Better Business Bureau Report for
Lakeview Pantry

Better Business Bureau Report issued October 2013
Better Business Bureau Report expires October 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: Lakeview Pantry
Address: 3831 North Broadway
  Chicago, IL 60613
Phone: 773-525-7718
Web Address:
Also known as:Lincoln Belmont Pantry
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Formerly known as:Peoples Pantry of Lakeview

Year, State Incorporated: 1970, Illinois
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: Lakeview Pantry's mission is to eliminate hunger in their community by: providing food to fill the basic need of hungry people, increasing the independence of their clients through self-help initiatives and other innovative programs, raising awareness of hunger and poverty and working towards solutions to eliminate them.

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Evaluation Conclusions


Lakeview Pantry does not meet the following 4 Standards for Charity Accountability.

Standard 6: Board Policy on Effectiveness - Have a board policy of assessing, no less than every two years, the organization's performance and effectiveness and of determining future actions required to achieve its mission.

Lakeview Pantry does not meet this Standard because:

  • The board of directors does not have a written policy stating that, at least every two years, an appraisal be done assessing the organization’s performance and effectiveness and determining future actions required to achieve its mission.

Standard 7: Board Approval of Written Report on Effectiveness - Submit to the organization's governing body, for its approval, a written report that outlines the results of the aforementioned performance and effectiveness assessment and recommendations for future actions.

Lakeview Pantry does not meet this Standard because:

  • It has never completed an effectiveness assessment.

Standard 16: Annual Report - Have an annual report available to all, on request, that includes: (a) the organization's mission statement, (b) a summary of the past year's program service accomplishments, (c) a roster of the officers and members of the board of directors, (d) financial information that includes (i) total income in the past fiscal year, (ii) expenses in the same program, fund raising and administrative categories as in the financial statements, and (iii) ending net assets.

Lakeview Pantry does not meet this standard because:

  • The organization states it does not have an annual report covering activities conducted in the past year.

Standard 18: Privacy for Written Appeals & Internet Privacy - Address privacy concerns of donors by (a) providing in written appeals, at least annually, a means (e.g., such as a check off box) for both new and continuing donors to inform the charity if they do not want their name and address shared outside the organization, (b) providing a clear, prominent and easily accessible privacy policy on any of its websites that tells visitors (i) what information, if any, is being collected about them by the charity and how this information will be used, (ii) how to contact the charity to review personal information collected and request corrections, (iii) how to inform the charity (e.g., a check off box) that the visitor does not wish his/her personal information to be shared outside the organization, and (iv) what security measures the charity has in place to protect personal information.

Lakeview Pantry does not meet this Standard because:

Lakeview Pantry does not meet this Standard because the privacy policy on this website, does not indicate:

  • What personal information is being collected and how it will be used.
  • How to contact the charity to review personal information that is collected and request corrections.
  • How to inform the charity that the visitor does not want his/her information shared with others.
Lakeview Pantry meets the remaining 16 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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Lakeview Pantry provides on-site food distribution, delivers food to home-bound clients, distributes free clothing and has a case management program that helps clients connect with other services they need to address the causes of food insecurity.

For the fiscal year ended March 31, 2012, Lakeview Pantry's program expenses were:

Food program 3,584,304
Total Program Expenses: $3,584,304
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Chief Executive : Gary Garland, Executive Director

Chair of the Board: Rob Cappucci
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Manager

Co-Chair of the Board : Dan Laytin

Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Lawyer

Co-Chair of the Board : Rob Cappucci

Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Manager

Board Size: 12

Paid Staff Size: 13

*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 8% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $4,242,794, 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 Lakeview Pantry's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2012.

Source of Funds  
In-kind donations - food donations 2,979,397
Contributions 990,406
Grants 180,581
Events 88,718
In-kind donations - services 3,692
Interest income 639
Total Income $4,243,433


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 85%  Fund Raising: 8%  Administrative: 7% 

Total income $4,243,433
Program expenses $3,584,304
Fund raising expenses 330,773
Administrative expenses 285,218
Total expenses $4,200,295
Income in Excess of Expenses 43,138
Beginning net assets 635,141
Ending net assets 678,279
Total liabilities 22,598
Total assets $700,877

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