Independent auditors have given ARCHS an "unmodified" or "clean" audit for the 16th consecutive fiscal year. ARCHS' FY 2017 (July 1, 2016 - June 30, 2017) financial audit was reviewed and approved by ARCHS' Board of Directors at the December 6, 2017 meeting.
Issuance of "unmodified" means an auditor, upon review of an organization's financial statements and accompanying notes, concluded that the financial statements and accompanying notes are presented fairly, conform to generally accepted accounting principles, and fairly represent the true financial picture of the organization.
For the eighth consecutive year, ARCHS has also successfully completed a federal 2 CFR 200 audit (formerly called an A-133 audit) for its work with federal funding. A 2 CFR 200 audit is required for any organization that expends more than $750,000 in a year in funding from the federal government.
“During FY 2017, ARCHS had a $21.6 million impact on the region,” said ARCHS’ Chief Executive Officer Wendell Kimbrough. “Within that number, $9.7 million were grants and other revenues, and $11.9 million were funds/resources secured by ARCHS' education and social service program partners.”
According to ARCHS’ Chief Financial Officer Sheryl Mitchell, “The FY 2017 audit also highlighted that ARCHS’ “administrative overhead” costs are only 15.5 percent, which is below the national average of 25 percent as calculated by the national United Way and other groups. This means that 84.5 cents out of every dollar ARCHS manages goes to the delivery of education and social service programs that annually serve more than 150,000 St. Louisans. The remaining 15.5 cents provide strategic grant support services that assist in the management and evaluation of these vital programs.”
During this season of Thanksgiving, I am deeply grateful for your shared interest in and support of our community. ARCHS’ growing network of strategic activities that invested $21.6 million in serving our most vulnerable residents is reflected in our FY 2017 Review (July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2017). As you read the Review, I invite you to both celebrate ARCHS’ recent accomplishments and contemplate the ongoing challenges in our community.
You may not be aware that ARCHS’ unique partnership model was implemented with 200 additional community partners and impacted a total of 150,000 adults, children, and their immediate family members. On average this past year, ARCHS’ 34 education and social programs provided services at more than 380 locations and invested $144 per program participant.
In order to increase Missouri’s investment and commitment to our community, ARCHS served more than 10,732 training participants. 92% of those surveyed said ARCHS’ trainings were a good use of their time, they learned something new, and will apply what they learned. Due to federal child care requirements, ARCHS offered 21,754 training hours to approximately 10,000 professionals to meet these requirements for child care programs receiving Missouri state subsidies.
I am humbled at the combined achievements – Board of Directors, staff, funders, and grantee partners – to impact our community’s needs. May you and yours have a happy and healthy Thanksgiving.
Sherrie Wehner, executive strategist of Wehner Marketing Group, has been elected chair of the board of Area Resources for Community and Human Services (ARCHS). Wehner succeeds Charles “Matt” Matthews, CEO of Acuity Eyecare, who will remain on the board as immediate past chair. Wehner joined ARCHS’ board in 2015.
With more than 25 years of for-profit and not-for-profit experience, Wehner has held leadership positions with The UPS Store, Ralston Purina, Katy Industries, Maritz, and Education Plus. She has a BA from Truman State University and an MA from Saint Louis University. She and her husband Bruce are the 2017 co-chairs of the Arthritis Foundation’s® annual Silver Ball in St. Louis.
ARCHS’ partnership with Purina® to implement Mutt-i-grees® Curriculum at After School for All Partnership (ASAP) sites is showing impact, according to a recent St. Louis-wide evaluation by Yale University School of the 21st Century. Mutt-i-grees® is a nearly decade-long social/emotional learning program that was piloted in St. Louis in 2016-17, including at several ASAP sites and for youth mentoring. As a result of the successful St. Louis pilot, the project will be scaled up to include all 30 ASAP sites in January 2018.
More than 130 youth from three ASAP 2016 summer sites in Jennings and North City, provided by Provident, Inc. and Neighborhood Houses, were eligible for the Mutt-i-grees® pilot evaluation. Yale learned that after participating in Mutt-i-grees®, St. Louis youth said they felt:
Needed by someone
Confident they could care for someone else
Empathy and compassion for others
People and pets can help each other
Able to make better decisions.
St. Louis educators who participated in Yale’s pilot evaluation reported benefits and important aspects of Mutt-i-grees®:
100% reported social emotional growth in youth during the program
Better relationships with other youth
Ability of youth to see they can make a difference
Opportunities for service learning
Youth reflect on their actions
Increased humane knowledge in animals and people
The Mutt-i-grees Curriculum is an innovative PreK-12 social and emotional learning curriculum that highlights the unique characteristics of shelter pets to teach essential skills for academic and life success. It is an initiative of The Pet Savers Foundation, the program development arm of North Shore Animal League America, and was developed in collaboration with Yale University School of the 21st Century.