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Chicago Lights

Building Brighter Futures

three stars

87.14

126 East Chestnut Street Chicago, IL 60611
tel: (312) 787-4570   Web Site
EIN: 36-3786331

Board Leadership
Chad Tischer
President

CEO
Stacy Jackson
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 87.14 three stars
  Financial 82.27 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 96.00 four stars
This rating was published 06/01/2020 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Chicago Lights builds brighter futures for Chicago's youth and adults through supportive relationships and life-changing programs. We provide creative youth development and social services that help people build the skills they need to transcend the challenges of poverty and lead fulfilling lives. We partner with Chicago's youth and adults in mentoring, supportive services, academic enrichment, career development, and arts education. Chicago Lights has served more than 60,000 people since the inception of our first program, Tutoring, in 1964, and annually serves 4,000 individuals.

Chicago Lights builds brighter futures for Chicago's youth and adults through supportive relationships and life-changing programs. We provide creative youth development and social services that help people build the skills they need to transcend the challenges of poverty and lead fulfilling lives. We partner with Chicago's youth and adults in mentoring, supportive services, academic enrichment, career development, and arts education. Chicago Lights has served more than 60,000 people since the inception of our first program, Tutoring, in 1964, and annually serves 4,000 individuals.

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Financial

three stars

82.27

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

96.00

This rating was published 06/01/2020 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)
77.8%
  Administrative Expenses 12.7%
  Fundraising Expenses 9.4%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.09
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.35
  Program Expenses Growth 1.8%
  Liabilities to Assets 9.9%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Chicago Lights on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Chicago Lights on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Chicago Lights (IL) 87.14 three stars
Charity Cars (FL) 90.22 four stars
6 Stones Mission Network (TX) 86.84 three stars
Person-to-Person (CT) 91.84 four stars
Spokane Valley Partners (WA) 91.45 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $1,678,285
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $725,346
   Related Organizations $44,506
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $2,448,137
   Program Service Revenue $40,836
Total Primary Revenue $2,488,973
   Other Revenue $-110,836
TOTAL REVENUE $2,378,137
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $1,841,078
   Administrative Expenses $328,336
   Fundraising Expenses $231,737
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $2,401,151
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-23,014
   
Net Assets $807,843

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
Tutoring $633,586 34.4%
Urban Farm $365,414 19.8%
Elam Davies Social Service Center $350,760 19.1%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-12 06/01/2020 87.14 three stars
2017-12 08/01/2019 87.94 three stars
2017-12 06/01/2019 86.98 three stars
2016-12 02/01/2019 90.66 four stars
2016-12 06/01/2018 88.18 three stars
2015-12 06/01/2017 88.09 three stars
2014-12 07/01/2016 82.82 three stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 82.13 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 02/01/2016 82.54 three stars
2013-12 11/01/2015 74.93 two stars
2013-12 07/01/2015 73.37 two stars
2012-12 04/01/2014 73.34 two stars
2011-12 06/01/2013 77.01 two 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 36-3786331
Name in IRS Master File CHICAGO LIGHTS
NTEE Code T30
NTEE Classification Public Foundations
NTEE Type Philanthropy, Voluntarism and Grantmaking Foundations
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (149) Other instruction and training
Foundation Status Organization that normally receives no more than one-third of its support from gross investment income and unrelated business income and at the same time more than one-third of its support from contributions, fees, and gross receipts related to exempt purposes.  509(a)(2)
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 November, 1991
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End December
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • December, 2017
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title Compensation from Affiliates
Not compensated -- Stacy Jackson Executive Director $117,449

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Chicago Lights (IL) 87.14 three stars
Sharing Connections (IL) 96.46 four stars
Humble Area Assistance Ministries (TX) 92.92 four stars
SBH Community Service Network (NY) 96.53 four stars
Memorial Assistance Ministries (TX) 100.00 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Chicago Lights
126 East Chestnut Street
Chicago, IL 60611
tel: (312) 787-4570
EIN: 36-3786331

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Board Leadership

Chad Tischer
President

CEO

Stacy Jackson
Executive Director

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