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The Cara Program

Let's Get to Work

four stars

90.78

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

Board Leadership
Bill Conroy
Chairman

CEO
Maria Kim
President & CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 90.78 four stars
  Financial 86.97 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00 four stars
This rating was published 06/01/2019 and includes data from FY2018, 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 6,500 individuals into more than 10,000 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 6,500 individuals into more than 10,000 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.

Impact Information

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Reported Results
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Total in 2017
Number of employment placements defined as temporary or seasonal
577
Number of placements defined as full-time
235
Percentage of Cara students who remain employed at the same firm after one year (compared to 50%, the national average for jobs in similar industries)
71
Total annual earnings of Cara students who started work the previous year
5,537,150
Total annual tax contributions of Cara students who started work the previous year
894,688
Amount that goes back to society for every dollar invested
6
Average wage earned
12
This impact information is current as of March 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

three stars

86.97

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

100.00

This rating was published 06/01/2019 and includes data from FY2018, 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)
74.4%
  Administrative Expenses 14.0%
  Fundraising Expenses 11.4%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.18
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.03
  Program Expenses Growth 12.5%
  Liabilities to Assets 29.5%
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.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
The Cara Program (IL) 90.78 four stars
MERS Missouri Goodwill Industries (MO) 88.42 three stars
REDF (CA) 95.44 four stars
NPower Inc. (NY) 96.78 four stars
San Diego Second Chance Program (CA) 90.08 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $3,684,690
   Federated Campaigns $120,000
   Membership Dues $580
   Fundraising Events $656,222
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $1,090,693
Total Contributions $5,552,185
   Program Service Revenue $4,252,054
Total Primary Revenue $9,804,239
   Other Revenue $107,176
TOTAL REVENUE $9,911,415
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $7,165,699
   Administrative Expenses $1,183,165
   Fundraising Expenses $954,756
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $9,303,620
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $607,795
   
Net Assets $8,457,968

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
TCP Staffing $2,307,620 32.2%
Clean Slate $1,914,105 26.7%
Traditional Training & Placement Program $1,668,198 23.3%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
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
$182,300 1.95% Maria Kim President, CEO

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
The Cara Program (IL) 90.78 four stars
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MERS Missouri Goodwill Industries (MO) 88.42 three stars
Cincinnati Works (OH) 91.37 four stars
Per Scholas (NY) 93.19 four 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

Bill Conroy
Chairman

CEO

Maria Kim
President & CEO

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