Charity Review

Issued: January 2017 Expires: January 2019

Charity Seal Holder

Seattle's Union Gospel Mission

Meets Standards
 
(206) 723-0767 3800 S Othello St, Seattle WA 98118-3562 www.ugm.org
  1. Conclusions
  2. Purpose
  3. Programs
  4. Governance & Staff
  5. Fund Raising
  6. Financial
Conclusions

Seattle's Union Gospel Mission meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.

Purpose

The mission of Seattle's Union Gospel Mission is to serve, rescue, and transform those in greatest need through the grace of Jesus Christ.

Incorporated: 1940 in WA

Also Known As: Union Gospel Mission Association of Seattle

Programs

Seattle's Union Gospel Mission provides emergency care and long-term recovery services to hurting and homeless people in the greater Seattle area. They are dedicated to serving, rescuing and transforming those in greatest need through the grace of Jesus Christ. As the gap widens between human need and public resources, Seattle's Union Gospel Mission is expanding their efforts like never before - beyond Seattle to the rest of King County. The organization started serving soup to thousands of homeless and unemployed people during the Great Depression. More than 80 years later, they are still caring for our neighbors - but in more ways than ever!

Programs and services offered by Seattle's Union Gospel Mission include:

Emergency Food and Shelter - Over 2,000 meals are served daily to men, women and children in King County and 241 beds are provided nightly in emergency shelters.
- The Downtown Shelter is located at: 318 2nd Avenue Extension South Seattle, WA 98104
- Women's Emergency Shelters are located at: 3802 S Othello Street Seattle, WA 98118 314 Bell Street Seattle, WA 98121 

Search and Rescue - The Search and Rescue Vans drive into the darkest places in King County whenever there are supplies to hand out. Volunteers first ask the men and women they meet if they would like to come into the Mission and sleep. If they don't chose to come, they are given a warm blanket, food, a hot drink and any other supplies on hand. Between the hours of 7:00am and 9:00am, Seattle residents and business professionals in the Downtown corridor can call or text 206.498.7913, or email morningwatch@ugm.org to inform Morning Watch volunteers of an individual sleeping on the streets. Morning Watch will arrive shortly thereafter with coffee in hand to offer the man or woman a ride to the Men's Shelter where they will receive a warm breakfast and safe shelter.

Recovery - Recovery programs at the Mission tackle the root causes of addiction to help men and women find lasting freedom from the self-destructive choices that cause addiction. The 12-month programs include counseling; case management; classes; creating a daily routing; Bible study; education; and post-graduation transition opportunities.

Transitional Housing for Women - Transitional facilities are available for women and children as a low-cost living option that serves as the last step towards restoration and independence, with additional support services for continual encouragement and support.

Medical Rehab for Men - An entire floor of the downtown men's shelter is dedicated to providing men recovering from an illness or injury a place to stay while getting healthy, as well as assistance from volunteer registered nurses, medication as needed, spiritual support and a community of men being transformed by God's love.

Education and Career Training - Offered as a part of addiction and recovery programs, men and women can participate in GED completion programs, online course or job skills training and computer training.

Legal Services - Free legal clinics center around reducing barriers to financial and social stability, focusing on issues like: child support and visitation; criminal warrants; debts; and court fines and re-licensing.

Dental Services - A dental clinic provides free dental care to men, women and children staying in the Mission's shelters, as well as anyone who cannot afford dental care. Services provided include: preventative care; fillings; cleanings; emergency care; oral surgery; x-rays; and dentures. Mental Health Services - The Mission builds relationships with downtown businesses and individuals to bring mentally disordered people off the streets and into treatment. The voluntary mental health program provides: counseling; relationship building; mental health first aid; crisis response and intervention; community training and education; and referrals to services providers by outreach specialists.

Youth Ministry - Prevention is the key to Youth Ministry Programs, investing in neighborhoods and schools with large numbers of high-risk students and poor families. Youth Ministry in elementary, middle and high schools provide: tutoring and mentoring; after-school programs; athletics; outreach events; small groups; mission trips; summer camps; and housing.

Prison Ministry - Programs at correctional facilities in Kent, Monroe and Seattle bring hope to prisoners by: leading Bible Studies; holding church services; teaching life skills programs; providing one-on-one counseling; and helping prisoners re-enter society after release.

Hispanic Outreach - The Spanish language program, Buenas Nuevas, offers community support and assistance to Latinos as they work through the challenges of living in a foreign land, offering: English as a Second Language classes; chapel; Hispanic-themed meals; immigration and citizenship legal assistance; access to community resources; and one-on-one counseling.

Art from the Streets - This program provides artistic expression and space for homeless men and women to explore the arts as a catalyst for healing and therapy.

Governance & Staff

Board Chair: Mr. Bill Aanenson, Account Executive, Seattle Mariners Radio Business Affiliation: Bonneville Seattle

CEO: Mr. Jeff Lilley, President

Board Size: 15

Staff: 139

Fund Raising
Method(s) used: Direct Mail Appeals Telephone Appeals Invitations to Fundraising Events Print Advertisements (Newspapers, Magazines, etc.) Radio Appeals Grant Proposals Internet Appeals Planned Giving Arrangements Appeals via Social Media (Facebook, etc.)

% of Related Contributions on Fundraising: 12.78%

Financial

The following information is based on Seattle's Union Gospel Mission Audited Financial Statements for the fiscal year ending Wednesday, August 31, 2016.

Source of Funds
Individual contributions $11,516,166
Church contributions $264,817
Company contributions $488,246
Foundations $1,244,430
Organizations $2,976,033
Estates $1,300,897
Donated goods and services $4,411,661
Catalyst event, less direct costs of $188,752 $1,148,400
Rental income $83,442
Program fees $533,039
Other income $265,999
Change in value of split interest agreements ($13,694)
Investment return $262,443
Insurance settlement $3,100,000
Total Income: $27,581,879
 
Fusion Chart
 
Program Expenses: $19,693,325
Fundraising Expenses: $2,985,218
Administrative Expenses: $1,875,533
Total Expenses: $24,554,076
 
Income in Excess of Expenses: $3,027,803
 
Beginning Net Assets: $38,730,384
Ending Net Assets: $41,758,187
Total Liabilities: $2,889,488
Total Assets: $44,647,675


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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.