Better Business Bureau Report for

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

This BBB Accredited charity meets all 20 Standards for Charity Accountability. Find out more...

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Charity Contact Information

Name: Clearbrook
Address: 1835 West Central
  Arlington Heights, IL 60005
Phone: 847-870-7711
Web Address:
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Formerly known as:Clearbrook Center
Clearbrook Center for the Handicapped

Year, State Incorporated: 1957, Illinois
Affiliates: ,
Stated Purpose: Clearbrook is committed to being a leader in creating innovative opportunities, services and supports to people with disabilities.

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Evaluation Conclusions


Clearbrook meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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Established in 1955, Clearbrook is a leader in the field. The organization annually serves over 6,000 children with developmental delays and their families, and adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities (I/DD) and their families in 14 counties in 160 communities and over 50 locations throughout Chicago and the suburbs. Children's Services includes: Child and Family Connections; CHILD Early Intervention; Take A Break Volunteer Respite; and free autism resource rooms. Adult Services include: a full array of clinical services, developmental training, day programs for adults with autism, a day program for aging adults with I/DD, a workshop environment, community-based job training and employment. An array of residential services and supports are provided commensurate with the needs of individuals various models of service delivery. Clearbrook is the largest provider of home-based services in the State for children and adults with I/DD.

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

Community Living Services 13,021,803
Intermediate Care Facilities 7,910,970
Children's Services 3,268,701
Employment and Training Services 3,267,292
Developmental Training 3,246,561
Clinical Services 1,189,852
Training 239,869
Total Program Expenses: $32,145,048
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Chief Executive : Carl M. La Mell, President

Chair of the Board: Gerald F. Fitzgerald, Jr.
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Chairman, Cornerstone Bank

Board Size: 11

Paid Staff Size: 973

*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, print advertisements, grant proposals, internet, planned giving arrangements, cause-related marketing
Fund raising costs were 9% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $20,354,949, 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 Clearbrook's audited financial statements - consolidated for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2013.

Source of Funds  
Grants from Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities 15,150,310
Purchase of Services from the Department of Human Services 5,936,808
Program Service Fees 4,616,481
Purchase of Services from Mental Health and Developmental Disabilites 3,368,499
Special events and activities 2,522,986
Grants from Department of Human Services 1,841,435
Conrtributions 1,505,236
Workshop Revenue 380,728
Other governmental grants 336,564
Rental Income 239,942
Township revenue sharing and city grants 211,915
Fees and subsides from governmental agencies 208,870
Resale shop 199,742
Other income 172,745
Change in fair value of interst rate swap agreements, net of periodic settlement payments 147,555
Change in unrealized gain on investments 141,939
Interest Income 65,047
Other public support 38,340
Realized gain on sale of investments 24,716
Office of Rehabilitation Services 9,494
Loss on sale of fixed assets -381,997
Total Income $36,737,355


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 88%  Fund Raising: 5%  Administrative: 7% 

Total income $36,737,355
Program expenses $32,145,048
Fund raising expenses 1,732,371
Administrative expenses 2,678,610
Total expenses $36,556,029
Income in Excess of Expenses 181,326
Beginning net assets 15,335,619
Ending net assets 15,516,945
Total liabilities 12,188,232
Total assets $27,705,177

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