Better Business Bureau Report for
Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago

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

This BBB Accredited charity meets all 20 Standards for Charity Accountability and is a Seal Holder. Find out more...

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Charity Contact Information

Name: Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago
Address: 721 N LaSalle Street
  Chicago, IL 60654
Phone: 312-655-7000
Web Address:
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1917, Illinois
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: Catholic Charities fulfills the Church’s role in the mission of charity to anyone in need by providing compassionate, competent and professional services that strengthen and support individuals, families and communities based on the value and dignity of human life. In order to remain faithful to their mission, Catholic Charities is guided by these core values: Respect, Compassion, Competence and Stewardship.

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Evaluation Conclusions


Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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With more than 150 programs at 160 sites throughout Cook and Lake counties, Catholic Charities serves more than 1.2 million people each year. Since 1917 Catholic Charities has empowered families and individuals of all backgrounds to realize their full potential. Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago provides programming and services for children, young adults, seniors, veterans, the homeless, families and more. It is one of the largest social service agencies in the Midwest.

For the fiscal year ended June 30, 2015, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago's program expenses were:

Families and Individuals 71,235,809
Seniors 68,277,702
Human Needs 32,779,360
Children 22,554,441
Total Program Expenses: $194,847,312
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Chief Executive : Monsignor Michael M. Boland, Administrator, President and CEO

Highest Paid Executive: Michele Bianchi,General Counsel
Compensation*: $142,207

Chair of the Board: Charles W. Mulaney Jr.
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Partner; Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

Board Size: 43

Paid Staff Size: 3000

*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, planned giving arrangements
Fund raising costs were 1% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $161,584,663, 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 Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2015.

Source of Funds  
Fees and Grants from government agencies 157,679,462
Program Service Fees 17,498,993
Program Related Contribution 3,905,201
United Way pledges 3,578,139
In-Kind Donations 1,429,860
Total Income $184,091,655


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 91%  Fund Raising: 1%  Administrative: 8% 

Total income $184,091,655
Program expenses $194,847,312
Fund raising expenses 2,108,233
Administrative expenses 15,975,606
Total expenses $212,931,151
Expenses in Excess of Income (28,839,496)
Beginning net assets 2,017,795
Ending net assets 20,124,795
Total liabilities 313,474,230
Total assets $333,599,025

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