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New York BBB Wise Giving Report for
The Retreat, Inc.

A BBB Accredited charity


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The Retreat, Inc.
13 Goodfriend Drive
East Hampton, NY 11937
Year, State Incorporated:
1987, New York
Stated Purpose:
" The Retreat’s mission is to provide safety, shelter and support for victims of domestic abuse and to break the cycle of family violence. "

Evaluation Conclusions

The Retreat Inc. meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.


All Retreat, programs and services are designed to promote the goals of safety, empowerment and self-determination to victims of domestic violence. The Retreat offers a 24-hour crisis intervention hotline, shelter, individual and group counseling, and legal advocacy to victims of domestic violence and their children. Additionally, the Retreat provides education to local school districts and in the community on violence prevention. The Retreat also offers LEVERS Project (Leaving/Escaping Violence through Enhanced Readiness and Skills) a comprehensive plan to assist victims of domestic violence who are either re-entering or in many cases newly negotiating the business and/or educational arena. Furthermore, the Retreat works collaboratively with the local police departments in contacting victims of domestic violence incident reports and offers agency services, information and referrals. The organization also facilitates SHARP program (Structured Help Antiviolence Re-education Program), a program for male batterers identified by the family and criminal court who are physically, verbally, and /or emotionally abusive to their partners. The Supervised Visitation program is available for families in need of supervised visitation between the non-custodial parent and child. The Retreat’s Engaging Men Project encompasses an innovative approach to violence prevention which seeks to mobilize men in the campaign against domestic violence. The Suffolk County Fatherhood Initiative is a community-level program that addresses economic stability, responsible parenting, and healthy marriage/long term relationships that will provide positive outcomes for fathers and youth.


Chief Executive Officer:
Mr. Jeffrey Friedman, Executive Director
Chair of the Board:
Ms. Barbara Olton, President of the Board
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation:
N/A retired
Board Size:
Paid Staff Size:

*Compensation includes annual salary and, if applicable, benefit plans, expense accounts, and other allowances.

Fund Raising

Method(s) Used:

Direct mail appeals, invitations to fund raising events, print advertisements (newspapers, magazines, etc.), grant proposals, internet, cause-related marketing (i.e. affinity credit cards, consumer product sales, etc. that indicate purchases will benefit your organization).
Fund raising costs were 30.5% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $1,077,786, are donations received as a result of fund raising activities.)

Tax Status

This organization 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.


The following information is based on Retreat's Audited Financial Statements for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2010.

Source of Funds  



Fees for services


Grants and contracts


Gross proceeds from special events


Investment income


Batterers program


Other revenue


Less: direct benefits to donors


Total Income


Program Expenses  

Domestic violence shelter




Legal advocacy





Total Program Expenses:
Fund Raising Expenses
Administrative Expenses

Total expenses

Income in Excess of Expenses




Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 67%  Fund Raising: 16%  Administrative 17% 
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Beginning net assets $1,454,624
Ending net assets 1,555,891
Total liabilities 197,304

Total assets



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