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New York BBB Wise Giving Report for
Brooklyn Community Services

A BBB Accredited charity


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Brooklyn Community Services
285 Schermerhorn Street
Brooklyn, NY 11217
Year, State Incorporated:
1866, New York
Stated Purpose:
" Brooklyn Community Services is building a better Brooklyn by strengthening families, helping children and youth reach their full potential, and supporting adults in leading productive, fulfilling lives. We celebrate the strength of the human spirit. Our vision is of a Brooklyn where everyone has the opportunity to learn, grow, and contribute to our community. "

Evaluation Conclusions

Brooklyn Community Services meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.


Brooklyn Community Services (BCS) is an established provider of social services to children, adolescents, families and adults with disabilities. BCS’s services include: early childhood education programs and educational afterschool programs for children from low income families; a New York City transfer high school for young people who are over-age and under-credited for their grade level; vocational and educational support services for adolescents with emotional disturbances; intensive family counseling services that keep at-risk families intact and their children out of foster care; training and employment programs for people with developmental and/or psychiatric disabilities; personalized recovery-oriented services, which integrate treatment, rehabilitation support for people with severe and persistent psychiatric disabilities; a clubhouse program that offers people with psychiatric disabilities a nurturing, non-institutional setting for psychiatric rehabilitation; and a shelter program for homeless women with mental illness. In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, with support from generous donors and concerned volunteers, BCS has provided direct relief and recovery assistance to thousands of families in Coney Island, Brooklyn, whose lives were severely disrupted by the storm. Additionally, as a participating agency in the New York State Disaster Case Management Program, BCS is providing Disaster Case Management services, including needs assessment, individualized disaster recovery plans, crisis intervention, case conferencing and advocacy services, to Coney Island residents with unmet needs arising from Hurricane Sandy.


Chief Executive Officer:
Ms. Marla G. Simpson, Executive Director
Chair of the Board:
Mr. Aaron Dean
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation:
President, Cydean
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, grant proposals, internet, planned giving arrangements
Fund raising costs were 19.9% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $2,679,147, 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 is based on Brooklyn Community Services' Audited Financial Statements from June 30, 2012.

Source of Funds  

Government Grant


Individual and Corporations


New York Times Neediest Cases


Foundations and Trusts


Special Events


Sales-Contract and other


Day Care, less fees


Investment Return used for current operations




Nonoperating Revenue: Investment gain in excess of spending rate


In-Kind Contributions - Equipment


Legacies and Bequests


United Way of New York City


Total Income


Program Expenses  

Education and Child Care


Mental Retardation


Family Counseling


Mental Health


Job Training and employment services

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: 83%  Fund Raising: 2%  Administrative 14%  Other Expenses: 1%
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Beginning net assets $3,777,865
Ending net assets 2,767,453
Total liabilities 15,074,111

Total assets



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