Better Business Bureau Report for
Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana, Inc.

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

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Charity Contact Information

Name: Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana, Inc.
Address: 20 S. Clark St., Suite 200
  Chicago, IL 60603
Phone: 312-416-2500
Web Address:
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1920, Illinois
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: The mission of Girl Scouts is to build girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place.

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Evaluation Conclusions


Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana, Inc. meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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Girl Scouts is the world's preeminent leadership development organization for girls. Since 1912, more than 59 million women in the U.S. have experienced Girl Scouting as children, teenagers, or adults. The Girl Scout Research Institute, an internationally recognized center for research and public policy information on the development and well being of girls, found that eight out of 10 alumnae attributed their personal and professional success to Girl Scouting. In addition, 80% of women business owners, and 70% of women currently serving in the U.S. Senate were Girl Scouts. Virtually every female astronaut who has flown in space was a Girl Scout. Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana, Inc. (GSGCNWI), the largest of more than 100 Girl Scout councils in the country, was created in 2008 with the merger of seven independent councils. During our current membership year (Oct. 1, 2012 - Sept. 30, 2013) it will engage approximately 84,000 girls in Girl Scouts’ powerful leadership development programs. Key program initiatives include STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), healthy living, and financial literacy. Recognizing that not all girls have the opportunity to participate in traditional volunteer-led Girl Scout troops, GSGCNWI offers the following additional pathways for girls to receive the benefits of Girl Scouting: •Community Engagement (staff-facilitated) Programs: Aimed at girls in low-income communities, girls participate in a series of sessions focusing on one or more of GSGCNWI’s program initiatives. •Camp: Girls build skills, gain a sense of community, and develop a deep appreciation for nature. •Events: Girls participate in a wide variety of one-time activities. •Travel: Girls plan, raise money, prepare, and participate in trips, helping them build leadership skills while gaining an appreciation for new places and other cultures.

For the fiscal year ended September 30, 2012, GSGCNWI's program expenses were:

Membership Services 14,143,876
Camping 683,555
Total Program Expenses: $14,827,431
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Chief Executive : Nancy Wright, Chief Executive Officer

Chair of the Board: Karen P. Layng
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Scheck Industries

Board Size: 30

Paid Staff Size: 182

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Fund Raising


Method(s) Used:

Direct mail, invitations to fund raising events, corporate and foundation grant proposals, planned giving arrangements, and individual giving
Fund raising costs were 8% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $15,572,511, 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 GSGCNWI's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2012.

Source of Funds  
Cookie sales, net of direct costs 11,720,021
Public Support 3,151,806
Program Fees 1,382,198
Sales of merchandise 848,805
Fall sales, net of direct costs 700,684
Interest and dividend 141,922
Miscellaneous 68,223
Total Income $18,013,659


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 83%  Fund Raising: 7%  Administrative: 10% 

Total income $18,013,659
Program expenses $14,827,431
Fund raising expenses 1,298,191
Administrative expenses 1,756,263
Total expenses $17,881,885
Income in Excess of Expenses 131,774
Beginning net assets 26,482,543
Ending net assets 26,566,969
Total liabilities 4,978,904
Total assets $31,545,873

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