Better Business Bureau Report for
CircEsteem Inc.

Better Business Bureau Report issued December 2013
Better Business Bureau Report expires December 2015

This BBB Accredited charity meets all 20 Standards for Charity Accountability. Find out more...

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Charity Contact Information

Name: CircEsteem Inc.
Address: 4730 N. Sheridan Rd.
  Chicago, IL 60640
Phone: 312-731-3568
Web Address:
Also known as:Chicago Youth Circus
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Formerly known as:CircEsteem

Year, State Incorporated: 2002, Illinois
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: CircEsteem's mission is to unite youth from diverse racial, cultural and economic backgrounds and build self esteem and mutual respect through the practice and performance of circus arts.

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Evaluation Conclusions


CircEsteem Inc. meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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HomeWork & CircusWork is an after-school tutoring program, which addresses the need CircEsteem participants have to keep up on their schoolwork while still being able to spend time learning circus skills. Students meet three days a week spending one-hour learning circus and one hour receiving one on one tutoring help. Circesteem also provides healthy snacks donated by Whole Foods market. CircEsteem currently offers programs at 11 public and private schools. Classes meet 1-2 hours weekly and typically run in 6-12 weeks long. Each session varies in format and introduces new skills, allowing returning students to advance and beginners to model their peers. Circesteem offers specialized classes in Aerial Arts, Tumbling, Trampoline, Unicycling and Gym Wheel in addition to beginner and advanced circus class on Saturday mornings at Alternatives. CircEsteem offers week long circus camps during the Winter, Spring, and Summer breaks. Each week concludes with a public performance.

For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2012, CircEsteem Inc.'s program expenses were:

Onsite 120,580
Gigs & Workshops 93,212
HomeWork & Circus Work 77,760
Offsite 64,223
Camps 16,691
Total Program Expenses: $372,466
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Chief Executive : Maribeth Joy, Executive Director

Chair of the Board: Sally Sharp
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Director of Student Life, Sacred Heart Schools

Board Size: 11

Paid Staff Size: 15

*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 $454,665, 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 CircEsteem Inc.'s audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2012.

Source of Funds  
Program Fees 245,337
Contributions and Grants 160,202
Performance Revenues 24,710
Contributed Services 22,216
Miscellaneous Income 5,741
Government Grants 2,200
Investment Income 282
Total Income $460,688


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 78%  Fund Raising: 8%  Administrative: 14% 

Total income $460,688
Program expenses $372,466
Fund raising expenses 37,831
Administrative expenses 65,579
Total expenses $475,876
Expenses in Excess of Income (15,188)
Beginning net assets 70,569
Ending net assets 55,381
Total liabilities 74,872
Total assets $130,253

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