Better Business Bureau Report for
Northwestern University Settlement Association

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

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: Northwestern University Settlement Association
Address: 1400 W Augusta Blvd
  Chicago, IL 60622
Phone: 773-278-7471
Web Address:
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1891, Illinois
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: Nurture. Educate. Inspire. For more than 120 years, through more than 70 programs and services, Northwestern Settlement Nurtures, Educates and Inspires children, families and seniors in Chicago’s West Town community. Focusing on changing lives through education, social services, and the arts, Northwestern Settlement programs “wrap-around” to holistically fit the complex needs of our “neighbors.” Northwestern Settlement’s comprehensive approach to community building provides our neighbors:

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Evaluation Conclusions


Northwestern University Settlement Association does not meet the following Standard 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.

Northwestern University Settlement Association does not meet this Standard because:

  • Its effectiveness assessment policy does not specify that this assessment will take place at least once every two years.
In addition, the BBB of Chicago & Northern Illinois requested but did not receive complete information on the organization’s governance and oversight and solicitation materials and is unable to verify the organization's compliance with the following 3Standards for Charity Accountability: 1, 3, and 15.
Northwestern University Settlement Association meets the remaining 16 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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Head Start Program After School Program Rowe Elementary School Adventure Stage Chicago Theatre House in the Wood Camp-Summer Camp Americorp Project Yes Golden Agers Emergency Services

For the fiscal year ended June 30, 2013, Northwestern University Settlement Association's program expenses were:

Rowe Elementary School 6,122,219
Head Start 967,870
Arts Program 774,098
Camp 722,442
AmeriCorps 678,670
Group Services 514,092
Emergency Services 162,451
Office Center 116,931
Total Program Expenses: $10,058,773
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Chief Executive : Ron Manderschied, President

Chair of the Board: Robert J. Best
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Lawyer

Co-Chair of the Board : Glenn Dalhart

Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Managing Director Of Dalhart Consultin

Co-Chair of the Board : N/A

Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: N/A

Board Size: 33

Paid Staff Size: 234

*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, grant proposals, planned giving arrangements
Fund raising costs were 2% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $9,525,252, 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 Northwestern University Settlement Association's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2013.

Source of Funds  
rowe elementary school 6,466,266
government contracts and grants 1,745,389
other revenue 1,225,429
individual contributions 810,812
foundations and trust 476,709
passthroughs 187,210
corporations 23,354
auxiliary boards 2,722
Total Income $10,937,891


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 96%  Fund Raising: 2%  Administrative: 2% 

Total income $10,937,891
Program expenses $10,058,773
Fund raising expenses 185,137
Administrative expenses 233,644
Total expenses $10,477,554
Income in Excess of Expenses 460,337
Beginning net assets 13,362,994
Ending net assets 13,823,331
Total liabilities 0
Total assets $0

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