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Veterans Community Project

CharityWatch report issued
May 2020

 
CharityWatch Grade
 

Contact Information

Veterans Community Project
8900 Troost Avenue
Kansas City, MO 64131

Other Names

None

Tax Status

501(c)3

Stated Mission

To eliminate Veteran homelessness by providing transitional housing and enabling access to exceptional 360-degree service solutions.

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Data based on Fiscal Year Ended 12/31/2018

*Why a Question Mark Rating?

CharityWatch currently has concerns about this organization and/or is unable to provide complete rating information due to the organization's nondisclosure of financial information. Please see the Analysts' Notes section for a more detailed explanation.


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.
Veterans Community Project
does not meet governance benchmarks.
 
Veterans Community Project
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

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.

CharityWatch has issued Veterans Community Project a "?" rating for its fiscal year ended 12/31/2018 due to our specific concerns related to aspects of the charity's financial reporting.

Specifically:

CharityWatch contacted Veterans Community Project via U.S. Mail and email in February 2020 requesting a copy of its fiscal 2018 tax Form 990 and audited financial statements. As of May 4th, 2020 the charity has not responded to our request. In addition, as of May 4th, 2020 CharityWatch has been unable to locate copies of either of these documents on the charity's website.

In its 2017 & 2018 tax Forms 990, Veterans Community Project leaves blank the fields designated for a response to the following question: "List the States with which a copy of this Form 990 is required to be filed." Forty-one U.S. states and/or jurisdictions require that charities register as a condition of being allowed to solicit charitable contributions within their borders. Many of these states require a copy of a charity's IRS Form 990 to be included as part of meeting filing requirements. A number of states maintain an online database where charity tax forms and audited financial statements can be found. As of May 4th, 2020 CharityWatch has been unable to locate a copy of Veterans Community Project's 990 or audit in state databases, or to verify whether Veterans Community Project actively solicits contributions only in its home state of Missouri versus in multiple states or nationally. The charity does report on its website that it has "officially begun its expansion with the mission of doing for the nation what it has done for Kansas City. Our goal: to serve 8 communities by 2022." It cites Colorado as "the first expansion site of Veterans Community Project." If it is the case that Veterans Community Project is soliciting contributions in Colorado or nationally, it may be in breach of its registration requirements in certain states. 

CharityWatch also attempted to locate financial reports for Veterans Community Project in the Missouri Attorney General's online Check A Charity database. According to the website, "Upon our request, the charities listed on this Web site voluntarily provided my office with financial information. Those charities that filed an IRS Form 990 provided a copy to my office..." Veterans Community Project was not listed in this database. 

Should Veterans Community Project provide information to CharityWatch at a future date that will allow us to complete a meaningful evaluation of its financial activities for fiscal 2018, we may update the charity's rating at that time.


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