Better Business Bureau Report for
After School Matters

Better Business Bureau Report issued December 2013
Better Business Bureau Report expires December 2015

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

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Charity Contact Information

Name: After School Matters
Address: 66 East Randolph Street
  Chicago, IL 60601
Phone: 312-742-4182
Web Address:
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1990, Illinois
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: To provide Chicago public high school teens opportunities to explore and develop their talents, while gaining critical skills for work, college and beyond.

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Evaluation Conclusions


After School Matters meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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After School Matters programs offer Chicago high school teens high-quality opportunities during out-of-school time - after school and in the summer- to explore and develop their talents in hands-on, project-based programs in which they can gain critical skills necessary for work, college and beyond. Programs take place all around the city at Chicago public high schools, various community organizations and Downtown the Gallery37 Center for the Arts. After School Matters programs are offered through five content ares: Gallery (visual, preforming and culinary arts), Science (lab science environmental science, engineering and math), Sports (sports officiating, health and fitness), Tech (Web development, robotics, video production and software development) and Words (writing, communications and public speaking).

For the fiscal year ended June 30, 2012, After School Matters's program expenses were:

Program services 18,478,329
Total Program Expenses: $18,478,329
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Chief Executive : Mary Ellen Caron, Chief Executive Officer

Chair of the Board: Mellody Hobson
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: President, Ariel Investments

Board Size: 18

Paid Staff Size: 68

*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, radio, grant proposals
Fund raising costs were 4% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $21,754,674, 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 After School Matters's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2012.

Source of Funds  
Government grants and support 13,083,636
In-kind contributions 4,982,408
Annual Gala 2,781,776
Net assets released from restrictions 1,746,524
Contributions and foundation grants 833,513
Other income 170,694
Gallery37 retail sales 101,292
City-wide event 73,341
Interest income 30
Total Income $23,773,214


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 83%  Fund Raising: 4%  Administrative: 13% 

Total income $23,773,214
Program expenses $18,478,329
Fund raising expenses 918,594
Administrative expenses 2,797,368
Total expenses $22,194,291
Income in Excess of Expenses 1,578,923
Beginning net assets 5,421,213
Ending net assets 5,775,926
Total liabilities 1,190,402
Total assets $6,966,328

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