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Community Charity Advancement

CharityWatch report issued
October 2017

F
CharityWatch Grade
Our independent grade based
on a number of factors.
 
8%
Program Percentage
Amount spent on programs
relative to overhead.
 
$87
Cost to Raise $100
Amount spent to raise
$100 of contributions.

Contact Information

Community Charity Advancement
4699 N Federal Hwy
Suite 101H
Pompano Beach, FL 33064

Other Names

BCRSF
Breast Cancer Research and Support Fund
Seven Sisters of Healing
U.S. Firefighters Association
U.S. Volunteer Firefighter Association

Tax Status

501(c)3

Stated Mission

To provide health care services, products & related assistance to those in need in the U.S. and Central & South America, and to provide support to breast cancer research; also assisting victims who have lost their homes to fire.

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Data based on Fiscal Year Ended 12/31/2016

Program Percentage: 8%

The percentage of Community Charity Advancement's cash budget it spends on programs relative to overhead (fundraising, management, and general expenses).

$8,500,000

Calculated Total Expenses

(rounded)

 

Cost to Raise $100: $87

How many dollars Community Charity Advancement spends on fundraising to raise each $100 of contributions.

$8,500,000

Calculated Total Contributions

(rounded)

Government Funding

0% to 24%

Percentage of cash revenue
coming from government sources

 

Financial Documents

Entity Document Type Tax ID
Community Charity Advancement IRS Form 990 27-0257040
Community Charity Advancement Audited Financial Statements 27-0257040
Entity: Community Charity Advancement
Document Type: IRS Form 990
Tax ID: 27-0257040
Entity: Community Charity Advancement
Document Type: Audited Financial Statements
Tax ID: 27-0257040

Governance & Transparency

CharityWatch evaluates certain criteria related to a charity's Governance and Transparency. Donors may want to consider a charity's willingness to be open and transparent with CharityWatch to be a good litmus test for determining its commitment to public accountability.
Community Charity Advancement
does not meet governance benchmarks.
 
Community Charity Advancement
does not meet transparency benchmarks.
Transparency
Provides Financial Information
Audit Accessibility
Governance: Policies
Reports regularly & consistently monitoring & enforcing compliance with a written Conflict of Interest Policy
Reports required, annual disclosure by officers, directors, and key staff of interests that could give rise to conflicts
Reports having a written Whistleblower Policy
Reports having a written Document Retention and Destruction Policy
Governance: Financials
Reports providing copy of tax form to all board members prior to filing it with IRS
Reports that financial statements were audited by an independent accountant
Governance: Board of Directors
Reports at least 5 voting board members
51% or more of voting board members reported as independent
Reports documenting minutes of board and board committee meetings
Privacy Policy
Privacy Policy No Sharing  

Unable to Provide Salaries

CharityWatch is unable to provide a range of Top Three Salaries for this charity for the above fiscal reporting year because we lack complete salary data for the organization. Except for officers, directors, and trustees, the IRS does not require breakouts of salaries totaling less than $100,000.

For example, XYZ charity would be required to provide a breakout in its tax form of compensation to its president of $55,000, but would not be required to provide a breakout of $99,000 in compensation to its top medical researcher if that person is not also an officer, director, or trustee of the organization.

This charity reports that compensation to its officers, directors, and trustees is under $100,000 per individual. Donors who would like to view limited salary data for this organization should refer to its tax form, which may be available on the charity's web site or from a number of third-party sources. See CharityWatch's Links page for information on obtaining copies of charity tax forms.


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.
According to the Community Charity Advancement audit of December 31, 2016 (Note 2, Gifts In Kind):

"During the year ended December 31, 2016, the Organization secured five gifts in kind through a contract with a third party service provider. ...Two of the gifts consisted of medications and were valued at $5,205,991. The other three gifts consisted of blankets, first aid kits, emergency jackets and fire fighters gloves and were valued at $385,751. ...The first group of items was redirected to Hospitals and medical centers in Guatemala and the Dominican Republic and the latter were redirected to Waxhaw Volunteer Fire Department, Duluth Fire Department, and the Smokey Mountain Area Rescue Ministries in the U.S...."

[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 on the Our Process page.]
According to the Community Charity Advancement audit of December 31, 2016 (Note 3, Contingencies, Lawsuit):

"The Organization is a defendant in civil court pursuant to legal action brought by an individual. The plaintiff alleges that the Organization made false claims to him during a phone solicitation and that the Organization's web-site also makes false claims. The organization is vigorously fighting these allegations and believes that the claim is without merit. The maximum amount that could be awarded to the plaintiff is $5,000."
According to the Community Charity Advancement audit of December 31, 2016 (Note 3, Contingencies, Economic Dependency):

"For 2016, Courtesy Call served as the Organization's sole representative to locate telemarketing firms qualified to conduct campaigns for the Organization on a national basis. All of the Organization's cash contributions [totaling $8,535,182] were derived from Courtesy Call during the year ended December 31, 2016. The organization paid fees to its telemarketer firm totaling $7,443,527 for the year ended December 31, 2016."
According to the Community Charity Advancement (CCA) 2016 tax filing, in response to Part VI, line 19: "Describe in Schedule O whether (and if so, how) the organization made its governing documents, conflict of interest policy, and financial statements available to the public during the tax year," CCA reported: "No other documents available to the public" (IRS Form 990, Schedule O).
According to the Community Charity Advancement (CCA) 2016 tax filing, CCA reports for Business Transactions Involving Interested Persons a transaction in the amount of $444,000 paid to Associated Charity Management, with the description: "Associated Charity Management performs all the management functions of the charity" (IRS Form 990, Schedule L, Parts IV & V).

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