Better Business Bureau Report for
House of Ruth

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: House of Ruth
Address: 607 E. St. Catherine Street
  Louisville, KY 40203
Phone: 502-587-5080
Web Address:
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1992, Kentucky
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: House of Ruth is a nonprofit organization that strengthens lives for those with or affected by HIV/AIDS. We offer housing and support services with a holistic focus on individuals who are HIV-positive, as well as their family members who count on them for financial and emotional support.

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Evaluation Conclusions


House of Ruth meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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House of Ruth provides housing and support services to nearly 60 households in which someone has HIV/AIDS and came to us homeless or at risk of homelessness. Seventeen of these families live in single-family properties that we own and maintain. For our Housing Program, the purpose is to help residents eliminate barriers that have kept them from getting and maintaining permanent housing. We also own and maintain Glade House, a 5,500 square foot transitional and emergency shelter for up to 12 homeless adults with HIV/AIDS. Staffed 24/7, Glade offers a safe, drug-free community living environment that includes intensive case management, substance abuse treatment, and mental health therapy. The purpose is to help residents remove any barriers to finding and keeping permanent housing that is safe and affordable. We also offer case management and crisis intervention, plus children's programming and financial assistance, to an additional nearly 700 men, women, and children not in our Housing and Glade House Programs.

For the fiscal year ended June 30, 2015, House of Ruth's program expenses were:

Program services 1,103,545
Total Program Expenses: $1,103,545
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Chief Executive : Lisa Sutton, Executive Director

Chair of the Board: Brian Wigginton, Chair
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Technical Controller, GE Appliances and Lighting

Board Size: 16

Paid Staff Size: 22

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Fund Raising


Method(s) Used:

Methods of fund raising include direct mail, invitations to fund raising events, print advertisements, grant proposals, and internet appeals.

In addition, House of Ruth is a Metro United Way member agency.

Fund raising costs were 7% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $1,186,070, 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 House of Ruth's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2015.

Ending net assets as reported below include $2,668,042 in unrestricted net assets and $51,013 in temporarily restricted net assets.

Unrestricted net assets include $363,263 in undesignated assets, $1,330,908 in assets designated by the Board for property and equipment, and $973,871 in assets designated by the Board for a quasi-endowment fund.

Source of Funds  
Government Grants 791,099
Private sector grants and contributions 394,971
Fund raising activities, net 85,350
Rental income 73,758
Investment income 23,481
Realized gain on investments 16,132
Other 6,406
Unrealized loss on investments -39,434
Total Income $1,351,763


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 84%  Fund Raising: 6%  Administrative: 10% 

Total income $1,351,763
Program expenses $1,103,545
Fund raising expenses 83,087
Administrative expenses 133,204
Total expenses $1,319,836
Income in Excess of Expenses 31,927
Beginning net assets 2,687,128
Ending net assets 2,719,055
Total liabilities 65,706
Total assets $2,784,761

This report was originally issued in December 2014. Financial information was updated in March 2016.

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