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Education : Scholarship and Financial Support (Grantmaking/Grants Payable)

Big Shoulders Fund

It takes Big Shoulders to carry a child's dreams.

100.00

212 West Van Buren Suite 900
Chicago, IL 60607
tel: (312) 751-8337   Web Site
EIN: 36-3490557

Board Leadership
James J. O'Connor, John A. Canning, Jr. & Kenneth J. Velo
Co-Chairs

CEO
Joshua Hale
President and Chief Executive Officer

 
 
  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 100.00
  Financial 100.00
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00
This rating was published 12/01/2021 and includes data from FY2020, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Big Shoulders Fund supports a network of 72 high-need schools in the Chicago area. These schools serve nearly 20,000 children, 70 percent of whom reside in low-income households. In addition, as a result of a fully funded charitable donation, it has extended its programming to 20 schools in Northwest Indiana, reaching an additional 6,000 children.

The funds raised by Big Shoulders Fund go directly towards supporting a variety of programs and operational needs including scholarship support and academic enrichment for students, operational improvements for schools, leadership development programs for the next generation of school leaders, and academic programs and professional development for teachers.

Our network of schools are seen as anchors in their communities and in the lives of the families they serve. It is our mission to help Chicago's children achieve their dreams through access to a quality, values-based education.

Big Shoulders Fund supports a network of 72 high-need schools in the Chicago area. These schools serve nearly 20,000 children, 70 percent of whom reside in low-income households. In addition, as a result of a fully funded charitable donation, it has extended its programming to 20 schools in Northwest Indiana, reaching an additional 6,000 children.

The funds raised by Big Shoulders Fund go directly towards supporting a variety of programs and operational needs including scholarship support and academic enrichment for students, operational improvements for schools, leadership development programs for the next generation of school leaders, and academic programs and professional development for teachers.

Our network of schools are seen as anchors in their communities and in the lives of the families they serve. It is our mission to help Chicago's children achieve their dreams through access to a quality, values-based education.

Financial

100.00

Accountability & Transparency

100.00

This rating was published 12/01/2021 and includes data from FY2020, 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)
91.0%
  Administrative Expenses 5.6%
  Fundraising Expenses 3.3%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.02
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 2.55
  Program Expenses Growth 23.6%
  Liabilities to Assets 11.9%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Big Shoulders Fund on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Big Shoulders Fund on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $30,674,982
   Federated Campaigns $16,533
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $494,561
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $31,186,076
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $31,186,076
   Other Revenue $584,632
TOTAL REVENUE $31,770,708
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $30,817,943
   Administrative Expenses $1,480,425
   Fundraising Expenses $918,608
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $33,216,976
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-1,446,268
   
Net Assets $80,361,932

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
Scholarship Programs $14,962,321 48.6%
School Operations $9,349,730 30.3%
Academic Enrichment $3,480,696 11.3%

Ratings History
Big Shoulders Fund has received 15 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2020-06 12/01/2021 100.00
2019-06 12/01/2020 97.87
2018-06 12/01/2019 93.83
2017-06 12/01/2018 98.64
2016-06 09/01/2017 97.17
2015-06 10/01/2016 92.22
2014-06 06/01/2016 95.05
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 09/01/2015 95.01
2013-06 10/01/2014 91.85
2012-06 08/01/2013 90.70
2011-06 06/01/2012 94.11
2010-06 09/20/2011 95.00
 
CN 1.0
2010-06 07/01/2011 99.00
2009-06 07/01/2010 98.95
2008-06 10/01/2009 99.10
2007-06 10/01/2008 99.00
2006-06 07/01/2007 99.02
2005-06 09/01/2006 89.02
2004-06 07/01/2005 87.32
2003-06 05/01/2004 74.23

The data displayed on this tab is provided by the IRS in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

EIN 36-3490557
Name in IRS Master File BIG SHOULDERS FUND
NTEE Code B12
NTEE Classification Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution
NTEE Type Educational Institutions and Related Activities
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (40) Scholarships (other)
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, 1987
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, 2017
  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
  • June, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$517,916 1.55% Joshua Hale President & CEO

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Big Shoulders Fund (IL) 100.00
Grand Island Public Schools Foundation (NE) 93.32
USMMA Alumni Association and Foundation (NY) 92.74
Fund for Public Schools (NY) 92.38
Boston Arts Academy Foundation (MA) 86.61

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Charity Contact Info

Big Shoulders Fund
212 West Van Buren
Suite 900
Chicago, IL 60607
tel: (312) 751-8337
fax: (312) 751-5235
EIN: 36-3490557

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Board Leadership

James J. O'Connor, John A. Canning, Jr. & Kenneth J. Velo
Co-Chairs

CEO

Joshua Hale
President and Chief Executive Officer

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