Better Business Bureau Report for
Carole Robertson Center for Learning

Better Business Bureau Report issued December 2015
Better Business Bureau Report expires December 2017

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

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Charity Contact Information

Name: Carole Robertson Center for Learning
Address: 2020 West Roosevelt Road
  Chicago, IL 60608
Phone: 312-243-7300
Web Address:
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1976, Illinois
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: The Carole Robertson Center for Learning educates, enriches, and empowers children and families. The Center’s vision is that every child and family creates pathways to lead productive, fulfilling lives. This will be accomplished through comprehensive child and family development programs.

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Evaluation Conclusions


Carole Robertson Center for Learning meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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The Carole Robertson Center for Learning is a private non-profit organization serving more than 650 children and their families every day through quality child and family development programs. Programs serve children from birth through age 12. Programs are accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and are ExceleRate Illinois’ Gold Circle of Quality. The Carole Robertson Center is named in memory of Carole Robertson, Addie Mae Collins, Cynthia Wesley, and Denise McNair – the four children killed in the 1963 bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama. The Center was founded in 1976 by parents and other community residents. The Center operates three sites in the North Lawndale, Little Village, and Near West Side communities of Chicago. Families served are low-income, with the majority living below the federal poverty level. Most parents work full-time or are in school. Programs include center- and home-based options for children under the age of 6, as well as a Family Child Care Home Network. Early learning programs foster healthy development and growth, utilize The Creative Curriculum and its linked child assessment system Teaching Strategies GOLD, prepare children to enter school, and foster an enthusiasm for learning. School age children participate in the After School Enrichment Program, which provides academic supports and opportunities to engage in positive peer relationships. All programs are bilingual in English and Spanish; welcome children with special needs; include music, fine arts, and literacy enrichment; and provide extensive family support and parent education.

For the fiscal year ended June 30, 2014, Carole Robertson Center for Learning's program expenses were:

infant/toddler 4,231,043
early childhood 3,878,225
school age and youth 868,254
community programming 196,682
Total Program Expenses: $9,174,204
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Chief Executive : Cerathel Burnett, Chief Executive Officer

Chair of the Board: David Robertson
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Partner and Director, Treasury Strategies, Inc.

Board Size: 12

Paid Staff Size: 160

*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, grant proposals, internet, cause-related marketing
Fund raising costs were 26% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $907,121, 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 Carole Robertson Center for Learning's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2014.

Source of Funds  
governmental contracts 8,143,723
fees from other non-profits 492,221
contributions 447,286
in-kind contributions 272,086
prgram related fees 265,761
United Way 150,000
special events 37,749
other earned income 33,134
interest 846
Total Income $9,842,806


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 96%  Fund Raising: 2%  Administrative: 2% 

Total income $9,842,806
Program expenses $9,174,204
Fund raising expenses 240,086
Administrative expenses 186,667
Total expenses $9,600,957
Income in Excess of Expenses 241,849
Beginning net assets 5,027,869
Ending net assets 5,269,718
Total liabilities 1,441,240
Total assets $6,710,958

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