Better Business Bureau Report for
Chicago Commons Association

Better Business Bureau Report issued June 2013
Better Business Bureau Report expires June 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: 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 does not meet the following Standard for Charity Accountability.

Standard 14: Budget - Have a board-approved annual budget for its current fiscal year, outlining projected expenses for major program activities, fund raising, and administration.

Chicago Commons Association does not meet this Standard because, when the organization provided budget information, it indicated that the budget:

  • Included total projected program service expenses, however, did not break these expenses down by major program category.
Chicago Commons Association meets the remaining 19 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, 2012, Chicago Commons Association's program expenses were:

Child development 10,944,339
senior services 8,308,415
community services 872,942
adult education 551,693
youth services 361,546
Total Program Expenses: $21,038,935
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Chief Executive : Daniel Valliere, Executive Director

Chair of the Board: James Hill III
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: President, Institute of Compliance and Learning, Inc.

Board Size: 15

Paid Staff Size: 900

*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 34% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $767,980, 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, 2012.

Source of Funds  
Fees & grants from governmental agencies 22,878,631
Contributions for general operations 313,766
contributions to support funded operations 232,675
Client fees & other support 228,159
Interest Income 185,807
special events 130,521
Income allocations from trusts 91,018
Miscellaneous 69,085
Total Income $24,129,662


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 93%  Fund Raising: 1%  Administrative: 6% 

Total income $24,129,662
Program expenses $21,038,935
Fund raising expenses 259,597
Administrative expenses 1,412,111
Total expenses $22,710,643
Income in Excess of Expenses 1,419,019
Beginning net assets 5,314,897
Ending net assets 9,689,806
Total liabilities 3,812,899
Total assets $13,502,705

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