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    Big Shoulders Fund

    Big Shoulders Fund


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    ...501(c)(3) organization

    ...Donations are tax-deductible


    ...212 W VAN BUREN ST STE 900
    Chicago IL 60607-3974


    Chicago IL | IRS ruling year: 1987 | EIN: 36-3490557  


    Big Shoulders Fund supports a network of 72 high-need schools in the Chicago area. These schools serve nearly 20,000 children, 70 percent of whom reside in low-income households. In addition, as a result of a fully funded charitable donation, it has extended its programming to 20 schools in Northwest Indiana, reaching an additional 6,000 children.

    The funds raised by Big Shoulders Fund go directly towards supporting a variety of programs and operational needs including scholarship support and academic enrichment for students, operational improvements for schools, leadership development programs for the next generation of school leaders, and academic programs and professional development for teachers.

    Our network of schools are seen as anchors in their communities and in the lives of the families they serve. It is our mission to help Chicago's children achieve their dreams through access to a quality, values-based education.


    Rating Information


    This charity's score is 100%, earning it a Four-Star rating. If this organization aligns with your passions and values, you can give with confidence.

    This overall score is calculated from multiple beacon scores: 90% Accountability & Finance, 10% Leadership & Adaptability. Learn more about our criteria and methodology.

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    • Impact & Results
    • Accountability & Finance
    • Culture & Community
    • Leadership & Adaptability
    Accountability & Finance
    Impact & ResultsAccountability & FinanceCulture & CommunityLeadership & Adaptability


    Accountability & Finance


    Big Shoulders Fund has earned a 100% for the Accountability & Finance beacon. See the metrics below for more information.

    This beacon provides an assessment of a charity's financial health (financial efficiency, sustainability, and trustworthiness) and its commitment to governance practices and policies.

    This Accountability & Finance score represents IRS Form 990 data up until FY 2021, which is the most recent Form 990 currently available to us. 

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    Accountability and Transparency
    ...Full Credit
    ...Partial Credit
    ...No Credit
    ...Not Applicable

    Financial Metrics
    ...Full Credit
    ...Partial Credit
    ...No Credit
    ...Not Applicable
    ...Liabilities to Assets Ratio - 13.60% - 10/10 pts
    ...Working Capital Ratio - 2.42 years - 10/10 pts
    ...Fundraising Efficiency - $0.02 - 10/10 pts
    ...Administrative Expense Ratio - 4.20% - 10/10 pts
    ...Fundraising Expense Ratio - 2.50% - 10/10 pts
    ...Program Expense Ratio - 93.10% - 10/10 pts
    ...Program Expense Growth - 26.72% - 10/10 pts

    Unscored Information

    Total Revenue and Expenses - Data Available
    Salary of Key Persons - Data Available
    IRS Published Data (Business Master File) - Data Available
    Data Sources (IRS Forms 990) - Data Available
    Pandemic Response - Data Available

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