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Chicago Lights

Changing lives, one at a time.

three stars

88.18

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

Board Leadership
Ken Walker
President

CEO
Stacy Jackson
Executive Director

 
 
  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 88.18 three stars
  Financial 87.42 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 89.00 three stars
This rating was published 06/01/2018 and includes data from FY2016, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Chicago Lights provides hope and opportunity to Chicago's children, youth, and adults who face the challenges of poverty. Through supportive relationships and diverse programs, we empower people to thrive academically, secure economic stability, lead healthy lives, and build community. Chicago Lights offers five signature programs, including: Tutoring, the Urban Farming, the Elam Davis Social Service Center, Summer Day, and the Dance Academy. Chicago Lights has served more than 50,000 people since the inception of our first program, Tutoring, in 1964, and annually serves 4,000 individuals of all races, ethnic backgrounds, and religious traditions.

Chicago Lights provides hope and opportunity to Chicago's children, youth, and adults who face the challenges of poverty. Through supportive relationships and diverse programs, we empower people to thrive academically, secure economic stability, lead healthy lives, and build community. Chicago Lights offers five signature programs, including: Tutoring, the Urban Farming, the Elam Davis Social Service Center, Summer Day, and the Dance Academy. Chicago Lights has served more than 50,000 people since the inception of our first program, Tutoring, in 1964, and annually serves 4,000 individuals of all races, ethnic backgrounds, and religious traditions.

Financial

three stars

87.42

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

89.00

This rating was published 06/01/2018 and includes data from FY2016, 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)
80.2%
  Administrative Expenses 10.6%
  Fundraising Expenses 9.0%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.09
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.25
  Program Expenses Growth 7.8%
  Liabilities to Assets 25.7%
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.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Chicago Lights (IL) 88.18 three stars
Center for People in Need (NE) 87.97 three stars
Foothill Unity Center (CA) 92.22 four stars
Philanthropy Ohio (OH) 86.20 three stars
Conexión Américas (TN) 91.45 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $1,611,843
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $514,568
   Related Organizations $104,368
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $2,230,779
   Program Service Revenue $30,773
Total Primary Revenue $2,261,552
   Other Revenue $43,497
TOTAL REVENUE $2,305,049
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $1,818,396
   Administrative Expenses $277,356
   Fundraising Expenses $188,664
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $2,284,416
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $20,633
   
Net Assets $537,468

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 and Academic Scholarships $590,799 32.5%
Elam Davies Social Service Center $337,669 18.6%
Urban Farm $321,802 17.7%
CL Dance Academy $214,610 11.8%
Free Write Jail Arts & Literacy Program $149,563 8.2%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
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, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
  • December, 2012

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

Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title Compensation from Affiliates
Not compensated -- Stacy Jackson Executive Director $96,330

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Chicago Lights (IL) 88.18 three stars
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul Georgia (GA) 89.58 three stars
Crisis Assistance Ministry (NC) 89.39 three stars
Maine Seacoast Mission (ME) 91.21 four stars
The Sharing Center (FL) 92.61 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Chicago Lights
126 East Chestnut Street
Chicago, IL 60611
tel: (312) 787-4570
fax: (312) 787-4584
EIN: 36-3786331

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Board Leadership

Ken Walker
President

CEO

Stacy Jackson
Executive Director

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