Citizens Opposed to Domestic Abuse
PO Box 1775
Beaufort SC 29901-1775
Contact Information
Organization DBA (Doing Business As)
Organization DBA
CODA
Address PO Box 1775
Beaufort, SC 299011775
Telephone (843) 770-1070
Fax (843) 7701084
E-mail executivedirector@codabft.com
Projected Annual Revenue $1,072,668.00 (2015)
Mission Statement

CODA provides professional supportive services to survivors of intimate partner abuse and their children in Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton and Jasper counties in South Carolina. Committed to the belief that safety from violence and freedom from fear are universal rights, CODA conducts community education programs to confront the societal norms that condone abusive behavior.

Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Kristin Dubrowski
Board Chair Catherine Stewart
Board Chair Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1986
Financial Summary
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Statements
Mission

CODA provides professional supportive services to survivors of intimate partner abuse and their children in Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton and Jasper counties in South Carolina. Committed to the belief that safety from violence and freedom from fear are universal rights, CODA conducts community education programs to confront the societal norms that condone abusive behavior.

Background Since its inception in 1986, CODA has grown from an emergency 24-hour hotline to provide comprehensive services for victims of domestic violence and their children in Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton and Jasper counties in South Carolina.  CODA’s programs include emergency safe shelter, individual and group counseling for victims and their children, a children’s activity program, case management services, transitional housing and court advocacy/legal services.  All services are available free of charge and are accessible to those who stay at the shelter and on an outreach basis in the communities CODA serves.
Impact
Accomplishments: Over the past year, CODA implemented an initiative to more actively engage men in ending violence against women, which resulted in a group of male volunteers forming Man2Man Lowcountry. As a member of the Abuse Prevention Coalition, we added a second violence prevention specialist to provide evidence-based primary violence prevention programming to to teen girls in local schools. In 2015, CODA was chosen as the Outstanding Nonprofit by the Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce.
 
Goals: CODA will continue to improve services and programs by ensuring that evidence-based, trauma-informed approaches are utilized; CODA is working on building more local support and diversifying its funding streams to reduce reliance on federal grants; CODA is striving to increase public awareness of domestic violence and CODA's services.
Needs
Thanks to grants and community support, CODA provides all of our programs and services free of charge. However, the majority of our funding is designated for specific programs or services. This creates a critical need for undesignated general operating funds to fill funding gaps and address urgent needs that arise throughout the year such as broken appliances or counselor salaries. Thus, general operating support from the community is essential to fully serve the 600-plus adult and child survivors of domestic abuse that we expect to see in the coming year.
 
A specific current need is to expand counseling services for adults and children, but in order to do that CODA needs more local financial support. Right now, only 5% of CODA's funding comes from individuals yet federal grants that fund counselor salaries and program expenses require a 20% match, which means CODA needs to raise a minimum of $30,000 to add two more full time counselors for adults and children.
 
Another current need CODA has is to replace the carpeting at our main office with a more durable and cleaner material such as wood or vinyl. We had planned to refinish the wood underneath the carpeting, but the original floors are too damaged.
 
 
CEO/Executive Director Statement CODA is the only organization that provides comprehensive services to victims of domestic violence and their children serving an area of over 2,500 square miles.  South Carolina consistently ranks in the top ten states for the number of women murdered by men (in 2014 SC ranked 2nd).  Of the 46 counties in South Carolina, three of the counties CODA serves have been ranked in the top 10 for the number of reported domestic assaults.  Annually, these statistics translate to over 3,000 calls to CODA's hotline, to nearly 200 victims and their children being provided with safe shelter and to over 600 adults and children receiving services on an outreach basis.
Board Chair Statement

Statement from Board President Catherine Stewart

During its almost 30 years of operation, CODA has consistently delivered a variety of necessary services, free of charge, to victims of domestic abuse. The organization has been able to do this with Federal, State and local grants, as well as the generosity of individual contributors. In addition to its successes at fund raising, CODA has earned an excellent reputation in the four counties it serves because it provides free critical services such as a shelter, transitional housing, counseling for victims and their children and legal services.

One of the organization’s challenges lies in the issue of domestic abuse and the fact that CODA is in South Carolina, a state which has been in the top ten among states nationwide for the past 15 years where more women lose their lives at the hands of their domestic partner. Sadly, it has been #1 more than once during that time. Domestic abuse, particularly in the South, is an issue many people consider as a problem that should be dealt with between the partners, and, failing that, the victim, should “just leave.” That kind of mindset ignores the complexity of the issue as well as the lack of economic independence of victims, who are mostly women.

Among CODA’s challenges is its ability to continue to obtain most of its funding from government sources. Even though our stellar reputation has earned us many years of funding, there is no guarantee that will continue. The Board and executive staff are working with consultants to develop strategies to seek more funds from individual donors. Another challenge is the issue of domestic abuse and its previous stigma of being “someone else’s problem.” Last year’s press coverage of NFL domestic abuse cases, as well as the Charleston Post and Courier series “Till Death Do Us Part,” has shed necessary light on the topic. This resulted in the South Carolina houses of Congress passing legislation, signed by the Governor, which strengthens criminal penalties in domestic abuse cases, bans batterers from possessing guns and requires students to be educated in its prevention.

I joined CODA’s board of directors in January, 2012, six months after moving to Beaufort after retiring from a 43 year career in marketing and communications for a variety of industries. My career kept me from joining boards because of a heavy travel schedule, but joining a board had been on my “bucket list” so when I was approached to join by an outgoing board member, I jumped at the chance. I have to admit that domestic violence was not one of my passions, and my knowledge of the issue then was minimal. However, I never had the typical “Why doesn’t she leave?” opinion. My decision to join the board was purely based on wanting to give back to my new community. It has been a very rewarding three years and I have learned a great deal about the issue and why it continues to be “America’s dirty little secret.” I am proud of the work the CODA staff and Board have accomplished and I hope to be part of this success in the years to come.

Areas of Service
Area
In a specific U.S. city, cities, state(s) and/or region.
Beaufort County
Colleton County
Hampton County
Jasper County
Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton and Jasper counties in South Carolina
Board Chair
Board Chair Catherine Stewart
Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Term Jan 2014 to Jan 2016
Board of Directors
NameAffiliation
Liz Brown Community Member
Dr. Ardra Davis-Tolbert Riverside Women's Care
Rhonda Farmer Hampton County School District
John Giles Community Volunteer
Meredith Irion Delegation Liaison
Philander McDomick Sr.Military
Eileen Poveromo Community Volunteer
Mayra Rivera-Vazquez Community Volunteer
Caren Ross Guardian ad Litem
Karen Smedley Community Volunteer
Catherine Stewart Community Volunteer
LaKinsha Swinton Beaufort County School District
Beth Young Business Owner
Fatima Zeidan Attorney
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 6
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 7
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 2
Female 12
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 3
Written Board Selection Criteria? Under Development
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 90%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 10
Standing Committees
Board Development / Board Orientation
Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Finance
Human Resources / Personnel
Other Boards
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Executive Director
Executive Director/CEO Ms. Kristin Dubrowski
Experience

Kristin Dubrowski has been working in the field of domestic violence since 1999. She has a B.A. in Women's Studies from Cornell College and a Masters in Nonprofit Management from Regis University. She was hired by CODA in 2004 as the domestic violence counselor and was promoted into the coordinator of victim services position in 2005. In 2007, Ms. Dubrowski became CODA’s executive director.

In addition to her work at CODA, Ms. Dubrowski also taught Leadership and Professional Ethics for the University of South Carolina, Beaufort, Human Services program from 2009-2012. Ms. Dubrowski is the past chair of the South Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault’s board of directors and she also served on the board of the Lowcountry Homeless Coalition.

Prior to her move to South Carolina in 2004, Ms. Dubrowski was the director of a domestic violence shelter in Denver, Colorado, and served as a committee chairperson for the Colorado Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Ms. Dubrowski is a South Carolina certified Victim Service Provider and she has spoken on domestic violence related issues throughout Colorado and South Carolina. 

Staff
Full Time Staff 15
Part Time Staff 12
Volunteers 80
Contractors 3
Plans
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Date Strategic Plan Adopted Jan 2014
Years Strategic Plan Considers 3
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Yes
Diversity Policy Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Collaborations
CODA collaborates with many organizations and participates in numerous multi-disciplinary staffings and meetings including the 14 Judicial Circuit MDT, COSY, Jasper County Domestic Violence Coordinating Council, Lowcountry Coalition Against Human Trafficking, Beaufort County Alliance for Human Services, Affordable Housing Coalition, Everyone Counts, SC Immigrant Victim Network, Hampton County Coalition and Mental Health Access Coalition. CODA also has a formal collaboration with CAPA and Hope Haven called the Abuse Prevention Coalition.
Awards
Awards
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
Outstanding NonprofitBeaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce2015
Programs
Description Staffed by CODA employees and volunteers, the 24-hour crisis line is a survivor’s first point of contact with CODA. Callers receive information, referrals, support, and complete a phone intake form. If the caller is a survivor of domestic violence s/he is referred to the appropriate CODA staff person for additional services or is screened to enter the emergency shelter.

24-hour toll-free hotline –

Staffed by CODA employees and volunteers, the 24-hour crisis line is a survivor’s first point of contact with CODA. Callers receive information, referrals, support, and complete a phone intake form. If the caller is a survivor of domestic violence s/he is referred to the appropriate CODA staff person for additional services or is screened to enter the emergency shelter.

Short Term Success CODA responds to over 4,000 call to our hotline annually.
Long Term Success CODA has responded to over 63,000 hotline calls.
Description CODA provides emergency safe shelter for victims of domestic violence and their children.  CODA's shelter can house a total of 24 women and children at a time.  Shelter residents can stay for up to 60 days.  While in shelter, residents access CODA's full array of services.  Male victims can also access all of CODA's services and may be provided with motel vouchers until other housing arrangements can be made.
Short Term Success
Long Term Success
Description Individual and group counseling for adult victims of domestic violence and their children.  Services are available to shelter residents and on an outreach basis throughout CODA's service area.  Individual counseling is offered on a short-term basis.  Groups follow a psych-educational format.  There is also a children's activity program component that teaches healthy communication and coping skills.
Short Term Success
Long Term Success
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year 2015
Projected Revenue $1,072,668.00
Projected Expenses $1,122,797.00
IRS Letter of Exemption
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201320122011
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$138,399$143,315$136,134
Government Contributions$826,578$767,393$734,530
Federal------
State------
Local------
Unspecified$826,578$767,393$734,530
Individual Contributions------
$57,946$60,158$57,855
$5,451$13,157$0
Investment Income, Net of Losses$1,006$2,557$15,060
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$0$0$0
Revenue In-Kind$0$0$0
Other($425)$0$0
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201320122011
Program Expense$953,060$895,497$826,611
Administration Expense$114,487$84,150$90,508
Fundraising Expense$19,058$14,803$16,232
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.981.031.06
Program Expense/Total Expenses88%90%89%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue2%2%2%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201320122011
Total Assets$995,512$1,013,295$975,019
Current Assets$654,223$638,803$621,540
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$39,924$40,752$35,823
Total Net Assets$955,588$972,543$939,196
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities16.3915.6817.35
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201320122011
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
State Charitable Solicitations Permit
Registration Yes May 2016
Nonprofit Citizens Opposed to Domestic Abuse
Address PO Box 1775
Beaufort, SC 299011775
Primary Phone (843) 770-1070
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Kristin Dubrowski
Board Chair Catherine Stewart
Board Chair Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Year of Incorporation 1986