Better Business Bureau Report for
Community Outreach Volunteers NFP

Better Business Bureau Report issued June 2013
Better Business Bureau Report expires June 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: Community Outreach Volunteers NFP
Address: Community Outreach Volunteers NFP
400 W 76th Street
  Chicago, IL 60616
Phone: 773-483-2233
Web Address:
Also known as:N/A
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Formerly known as:N/A

Year, State Incorporated: 2006, Illinois
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: Their mission is to help residents of economically disadvantaged communities usher in a new era of self- sufficiency by creating opportunities to develop their innate abilities and skills to overcome cultural, educational, financial and social barriers.

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Evaluation Conclusions


Community Outreach Volunteers NFP 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.

Community Outreach Volunteers NFP 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:

  • A roster of the board of directors.
  • Total income.
  • Total program expenses.
  • Total fund raising expenses.
  • Total administrative expenses.
  • End of year net assets.
  • 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 finances and is unable to verify the organization's compliance with the following 2Standards for Charity Accountability: 10 and 14.
Community Outreach Volunteers NFP meets the remaining 17 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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Community Outreach Volunteers (COV) is a non-for-profit organization providing traditional youth programs and supportive services. These programs and services include after school tutoring, summer educational programs, mentoring, social and cultural enrichment activities for youth in the Englewood, Auburn Gresham, and Woodlawn Communities of Chicago. COV’s focus is to maximize the potential of youth holistically through physical activity, education, and a wealth of support services.

For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2012, Community Outreach Volunteers NFP's program expenses were:

Salaries and Wages 40,597
Miscellaneous 12,601
Rent 10,854
Transportation, Gas, and Parking Fees 5,377
Program Expense 3,862
Audit Expense 2,000
Depreciation Expense 1,989
Telephone 1,975
Computer Lab Supplies 1,970
Automobile Expense 1,750
Program Snacks 1,657
Office Supplies 1,577
Dues and Subscriptions 1,300
Bank Charges 1,058
Meals and Entertainment 1,019
Consultants 1,000
Cell phone 911
Insurance 906
Office Expenses 712
P.O. Box Rental 710
Advertising 551
Accounting Service 500
Reimbursements for Office Supplies 191
Travel 163
Internet Expenses 160
Filing Fees 151
Taxes and Licenses 14
Postage and Mailing 13
Stationary and Printing 9
Total Program Expenses: $95,577
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Chief Executive : none, none

Highest Paid Executive: none,none
Compensation*: $

Chair of the Board: Colin Mullings
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Manager Marshalls Stores

Board Size: 7

Paid Staff Size: 10

*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, telephone, grant proposals, internet
Fund raising costs were 1% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $71,695, 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 Community Outreach Volunteers NFP's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2012.

Source of Funds  
Individual Contributions 35,695
Blue Cross Blue Shield 35,000
Aetna Foundation 25,000
Miscellaneous 12,063
Seabury Foundation 7,000
US Bank Corporation 4,500
TJX Foundation 4,000
Total Income $123,258


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 80%  Fund Raising: Less than 1%  Administrative: 20% 

Total income $123,258
Program expenses $95,577
Fund raising expenses 551
Administrative expenses 23,555
Total expenses $119,683
Income in Excess of Expenses 3,575
Beginning net assets (3,937)
Ending net assets 23,744
Total liabilities 5,030
Total assets $28,774

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