Better Business Bureau Report for
Korean American Community Services

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

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: Korean American Community Services
Address: 4300 N. California Avenue
  Chicago, IL 60618
Phone: 773-583-5501
Web Address:
Also known as:KACS
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1972, Illinois
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: Korean American Community Services mission is to celebrate their ethnicity and empower all members of the community by providing educational, legal, health and social services.

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Evaluation Conclusions


Korean American Community Services does not meet the following Standard for Charity Accountability.

Standard 3: Frequency and Attendance of Board Meetings - An organization shall have a minimum of three evenly spaced meetings per year of the full governing body with a majority in attendance, with face-to-face participation. A conference call of the full board can substitute for one of the three meetings of the governing body. For all meetings, alternative modes of participation are acceptable for those with physical disabilities.

Korean American Community Services does not meet this Standard because:

  • The board of directors did not hold a minimum of three evenly spaced meetings in the past fiscal year.
In addition, the BBB of Chicago & Northern Illinois requested but did not receive complete information on the organization’s governance and oversight, effectiveness measures, finances, solicitation materials, and fundraising disclosures and is unable to verify the organization's compliance with the following 8Standards for Charity Accountability: 1, 4, 5, 6, 7, 14, 15, and 19.
Korean American Community Services meets the remaining 11 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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Korean American Community Services (KACS) is a comprehensive social service agency dedicated to meeting the needs of Korean Americans and other immigrants in the greater Chicago area. Their services include (but are not limited to): pre-school, toddler, and after school programs; parenting support groups; U.S. citizenship and immigration assistance; monthly pro bono legal clinics; public benefits assistance; crisis intervention; individual and family counseling; domestic violence services; school-based social work; ESL/Civics classes; IT and computing classes; job training and placement; free and low-cost health screening services at our Family Clinic; and senior programs such as Fall Prevention and Alzheimer's awareness.

For the fiscal year ended June 30, 2014, Korean American Community Services's program expenses were:

Early childhood center 1,123,986
Community Health 316,269
Community education 221,131
Senior services and public benefits 199,778
Citizenship, immigration, and legal services 151,740
Wellness 124,951
Workforce services 50,536
Total Program Expenses: $2,188,391
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Chief Executive :

Chair of the Board: Arnold Park
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Vice president

Board Size: 17

Paid Staff Size: 43

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


Method(s) Used:

Fund raising costs were 12% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $556,949, 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 Korean American Community Services's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2014.

Source of Funds  
contract fees and awards 1,672,607
Grants and Contributions 418,726
Program service fees 210,208
Management fees 107,363
Estimated value of in-kind services 72,240
Fundraising Events 55,477
United way grants and allocations 10,506
Interest 2,388
Expense Reimbursements and others 1,784
Total Income $2,551,299


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 85%  Fund Raising: 3%  Administrative: 12% 

Total income $2,551,299
Program expenses $2,188,391
Fund raising expenses 68,181
Administrative expenses 305,257
Total expenses $2,561,829
Expenses in Excess of Income (10,530)
Beginning net assets 643,038
Ending net assets 632,508
Total liabilities 334,670
Total assets $967,178

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