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Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS)

CharityWatch report issued
April 2019

Top-Rated Charity
A
CharityWatch Grade
Our independent grade based
on a number of factors.
 
88%
Program Percentage
Amount spent on programs
relative to overhead.
 
$6
Cost to Raise $100
Amount spent to raise
$100 of contributions.

Contact Information

Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS)
3033 Wilson Blvd.
Suite 630
Arlington, VA 22201

Other Names

TAPS

Tax Status

501(c)3

Website

www.taps.org

Stated Mission

Offers 24/7 tragedy assistance to anyone who has suffered the loss of a military loved one, regardless the relationship to the deceased or the circumstance of the death.

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Data based on Fiscal Year Ended 12/31/2017

Program Percentage: 88%

The percentage of Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS)'s cash budget it spends on programs relative to overhead (fundraising, management, and general expenses).

$14,000,000

Calculated Total Expenses

(rounded)

 

Cost to Raise $100: $6

How many dollars Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) spends on fundraising to raise each $100 of contributions.

$12,000,000

Calculated Total Contributions

(rounded)

Government Funding

0% to 24%

Percentage of cash revenue
coming from government sources

 

Financial Documents

Entity Document Type Tax ID
Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors IRS Form 990 92-0152268
Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors Audited Financial Statements 92-0152268
Entity: Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors
Document Type: IRS Form 990
Tax ID: 92-0152268
Entity: Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors
Document Type: Audited Financial Statements
Tax ID: 92-0152268

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.
This charity is Top-Rated
What does it mean to be Top-Rated?
 
Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS)
meets governance benchmarks.
 
Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS)
meets 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  

  Name Title Compensation
1 Bonnie Carroll President $149,500
2 Kim Ruocco VP, Suicide Postvention & Prevention $120,769
3 Diana Hosford VP, Sports & Entertainment $110,783
1
Name: Bonnie Carroll
Title: President
Compensation: $149,500
2
Name: Kim Ruocco
Title: VP, Suicide Postvention & Prevention
Compensation: $120,769
3
Name: Diana Hosford
Title: VP, Sports & Entertainment
Compensation: $110,783

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 Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) audit of December 31, 2017 (Note 2, Concentrations of Risk, Revenue Risk):

"TAPS received approximately 15% of its total revenue from one donor in the year ended December 31, 2017."
According to the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) audit of December 31, 2017 (Note 10, Commitments, Severance Liability):

"TAPS has entered into an employment agreement with the President through June 30, 2019, with the potential to extend for a year. The agreement contains a clause whereby TAPS is liable for severance pay in the event of termination other than for cause. At December 31, 2017, the maximum potential amount of severance is approximately $150,000."


Also according to the TAPS 2017 audit (Note 10, Commitments, Hotel Contracts):

"TAPS has entered into contracts for events through 2020. These contracts contain cancellation clauses whereby TAPS will be liable for a calculated fee should the event be cancelled. As of December 31, 2017, the maximum potential fees in the event of cancellation total approximately $845,000."

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