Better Business Bureau Report for
Apna Ghar, Inc

Better Business Bureau Report issued January 2015
Better Business Bureau Report expires January 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: Apna Ghar, Inc
Address: 4753 North Broadway Street #632
  Chicago, IL 60640
Phone: 773-334-0173
Web Address:
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1989, Illinois
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: Apna Ghar provides holistic services to women and children across immigrant communities in the Chicago area to end the cycle of domestic violence. Apna Ghar empowers women to be self-sufficient by a full spectrum of services from education to emergency and transitional housing to counseling and legal services.

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Evaluation Conclusions


Apna Ghar, Inc 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.

Apna Ghar, Inc does not meet this Standard because, when the organization provided budget information, it indicated that the budget:

  • Did not identify total projected program service expenses.
  • Did not identify total projected fund raising expenses.
  • Did not identify total projected administrative expenses.
  • Included total projected program service expenses, however, did not break these expenses down by major program category.

Standard 17: Web Site Disclosures - Include on any charity websites that solicit contributions, the same information that is recommended for annual reports, as well as the mailing address of the charity and electronic access to its most recent IRS Form 990.

Apna Ghar, Inc does not meet this Standard because the organization's website,, does not include all of the recommended information for those charity websites that solicit for donations. Specifically, it does not include:

  • The organization’s mission statement.
  • A summary of program service accomplishments.
  • A roster of the board of directors.
  • Total income.
  • Total program expenses.
  • Total fund raising expenses.
  • Total administrative expenses.
  • End of year net assets.
  • The organization’s mailing address.
  • Electronic access to the organization’s most recent IRS Form 990.
In addition, the BBB of Chicago & Northern Illinois requested but did not receive complete information on the organization’s governance and oversight, effectiveness measures, solicitation materials, annual report, donor privacy, and fundraising disclosures and is unable to verify the organization's compliance with the following 10Standards for Charity Accountability: 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 15, 16, 18, and 19.
Apna Ghar, Inc meets the remaining 7 Standards for Charity Accountability. Please note that as of the date of this report 1 out of the 20Standards for Charity Accountability are not currently effective. As a result, this standard has not been applied to this evaluation.
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24-Hour Hotline: Our hotline addresses the immediate safety needs of callers, who can connect to our services, get referrals to other programs, and get information about domestic violence and the protective options available to them. Emergency Shelter: Our 15-bed, 24-hour emergency shelter provides women and their children who are escaping abuse a home-like atmosphere where they can regain control of their lives. Care is taken to maintain a culturally-sensitive, secure, and healing environment. Counseling: Our counselors use individual and family therapy, support groups, art therapy, conflict management, and communication training to help women and their children process and heal from the trauma of abuse. Counseling is provided to both residential and non-residential clients. Legal Advocacy: Our legal advocates guide residential and non-residential clients through the US legal system. Advocates help clients access available legal remedies, including obtaining civil orders of protection, pressing criminal charges, obtaining crime victims' compensation, filing for divorce, custody, and support, as well as acquiring legal immigration status through protective statutes such as the Violence Against Women Act. Advocates also help clients obtain legal representation through an in-house legal clinic and partnerships with area legal aid agencies and volunteer attorneys. Supervised Child Visitation and Safe Exchange Center: Our supervised visitation and safe exchange center, one of only three in the city of Chicago, provides a free, safe place where children can interact with their non-custodial parent in the presence of a trained facilitator. The center also offers a safe location for parents to pick-up and drop-off their children when the courts determine that the non-custodial parent may have unsupervised visits.

For the fiscal year ended June 30, 2013, Apna Ghar, Inc's program expenses were:

Residential Services 641,865
Transitional Housing 238,511
Child Visitation 219,393
Education, Prevention, Outreach and Advocacy 159,296
Total Program Expenses: $1,259,065
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Chief Executive :

Chair of the Board: Saiyed Rabbani
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation:

Board Size:

Paid Staff Size: 21

*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 1% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $605,349, 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 Apna Ghar, Inc's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2013.

Source of Funds  
Government Contracts and Awards 878,709
Contributions 293,993
Special Events 117,062
United Way 100,000
In-Kind Contribution 94,294
Other Income 9,153
Interest Income 155
Total Income $1,493,366


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 90%  Fund Raising: Less than 1%  Administrative: 10% 

Total income $1,493,366
Program expenses $1,259,065
Fund raising expenses 6,500
Administrative expenses 138,390
Total expenses $1,403,955
Income in Excess of Expenses 89,411
Beginning net assets 704,799
Ending net assets 794,210
Total liabilities 969,898
Total assets $1,764,108

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