Better Business Bureau Report for
CircEsteem Inc.

Better Business Bureau Report issued April 2016
Better Business Bureau Report expires April 2018

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Charity Contact Information

Name: CircEsteem Inc.
Address: 4730 N. Sheridan Rd.
  Chicago, IL 60640
Phone: 773-732-4564
Web Address:
Also known as:Chicago Youth Circus
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Formerly known as:CircEsteem

Year, State Incorporated: 2002, Illinois
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: CircEsteem's mission is to unite youth from diverse racial, cultural and economic backgrounds and build self-esteem and mutual respect through the practice and performance of circus arts.

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Evaluation Conclusions


CircEsteem Inc. meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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CircEsteem offers a variety of programs to help achieve its mission, these include: an on-site after school tutoring and circus arts practice program, after school programs at schools throughout the city, Saturday circus classes where students select from an array of specialized skills to focus on in hour long class, a circus team which is for older and more dedicated youth who practice a variety of skills needed to put on a whole circus performance (the team can be hired out for a variety of gigs and workshops) and summer camps.

For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2014, CircEsteem Inc.'s program expenses were:

Onsite 115,021
HomeWork & CircusWork 76,788
Gigs & Workshops 69,993
Offsite 41,694
Camps 24,368
Total Program Expenses: $327,864
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Chief Executive : Maribeth Joy, Executive Director

Chair of the Board: Cat Tager
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Educator

Board Size: 12

Paid Staff Size: 35

*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, grant proposals, internet
Fund raising costs were 13% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $335,135, 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 CircEsteem Inc.'s audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2015.

Source of Funds  
Contributions and Grants 328,926
Program fees 262,378
Performance revenue 15,578
Contributed services 6,209
Other 486
Total Income $613,577


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 74%  Fund Raising: 10%  Administrative: 15%  Other Expenses: 1%

Total income $613,577
Program expenses $327,864
Fund raising expenses 42,956
Administrative expenses 66,112
Other Expenses 2,839
Total expenses $439,771
Income in Excess of Expenses 173,806
Beginning net assets 134,407
Ending net assets 308,213
Total liabilities 49,470
Total assets $357,683

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