Better Business Bureau Report for
Between Friends

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

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: Between Friends
Address: P.O. Box 608548
  Chicago, IL 60660
Phone: 773-274-5232
Web Address:
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Formerly known as:Friends of Battered Women and Their Children

Year, State Incorporated: 24, Illinois
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: A nonprofit agency dedicated to breaking the cycle of domestic violence and building a community free of abuse.

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Evaluation Conclusions


Between Friends 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.

Between Friends 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 governance and oversight, effectiveness measures, solicitation materials, and annual report and is unable to verify the organization's compliance with the following 9Standards for Charity Accountability: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 15, and 16.
Between Friends meets the remaining 10 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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Between Friends provides a safe, violence-free, supportive, self-help environment for women and children in crisis. Between Friends' counselors support women in making their own decisions and choices, rather than making choices for them. Between Friends helps victims and children to recognize that their experience is shared and that the problem of domestic violence is social and political.

For the fiscal year ended June 30, 2013, Between Friends's program expenses were:

Counseling/Advocacy 557,927
Youth Education 402,364
Education/Outreach 83,573
Total Program Expenses: $1,043,864
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Chief Executive :

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*Compensation includes annual salary and, if applicable, benefit plans, expense accounts, and other allowances.
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Fund Raising


Method(s) Used:

Fund raising costs were 9% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $1,372,650, 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 Between Friends's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2013.

Source of Funds  
Grants from Government Agencies 595,854
Contributions 530,729
Donated Services and Materials 130,506
Special Events 115,561
Miscellaneous 2,052
Interest 796
Total Income $1,375,498


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 83%  Fund Raising: 10%  Administrative: 7% 

Total income $1,375,498
Program expenses $1,043,864
Fund raising expenses 126,070
Administrative expenses 94,332
Total expenses $1,264,266
Income in Excess of Expenses 111,232
Beginning net assets 732,650
Ending net assets 843,882
Total liabilities 75,260
Total assets $919,142

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