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New York BBB Wise Giving Report for
The HOPE Program

A BBB Accredited charity


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The HOPE Program
One Smith Street
4th Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Year, State Incorporated:
1984, New York
Stated Purpose:
" The HOPE Program's mission is two-fold: To empower individuals living in poverty to achieve economic self-sufficiency and to inform practices and policy by sharing our research and solutions. "

Evaluation Conclusions

HOPE Program (HOPE) meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.


The HOPE Program is dedicated to helping impoverished New Yorkers find, maintain, and advance in jobs by addressing the underlying causes of each client’s unemployment. The HOPE Program is comprised of a work-readiness program that combines job training and placement with GED tutoring, internships, and individual counseling. HOPE’s curriculum includes career exploration, computer training, math and writing for the workplace, writing resumes and job applications, communication skills, time management, and dressing for success. In addition, HOPE offers individual and group counseling services, mentorships, benefits assistance, and a food pantry, as well as provides evening classes in advanced computer software programs.


Chief Executive Officer:
Ms. Jennifer Mitchell, Executive Director
Chair of the Board:
Ms. Barbara Lupo
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation:
Advance Publications, Director of Pension Investment
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
Fund raising costs were 16.2% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $1,762,500, 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 HOPE Program's Audited Financial Statements for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2012.

Source of Funds  

Foundation & Corporation Contributions


Individual Contributions


Government Grants


Special Event Revenue


Other not-for-profit organizations


Investment Income


Total Income


Program Expenses  

Program Services

Total Program Expenses:
Fund Raising Expenses
Administrative Expenses

Total expenses

Expenses in Excess of Income




Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 78%  Fund Raising: 13%  Administrative 10% 
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Beginning net assets $3,309,184
Ending net assets 2,815,777
Total liabilities 88,267

Total assets



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