Buffalo City Mission

Summary

With the strengths of our brand new Community Center, The Alfiero Center of Hope and Promise, and our shelter for women and children, Cornerstone Manor, Buffalo City Mission provides comprehensive recovery programs to help homeless men, women and children rebuild stable, healthy, productive lives. We believe Jesus calls us to open our arms wide as the need grows. We will continue to expand our services and develop innovative programs as the complexities of homelessness change.


Contact information

Mailing address:
Buffalo City Mission
100 East Tupper St
Buffalo, NY 14203

Website: www.buffalocitymission.org/

Phone: (716) 854-8181

Email: buffalocitymission.org/contact-us/


Organization details

EIN: 160743965

CEO/President: Stuart L. Harper

Chairman: Paul Kazmierczak

Board size: 9

Founder: Billy Sunday, Rev. and Mrs. Edward Clark

Year founded: 1947

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 09/30

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1988


Purpose

The purpose of Buffalo City Mission is to proclaim and demonstrate the life-changing Gospel of Jesus Christ, meeting the spiritual, physical, and emotional needs of men, women and children who are homeless or in need of hope. Buffalo City Mission's vision is to restore hope to the homeless and hurting of Western New York. We provide emergency shelter and nourishing meals to thousands of homeless men, women and children. But we don't believe that's enough.


Mission statement

The Buffalo City Mission exists to restore hope and dignity to the hurting and homeless through the transforming grace and mercy of Jesus Christ.


Statement of faith

Transparency grade

A

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Rescue Missions/Homeless Shelters

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating566 of 725116 of 145
Fund acquisition rating589 of 726120 of 145
Resource allocation rating568 of 726116 of 145
Asset utilization rating292 of 72565 of 145

Financial ratios

Funding ratiosSector median20182017201620152014
Return on fundraising efforts Return on fundraising efforts =
Fundraising expense /
Total contributions
10%18%25%22%21%17%
Fundraising cost ratio Fundraising cost ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total revenue
8%16%23%21%19%15%
Contributions reliance Contributions reliance =
Total contributions /
Total revenue
90%92%93%92%91%93%
Fundraising expense ratio Fundraising expense ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total expenses
9%24%25%20%22%18%
Other revenue reliance Other revenue reliance =
Total other revenue /
Total revenue
10%8%7%8%9%7%
 
Operating ratiosSector median20182017201620152014
Program expense ratio Program expense ratio =
Program services /
Total expenses
79%69%69%74%71%75%
Spending ratio Spending ratio =
Total expenses /
Total revenue
97%67%94%105%86%86%
Program output ratio Program output ratio =
Program services /
Total revenue
76%47%65%77%61%65%
Savings ratio Savings ratio =
Surplus (deficit) /
Total revenue
3%33%6%-5%14%14%
Reserve accumulation rate Reserve accumulation rate =
Surplus (deficit) /
Net assets
3%36%7%-6%18%19%
General and admin ratio General and admin ratio =
Management and general expense /
Total expenses
10%6%7%7%7%7%
 
Investing ratiosSector median20182017201620152014
Total asset turnover Total asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total assets
0.620.690.991.050.941.06
Degree of long-term investment Degree of long-term investment =
Total assets /
Total current assets
3.931.311.551.531.431.55
Current asset turnover Current asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total current assets
2.500.911.541.611.351.64
 
Liquidity ratiosSector median20182017201620152014
Current ratio Current ratio =
Total current assets /
Total current liabilities
10.6121.3416.3012.7013.7013.52
Current liabilities ratio Current liabilities ratio =
Total current liabilities /
Total current assets
0.080.050.060.080.070.07
Liquid reserve level Liquid reserve level =
(Total current assets -
Total current liabilities) /
(Total expenses / 12)
4.2412.627.326.858.236.77
 
Solvency ratiosSector median20182017201620152014
Liabilities ratio Liabilities ratio =
Total liabilities /
Total assets
8%7%10%13%12%13%
Debt ratio Debt ratio =
Debt /
Total assets
0%4%6%7%7%8%
Reserve coverage ratio Reserve coverage ratio =
Net assets /
Total expenses
144%133%90%83%93%82%

Financials

Balance sheet
 
Assets20182017201620152014
Cash$4,941,817$3,731,339$4,947,307$3,869,318$4,208,084
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$5,112,487$1,790,660$335,965$1,956,529$423,889
Short-term investments$195,516$134,027$135,288$199,667$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$10,249,820$5,656,026$5,418,560$6,025,514$4,631,973
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$1,446,976$1,369,501$1,114,208$1,252,349$1,211,382
Other long-term assets$1,701,312$1,731,430$1,778,625$1,351,933$1,344,305
Total long-term assets$3,148,288$3,100,931$2,892,833$2,604,282$2,555,687
Total assets$13,398,108$8,756,957$8,311,393$8,629,796$7,187,660
 
Liabilities20182017201620152014
Payables and accrued expenses$480,255$347,016$426,813$439,665$342,652
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$480,255$347,016$426,813$439,665$342,652
Debt$523,600$555,956$566,498$577,130$569,670
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$158$7,955$49,792$0$16,982
Total long-term liabilities$523,758$563,911$616,290$577,130$586,652
Total liabilities$1,004,013$910,927$1,043,103$1,016,795$929,304
 
Net assets20182017201620152014
Unrestricted$6,725,930$5,437,168$5,426,463$6,997,861$6,099,112
Temporarily restricted$5,534,387$2,286,067$1,719,032$492,738$35,498
Permanently restricted$133,778$122,795$122,795$122,402$123,746
Net assets$12,394,095$7,846,030$7,268,290$7,613,001$6,258,356
 
Revenues and expenses
 
Revenue20182017201620152014
Total contributions$12,727,530$8,581,044$7,704,109$8,660,010$8,161,388
Program service revenue$595,939$527,119$546,094$563,442$587,725
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$80,482$120,581$78,587$62,939$60,805
Other revenue$374,505$10,260$10,058$236,942$9,932
Total other revenue$1,050,926$657,960$634,739$863,323$658,462
Total revenue$13,778,456$9,239,004$8,338,848$9,523,333$8,819,850
 
Expenses20182017201620152014
Program services$6,445,792$5,974,511$6,447,898$5,810,653$5,736,907
Management and general$603,700$591,059$580,586$548,798$508,452
Fundraising$2,241,878$2,143,663$1,711,715$1,789,974$1,354,314
Total expenses$9,291,370$8,709,233$8,740,199$8,149,425$7,599,673
 
Change in net assets20182017201620152014
Surplus (deficit)$4,487,086$529,771($401,351)$1,373,908$1,220,177
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$4,487,086$529,771($401,351)$1,373,908$1,220,177

Compensation

NameTitleCompensation
Stuart HarperExecutive Director$144,235
Mark NigroCFO (to April, 2019)$93,049

Compensation data as of: 9/30/2018


Response from ministry

No response has been provided by this ministry.


History

June 29, 1917

Baseball hero-turned-evangelist Billy Sunday makes a contribution of $8,400 to the Buffalo Evangelistic Association, directing them to open a rescue mission. Rev. and Mrs. Edward Clark initiated City Mission Society that fall.

1922

City Mission Society's board of directors purchase Fenton's Pekin Cabaret, a former nightclub, using Billy Sunday's gift as down payment. The Mission opens its doors June 11 to provide chapel services and meals for the homeless.

1922-1940

City Mission Society expands its services to include clothing and sheltering the homeless.

1940-1970

Women from 20 Western New York churches form a women's auxiliary to raise funds, improve housekeeping, formalize clothing distribution and coordinate holiday events. In addition to cash, donations during this time include gifts of milk, farm produce, meat and other foods for the Mission's dining tables and community food pantry.

1970-1984

With drug use and domestic violence on the rise, family homelessness becomes a nationwide concern. In 1981, the Mission opens a shelter and safe house in a Victorian house on Linwood for families victimized by fire, violence and other crises.

1984

City Mission Society (now known as Buffalo City Mission) moves into a new facility at 100 E. Tupper, where administrative offices and the Men's Community Center are located.

1990-2001

The Mission would go on to raise $1.3 million to build the initial Cornerstone Manor Women and Children's Shelter located at 45 Carlton Street. This facility opened in October 1990 and provided emergency shelter, recovery programs and an on-site school satellite for homeless children.

2001-2005

In 2001, a campaign to build a new and larger facility for Cornerstone Manor begins in response to the growing number of homeless women and children in Western New York.

2006

August 18, 2006, the new building opens its doors for its first year. Foundations, corporations, churches and individuals provided the means to raise $15 million dollars to build Buffalo City Mission's new Cornerstone Manor for Women and Children.

2017

The Buffalo City Mission celebrates it's 100 Year Anniversary serving those in need in the Western New York area.


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