Better Business Bureau Report for
Big Shoulders Fund

Better Business Bureau Report issued July 2014
Better Business Bureau Report expires July 2016

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

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Charity Contact Information

Name: Big Shoulders Fund
Address: 212 West Van Buren
  Chicago, IL 60607
Phone: 312-751-8337
Web Address:
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1986, Illinois
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: The Big Shoulders Fund is organized for the the purpose of developing, managing, and distributing funds for the educational system of the Archdiocese of Chicago.

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Evaluation Conclusions


Big Shoulders Fund meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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ig Shoulders Fund is unique: our administrative expenses are supported by an endowment and other income which ensures that 100% of funds currently raised go toward programs that benefit Big Shoulders Fund schools and the students they serve. Our programs benefit the hardest working students in Chicago, providing scholarships, special education and academic programs, instructional equipment, much-needed school facility improvements, faculty support, operating grants and much, much more.

For the fiscal year ended June 30, 2013, Big Shoulders Fund's program expenses were:

Total Program Expenses 11,941,573
Total Program Expenses: $11,941,573
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Chief Executive : Joshua Hale, President and CEO

Chair of the Board: James J. O'Connor
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Retired Chairman & CEO Unicom & Commonwealth Edison Company

Co-Chair of the Board : John A. Canning, Jr.

Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Chairman Madison Dearborn Partners, Inc.,

Co-Chair of the Board : Monsignor Kenneth J. Velo

Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Senior Executive Office of Catholic Collaboration DePaul University

Board Size: 28

Paid Staff Size: 17

*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, television, grant proposals, internet, planned giving arrangements
Fund raising costs were 3% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $20,553,178, 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 Big Shoulders Fund's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2013.

Source of Funds  
Contributions 20,343,537
Investment income 4,163,351
Special event revenue 980,783
less amounts designated to other organizations by donors -771,142
Total Income $24,716,529


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 90%  Fund Raising: 4%  Administrative: 6% 

Total income $24,716,529
Program expenses $11,941,573
Fund raising expenses 532,945
Administrative expenses 803,241
Total expenses $13,277,759
Income in Excess of Expenses 11,438,770
Beginning net assets 48,620,611
Ending net assets 60,059,381
Total liabilities 2,029,088
Total assets $62,088,469

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