Better Business Bureau Report for
Urban Gateways

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

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Charity Contact Information

Name: Urban Gateways
Address: 205 W. Randolph, Suite 1700
  Chicago, IL 60606
Phone: 312-922-0440
Web Address:
Also known as:Urban Gateways: Center for Arts Education
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1964, Illinois
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: Urban Gateways believes arts education is an essential component of a well-rounded curriculum and healthy childhood development. To that end, Urban Gateways engages Chicago’s youth in arts experiences that: -Improve artistic and academic achievement by aligning with Illinois State Learning Standards including Common Core -Increase student engagement in learning -Build essential skills such as critical thinking, creativity, collaboration and innovation -Raise young people’s self-esteem and confidence necessary to succeed

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Evaluation Conclusions


Urban Gateways meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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Urban Gateways delivers high-quality arts programs led by trained and experienced professional artists in music, dance, theater, literary arts, visual arts, and digital media to engage youth in grades pre-K through 12, their teachers, families, and communities. Urban Gateways teaching and touring artists collaborate with schools, libraries, and other community venues to develop and deliver engaging, integrated arts experiences that are accessible for all types of learners. Programs include artist residencies, touring performances, workshops, and professional development; Urban Gateways programs reach over 60,000 young people each year.

For the fiscal year ended August 31, 2014, Urban Gateways's program expenses were:

Teaching Artist Programs 826,880
Community Programs 632,068
Performance Programs 268,902
Professional Development 24,901
Total Program Expenses: $1,752,751
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Chief Executive : Eric Delli Bovi, Executive Director

Chair of the Board: Ellen Engel
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Adjunct Professor of Accounting, University of Chicago Booth School of Business

Co-Chair of the Board : Eric T. McKissack

Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: CEO/Channing Capital

Co-Chair of the Board : Violet Goodheart

Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Partner/KPMG

Board Size: 41

Paid Staff Size: 16

*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, cause-related marketing
Fund raising costs were 22% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $2,671,012, 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 Urban Gateways's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended August 31, 2014.

Source of Funds  
Contributions 1,509,686
Program Revenues 942,777
Fees and grants from government agencies 218,549
Other Income 6,736
Investment Income 435
Total Income $2,678,183


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 68%  Fund Raising: 22%  Administrative: 10% 

Total income $2,678,183
Program expenses $1,752,751
Fund raising expenses 580,943
Administrative expenses 265,307
Total expenses $2,599,001
Income in Excess of Expenses 79,182
Beginning net assets 856,693
Ending net assets 935,875
Total liabilities 42,754
Total assets $978,629

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