Better Business Bureau Report for
Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago

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

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: Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago
Address: 550 W Van Burent St
Ste 350
  Chicago, IL 60607
Phone: 312-235-8000
Web Address:
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1905, Illinois
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: The mission of Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago is to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring and responsible citizens.

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Evaluation Conclusions


Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago does not meet the following 5 Standards for Charity Accountability.

Standard 3: Frequency and Attendance of Board Meetings - An organization shall have a minimum of three evenly spaced meetings per year of the full governing body with a majority in attendance, with face-to-face participation. A conference call of the full board can substitute for one of the three meetings of the governing body. For all meetings, alternative modes of participation are acceptable for those with physical disabilities.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago does not meet this Standard because:

  • The board of directors did not hold a minimum of three evenly spaced meetings in the past fiscal year.

Standard 6: Board Policy on Effectiveness - Have a board policy of assessing, no less than every two years, the organization's performance and effectiveness and of determining future actions required to achieve its mission.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago does not meet this Standard because:

  • Its effectiveness assessment policy does not specify that this assessment will take place at least once every two years.

Standard 7: Board Approval of Written Report on Effectiveness - Submit to the organization's governing body, for its approval, a written report that outlines the results of the aforementioned performance and effectiveness assessment and recommendations for future actions.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago does not meet this Standard because:

  • It has never completed an effectiveness assessment.

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.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago 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 program expenses.
  • End of year net assets.

Standard 18: Privacy for Written Appeals & Internet Privacy - Address privacy concerns of donors by (a) providing in written appeals, at least annually, a means (e.g., such as a check off box) for both new and continuing donors to inform the charity if they do not want their name and address shared outside the organization, (b) providing a clear, prominent and easily accessible privacy policy on any of its websites that tells visitors (i) what information, if any, is being collected about them by the charity and how this information will be used, (ii) how to contact the charity to review personal information collected and request corrections, (iii) how to inform the charity (e.g., a check off box) that the visitor does not wish his/her personal information to be shared outside the organization, and (iv) what security measures the charity has in place to protect personal information.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago does not meet this Standard because the privacy policy on this website, does not indicate:

  • How to contact the charity to review personal information that is collected and request corrections.
In addition, the BBB of Chicago & Northern Illinois requested but did not receive complete information on the organization’s governance and oversight and solicitation materials and is unable to verify the organization's compliance with the following 2Standards for Charity Accountability: 1 and 15.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago meets the remaining 13 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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As a leading provider of expert after-school programs and services in Chicago for the past 110 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago (BGCC) offer a safe haven where youth may learn and grow. With 19 locations serving nearly 2,000 children per day, BGCC focuses its efforts on Chicago's most economically-challenged neighborhoods and most in-need families. We provide young people ages 6 to 18 with a stable, safe and stimulating environment - a place where they recieve the life skills they need to have a great future.

For the fiscal year ended June 30, 2012, Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago's program expenses were:

employee related benefits 5,084,161
occupancy 732,692
depreciation 563,851
supplies 475,547
other 326,880
scholarships, assistance to individuals 265,305
local transportation 176,030
expenses related to property 154,507
professional fees 102,113
telephone 64,294
conferences, conventions, and meetings 40,096
provision for bad debt 9,329
postage and shipping 6,945
printing and artwork 3,845
Total Program Expenses: $8,005,595
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Chief Executive : James G. Keane, President and CEO

Chair of the Board: Craig C. Martin
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Partner, Jenner & Block LLC

Board Size: 71

Paid Staff Size: 150

*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 9% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $10,225,717, 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 Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2012.

Source of Funds  
Public Support 7,529,349
Grants from governmental agencies 2,696,368
Program service fees 274,597
other 258,014
investment income 200,606
perpetual trusts distributions 119,562
Membership dues 56,427
Total Income $11,134,923


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

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

Total income $11,134,923
Program expenses $8,005,595
Fund raising expenses 935,777
Administrative expenses 1,283,574
Total expenses $10,224,946
Income in Excess of Expenses 909,977
Beginning net assets 16,994,354
Ending net assets 17,565,138
Total liabilities 3,211,648
Total assets $20,776,786

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