Better Business Bureau Report for
Chicago Commons Association

Better Business Bureau Report issued December 2015
Better Business Bureau Report expires December 2017

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Charity Contact Information

Name: Chicago Commons Association
Address: 515 E. 50th Street
  Chicago, IL 60615
Phone: 773-638-5600
Web Address:
Also known as:Chicago Commons
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1894, Illinois
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: The goals of Chicago Commons are to promote and foster lifelong learning through education and support of families with young children; leadership development and healthy life choices among at-risk young people; sustainable economic opportunities for under- and unemployed adults; and enhancing the quality of life for older and disabled adults, as well as providing support for their primary caretakers.

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Evaluation Conclusions


Chicago Commons Association meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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To maintain the values of the historical settlement house movement by engaging in dialogue with community residents and responding to the communities we serve. Their success is measured by how well residents achieve the goals they articulate for themselves, their family and their community. They help residents develop shared resources and advocate for social change so that they may prosper through economic development.

For the fiscal year ended June 30, 2015, Chicago Commons Association's program expenses were:

senior services 13,044,218
child development 12,308,489
adult education & youth services 692,119
community services 302,193
Total Program Expenses: $26,347,019
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Chief Executive : Edgar E. Ramirez, President and CEO

Highest Paid Executive: Dhiren Shah,CFO
Compensation*: $140,030

Chair of the Board: Willard S. Evans, Jr.
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Consultant, HBK Engineering, LLC

Board Size: 15

Paid Staff Size: 850

*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, planned giving arrangements
Fund raising costs were 2% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $29,489,467, 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 Commons Association's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2014.

Source of Funds  
fees and grants from governmental agencies 27,580,569
Fee for service revenue 802,806
contributions 747,701
client fees and other support 351,009
allocations from trusts 160,718
special events 122,673
United Way 75,000
other income 3,571
investment income 1,555
decrease in beneficial interest in trusts -140,164
Total Income $29,705,438


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 91%  Fund Raising: 2%  Administrative: 7% 

Total income $29,705,438
Program expenses $26,347,019
Fund raising expenses 457,118
Administrative expenses 2,000,440
Total expenses $28,804,577
Income in Excess of Expenses 900,861
Beginning net assets 10,537,511
Ending net assets 11,438,372
Total liabilities 3,836,996
Total assets $15,275,368

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