Better Business Bureau Report for
Howard Brown Health Center

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

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: Howard Brown Health Center
Address: Howard Brown Health Center
4025 N. Sheridan Road
  Chicago, IL 60613
Phone: 773-388-1600
Web Address:
Also known as:Howard Brown
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Formerly known as:Howard Brown Memorial Clinic

Year, State Incorporated: 1978, Illinois
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: Howard Brown Health Center (HBHC) exists to eliminate the disparities in health care experienced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people through research, education and the provision of services that promote health and wellness.

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Evaluation Conclusions


Howard Brown Health Center does not meet the following Standard 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.

Howard Brown Health Center 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:

  • Electronic access to the organization’s most recent IRS Form 990.
In addition, the BBB of Chicago & Northern Illinois requested but did not receive complete information on the organization’s solicitation materials and donor privacy and is unable to verify the organization's compliance with the following 2Standards for Charity Accountability: 15 and 18.
Howard Brown Health Center meets the remaining 17 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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HBHC offers a full range of primary and preventative health care. HBHC’s services also include behavioral health services, case management, youth services, gynecological care, substance abuse counseling, and HIV/STI prevention education, and community outreach, as well as cutting-edge research and expert HIV/AIDS care. The agency serves more than 27,000 adults and youth each year through its diverse health and social service delivery system and, as a Federally Qualified Health Center Look-Alike, HBHC provides this care regardless of one’s ability to pay.

For the fiscal year ended June 30, 2014, Howard Brown Health Center's program expenses were:

medical 14,612,531
prevention 1,053,735
youth services 943,320
behavioral health 789,872
research 649,075
Total Program Expenses: $18,048,533
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Chief Executive : David E. Munar, President and CEO

Chair of the Board: Duke Alden, JD
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: VP, Global Information Governance, Aon Corporation

Board Size: 18

Paid Staff Size: 240

*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 11% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $5,218,012, 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 Howard Brown Health Center's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2014.

Source of Funds  
340B pharmacy revenue 14,997,632
direct public support 4,878,406
government contracts 4,772,990
net patient revenue 2,394,873
other, including alliance income 388,257
donated services 339,606
interest 170
Total Income $27,771,934


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 71%  Fund Raising: 2%  Administrative: 16%  Other Expenses: 11%

Total income $27,771,934
Program expenses $18,048,533
Fund raising expenses 558,770
Administrative expenses 4,145,650
Other Expenses 2,684,230
Total expenses $25,437,183
Income in Excess of Expenses 2,334,751
Beginning net assets 1,756,508
Ending net assets 4,091,259
Total liabilities 5,922,215
Total assets $10,013,474

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