Better Business Bureau Report for
Safe & Sound, Inc.

Better Business Bureau Report issued April 2017
Better Business Bureau Report expires April 2019

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: Safe & Sound, Inc.
Address: 801 W. Michigan St.
  Milwaukee, WI 53233
Phone: 414-220-4798
Web Address:
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1998, Wisconsin
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: We unite residents, youth, law enforcement and community resources to build safe and empowered neighborhoods.

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Evaluation Conclusions


Safe & Sound, Inc. does not meet the following Standard for Charity Accountability.

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.

Safe & Sound, Inc. meets the remaining 19 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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Safe and Sound unites residents, youth, law enforcement and community resources to build safe and empowered neighborhoods. The mission is realized through their three-pronged approach that advances: 1) partnerships with law enforcement, 2) community organizing and 3) youth development. Partnerships with Law Enforcement: Safe & Sound is the premier prevention initiative of the Wisconsin High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) and its 28 agencies, which include police and prosecution agencies. Safe & Sound is also central to Milwaukee's Community Prosecution approach to preventing crime in neighborhoods by resolving property nuisance issues before problem properties become the sites of violence. Community Organizing: Safe & Sound community organizers meet residents on their front porches and at community meetings, rebuilding social networks and facilitating connections to resources to make neighborhoods safer and stronger. By working with residents to remove graffiti, resolve issues of lighting, traffic, etc. and organize clean-ups and block parties, community organizers empower residents to build community capacity, improving overall neighborhood quality. Youth Development: Youth play an important role in violence prevention. Safe & Sound will become even more integrated as youth development activities become part of our new neighborhood team approach launching in January of 2015. Safe & Sound will continue to work with youth agencies and others to provide opportunities for positive development and divert youth from the streets.

For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2015, Safe & Sound, Inc.Safe & Sound, Inc. 's program expenses were:

HIDTA 589,154
Block Grant 396,491
Private 241,748
DFC 163,097
Total Program Expenses: $1,390,490
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Chief Executive : Katie Sanders, Executive Director

Chair of the Board: Bridget Clementi
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation:

Board Size: 31

Paid Staff Size: 27

*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, print advertisements, grant proposals, internet, Appeals via Social Media
Fund raising costs were 8% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $1,769,185, 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 Safe & Sound, Inc.Safe & Sound, Inc.Safe & Sound, Inc.Safe & Sound, Inc. 's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2015.

Source of Funds  
Government Grants 1,338,528
Contributions 430,657
Other 24,128
Investment Income 10
Total Income $1,793,323


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 83%  Fund Raising: 9%  Administrative: 8% 

Total income $1,793,323
Program expenses $1,390,490
Fund raising expenses 143,987
Administrative expenses 141,176
Total expenses $1,675,653
Income in Excess of Expenses 117,670
Beginning net assets 529,658
Ending net assets 647,328
Total liabilities 318,269
Total assets $965,597

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