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Human Services : Social Services

The ARK Chicago

Caring for Chicagoland's Jews, One by One

four stars

90.27

6450 North California Avenue Chicago, IL 60645
tel: (773) 973-1000   Web Site
EIN: 23-7164967

Board Leadership
Allan Malmed
Chairman

CEO
Marc Swatez
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 90.27 four stars
  Financial 91.75 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 89.00 three stars
This rating was published 08/01/2019 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The ARK is a community-funded social services agency with facilities on Chicago's North Side and in suburban Northbrook. Since 1971, The ARK has provided free social and medical services to help distressed members of the Chicagoland Jewish community return to self-reliance. We recognize that many members of the community - Jews from all walks of life, from all parts of Chicagoland - are deeply in need of help and kindness. We work with each person or family in distress to create a personalized and comprehensive care plan that draws upon The ARK's wide array of free social and medical services: food, rent and utility assistance, legal aid, job search assistance, benefits advocacy, psychological therapy and testing, a day program for adults with mental health needs, transitional housing, medical, dental and eye care, pharmaceutical assistance, and more. Our primary goals are to stabilize our clients' situations and assist them in achieving the highest degree of self-reliance possible. Each year, The ARK cares for approximately 4,000 people from throughout the Chicago metropolitan area.

The ARK is a community-funded social services agency with facilities on Chicago's North Side and in suburban Northbrook. Since 1971, The ARK has provided free social and medical services to help distressed members of the Chicagoland Jewish community return to self-reliance. We recognize that many members of the community - Jews from all walks of life, from all parts of Chicagoland - are deeply in need of help and kindness. We work with each person or family in distress to create a personalized and comprehensive care plan that draws upon The ARK's wide array of free social and medical services: food, rent and utility assistance, legal aid, job search assistance, benefits advocacy, psychological therapy and testing, a day program for adults with mental health needs, transitional housing, medical, dental and eye care, pharmaceutical assistance, and more. Our primary goals are to stabilize our clients' situations and assist them in achieving the highest degree of self-reliance possible. Each year, The ARK cares for approximately 4,000 people from throughout the Chicago metropolitan area.

Impact Information

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Reported Results
Total in 2017
Number of overall donors
5,903
Average number of dollars received per donor
649
Number of volunteers
2,538
This impact information is current as of March 2020, when it was provided to us by GuideStar. At this time, Impact information published on this organization's page has no effect on its rating per our methodology.

Financial

four stars

91.75

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

89.00

This rating was published 08/01/2019 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.
Overall Rating Chart
  Program Expenses
(Percent of the charity's total expenses spent on the programs
and services it delivers)
82.8%
  Administrative Expenses 9.8%
  Fundraising Expenses 7.3%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.08
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.06
  Program Expenses Growth 4.9%
  Liabilities to Assets 5.4%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by The ARK Chicago on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by The ARK Chicago on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
The ARK Chicago (IL) 90.27 four stars
United Community (VA) 85.57 three stars
Rian Immigrant Center (MA) 92.72 four stars
Place of Forsyth County (GA) 89.39 three stars
Daystar Life Center (FL) 95.28 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $6,673,044
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $26,192
Total Contributions $6,699,236
   Program Service Revenue $543,258
Total Primary Revenue $7,242,494
   Other Revenue $540,443
TOTAL REVENUE $7,782,937
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $5,542,944
   Administrative Expenses $667,255
   Fundraising Expenses $480,771
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $6,690,970
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $1,091,967
   
Net Assets $6,894,362

Program names and associated costs are listed for the top programs as reported on the charity's most recently filed Form 990. The top programs displayed will include the largest three programs, or those programs covering at least 60% of the charity's total expenses, whichever comes first.

Program Name Amount Spent % of Program Expenses
Social Service Assistance $1,889,898 34.1%
Thrift Shop $651,006 11.7%
ARK Northwest $603,964 10.9%

Ratings History
The ARK Chicago has received 6 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-06 08/01/2019 90.27 four stars
2017-06 08/01/2018 90.71 four stars
2016-06 11/01/2017 92.02 four stars
2015-06 11/01/2016 92.90 four stars
2014-06 06/01/2016 97.69 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 09/01/2015 97.46 four stars
2013-06 11/01/2014 92.86 four stars
2013-06 10/01/2014 90.17 four stars
2012-06 08/01/2013 84.09 three stars
2011-06 06/01/2012 85.00 three stars
2010-06 09/20/2011 91.18 four stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-06 07/01/2010 92.52 four stars
2008-06 10/01/2009 85.72 three stars

The data displayed on this tab is provided by the IRS in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

EIN 23-7164967
Name in IRS Master File THE ARK
NTEE Code P28
NTEE Classification Neighborhood Centers, Settlement Houses
NTEE Type Human Services - Multipurpose and Other
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (402) Other activity aimed t combating community deterioration
(160) Aid to the handicapped (see also 031)
(328) Combat juvenile delinquency
Foundation Status Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public   170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
Deductibility Contributions are deductible
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).
Group Name [Not Applicable]
Ruling Date March, 1972
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End June
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • June, 2018
  • June, 2017
  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$190,840 2.85% Marc Swatez Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
The ARK Chicago (IL) 90.27 four stars
Community Shares of Colorado (CO) 86.84 three stars
Connect2Help (IN) 86.02 three stars
Nashua Soup Kitchen & Shelter (NH) 85.65 three stars
Community Services Agency (CA) 91.95 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

The ARK Chicago
6450 North California Avenue
Chicago, IL 60645
tel: (773) 973-1000
fax: (773) 973-4362
EIN: 23-7164967

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Board Leadership

Allan Malmed
Chairman

CEO

Marc Swatez
Executive Director

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