Better Business Bureau Report for
Avenues to Independence

Better Business Bureau Report issued December 2014
Better Business Bureau Report expires December 2016

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Charity Contact Information

Name: Avenues to Independence
Address: Jane and Albert Wohlers Center
515 Busse Highway
  Park Ridge, IL 60068
Phone: 847-292-0870
Web Address:
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1953, Illinois
Affiliates: Friends of Builders of
Stated Purpose: Avenues is a non-profit organization that provides homes, jobs and community living programs to Chicago area adults with physical, intellectual, and other developmental disabilities, such as Down syndrome, autism, epilepsy and cerebral palsy. The organization's goal to provide work and living opportunities enabling those with disabilities to be as independent as possible.

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Evaluation Conclusions


Avenues to Independence meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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Avenues provides programs for adults with intellectual, physical, and developmental disabilities in the metropolitan Chicago area. Individuals must be at least 18 years of age to receive services, however, we have no upper age restrictions. People served by Avenues are encouraged to live, work and make use of as many regular community services. In this way, they are part of the local economy, ultimately helping to pay for the support they need to gain independence.

For the fiscal year ended June 30, 2014, Avenues to Independence's program expenses were:

palwaukee development training 1,464,987
cila 1,371,064
sla 744,210
clifton house 441,854
hud projects 138,718
title xx 67,068
dors 44,813
vocational 40,202
Total Program Expenses: $4,312,916
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Chief Executive : Robert Okazaki, Executive Director

Chair of the Board: Margaret O'Herron
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: HR Executive

Co-Chair of the Board : Jerry Feldman

Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Banker

Board Size: 22

Paid Staff Size: 0

*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, cause-related marketing
Fund raising costs were 22% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $1,726,816, 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 Avenues to Independence's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2014.

Source of Funds  
government contracts 2,704,147
public support 1,726,816
program service revenue 1,002,576
other revenue 71,268
investment income 15,121
Total Income $5,519,928


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 82%  Fund Raising: 7%  Administrative: 11% 

Total income $5,519,928
Program expenses $4,312,916
Fund raising expenses 384,269
Administrative expenses 552,457
Total expenses $5,249,642
Income in Excess of Expenses 270,286
Beginning net assets 2,151,030
Ending net assets 1,659,624
Total liabilities 0
Total assets $0

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