Better Business Bureau Report for
Christopher House

Better Business Bureau Report issued December 2013
Better Business Bureau Report expires December 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: Christopher House
Address: 2507 N. Greenview Ave
  Chicago, IL 60614
Phone: 773-472-1083
Web Address:
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1906, Illinois
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: Christopher House will create a national model for helping low-income, at-risk children and their families achieve success in school, the workplace, and life.

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Evaluation Conclusions


Christopher House does not meet the following Standard for Charity Accountability.

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.

Christopher House 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:

  • Electronic access to the organization’s most recent IRS Form 990.
In addition, the BBB of Chicago & Northern Illinois requested but did not receive complete information on the organization’s governance and oversight and effectiveness measures and is unable to verify the organization's compliance with the following 5Standards for Charity Accountability: 1, 3, 5, 6, and 7.
Christopher House meets the remaining 14 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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They partner with families to provide a continuum of innovative schools for students from birth through high school as well as adult educational programs that create stable, self-sufficient families.

For the fiscal year ended June 30, 2012, Christopher House's program expenses were:

Early Childhood Developement Services 5,746,219
School Age and Youth Development 1,073,418
Family Support Services 580,123
Teen Parent and Infant Development Service 403,041
State Food 398,303
Adult and Family Literacy 114,498
Charter School 32,628
Total Program Expenses: $8,348,230
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Chief Executive : Lori Baas, Chief Executive Officer

Chair of the Board: Board of Directors
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: civic leader

Board Size: 18

Paid Staff Size: 220

*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, grant proposals, internet
Fund raising costs were 5% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $9,245,704, 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 Christopher House's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2012.

Source of Funds  
Fees and Grants from governmental Agencies 7,359,990
Contributions 699,804
In-Kind Contributions 588,329
Special Events 362,099
Capital Campaign 235,482
Revenue 217,371
Received Indirectly from United Way 150,000
Annual Fund Campaign 24,423
Total Income $9,637,498


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 89%  Fund Raising: 5%  Administrative: 6% 

Total income $9,637,498
Program expenses $8,348,230
Fund raising expenses 471,877
Administrative expenses 528,738
Total expenses $9,348,845
Income in Excess of Expenses 288,653
Beginning net assets 8,412,399
Ending net assets 8,658,852
Total liabilities 2,549,005
Total assets $11,207,857

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