $3,832
Total Income: $3,715,169
 
Fusion Chart
 
Program Expenses: $3,093,602
Fundraising Expenses: $95,359
Administrative Expenses: $268,923
Total Expenses: $3,457,884
 
Income in Excess of Expenses: $257,285
 
Beginning Net Assets: $1,434,097
Ending Net Assets: $1,691,382
Total Liabilities: $326,267
Total Assets: $2,017,649


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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.