Better Business Bureau Report for
Inspiration Corporation

Better Business Bureau Report issued April 2016
Better Business Bureau Report expires April 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: Inspiration Corporation
Address: 4554 N. Broadway
Suite 207
  Chicago, IL 60640
Phone: 773-878-0981
Web Address:
Also known as:Inspiration Cafe
The Living Room Cafe
The Employment Project
Inspiration Kittens
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1989, Illinois
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: None

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Evaluation Conclusions


Inspiration Corporation does not meet the following Standard for Charity Accountability.

Standard 14: Budget - Have a board-approved annual budget for its current fiscal year, outlining projected expenses for major program activities, fund raising, and administration.

Inspiration Corporation does not meet this Standard because, when the organization provided budget information, it indicated that the budget:

  • Did not identify total projected fund raising expenses.
In addition, the BBB of Chicago & Northern Illinois requested but did not receive complete information on the organization’s governance and oversight, effectiveness measures, solicitation materials, annual report, donor privacy, and fundraising disclosures and is unable to verify the organization's compliance with the following 12Standards for Charity Accountability: 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, and 20.
Inspiration Corporation meets the remaining 6 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, Inspiration Corporation's program expenses were:

training 1,796,883
housing and supportive 1,612,857
employment 846,614
Total Program Expenses: $4,256,354
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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 $2,898,462, 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 Inspiration Corporation's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2015.

Source of Funds  
government grants 1,362,188
foundations and grants 882,967
program income 880,895
contributions 479,935
in kind contributions 222,171
corporation grants 173,372
Total Income $4,001,528


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 88%  Fund Raising: 9%  Administrative: 3% 

Total income $4,001,528
Program expenses $4,256,354
Fund raising expenses 451,153
Administrative expenses 155,569
Total expenses $4,863,076
Expenses in Excess of Income (861,548)
Beginning net assets 3,311,478
Ending net assets 2,449,930
Total liabilities 0
Total assets $3,119,999

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