Better Business Bureau Report for
Chicago Cares

Better Business Bureau Report issued October 2016
Better Business Bureau Report expires October 2018

This BBB Accredited charity meets all 20 Standards for Charity Accountability. Find out more...

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Charity Contact Information

Name: Chicago Cares
Address: 2 N. Riverside Plaza Ste. 2200
  Chicago, IL 60606
Phone: 312-780-0800
Web Address:
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 2000, Illinois
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: Chicago Cares mobilizes volunteers to build a stronger, more unified Chicago.

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Evaluation Conclusions


Chicago Cares meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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Chicago Cares is an organization that creates volunteer opportunities throughout the city of Chicago. Chicago Cares' hundreds of monthly group volunteer projects impact immediate needs. And through the power of the volunteer experience, the organization set's its city on a path to long-term change. In the process, Chicago Cares creates programming from the ground up for more than 200 schools, parks, and nonprofits. That means positive, long-term change for the city that Chicago Cares loves.

For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2015, Chicago Cares's program expenses were:

Education and Support 2,711,956
Human Services 780,298
Environment 175,256
Total Program Expenses: $3,667,510
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Chief Executive : Jenne D. Myers , CEO

Chair of the Board: Thomas Hurwich
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Vice President, Controller, AbbVie

Board Size: 25

Paid Staff Size: 34

*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, grant proposals, internet
Fund raising costs were 7% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $4,455,894, 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 Chicago Cares's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2015.

Source of Funds  
Corporate Contributions 2,667,421
In-Kind Donations 685,086
Individual Contributions 540,015
Special Events - net 335,147
Foundations Contributions 228,225
Interest Income 125
Net Assets Released from Restrictions
Total Income $4,456,019


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 85%  Fund Raising: 8%  Administrative: 7% 

Total income $4,456,019
Program expenses $3,667,510
Fund raising expenses 329,347
Administrative expenses 283,256
Total expenses $4,280,113
Income in Excess of Expenses 175,906
Beginning net assets 2,154,692
Ending net assets 2,330,598
Total liabilities 42,607
Total assets $2,373,205

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