Better Business Bureau Report for
Erie Neighborhood House

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

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: Erie Neighborhood House
Address: 1701 W. Superior St.
  Chicago, IL 60622
Phone: 312-563-5800
Web Address:
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1915, Illinois
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: Erie House's mission is to promote a just and inclusive society by strengthening low-income, primarily Latino families through skill-building, access to critical resources, advocacy, and collaborative action.

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Evaluation Conclusions


Erie Neighborhood House does not meet the following Standard for Charity Accountability.

Standard 14: Budget - Have a board-approved annual budget for its current fiscal year, outlining projected expenses for major program activities, fund raising, and administration.

Erie Neighborhood House does not meet this Standard because, when the organization provided budget information, it indicated that the budget:

  • Included total projected program service expenses, however, did not break these expenses down by major program category.
Erie Neighborhood House meets the remaining 19 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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In Chicago’s West Town, Humboldt Park, and Little Village communities, Erie House’s education programs help approximately 4,500 participants annually create better lives for themselves and their families while strengthening community action and civic engagement. Empowerment through education is at the heart of all Erie programming, which currently includes: - Early Childhood Education – providing holistic education and development programming for young children (ages 2-5) while their parents are working, attending school, or training for a new career; - After School – providing school-age children (ages 5-12) access to new technology, sports, and literacy initiatives through a choice-based curriculum that fosters independence and responsibility; - Youth Options Unlimited (YOU) – an after school program for at-risk youth ages 12-18 that improves academic and life skills, provides opportunities for peer mentoring and leadership development, and facilitates safe, recreational alternatives for teens; - Citizenship & Immigration – assisting adult immigrants on the path to becoming United States citizens; - Community Literacy & Tutoring – empowering adults though peer-based literacy and tutoring; - English as a Second Language (ESL) - helping individuals to learn English and improve their existing skills; - Technology Education - teaching adults both basic and advanced computer skills in order to improve computer literacy and job readiness; - Workforce Development - skills training for individuals interested in jobs in high-demand fields such as healthcare and manufacturing; - Buen Hogar - providing Chicago’s Latino residents with supportive services and access to affordable housing; - Health & Leadership - engaging parents and children to promote healthy living, self-esteem, wellness, and confidence in under-served communities; and - Proyecto Cuídate – as one of Illinois' Family Advocacy Centers under the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS), this program promotes healthy, united families through support and education.

For the fiscal year ended June 30, 2015, Erie Neighborhood House's program expenses were:

Child Care 3,087,055
Adult 1,089,406
After School 781,043
Workforce 533,277
Youth 448,859
Health, Leadership & Advocacy 185,727
Total Program Expenses: $6,125,367
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Chief Executive : Kirstin Chernawsky, Executive Director

Chair of the Board: Patricia Perez
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Vice President of Administration, Monterrey Security

Board Size: 21

Paid Staff Size: 145

*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 11% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $8,603,137, 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 Erie Neighborhood House's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2015.

Source of Funds  
Fees and grants from governmental agencies 5,143,801
Contributions 2,561,319
Special events 461,145
Other income and program fees 460,090
Donated goods and services 336,872
United Way of Chicago 100,000
Interest and dividends 95,602
Miscellaneous income 2,877
Realized and unrealized (losses) gains on investments -111,993
Total Income $9,049,713


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 78%  Fund Raising: 12%  Administrative: 10% 

Total income $9,049,713
Program expenses $6,125,367
Fund raising expenses 932,614
Administrative expenses 790,504
Total expenses $7,848,485
Income in Excess of Expenses 1,201,228
Beginning net assets 5,046,367
Ending net assets 6,247,595
Total liabilities 821,051
Total assets $7,068,646

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