Better Business Bureau Report for
Deborah's Place

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

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

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Charity Contact Information

Name: Deborah's Place
Address: 2822 W. Jackson Blvd.
  Chicago, IL 60612
Phone: 773-722-5080
Web Address:
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1985, Illinois
Affiliates: Deborah's Place II
Stated Purpose: Deborah’s Place breaks the cycle of homelessness for women in Chicago. Through a continuum of housing options, comprehensive support services and opportunities for change provided by dedicated volunteers and staff, women succeed in achieving their goals of stable housing, sustainable income and greater self-determination.

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Evaluation Conclusions


Deborah's Place meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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With three main program sites in Chicago (East Garfield Park, Lakeview and Old Town), as well as community-based housing scattered throughout the city, Deborah’s Place programs impact between 350 and 400 women annually and include: Interim and Long-Term Supportive Housing (211 units/beds); scattered-site housing (32 units); Comprehensive Support Services for program residents and participants (case management, therapeutic services, health services, education around life skills and self-sufficiency, employment/job skills training, and more); and an Alumnae Services Program that provides case management and support to help women succeed as they "graduate" from Deborah’s Place into community-based or independent housing.

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

Permanent Housing, Marah's 774,055
Case Management & Health Services 650,704
Safe Haven 520,931
Intermin Housing, Theresa's 384,054
Education/Employment 203,847
Total Program Expenses: $2,533,591
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Chief Executive : Audrey Thomas, Executive Director

Chair of the Board: Paul Haase
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Dir of Environmental Health & Safety, RR Donnelly

Board Size: 15

Paid Staff Size: 61

*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, funding challenges / match programs
Fund raising costs were 9% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $2,769,134, 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 Deborah's Place's audited financial statements - consolidated for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2013.

Source of Funds  
Government Grants and contracts 1,668,442
Foundation Support 504,616
Individual Support 425,974
Net assets released 318,581
Fundraising Events 111,056
unrealized gain on investments 73,668
Management Fees 63,768
In-Kind Services 59,046
Program Rents 23,844
Interest 4,618
Other 3,414
Merchandise Sales 906
Total Income $3,257,933


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 80%  Fund Raising: 8%  Administrative: 12% 

Total income $3,257,933
Program expenses $2,533,591
Fund raising expenses 240,180
Administrative expenses 369,125
Total expenses $3,142,896
Income in Excess of Expenses 115,037
Beginning net assets 3,344,853
Ending net assets 3,326,848
Total liabilities 98,721
Total assets $3,425,569

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