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PAWS Chicago
1997 N. Clybourn Ave.
Chicago, IL 60614
tel: (773) 935-7297
fax: (773) 281-8146
EIN: 36-4219778

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Board Leadership

Paula Fasseas
Founder and Chair


Sue Davis
Executive Director

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Animals : Animal Rights, Welfare, and Services

PAWS Chicago

Pets are worth saving

(out of 100)
Overall 99.26 4 stars
  Financial 98.96 4 stars
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00 4 stars
This rating was published 04/01/2015 using data for FY2013, the most recent 990 received at that time.

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Financial Performance Metrics (Data from FY2013 990)
  Program Expenses
(Percent of the charity’s total expenses spent on the programs
and services it delivers)
  Administrative Expenses 4.3%
  Fundraising Expenses 6.0%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.06
  Primary Revenue Growth 11.2%
  Program Expenses Growth 11.3%
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 3.96
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by PAWS Chicago on the FY2013 990 they filed with the IRS

Income Statement     (FYE 12/2013)

   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $5,577,452
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $1,676,933
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $7,254,385
   Program Service Revenue $1,851,942
Total Primary Revenue $9,106,327
   Other Revenue $994,937
TOTAL REVENUE $10,101,264
   Program Expenses $6,946,435
   Administrative Expenses $334,914
   Fundraising Expenses $466,001
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $2,353,914
Net Assets $30,886,272


Compensation of Leaders     (FYE 12/2013)

Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$115,135 1.48% Rochelle Michalek Executive Director
Other Salaries of Note
$169,343 2.18% Jessica Von Waldau Chief Veterinarian
$137,404 1.77% Barbara Hanek-Reschke Veterinarian


PAWS Chicago is the city's largest no kill humane organization, focused on implementing solutions to end the killing of homeless pets. Since PAWS Chicago's founding in 1997, the number of homeless dogs and cats killed annually has dropped by nearly 80 percent: from more than 42,000 homeless pets killed in 1997 to under 10,000. PAWS Chicago is working to build a no kill Chicago - a city where pets are no longer destroyed just because they are homeless. PAWS Chicago will find new homes for nearly 6,000 homeless pets this year at the state-of-the-art Pippen Fasseas Lincoln Park Adoption, the satellite Glenn L. Felner North Shore Adoption Center and nearly weekly on- and off-site adoption events. The PAWS Chicago Lurie Spay/Neuter Clinic, the largest free spay/neuter clinic in Midwest, will sterilize more than 18,000 pets of low-income families this year.

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