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Communities in Schools of Chicago

Ensuring that every public school student in Chicago graduates from high school prepared to succeed.

four stars

96.59

815 West Van Buren Street Suite 300
Chicago, IL 60607
tel: (312) 829-2475   Web Site
EIN: 36-3591326

Board Leadership
Barbara Ford
Board Chair

CEO
Jane Mentzinger
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 96.59 four stars
  Financial 95.18 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00 four stars
This rating was published 07/01/2020 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Communities In Schools of Chicago is a dropout prevention organization that works. Our model is backed by data and rigorous research. This year we are partnering with 175 Chicago public schools, helping more than 75,000 students succeed and stay in school.
We do our work by connecting schools with needed programs and services and providing one-on-one and group counseling to specific students. Our team of 30 professionals relies on a set of organizational core values that guide our approach to working and serving students, schools and the community-at-large. We began working in Chicago in 1988, and have a rich history of serving, in total, more than 900,000 Chicago students.

The mission of CIS of Chicago is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life.

Communities In Schools of Chicago is a dropout prevention organization that works. Our model is backed by data and rigorous research. This year we are partnering with 175 Chicago public schools, helping more than 75,000 students succeed and stay in school.
We do our work by connecting schools with needed programs and services and providing one-on-one and group counseling to specific students. Our team of 30 professionals relies on a set of organizational core values that guide our approach to working and serving students, schools and the community-at-large. We began working in Chicago in 1988, and have a rich history of serving, in total, more than 900,000 Chicago students.

The mission of CIS of Chicago is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life.

Impact Information

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Reported Results
Total in 2018
Percent of K-11th grade program participants promoted to the next grade
96
This impact information is current as of August 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

95.18

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

100.00

This rating was published 07/01/2020 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 10.5%
  Fundraising Expenses 12.4%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.07
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 2.47
  Program Expenses Growth 19.2%
  Liabilities to Assets 2.5%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Communities in Schools of Chicago on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Communities in Schools of Chicago on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Communities in Schools of Chicago (IL) 96.59 four stars
Overtown Youth Center (FL) 91.45 four stars
LEAP (CT) 85.94 three stars
Global Kids (NY) 92.92 four stars
Prep for Prep (NY) 94.53 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $9,789,535
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $294,760
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $59,224
Total Contributions $10,143,519
   Program Service Revenue $554,620
Total Primary Revenue $10,698,139
   Other Revenue $11,261
TOTAL REVENUE $10,709,400
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $2,950,727
   Administrative Expenses $673,160
   Fundraising Expenses $478,278
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $4,102,165
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $6,607,235
   
Net Assets $8,084,748

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
Communities in Schools of Chicago has received 3 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-06 07/01/2020 96.59 four stars
2018-06 07/01/2019 92.13 four stars
2017-06 08/01/2018 91.75 four stars
2016-06 12/01/2017 89.96 three stars
2016-06 11/01/2017 89.57 three stars
2015-06 08/01/2017 90.33 four stars
2015-06 06/01/2017 88.95 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 36-3591326
Name in IRS Master File COMMUNITIES IN SCHOOLS OF CHICAGO
NTEE Code [Not Provided by IRS]
NTEE Classification [Not Provided by IRS]
NTEE Type [Not Provided by IRS]
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (59) Other school related activities
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 September, 1988
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End June
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • June, 2018
  • June, 2017
  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$177,063 4.31% Jane Mentzinger Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Communities in Schools of Chicago (IL) 96.59 four stars
Taco Bell Foundation (CA) 92.38 four stars
Higher Achievement (DC) 86.38 three stars
HEAF (NY) 87.23 three stars
New Jersey SEEDS (NJ) 90.41 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Communities in Schools of Chicago
815 West Van Buren Street
Suite 300
Chicago, IL 60607
tel: (312) 829-2475
EIN: 36-3591326

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Board Leadership

Barbara Ford
Board Chair

CEO

Jane Mentzinger
Executive Director

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