Better Business Bureau Report for
Southwest Chicago PADS

Better Business Bureau Report issued April 2014
Better Business Bureau Report expires April 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: Southwest Chicago PADS
Address: 3121 W. 71st St.
  Chicago, IL 60629
Phone: 773-737-7070
Web Address:
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1994, Illinois
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: An ecumenical community endeavor which values the dignity, uniqueness, goodness, and giftedness of all persons, Southwest Chicago PADS is driven to feed the hungry and help the poor. They seek to: Provide emergency shelter, food, clothing and referrals for additional assistance to persons who are homeless. Prevent homelessness in our community by providing immediate assistance and referrals to those facing a housing crisis. Educate the wider community about the plight of people who are homeless.

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Evaluation Conclusions


Southwest Chicago PADS does not meet the following 2 Standards for Charity Accountability.

Standard 14: Budget - Have a board-approved annual budget for its current fiscal year, outlining projected expenses for major program activities, fund raising, and administration.

Southwest Chicago PADS does not meet this Standard because, when the organization provided budget information, it indicated that the budget:

  • Did not identify total projected program service expenses.
  • Did not identify total projected fund raising expenses.
  • Did not identify total projected administrative expenses.

Standard 17: Web Site Disclosures - Include on any charity websites that solicit contributions, the same information that is recommended for annual reports, as well as the mailing address of the charity and electronic access to its most recent IRS Form 990.

Southwest Chicago PADS does not meet this Standard because the organization's website,, does not include all of the recommended information for those charity websites that solicit for donations. Specifically, it does not include:

  • Electronic access to the organization’s most recent IRS Form 990.
In addition, the BBB of Chicago & Northern Illinois requested but did not receive complete information on the organization’s governance and oversight, effectiveness measures, solicitation materials, donor privacy, and fundraising disclosures and is unable to verify the organization's compliance with the following 10Standards for Charity Accountability: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 15, 18, and 19.
Southwest Chicago PADS meets the remaining 8 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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Southwest Chicago PADS (Public Action to Deliver Shelter) is a 501 (c ) 3 charitable organization located on Chicago’s southwest side, across the street from Marquette Park. Yearly, they serve over 2100 men, women and children who are homeless or face the imminent possibility of becoming homeless. They provide basic services and case management to help break the bonds of homelessness.

For the fiscal year ended June 30, 2013, Southwest Chicago PADS's program expenses were:

Salaries 122,244
Volunteer services 13,675
Insurance 12,644
Payroll taxes 12,051
Depreciation 9,091
Utilities 8,997
Transportation 6,169
Transitional assistance 5,837
Telephone 5,076
Food 3,762
Postage 3,557
Misclellaneous 3,341
Real estate taxes 1,451
Medicine and medical 1,198
Maintenance and repairs 1,147
Clothing 304
Total Program Expenses: $210,544
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*Compensation includes annual salary and, if applicable, benefit plans, expense accounts, and other allowances.
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Fund Raising


Method(s) Used:

Fund raising costs were 2% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $253,556, 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 Southwest Chicago PADS's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2013.

Source of Funds  
Grants 127,779
Donations 72,125
Direct Fundraising 53,652
Interest Income 25
Rental Income -4,922
Total Income $248,659


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 85%  Fund Raising: 2%  Administrative: 13% 

Total income $248,659
Program expenses $210,544
Fund raising expenses 4,611
Administrative expenses 31,662
Total expenses $246,817
Income in Excess of Expenses 1,842
Beginning net assets 132,512
Ending net assets 154,030
Total liabilities 210,484
Total assets $364,514

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