Better Business Bureau Report for
DuSable Museum of African American History

Better Business Bureau Report issued April 2013
Better Business Bureau Report expires April 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: DuSable Museum of African American History
Address: 740 E. 56th Place
  Chicago, IL 60637
Phone: 773-947-0600
Web Address:
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Formerly known as:Ebony Museum

Year, State Incorporated: 1961, Illinois
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: To collect, preserve and display artifacts and objects that promote understanding and inspire appreciation of the achievements, contributions, and experiences of African Americans through exhibits, programs, and activities that illustrate African American history, culture and art.

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Evaluation Conclusions


DuSable Museum of African American History does not meet the following 2 Standards 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.

DuSable Museum of African American History 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:

  • Total income.
  • Total program expenses.
  • Total fund raising expenses.
  • Total administrative expenses.
  • End of year net assets.
  • Electronic access to the organization’s most recent IRS Form 990.

Standard 18: Privacy for Written Appeals & Internet Privacy - Address privacy concerns of donors by (a) providing in written appeals, at least annually, a means (e.g., such as a check off box) for both new and continuing donors to inform the charity if they do not want their name and address shared outside the organization, (b) providing a clear, prominent and easily accessible privacy policy on any of its websites that tells visitors (i) what information, if any, is being collected about them by the charity and how this information will be used, (ii) how to contact the charity to review personal information collected and request corrections, (iii) how to inform the charity (e.g., a check off box) that the visitor does not wish his/her personal information to be shared outside the organization, and (iv) what security measures the charity has in place to protect personal information.

DuSable Museum of African American History does not meet this Standard because:

DuSable Museum of African American History does not meet this Standard because the privacy policy on this website, does not indicate:

  • What personal information is being collected and how it will be used.
  • How to contact the charity to review personal information that is collected and request corrections.
  • How to inform the charity that the visitor does not want his/her information shared with others.
  • What security measures are in place to protect personal information that is collected.
In addition, the BBB of Chicago & Northern Illinois requested but did not receive complete information on the organization’s governance and oversight, effectiveness measures, solicitation materials, and fundraising disclosures and is unable to verify the organization's compliance with the following 8Standards for Charity Accountability: 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 15, and 19.
DuSable Museum of African American History meets the remaining 10 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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Developed to preserve and interpret the experiences and achievements of people of African descent, it is dedicated to the collection, documentation, preservation and study of the history and culture of Africans and African Americans.

For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2011, DuSable Museum of African American History's program expenses were:

Salaries and wages 1,345,521
consultants 364,622
depreciation 360,142
equipment rental and maintenance 115,503
employee benefits 104,844
utilities 96,910
payroll taxes 93,176
insurance 80,270
storage rental 80,117
exhibition rental 67,232
gift shop purchases 67,173
supplies 64,830
building repairs and maintenance 38,756
advertising 28,643
conferences and meetings 28,468
telephone and telecommunications 27,032
dues and publications 17,616
postage and shipping 16,963
printing 12,448
marketing 12,084
miscellaneous expenses 10,327
equipment purchases 2,918
Total Program Expenses: $3,035,595
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Chief Executive :

Chair of the Board:
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation:

Board Size: 24

Paid Staff Size:

*Compensation includes annual salary and, if applicable, benefit plans, expense accounts, and other allowances.
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Fund Raising


Method(s) Used:

Fund raising costs were 10% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $4,376,659, 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 DuSable Museum of African American History's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2011.

Source of Funds  
Government Grants 2,097,505
Chicago Park District Allocation 1,382,912
Special Events 358,109
Corporations/ Foundations 338,622
Facility Rentals 264,020
Tours and Admissions 113,784
In-Kind Support 105,147
Gift Shop Sales 104,999
Membership Fees 64,649
Program Event Fees 62,267
Individuals 32,097
Other income 28,619
Board Assessments 19,421
Investment Income 6,231
Unrealized/Realized gains/losses 1,290
Total Income $4,979,672


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 76%  Fund Raising: 11%  Administrative: 13% 

Total income $4,979,672
Program expenses $3,035,595
Fund raising expenses 458,002
Administrative expenses 502,864
Total expenses $3,996,461
Income in Excess of Expenses 983,211
Beginning net assets 16,242,324
Ending net assets 17,225,535
Total liabilities 981,278
Total assets $18,206,813

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