Better Business Bureau Report for
Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana, Inc.

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

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: Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana, Inc.
Address: 20 S. Clark St., Suite 200
  Chicago, IL 60603
Phone: 312-416-2500
Web Address:
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1920, Illinois
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: The mission of Girl Scouts is to build girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place.

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Evaluation Conclusions


Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana, Inc. does not meet the following Standard for Charity Accountability.

Standard 16: Annual Report - Have an annual report available to all, on request, that includes: (a) the organization's mission statement, (b) a summary of the past year's program service accomplishments, (c) a roster of the officers and members of the board of directors, (d) financial information that includes (i) total income in the past fiscal year, (ii) expenses in the same program, fund raising and administrative categories as in the financial statements, and (iii) ending net assets.

In addition, the BBB of Chicago & Northern Illinois requested but did not receive complete information on the organization’s governance and oversight, finances, and solicitation materials and is unable to verify the organization's compliance with the following 4Standards for Charity Accountability: 1, 3, 14, and 15.
Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana, Inc. meets the remaining 15 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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Girl Scouts is the world's preeminent leadership development organization for girls. Since 1912, more than 59 million women in the U.S. have experienced Girl Scouting as children, teenagers, or adults. The Girl Scout Research Institute, an internationally recognized center for research and public policy information on the development and well being of girls, found that eight out of 10 alumnae attributed their personal and professional success to Girl Scouting. In addition, 80% of women business owners, and 70% of women currently serving in the U.S. Senate were Girl Scouts. Virtually every female astronaut who has flown in space was a Girl Scout. Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana, Inc. (GSGCNWI), the largest of more than 100 Girl Scout councils in the country, was created in 2008 with the merger of seven independent councils. During our current membership year (Oct. 1, 2014 - Sept. 30, 2015) it will engage approximately 84,000 girls in Girl Scouts’ powerful leadership development programs. Key program initiatives include STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), healthy living, and financial literacy. Recognizing that not all girls have the opportunity to participate in traditional volunteer-led Girl Scout troops, GSGCNWI offers the following additional pathways for girls to receive the benefits of Girl Scouting: •Community Engagement (staff-facilitated) Programs: Aimed at girls in low-income communities, girls participate in a series of sessions focusing on one or more of GSGCNWI’s program initiatives. •Camp: Girls build skills, gain a sense of community, and develop a deep appreciation for nature. •Events: Girls participate in a wide variety of one-time activities. •Travel: Girls plan, raise money, prepare, and participate in trips, helping them build leadership skills while gaining an appreciation for new places and other cultures.

For the fiscal year ended September 30, 2014, Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana, Inc.'s program expenses were:

membership services 12,189,459
camping 832,829
Total Program Expenses: $13,022,288
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Chief Executive : Nancy L. Wright, Chief Executive Officer

Chair of the Board: Karen P. Layng
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Scheck Industries

Board Size: 30

Paid Staff Size: 176

*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, telephone, invitations to fund raising events, print advertisements, grant proposals, internet, planned giving arrangements, membership, individual giving
Fund raising costs were 8% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $13,307,498, 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 Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana, Inc.'s audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2014.

Source of Funds  
cookie sales 10,126,722
public support 2,478,201
program fees 1,472,977
sales of merchandise 705,538
fall sales 702,575
interest and dividend 122,042
miscellaneous 57,419
Total Income $15,665,474


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 83%  Fund Raising: 7%  Administrative: 10% 

Total income $15,665,474
Program expenses $13,022,288
Fund raising expenses 1,017,248
Administrative expenses 1,536,888
Total expenses $15,576,424
Income in Excess of Expenses 89,050
Beginning net assets 23,347,426
Ending net assets 24,720,046
Total liabilities 0
Total assets $0

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