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New York BBB Wise Giving Report for
Safe Horizon

A BBB Accredited charity


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Safe Horizon
Formerly known as:
Victim Services
Two Lafayette Street
3rd Floor
New York, NY 10007
Year, State Incorporated:
1978, New York
Houston Housing Development Fund Corporation, New York Peace Institute
Stated Purpose:
" Provide support, prevent violence, and promote justice for victims of crime and abuse, their families and communities. "

Evaluation Conclusions

Safe Horizon meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.


Safe Horizon is a beacon of hope for New Yorkers affected by crime, abuse, violence, and exploitation. The organization was established by the Vera Institute of Justice in 1978 as a pilot project focused on assisting victims and witness of crime in the New York City court system. Since that time, we have grown to become the nation`s foremost victim service agency, leading the way in the development of innovative and holistic programs for many of the most vulnerable populations in our community. Today, we assist more than 250,000 individuals each year through a range of programs that include: largest private network of domestic violence shelters in the United States; four fully accredited Child Advocacy Centers assisting physically and sexually abused children; New York City`s leading homeless youth services program; The East Coast`s largest program assisting victims of human trafficking; the only New York State- licensed mental health clinic specializing in the treatment of trauma resulting from crime and victimization; and a host of other innovative and well – respected programs.


Chief Executive Officer:
Ms. Ariel Zwang, Chief Executive Officer
Chair of the Board:
Mr. Steven C. Parrish
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation:
Steven Parrish Consulting Group, LLC
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 Fundraising Events, Print Advertisements (Newspapers, Magazines, etc.), Grant Proposals, Internet, Planned Giving Arrangements.
Fundraising costs were 17.2% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $8,662,370, 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 Safe Horizon's Audited Financial Statements for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2012.

Source of Funds  

Grants Income




Fee Income


In-Kind Contributions


Special Events


Miscellaneous Income


Gain/(Loss) on Beneficial Interest in Perpetual Trust


Investment Income


Total Income


Program Expenses  

Domestic Violence Hotline


Community and Criminal Justice


Child, Adolescent and Mental Health Treatment

Total Program Expenses:
Fund Raising Expenses
Administrative Expenses

Total expenses

Expenses in Excess of Income




Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 82%  Fund Raising: 3%  Administrative 15% 
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Beginning net assets $20,392,699
Ending net assets 20,162,165
Total liabilities 24,872,721

Total assets



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