By The Hand Club For Kids

Summary

Chicago is known for its gun violence, poverty and failing educational system. It's also home for our amazing kids, who are breaking the cycle and becoming the ones to bring about the change our city so desperately needs. With locations strategically located throughout Chicago's most dangerous and under-resourced neighborhoods, By The Hand is serving kids where the need is greatest. By The Hand children face increased risk of violent crimes.

When you hear about Chicago, you rarely hear about the good. But our kids are becoming fearless crusaders, defenders of others and doers of good. They are sharing abundant life with their family, neighbors and classmates. They are The Solution our city needs.

Since By The Hand began in 2001, we have taken a holistic approach to providing the individual support every child needs-emphasizing the achievement of measurable goals for academic, physical and spiritual development.


Contact information

Mailing address:
By The Hand Club For Kids
PO Box 10043
Chicago, IL 60610

Website: bythehand.org

Phone: 773-413-0895

Email: info@bythehand.org


Organization details

EIN: 203144284

CEO/President: Donnita Travis

Chairman: Tom Sawyer

Board size: 11

Founder: Donnita Travis

Year founded: 2005

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 08/31

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 2007


Purpose

Helping children who live in under-resourced neighborhoods have abundant life.


Mission statement

By The Hand Club For Kids is a faith-based, after-school program that takes kids by the hand and walks with them through college, helping them have abundant life-mind, body and soul.


Statement of faith

1. We believe all Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness. We believe that the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are God's own written Word, given by the inspiration of God in the sense that the Holy Spirit guided holy men of old in their choice of the very words of the sacred writing; and that His divine inspiration is now in different degrees, but extends equally to all parts of these writings.

2. We believe in the only true God, who created all things, and upholds all things by the power of His Word, in whom we live and move and have our being. We believe that the Godhead eternally exists in three distinct persons, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit; and that these three are one God, having precisely the same nature, attributes and perfections, and worthy of precisely the same homage, confidence and obedience.

3. We believe that by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin. We believe that man, originally created in the image and after the likeness of God, fell into sin and totally lost all spiritual life, becoming dead in trespasses and sins, and subject to the power of the devil.

4. We believe that there is no other name under heaven whereby we must be saved than the name of Jesus Christ. We believe that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures; that He was buried, and that He rose again on the third day according to the Scriptures and sat down on the right hand of God, now to appear in the presence of God for us. We believe that Christ, in the fullness of the blessings He has secured by His obedience to death, is received by faith alone, and that the moment we trust Him as our substitute and therefore our Savior, we pass out of death into everlasting life, being justified from all things, accepted before the Father according to the measure of His acceptance, loved as He is loved, and being one with Him forever.

5. We believe in the imminent personal return of Christ for His church and His premillennial coming to establish His kingdom on earth, when Israel shall be restored to their own land, and the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord.

6. We believe that the Holy Spirit was given on the day of the Pentecost to unify all believers into one body, the church. His presence in the lives of believers is revealed by His fruit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. We believe that the Holy Spirit is the source and power of all acceptable worship and service, for which we were created, and is our abiding Comforter and Helper, that He never departs from the church nor from the feeblest of the saints, but is ever present to testify of Christ, seeking to occupy us with Him and not with ourselves.

STATEMENT OF FAITH 2.12

7. We believe that we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, remembering our responsibility to pray for all those in authority and to do good to all, especially those in the household of faith. We believe that we are called with a holy calling to walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit, and so to live in the Spirit that we should not fulfill the lusts of the flesh; but the flesh being still in us to the end of our earthly pilgrimage, needs to be kept constantly in subjection to Christ, or it will surely manifest its presence to the dishonor of His name.

8. We believe that the church is composed of all those who are united by the Holy Spirit to the risen and ascended Son of God, and that by that same Spirit we are all baptized into one body, and are responsible in good conscience to keep that unity of the Spirit, loving one another with a pure heart, fervently. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ who is the Head over all the church, commanded His people to observe two ordinances, neither of which are a means of salvation but are an evidence of obedience and fellowship with Jesus. In neither of them has the unbeliever any part. Jesus commanded us to teach all nations, baptizing believers in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, and to observe the Lord's Supper therefore proclaiming His death until He comes.

Transparency grade

A

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Community Development

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating672 of 77528 of 33
Fund acquisition rating547 of 77621 of 33
Resource allocation rating420 of 77618 of 33
Asset utilization rating738 of 77532 of 33

Financial ratios

Funding ratiosSector median20192018201720162015
Return on fundraising efforts Return on fundraising efforts =
Fundraising expense /
Total contributions
11%11%9%8%8%6%
Fundraising cost ratio Fundraising cost ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total revenue
6%11%9%8%7%6%
Contributions reliance Contributions reliance =
Total contributions /
Total revenue
88%99%99%99%98%100%
Fundraising expense ratio Fundraising expense ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total expenses
7%12%12%10%9%10%
Other revenue reliance Other revenue reliance =
Total other revenue /
Total revenue
12%1%1%1%2%0%
 
Operating ratiosSector median20192018201720162015
Program expense ratio Program expense ratio =
Program services /
Total expenses
78%78%80%85%85%81%
Spending ratio Spending ratio =
Total expenses /
Total revenue
99%89%78%81%79%62%
Program output ratio Program output ratio =
Program services /
Total revenue
78%70%63%68%66%50%
Savings ratio Savings ratio =
Surplus (deficit) /
Total revenue
1%11%22%19%21%38%
Reserve accumulation rate Reserve accumulation rate =
Surplus (deficit) /
Net assets
0%6%12%11%12%26%
General and admin ratio General and admin ratio =
Management and general expense /
Total expenses
12%10%8%6%6%9%
 
Investing ratiosSector median20192018201720162015
Total asset turnover Total asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total assets
0.860.400.370.380.300.27
Degree of long-term investment Degree of long-term investment =
Total assets /
Total current assets
1.968.309.0910.555.449.14
Current asset turnover Current asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total current assets
1.993.363.363.981.642.46
 
Liquidity ratiosSector median20192018201720162015
Current ratio Current ratio =
Total current assets /
Total current liabilities
9.584.315.215.7820.580.78
Current liabilities ratio Current liabilities ratio =
Total current liabilities /
Total current assets
0.100.230.190.170.051.28
Liquid reserve level Liquid reserve level =
(Total current assets -
Total current liabilities) /
(Total expenses / 12)
4.782.742.892.496.97-1.37
 
Solvency ratiosSector median20192018201720162015
Liabilities ratio Liabilities ratio =
Total liabilities /
Total assets
9%13%13%16%33%37%
Debt ratio Debt ratio =
Debt /
Total assets
0%10%11%14%33%23%
Reserve coverage ratio Reserve coverage ratio =
Net assets /
Total expenses
84%215%235%223%221%236%

Financials

Balance sheet
 
Assets20192018201720162015
Cash$2,510,267$2,273,599$1,818,941$4,103,614$2,096,401
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$287,986$142,999$72,985$41,156$174,343
Short-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$2,798,253$2,416,598$1,891,926$4,144,770$2,270,744
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$20,374,933$19,526,052$18,025,226$18,376,417$18,419,855
Other long-term assets$54,559$32,783$40,612$42,404$66,658
Total long-term assets$20,429,492$19,558,835$18,065,838$18,418,821$18,486,513
Total assets$23,227,745$21,975,433$19,957,764$22,563,591$20,757,257
 
Liabilities20192018201720162015
Payables and accrued expenses$527,529$405,133$276,050$162,169$2,887,453
Other current liabilities$121,256$58,750$51,000$39,250$22,500
Total current liabilities$648,785$463,883$327,050$201,419$2,909,953
Debt$2,323,701$2,413,292$2,819,838$7,352,781$4,693,530
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term liabilities$2,323,701$2,413,292$2,819,838$7,352,781$4,693,530
Total liabilities$2,972,486$2,877,175$3,146,888$7,554,200$7,603,483
 
Net assets20192018201720162015
Unrestricted$16,334,467$2,964,448$2,773,277$2,340,199$2,296,150
Temporarily restricted$3,920,792$16,133,810$14,037,599$12,669,192$10,857,624
Permanently restricted$0$0$0$0$0
Net assets$20,255,259$19,098,258$16,810,876$15,009,391$13,153,774
 
Revenues and expenses
 
Revenue20192018201720162015
Total contributions$10,462,498$10,268,299$9,257,397$8,472,992$8,934,526
Program service revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$0$0$0$0$5,122
Other revenue$93,999$137,194$81,765$167,343$11,715
Total other revenue$93,999$137,194$81,765$167,343$16,837
Total revenue$10,556,497$10,405,493$9,339,162$8,640,335$8,951,363
 
Expenses20192018201720162015
Program services$7,351,980$6,505,555$6,388,318$5,739,734$4,497,281
Management and general$898,016$642,861$425,209$403,045$510,231
Fundraising$1,149,500$969,695$724,150$641,939$576,023
Total expenses$9,399,496$8,118,111$7,537,677$6,784,718$5,583,535
 
Change in net assets20192018201720162015
Surplus (deficit)$1,157,001$2,287,382$1,801,485$1,855,617$3,367,828
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$1,157,001$2,287,382$1,801,485$1,855,617$3,367,828

Compensation

NameTitleCompensation
Benjamin WatermanMng Dir,FundDvlpmt$113,997
Susannah Schwarcz YountSnr Dir,FundDvlpmt$113,003

Compensation data as of: 8/31/2019


Response from ministry

No response has been provided by this ministry.


History

By The Hand began in 2001 with 16 children from Cabrini-Green. Since then, we have witnessed transformation within the lives of our kids-and as an organization. Thanks to the many people who help make The Solution possible, we now serve more than 1,600 kids from Cabrini-Green, Altgeld-Murray, Austin and Englewood, with property in North Austin to begin serving there.


Program accomplishments

Highlights from most recent school year:

71% of high school graduates enrolled in college

100% of students received daily warm and nutritious meals

82% of students professed faith in Jesus


Needs

You can play a life-changing role for the kids in Chicago's under-resourced neighborhoods. When you help our kids become the solution, you help them rise above violence and poverty. You help them have new and abundant life.