Mission: Urban Gateways engages young people in arts experiences to inspire creativity and impact social change.

Our programs are delivered by experienced professional artists and staff who guide program participants through music, dance, theater, multimedia, literary, and visual arts experiences - engaging young people, their teachers, families, and communities with the power of creativity and the arts. Our youth media arts center, Street Level, encourages young people to tell their stories and express themselves through multimedia arts forms, amplifying youth voices which are often underrepresented in the media. In 2018 we launched Teen Arts Pass, which gives anyone ages 13-19 the opportunity to experience performances with our arts partners all around Chicago for only $5.

During our 2018-19 program year, Urban Gateways provided arts experiences for over 95,000 program participants across the Chicago area.

Urban Gateways is a 501(c)(3) organization, with an IRS ruling year of 1964, and donations are tax-deductible.

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Contact Information

  http://www.urbangateways.org

  1637 N Ashland Avenue
Suite 1
Chicago IL 60622 

  312-922-0440


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The IRS is significantly delayed in processing nonprofits' annual tax filings (Forms 990). As a result, the Financial and Accountability & Transparency score for Urban Gateways is outdated and the overall rating may not be representative of its current operations. Please check with the charity directly for any questions you may have.

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Good

This charity's score is 83.53, earning it a 3-Star rating. Donors can "Give with Confidence" to this charity. 

This score is calculated from two sub-scores:

This score represents Form 990 data from 2019. More recent filing data is available, but it has not been factored into this score, due to COVID-19's effect on this organization.

View this organization’s historical ratings.

Rating update postponed due to COVID-19's impact on this organization. View Urban Gateways's response.


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Program Expense

Program Expense Ratio

72.6%


The Program Expense Ratio is determined by Program Expenses divided by Total Expense (average of most recent three 990s).


This measure reflects the percent of its total expenses a charity spends on the programs and services it exists to deliver. Dividing a charity's average program expenses by its average total functional expenses yields this percentage. We calculate the charity's average expenses over its three most recent fiscal years.


Source: IRS Form 990

Administrative Expenses

11.4%


As reported by charities on their IRS Form 990, this measure reflects what percent of its total budget a charity spends on overhead, administrative staff and associated costs, and organizational meetings. Dividing a charity's average administrative expenses by its average total functional expenses yields this percentage. We calculate the charity's average expenses over its three most recent fiscal years.


Source: IRS Form 990

Fundraising Expenses

15.8%


This measure reflects what a charity spends to raise money. Fundraising expenses can include campaign printing, publicity, mailing, and staffing and costs incurred in soliciting donations, memberships, and grants. Dividing a charity's average fundraising expenses by its average total functional expenses yields this percentage. We calculate the charity's average expenses over its three most recent fiscal years.


Source: IRS Form 990

Liabilities to Assets Ratio

5.6%


The Liabilities to Assets Ratio is determined by Total Liabilities divided by Total Assets (most recent 990).


Part of our goal in rating the financial performance of charities is to help donors assess the financial capacity and sustainability of a charity. As do organizations in other sectors, charities must be mindful of their management of total liabilites in relation to their total assets. This ratio is an indicator of an organization’s solvency and or long term sustainability. Dividing a charity's total liabilities by its total assets yields this percentage.


Source: IRS Form 990

Fundraising Efficiency

$0.21


The amount spent to raise $1 in charitable contributions. To calculate a charity's fundraising efficiency, we divide its average fundraising expenses by the average total contributions it receives. We calculate the charity's average expenses and average contributions over its three most recent fiscal years.


Source: IRS Form 990

Working Capital Ratio

0.52 years


Determines how long a charity could sustain its level of spending using its net available assets, or working capital, as reported on its most recently filed Form 990. We include in a charity's working capital unrestricted and temporarily restricted net assets, and exclude permanently restricted net assets. Dividing these net available assets in the most recent year by a charity's average total expenses, yields the working capital ratio. We calculate the charity's average total expenses over its three most recent fiscal years.


Source: IRS Form 990

Program Expense Growth

4.27%


We compute the average annual growth of program expenses using the following formula: [(Yn/Y0)(1/n)]-1, where Y0 is a charity's program expenses in the first year of the interval analyzed, Yn is the charity's program expenses in the most recent year, and n is the interval of years passed between Y0 and Yn.


Source: IRS Form 990

Governance


Charity Navigator looks to confirm on the Form 990 that the organization has these governance practices in place.


Sources Include: IRS Form 990

Governance:
Independent Voting Board Members  ... (More)
No Material Diversion of Assets ... (More)

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  • Full Credit: There has been no diversion of assets within the last two years.

  • Partial Credit: There has been a diversion of assets within the last two years and the charity has used Schedule O on the Form 990 to explain: the nature of the diversion, the amount of money or property involved and the corrective action taken to address the matter. In this situation, we deduct 7 points from the charity's Accountability and Transparency score.
  • No Credit: There has been a diversion of assets within the last two years and the charity's explanation on Schedule O is either non-existent or not sufficient. In this case, we deduct 15 points from the charity's Accountability and Transparency score.
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Audited financial statements provide important information about financial accountability and accuracy. They should be prepared by an independent accountant with oversight from an audit committee. (It is not necessary that the audit committee be a separate committee. Often at smaller charities, it falls within the responsibilities of the finance committee or the executive committee.) The committee provides an important oversight layer between the management of the organization, which is responsible for the financial information reported, and the independent accountant, who reviews the financials and issues an opinion based on its findings. We check the charity's Form 990 reporting to see if it meets this criteria.

  • Full Credit: The charity's audited financials were prepared by an independent accountant with an audit oversight committee.

  • Partial Credit: The charity's audited financials were prepared by an independent accountant, but it did not have an audit oversight committee. In this case, we deduct 7 points from the charity's Accountability and Transparency score.
  • No Credit: The charity did not have its audited financials prepared by an independent accountant. In this case, we deduct 15 points from the charity's Accountability and Transparency score.
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Does Not Provide Loan(s) to or Receive Loan(s) From Related Parties ... (More)
Documents Board Meeting Minutes ... (More)
Distributes 990 to Board Before Filing ... (More)
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Policies


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Policies:
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  • Yes: This charity has a written donor privacy policy published on its website, which states unambiguously that (1) it will not share or sell a donor's personal information with anyone else, nor send donor mailings on behalf of other organizations or (2) it will only share or sell personal information once the donor has given the charity specific permission to do so.

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Transparency


Charity Navigator looks to confirm on the Form 990, or for some metrics on the charity's website, that the organization makes this information easily accessible.


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Transparency:
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Audited Financial Statements on Website ... (More)
Form 990 Available on Website ... (More)

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Total Revenue and Expenses

Total Revenue and Expenses

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Salary of Key Persons

Presented here are this organizations key compensated staff members as identified by our analysts. This compensation data includes salary, cash bonuses and expense accounts and is displayed exactly how it is reported to the IRS. The amounts do not include nontaxable benefits, deferred compensation, or other amounts not reported on Form W-2. In some cases, these amounts may include compensation from related organizations. Read the IRS policies for compensation reporting



Eric Delli Bovi, President & CEO

$156,836 (5.86% of Total Expenses)


Current CEO and Board Chair can be found in the Leadership & Adaptability report below.

Source: IRS Form 990 (page 7), filing year 2020

Business Master File Data

Below are some key data points from the Exempt Organization IRS Business Master File (BMF) for this organization. Learn more about the BMF on the IRS website


Activities:

Cultural performances (BMF activity code: 090)


Foundation Status:

Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public   170(b)(1)(A)(vi) (BMF foundation code: 15)


Affiliation:

Independent - the organization is an independent organization or an independent auxiliary (i.e., not affiliated with a National, Regional, or Geographic grouping of organizations). (BMF affiliation code: 3)

Data Sources: IRS Forms 990

The Form 990 is a document that nonprofit organizations file with the IRS annually. We leverage finance and accountability data from it to form Encompass ratings. Click here to view this organization's Forms 990 on the IRS website (if any are available).

Pandemic Response

This organization was impacted by COVID-19 in a way that effected their financial health in 2020. This normally would have reduced their star rating. Due to the unprecedented nature of the pandemic, we give charities such as this one the opportunity to share the story of COVID's impact on them, and doing this pauses our revision of their rating. Charities may submit their own pandemic responses through their nonprofit portal.


Urban Gateways reported being impacted by COVID-19 in the following ways:
  • Program Delivery

  • Fundraising Capacity

  • Revenue

  • Staffing

  • Administrative Capacity


How COVID-19 impacted the organization's operations financially:

Overall program revenue and related direct program expenses are lower than prior years due to COVID-19, as was our ability to conduct long-standing in-person programming. The pandemic also forced the cancellation of the organization’s primary fundraising event, the annual Art for All Gala, for three consecutive years. Urban Gateways received a PPP loan for $241,942 in FY20 and in FY21. Those loans were approved for forgiveness. PPP loans and other local emergency support has helped sustain our organization due to COVID-related capacity limitations and loss of pre-pandemic revenue.


How COVID-19 impacted the organization's delivery of programs:

Urban Gateways promptly shifted to creating multiple virtual arts learning platforms to fill the massive void as a result of COVID-19. Programs and operations continue to undergo real-time adaptation to the needs of youth, schools, and communities by moving to virtual, online opportunities through Performances, Artists in Residence, Street Level, and Teen Arts Pass programs. This ongoing adaptation is occurring all while simultaneously preparing for reentry back to in-person programs and even hybrid models.


How this organization adapted to changing conditions caused by COVID-19:

The forced closure of the Street Level youth media facility under COVID-19 created a major void for hundreds of participants who attend for the sense of community, welcoming space, and access to an array of arts media resources. Urban Gateways invested in new PPE equipment and facility upgrades and created a facility coordinator position to help ensure that the program space remains safe, clean, and welcoming for all participants while adhering to CDC recommendations and COVID-related city ordinances.


Innovations the organization intends to continue permanently after the pandemic:

Urban Gateways intends to keep in place various innovations, including an expanded, more flexible paid time off policy for staff, remote working capabilities and structures, strengthened virtual program opportunities alongside in-person programming, and less reliance on revenue from fundraising events in favor of other, more mission-focused initiatives.


Historical Ratings

Date PublishedForm 990 FYEOverall ScoreOverall Rating
Rating Version: 2.1
3/1/20212019 83.53
7/1/20202018 83.74
7/1/20192018 83.00

This organization received multiple star ratings within this fiscal year, due to an update to its Accountability and Transparency data and/or the receipt of an amended Form 990.

8/1/20182017 80.21
11/1/20172016 78.87
10/1/20172016 78.29
10/1/20162015 79.88
6/1/20162014 79.28
Rating Version: 2.0
12/22/20152014 73.99
11/1/20152014 73.83
10/1/20142013 73.17
10/1/20132012 78.03
9/1/20132012 77.84
10/1/20122011 78.05
12/1/20112010 88.35
9/20/20112009 86.64
Rating Version: 1.0
11/1/20102009 82.05
10/1/20092008 89.77
12/1/20082007 79.73
10/1/20072006 70.58
7/1/20062005 71.70
5/1/20052004 53.64
1/5/20052003 59.37

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...   Impact & Results


This score estimates the actual impact a nonprofit has on the lives of those it serves, and determines whether it is making good use of donor resources to achieve that impact.


Impact & Results Score

Not Currently Scored

Urban Gateways cannot currently be evaluated by our Encompass Rating Impact & Results methodology because either (A) it is eligible, but we have not yet received data; (B) we have not yet developed an algorithm to estimate its programmatic impact; (C) its programs are not direct services; or (D) it is not heavily reliant on contributions from individual donors.

Note: The absence of a score does not indicate a positive or negative assessment, it only indicates that we have not yet evaluated the organization.

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Largest Programs

Largest Programs



Urban Gateways reported its three largest programs on its FY 2019 Form 990 as:


$1,211,754

Spent in most recent FY

64%

Percent of program expenses


In-school Residencies


$489,692

Spent in most recent FY

26%

Percent of program expenses


School Assembly Programs


$143,946

Spent in most recent FY

7%

Percent of program expenses


Out-of-school Programs


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...   Leadership & Adaptability


This score provides an assessment of the organization's leadership capacity, strategic thinking and planning, and ability to innovate or respond to changes in constituent demand/need or other relevant social and economic conditions to achieve the organization's mission.


Leadership & Adaptability Score

100

out of 100

The score earned by Urban Gateways is a passing score. This score has no effect on the organization's Star Rating.

Encompass Rating V4 provides an evaluation of the organization's Leadership & Adaptability through the nonprofit organization submitting a survey response directly to Charity Navigator.


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Leadership & Adaptability Report

100

of 100 points

Mission

The nonprofit organization presents evidence of strategic thinking through articulating the organization’s mission


Urban Gateways engages young people in arts experiences to inspire creativity and impact social change.


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Vision

The nonprofit organization presents evidence of strategic thinking through articulating the organization’s vision.


Urban Gateways is currently in the process of re-developing an organizational vision statement.


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Strategic Goals

The nonprofit organization presents evidence of strategic thinking and goal setting through sharing their most important strategic goals.


Goal One: Expand arts and wellness initiatives that utilize trained artists in trauma-informed practices and deeper community partnerships to address a critical need facing many Chicago youth.

Goal Type: New program(s) based on observed changes in needs among our constituencies/communities served.


Goal Two: Strengthen and expand youth workforce development to combat high unemployment rates among youth of color through creative career paths and leadership opportunities.

Goal Type: Grow, expand, scale or increase access to the existing programs and services.


Goal Three: Sustain and deepen innovation and impact through new and reimagined programs and operations, with an emphasis on equitable program models and a renewed commitment to supporting artists and staff.

Goal Type: Invest in the capacity of our organization (financial, management, technical, etc.).


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Leadership Development

The nonprofit provides evidence of investment in leadership development


Describe an investment in leadership

Over the last 12-18 months, Urban Gateways created cross-section staff teams comprised of supervisors and non-supervisors to develop and establish the organization’s Statement of Values and to curate 60th Anniversary special initiatives. The organization has implemented a highly participatory budget planning process over the last three budget cycles, where collective decision-making determined the organization’s financial priorities. Program staff responsibilities and titles were realigned based on recommendations from the program team to provide more autonomy and ownership over artist and partner relationships, and a Program Manager was promoted to a new position of Director of Programs – Street Level. Urban Gateways is also formalizing our commitment to expand representation of youth and artists’ voices that critically inform our work through an inaugural Artist Advisory Council and its Teen Council. Artist and Teen council members are all compensated for their time and service.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Mobilizing for Mission

The nonprofit provides evidence of leadership through focusing externally and mobilizing resources for the mission.


This organization mobilizes for mission in the following ways:
  • Strategic Partnerships

  • Networks of Collective Impact Efforts

  • Thought Leadership

  • Raising Awareness

What are this organization’s external mobilizaton efforts?

Urban Gateways works in active partnership with the National Guild for Community Arts Education, Enrich Chicago, Arts Alliance Illinois, Ingenuity, Inc., Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, through a collective of 27 arts venues through a city-wide audience development initiative (Teen Arts Pass), and many others for strengthening our own institutional capacity and contributing to the local and national arts ecosystem. Urban Gateways also conducts its programming through a vast network of schools, community service organizations, civic agencies, and other nonprofit partners across Chicago. Urban Gateways promotes its mission via its three websites; social media channels including multiple Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube handles; traditional media outlets; and a large email subscription base.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Story of Adaptability

The nonprofit has an opportunity to tell the story of how the organization adapted to tremendous external changes in the last year.


Due to COVID-19, the availability of professional teaching and performance artists has declined due to artists leaving the profession for new and different work elsewhere, the hesitation to return to in-person classroom teaching, and/or a decision to not get vaccinated. Urban Gateways is working to recruit experienced arts educators and performers to effectively respond to growing need from school partners to resume in-person arts learning activities and performances. Increased artist training investments will be prioritized as we work to support our main program providers under ever-changing environmental factors. Under COVID-19, Teen Arts Pass had to be reimagined and repurposed without the availability of live performances from arts partners, the very essence of the program, requiring a new approach to expanding and deepening teen participation while venues slowly reopen and individuals ultimately feel safe to attend. Along with virtual content from TAP partners as available, Urban Gateways launched several virtual programs in multiple formats to continue keeping teens engaged with content driven by the young people themselves through the leadership and guidance of its Teen Council.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

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Organization Leadership

Organization Leadership


Eric Delli Bovi

President & CEO

Joseph Kye

President

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...   Culture & Community


This score provides an assessment of the organization's culture and connectedness to the community it serves. Learn more about how and why we rate Culture & Community.


Culture & Community Score

92

out of 100

Urban Gateways has earned a passing score. This score has no effect on the organization's Star Rating. The organization provided data about how it listens to constituents (Constituent Feedback) and its Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DEI) practices (see report below).

The Culture & Community Beacon is comprised of the following metrics:

  • Constituent Feedback: 100/100 (30% of beacon score)

  • Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion: 88/100 (70% of beacon score)


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Culture & Community Report

92

of 100 points

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Constituent Feedback

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

88/100 points

70% of beacon score


This organization's score of 88 is a passing score. The organization reported that it is implementing 6 diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) practices. Charity Navigator believes nonprofit organizations implementing effective DEI policies and practices can enhance a nonprofit's decision-making, staff motivation, innovation, and effectiveness.


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Methodology


We are utilizing data collected by Candid to document and assess the DEI practices implemented by the organization. Nonprofit organizations are encouraged to fill out the Equity Strategies section of their Candid profiles to receive a rating.


Learn more about the methodology.

Constituent Feedback

100/100 points

30% of beacon score


This organization reported that it is collecting feedback from the constituents and/or communities it serves. Charity Navigator believes nonprofit organizations that engage in inclusive practices, such as collecting feedback from the people and communities they serve, may be more effective.


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Methodology


We've partnered with Candid to survey organizations about their feedback practices. Nonprofit organizations can fill out the How We Listen section of their Candid profile to receive a rating.


Learn more about the methodology.

Analysis and Research


Like the overall Encompass Rating System, the Culture & Community Beacon is designed to evolve as metrics are developed and ready for integration. Below you can find more information about the metrics we currently evaluate in this beacon and their relevance to nonprofit performance.


Constituent Feedback


Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

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