Better Business Bureau Report for
Northern Illinois Food Bank

Better Business Bureau Report issued November 2015
Better Business Bureau Report expires November 2017

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Charity Contact Information

Name: Northern Illinois Food Bank
Address: 273 Dearborn Ct.
  Geneva, IL 60134
Phone: 630-443-6910
Web Address:
Also known as:NIFB
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Formerly known as:Bethlehem Center Food Bank

Year, State Incorporated: 1982, Illinois
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: Vision: For noone to be hungry in northern Illinois. Mission: To lead the northern Illinois community in solving hunger by providing nutritious meals to those in need through innovative programs and partnerships.

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Evaluation Conclusions


Northern Illinois Food Bank meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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The Northern Illinois Food Bank works with food manufacturers, local grocers, corporations, foundations, and individuals who donate food, funds and time to evaluate and repack food for distribution to 800 community food pantries and feeding programs serving more than 71,000 hungry neighbors each week across 13 counties. That commitment provided 57 million meals to those in need in FY15.

For the fiscal year ended June 30, 2014, Northern Illinois Food Bank's program expenses were:

Food Bank operations 126,605,177
Total Program Expenses: $126,605,177
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Chief Executive : Peter Schaefer, President and Chief Executive Office

Chair of the Board: Karen Joyce
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Vice President, Nielson

Board Size: 25

Paid Staff Size: 110

*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, radio, grant proposals, internet
Fund raising costs were 9% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $10,673,742, 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 Northern Illinois Food Bank's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2014.

Source of Funds  
Donated goods and services 113,524,860
Contributions and Grants 10,673,742
Program service fees 4,581,536
Fees and grants from government agencies 3,061,760
Investment income 54,895
Miscellaneous income 22,967
Total Income $131,919,760


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 97%  Fund Raising: 1%  Administrative: 2% 

Total income $131,919,760
Program expenses $126,605,177
Fund raising expenses 949,058
Administrative expenses 1,998,005
Total expenses $129,552,240
Income in Excess of Expenses 2,367,520
Beginning net assets 26,590,868
Ending net assets 28,958,388
Total liabilities 10,630,325
Total assets $39,588,713

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