Better Business Bureau Report for
Access Living of Metropolitan Chicago

Better Business Bureau Report issued February 2015
Better Business Bureau Report expires February 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: Access Living of Metropolitan Chicago
Address: 115 W. Chicago Avenue
  Chicago, IL 60654
Phone: (312) 640-2100
Web Address:
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1980, Illinois
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: Access Living is a cross-disability organization governed and staffed by a majority of people with disabilities. Access Living fosters the dignity, pride and self-esteem of people with disabilities and enhances the options available to them so they may choose and maintain individualized and satisfying lifestyles. Access Living recognizes the innate rights, abilities, needs and diversity of people with disabilities, works toward their full integration into community life and serves as an agent of social change.

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Evaluation Conclusions


Access Living of Metropolitan Chicago does not meet the following Standard for Charity Accountability.

Standard 17: Web Site Disclosures - Include on any charity websites that solicit contributions, the same information that is recommended for annual reports, as well as the mailing address of the charity and electronic access to its most recent IRS Form 990.

Access Living of Metropolitan Chicago does not meet this Standard because the organization's website, , does not include all of the recommended information for those charity websites that solicit for donations. Specifically, it does not include:

  • Electronic access to the organization’s most recent IRS Form 990.
Access Living of Metropolitan Chicago meets the remaining 19 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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Access Living offers peer-oriented independent living services; public education, awareness and development; individualized and systemic advocacy; and enforcement of civil rights on behalf of people with disabilities.

For the fiscal year ended June 30, 2014, Access Living of Metropolitan Chicago's program expenses were:

long term care 1,227,004
community support 1,172,150
community organizing 1,056,650
civil rights 914,227
policy analysis 429,354
art 151,378
Total Program Expenses: $4,950,763
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Chief Executive : Marca Bristo, President

Chair of the Board: Ben Lumicao
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Lawyer

Board Size: 28

Paid Staff Size: 73

*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, planned giving arrangements
Fund raising costs were 10% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $4,912,559, 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 Access Living of Metropolitan Chicago's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2014.

Source of Funds  
fees and grants from government agencies 2,884,834
general public, corporate, and foundation support 1,150,789
special events 754,310
net realized and unrealized gains 386,883
United Way of Chicago 122,626
other 29,151
interest and dividend income 1,693
Total Income $5,330,286


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 85%  Fund Raising: 9%  Administrative: 6% 

Total income $5,330,286
Program expenses $4,950,763
Fund raising expenses 504,450
Administrative expenses 373,397
Total expenses $5,828,610
Expenses in Excess of Income (498,324)
Beginning net assets 16,870,007
Ending net assets 16,342,604
Total liabilities 0
Total assets $0

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