Better Business Bureau Report for
Support Advocates for Women

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

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: Support Advocates for Women
Address: 1014 N Hamlin
  Chicago, IL 60651
Phone: 773-342-8384
Web Address:
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated:
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: Support Advocates for Women's purpose is to provide supportive services for women who are incarcerated and/or recently released from incarceration.

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Evaluation Conclusions


Support Advocates for Women does not meet the following 2 Standards for Charity Accountability.

Standard 16: Annual Report - Have an annual report available to all, on request, that includes: (a) the organization's mission statement, (b) a summary of the past year's program service accomplishments, (c) a roster of the officers and members of the board of directors, (d) financial information that includes (i) total income in the past fiscal year, (ii) expenses in the same program, fund raising and administrative categories as in the financial statements, and (iii) ending net assets.

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.

Support Advocates for Women 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:

  • The organization’s mission statement.
  • A summary of program service accomplishments.
  • A roster of the board of directors.
  • Total income.
  • Total program expenses.
  • Total fund raising expenses.
  • Total administrative expenses.
  • End of year net assets.
  • The organization’s mailing address.
  • 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, and donor privacy and is unable to verify the organization's compliance with the following 8Standards for Charity Accountability: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 18.
Support Advocates for Women meets the remaining 10 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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This organization provides transitional housing, drug and alcohol recovery and counseling programs for recently released female offenders.

For the fiscal year ended June 30, 2012, Support Advocates for Women's program expenses were:

Program Expenses 129,415
Total Program Expenses: $129,415
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Chief Executive :

Chair of the Board:
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation:

Board Size:

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, invitations to fund raising events, grant proposals
Fund raising costs were 5% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $32,824, 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 Support Advocates for Women's IRS Form 990 for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2012.

Source of Funds  
Supportive Housing & Services - IDOC 88,390
Contributions 20,811
In-Kind Contributions 10,623
Forgiveness of Debt of Credit Cards 9,091
Program Income - Supplemental Rental Payments 5,535
Interest Income on IDOC Late Payments 1,864
Special Events Fundraising 1,390
Miscellaneous Income 36
Total Income $137,740


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 82%  Fund Raising: 1%  Administrative: 17% 

Total income $137,740
Program expenses $129,415
Fund raising expenses 1,749
Administrative expenses 26,507
Total expenses $157,671
Expenses in Excess of Income (19,931)
Beginning net assets (48,454)
Ending net assets (68,385)
Total liabilities 116,187
Total assets $47,802

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