Better Business Bureau Report for
Chicago Area Council, Boy Scouts of America

Better Business Bureau Report issued January 2014
Better Business Bureau Report expires January 2016

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: Chicago Area Council, Boy Scouts of America
Address: 1218 West Adams Street
  Chicago, IL 60607
Phone: 312-421-8800
Web Address:
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1910, Illinois
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law.

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Evaluation Conclusions


Chicago Area Council, Boy Scouts of America does not meet the following Standard for Charity Accountability.

Standard 16: Annual Report - Have an annual report available to all, on request, that includes: (a) the organization's mission statement, (b) a summary of the past year's program service accomplishments, (c) a roster of the officers and members of the board of directors, (d) financial information that includes (i) total income in the past fiscal year, (ii) expenses in the same program, fund raising and administrative categories as in the financial statements, and (iii) ending net assets.

Chicago Area Council, Boy Scouts of America does not meet this standard because the most recent annual report did not include:

  • Total end of year net assets.
Chicago Area Council, Boy Scouts of America meets the remaining 19 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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Scout Oath On my honor I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law; to help other people at all times; and to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake and morally straight. Scout Law A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent.

For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2012, Chicago Area Council, Boy Scouts of America's program expenses were:

Unit Support & Service 2,669,414
Camping & Activities 1,065,565
Total Program Expenses: $3,734,979
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Chief Executive : H. Charles Dobbins, Scout Executive/CEO

Chair of the Board: John Leonard
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Director

Board Size: 50

Paid Staff Size: 29

*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, print advertisements, grant proposals, internet, planned giving arrangements, cause-related marketing, membership
Fund raising costs were 21% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $1,602,905, 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 Area Council, Boy Scouts of America's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2012.

Source of Funds  
Total Revenue 2,595,117
Direct Public Support 1,559,407
Net Assets Released from Restriction 62,040
Indirect Public Support 43,498
Total Income $4,260,062


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 84%  Fund Raising: 8%  Administrative: 7%  Other Expenses: 1%

Total income $4,260,062
Program expenses $3,734,979
Fund raising expenses 339,956
Administrative expenses 319,498
Other Expenses 58,188
Total expenses $4,452,621
Expenses in Excess of Income (192,559)
Beginning net assets 17,425,177
Other Changes in Net Assets 384,219
Ending net assets 17,616,837
Total liabilities 950,221
Total assets $18,567,058

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