Better Business Bureau Report for
Jewish Community Center of Chicago

Better Business Bureau Report issued November 2014
Better Business Bureau Report expires November 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: Jewish Community Center of Chicago
Address: 30 South Wells
  Chicago, IL 60606
Phone: 312-775-1800
Web Address:
Also known as:Chicago JCC
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1903, Illinois
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: JCC Chicago’s bold, creative vision fosters universal Jewish values that strengthen the community through dynamic life-enriching experiences.

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Evaluation Conclusions


Jewish Community Center of Chicago does not meet the following 2 Standards for Charity Accountability.

Standard 14: Budget - Have a board-approved annual budget for its current fiscal year, outlining projected expenses for major program activities, fund raising, and administration.

Standard 18: Privacy for Written Appeals & Internet Privacy - Address privacy concerns of donors by (a) providing in written appeals, at least annually, a means (e.g., such as a check off box) for both new and continuing donors to inform the charity if they do not want their name and address shared outside the organization, (b) providing a clear, prominent and easily accessible privacy policy on any of its websites that tells visitors (i) what information, if any, is being collected about them by the charity and how this information will be used, (ii) how to contact the charity to review personal information collected and request corrections, (iii) how to inform the charity (e.g., a check off box) that the visitor does not wish his/her personal information to be shared outside the organization, and (iv) what security measures the charity has in place to protect personal information.

Jewish Community Center of Chicago does not meet this Standard because:

Jewish Community Center of Chicago does not meet this Standard because the privacy policy on this website, does not indicate:

  • How to contact the charity to review personal information that is collected and request corrections.
Jewish Community Center of Chicago meets the remaining 18 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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Preserving, strengthening and enriching Jewish life and community Connecting people to opportunities to act on their Jewish values Being an innovator and collaborative partner Creating opportunities for dynamic, life-enriching and transformative experiences

For the fiscal year ended June 30, 2013, Jewish Community Center of Chicago's program expenses were:

Early Childhood Services 10,064,783
Day Camping 8,000,468
Resident Camping 4,407,328
Recreation and Wellness 3,010,989
Children and Family Services 1,716,404
At Risk Individuals and Families 1,466,691
Other Services 1,376,425
Adult Services 1,155,643
Total Program Expenses: $31,198,731
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Chief Executive :

Chair of the Board: Board of Directors
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: President

Board Size: 42

Paid Staff Size: 1700

*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, grant proposals, planned giving arrangements
Fund raising costs were 5% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $8,649,787, 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 Jewish Community Center of Chicago's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2013.

Source of Funds  
Program Service Fees 21,232,369
Support from Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago-Allocations 6,474,242
Other 2,485,437
Direct Public Support Contributions 660,469
Fees and Grants from Goverment Agencies 486,024
Net Realized Gains of Sales of Investments 378,802
Grant from JFMC Facilities Corporation 378,443
Revenue from Other Sources 355,384
Net Unrealized Gains (Losses) on Investments 325,746
Investment Income 325,122
Membership Dues-Individuals 252,625
Centers Endowment Foundation 250,051
Special Events Gross Event Revenues 212,646
Grants from Private Foundations 187,912
Change in Beneficial Interest in Jewish Community Centers Endowment Foundation 146,516
Inventory Sales 96,506
Services to Other Organizations 57,825
Change in Cash Surrender Value of Life Insurance Policies 17,825
Net Unrealized Gains (Losses) on other Assets 10,868
Cost of Inventory Sold -49,896
Less: Direct Expense -78,825
Total Income $34,206,091


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

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

Total income $34,206,091
Program expenses $31,198,731
Fund raising expenses 403,702
Administrative expenses 2,921,890
Total expenses $34,524,323
Expenses in Excess of Income (318,232)
Beginning net assets 225,493
Ending net assets 22,231,112
Total liabilities 14,145,009
Total assets $36,376,121

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