Charity Review

Issued: April 2018 Expires: April 2019

Charity Seal Holder

Be The Gift, Inc

Meets Standards
 
(970) 691-8777 1367 S Garfield Ave, Loveland CO 80537-6334
  1. Conclusions
  2. Purpose
  3. Programs
  4. Governance & Staff
  5. Fund Raising
  6. Tax Status
  7. Financial
Conclusions

Be The Gift, Inc meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.

Purpose

"Be the Gift is a faith based, community wide organization that provides home repair for Widows, Single Mom home owners and their children as a gift, with no cost to them.
We give them a safer, healthier and better functioning home in which to raise their children. Combined with care and compassion, our goal is to raise their quality of life."

Incorporated: 2013 in CO

Programs

1) Home repair for widows, single moms and their children.
Be the Gift serves a varied population of women and children, often times with three generations of ladies all living in one home. Thirty five percent of its projects involve helping single moms who are disabled and assisting those with special needs children. 
The situation and issue in these single mom homes often comes down to basic economics. Research shows that single mothers only have one third the financial assets as married mothers and half of all children in single parent homes live below the poverty line. These families make hard decisions on a regular basis about paying for necessities like food, clothing, health care and transportation, making home repairs prohibitive; not by choice but because of basic economics.  To make housing more affordable, families may forego necessary home repairs in order to pay for other needs, allowing their homes to fall further into disrepair.  Over time, the stresses associated with cost burdened or indecent housing can endanger occupants’ health and safety, erode their sense of self-worth and impair professional and academic success of their children.
Be the Gift with its team of professionals and volunteers become the solution by providing at no charge a gift of home repair to single moms and their children. It uses a blend of professionals and volunteers who completely donate their time.  Its project managers are professional builders, carpenters, masons, and electricians etc. who participate in our program and utilize their skill in running the projects. It replaces and fixes broken windows, repair plumbing and leaks, fix dangerous electrical situations, install, remove broken trees, clean up debris, yard work, repair fencing and damaged walls and anything else that the single mom needs to help their home and household be safe, healthy and function properly. 

2)  Community Involvement/Volunteerism.
The second goal is to organize, facilitate and implement programs and projects that mobilize individuals, community volunteers and organizations in providing for these household repairs for single mom families. Its volunteers are really the “back bone” of Be the Gift. Many are willing and are looking for opportunities to serve.  The organization believes that everyone has a dream and desire to do something significant with his or her life.  It is uniting every day ordinary people with an opportunity to do extraordinary things by facilitating acceptance, compassion, kindness and change in their community through single mom home repairs. It knows that “service changes the server” and Be the Gift helps fulfill their goal of community involvement and team building where it connects those who want to help with those who need help.  One of the greatest gifts we can give another is our time.

3) Self-sufficiency through Education
Be the Gift believes in helping a single mom become self-sufficient. It educates and teaches her about her home with the result of being able to do simple fixes as well as recognize and resolve home issues on her own. Its services aid in the well-being of all members in the household.  The single mothers will live in the knowledge that her home is safe for her children. The organization sees fear leave and self-respect rise up as its team teaches them how they themselves can maintain their home and enjoy a sense of accomplishment. Its goal is to instill pride and a desire to remain in their existing housing rather than move or leave the problem behind which then can trigger that same feeling of failure. As they focus on their abilities rather than on their problems their confidence and self-worth is increased.  They realize there are people who care and are willing to invest in their lives and are excited to see the progress these mothers make each day in each situation.  The children reap the ripple effect and grow emotionally and relationally.

Governance & Staff

Board Chair: Mr. Christian Walter, Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors Business Affiliation: Retired construction project manager

Board Chair: Mr. Christian C Johnson, Corporate Officer/President and Executive Director Compensation:* $42,500

Board Size: 11

Staff: 3

* 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 Cause-Related Marketing Membership Appeals Appeals via Social Media (Facebook, etc.)

% of Related Contributions on Fundraising: 8.92%

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 Be The Gift, Inc's IRS Form 990 for the fiscal year ending Sunday, December 31, 2017.

Source of Funds
Contributions and Grants $325,255
Investment Income $230
Total Income: $325,485
 
Fusion Chart
 
Program Expenses: $190,540
Fundraising Expenses: $29,015
Administrative Expenses: $36,918
Total Expenses: $256,473
 
Income in Excess of Expenses: $69,012
 
Beginning Net Assets: $170,143
Ending Net Assets: $239,155
Total Liabilities: $909
Total Assets: $239,669


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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.