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|As part of our financial analysis, CharityWatch makes certain adjustments to figures reported by a charity in its tax filing and/or audited financial statements to better reflect for donors how efficiently a charity is spending its donations. |
Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund provides services to severely injured military personnel, spending the vast majority of the funds it receives on the construction of research, diagnosis, treatment, and other medical facilities. Due to accounting rules, the millions of dollars the charity spends on constructing these facilities, typically over a multi-year period, are not reported by the charity as a program expense in the year the funds are spent on construction. Rather, the program and other expenses from construction costs are recognized in the year the charity conveys ownership of a completed medical facility to the U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, Department of Defense, or other agency charged with staffing and operating the facility. The result is that the charity appears to be spending very little on programs during years of construction, and a drastically large amount on programs in subsequent years when construction is complete.
CharityWatch understands that while these accounting rules are appropriate for audit and other financial reporting, taking them at face value when computing financial efficiency percentages for any single reporting year would produce volatile results that are not reflective of how efficiently or inefficiently this charity is operating. Therefore, we make adjustments to reported figures by including the charity's construction costs in its program percentage in the year the funds are spent. Similarly, we subtract from reported program spending the funds the charity spent on construction in prior years. These adjustments produce program efficiency and fundraising ratios that are more helpful for donors who want to know how efficiently the charity is raising and spending public dollars in a given year.
[The next Analysts' Note, below, provides more information about the construction of The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund's "Intrepid Spirit Centers."]
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|According to The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund (the Fund) audit of April 30, 2017 (Note 1, Organization and Tax Status):|
"... The Fund is building nine 'Intrepid Spirit' centers at major military bases around the country. These centers act as satellites to the central NICoE [National Intrepid Center of Excellence] facility [in Bethesda, MD] and allow urgently needed care to be brought to more troops and closer to home. The Fund has a $100 million campaign underway to raise funds for the construction of the Intrepid Spirit Centers.
"Construction of the first two Intrepid Spirit Centers located at Fort Belvoir, Virginia and Camp Lejeune, North Carolina was completed during fiscal 2014. Construction of the third Intrepid Spirit Center, at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, was completed in fiscal 2015. The fourth and fifth Intrepid Spirit Centers, at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and Fort Hood, Texas, were completed in fiscal 2016. The sixth Intrepid Spirit Center, at Joint Base Lewis-McCord, Seattle, Washington, began construction in fiscal 2016 and will be completed in fiscal 2018. The seventh Intrepid Spirit Center at Camp Pendleton, Oceanside, California began construction in fiscal 2017 and will also be completed in fiscal 2018."
|According to The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund (the Fund) tax filing for the fiscal year ended April 30, 2017, the Fund reports receiving in-kind donated services and use of facilities on which it placed a value of $169,850 in fiscal 2017 (IRS Form 990, Schedule D, Part XI).|
[Note: CharityWatch generally excludes the value of in-kind (non-cash) donations of goods and services from its calculations of Program % and Cost to Raise $100. More information on how grades are calculated and the treatment of in-kind donations can be found by clicking on "About CharityWatch" from the navigation bar and then clicking on "Criteria & Methodology".]
|According to The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund (the Fund) audit of April 30, 2017 (Note 7, Related Party Transactions):|
"A member of the Fund's Board is an officer in a law firm which provides legal services to the Fund. The Fund paid $40,000 to the law firm in fiscal 2017 for legal services which provided a value of $48,519. The difference of $8,519 is reported as in-kind contributions..."