Better Business Bureau Report for
Alternatives, Inc.

Better Business Bureau Report issued December 2015
Better Business Bureau Report expires December 2017

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

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Charity Contact Information

Name: Alternatives, Inc.
Address: 4730 N. Sheridan Rd.
  Chicago, IL 60640
Phone: 773-506-7474
Web Address:
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1971, Illinois
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: Alternatives, Inc. is a youth and family agency and our mission is to facilitate personal development, strengthen family relationships and enhance the community's well-being. We offer a range of innovative youth development programs and clinical services to help youth develop the connections, confidence, and knowledge they need to make healthy choices and achieve success in all facets of their lives.

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Evaluation Conclusions


Alternatives, Inc. meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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Established in direct response to the needs of area youth, Alternatives, Inc. has stood as a model for Chicago's youth services field since 1971. Alternatives offers Youth Development programs and Clinical Services to more than 3,000 youth each year, focusing on four key areas: counseling, leadership development, academic enrichment, and violence prevention. Youth Development service areas include Career and Employment Services; Arts, Leadership, and Health; and Restorative Justice. Clinical Services include individual, family and group counseling; crisis intervention services; and substance abuse counseling. By combining behavioral health through Clinical Services with the positive skill-building programs provided by Youth Development programs, Alternatives is able to engage youth in making healthy choices and developing healthy relationships; succeeding academically; building strong communication and conflict resolution skills while positioning them as leaders in their communities.

For the fiscal year ended June 30, 2014, Alternatives, Inc.'s program expenses were:

Salaries and Wages 1,265,034
Professional Fees 424,427
Employee Benefits and related taxes 202,443
Donated Services 86,507
Depreciation and amortization 74,270
Sub-recipients 72,994
Utilities and telephone 46,591
Supplies 38,813
Interest 34,372
Travel 21,678
Equipment Maintainence and rental 20,814
Occupancy 19,015
Insurance 16,430
In-kind contributions and donated facilities 10,222
Staff development and training 4,272
Program Expenses 3,420
Stipends 2,733
Miscellaneous 2,051
Bank and credit card fees 1,963
Dues and subscriptions 1,655
Postage and printing 1,587
Meetings and conferences 510
Bad debt
Total Program Expenses: $2,351,801
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Chief Executive : Judith Gall, Executive Director

Highest Paid Executive: Robert Fiedler,Director of Resource Development
Compensation*: $95,000

Chair of the Board: Catherine Weidner
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Professor

Board Size: 14

Paid Staff Size: 30

*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, telephone, invitations to fund raising events, grant proposals, internet
Fund raising costs were 23% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $1,173,366, 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 Alternatives, Inc.'s audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2013.

Source of Funds  
Illinois Department of Human Services 836,106
Other Contributions 760,582
County of Cook 240,000
Chicago Department of Family and Supportive Services 238,634
Chicago Public Schools 189,214
Donated Services 88,615
Special Events - Contributions and Ticket Revenue 55,192
U.S. Deaprtment of Health and Human Services 38,650
Illinois States Attorney 28,977
Miscellaneous 19,842
Donated materials and rent 10,222
Program Fees 5,894
Total Income $2,511,928


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 78%  Fund Raising: 9%  Administrative: 13% 

Total income $2,511,928
Program expenses $2,351,801
Fund raising expenses 267,303
Administrative expenses 386,478
Total expenses $3,005,582
Expenses in Excess of Income (493,654)
Beginning net assets 1,454,709
Ending net assets 961,055
Total liabilities 1,074,161
Total assets $2,035,216

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