Brady Center Fails To Meet Better Business Bureau Standards

Brady Center Fails To Meet Better Business Bureau Standards for Charity's

Associated Gun Clubs of Baltimore
Associated Gun Clubs of Baltimore

Maryland –-(Ammoland.com)- Research for a future article on the fund raising and spending habits of certain Maryland political action committees (PACs) produced an unexpected piece of information.

The Brady Center is not listed on the Maryland Campaign Finance web site but a “Google” search did find a listing under the Better Business Bureau.

The Better Business Bureau (BBB) produces reports on charities as well as businesses. The BBB Accredited Business and Charities directory contains a listing for the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence.

According to the BBB, the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence DOES NOT meet one or more of the 20 standards for Charity Accountability.

Brady Campaign for the Prevention of Gun Violence
Brady Campaign for the Prevention of Gun Violence

BBB Evaluation Conclusions RE Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence:

Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence (Brady Center) does not meet the following 6 Standards for Charity Accountability.

Standard 1: Oversight of Operations and Staff – Organizations shall have a board of directors that provides adequate oversight of the charity's operations and its staff. Indication of adequate oversight includes, but is not limited to, regularly scheduled appraisals of the CEO's performance, evidence of disbursement controls such as board approval of the budget, fund raising practices, establishment of a conflict of interest policy, and establishment of accounting procedures sufficient to safeguard charity finances.

Brady Center does not meet this Standard because its board of directors does not:

  • Have a voting member of the board who is assigned the responsibility of serving as the treasurer. In general, the board’s treasurer helps provide independent oversight of the organization’s finances.

Standard 4: Compensated Board Members – Not more than one or 10% (whichever is greater) directly or indirectly compensated person(s) serving as voting member(s) of the board. Compensated members shall not serve as the board's chair or treasurer.

Brady Center does not meet this Standard because:

  • 2 members out of the 19 member board of directors (11%) are compensated directly.

Standard 6: Board Policy on Effectiveness – Have a board policy of assessing, no less than every two years, the organization's performance and effectiveness and of determining future actions required to achieve its mission.

Brady Center does not meet this Standard because:

  • Its effectiveness assessment policy does not specify that this assessment will take place at least once every two years.

Standard 7: Board Approval of Written Report on Effectiveness – Submit to the organization's governing body, for its approval, a written report that outlines the results of the aforementioned performance and effectiveness assessment and recommendations for future actions.

Brady Center does not meet this Standard because:

  • It did not produce a written report outlining the results of its most recent effectiveness assessment.

Standard 17: Web Site Disclosures – Include on any charity websites that solicit contributions, the same information that is recommended for annual reports, as well as the mailing address of the charity and electronic access to its most recent IRS Form 990.

Brady Center does not meet this Standard because the organization's website, www.bradycenter.org, does not include all of the recommended information for those charity websites that solicit for donations. Specifically, it does not include:

  • Electronic access to the organization’s most recent IRS Form 990.

Standard 18: Privacy for Written Appeals & Internet Privacy – Address privacy concerns of donors by (a) providing in written appeals, at least annually, a means (e.g., such as a check off box) for both new and continuing donors to inform the charity if they do not want their name and address shared outside the organization, (b) providing a clear, prominent and easily accessible privacy policy on any of its websites that tells visitors (i) what information, if any, is being collected about them by the charity and how this information will be used, (ii) how to contact the charity to review personal information collected and request corrections, (iii) how to inform the charity (e.g., a check off box) that the visitor does not wish his/her personal information to be shared outside the organization, and (iv) what security measures the charity has in place to protect personal information.

Brady Center does not meet this Standard because the privacy policy on this website, www.bradycenter.org does not indicate:

  • What security measures are in place to protect personal information that is collected.

Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence (Brady Center) meets the remaining 14 Standards for Charity Accountability.

National Rifle Association
National Rifle Association

NRA Gets a B+
In comparison the NRA is rated B+ and has resolved almost all complaints registered with the BBB.

The company's size, volume of business and number of transactions may have a bearing on the number of complaints received by the BBB. The complaints filed against a company may not be as important as the type of complaints, and how the company has handled them. The BBB generally does not pass judgment on the validity of complaints filed.

Number of complaints processed by the BBB

  • in the last 36 months: 14
  • in the last 12 months: 8

Complaints Concerned:
Selling Practices (7 complaints)

  • 6 Resolved
  • 1 Company made every reasonable effort to resolve

Advertising Issues (2 complaints)

  • 2 Resolved

Customer Service Issues (2 complaints)

  • 2 Resolved

Credit or Billing Disputes (1 complaints)

  • 1 Resolved

Delivery Issues (2 complaints)

 

 

 

BBB Wise Giving Report for
Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence

BBB Wise Giving Report issued January 2010
BBB Wise Giving Report expires January 2012

Does not meet one or more standards
This charity does not meet one or more of the 20 standards for Charity Accountability. Find out more…

 

Find out more about this charity:

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Charity Contact Information

Name: Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence
Address: 1225 Eye Street NW,
#1100
Washington, DC 20005
Phone: 202-289-7319
Web Address: www.bradycenter.org

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BBB Wise Giving Alliance Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1983, District of Columbia
Affiliates: Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence

Stated Purpose: “to create an America free from gun violence, where all Americans are safe at home, at school, at work, and in our communities.”

 

 

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Evaluation Conclusions

  • 2 Resolved

About:
Associated Gun Clubs of Baltimore, Inc. (AGC), located in Marriottsville, Maryland. The Associated Gun Clubs of Baltimore, Inc. was formed on July 1, 1944 when a number of World War II veterans in the Baltimore, Maryland area began looking for a place for recreational and competitive shooting. They organized with several other Baltimore area shooting clubs to form the “AGC” Visit: www.associatedgunclubs.org

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