Better Business Bureau Report for
Lutheran Child & Family Services of Illinois

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

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Charity Contact Information

Name: Lutheran Child & Family Services of Illinois
Address: 7620 Madison Street
  River Forest, IL 60305
Phone: 708-771-7180
Web Address:
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1873, Illinois
Affiliates: Lutheran Child and Family Services of Illinois Foundation, Lifelink International Adoption, Camp Wartburg
Stated Purpose: In response to God’s love, Lutheran Child and Family Services of Illinois engages with youth, adults, families, communities and other stakeholders to improve the well-being of those we are called to serve.

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Evaluation Conclusions


Lutheran Child & Family Services of Illinois meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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Lutheran Child and Family Services of Illinois (LCFS) is a leading provider of a comprehensive range of community-based social services. We annually improve the well-being of approximately 16,000 people across the state by nurturing and protecting children, strengthening families and enhancing communities. During the past fiscal year, LCFS: Supervised the care of 1,723 children in foster homes. Helped build families and provide permanency to children through 278 adoptive placements. Strengthened 346 at-risk families through home-based services. Distributed food and clothing to an average of 502 families per week. Provided individual, family and marital counseling to 352 individuals and families. Provided 24-hout-a-day residential services for 73 youth at Lutherbrook/Collins and 70 youth at Southern Thirty Adolescent Center. Provided intervention and outreach to some 700 individuals at Chicago Uptown Ministry. Served 371 consumers through financial education.

For the fiscal year ended June 30, 2015, Lutheran Child & Family Services of Illinois's program expenses were:

Foster Care 18,223,221
Residential 7,592,121
Home-Based 1,426,905
Camp Wartburg 1,079,057
Adoption 656,565
Lifelink 480,902
Community Service 318,314
Family Counseling 256,840
Occupancy Allocation 19,475
Total Program Expenses: $30,053,400
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Chief Executive : Gene L. Svebakken, Chief Executive Officer

Chair of the Board: Anthony T. Stephens
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Heritage Property Group

Board Size: 16

Paid Staff Size: 436

*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
Fund raising costs were 2% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $30,905,707, 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 Lutheran Child & Family Services of Illinois's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2015.

Source of Funds  
Fees & grants from governmental agencies 28,886,740
Program Service Fees 2,216,134
Contributions, net 1,345,325
miscellaneous 441,232
Income from Thrift Shops 413,959
Legacies & bequests 234,548
Contributions by associated congregations 179,497
Allocations from federated fundraising organizations - United Way organizations 176,869
Program Grants 82,728
Rental Income 11,128
In-Kind contributions from food depositories
Total Income $33,988,160


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 87%  Fund Raising: 2%  Administrative: 10%  Other Expenses: 1%

Total income $33,988,160
Program expenses $30,053,400
Fund raising expenses 587,760
Administrative expenses 3,268,825
Other Expenses 229,820
Total expenses $34,139,805
Expenses in Excess of Income (151,645)
Beginning net assets 4,408,878
Other Changes in Net Assets (109,375)
Ending net assets 4,147,858
Total liabilities 14,830,862
Total assets $18,978,720

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