Better Business Bureau Report for
Northern Illinois Food Bank

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

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

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Charity Contact Information

Name: Northern Illinois Food Bank
Address: 273 Dearborn Ct.
  Geneva, IL 60134
Phone: 630-443-6910
Web Address:
Also known as:NIFB
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Formerly known as:Bethlehem Center Food Bank

Year, State Incorporated: 1982, Illinois
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: Their vision is for no one to be hungry in northern Illinois. Their mission is: To lead the northern Illinois community in solving hunger by providing nutritious meals to those in need through innovative programs and partnerships.

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Evaluation Conclusions


Northern Illinois Food Bank meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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Northern Illinois Food Bank is a non-profit organization that engages the community in a commitment to feed hungry neighbors. Across 13 counties, food manufacturers, local groceries, corporations, foundations, and individuals come together to donate food and funds, and evaluate and repack food for distribution to our more than 600 network partners – the food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters and youth and senior feeding programs that serve more than 60,000 different people each week. The food bank has centers in Geneva (West Suburban Center), Lake County (North Suburban Center) and Loves Park (Northwest Center) and has an office in Joliet. Northern Illinois Food Bank serves the following counties: Boone, DuPage, DeKalb, Grundy, Kane, Kankakee, Kendall, Lake, McHenry, Ogle, Stephenson, Will and Winnebago. Their vision is for no one to be hungry in northern Illinois.

For the fiscal year ended June 30, 2012, Northern Illinois Food Bank's program expenses were:

Food Bank operations 79,502,237
Total Program Expenses: $79,502,237
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Chief Executive : Peter Schaefer, President and CEO

Chair of the Board: Jeff Burdeaux
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Vice President, Chicago Baking Company

Board Size: 23

Paid Staff Size: 97

*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, radio, grant proposals, internet
Fund raising costs were 2% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $79,458,562, 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 Northern Illinois Food Bank's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2012.

Source of Funds  
Donated goods and services 67,443,965
Contributions and grants 9,145,219
Program service fees 4,587,419
Fees and grants from government agencies 2,869,378
Other income 406,367
Investment income 42,618
Rental income 8,560
Total Income $84,503,526


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 97%  Fund Raising: 2%  Administrative: 1% 

Total income $84,503,526
Program expenses $79,502,237
Fund raising expenses 1,643,604
Administrative expenses 734,094
Total expenses $81,879,935
Income in Excess of Expenses 2,623,591
Beginning net assets 19,537,783
Ending net assets 22,161,374
Total liabilities 11,101,892
Total assets $33,263,266

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