Better Business Bureau Report for
Kevin Guest House, Inc.

Better Business Bureau Report issued July 2014
Better Business Bureau Report expires July 2016


Does not meet one or more standards
This charity does not meet one or more of the 20 standards for Charity Accountability. Find out more...


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Charity Contact Information

Name: Kevin Guest House, Inc.
Address: 782 Ellicott Street
  Buffalo, NY 14203
Phone: 716-882-1818
Web Address: www.kevinguesthouse.org
Also known as:Kevin Guest House
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1972, New York
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: "exists as a hospital hospitality house that offers a safe, warm, secure respite providing comfort, support and affordable accommodations for patients, outpatients and their loved ones."

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Evaluation Conclusions

              

Kevin Guest House, Inc. (KGH) does not meet the following 7 Standards for Charity Accountability.

Standard 7: Board Approval of Written Report on Effectiveness - 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.

KGH does not meet this Standard because:

  • It has never completed an effectiveness assessment.

Standard 12: Detailed Functional Breakdown of Expenses - 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.

KGH does not meet this Standard because:

  • It does not have a detailed functional breakdown of expenses in its audited financial statements. 

Standard 13: Accuracy of Expenses in Financial Statements - 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.

KGH does not meet this Standard because its audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2013:

  • Reports the organization had no fund raising expenses.

Standard 14: Budget - Have a board-approved annual budget for its current fiscal year, outlining projected expenses for major program activities, fund raising, and administration.

KGH does not meet this Standard because, when the organization provided budget information, it indicated that the budget:

  • Did not identify total projected program service expenses.
  • Did not identify total projected administrative expenses.

Standard 16: Annual Report - 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.

KGH does not meet this Standard because:

  • The organization states it does not have an annual report covering activities conducted in the past year.

Standard 17: Web Site Disclosures - 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.

KGH does not meet this Standard because the organization's website, www.kevinguesthouse.org, does not include all of the recommended information for those charity websites that solicit for donations. Specifically, it does not include:

  • Annual report informatioin. 
  • Electronic access to the organization’s most recent IRS Form 990.

Standard 18: Privacy for Written Appeals & Internet Privacy - 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.

KGH does not meet this Standard because: 

  • It does not have an online privacy policy. 
In addition, the BBB serving Albany, Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse Regions requested but did not receive complete information on the organization’s governance and oversight and finances and is unable to verify the organization's compliance with the following 2Standards for Charity Accountability: 3 and 9.
Kevin Guest House, Inc. (KGH) meets the remaining 11 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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Programs

              

Affordable lodging to families traveling for health care. Primarily in the Buffalo Niagara Medical campus. Though serving all local hospitals and medical centers in Buffalo and surrounding suburbs.

For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2012, KGH's program expenses were:

  
Program Service 358,152
Total Program Expenses: $358,152
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Governance

              

Chief Executive : Lynsey Weaver, Executive Director
Compensation*: 

Chair of the Board: Kevin Durawa
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: RealtyUSA, CIO

Co-Chair of the Board : Timothy Vaeth

Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: TM Montante, President

Board Size: 19

Paid Staff Size: 5

*Compensation includes annual salary and, if applicable, benefit plans, expense accounts, and other allowances.
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Fund Raising

              

Method(s) Used:

direct mail, invitations to fund raising events, grant proposals, cause-related marketing
Fund raising costs were % of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $360,276, are donations received as a result of fund raising activities.)
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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.
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Financial

              

The following information is based on KGH's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2012.

Source of Funds  
Fundraising 127,616
Grants 127,189
Resident Donations 105,471
Investment Income 40,416
Rental Income 1,053
Public Awareness -7,367
Total Income $394,378


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Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 91%    Administrative: 9% 

Total income $394,378
Program expenses $358,152
Fund raising expenses
Administrative expenses 36,747
Total expenses $394,899
Expenses in Excess of Income (521)
Beginning net assets 1,309,277
Other Changes in Net Assets 5,141
Ending net assets 1,313,897
Total liabilities 23,826
Total assets $1,337,723


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