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Human Services : Social Services

The Blue Bench

Putting an end to sexual assault through prevention and care

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three stars

89.35

P.O. Box 18951 Denver, CO 80218
tel: (303) 329-9922   Web Site
EIN: 84-0905184

Board Leadership
Susan Heinzeroth
Chair

CEO
Karmen Carter
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 89.35 three stars
  Financial 84.95 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00 four stars
This rating was published 03/01/2019 and includes data from FY2017, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The Blue Bench (formerly RAAP) is metropolitan Denver's only comprehensive sexual assault prevention and support center. Since our founding in 1983 we've worked tirelessly to eliminate sexual assault and diminish the impact it has on individuals, their loved ones and our community. Our hope is to one day live in a world where sexual assault no longer exists; where there are no more victims, friends and families suffering in its wake. This is what inspires our efforts. And until that day comes, our work is not complete. Inspired by the courage of one another - as survivors, activists, advocates and community leaders, The Blue Bench has helped hundreds of thousands of Denver-area women and men find the courage to move from victim to survivor.

The Blue Bench (formerly RAAP) is metropolitan Denver's only comprehensive sexual assault prevention and support center. Since our founding in 1983 we've worked tirelessly to eliminate sexual assault and diminish the impact it has on individuals, their loved ones and our community. Our hope is to one day live in a world where sexual assault no longer exists; where there are no more victims, friends and families suffering in its wake. This is what inspires our efforts. And until that day comes, our work is not complete. Inspired by the courage of one another - as survivors, activists, advocates and community leaders, The Blue Bench has helped hundreds of thousands of Denver-area women and men find the courage to move from victim to survivor.

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This impact information is current as of January 2019, when it was provided to us by GuideStar. At this time, Impact information published on this organization's page has no effect on its rating per our methodology.

Financial

three stars

84.95

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

100.00

This rating was published 03/01/2019 and includes data from FY2017, the most recent 990 received at that time.
Overall Rating Chart
  Program Expenses
(Percent of the charity's total expenses spent on the programs
and services it delivers)
76.1%
  Administrative Expenses 6.8%
  Fundraising Expenses 16.9%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.17
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.62
  Program Expenses Growth 20.5%
  Liabilities to Assets 6.7%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by The Blue Bench on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by The Blue Bench on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
The Blue Bench (CO) 89.35 three stars
Center for Safety and Change (NY) 90.09 four stars
Next Door Solutions to Domestic Violence (CA) 86.11 three stars
Partnership Against Domestic Violence (GA) 94.39 four stars
Women In Distress of Broward County (FL) 88.69 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $1,700,223
   Federated Campaigns $21,500
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $39,017
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $512,226
Total Contributions $2,272,966
   Program Service Revenue $95,792
Total Primary Revenue $2,368,758
   Other Revenue $78,637
TOTAL REVENUE $2,447,395
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $1,677,433
   Administrative Expenses $139,858
   Fundraising Expenses $360,263
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $2,177,554
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $269,841
   
Net Assets $1,171,391

Program names and associated costs are listed for the top programs as reported on the charity's most recently filed Form 990. The top programs displayed will include the largest three programs, or those programs covering at least 60% of the charity's total expenses, whichever comes first.

Program Name Amount Spent % of Program Expenses
Advocacy $868,570 51.8%
Canvass/Community Outreach $607,379 36.2%
Therapy $201,484 12.0%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2017-12 03/01/2019 89.35 three stars
2017-12 02/01/2019 88.26 three stars
2016-12 04/01/2018 89.19 three stars
2016-12 03/01/2018 88.11 three stars
2015-12 02/01/2017 87.38 three stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 82.57 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 02/01/2016 77.92 two stars
2013-12 08/01/2015 73.54 two stars
2012-12 04/01/2014 78.51 two stars
2011-12 07/01/2013 74.20 two stars
2010-12 02/01/2012 72.25 two stars
2009-12 09/20/2011 81.66 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 04/01/2011 75.25 two stars
2008-12 04/01/2010 73.16 two stars
2007-12 12/01/2008 69.51 one star
2006-12 10/01/2007 70.25 two stars
2005-12 10/01/2006 73.76 two stars
2004-12 12/01/2005 62.21 one star

The data displayed on this tab is provided by the IRS in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

EIN 84-0905184
Name in IRS Master File THE BLUE BENCH
NTEE Code F42
NTEE Classification Rape Victim Services
NTEE Type Mental Health, Crisis Intervention
Classification Educational Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (408) Community service organization
Foundation Status Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public   170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
Deductibility Contributions are deductible
Affiliation Independent - the organization is an independent organization or an independent auxiliary (i.e., not affiliated with a National, Regional, or Geographic grouping of organizations).
Group Name [Not Applicable]
Ruling Date November, 1983
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End December
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
  • December, 2012

The data displayed in this profile is provided by the IRS for free in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$92,097 4.22% Karmen Carter Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
The Blue Bench (CO) 89.35 three stars
East Texas Crisis Center (TX) 86.52 three stars
Sexual Assault Center (TN) 91.17 four stars
The Shelter for Abused Women & Children (FL) 90.57 four stars
The Women's Center, Wisconsin (WI) 86.46 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

The Blue Bench
P.O. Box 18951
Denver, CO 80218
tel: (303) 329-9922
fax: (303) 329-9964
TTY: (303) 329-0023
EIN: 84-0905184

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Board Leadership

Susan Heinzeroth
Chair

CEO

Karmen Carter
Executive Director

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