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Human Services : Children's and Family Services

The Cradle

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three stars

81.00

2049 Ridge Avenue Evanston, IL 60201
tel: (847) 475-5800   Web Site
EIN: 36-2181994

Board Leadership
Jerry H. Biederman
Chair

CEO
Kimberley C. Perez, MSW
CEO, President

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 81.00 three stars
  Financial 73.14 two stars
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00 four stars
This rating was published 06/01/2019 using data provided by the charity on a consolidated pro forma 990 which was verified against 990s received from the IRS.

The Cradle's mission: "With our deep history in adoption as our foundation, we will advance the well-being of children by compassionately delivering exceptional education, guidance and lifelong support to build, preserve and strengthen their families." Renowned as one of the foremost adoption and child welfare agencies in the country, The Cradle has helped place more than 15,000 children into lasting, loving homes since 1923. We provide lifelong support for anyone with an adoption connection - birth parents, adoptive parents and adopted persons. The Cradle is the only U.S. adoption agency with an onsite, 24-hour infant nursery. It provides a safe, temporary, neutral place for babies to stay while their birth parents continue their counseling. The Cradle Nursery is also a haven for infants who have special medical needs and may require a bit more time until a capable, loving family is identified for them.

The Cradle's mission: "With our deep history in adoption as our foundation, we will advance the well-being of children by compassionately delivering exceptional education, guidance and lifelong support to build, preserve and strengthen their families." Renowned as one of the foremost adoption and child welfare agencies in the country, The Cradle has helped place more than 15,000 children into lasting, loving homes since 1923. We provide lifelong support for anyone with an adoption connection - birth parents, adoptive parents and adopted persons. The Cradle is the only U.S. adoption agency with an onsite, 24-hour infant nursery. It provides a safe, temporary, neutral place for babies to stay while their birth parents continue their counseling. The Cradle Nursery is also a haven for infants who have special medical needs and may require a bit more time until a capable, loving family is identified for them.

Impact Information

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Reported Results
Total in 2018
The number of biological parents The Cradle provided services to during the fiscal year.
158
Number of continuing education and continuing education units awarded in the fiscal year.
450
The total number of nursery days in the fiscal year.
1,119
This impact information is current as of September 2019, 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

two stars

73.14

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

100.00

This rating was published 06/01/2019 and includes data from FY2017, 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)
78.5%
  Administrative Expenses 10.1%
  Fundraising Expenses 11.2%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.36
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.50
  Program Expenses Growth -2.9%
  Liabilities to Assets 24.7%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by The Cradle on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by The Cradle on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
The Cradle (IL) 81.00 three stars
Smoky Mountain Children's Home (TN) 87.30 three stars
The Maine Children's Home for Little Wanderers (ME) 92.02 four stars
Presbyterian Children's Homes and Services (TX) 95.25 four stars
Real Life Children's Ranch (FL) 86.43 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $1,382,547
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $383,833
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $1,766,380
   Program Service Revenue $3,016,500
Total Primary Revenue $4,782,880
   Other Revenue $914,739
TOTAL REVENUE $5,697,619
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $5,062,666
   Administrative Expenses $712,511
   Fundraising Expenses $373,624
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $6,148,801
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-451,182
   
Net Assets $17,452,759

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
Social Services $2,273,025 44.9%
Outreach and Communication $1,031,868 20.4%
Nursery $950,871 18.8%
Adoption Learning Partners $638,007 12.6%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2017-09 06/01/2019 81.00 three stars
2016-09 04/01/2019 80.76 three stars
2015-09 07/01/2016 81.45 three stars
2014-09 06/01/2016 83.25 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-09 11/01/2015 82.26 three stars
2014-09 07/01/2015 82.04 three stars
2013-09 08/01/2014 80.97 three stars
2012-09 06/01/2013 78.10 two stars
2011-09 06/01/2012 77.05 two stars
2010-09 12/23/2011 82.03 three stars
2009-09 09/20/2011 79.15 two stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-09 05/01/2011 70.51 two stars
2008-09 09/01/2009 86.32 three stars
2007-09 03/01/2009 85.18 three stars
2006-09 11/01/2007 87.16 three stars
2005-09 02/01/2007 78.62 two stars
2004-09 08/01/2005 70.66 two stars
2003-09 06/01/2004 78.14 two stars
2002-09 06/09/2003 78.22 two stars
2001-09 04/15/2003 90.15 four 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 36-2181994
Name in IRS Master File CRADLE SOCIETY
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 (32) Nursery school
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 February, 1938
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End September
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • September, 2017
  • September, 2016
  • September, 2015
  • September, 2014
  • September, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$7,630 0.12% Kimberley Perez President
Other Salaries of Note
$136,971 2.22% Merrilee Hepler COO, Acting President

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
The Cradle (IL) 81.00 three stars
The Mockingbird Society (WA) 88.04 three stars
Real Life Children's Ranch (FL) 86.43 three stars
Lifesong for Orphans (IL) 100.00 four stars
Gift of Adoption Fund (IL) 89.68 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

The Cradle
2049 Ridge Avenue
Evanston, IL 60201
tel: (847) 475-5800
fax: (847) 475-5871
EIN: 36-2181994

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Board Leadership

Jerry H. Biederman
Chair

CEO

Kimberley C. Perez, MSW
CEO, President

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