Better Business Bureau Report for
Black United Fund of Illinois, Inc

Better Business Bureau Report issued May 2014
Better Business Bureau Report expires May 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: Black United Fund of Illinois, Inc
Address: 1809 East 71st Street
  Chicago, IL 60649-2000
Phone: 773-324-0494
Web Address:
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Formerly known as:Illinois Black United Fund, Inc

Year, State Incorporated: 1985, Illinois
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: The Black United Fund of Illinois (BUFI), Inc. is a 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit organization for social change. Incorporated in 1985, BUFI was founded on the principles of self-help, mutual aid and voluntary civic participation. Headquartered in the South Shore community of Chicago, BUFI is a statewide organization whose philosophy and programs are far reaching. The BUFI mission is: To improve the quality of life through reliance on self-help at the local community level. BUFI provides funding, technical assistance and supportive services to non-profit agencies and programs that have the proven ability or potential to provide resources supportive of growth and self-sufficiency.

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Evaluation Conclusions


Black United Fund of Illinois, Inc does not meet the following 3 Standards for Charity Accountability.

Standard 1: Oversight of Operations and Staff - Organizations shall have a board of directors that provides adequate oversight of the charity's operations and its staff. Indication of adequate oversight includes, but is not limited to, regularly scheduled appraisals of the CEO's performance, evidence of disbursement controls such as board approval of the budget, fund raising practices, establishment of a conflict of interest policy, and establishment of accounting procedures sufficient to safeguard charity finances.

Black United Fund of Illinois, Inc does not meet this Standard because its board of directors does not:

  • Review the performance of the chief executive officer at least once every two years.

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.

Black United Fund of Illinois, Inc does not meet this Standard because:

  • Its effectiveness assessment policy does not specify that this assessment will take place at least once every two years.

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.

Black United Fund of Illinois, Inc 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 donor privacy and is unable to verify the organization's compliance with the following Standard for Charity Accountability: 18.
Black United Fund of Illinois, Inc meets the remaining 16 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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To carry out its work, BUFI performs four (4) basic functions to help build the capacity of nonprofit organizations to carry out their work and serve underserved communities:. 1. Promotes and encourages philanthropy at every economic level and provides systematic mechanisms to rally resources (money, time, ideas, skills, supplies, services) for the African American community 2. Provides a service to approximately 45 independent affiliates by listing these proven organizations in federal, state, county and city charitable payroll deduction campaigns in the workplace. This allows them to promote themselves to a far greater audience of potential donors. 3. Provides small grants, technical assistance, and support services to empower communities to take control of their own lives and help organizations become self-sufficient. 4. Manages discretionary funds and acts as fiscal agent to pay expenses for critical causes, special projects, or emerging organizations. In addition, BUFI has expanded its services to help build the capacity of marginalized and underserved individuals, both youth and adults, through four (4) programs: 1) Safe Passages – where community residents are hired to walk students to and from their local schools safely. BUFI hires approximately 140 adults to be community watchers at seven (7) local schools. 2) Community Trades – where adults are provided job training in the construction trades and related industries to gain meaningful job skills in lucrative industry sectors. In the past, BUFI has provided job training in painting and plumbing. Currently, BUFI is providing job training for those who want jobs as Home Energy Auditors. 3) Re-Entry – where citizens returning to the community are provided comprehensive case management, referral and support services to transition back as productive citizens. 4) Community Youth Employment – where youth ages 16-24 are provided job training, life skills, counseling, work-readiness skills and supervised meaningful work experience.

For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2012, Black United Fund of Illinois, Inc's program expenses were:

Total Program Expenses: $
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Chief Executive : Henry L. English, President/CEO

Chair of the Board: Robert Starks
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Retired Professor

Board Size: 19

Paid Staff Size: 154

*Compensation includes annual salary and, if applicable, benefit plans, expense accounts, and other allowances.
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Fund Raising


Method(s) Used:

telephone, invitations to fund raising events, radio, grant proposals
Fund raising costs were 2% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $3,456,715, 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 Black United Fund of Illinois, Inc's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2012.

Source of Funds  
grant income 1,804,059
amount designated for other organizations 1,269,972
Current year campaign and contributions 382,684
Other income 215,131
Total Income $3,671,846


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 95%  Fund Raising: 2%  Administrative: 2%  Other Expenses: 1%

Total income $3,671,846
Program expenses $3,818,999
Fund raising expenses 80,002
Administrative expenses 71,012
Other Expenses 25,887
Total expenses $3,995,900
Expenses in Excess of Income (324,054)
Beginning net assets 881,596
Other Changes in Net Assets (26,232)
Ending net assets 531,310
Total liabilities 688,746
Total assets $1,220,056

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