Better Business Bureau Report for
Gads Hill Center

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: Gads Hill Center
Address: 1919 W. Cullerton
  Chicago, IL 60608
Phone: 312-226-0963
Web Address:
Also known as:Gads Hill
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Formerly known as:Gads Hill Settlement House

Year, State Incorporated: 1898, Illinois
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: Gads Hill Center (GHC), a social service organization established in 1898, creates opportunities for children and their families to build a better life through education, access to resources, and community engagement. Their vision is that all individuals, regardless of where they start, will achieve their full potential.

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Evaluation Conclusions


Gads Hill Center meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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Gads Hill Center offers programs that support and empower the Latino and African American residents of Chicago’s Pilsen, Little Village, North Lawndale, Brighton Park, and other southwest side neighborhoods. Their array of services is high-quality, flexible, responsive, and culturally competent and includes: • Early childhood education and home visiting, • School age academic support and recreation, • Teen academic enrichment, mentoring, and college readiness, • Family support and parent education, and • Adult nutrition and leadership training. Participants often start as young children and continue through high school, returning to volunteer, gain employment, or bring their own children to GHC. During FY2013, GHC served over 4,000 children, youth and families. Currently, Gads Hill Center provides services in three locations: • In Pilsen at 1919 W. Cullerton Street (administration and youth programs) • In North Lawndale at 2653 W. Ogden Avenue, in the Mt. Sinai Community Institute (center-based early childhood and after school services) • In Brighton Park at 4236 South Archer Avenue (home based early childhood services)

For the fiscal year ended June 30, 2012, Gads Hill Center's program expenses were:

Children Services 3,277,563
Youth and Community Services 1,200,554
Total Program Expenses: $4,478,117
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Chief Executive : Maricela A. Garcia, Chief Executive Officer

Chair of the Board: Dorinda Flores, Board of Directors
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Assistant Vice President, Fifth Third Bank

Board Size: 15

Paid Staff Size: 72

*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
Fund raising costs were 1% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $4,827,192, 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 Gads Hill Center's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2012.

Source of Funds  
Government Grants 3,948,621
Contributions 755,121
Program Service Fees 95,730
United Way 90,000
In-Kind Contributions 33,450
Dividends and interest 22,196
Miscellaneous 14,469
Gain on investments 11,583
Total Income $4,971,170


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 91%  Fund Raising: 1%  Administrative: 8% 

Total income $4,971,170
Program expenses $4,478,117
Fund raising expenses 48,930
Administrative expenses 369,075
Total expenses $4,896,122
Income in Excess of Expenses 75,048
Beginning net assets 2,608,473
Ending net assets 2,683,521
Total liabilities 574,142
Total assets $3,257,663

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