Better Business Bureau Report for
The Mental Health Association of Greater Chicago

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

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Charity Contact Information

Name: The Mental Health Association of Greater Chicago
Address: 310 S. Peoria Ste 404
  Chicago, IL 60607
Phone: 312-781-7780
Web Address:
Also known as:MHAGC
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1957, Illinois
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: The Mental Health Association of Greater Chicago (MHAGC) is an independent, not-for-profit association founded in 1957. MHAGC provides programs to support the mental wellness of the communities by promoting prevention and education, focused on ending the stigma, ending suicides and bullying, as well as providing independent referrals to support services for individuals and families living with mental health and substance use problems. We aggressively work to end teen and adult substance use and suicide. Mission We teach compassion through education about mental illnesses to inspire young people to live a fuller life. We work to ensure that the youth, families and adults in our community live fuller lives, free from stigma and prejudice, by understanding how to protect and improve their mental health and know when to seek help for themselves or someone close to them.

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Evaluation Conclusions


The Mental Health Association of Greater Chicago meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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Mental health care is the biggest unmet need of our time. There simply are not enough resources to help all those in need and individuals cannot completely rely on government or community organizations. MHAGC teaches students, parents, educators and veterans about mental illness and how to protect their mental health as well as provide support and service referrals for those suffering. MHAGC's cornerstone program, Learning2Live™ (L2L™) has been educating audiences in schools and communities for years and has been provided to over 9,000 students and parents. Today, we have expanded the L2L™ program to include the 2tough2bully™ and the Vetted2Live™ (V2L™-for Veterans and their families) programs, parenting sessions, and the MHAGC Teacher Professional Development for Brain Based Learning that instills a Parent-Teacher partnership and provides teachers with the tools to help each student learn based on the individual student's learning modality. We provide a prevention plan and education on brain health. This includes sessions on nutrition and an active lifestyle and their benefits to brain health. MHAGC engage participants of the program and helps them to understand that physical health includes brain health. The brain is a phenomenal tool that knows what every cell in the body is doing every second and works to protect us. If the brain is not working to its optimal level, it cannot help any part of us stay healthy. Brain health is critical to overall health and our survival depends on it. Designed and developed by experts in the industry, our programs include teaching strategies and the social emotional standards as set by the Board of Education. We work towards a holistic approach to mental health, brain health and the ability to learn - all in support of living a mentally healthier and successful life.

For the fiscal year ended June 30, 2014, The Mental Health Association of Greater Chicago's program expenses were:

Education and Awareness 120,000
Program coordinators/ development 20,560
Rent 17,400
Other 13,716
Masquerade Ball expenses 8,208
Fun Run Walk 1,573
Total Program Expenses: $181,457
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Chief Executive :

Chair of the Board: Steven C. Ethington
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Ethington and Associates

Board Size: 10

Paid Staff Size: 2

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


Method(s) Used:

invitations to fund raising events, grant proposals, internet
Fund raising costs were 15% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $202,607, 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 The Mental Health Association of Greater Chicago's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2014.

Source of Funds  
In-kind Revenue 120,000
Special Events 31,400
Public support-foundations 22,727
Individuals 11,218
Grants 9,500
-corporate & foundations 7,596
Program revenue 2,333
Unrealized gains on investments 475
investment income 203
Miscellaneous 166
Total Income $205,618


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 83%  Fund Raising: 14%  Administrative: 3% 

Total income $205,618
Program expenses $181,457
Fund raising expenses 31,149
Administrative expenses 6,612
Total expenses $219,218
Expenses in Excess of Income (13,600)
Beginning net assets (157,135)
Ending net assets (170,735)
Total liabilities 208,734
Total assets $37,999

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