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Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC)

CharityWatch report issued
February 2018

Top-Rated Charity
A-
CharityWatch Grade
Our independent grade based
on a number of factors.
 
77%
Program Percentage
Amount spent on programs
relative to overhead.
 
$17
Cost to Raise $100
Amount spent to raise
$100 of contributions.

Contact Information

Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC)
689 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge , MA 02139

Other Names

UUSC

Tax Status

501(c)3

Website

www.uusc.org

Stated Mission

Advances human rights and social justice around the world, partnering with those who confront unjust power structures and mobilizing to challenge oppressive policies.

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Data based on Fiscal Year Ended 06/30/2017

Program Percentage: 77%

The percentage of Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC)'s cash budget it spends on programs relative to overhead (fundraising, management, and general expenses).

$9,600,000

Calculated Total Expenses

(rounded)

 

Cost to Raise $100: $17

How many dollars Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) spends on fundraising to raise each $100 of contributions.

$7,800,000

Calculated Total Contributions

(rounded)

Joint Costs

Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC)'s rating was adjusted for Joint Costs. If you are a donor who considers direct mail, telemarketing, and other Joint Cost solicitations to be true charitable programs, the below efficiency ratios, which were not adjusted for joint costs, may better reflect your goals.

Program % Cost to Raise $100
82% $11
Accounting rules allow charities to report some telemarketing, direct mail, and other solicitation costs as Program expenses. CharityWatch believes that most donors do not consider a charity's solicitation activities to be the Programs they are intending to support with their donations. We therefore adjust such expenses out of a charity's reported Program expense and add it to Fundraising expense prior to calculating its rating.

Government Funding

0% to 24%

Percentage of cash revenue
coming from government sources

 

Financial Documents

Entity Document Type Tax ID
Unitarian Universalist Service Committee IRS Form 990 04-6186012
Unitarian Universalist Service Committee Audited Financial Statements 04-6186012
Entity: Unitarian Universalist Service Committee
Document Type: IRS Form 990
Tax ID: 04-6186012
Entity: Unitarian Universalist Service Committee
Document Type: Audited Financial Statements
Tax ID: 04-6186012

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?
 
Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC)
meets governance benchmarks.
 
Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC)
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

  Name Title Compensation
1 Constance Kane VP/COO $273,885
2 William Schultz Past President $255,942
3 Paul Twitchell, Jr. Director Of Communications $208,282
1
Name: Constance Kane
Title: VP/COO
Compensation: $273,885
2
Name: William Schultz
Title: Past President
Compensation: $255,942
3
Name: Paul Twitchell, Jr.
Title: Director Of Communications
Compensation: $208,282

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 Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) audit of June 30, 2017 (Note 8, Special Initiative Campaign - UUSC Rising):

"UUSC Rising: Because Justice Can't Wait is a special initiatives campaign established to raise funds in support of UUSC's programmatic work through the Organization's eye-to-eye partnership model, and to celebrate the Organization's 75th anniversary. This campaign provides UUSC with an opportunity to consolidate the significant growth experienced over the past few years in major donor support and will help secure UUSC's financial future for at least the next decade.

"The campaign will be conducted over five years, with funds raised from FY14 through FY18. Fiscal Years 14 and 15 comprised the 'quiet' phase of the campaign, with FY16 through FY18 marking the public phase. Having reached the financial goal before the campaign's pre-determined end-date, in this last year of activity, UUSC will wind down UUSC Rising with updates to supporters and will look to launch a new campaign for FY19.

"UUSC Rising: Because Justice Can't Wait is part of the Unitarian Universalist Collaborative Campaign involving UUSC and the Church of the Larger Fellowship, Meadville Lombard Theological School, Starr King School for the Ministry, the Unitarian Universalist Association and the Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association. The Collaborative Campaign will include a joint planned giving campaign, with the Wake Now our Vision, Legacy Challenge Gift Match. This gift match is sponsored but [sic] the UU Church at Shelter Rock and, for UUSC, will bridge from UUSC Rising to the next special initiatives fund."
According to the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) audit of June 30, 2017 (Note 14, Collective Bargaining Agreement):

"UUSC's workforce is composed primarily of members of UNITE Here! with whom there is a collective bargaining agreement. In April 2017, that agreement was extended for one year until June 2018."
According to the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) audit of June 30, 2017 (Note 12, Concentrations):

"Revenue for each of the years ended June 30, 2017 and 2016 includes $1,025,000 from one donor, the Unitarian Universalist Veatch Program at Shelter Rock ('Shelter Rock'). During the years ended June 30, 2017 and 2016, Shelter Rock committed grant revenue of $850,000 as well as $850,000 in donations for each year. Based on experience, UUSC expects that the balance at June 30, 2017 from Shelter Rock will be collected in full."

According to the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) audit of June 30, 2017 (Note 11, Commitments and Contingencies, Employment Agreement):

"As is common in many organizations, UUSC has employment agreements with key management personnel, including the CEO whose agreement commenced on July 1, 2016 and contains a number of provisions relative to the terms of employment. Additionally, UUSC also pays certain benefits of two prior CEOs..."

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