Charity Review

Issued: July 2017 Expires: July 2019

Charity Seal Holder

Westerville Area Resource Ministry (W.A.R.M.)

Meets Standards
(614) 899-0196 150 Heatherdown Dr, Westerville OH 43081-2868
  1. Conclusions
  2. Purpose
  3. Programs
  4. Governance & Staff
  5. Fund Raising
  6. Tax Status
  7. Financial
  8. BBB Comment

Westerville Area Resource Ministry (W.A.R.M.) meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.


Our Vision

Through the grace of God, WARM will be an exemplary, faith-based organization compassionately serving the Westerville community, supporting families who are on the economic and spiritual journey of self-sufficiency.

Our Mission
The work of WARM will provide compassionate, short-term assistance, educational services and spiritual support in order to encourage individuals to achieve a God-reliant, self-sufficient life while restoring dignity and hope by offering a hand up, not a hand out.

"I give you a new commandment: love one another. As I have loved you, so you also should love one another. This is how all will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another."  John 13: 34-35

Our Values
• Respect the rights of all individuals.
• Value the time and talents of individuals.
• Enter into relationships with honesty, tolerance and perseverance. 
• Foster open dialogue and encourage feedback.
• Support families and individuals who are on the economic and spiritual journey of self-sufficiency.
• Value the core principle of being a hand up, not a hand out agency.
• Provide short-term assistance by determining steps needed to assist individuals in achieving self-sufficiency. 
• Offer a variety of educational opportunities for individuals to acquire the necessary tools for success. 
• Support our clients with opportunities to receive prayer and referrals.
• Engage community volunteers to help carry out the mission of our agency. 
• Model the values of WARM by participating in community events. 
• Renew our efforts as good citizens by helping connect people with all available resources.
• Celebrate each success and achievement with Christ-like energy and enthusiasm



Incorporated: 2001 in OH

Also Known As: WARM (Westerville Area Resource Ministry) , Presentation is Everything



o   FEED Client Choice Food Pantry: Oldest / largest program. In 2016, 328,504 meals were provided to families.
o   Work Opportunities & Resource Keystones (WORK): Job readiness training/coaching to unemployed and underemployed Westerville School District residents. 48 job placements realized in 2016.
o   Westerville Area Kids Lunch Club: Provides free, nutritious meals and educational and recreational activities to low-income children during summers. Pilot program in 2011;  expanded to 4 sites in 2012, 6 sites in 2013, and 8 sites in 2014, 10 sites in 2015. In 2016, the program provided 48,750 meals.
o   Benefit Bank: Connects low-income families with public assistance.
o   HOPE for Elderly & Disabled Clients - Helps clients with budgets and personal goals.
o   HELP–Transient Assistance – Work with Westerville Chaplain Corps and Westerville Police Department to aid people passing through Westerville in need of emergency assistance.

Governance & Staff

Board Chair: Mr. Steve Brown, Board Member Business Affiliation: Payne and Brown Insurance Agency, Inc.

CEO: Mr. Scott Marier, Executive Director

Board Size: 13

Staff: 20

Fund Raising
Method(s) used: Direct Mail Appeals Telephone Appeals Invitations to Fundraising Events Print Advertisements (Newspapers, Magazines, etc.) Radio Appeals Grant Proposals Internet Appeals Appeals via Social Media (Facebook, etc.)

% of Related Contributions on Fundraising: 14.25%

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 Westerville Area Resource Ministry (W.A.R.M.)'s Audited Financial Statements for the fiscal year ending Saturday, December 31, 2016.

Source of Funds
Cash Contributions $595,239
Capital Campaign $75,830
Contributions Rcv'd in Acquisition of SBAP $0
Donated Food $878,933
Donated Goods $37,383
Donated Services $3,117
Special Events Income $81,156
Grants Revenue $127,976
Interest and Dividends $4,712
Loss on Disposal of Assets ($1,017)
Miscellaneous Income $1,063
Net Assets Released from Restrictions $528,664
Total Income: $2,333,056
Fusion Chart
Program Expenses: $1,791,625
Fundraising Expenses: $256,534
Administrative Expenses: $104,704
Total Expenses: $2,152,863
Income in Excess of Expenses: $180,193
Beginning Net Assets: $1,965,135
Ending Net Assets: $1,914,351
Total Liabilities: $713,844
Total Assets: $2,345,955

BBB Comment

A BBB Accredited Charity since April 2011. BBB has determined that in addition to meeting BBB's 20 Standards for Charity Accountability, Westerville Area Resource Ministry (W.A.R.M) adheres to the BBB Code of Business Practices, which includes a commitment to make a good faith effort to resolve any complaints. Charities that display the BBB Accredited Charity Seal pay a fee for review/monitoring and for support of BBB's services to the public. BBB accreditation does not mean this charity's programs or services have been evaluated or endorsed by BBB or that BBB has made a determination as to this charity's competency in performing services.

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