Better Business Bureau Report for
Carole Robertson Center for Learning

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...

Find out more about this charity:

Back To Top

Charity Contact Information

Name: Carole Robertson Center for Learning
Address: 2020 West Roosevelt Road
  Chicago, IL 60608
Phone: 312-243-7300
Web Address:
Back To Top

Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1976, Illinois
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: The Carole Robertson Center for Learning is dedicated to nurturing, supporting, and strengthening family life through quality child, youth, and family development programs. The Center serves Chicago families and facilitates community advocacy on child and family issues.

Back To Top

Evaluation Conclusions


Carole Robertson Center for Learning meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
Back To Top



The Carole Robertson Center for Learning is a comprehensive family development organization, serving 750 children and youth each day. Founded by a group of neighborhood parents in 1976, the Carole Robertson Center now operates three sites, home-based and home visiting programs, and a family child care home network. The Center is named in memory of Carole Robertson, Addie Mae Collins, Cynthia Wesley, and Denise McNair, the four children tragically killed in the 1963 16th Street Baptist Church bombing in Birmingham. Programs are located on Chicago's west side and serve low-income families. Most efforts focus on early childhood education, serving 545 children under the age of six. Early learning programs ensure that children are developing on track, prepare children to enter kindergarten, and engage parents in their children’s education. After school enrichment programs serve school age children and teens, offering academic enrichment and support, social emotional and personal development activities, fine arts and music enrichment, and physical activity and organized sports. Parent and family services include family support and social services, family health education, parent education, family literacy, and adult education. Child development programs use a dual language model and incorporate music education and volunteers. The Carole Robertson Center for Learning relies on research-based curricula, forms strong partnership with parents, recognizes the vital importance of teachers, operates with administrative excellence, collaborates with a host of other service providers and community institutions, and holds a firm commitment to concentrating resources on services and activities that enrich the lives of children and families.

For the fiscal year ended June 30, 2013, Carole Robertson Center for Learning's program expenses were:

Infant/toddler 4,542,569
Early childhood 4,077,382
School age and youth 931,632
Community programming 224,810
Total Program Expenses: $9,776,393
Back To Top



Chief Executive : Cerathel Burnett, Chief Executive Officer

Chair of the Board: Dave Robertson
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Partner and Director, Treasury Strategies, Inc.

Board Size: 13

Paid Staff Size: 172

*Compensation includes annual salary and, if applicable, benefit plans, expense accounts, and other allowances.
Back To Top

Fund Raising


Method(s) Used:

direct mail, invitations to fund raising events, grant proposals, internet, cause-related marketing
Fund raising costs were 23% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $1,124,599, are donations received as a result of fund raising activities.)
Back To Top

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.
Back To Top



The following information is based on Carole Robertson Center for Learning's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2013.

Source of Funds  
Governmental contracts 8,695,053
In-kind Contributions 435,606
Contributions 389,190
Fees from other non-profits 379,826
Program related fees 269,215
United Way 250,000
Special Events 49,803
Other earned Income 15,975
Interest 620
Total Income $10,485,288


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 96%  Fund Raising: 2%  Administrative: 2% 

Total income $10,485,288
Program expenses $9,776,393
Fund raising expenses 254,821
Administrative expenses 208,409
Total expenses $10,239,623
Income in Excess of Expenses 245,665
Beginning net assets 4,782,204
Ending net assets 5,027,869
Total liabilities 1,611,544
Total assets $6,639,413

Back To Top

An organization may change its practices at any time without notice. A copy of this report has been shared with the organization prior to publication. It is not intended to recommend or deprecate, and is furnished solely to assist you in exercising your own judgment. If the report is about a charity and states the charity meets or does not meet the BBB Standards for Charity Accountability, it reflects the results of an evaluation of information and materials provided voluntarily by the charity. The name Better Business Bureau is a registered service mark of the Council of Better Business Bureaus, Inc.

This report is not to be used for fund raising or promotional purposes.

Send to:

What is an Accredited Charity