Better Business Bureau Report for
Association House of Chicago

Better Business Bureau Report issued July 2013
Better Business Bureau Report expires July 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: Association House of Chicago
Address: 1116 N. Kedzie Avenue
  Chicago, IL 60651
Phone: 773-772-8162
Web Address:
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1899, Illinois
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: For over 114 years, Association House has been changing the lives of CHicagoans in need, accross cultures and ages. We serve a multi-cultural community by providing comprehensive, collaborative and effective programs in English and Spanish. We promote health and wellness and create opportunities for educational and economic advancement.

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Evaluation Conclusions


Association House of Chicago does not meet the following Standard for Charity Accountability.

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.

Association House of Chicago 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.
Association House of Chicago meets the remaining 19 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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With a staff of over 200, annually impacting more than 20,000 children, families, and community members, Association House programs both address immediate needs and plan for long-term goals with services such as: -Community Services include career-oriented education and training, employment programs, and emergency services. -Child Welfare provides prevention and intervention, and finds loving homes for children through guardianship and adoption. -Behavioral Health offers prevention, treatment and education for children, youth and adults facing emotional and mental health issues. -Prevention and Education programs address persistent health and wellness needs in the community, and implement preventive care and intervention strategies to promote physical, social, and emotional well-being. -El Cuarto Año alternative high school offers a competitive academic environment, tutoring and mentoring.

For the fiscal year ended June 30, 2012, Association House of Chicago's program expenses were:

Behavioral health 4,584,263
Child welfare 2,275,535
Community services 1,787,914
Alternative high school 1,243,913
Other programs 542,004
Out of school time 495,219
Total Program Expenses: $10,928,848
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Chief Executive : Harriet Sadauskas, President

Chair of the Board: Cynthia Ullrich
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Senior Vice President, BMO Harris Bank

Co-Chair of the Board : Tadd M. Ingles

Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Partner, Ernst & Young

Co-Chair of the Board : Hugo R. Rodriguez

Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Broker, Remax/Signature

Board Size: 14

Paid Staff Size: 200

*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 3% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $11,858,170, 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 Association House of Chicago's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2012.

Source of Funds  
Fees and grants from governmental agencies 9,838,204
Other charitable contributions 1,148,380
Foundations and trusts 871,586
United Way/Crusade of mercy, Inc. 250,300
Miscellaneous income 169,071
Program Service fees 107,804
Rental income 104,499
Investment gain 61,225
Total Income $12,551,069


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 87%  Fund Raising: 3%  Administrative: 10% 

Total income $12,551,069
Program expenses $10,928,848
Fund raising expenses 322,481
Administrative expenses 1,280,966
Total expenses $12,532,295
Income in Excess of Expenses 18,774
Beginning net assets 11,069,287
Ending net assets 11,088,061
Total liabilities 8,285,042
Total assets $19,373,103

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