Better Business Bureau Report for
Hope Southern Indiana

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

This BBB Accredited charity meets all 20 Standards for Charity Accountability and is a Seal Holder. Find out more...

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Charity Contact Information

Name: Hope Southern Indiana
Address: 1200 Bono Road
  New Albany, IN 47150
Phone: 812-948-9248
Web Address:
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1967, Indiana
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: The mission of Hope Southern Indiana is to partner with the faith based community to best utilize the diverse resources of the whole community to provide a vast array of excellent services and opportunities that promote individual and family stability.

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Evaluation Conclusions


Hope Southern Indiana meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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Hope Southern Indiana's services and programs include: Family & Emergency Services--assists individuals and families with food, emergency financial assistance to avoid eviction or the disconnection of basic utilities, seasonal programs, case management, referral services, clearinghouse services in Floyd County and more. Volunteerism/Mission Engagement for all ages such as Youth Groups, Work Teams, National and International Mission Teams, Team-Building Groups for Businesses, Families and Individuals -- in addition to volunteering here, we coordinate opportunities elsewhere in the community. The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP)--provides meaningful opportunities for adults, 55 years of age and older, to volunteer. More than 1,000 volunteers strong at 160 sites in 5 counties. RSVP also oversees the Dial-A-Care Program--provides reassuring telephone calls to those who are elderly, alone, homebound or have a disability; Small Home Repairs for the Elderly: Sew-lutions to sew and craft needed items in our community; Ramps to Freedom for need-based individuals who have become disabled; and other informative programming. Youth Development Services--promote the positive development of youth through building developmental assets. Clothe-A-Teen provides several hundred need-based teens with new back to school clothes each year. Youth Development as an area of service is increasingly collaborative and often partners with our Family programming to provide for more than just emergency physical needs, such as: Snack Attack Cafe Partnership which serves children a nutritious snack or meal five times per week during out of school time, at 4-5 various sites in New Albany; Pack the Bus Collaboration which provides NAFCS students on the Federal Free Lunch Program with a new backpack and school supplies, K-8. These areas of programming also blend with Community Redevelopment in New Albany to provide workshops, trainings, seminars, studies and other helpful programming for the local and broader community.

For the year ending June 30, 2014, Hope Southern Indiana's program service expenses were:

Family Services 490,867
Youth Services 217,157
RSVP 188,289
Total Program Expenses: $896,313
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Chief Executive : Christine Harbeson, Executive Director

Chair of the Board: Vern Eswine
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: President/Marketing Firm

Board Size: 12

Paid Staff Size: 9

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


Method(s) Used:

Fund raising methods include direct mail, print, and website appeals, personal speaking engagements, special events, cause related marketing, and grant proposals.

In addition, Hope Southern Indiana is a Metro United Way member agency.

Fund raising costs were 2% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $1,060,213, 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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The following information is based on Hope Southern Indiana's audited financial statement for the year ending June 30, 2014.

Ending net assets as reported below include $429,480 in unrestricted net assets, $655,875 in temporarily restricted net assets, and $6,603 in permanently restricted net assets.

Total assets as reported include $207,291 invested in property and equipment, net of accumulated depreciation.

Source of Funds  
Donated Services, supplies, space 573,533
Contributions-General Public 229,134
Contributions-Metro United Way 177,606
Grants Gov 79,940
Gain on Investments 25,370
Interest 612
Total Income $1,086,195


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 87%  Fund Raising: 2%  Administrative: 11% 

Total income $1,086,195
Program expenses $896,313
Fund raising expenses 19,910
Administrative expenses 113,919
Total expenses $1,030,142
Income in Excess of Expenses 56,053
Beginning net assets 1,035,905
Ending net assets 1,091,958
Total liabilities 25,511
Total assets $1,117,469

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