Better Business Bureau Report for
Mujeres Latinas en Accion

Better Business Bureau Report issued February 2016
Better Business Bureau Report expires February 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: Mujeres Latinas en Accion
Address: 2124 West 21st Place
  Chicago, IL 60608
Phone: 312-226-1544
Web Address:
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 32, Illinois
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: Mujeres Latinas en Accion empowers Latinas by providing services which reflect their values and culture and by being an advocate on the issues that make a difference in their lives.

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Evaluation Conclusions


Mujeres Latinas en Accion does not meet the following 2 Standards for Charity Accountability.

Standard 3: Frequency and Attendance of Board Meetings - An organization shall have a minimum of three evenly spaced meetings per year of the full governing body with a majority in attendance, with face-to-face participation. A conference call of the full board can substitute for one of the three meetings of the governing body. For all meetings, alternative modes of participation are acceptable for those with physical disabilities.

Mujeres Latinas en Accion does not meet this Standard because:

  • The board of directors did not hold a minimum of three evenly spaced meetings in the past fiscal year.

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.

Mujeres Latinas en Accion 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:

  • A summary of program service accomplishments.
In addition, the BBB of Chicago & Northern Illinois requested but did not receive complete information on the organization’s governance and oversight and is unable to verify the organization's compliance with the following Standard for Charity Accountability: 1.
Mujeres Latinas en Accion meets the remaining 17 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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Mujeres Latinas en Accion provides domestic violence and sexual assault education, prevention and intervention; financial literacy/entrepreneurship training; community engagement; positive parent support and safe exchange; and youth development through an afterschool STEM program.

For the fiscal year ended June 30, 2015, Mujeres Latinas en Accion's program expenses were:

domestic violence 1,108,084
sexual assault 611,031
parent support 464,221
youth 298,627
ventanilla de salud 182,366
empresarias del futuro 156,544
latina leadership 110,591
women in transition 7,725
Total Program Expenses: $2,939,189
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Chief Executive : Maria S. Pesqueira, President and CEO

Chair of the Board: Lisa Montez
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Associate General Counsel, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Board Size: 16

Paid Staff Size: 35

*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
Fund raising costs were 9% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $2,969,290, 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 Mujeres Latinas en Accion's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2015.

Source of Funds  
government grants 1,906,987
foundations and corporations 968,456
individuals 161,509
fundraising events 85,847
in-kind 64,188
united way of chicago 8,000
miscellaneous 4,880
other organizations 901
interest 1
Total Income $3,200,769


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 90%  Fund Raising: 8%  Administrative: 2% 

Total income $3,200,769
Program expenses $2,939,189
Fund raising expenses 275,279
Administrative expenses 52,646
Total expenses $3,267,114
Expenses in Excess of Income (66,345)
Beginning net assets 1,971,930
Ending net assets 1,905,585
Total liabilities 1,452,242
Total assets $3,357,827

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