Better Business Bureau Report for
South Suburban Humane Society

Better Business Bureau Report issued August 2014
Better Business Bureau Report expires August 2016

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: South Suburban Humane Society
Address: 1103 West End Ave
  Chicago Heights, IL 60411
Phone: 708-755-7387
Web Address:
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1973, Illinois
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: The South Suburban Humane Society is dedicated to promoting the well being of animals in those communities we serve through the care and sheltering of animals needing protection, investigative practices that will prevent abuse, the education of the public as to ownership responsibilities and providing adoption services.

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Evaluation Conclusions


South Suburban Humane Society does not meet the following 2 Standards for Charity Accountability.

Standard 12: Detailed Functional Breakdown of Expenses - Include in the financial statements a breakdown of expenses (e.g., salaries, travel, postage, etc.) that shows what portion of these expenses was allocated to program, fund raising, and administrative activities. If the charity has more than one major program category, the schedule should provide a breakdown for each category.

South Suburban Humane Society does not meet this Standard because, in the organization's financial statements, the detailed functional breakdown of expenses:

  • Only included one program service category. It did not include a detailed breakdown of expenses for each of its major program activities.
  • Did not include a breakdown of program service expenses.
  • Did not include a breakdown of fund raising expenses.
  • Did not include a breakdown of administrative expenses.

Standard 13: Accuracy of Expenses in Financial Statements - Accurately report the charity's expenses, including any joint cost allocations, in its financial statements. For example, audited or unaudited statements which inaccurately claim zero fund raising expenses or otherwise understate the amount a charity spends on fund raising, and/or overstate the amount it spends on programs will not meet this standard.

South Suburban Humane Society does not meet this Standard because its audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2013:

  • Reports the organization had no administrative expenses.
In addition, the BBB of Chicago & Northern Illinois requested but did not receive complete information on the organization’s governance and oversight, effectiveness measures, finances, solicitation materials, and annual report and is unable to verify the organization's compliance with the following 11Standards for Charity Accountability: 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 15, and 16.
South Suburban Humane Society meets the remaining 6 Standards for Charity Accountability. Please note that as of the date of this report 1 out of the 20Standards for Charity Accountability are not currently effective. As a result, this standard has not been applied to this evaluation.
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The South Suburban Humane Society was founded in 1971 in order to serve the animal welfare needs of the entire south suburban Chicago region. Since November 1973, the organization has operated a 10,000 square foot open-door animal shelter in Chicago Heights, Illinois. For over forty years, the South Suburban Humane Society has helped tens of thousands of animals. From its roots as a small group of volunteers to today’s organization comprising volunteers and paid employees, the organization was responsible for nearly 6,000 animals in 2009. In addition to animal sheltering and adoptions, their extensive outreach programs include humane education, abuse investigations, and community outreach events. They also operate two resale shops located in Steger, Illinois and Chicago Heights, Illinois that promote their organization, their animals and provide income to support their humane work.

For the fiscal year ended September 30, 2013, South Suburban Humane Society's program expenses were:

Total Program Expenses: $
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Chief Executive :

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


Method(s) Used:

direct mail, invitations to fund raising events, print advertisements, television, radio, grant proposals, internet, planned giving arrangements, membership
Fund raising costs were 7% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $789,278, 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 South Suburban Humane Society's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2013.

Source of Funds  
Grants & Trusts 405,608
Clinic 347,316
Thrift Shop Sale 332,397
Fund Raising 217,453
Donations 166,217
Adoptions 104,183
Membership 29,004
Miscellaneous Income 21,680
Investment Income 1,195
Total Income $1,625,053


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

  Fund Raising: 100%   

Total income $1,625,053
Program expenses $0
Fund raising expenses 54,068
Administrative expenses 0
Total expenses $1,520,643
Income in Excess of Expenses 104,410
Beginning net assets 141,802
Ending net assets 245,970
Total liabilities 167,302
Total assets $413,272

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