Better Business Bureau Report for
Abraham Lincoln Centre

Better Business Bureau Report issued August 2011
Better Business Bureau Report expires August 2013

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...

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Charity Contact Information

Name: Abraham Lincoln Centre
Address: 3858 South Cottage
  Chicago, IL 60653
Phone: 773-285-1390
Web Address:
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Formerly known as:None

Year, State Incorporated: 1907, Illinois
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: None

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Evaluation Conclusions


Abraham Lincoln Centre does not meet the following 2 Standards for Charity Accountability.

Standard 16: Annual Report - Have an annual report available to all, on request, that includes: (a) the organization's mission statement, (b) a summary of the past year's program service accomplishments, (c) a roster of the officers and members of the board of directors, (d) financial information that includes (i) total income in the past fiscal year, (ii) expenses in the same program, fund raising and administrative categories as in the financial statements, and (iii) ending net assets.

Abraham Lincoln Centre does not meet this standard because the most recent annual report did not include:

  • A roster of the board of directors
  • Total income.
  • Total program expenses.
  • Total expenses for each program in the same categories that appear in the organization’s financial statements.
  • Total fund raising expenses.
  • Total administrative expenses.
  • Total end of year net assets.

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.

Abraham Lincoln Centre does not meet this Standard because the organization's website,, does not include all of the recommended information for those charity websites that solicit for donations. Specifically, it does not include:

  • Total income.
  • Total program expenses.
  • Total fund raising expenses.
  • Total administrative expenses.
  • End of year net assets.
  • The organization’s mailing address.
  • Electronic access to the organization’s most recent IRS Form 990.
In addition, the BBB of Chicago & Northern Illinois requested but did not receive complete information on the organization’s governance and oversight, effectiveness measures, solicitation materials, donor privacy, and fundraising disclosures and is unable to verify the organization's compliance with the following 10Standards for Charity Accountability: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 15, 18, and 19.
Abraham Lincoln Centre meets the remaining 8 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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For the fiscal year ended June 30, 2010, Abraham Lincoln Centre's program expenses were:

Special Education 1,897,497
Residential Services 1,590,891
Child Welfare 1,438,256
Youth/Senior services 448,407
Total Program Expenses: $5,375,051
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Chief Executive :

Chair of the Board:
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation:

Board Size:

Paid Staff Size: 200

*Compensation includes annual salary and, if applicable, benefit plans, expense accounts, and other allowances.
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Fund Raising


Method(s) Used:

Fund raising costs were 28% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $970,200, are donations received as a result of fund raising activities.)
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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.
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The following information is based on Abraham Lincoln Centre's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2010.

Source of Funds  
Illinois Department of Human Services 4,705,429
Chicago Department of Human Services 1,379,856
In-kind Contributions 393,669
SSI 316,513
other grants/foundations 191,264
Illinois State Board of Education 122,177
Special Events 64,719
Program Service fees 61,805
Department of Children and Family Services 58,679
Misc Revenue 6,198
Contributions 3,791
Rental Income 1,251
United way of Chicago 244
Interest Income 74
Total Income $7,305,669


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 75%  Fund Raising: 4%  Administrative: 21% 

Total income $7,305,669
Program expenses $5,375,051
Fund raising expenses 267,207
Administrative expenses 1,487,657
Total expenses $7,129,915
Income in Excess of Expenses 175,754
Beginning net assets (146,311)
Ending net assets 29,443
Total liabilities 2,053,945
Total assets $2,083,388

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