Better Business Bureau Report for
South Suburban Humane Society

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

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

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Charity Contact Information

Name: South Suburban Humane Society
Address: 1103 West End Ave
  Chicago Heights, IL 60411
Phone: 708-755-7387
Web Address:
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1973, Illinois
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: The South Suburban Humane Society is dedicated to promoting the well being of animals in those communities we serve through the care and sheltering of animals needing protection, investigative practices that will prevent abuse, the education of the public as to ownership responsibilities and providing adoption services.

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Evaluation Conclusions


South Suburban Humane Society meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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The South Suburban Humane Society was founded in 1971 in order to serve the animal welfare needs of the entire south suburban Chicago region. Since November 1973, the organization has operated a 10,000 square foot open-door animal shelter in Chicago Heights, Illinois. For over forty years, the South Suburban Humane Society has helped tens of thousands of animals. From its roots as a small group of volunteers to today’s organization comprising volunteers and paid employees, the organization was responsible for nearly 6,000 animals in 2009. In addition to animal sheltering and adoptions, their extensive outreach programs include humane education, abuse investigations, and community outreach events. They also operate two resale shops located in Steger, Illinois and Chicago Heights, Illinois that promote their organization, their animals and provide income to support their humane work.

For the fiscal year ended September 30, 2013, South Suburban Humane Society's program expenses were:

Adoption 764,006
Clinic 409,999
Resale Shop 240,052
Total Program Expenses: $1,414,057
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Chief Executive : Emily Klehm, C.E.O.

Chair of the Board: Gina Fezler
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: President

Co-Chair of the Board : Pat Frederickson

Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Vice President

Board Size: 6

Paid Staff Size: 32

*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, television, radio, grant proposals, internet, planned giving arrangements, membership
Fund raising costs were 1% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $789,278, 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 South Suburban Humane Society's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2013.

Source of Funds  
Grants & Trusts 405,608
Clinic 347,316
Thrift Shop Sale 332,397
Fund Raising 217,453
Donations 166,217
Adoptions 104,183
Membership 29,004
Miscellaneous Income 21,680
Investment Income 1,195
Total Income $1,625,053


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 93%  Fund Raising: Less than 1%  Administrative: 7% 

Total income $1,625,053
Program expenses $1,414,057
Fund raising expenses 6,335
Administrative expenses 100,251
Total expenses $1,520,643
Income in Excess of Expenses 104,410
Beginning net assets 141,802
Ending net assets 245,970
Total liabilities 167,302
Total assets $413,272

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