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Education : Youth Education Programs and Services

LINK Unlimited Scholars

Education. Preparation. Transformation.

two stars

78.23

2221 South State Street Chicago, IL 60616
tel: (312) 225-5465   Web Site
EIN: 23-7386928

Board Leadership
Stephen C. Hackney
Chairman

CEO
Jonathan T. Swain Jonathan T. Swain
President, CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 78.23 two stars
  Financial 69.22 one star
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00 four stars
This rating was published 05/01/2021 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Founded in 1974, LINK Unlimited Scholars provides educational college preparatory opportunities for economically disadvantaged African American high school youth. In so doing, it integrates mentoring relationships, college readiness and leadership development to foster academic success, personal development and interracial understanding and harmony. LINK programs challenge each scholar academically and personally, compelling them to push beyond what they thought were their limits to reach higher levels of excellence.

Founded in 1974, LINK Unlimited Scholars provides educational college preparatory opportunities for economically disadvantaged African American high school youth. In so doing, it integrates mentoring relationships, college readiness and leadership development to foster academic success, personal development and interracial understanding and harmony. LINK programs challenge each scholar academically and personally, compelling them to push beyond what they thought were their limits to reach higher levels of excellence.

Financial

one star

69.22

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

100.00

This rating was published 05/01/2021 and includes data from FY2019, 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)
64.8%
  Administrative Expenses 21.5%
  Fundraising Expenses 13.6%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.17
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.88
  Program Expenses Growth -14.0%
  Liabilities to Assets 8.3%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by LINK Unlimited Scholars on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by LINK Unlimited Scholars on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
LINK Unlimited Scholars (IL) 78.23 two stars
Partnership with Children (NY) 88.72 three stars
Multiplying Good (NY) 87.20 three stars
Project Success (MN) 88.31 three stars
Youth On Their Own (AZ) 96.14 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $1,141,122
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $676,171
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $1,817,293
   Program Service Revenue $3,288
Total Primary Revenue $1,820,581
   Other Revenue $2,639
TOTAL REVENUE $1,823,220
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $1,460,841
   Administrative Expenses $199,469
   Fundraising Expenses $556,096
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $2,216,406
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-393,186
   
Net Assets $2,317,869

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.

Due to an error on this organization's Form 990, we are unable to display program information.

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-06 05/01/2021 78.23 two stars
2019-06 12/23/2020 76.88 two stars
2018-06 08/01/2019 80.94 three stars
2017-06 07/01/2018 83.38 three stars
2016-06 10/01/2017 83.93 three stars
2015-06 06/01/2016 86.76 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 10/01/2015 85.16 three stars
2013-06 10/01/2014 84.73 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 23-7386928
Name in IRS Master File LINK UNLIMITED
NTEE Code B82
NTEE Classification Scholarships, Student Financial Aid Services, Awards
NTEE Type Educational Institutions and Related Activities
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (40) Scholarships (other)
(43) Other student aid
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, 1975
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
$87,500 3.94% Jonathan T. Swain President & CEO
Other Salaries of Note
$102,590 4.62% Roslind Blasingame-Buford Former President & CEO

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
LINK Unlimited Scholars (IL) 78.23 two stars
PeaceJam (CO) 91.91 four stars
BestPrep (MN) 86.27 three stars
Venture Philanthropy Partners (DC) 88.22 three stars
Freedom School Partners (NC) 85.73 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

LINK Unlimited Scholars
2221 South State Street
Chicago, IL 60616
tel: (312) 225-5465
fax: (312) 225-8686
EIN: 23-7386928

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Board Leadership

Stephen C. Hackney
Chairman

CEO

Jonathan T. Swain Jonathan T. Swain
President, CEO

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