Better Business Bureau Report for
Active Transportation Alliance

Better Business Bureau Report issued August 2016
Better Business Bureau Report expires August 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: Active Transportation Alliance
Address: 9 W. Hubbard St.
  Chicago, IL 60610-6545
Phone: 312-427-3325
Web Address:
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Formerly known as:Chicagoland Bicycle Federation

Year, State Incorporated: 1985, Illinois
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: The mission of Active Transportation Alliance is to make bicycling, walking and public transit so safe, convenient and fun that they will achieve a significant shift from environmentally harmful, sedentary travel to clean, active travel. They advocate for transportation that encourages and promotes safety, physical activity, health, recreation, social interaction, equity, environmental stewardship and resource conservation.

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Evaluation Conclusions


Active Transportation Alliance does not meet the following Standard for Charity Accountability.

Standard 16: Annual Report - Have an annual report available to all, on request, that includes: (a) the organization's mission statement, (b) a summary of the past year's program service accomplishments, (c) a roster of the officers and members of the board of directors, (d) financial information that includes (i) total income in the past fiscal year, (ii) expenses in the same program, fund raising and administrative categories as in the financial statements, and (iii) ending net assets.

Active Transportation Alliance does not meet this standard because the most recent annual report did not include:

  • Total expenses for each program in the same categories that appear in the organization’s financial statements.
  • Total 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 and is unable to verify the organization's compliance with the following Standard for Charity Accountability: 3.
Active Transportation Alliance meets the remaining 18 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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Based in Chicago, Illinois, the Active Transportation Alliance is a non-profit advocacy organization that works to improve conditions for bicycling, walking and transit and engage people in healthy and active ways to get around. For nearly 25 years, they have led the charge for a transportation culture that values safety, health, sustainability and choice. Formerly the Chicagoland Bicycle Federation, they expanded their mission and created a new name to reflect and strengthen their work and vision to create opportunities for people to move and travel safely, actively and enjoyably. Today, with the expertise of more than 40 staff and the commitment of a board of directors, they are growing choices for transportation like never before. Their logo honors their past and points to their future: it is shaped like a bicycle frame head badge, and its three elements represent community, pathways and green space.

For the fiscal year ended September 30, 2015, Active Transportation Alliance's program expenses were:

salaries and wages 1,276,783
programs and events 598,925
contract expense 425,117
Payroll taxes 118,842
employee benefits 112,572
occupancy 91,923
supplies and office expense 91,682
membership and promotion 36,406
insurance 34,517
Professional services 28,736
printing 26,406
telephone and internet 20,182
depreciation 17,852
bad debts 16,149
travel and meeting 11,183
postage 3,636
cost of inventory items sold 2,680
Total Program Expenses: $2,913,591
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Chief Executive : Ron Burke, Executive Director

Chair of the Board: Bob Hoel
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Retired

Board Size: 20

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, telephone, invitations to fund raising events, grant proposals, membership
Fund raising costs were 6% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $2,069,964, 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 Active Transportation Alliance's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2015.

Source of Funds  
program events 1,242,395
Contract Revenue 1,238,525
Contributions and Grants 662,921
Donated goods and services 164,648
membership dues 139,212
sales of merchandise 70,927
other 6,564
interest and investment income 371
Total Income $3,525,563


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 86%  Fund Raising: 4%  Administrative: 10% 

Total income $3,525,563
Program expenses $2,913,591
Fund raising expenses 119,545
Administrative expenses 348,528
Total expenses $3,381,664
Income in Excess of Expenses 143,899
Beginning net assets 1,050,249
Ending net assets 1,194,148
Total liabilities 146,281
Total assets $1,340,429

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