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The Cara Program

Let's Get to Work

three stars

89.37

237 South Desplaines Street Chicago, IL 60661
tel: (312) 798-3300   Web Site
EIN: 36-4268095

Board Leadership
John Walden
Chairman

CEO
Maria Kim
President & CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 89.37 three stars
  Financial 84.98 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00 four stars
This rating was published 04/01/2021 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Cara mission is to unlock the power and purpose within our communities and ourselves to achieve real and lasting success. Through our personal and professional skills training and access to employment opportunities, Cara serves as a leader in poverty alleviation in Chicago and beyond. Since 1991, we have placed more than 7,300 individuals into more than 11,500 jobs at one-year retention rates of 70% or better, catalyzing the same number of families to stop the transfer of poverty from one generation to the next. Additionally, Cara leverages a social enterprise model in which we create or provide access to transitional or temporary jobs in the private sector through our businesses: Cleanslate, a neighborhood beautification business, and Cara Connects, a mission-driven staffing firm.

Cara mission is to unlock the power and purpose within our communities and ourselves to achieve real and lasting success. Through our personal and professional skills training and access to employment opportunities, Cara serves as a leader in poverty alleviation in Chicago and beyond. Since 1991, we have placed more than 7,300 individuals into more than 11,500 jobs at one-year retention rates of 70% or better, catalyzing the same number of families to stop the transfer of poverty from one generation to the next. Additionally, Cara leverages a social enterprise model in which we create or provide access to transitional or temporary jobs in the private sector through our businesses: Cleanslate, a neighborhood beautification business, and Cara Connects, a mission-driven staffing firm.

Financial

three stars

84.98

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

100.00

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)
76.2%
  Administrative Expenses 13.2%
  Fundraising Expenses 10.4%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.18
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.86
  Program Expenses Growth 16.4%
  Liabilities to Assets 28.7%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by The Cara Program on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by The Cara Program on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
The Cara Program (IL) 89.37 three stars
Goodwill Industries of Denver (CO) 86.79 three stars
Prison Entrepreneurship Program (TX) 87.29 three stars
FareStart (WA) 95.05 four stars
Jobs for the Future (MA) 85.06 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $3,421,538
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $502,590
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $1,098,742
Total Contributions $5,022,870
   Program Service Revenue $4,468,573
Total Primary Revenue $9,491,443
   Other Revenue $138,993
TOTAL REVENUE $9,630,436
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $7,724,055
   Administrative Expenses $1,290,817
   Fundraising Expenses $991,058
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $10,005,930
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-375,494
   
Net Assets $8,082,474

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
Training and Placement Program $3,480,508 45.1%
TCP Staffing $2,408,720 31.2%
Clean Slate $1,834,827 23.8%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-06 04/01/2021 89.37 three stars
2019-06 11/01/2020 89.16 three stars
2018-06 06/01/2019 90.78 four stars
2017-06 11/01/2018 89.59 three stars
2017-06 07/01/2018 88.48 three stars
2016-06 08/01/2017 85.80 three stars
2015-06 08/01/2016 84.33 three stars
2014-06 06/01/2016 86.32 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 08/01/2015 90.18 four stars
2014-06 07/01/2015 89.78 three stars
2013-06 08/01/2014 83.64 three stars
2013-06 07/01/2014 82.11 three stars
2011-12 02/01/2013 90.52 four stars
2010-12 12/01/2011 92.46 four stars
2009-12 09/20/2011 96.80 four stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 12/22/2010 97.89 four stars
2008-12 11/01/2010 90.62 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 36-4268095
Name in IRS Master File CARA PROGRAM
NTEE Code J20
NTEE Classification Employment Procurement Assistance, Job Training
NTEE Type Employment, Job-Related
Classification Educational Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
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 March, 1999
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
$206,233 2.06% Maria Kim President, CEO

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
The Cara Program (IL) 89.37 three stars
STRIVE (NY) 90.23 four stars
Capital IDEA (TX) 90.52 four stars
Jewish Vocational Service of Boston (MA) 91.67 four stars
Prison Entrepreneurship Program (TX) 87.29 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

The Cara Program
237 South Desplaines Street
Chicago, IL 60661
tel: (312) 798-3300
EIN: 36-4268095

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Board Leadership

John Walden
Chairman

CEO

Maria Kim
President & CEO

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