Better Business Bureau Report for
Inspiration Corporation

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

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

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Charity Contact Information

Name: Inspiration Corporation
Address: 4554 N. Broadway
Suite 207
  Chicago, IL 60640
Phone: 773-878-0981
Web Address:
Also known as:Inspiration Cafe
The Living Room Cafe
The Employment Project
Inspiration Kittens
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1989, Illinois
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: In an atmosphere of dignity and respect, Inspiration Corporation helps people who are affected by homelessness and poverty to improve their lives and increase self-sufficiency through the provision of social services, employment training and housing.

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Evaluation Conclusions


Inspiration Corporation meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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Inspiration Corporation serves 3,000 individuals a year by providing housing, employment preparation and vocational training, meals, supportive services, and free voice mail – serving as a catalyst for self-reliance.

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

Training 2,067,691
Housing and supportive 1,462,456
Employment 865,762
Total Program Expenses: $4,395,909
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Chief Executive : Shannon K. Stewart, Executive Director & CEO

Chair of the Board: Neal Kulick
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Vice President, McDonald's Corporation (Retired)

Board Size: 13

Paid Staff Size: 98

*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
Fund raising costs were 10% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $3,815,798, 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 Inspiration Corporation's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2013.

Source of Funds  
Government grants 1,733,182
Foundation grants 806,123
Program Income 674,815
Contributions 663,910
Corporation grants 318,510
In-kind contributions 194,073
Capital campaign 100,000
Total Income $4,490,613


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 89%  Fund Raising: 7%  Administrative: 4% 

Total income $4,490,613
Program expenses $4,395,909
Fund raising expenses 370,620
Administrative expenses 195,034
Total expenses $4,961,563
Expenses in Excess of Income (470,950)
Beginning net assets 4,419,753
Other Changes in Net Assets (47,356)
Ending net assets 3,901,447
Total liabilities 329,097
Total assets $4,230,544

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