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New York BBB Wise Giving Report for
The Guidance Center of Westchester, Inc.

A BBB Accredited charity


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The Guidance Center of Westchester, Inc.
256 Washington Street
2nd Floor
Mount Vernon, NY 10553
Year, State Incorporated:
1950, New York
Stated Purpose:
" At The Guidance Center of Westchester, our mission is to improve the well-being of people of all ages through innovative and effective programs that enable everyone to learn, work and thrive. "

Evaluation Conclusions

The Guidance Center of Westchester, Inc. meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.


The Guidance Center of Westchester (TGCW) is a multi-service, community-based nonprofit organization serving more than 5,000 people each year in Westchester County with a budget of nearly $12 million. Our mission is to improve the well-being of people of all ages through innovative and effective programs that enable everyone to learn, work, and thrive. The Guidance Center of Westchester’s caring professional staff helps members of our community of all ages to overcome psychological, social, and cultural hurdles. Since 1942, The Guidance Center of Westchester has developed five interconnected areas of program expertise – Center for College & Careers, early childhood education, substance use treatment/vocational training, housing with case management, and mental health services – that offer community members a path to a brighter future. The Guidance Center of Westchester is accredited by The Joint Commission and licensed by New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services, New York State Office of Mental Health and the New York State Education Department. More detailed information is available on our website at


Chief Executive Officer:
Ms. Amy Gelles, Executive Director
Chair of the Board:
Ms. Kelly Fowler Hunter
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, telephone appeals, grant proposals, internet.
Fund raising costs were 4% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $5,813,805, 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 The Guidance Center of Westchester's Audited Financial Statements for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2013.

Source of Funds  

Grant and contract income


Medicaid income




Private insurance income


Client residential rental income


Patient fees


Medicare income


Vocational service income


Miscellanous income


Interest income


Special events less direct cost


Unrealized gain on investments


Total Income


Program Expenses  

Program Expense

Total Program Expenses:
Fund Raising Expenses
Administrative Expenses
Other Expenses

Total expenses

Expenses in Excess of Income




Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 87%  Fund Raising: 2%  Administrative 11%  Other Expenses: %
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Beginning net assets $798,490
Ending net assets 136,240
Total liabilities 5,089,411

Total assets



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