Better Business Bureau Report for
Chicago Children's Advocacy Center

Better Business Bureau Report issued November 2013
Better Business Bureau Report expires November 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 Children's Advocacy Center
Address: 1240 South Damen Avenue
  Chicago, IL 60608
Phone: 312-492-3700
Web Address:
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1999, Illinois
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: Uniting public, private and community partners to ensure the safety, health and well-being of abused children; to eliminate the suffering of abused children in Chicago.

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Evaluation Conclusions


Chicago Children's Advocacy Center does not meet the following 2 Standards for Charity Accountability.

Standard 6: Board Policy on Effectiveness - Have a board policy of assessing, no less than every two years, the organization's performance and effectiveness and of determining future actions required to achieve its mission.

Chicago Children's Advocacy Center does not meet this Standard because:

  • The board of directors does not have a written policy stating that, at least every two years, an appraisal be done assessing the organization’s performance and effectiveness and determining future actions required to achieve its mission.

Standard 7: Board Approval of Written Report on Effectiveness - Submit to the organization's governing body, for its approval, a written report that outlines the results of the aforementioned performance and effectiveness assessment and recommendations for future actions.

Chicago Children's Advocacy Center does not meet this Standard because:

  • Although it produced a written effectiveness assessment report, it was not submitted for approval to the board of directors.
In addition, the BBB of Chicago & Northern Illinois requested but did not receive complete information on the organization’s solicitation materials and is unable to verify the organization's compliance with the following Standard for Charity Accountability: 15.
Chicago Children's Advocacy Center meets the remaining 17 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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Chicago Children's Advocacy Center (ChicagoCAC) and their public partners are the front-line responders in Chicago to child sexual abuse reports, as well as physical abuse reports with life-threatening injuries for children under 3 years old. ChicagoCAC schedules a family's visit to the center (including provision of support services such as transportation and child life), conducts forensic interviews and provides family advocacy and mental health services aimed at reducing trauma so that children and families may begin the healing process.

For the fiscal year ended June 30, 2012, Chicago Children's Advocacy Center's program expenses were:

Sexual Abuse 2,980,582
Physical Abuse 838,275
Providing Access to Hope and Healing 520,962
Mental Health 503,279
Advocacy 418,416
Total Program Expenses: $5,261,514
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Chief Executive : Char Rivette, Executive Director

Chair of the Board: Tom Sampson
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: CEO, Peacock Engineering

Co-Chair of the Board : Julie Shelton

Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: attorney

Board Size: 23

Paid Staff Size: 58

*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 7% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $6,460,586, 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 Children's Advocacy Center's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2012.

Source of Funds  
Government Grants 3,463,439
Contributed Services 1,271,058
Private Grants and Contributions 1,132,215
In-Kind Contributions 368,477
Fundraising Events 225,397
Other 51,436
Total Income $6,512,022


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 86%  Fund Raising: 7%  Administrative: 7% 

Total income $6,512,022
Program expenses $5,261,514
Fund raising expenses 431,853
Administrative expenses 449,212
Total expenses $6,142,579
Income in Excess of Expenses 369,443
Beginning net assets 2,416,753
Ending net assets 2,786,196
Total liabilities 279,619
Total assets $3,065,815

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