Better Business Bureau Report for
Teen Living Programs

Better Business Bureau Report issued September 2016
Better Business Bureau Report expires September 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: Teen Living Programs
Address: 162 W. Hubbard Ste 400
  Chicago, IL 60610
Phone: 312-568-5700
Web Address:
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1976, Illinois
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: TLP builds community, hope, and opportunity for youth who are homeless. We address their immediate needs and help them achieve independence and stable housing.

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Evaluation Conclusions


Teen Living Programs does not meet the following Standard for Charity Accountability.

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.

Teen Living Programs 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.
In addition, the BBB of Chicago & Northern Illinois requested but did not receive complete information on the organization’s governance and oversight and is unable to verify the organization's compliance with the following Standard for Charity Accountability: 3.
Teen Living Programs meets the remaining 18 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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TLP offers a comprehensive continuum of services to young people between the ages of 14 to 24 who are unstably housed or experiencing homelessness. Our services provide youth with all the tools and support they need to succeed: stable housing; access to employment and education opportunities; primary and mental health care; lasting connections with caring adults; and the skills to live a healthy and independent life. Our programs are sophisticated, evidenced-based, and outcome-driven. We work with each young person individually to help them overcome trauma and hopelessness, while working toward becoming a self-sufficient adult.

For the fiscal year ended June 30, 2014, Teen Living Programs's program expenses were:

residential services 1,348,709
outreach prevention and after care 711,292
education, vocation and recreational services 277,365
health services 232,088
Total Program Expenses: $2,569,454
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Chief Executive : Jeri Linas, Executive Director

Chair of the Board: Bruce Pedigo
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Veratech Corp. (retired)

Board Size: 15

Paid Staff Size: 50

*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, planned giving arrangements
Fund raising costs were 20% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $1,486,278, 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 Teen Living Programs's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2014.

Source of Funds  
fees and grants from governmental agencies 1,483,342
contributions 964,485
special events 456,793
united way of metropolitan chicago 65,000
program service fees 44,535
investment income 3,756
other income 2,401
Total Income $3,020,312


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 88%  Fund Raising: 10%  Administrative: 2% 

Total income $3,020,312
Program expenses $2,569,454
Fund raising expenses 295,914
Administrative expenses 66,930
Total expenses $3,068,241
Expenses in Excess of Income (47,929)
Beginning net assets 1,488,423
Ending net assets 1,576,437
Total liabilities 2,510,264
Total assets $4,148,015

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