We Are Accountable
From the beginning of our program we have sought to be transparent. We are a grassroots organization comprised of "neighbors helping neighbors" so we must always be in close contact with and accountable to our "neighbors".
Our work is regularly reviewed by a number of organizations. We follow the "Guiding Principles" of the Living At Home Network, a resource center for home and community-based organizations like ours operating in Minnesota. Click on this link for more information: www.lahnetwork.org
We are listed with http://www.minnesotahelp.info/ which is the Senior Linkage and Disability linkage service connection in Minnesota and the United Way 2-1-1 system in Central Minnesota.
Our work is reviewed annually by Stearns County Human Services since we have a contract with them to provide home and community-based services, by the Minnesota Department of Human Services because we receive some state funding to support our work, and by the Central Minnesota Council On Aging (http://www.cmcoa.org/) that administers the Older Americans Act funding we receive.
We have also received funding from a number of private and corporate funders like the Otto Bremer Foundation , PreventionMinnesota, and The Initiative Foundation (www.ifound.org) for our health promotion activitites.
Our financial information and IRS forms 990 are available for review at http://www.guidestar.org/.
In 2006 we were pleased to be recognized for the first time by the Charities Review Council of Minnesota as "Meeting All Standards" of excellence and accountability. We have continued to meet all standards every 3 years since 2006 as well. Our most recent recognition by the Council was in April 2012. We are listed at their web site at http://www.smartgivers.org. One comment by the Council read as follows - "Your commitment to accountability as an area of best practice for your organization was like music to our ears. We really appreciate the work you did to meet the standards. It speaks well of your organization's dedication to the people that you serve that you would take the time to address accountability issues."