Better Business Bureau Report for
Easter Seals Metropolitan Chicago

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

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

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Charity Contact Information

Name: Easter Seals Metropolitan Chicago
Address: 1939 W 13th St Ste 300
  Chicago, IL 60608
Phone: 312-491-4110
Web Address:
Also known as:ESMC
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1939, Illinois
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: Easter Seals Metropolitan Chicago maximizes independence and creates opportunities for people with disabilities and other special needs to live, learn, work, and play in their communities by providing a lifetime of premier services.

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Evaluation Conclusions


Easter Seals Metropolitan Chicago meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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Easter Seals Metropolitan Chicago will be the recognized leader providing innovative services, creating solutions, and changing lives of people with disabilities and other special needs.

For the fiscal year ended August 31, 2013, Easter Seals Metropolitan Chicago's program expenses were:

comprehensive autism services 15,605,489
early childhood services 9,109,541
community support services 761,083
training and consultation 347,053
Total Program Expenses: $25,823,166
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Chief Executive :

Chair of the Board: David A. Pearre II
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: President, Pearre & Associates

Board Size: 29

Paid Staff Size: 520

*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, internet
Fund raising costs were 2% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $27,462,554, 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 Easter Seals Metropolitan Chicago's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended August 31, 2013.

Source of Funds  
government grants and contracts 25,817,344
foundations 1,248,522
investment return 887,420
program service fees 854,523
special events 343,513
other income 221,716
in-kind contributions 53,175
Total Income $29,426,213


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 85%  Fund Raising: 2%  Administrative: 13% 

Total income $29,426,213
Program expenses $25,823,166
Fund raising expenses 561,260
Administrative expenses 3,998,858
Total expenses $30,383,284
Expenses in Excess of Income (957,071)
Beginning net assets 18,706,340
Ending net assets 1,777,958
Total liabilities 0
Total assets $0

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