ARCHS is well-known for its hands-on partnerships that produce visible results that make a positive impact on Greater St. Louis. However, ARCHS also has a large stake in dynamic behind-the-scenes work with partners who produce results that lead to those hands-on programs.
Over the past three years, ARCHS has partnered with Washington University in St. Louis to help evaluate three leading child abuse and neglect prevention and intervention programs - including those at Family Support Network, Nurses for Newborns and the Independence School District Child Welfare Initiative (Kansas City).
ARCHS managed the three-year, $75,000 grant from the State of Missouri's Department of Social Services, Children's Division that funded the Washington University research.
The evaluations of these innovative programs will now be used to determine future "best practices" that can be replicated.
"This was a collaborative evaluation process made possible by the eagerness of each agency to participate and learn more about how they were helping families," said Dr. Melissa Jonson-Reid, the Washington University professor who led the evaluation. "Each agency contributed their own time and resources to make the evaluation process a success."
For the past nine fiscal years (2002-2010) Area Resources for Community and Human Services’ (ARCHS) financial statements have earned unqualified, or “clean,” audits from independent auditors.
ARCHS’ FY10 (July 1, 2009-June 30, 2010) audit was reviewed and approved by ARCHS’ Board of Directors at their March 24, 2011 meeting.
Issuance of an “unqualified opinion” 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 and conforms to generally accepted accounting principles and fairly represents the true financial picture of the organization.
The audit also highlighted that ARCHS’ “administrative overhead” costs are only 11 percent, substantially below the national average of 25 percent as calculated by the United Way.
"The audit opinion is more than an approval of accounting controls and principles. The unqualified or clean opinion signifies that the financial reporting and controls implemented are proper and sufficient to ensure the accuracy of ARCHS’ financial reporting and balances,” says Wendell E. Kimbrough, ARCHS’ Chief Executive Officer. “It also promotes and instils confidence in ARCHS’ various funders that ARCHS is properly managing its grants and budget authority.
“The audit opinion advances one of ARCHS’ priorities, which is to enforce sound financial management practices through transparency, integrity, and accountability,” says Kimbrough.
In FY09 and FY10, ARCHS also successfully completed federal A-133 audits for its work with federal grants. An A-133 audit is required for any organization that receives more than $500,000 in funding from the federal government. ARCHS is also annually audited (financially and programmatically) by the State of Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and the Missouri Department of Social Services’ Children’s Division for specific work related to after school and early childhood programs.
ARCHS' subsidiary Leveraged Resources Management, Inc. (LRM) is in the process of preparing for a Statement on Auditing Standards (SAS) 70 review. This high-level, voluntary review will certify the internal controls and process used by ARCHS’ LRM meets the standards set by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. This process will be an ongoing quarterly review of ARCHS’ LRM by an outside agency with an opinion to be issued in August of 2012.
Terrell, a local south St. Louis teenager, opened the door to local healthy corner store, The Juice Box, and went straight over to the snacks. He picked up a red Snapple drink and vegan organic cookie, as he talked with Juice Box owner and operator Shawn Mckie.
Founder and Executive Director of JUICE, Inc, Dr. Angie Colette Beatty, believes that by empowering individuals in inner cities to make healthy life choices, they can better contribute to their own communities.
"JUICE, Inc. helps increase knowledge and provides access to resources to help people better themselves and give them soft and social skills.
More than 270 Attend STAR Summit II
The 2011 STAR Summit will be held 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 15 at the St. Louis Community College - Florissant Valley Student Center. There is a $10 registration fee and pre-registration is required.
The deadline for registration is Thursday, March 10. Walk-ins are not encouraged and not guaranteed.
For questions, call 314-289-5625. Registrations will not be accepted at this phone number. Lunch and parking will be provided at the event.
Registration is Closed