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Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti

 666 Dorchester Avenue
 Boston, MA 02127
[P] (617) 652-0876
[F] --
http://ijdh.org/
info@ijdh.org
Stanley Rodriguez
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INCORPORATED: 2004
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EIN 03-0541424

LAST UPDATED: 09/07/2015
Organization DBA Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti
IJDH
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years No

Summary

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Mission StatementMORE »

We strive to work with the people of Haiti in their non-violent struggle for the consolidation of constitutional democracy, justice and human rights, by distributing objective and accurate information on human rights conditions in Haiti, pursuing legal cases, and cooperating with human rights and solidarity groups in Haiti and abroad.

IJDH draws on its founders’ internationally-acclaimed success accompanying Haiti’s poor majority in the fields of law, medicine and social justice activism. We seek the restoration of the rule of law and democracy in the short term, and work for the long-term sustainable change necessary to avert Haiti’s next crisis.

Mission Statement

We strive to work with the people of Haiti in their non-violent struggle for the consolidation of constitutional democracy, justice and human rights, by distributing objective and accurate information on human rights conditions in Haiti, pursuing legal cases, and cooperating with human rights and solidarity groups in Haiti and abroad.

IJDH draws on its founders’ internationally-acclaimed success accompanying Haiti’s poor majority in the fields of law, medicine and social justice activism. We seek the restoration of the rule of law and democracy in the short term, and work for the long-term sustainable change necessary to avert Haiti’s next crisis.


FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year Apr 01, 2015 to Mar 31, 2016
Projected Income $1,685,000.00
Projected Expense $1,467,000.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Cholera Accountability Project (CAP)
  • Haitian Family Reunification Parole Program (HFRPP)
  • Jean-Claude Duvalier Prosecution
  • Rape Accountability and Prevention Project (RAPP)

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2012 (%)

For more details regarding the organization's financial information, select the financial tab and review available comments.


Overview

Mission Statement

We strive to work with the people of Haiti in their non-violent struggle for the consolidation of constitutional democracy, justice and human rights, by distributing objective and accurate information on human rights conditions in Haiti, pursuing legal cases, and cooperating with human rights and solidarity groups in Haiti and abroad.

IJDH draws on its founders’ internationally-acclaimed success accompanying Haiti’s poor majority in the fields of law, medicine and social justice activism. We seek the restoration of the rule of law and democracy in the short term, and work for the long-term sustainable change necessary to avert Haiti’s next crisis.


Background Statement

IJDH works closely with our sister organization in Haiti, the Bureau des Advocats Internationaux (BAI), to promote human rights in Haiti, document and disseminate accurate information about human rights violations and pursue legal claims abroad and in Haiti. 
 
BAI spearheaded the prosecution of the Raboteau Massacre, the best complex litigation ever handled in Haitian courts, and one of the most important human rights trials ever in the Americas. The trial convicted the top leaders of the 1991-1994 dictatorship; obtained $400,000 in compensation; and achieved the deportation from the U.S. of several top officials, including the highest-ranked officer ever deported from the U.S. on human rights grounds.
 
After co-managing BAI from 1995-2004, Brian Concannon founded IJDH in March 2004 to: 1) pursue the BAI’s cases in U.S. and international courts; 2) bring IJDH’s fight for justice to the U.S. population by disseminating information and supporting grassroots advocacy; and 3) provide financial support for BAI, which no longer receives Haitian government support. The organizations work closely together on all their cases.

 

 


Impact Statement

Our top accomplishments from the past year:
  • In May 2015, we filed an appeal in our lawsuit on behalf of the victims of the cholera introduced to Haiti by United Nations (UN) troops in October 2010. The appeal was supported by over 70 leading scholars, human rights experts, Haitian-American leaders and former UN officials throughout the world. The cholera litigation is one of the largest cases to seek justice for UN wrongdoing in history. It has educated the world about the UN’s responsibility for the epidemic, and has led to hundreds of television, radio and print pieces on the case.
  • In December 2014, BAI officially launched the new Civic Engagement Program, which seeks to educate 3 low-income communities in Haiti about their human rights and help them claim them. Together, BAI and members of these communities launched an Electoral Pact in August 2015, to engage candidates on human rights questions and help them fulfill the promises made during their campaigns.
  • IJDH’s campaign for a Haitian Family Reunification Parole Program (HFRP) bore fruit October 17, 2014, when the Department of Homeland Security announced it would implement HFRP in 2015. Since the 2010 quake, IJDH has been a leader in this fight, coordinating volunteers nationally and securing over 80 items of editorial, political, and community support.
Our top goals for the current year:
 
Programmatic: Increase quality and quantity of advocacy and grassroots organizing to enforce the human rights of Haiti’s poor, especially:
  • victims of cholera, who are seeking clean water and sanitation infrastructure and compensation;
  • victims of rape; and
  • victims of Jean-Claude Duvalier.

Financial: Increase funding to support increased advocacy staff and resources, and establish financial stability.

Organizational: Build the administrative and financial structures necessary to expand and support our program work.


Needs Statement

Our most pressing needs include:
  1. Funding: We need to raise $900,000 per year. Ideally, $1 million/year.
  2. Capacity building
  3. Training
  4. Programmatic alliances

 


CEO Statement

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Board Chair Statement

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Geographic Area Served

INTERNATIONAL

Haiti

Organization Categories

  1. Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy - Alliances & Advocacy
  2. Crime & Legal - Related - Public Interest Law
  3. International, Foreign Affairs, and National Security - International Human Rights

Independent research has been conducted on this organization's theory of change or on the effectiveness of this organization's program(s)

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Programs

Cholera Accountability Project (CAP)

The CAP is leveraging a modest investment in legal work to obtain hundreds of millions of dollars in water and sanitation investments that would save more than 50,000 lives in a decade. IJDH and BAI are pursuing a claim on behalf of victims of a cholera epidemic recklessly introduced into Haiti by UN Peacekeepers, seeking: 1) provision of water and sanitation infrastructure, 2) compensation for their losses, and 3) an apology.
Budget  $200,000.00
Category  Crime & Legal, General/Other
Population Served Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent Victims People/Families of People with Health Conditions
Program Short-Term Success 
CAP will assist additional victims to file claims and continue to educate the International Community on the cholera epidemic through meetings with officials, submission of written opinion pieces, online video campaigns and live demonstrations.
Program Long-Term Success 
In pursuing cholera victims’ claims, CAP is building an effective grassroots-based advocacy effort that fosters similar movements among other marginalized communities in Haiti.
If won, the legal case would overhaul Haiti’s piecemeal water and sanitation systems, providing sustainable access to these services for millions.The case would also result in compensation for victims’ losses and reaffirm the dignity of Haitians’ lives through a UN apology.  Taken as a whole, the case stands to establish a global precedent for accountability.

 

Program Success Monitored By 
a) Concrete progress in the lawsuit, including the establishment of a standing claims commission or other fair mechanism for evaluating the cholera victims’ claims;
b) full preparation of the current complainants’ files, and the potential filing of 5,000 to 10,000 more claims;
c) concrete progress towards the provision of a comprehensive water and sanitation infrastructure in Haiti; and
d) the application of pressure on the UN through press work, demonstrations and participation in conferences.
Examples of Program Success 
Successes so far include:
  • Filing complaints on behalf of 5,000 victims;
  • Obtaining favorable press coverage throughout the world, including: ABC news, Al Jazeera, the BBC, CNN, Democracy Now!, the Economist, the New York Times, NPR, and Time Magazine; and
  • Confronting a February 2012 UN Security Council delegation to Haiti about cholera, through street protests, press releases, and briefing Haitian officials, which in turn led to Security Council representatives from the United States, France, and Pakistan publicly advocating a better UN response to cholera.

Haitian Family Reunification Parole Program (HFRPP)

IJDH spearheads advocacy for a Haitian Family Reunification Parole Program, which would eliminate the waiting list currently preventing more than 100,000 Haitians who have already been approved by the Department of Homeland Security for immigrant visas from joining their families in the U.S. IJDH helps Haitian-American groups organize, works to secure allies among national, state, and local officials, and coordinates a media campaign. Though a limited version of the program has been formed, IJDH will continue to advocate for a more complete and inclusive version so that families will be reunited sooner.
Budget  $25,000.00
Category  International, Foreign Affairs & National Security, General/Other Migration/Refugee Rights
Population Served Immigrant, Newcomers, Refugees Latin America & the Caribbean US& International
Program Short-Term Success 
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Program Long-Term Success 
Our long-term goal is the establishment of a parole program for Haitians which would allow Haitians previously approved for immigration to the U.S. to spend the years of waiting for their visa slot in the US, with their US-based family members, instead of in Haiti.
Program Success Monitored By 
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Examples of Program Success 
We helped to collect over 6,000 signatures in support of HFRPP which were submitted to President Obama and Secretary Napolitano.

Jean-Claude Duvalier Prosecution

IJDH and BAI are working to prosecute Jean-Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier, one of the most notorious dictators of the 20th Century, by representing his victims and coordinating with human rights groups, legal organizations and members of the U.S. Congress to advocate internationally for an effective prosecution. Despite Duvalier's October 2014 death, we are committed to continuing the case against the torturers and killers of the Duvalier regime, which perpetrated systematic human rights abuses against Haitian citizens, including:

•Curtailment of civil and political rights, including freedom of the press and political opposition;

•Arbitrary detention, exile, forced disappearances, torture, and extrajudicial killing of opponents of the regime;

•Abysmal prison conditions, where many citizens died without having been convicted of any crime; and

•Widespread corruption, through which Duvalier misappropriated hundreds of millions dollars of public funds throughout his Presidency.

Budget  $38,220.00
Category  Crime & Legal, General/Other Administration of Justice
Population Served Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent Victims Latin America & the Caribbean
Program Short-Term Success 
  • Assist in collecting evidence and providing legal expertise in order to develop a strong case;
  • Appeal the dismissal of the human rights charges; and
  • Engage with foreign governments and the international press to put pressure on the Martelly regime to comply with its international law obligation to effectively prosecute Duvalier.
Program Long-Term Success 
Justice for victims of Duvalier's crimes.
Program Success Monitored By 
a) Appealing the dismissal of the human rights charges and continuing to push the prosecution to act upon our clients’ criminal complaints at the trial court level;
b) furnishing evidence and litigation support as needed to ensure the proper trial of financial crimes;
c) garnering explicit support for the prosecution from governments in the International Community, especially the U.S. government; and
d) strengthening collaborations amongst Haitian and international groups who are trying to advance the prosecution.
Examples of Program Success 
Successes include:
  • Filing eight formal complaints on behalf of former political prisoners of the Duvalier regime;
  • Submitting boxes of evidence of President Duvalier's financial crimes for the prosecution effort;
  • Recruiting and supervising three top U.S. law firms that have contributed tens of thousands of dollars in donated legal services to the case, preparing information on the Duvalier regime's killings, torture, and financial crimes

Rape Accountability and Prevention Project (RAPP)

IJDH and BAI have joined with grassroots groups in Haiti and international partners to launch the Rape Accountability and Prevention Project to respond to the influx of rapes against poor women and girls in Haiti in the wake of the January 12, 2010 earthquake. RAPP provides individual victims of sexual assault the legal services they need to obtain justice and compensation, while working with allies in Haiti and abroad to transform the social context that underlies the vulnerability to assault of all poor Haitian women. The Project also aims to deter future rape by punishing the perpetrators and forcing a more effective response by law enforcement and the justice system. RAPP includes four closely integrated components: legal advocacy, health care, organizing, and public advocacy.

Budget  $80,000.00
Category  Crime & Legal, General/Other Sexual Assault Prevention
Population Served Females Victims Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Program Short-Term Success 

Our short-term goals are to:

  • Push five cases through to the trial phase this summer;
  • Provide intake for all victims referred to BAI
Program Long-Term Success 
Our long-term goals are to:
  • Reduce the incidents of rape in Haiti’s IDP camps through the deterrence of prosecution and by compelling a better police response to the rapes.
  • Provide direct legal services and medical care for rape victims.
  • Help transform Haiti’s legal system and society through legal and grassroots advocacy, to make both more receptive to the needs of poor women, and to serve justice to victims of sexual violence.
Program Success Monitored By  --
Examples of Program Success 
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CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Management


CEO/Executive Director Mr. Brian Concannon Jr., Esq.
CEO Term Start Mar 2004
CEO Email Brian@IJDH.org
CEO Experience

 Mr. Concannon co-managed the Bureau des Advocats Internationaux (BAI) in Haiti for eight years, from 1996–2004, and worked for the United Nations as a Human Rights Officer in 1995–1996. He founded IJDH, and has been the Director since 2004. He helped prepare the prosecution of the Raboteau Massacre trial in 2000, one of the most significant human rights cases anywhere in the Western Hemisphere. He has represented Haitian political prisoners before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, and represented the plaintiff in Yvon Neptune v. Haiti, the only Haiti case ever tried before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights.

Mr. Concannon has received fellowships from Harvard Law School and Brandeis University and has trained international judges, U.S. asylum officers and law students across the U.S. He is a member of the Editorial Board of Health and Human Rights, an international journal. He holds an undergraduate degree from Middlebury College and JD from Georgetown Law. He speaks English, Haitian Creole and French.

 

Co-CEO --
Co-CEO Term Start --
Co-CEO Email --
Co-CEO Experience --

Former CEOs and Terms

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Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Brian Concannon Jr., Esq. Director --

Awards

Award Awarding Organization Year
Salem Award for Human Rights and Social Justice Salem Award Foundation 2014
Honorary Degree of Doctor of Humane Letters conferred upon IJDH Director Canisius College 2012
International White Dove Award Rochester Committee of Latin America 2012
Zanmi Ayiti Award Haiti Solidarity Network of the Northeast 2005

Affiliations

Affiliation Year
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Member of state association of nonprofits? Yes
Name of state association --

External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
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Collaborations

IJDH is the sister organization of Haiti-based Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI). 

In order to maximize the impact of our limited resources, all of IJDH and BAI's work involves collaboration with allies.

Haitian collaborators include: "Rezo Fanm BAI" (BAI Women’s Network), including KOFAVIV (Komisyon Fanm Viktim pou Viktim), FAVILEK (Fanm Viktim Leve Kanpe), Groupe Concertation des Femmes Victimes (GCFV), Kodinasyon Nasyonal Viktim Direk (KONAMAVID), and Zafe Fanm pou yon Lot Ayiti (ZAFALA), and over 30 grassroots groups;  Zanmi Lasante.

International collaborators include: the Center for Constitutional Rights, Partners in Heath, MADRE, TransAfrica Forum, the Center for Economic and Policy Research, several U.S. law firms and programs at Boston College, Harvard University, City University of New York, New York University, the University of Miami, and the University of San Francisco law schools, New York City College of Technology.

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 6
Number of Part Time Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 25
Number of Contract Staff 4
Staff Retention Rate % 100%

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 3
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 1
Other (if specified): More than one race
Gender Female: 4
Male: 2
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers --
Management Succession Plan --
Business Continuity of Operations Plan --
Organization Policies And Procedures Under Development
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy --
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy --
State Charitable Solicitations Permit --
State Registration --

Risk Management Provisions

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Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? Yes
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency No N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually

Governance


Board Chair Mr. Ira J. Kurzban Esq.
Board Chair Company Affiliation Adjunct Professor of Law at the Univ of Miami and Nova Southeastern Univ
Board Chair Term June 2004 - Dec 2014
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Navjeet Bal VP and General Counsel of Social Finance Voting
Rob Broggi Hedge Fund Manager with Raptor Funds Voting
Brian Concannon Jr., Esq. Director of the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti Voting
Paul Farmer M.D., PhD Founder of Partners In Health, Professor at Harvard Medical School, and Deputy UN Special Envoy to Haiti. Voting
Laura Flynn Author, Teacher, and Activist Voting
Ira J. Kurzban Esq. Attorney with Kurzban, Kurzban, Weinger & Tetzeli, and Adjunct Professor of Law at the University Miami and Nova Southeastern University Voting
Judy Prosper Assistant Attorney General in New York and former volunteer attorney at BAI Voting
Bryan Stevenson Esq. Founder and Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative of Alabama and a Clinical Professor at NYU School of Law Voting
Irwin Stotzky Esq. Professor of Law and Director of the Center for the Study of Human Rights at the University of Miami Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Advisory Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Karen Keating Ansara Co-founder of Haiti Fund at the Boston Foundation --
Herby Duverné Principal and CEO of Taino Consulting Group --
Albert J Kaneb Retired --
Fran Quigley clinical professor at Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law --
Mary H White MD physician at Mount Sinai School of Medicine --

Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 1
Caucasian: 6
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 3
Male: 6
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths --
Board Term Limits --
Board Meeting Attendance % --
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 67%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 30%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No

Standing Committees

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CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Financials


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2012 (%)

Fiscal Year Apr 01, 2015 to Mar 31, 2016
Projected Income $1,685,000.00
Projected Expense $1,467,000.00
Form 990s

2014 Form 990

2013 Form 990

2012 Form 990

2011 Form 990

2010 Form 990

2009 Form 990

Audit Documents

2014 Audited Financials

2013 Audited Financials

2012 Audited Financials

2011 Audited Financials

IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Total Revenue $1,730,310 $1,204,928 $768,973
Total Expenses $1,712,547 $1,291,020 $973,301

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
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Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
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    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- -- --
Individual Contributions $1,730,310 $1,204,928 $767,773
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue -- -- $1,200
Investment Income, Net of Losses -- -- --
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events -- -- --
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other -- -- --

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Program Expense $1,508,605 $1,096,707 $868,617
Administration Expense $134,927 $95,429 $46,746
Fundraising Expense $69,015 $98,884 $57,938
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.01 0.93 0.79
Program Expense/Total Expenses 88% 85% 89%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 4% 8% 8%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Total Assets $128,742 $194,512 $150,471
Current Assets $127,645 $192,187 $147,773
Long-Term Liabilities $0 $0 $0
Current Liabilities $34,103 $79,551 $61,721
Total Net Assets $94,639 $114,961 $88,750

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
1st (Source and Amount) -- --
Flora Family Foundation $90,000.00
Center for Constitutional Rights $50,000.00
2nd (Source and Amount) -- --
Fred & Mabel R. Parks Foundation $75,000.00
Fred and Mabel R. Parks Foundation $50,000.00
3rd (Source and Amount) -- --
Albert J & Diane E. Kaneb $70,000.00
Goldin Institute $50,000.00

Financial Planning

Endowment Value --
Spending Policy N/A
Percentage(If selected) --
Credit Line No
Reserve Fund No
How many months does reserve cover? --

Capital Campaign

Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Purpose --
Campaign Goal --
Capital Campaign Dates -
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount --
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? --

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 3.74 2.42 2.39

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 0% 0%

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

Financial summary data in the charts and graphs above are per the organization's IRS Form 990s.  Contributions from foundations and corporations are listed under individuals when the breakout was not available.  This nonprofit only has audited financials starting in the year ending 2011 as they were previously housed in another state with higher audit threshold requirements.
 
Please note, for FY13, the Program expense total was obtained from page 10 of the Form 990, "Statement of Functional Expenses." For FY14, the total expense amount was adjusted to reflect the total of the functional expenses listed on page 10 of the Form 990 "Statement of Functional Expenses."

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