Better Business Bureau Report for
Salvation Army Louisville, Kentucky Area Command

Better Business Bureau Report issued December 2014
Better Business Bureau Report expires October 2017

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Charity Contact Information

Name: Salvation Army Louisville, Kentucky Area Command
Address: P O Box 1149
  Louisville, KY 40201
Phone: 502-671-4900
Web Address:
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1946, Georgia
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: The Salvation Army, founded in 1865, is a not-for-profit international religious organization and charitable movement organized and operated on a quasi-military pattern and is a branch of the Christian Church. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.

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Evaluation Conclusions


Salvation Army Louisville, Kentucky Area Command meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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The Salvation Army Louisville Area Command operates a variety of programs including: -- Corps community centers that provide spiritual, educational, and recreational services --homeless and emergency shelters --daily feeding --assistance for the poor and families in crisis --camping activities --disaster services, and --Christmas services.

For the fiscal year ended September 30, 2015, Salvation Army Louisville, Kentucky Area Command's program expenses were:

Emergency Assistance 2,591,454
Emergency Shelter 901,729
Corps Community Ctrs 896,321
Transitional Housing 421,852
Veterans 364,794
Total Program Expenses: $5,176,150
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Chief Executive : Major Art Penhale, Louisville Area Commander

Chair of the Board: Todd Lanham
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Wells Fargo

Board Size: 36

Paid Staff Size: 50

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Fund Raising


Method(s) Used:

Methods of fund raising include direct mail, invitations to fund raising events, print advertisements, television, radio, grant proposals, internet, planned giving arrangements, cause-related marketing, and membership.

In addition, the Salvation Army Louisville, Kentucky Area Command is a Metro United Way member agency.

Fund raising costs were 17% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $5,407,296, 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 Salvation Army Louisville, Kentucky Area Command's financial statements are included in the audited financial statements of the Salvation Army Southern Territory.

The following summary financial information below is based on Salvation Army Louisville, Kentucky Area Command's internally produced financial statements for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2014.

Additional information and a full accreditation report for the Salvation Army National Corporation is available from the BBB Wise Giving Alliance at

Source of Funds  
Gifts In Kind 2,474,091
Seasonal Donations 1,707,296
Unrestructed Trust Funds 1,084,976
General Donations 700,242
Public Funds 536,381
MUW 256,496
Grants from Headquarters 187,639
Offerings 69,655
Interst/Miscellaneous 41,596
Program Service 41,340
Special Fund Raising 11,877
Total Income $7,111,589


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 74%  Fund Raising: 13%  Administrative: 13% 

Total income $7,111,589
Program expenses $5,176,150
Fund raising expenses 923,492
Administrative expenses 936,985
Total expenses $7,036,627
Income in Excess of Expenses 74,962
Beginning net assets 0
Ending net assets 0
Total liabilities 0
Total assets $0

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