Better Business Bureau Report for
Lester and Rosalie Anixter Center

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

This BBB Accredited charity meets all 20 Standards for Charity Accountability and is a Seal Holder. Find out more...

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Charity Contact Information

Name: Lester and Rosalie Anixter Center
Address: 2001 N. Clybourn Ave., 3rd Fl.
  Chicago, IL 60614-4036
Phone: 773-973-7900
Web Address:
Also known as:Anixter Center
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Formerly known as:The Center for the Rehabilitiation & Training of People with Disabilities

Year, State Incorporated: 1919, Illinois
Affiliates: Center Foundation
Stated Purpose: The mission of Anixter Center is to provide an array of services and supports for people with disabilities to live, learn, work and play in the community. Their vision is to ensure all people with disabilities they serve are given the "ability to soar."

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Evaluation Conclusions


Lester and Rosalie Anixter Center meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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Anixter Center is one of the largest nonprofit organizations in the Chicago area serving people of all ages with disabilities and related challenges. Each year, through 34 programs at 35 locations that stretch from Zion to Chicago’s Southwest Side, Anixter Center and its three divisions—CALOR, Chicago Hearing Society (CHS) and Lekotek—help more than 7,300 children, teens and adults – 90% of whom are living at or below the federal poverty level. What makes them unique are the array of services they offer plus their ability to provide individualized help for people at every stage of life—children, teens, young adults and older adults. What’s more, programs are developed and implemented to help clients navigate through key social and economic issues affecting everyone, such as employment, education, housing, healthcare, and community support. However, Anixter Center's programs and services are specifically geared to effectively address the additional barriers faced by people with disabilities. Anixter Center’s programs and services are comprehensive, individualized, choice-driven, culturally sensitive, and promote inclusion. Among their broad range of supportive services for those who have physical, developmental, cognitive, psychiatric or sensory disabilities, programs include: • Chicago’s first and only free literacy program for adults with disabilities; • 24-hour supervised residential homes and home-based services; • A multi-track program for adults with developmental disabilities, which includes art, music, and dance/movement therapies, case management and counseling, vocational assistance, and additional assistance with activities of daily living; • Domestic violence, victim assistance, and substance use disorder programs for those who are deaf; • Mental health services for deaf and hearing individuals; • Employment and vocational programs to help people with disabilities find jobs; • A rehabilitation program for adults with traumatic brain injuries; • Family-based, therapeutic play sessions using specially adapted toys for young children with special needs; and • HIV/AIDS prevention, outreach, and educational services to Chicago’s underserved Latino community and all people of color; Anixter Center is also an advocate in Illinois and nationally for the rights of people with disabilities to participate fully and equally in society. Their clients range from 0–90+ years old and represent all racial and ethnic backgrounds. All of their clients have at least one disability (physical, cognitive, intellectual, developmental, sensory, psychiatric or medical), and a majority have more than one disability. 57% are female. 45% are African-American; 30% are Caucasian; 21% are Latino; 3% are Asian-American; and 1% are Native American.

For the fiscal year ended June 30, 2013, Lester and Rosalie Anixter Center's program expenses were:

Total Program Expenses: $
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Chief Executive : Kevin Limbeck, President & CEO

Chair of the Board: Joanna Horsnail
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Partner, Mayer Brown LLP

Board Size: 22

Paid Staff Size: 273

*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, door to door, planned giving arrangements
Fund raising costs were 23% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $4,736,705, 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 Lester and Rosalie Anixter Center's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2013.

Source of Funds  
Governmental Fees 10,826,894
Contract Revenue 4,402,385
Government Grants 2,736,879
Rental Revenue 1,397,830
Contributions 908,660
Program Fees 821,498
Special Events Revenue 580,915
Contributions In-Kind 510,251
Interest and Dividends 161,119
Miscellaneous Revenues 115,316
Realized gain on investments 45,691
Other interest revenues 1,084
Unrealized loss on investments -256,099
Total Income $22,252,423


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 82%  Fund Raising: 5%  Administrative: 13% 

Total income $22,252,423
Program expenses $19,146,698
Fund raising expenses 1,092,321
Administrative expenses 2,958,865
Total expenses $23,197,884
Expenses in Excess of Income (945,461)
Beginning net assets 24,303,530
Ending net assets 23,358,069
Total liabilities 6,620,943
Total assets $29,979,012

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