Better Business Bureau Report for
Respond Now

Better Business Bureau Report issued August 2013
Better Business Bureau Report expires August 2015

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

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Charity Contact Information

Name: Respond Now
Address: 1439 Emerald Street
  Chicago Heights, IL 60411
Phone: 708-755-4357
Web Address:
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1969, Illinois
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: Respond Now exists to provide immediate relief for residents of Chicago's south suburbs who are in need, while maintaining their dignity and affording respect.

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Evaluation Conclusions


Respond Now meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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They help people through their temporary emergencies with financial assistance.They provide food to families and individuals in need as well as sound referrals and counseling for other needed services.

For the fiscal year ended June 30, 2013, Respond Now's program expenses were:

Program Services 825,018
Total Program Expenses: $825,018
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Chief Executive : Carl Wolf, Executive Director

Chair of the Board: John Rynne
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: retired oil executive

Board Size: 11

Paid Staff Size: 5

*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, grant proposals
Fund raising costs were 4% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $480,637, 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 Respond Now's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2013.

Source of Funds  
Like Kind Donations 480,271
Individuals 142,016
Grants 105,257
Foundations/Corporations 98,571
Faith Communities 54,134
United Way 39,303
Organziations 26,986
Fund Raising 14,370
Interest Income 65
Total Income $960,973


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 91%  Fund Raising: 2%  Administrative: 7% 

Total income $960,973
Program expenses $825,018
Fund raising expenses 19,504
Administrative expenses 65,342
Total expenses $909,864
Income in Excess of Expenses 51,109
Beginning net assets 179,362
Ending net assets 230,471
Total liabilities 2,426
Total assets $232,897

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