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Human Services : Youth Development, Shelter, and Crisis Services

Alternatives

Supporting young people as they move along a continuum of surviving, healing, and thriving.

three stars

82.82

4730 North Sheridan Road Chicago, IL 60640
tel: (773) 506-7474   Web Site
EIN: 36-2720602

Board Leadership
Jeff Becker
Board President

CEO
Bessie Alcantara
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 82.82 three stars
  Financial 78.35 two stars
  Accountability & Transparency 89.00 three stars
This rating was published 04/01/2021 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Founded in 1971, Alternatives' mission is to facilitate personal development, strengthen family relationships and enhance community well-being. The agency offers a range of Restorative Justice, youth development, and Behavioral Health services from our locations in Uptown and Washington Park and through partnerships with more than 30 schools and youth service agencies.

Founded in 1971, Alternatives' mission is to facilitate personal development, strengthen family relationships and enhance community well-being. The agency offers a range of Restorative Justice, youth development, and Behavioral Health services from our locations in Uptown and Washington Park and through partnerships with more than 30 schools and youth service agencies.

Financial

two stars

78.35

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

89.00

This rating was published 04/01/2021 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)
76.9%
  Administrative Expenses 14.3%
  Fundraising Expenses 8.6%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.09
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.21
  Program Expenses Growth 4.7%
  Liabilities to Assets 59.7%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Alternatives on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Alternatives on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Alternatives (IL) 82.82 three stars
Boys & Girls Club of Fall River (MA) 86.34 three stars
Boys & Girls Clubs of Indian River County (FL) 99.36 four stars
BUILD, Inc. (IL) 95.79 four stars
Boys & Girls Clubs of Indianapolis (IN) 87.57 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $857,268
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $26,298
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $2,801,807
Total Contributions $3,685,373
   Program Service Revenue $9,928
Total Primary Revenue $3,695,301
   Other Revenue $32,353
TOTAL REVENUE $3,727,654
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $2,951,981
   Administrative Expenses $503,989
   Fundraising Expenses $304,019
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $3,759,989
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-32,335
   
Net Assets $882,342

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
Clinical Services $1,510,407 51.2%
Youth Development $1,441,574 48.8%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-06 04/01/2021 82.82 three stars
2018-06 08/01/2019 82.50 three stars
2017-06 07/01/2018 83.96 three stars
2016-06 08/01/2017 88.30 three stars
2015-06 11/01/2016 81.87 three stars
2014-06 06/01/2016 87.48 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 11/01/2015 86.03 three stars
2013-06 11/01/2014 88.81 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 36-2720602
Name in IRS Master File ALTERNATIVES INCORPORATED
NTEE Code F20
NTEE Classification Alcohol, Drug and Substance Abuse, Dependency Prevention and
NTEE Type Mental Health, Crisis Intervention
Classification Educational Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (573) Rehabilitating alcoholics, drug abusers, compulsive gamblers, etc.
(124) Study and research (non-scientific)
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 August, 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, 2017
  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
  • June, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$6,058 0.16% Bessie L. Alcantara Executive Director
Other Salaries of Note
$88,729 2.35% Judith M. Gall Former Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Alternatives (IL) 82.82 three stars
Hope Center for Kids (NE) 86.42 three stars
Boy Scouts of America, Atlanta Area Council (GA) 89.70 three stars
Boys & Girls Clubs of Springfield (MO) 86.03 three stars
Boy Scouts of America, Cradle of Liberty Council (PA) 90.43 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Alternatives
4730 North Sheridan Road
Chicago, IL 60640
tel: (773) 506-7474
fax: (773) 506-9420
EIN: 36-2720602

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Board Leadership

Jeff Becker
Board President

CEO

Bessie Alcantara
Executive Director

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