Better Business Bureau Report for
Sarah's Circle

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

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

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Charity Contact Information

Name: Sarah's Circle
Address: 4750 N. Sheridan Road #220
  Chicago, IL 60640
Phone: 773-728-1014
Web Address:
Also known as:Sarah's Circle Inc.
Sarah's Circle-Chicago
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1979, Illinois
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: Sarah’s Circle provides a support service center, clinical services, 24-hour interim housing, and permanent supportive housing for women who are homeless or in need of a safe space.

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Evaluation Conclusions


Sarah's Circle meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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Via the Housing, Clinical, and Supportive Service Center programs, Sarah’s Circle provides case management, clinical counseling, housing assistance, referral services, and life necessities. In 2012 Sarah’s Circle placed 95 women in permanent housing, helped 33 women become employed, and helped women achieve over 400 other individualized service plan goals.

For the fiscal year ended June 30, 2012, Sarah's Circle's program expenses were:

Housing 386,656
Daytime Services 200,426
Clinical Services/Trauma 137,121
Total Program Expenses: $724,203
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Chief Executive : Kathy Ragnar, Executive Director

Chair of the Board: Judy Krueger
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Professional Volunteer

Board Size: 15

Paid Staff Size: 25

*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 3% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $1,684,261, 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 Sarah's Circle's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2012.

Source of Funds  
Grants and Contributions 1,158,711
In-Kind Donations 503,921
Special Events 21,629
Interest and Dividends 1,610
Unrealized Gain on Investments 154
Total Income $1,686,025


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 86%  Fund Raising: 7%  Administrative: 7% 

Total income $1,686,025
Program expenses $724,203
Fund raising expenses 56,008
Administrative expenses 62,987
Total expenses $843,198
Income in Excess of Expenses 842,827
Beginning net assets 863,461
Ending net assets 1,706,288
Total liabilities 47,887
Total assets $1,754,175

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