Better Business Bureau Report for
Citizen Advocacy Center

Better Business Bureau Report issued August 2014
Better Business Bureau Report expires August 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: Citizen Advocacy Center
Address: 182 N. York St.
  Elmhurst, IL 60126
Web Address:
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated:
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: The Citizen Advocacy Center is dedicated to building democracy for the 21st century by strengthening the citizenry's capacities, resources, and institutions for self-governance.

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Evaluation Conclusions


Citizen Advocacy Center does not meet the following Standard 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.

Citizen Advocacy Center 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 administrative expenses.
Citizen Advocacy Center meets the remaining 19 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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The Citizen Advocacy Center (CAC) is a non-profit, non-partisan free community public interest legal organization founded in 1994. CAC operates through the use of community lawyers who protect and promote meaningful participation in the democratic process. CAC engages in a multifaceted approach to building democracy through community organizing, coalition building, legal advocacy, civic education, and litigation to make government more accountable, accessible, and transparent. Community lawyers train individuals and community groups in how to use the law and democratic participatory tools through individual assistance, educational brochures, workshops, and monitoring government entities for abuse of power. CAC seeks to increase democratic protocols at every level of government. Efforts that start at the local level often result in statewide initiatives to address anti-democratic barriers rooted in state law.

Total Program Expenses: $
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Chief Executive : Maryam Judar, Executive Director

Chair of the Board: Theresa Amato
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Attorney

Board Size: 8

Paid Staff Size: 3

*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, grant proposals, internet
Fund raising costs were 5% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $216,257, 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 Citizen Advocacy Center's unaudited financial statements for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2013.

Source of Funds  
Contributions and grants 216,257
Investment Income 64
Other Revenue
Program Service Revenue
Total Income $216,321


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 93%  Fund Raising: 5%  Administrative: 2% 

Total income $216,321
Program expenses $203,389
Fund raising expenses 10,000
Administrative expenses 4,356
Total expenses $217,745
Expenses in Excess of Income (1,424)
Beginning net assets 70,762
Ending net assets 69,238
Total liabilities 6,743
Total assets $75,981

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