Better Business Bureau Report for
WINGS Program, Inc.

Better Business Bureau Report issued June 2014
Better Business Bureau Report expires June 2016

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Charity Contact Information

Name: WINGS Program, Inc.
Address: PO Box 95615
  Palatine, IL 60095
Phone: 847-519-7820
Web Address:
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1985, Illinois
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: The mission of WINGS is to provide a continuum of integrated services in an effort to end domestic violence and homelessness one family at a time.

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Evaluation Conclusions


WINGS Program, Inc. meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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WINGS helps homeless and abused women and children by offering integrated services that meet their needs for shelter, education, guidance and support. They provide safe, secure living environments, through transitional housing and emergency shelter, in residential neighborhoods that allow women to go to school, work, and achieve financial and emotional independence.

For the fiscal year ended June 30, 2013, WINGS Program, Inc.'s program expenses were:

Transitional Housing 1,208,649
Safehouse 978,579
Clinical & Outreach 323,993
Permanent Housing 199,379
Total Program Expenses: $2,710,600
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Chief Executive : Rebecca A Darr, Executive Director

Chair of the Board: Rita Canning
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Philanthropist

Co-Chair of the Board : James Lennon

Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Attorney-at-Law

Board Size: 22

Paid Staff Size: 48

*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, print advertisements, grant proposals, internet
Fund raising costs were 8% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $3,808,180, 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 WINGS Program, Inc.'s audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2013.

Source of Funds  
Contributions 1,511,290
Special Event Income 1,102,655
Resale Income 712,133
HUD-SHP Grants 417,840
In-Kind Contributions 223,927
State of Illinois-DHS 201,740
United Ways 84,219
Department of Justice OVAW 78,440
Program Service Fees 75,448
ESG 50,000
Townships and Municipalities 44,703
FEMA 40,000
Northwest Community Partnership 22,834
Cook County CDBG 17,932
Miscellaneous Item Sales Gross Profit 13,465
State of Illinois-Attorney General 6,600
Cook County DPH 6,000
Interest and Dividends from Operations 1,898
Miscellaneous 90
Realized Gain from Disposition of Assets
Total Income $4,611,214


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 71%  Fund Raising: 8%  Administrative: 12%  Other Expenses: 9%

Total income $4,611,214
Program expenses $2,710,600
Fund raising expenses 295,210
Administrative expenses 455,663
Other Expenses 330,636
Total expenses $3,792,109
Income in Excess of Expenses 819,105
Beginning net assets 8,366,966
Other Changes in Net Assets 333,240
Ending net assets 9,519,311
Total liabilities 2,666,279
Total assets $12,185,590

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