CharityWatch REPORT
Issued December 2016

CharityWatch Analysts perform an in-depth analysis of charities' audited financial statements and IRS tax filings, and often review other documents such as state filings, annual reports, and fundraising contracts during their evaluations. Below are select notes that CharityWatch believes may be of interest to donors.

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WonderWork filed a petition for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on December 29, 2016.

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According to the WonderWork audit of June 30, 2015 (Note 10, Contributions In-Kind):

"In fiscal year 2015, in-kind contributions consisted of donated professional services, overhead for medical and surgical staff and facilities, medical surgical supplies, medications, and outreach from surgical partners. The amount that hospitals donate toward the overall cost needed to provide the surgeries was $434,486. Additionally, there was an in-kind donation of consulting services of $1,087,626 for an overall review of global programs to provide strategic direction by looking at population, poverty, disease burden, physician density and current hospital/partner locations..." The reported total in-kind contributions received in fiscal 2015 was valued at $1,522,112 [or $434,486+$1,087,626].

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According to the WonderWork audit of June 30, 2015 (Note 8, Payable to HelpMeSee):

"In August 2011, WonderWork entered into a partnership agreement with HelpMeSee, another blindness charity and 501(c)(3), to work together to solve the problem of cataract blindness. This agreement provided that WonderWork would support HelpMeSee with program grants that WonderWork would pay to HelpMeSee, including an annual grant equal to the amount of the largest grant WonderWork made to a blindness partner from unrestricted funds that year, and a $2,000,000 program grant payable at the end of the 5 year agreement. (If the agreement was terminated before 5 years, this grant would be pro-rated.) This agreement provided that HelpMeSee would help WonderWork through payments of $166,667 per month to help pay for a portion of the expenses WonderWork incurred as part of this agreement. HelpMeSee terminated this agreement in the 12th month (August 2012) and currently the two organizations are in arbitration. The liability recorded at the termination of the agreement has been reversed as management believes the liability will not be paid."
According to the WonderWork audit of June 30, 2015 (Note 3, Contributions and Contributions Receivable):

"... Approximately 20% of contributions were received from 5 donors in 2015 and 35% of contributions were received from two donors in 2014."

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