Better Business Bureau Report for
Support Advocates for Women

Better Business Bureau Report issued January 2016
Better Business Bureau Report expires January 2018

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: The mission of SAW is to improve the quality of life for women who are incarcerated or recently released from prison. Leslie Brown, founder and executive director along with staff members and volunteers, provide a range of support services for these women and their children during and after incarceration.

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Evaluation Conclusions


Support Advocates for Women does not meet the following 3 Standards for Charity Accountability.

Standard 3: Frequency and Attendance of Board Meetings - An organization shall have a minimum of three evenly spaced meetings per year of the full governing body with a majority in attendance, with face-to-face participation. A conference call of the full board can substitute for one of the three meetings of the governing body. For all meetings, alternative modes of participation are acceptable for those with physical disabilities.

Support Advocates for Women does not meet this Standard because:

  • The board of directors did not hold a minimum of three evenly spaced meetings in the past fiscal year.

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.

Support Advocates for Women does not meet this Standard because:

  • The board of directors does not have a written policy stating that, at least every two years, an appraisal be done assessing the organization’s performance and effectiveness and determining future actions required to achieve its mission.

Standard 7: Board Approval of Written Report on Effectiveness - Submit to the organization's governing body, for its approval, a written report that outlines the results of the aforementioned performance and effectiveness assessment and recommendations for future actions.

Support Advocates for Women does not meet this Standard because:

  • Although it has produced a written effectiveness assessment report, the report did not include recommendations for future actions.
  • Although it produced a written effectiveness assessment report, it was not submitted for approval to the board of directors.
In addition, the BBB of Chicago & Northern Illinois requested but did not receive complete information on the organization’s governance and oversight and donor privacy and is unable to verify the organization's compliance with the following 3Standards for Charity Accountability: 1, 4, and 18.
Support Advocates for Women meets the remaining 14 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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12 step recovery meetings, Bible study, Recovery coach assistance, assist with permanent housing, job placement, clothing and personal hygiene. We also provide referrals for out patient drug treatment and mental health.

For the fiscal year ended June 30, 2014, Support Advocates for Women's program expenses were:

rent 65,093
salaries 36,000
professional fees 31,442
other 6,063
depreciation 2,063
printing 9
Total Program Expenses: $140,670
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Chief Executive :

Chair of the Board: Leslie Brown
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Ethel Johnson

Board Size: 10

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 % of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $167,112, 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 audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2014.

Source of Funds  
supporting housing and services 90,313
contributions 66,176
In kind Contributions 10,623
Program Income 5,509
Interest Income 6
Total Income $172,627


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 83%  Fund Raising: Less than 1%  Administrative: 17% 

Total income $172,627
Program expenses $140,670
Fund raising expenses 208
Administrative expenses 28,604
Total expenses $169,482
Income in Excess of Expenses 3,145
Beginning net assets 73,337
Ending net assets 70,192
Total liabilities 0
Total assets $0

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