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									Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro
Atlanta, GA
An Overview

          Jimmy Herndon
            PADM 7040
        September 19, 2005
Legal description of the Club.
   Boys & Girls Clubs of America is a national organization that serves
    local independent member organizations .
   Each Boys & Girls Club organization is a separate legal entity, is
    governed by an independent board of directors, executive committee
    or other governing body and is solely responsible for its own affairs,
    including, but not limited to, matters of safety; compliance with
    federal, state and local laws; physical facilities; uses of technology,
    finances; policies and programs and personnel policies and decisions.
    Each Local Boys & Girls Club has sole authority to hire, to terminate,
    to prescribe the duties of and to establish the terms of employment of
    its employees and officers.
   The national Boys & Girls Clubs of America has no authority with
    respect to employment policies or decisions of Local Boys & Girls
    Clubs. Accordingly, each Local Boys & Girls Club controls its own
    affairs and Boys & Girls Clubs of America does not control and cannot
    be held responsible for the actions of Local Boys & Girls Clubs.
   The Boys and Girls Clubs of America is tax-exempt under section
    501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. It is eligible to receive
    contributions deductible as charitable donations for federal income
    tax purposes.

SOURCE: BOYS AND GIRLS CLUBS OF AMERICA NATIONAL OFFICE
Membership Trends
   The average member reflects the community in which they live.
    Due to the Club trying to provide services to the community not
    duplicated anywhere else the clubs are often in underserved
    minority areas. These may be poor white community, black
    communities or non-English speaking Hispanic communities.
   As noted on pg. 173 of Andreasen & Kotler the Clubs
    membership has grown from 1,000 clubs in the 1990’s to over
    3,000 clubs in 2001. The Clubs also went being a $180 million
    organization to an organization with more than $1 billion in their
    overall budgets.
Mission of the Clubs
   According to the Clubs it’s
    mission is “To provide a
    quality developmental
    program which empowers
    metro Atlanta youth,
    especially those from
    disadvantaged
    circumstances, to become
    productive adults”.
   The boys and girls provides
    after school programs in
    structured environments for
    kids of all ages.
   The club is a place where
    kids can feel safe and
    participate in sports and
    other activates at little to no
    cost to the member.
   (Boys and Girls club website)
   The club seeks to establish new locations in
    areas where there are no similar services
    available to assist.
   According to the Metro Atlanta Boys and girls
    website the cost to have a child as a member
    per year is $857.
   No child has ever been turned away due to
    the child not being able to pay their dues.
   Each child’s dues are set at $25, which are
    often only partially paid, paid over time or
    covered by donations.
   The boys and girls club of Atlanta has been in
    existence since 1938.
   The boys and girls clubs of Atlanta oversees 23
    clubs in 11 Atlanta metro counties.
   The club currently serves more than 30,000
    boys and girls. Growth continues at a steady
    pace each year.
   The club strives to better children though
    specialized programs to target at risk youth.
   The club utilizes five different core programs to
    target individual youth.
   The club also has team sports such as
    basketball, football and baseball.
Boys and Girls Club Programs
   The club utilizes 5 core programs, these
    include:
   Character and Leadership Development
   Education and Career Development
   Health and Life Skills
   The Arts
   Sports, Fitness and Recreation
Character and Leadership
Development
   Children are taught basic skills
    necessary to succeed in the job market
    though a workshops, providing
    community service to others and work
    study program to familiarize teens with
    what it takes to succeed. These
    activities are achieved though a
    combination of volunteering and
    donations raised by the
Education and Career Development
   Volunteer mentors provide assistance to
    children by assisting them with
    homework and providing mentoring
    when often times there is none at
    home. Most clubs in the metro area
    have a few computers and a small
    library where kids can study and find
    quiet time to do school work or leisure
    reading.
Health and Life Skills
   The boys and girls clubs strive to
    educate its members about eating
    healthy, personal grooming, to the
    dangers of alcohol, smoking and drugs.
    The clubs also have specialized gang
    prevention classes that target at risk
    youth before they become involved with
    gangs and help those involved turn to
    positive activities within the clubs.
Sports Programs
   The boys and girls clubs in metro
    Atlanta are basically equipped the
    same, but vary in size. The equipment
    often includes a basketball court,
    baseball equipment, football equipment.
    All of the sports depend on donations
    from the public and the government.
         Results of the Programs
   87 percent of Club members graduate from high school compared
    with a national average of 66 percent.
   25 percent of those members finish college, far exceeding the 16
    percent national average.
   In neighborhoods with Boys & Girls Clubs, teen pregnancy and
    arrests related to substance abuse decrease by as much as 50
    percent.
   Of at-risk youth referred to Clubs, 94 percent have no further
    encounter with the law.
   84 percent of Club members have learned about drug and alcohol
    prevention through Club programs, such as SMART Moves, which
    educates members about the dangers of drugs, alcohol, pre-mature
    sexual activity and gang involvement .
   85 percent of teen members learned about abstaining from
    premature sex through Club programming. Only 26 percent of Club
    members report having had sex - compared with the national
    average of 53 percent.
   SOURCE: http://www.bgcma.org/whatwedo_results.asp
Volunteering for the Club
   The Clubs offer many ways to volunteer in a structured
    environment To volunteer you must pay a $2 fee to help with
    the background check cost which are required of everyone
    working in or around the club.
   The Executive track of volunteering allows volunteers to help
    make executive decisions along side of executives in the
    business and non profit world.
   The Mentoring track allows volunteers to participate in
    programs that help youth with reading, coaching and life skills
   The club also allows volunteers to become mentors and help in
    other non traditional ways based on the limited time
    commitments of some volunteers.
   The club also allows corporations to sponsor clubs and help
    organize fundraisers such as golf tournaments and road races
    held each year in metro Atlanta.
   Volunteers from the club come from virtually all walks of life,
    everyone from parents of club members to boardroom
    executives volunteer for the clubs.
Obstacles and Problems

   The main problem I found is addressing those who want to
    volunteer and want to participate in the clubs but do not speak
    English.
   In recent years the Hispanic population in the metro Atlanta
    area has exploded. I do not believe the clubs are doing enough
    to address the problems at this time. The clubs do acknowledge
    this is a problem and are taking steps to advertise on Hispanic
    radio and television in the area. Money is always an obstacle for
    the club. The individual clubs compete for funding from the
    national organization. The national organization does an
    excellent job at fundraising, as well as the money it receive
    from the U.S. congress each year.
Funding


     The Boys and Girls Clubs of America is tax-exempt under section
      501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. It is eligible to receive
      contributions deductible as charitable donations for federal income tax
      purposes.
     Source of Funds
     Contributions 38,366,604
     Government grants and contracts (net) 19,913,832
     Unrealized gains on investments (net) 7,261,432
     Member organization dues 7,040,946
     Realized gains on investments (net) 6,777,481
     Fundraising events 5,092,527 Investment income (net) 2,632,839
     Income from funds held in trust by others 1,024,748
     Other 930,900
     Total Income $89,041,309
  SOURCE: http://charityreports.give.org/Public/Report.aspx?CharityID=440
   Programs: 75% Fund Raising: 6% Administrative: 19%

    Total income $89,041,309
   Program expenses$50,440,793
   Fund raising expenses3,857,606
   Administrative expenses13,136,962
   Total expenses $67,435,361
    Income in Excess of Expenses 21,605,948
    Beginning net assets 203,199,656
    Ending net assets 224,805,604
    Total liabilities 22,635,513
    Total assets $247,441,117
SOURCE: http://charityreports.give.org/Public/Report.aspx?CharityID=440

								
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