Better Business Bureau Report for
Connections For Abused Women and their Children

Better Business Bureau Report issued July 2012
Better Business Bureau Report expires July 2014

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Charity Contact Information

Name: Connections For Abused Women and their Children
Address: 1116 N. Kedzie
5th Flr
  Chicago, IL 60651
Phone: 773-489-9081
Web Address:
Also known as:CAWC
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Formerly known as:Chicago Abused Women Coalition

Year, State Incorporated: 1977, Illinois
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: Connections for Abused Women and their Children, formerly Chicago Abused Women Coalition, is committed to ending domestic violence. Using a self-help, empowerment approach, we provide a shelter for women and children, and counseling, advocacy, and a 24-hour hotline for people affected by domestic violence. We work for social change through education, service collaboration and institutional advocacy.

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Evaluation Conclusions


Connections For Abused Women and their Children meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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In 1976 a landmark meeting was held in Chicago to address the crisis of women abuse. This gathering resulted in the formation of a task force that ultimately became the Chicago Abused Women Coalition (CAWC) currently Connections for Abused Women and their Children. CAWC initiated the first domestic violence services program in Chicago. In 1977, CAWC established the first domestic violence hotline and opened the first shelter for battered womenand their children, Greenhouse Shelter, in 1979. In 1992, CAWC founded the Hospital Crisis Intervention Project (HCIP). The first of its kind in a public hospital, HCIP is a model on-site domestic violence program at John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County that trains clinicians on the public health impact of abuse – including the effective identification and referral of victims – and assists over 400 battered women who are referred from various departments within the hospital system. In 1998, CAWC began providing domestic violence services to women seeking substance abuse treatment at Haymarket Center. In 2000, CAWC opened the Humboldt Park Outreach Program (HPOP), a walk-in program at our administrative offices in Humboldt Park. HPOP provides individual and group counseling to victims of abuse and their children, as well as enhanced children’s therapeutic services to children. CAWC is also a collaborative partner in the West Side Domestic Abuse Project (WSDAP), an intervention program for men who batter.

For the fiscal year ended June 30, 2011, Connections For Abused Women and their Children's program expenses were:

Salaries 831,862
Employee Benefits 134,695
Occupancy 92,955
Payroll taxes 61,390
In-kind 56,228
Professional Fees 22,211
Maintenance 17,691
Telephones 14,616
Supplies 11,542
Client Assistance 10,030
Depreciation 9,922
Travel 9,874
Conference 2,748
Total Program Expenses: $1,275,764
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Chief Executive : Cordelia Ryan, Executive Director

Chair of the Board: Kerry Hackett
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Marketing Director/Allstate Ins

Board Size: 24

Paid Staff Size: 30

*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 $1,831,791, 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 Connections For Abused Women and their Children's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2011.

Source of Funds  
Governmental Grants and Contracts 792,331
Contributions 767,654
Interest/Dividend Income 217,946
Special Events 127,107
United Way of Chicago 88,471
Unrealized 66,212
In-kind Contributions 56,228
Miscellaneous 5,491
Total Income $2,121,440


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 80%  Fund Raising: 6%  Administrative: 14% 

Total income $2,121,440
Program expenses $1,275,764
Fund raising expenses 92,097
Administrative expenses 215,255
Total expenses $1,583,116
Income in Excess of Expenses 538,324
Beginning net assets 1,352,620
Other Changes in Net Assets (200,000)
Ending net assets 1,690,944
Total liabilities 106,725
Total assets $1,797,669

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