Better Business Bureau Report for
Chicago Coalition for the Homeless

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

This BBB Accredited charity meets all 20 Standards for Charity Accountability. Find out more...

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Charity Contact Information

Name: Chicago Coalition for the Homeless
Address: 70 East Lake Street Suite 720
  Chicago, IL 60601
Phone: 312-641-4140
Web Address:
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1980, Illinois
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: Chicago Coalition for the Homeless organize and advocate to prevent and end homelessness, because they believe housing is a human right in a just society.

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Evaluation Conclusions


Chicago Coalition for the Homeless meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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Chicago Coalition for the Homeless (CCH) is the local leader in the fight against homelessness. CCH is the only non-profit in Illinois solely dedicated to finding permanent solutions to this problem. We work to prevent people from living on the streets and to end discrimination against people without homes. CCH helps families on the brink of homelessness. CCH helps teenagers living on the street. CCH helps anyone facing the challenges of extreme poverty in our community. More and more, this means helping families with small children. It may be shocking to learn that one in 45 children experience homelessness in America each year. That's over 1.6 million children. While homeless, these children experience high rates of acute and chronic health problems. Homelessness also has a profound negative effect on their ability to learn.

For the fiscal year ended June 30, 2014, Chicago Coalition for the Homeless's program expenses were:

Educatioal Rights/Laws 352,704
Housing Campaign 288,745
Youth Futures/Law Project 255,525
Statewide Network 162,982
No Youth Alone 151,732
The Re-Entry Project 119,207
PART 94,353
Speakers Bureau 88,479
Creative Writing/ Horizons 84,484
Jobs Project 75,830
Women's Empowerement Project 69,048
Total Program Expenses: $1,743,089
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Chief Executive : Ed, Shurna

Chair of the Board: Bernard Dyme
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: President & CEO, Perspectives Ltd.

Board Size: 23

Paid Staff Size: 24

*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, cause-related marketing, membership
Fund raising costs were 13% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $2,330,450, 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 Chicago Coalition for the Homeless's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2014.

Source of Funds  
Foundation Grants 1,160,284
Major Gifts 395,833
Individual contributions 236,587
Special Events 200,235
Winter appeal 109,949
Fall appeal 87,876
Membership dues 35,780
Scholarships 35,220
Fee for service 30,445
Justice circle 19,671
Spring appeal 17,015
Corporations 16,265
Community Shares matching 14,800
Matching gifts 12,021
Religious contributions 3,714
Investment Income 1,874
Total Income $2,377,569


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 81%  Fund Raising: 14%  Administrative: 5% 

Total income $2,377,569
Program expenses $1,743,089
Fund raising expenses 302,599
Administrative expenses 108,865
Total expenses $2,154,553
Income in Excess of Expenses 223,016
Beginning net assets 1,606,789
Ending net assets 1,829,805
Total liabilities 6,979
Total assets $1,836,784

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