Better Business Bureau Report for
Howard Area Community Center

Better Business Bureau Report issued December 2016
Better Business Bureau Report expires December 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: Howard Area Community Center
Address: 7648 North Paulina Street
  Chicago, IL 60626
Phone: 773-262-6622
Web Address:
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1970, Illinois
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: None

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Evaluation Conclusions


Howard Area Community Center 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.

Howard Area Community Center 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:

  • Total income.
  • Total program expenses.
  • Total fund raising expenses.
  • Total administrative expenses.
  • End of year net assets.
In addition, the BBB of Chicago & Northern Illinois requested but did not receive complete information on the organization’s governance and oversight, effectiveness measures, finances, solicitation materials, annual report, donor privacy, and fundraising disclosures and is unable to verify the organization's compliance with the following 11Standards for Charity Accountability: 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 14, 15, 16, 18, and 19.
Howard Area Community Center meets the remaining 7 Standards for Charity Accountability. Please note that as of the date of this report 1 out of the 20Standards for Charity Accountability are not currently effective. As a result, this standard has not been applied to this evaluation.
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For the fiscal year ended June 30, 2015, Howard Area Community CenterHoward Area Community Center 's program expenses were:

Salaries and Related Expenses 3,622,108
Donated Services 433,623
Program Food 176,698
Supplies 173,050
Building and Utilities 132,086
Professional Fees and Services 125,665
Depreciation 120,460
Participant Services 92,513
Insurance 82,415
Outside Rent and Utilities 49,487
Telephone 34,158
Equipment Purchases 21,195
Equipment Leases and Maintenance 18,911
Miscellaneous 15,805
Investments, Bank, & Loan Charges 14,131
Staff Development 12,597
Staff Travel 12,207
Outside Printing & Duplicating Costs 7,972
Publications, Subscriptions, Dues 7,658
Vehicle 3,552
Postage & Courier Service 3,166
Total Program Expenses: $5,159,457
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Chief Executive :

Chair of the Board:
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation:

Board Size:

Paid Staff Size:

*Compensation includes annual salary and, if applicable, benefit plans, expense accounts, and other allowances.
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Fund Raising


Method(s) Used:

Fund raising costs were 16% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $1,100,593, are donations received as a result of fund raising activities.)
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Tax Status


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The following information is based on Howard Area Community CenterHoward Area Community CenterHoward Area Community CenterHoward Area Community CenterHoward Area Community CenterHoward Area Community CenterHoward Area Community CenterHoward Area Community CenterHoward Area Community CenterHoward Area Community Center 's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2015.

Source of Funds  
Fees and Grants from Other Government Agencies 4,551,215
Contributions 542,288
In-Kind Donated Services 442,709
Mail Solicitations 171,868
Program Service Fees and Memberships 116,167
In-Kind Donated Goods 88,292
Miscellaneous Income 67,844
In-Kind Donated Securities 27,304
Investment Income 13,356
United Way 824
Total Income $6,021,867


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 85%  Fund Raising: 3%  Administrative: 12% 

Total income $6,021,867
Program expenses $5,159,457
Fund raising expenses 174,754
Administrative expenses 750,454
Total expenses $6,084,665
Expenses in Excess of Income (62,798)
Beginning net assets 3,935,969
Ending net assets 3,861,078
Total liabilities 554,293
Total assets $4,415,371

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