Circle Urban Ministries

Summary

Circle Urban Ministries, Inc. ("CRCL") is an Illinois based organization that was incorporated in 1981. Its stated purpose is to provide quality professional services in a Christian environment by developing and fostering Christian service programs committed to assisting low income individuals and families primarily on the West side of Chicago. CRCL operates primarily on contributions and grants. The programs currently offered by CRCL include providing food, clothing, shelter and emergency care; counseling and job training for the unemployed; youth leadership development, education and evangelism, economic development, and a small elementary preparatory school for kindergarten through fourth grade. CRCL includes Circle Christian Development Corporation ("CCDC") and its wholly owned subsidiary, Austin Real Estate and Investment Corporation ("AREIC"), and Circle Automotive Industries, Inc. ("CAI"). CCDC, a nonprofit corporation, is the owner, general partner and manager of certain inner city ministry-related properties through AREIC. CCDC's purpose is to develop rental properties for low and moderate-income tenants. CAI provides job training assistance to Chicago's Austin community residents. This organization is a nonprofit. Contributions to it are fully tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. This ministry is a member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA).


Contact information

Mailing address:
118 N Central Ave.
Chicago, IL 60644-3199

Website: www.circleurban.org

Phone: (773) 921-1446

Email: askcircle@aol.com


Organization details

EIN: 363136997

CEO/President: Rev. Abraham L. Washington

Chairman: Ms Ellen Turner

Board size: 7

Founder:

Year founded: 1974

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 06/30

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1998


Purpose

Circle Urban Ministries, Inc. ("CRCL") is an Illinois based organization that was incorporated in 1981. Its stated purpose is to provide quality professional services in a Christian environment by developing and fostering Christian service programs committed to assisting low income individuals and families primarily on the West side of Chicago.

CRCL operates primarily on contributions and grants. The programs currently offered by CRCL include providing food, clothing, shelter and emergency care; counseling and job training for the unemployed; youth leadership development, education and evangelism, economic development, and a small elementary preparatory school for kindergarten through fourth grade.

CRCL includes Circle Christian Development Corporation ("CCDC") and its wholly owned subsidiary, Austin Real Estate and Investment Corporation ("AREIC"), and Circle Automotive Industries, Inc. ("CAI"). CCDC, a nonprofit corporation, is the owner, general partner and manager of certain inner city ministry-related properties through AREIC. CCDC's purpose is to develop rental properties for low and moderate-income tenants. CAI provides job training assistance to Chicago's Austin community residents. This organization is a nonprofit. Contributions to it are fully tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. This ministry is a member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA).


Mission statement


Statement of faith

Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Community Development

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating387 of 42320 of 23
Fund acquisition rating369 of 42319 of 23
Resource allocation rating402 of 42323 of 23
Asset utilization rating232 of 4239 of 23

Financial ratios

Funding ratiosMedian % for
all ministries in
MW database
20172016201520142013
Return on fundraising efforts Return on fundraising efforts =
Fundraising expense /
Total contributions
7%35%18%30%32%26%
Fundraising cost ratio Fundraising cost ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total revenue
6%9%6%11%12%13%
Contributions reliance Contributions reliance =
Total contributions /
Total revenue
95%26%35%37%38%48%
Fundraising expense ratio Fundraising expense ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total expenses
6%12%6%10%11%11%
Other revenue reliance Other revenue reliance =
Total other revenue /
Total revenue
5%74%65%63%62%52%
 
Operating ratiosMedian % for
all ministries in
MW database
20172016201520142013
Program expense ratio Program expense ratio =
Program services /
Total expenses
83%57%37%76%75%77%
Spending ratio Spending ratio =
Total expenses /
Total revenue
99%74%109%112%111%119%
Program output ratio Program output ratio =
Program services /
Total revenue
81%42%40%85%83%92%
Savings ratio Savings ratio =
Surplus (deficit) /
Total revenue
1%26%-9%-12%-11%-19%
Reserve accumulation rate Reserve accumulation rate =
Surplus (deficit) /
Net assets
3%52%-23%-28%-21%-26%
General and admin ratio General and admin ratio =
Management and general expense /
Total expenses
10%31%58%14%14%12%
 
Investing ratiosMedian measure
for all ministries
in MW database
20172016201520142013
Total asset turnover Total asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total assets
1.301.221.961.591.331.10
Degree of long-term investment Degree of long-term investment =
Total assets /
Total current assets
1.541.644.338.795.345.81
Current asset turnover Current asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total current assets
2.542.018.4813.987.106.39
 
Liquidity ratiosMedian measure
for all ministries
in MW database
20172016201520142013
Current ratio Current ratio =
Total current assets /
Total current liabilities
8.965.041.210.330.510.56
Current liabilities ratio Current liabilities ratio =
Total current liabilities /
Total current assets
0.110.200.833.011.961.79
Liquid reserve level Liquid reserve level =
(Total current assets -
Total current liabilities) /
(Total expenses / 12)
4.074.800.25-1.73-1.63-1.48
 
Solvency ratiosMedian % for
all ministries in
MW database
20172016201520142013
Liabilities ratio Liabilities ratio =
Total liabilities /
Total assets
10%18%33%39%37%31%
Debt ratio Debt ratio =
Debt /
Total assets
0%6%10%0%0%0%
Reserve coverage ratio Reserve coverage ratio =
Net assets /
Total expenses
63%67%34%38%48%63%

Financials

Balance sheet
 
Assets20172016201520142013
Cash$335,518$102,208$85,721$149,843$211,073
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$345,084$51,429$24,421$74,040$16,357
Short-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$680,602$153,637$110,142$223,883$227,430
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$402,466$451,466$857,432$971,169$1,093,722
Other long-term assets$32,866$60,260$500$0$0
Total long-term assets$435,332$511,726$857,932$971,169$1,093,722
Total assets$1,115,934$665,363$968,074$1,195,052$1,321,152
 
Liabilities20172016201520142013
Payables and accrued expenses$135,070$126,780$161,165$183,439$65,543
Other current liabilities$0$0$170,712$256,068$341,424
Total current liabilities$135,070$126,780$331,877$439,507$406,967
Debt$69,340$66,772$0$0$0
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$0$23,926$45,873$0$0
Total long-term liabilities$69,340$90,698$45,873$0$0
Total liabilities$204,410$217,478$377,750$439,507$406,967
 
Net assets20172016201520142013
Unrestricted$911,524$447,885$590,324$743,545$895,944
Temporarily restricted$0$0$0$12,000$18,241
Permanently restricted$0$0$0$0$0
Net assets$911,524$447,885$590,324$755,545$914,185
 
Revenues and expenses
 
Revenue20172016201520142013
Total contributions$486,869$422,342$513,401$549,593$588,615
Program service revenue$584,602$741,426$854,399$870,726$625,069
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$745,908$73$387$571$440
Other revenue$24,436$34,977$6,118$9,677$5,466
Total other revenue$1,354,946$776,476$860,904$880,974$630,975
Total revenue$1,841,815$1,198,818$1,374,305$1,430,567$1,219,590
 
Expenses20172016201520142013
Program services$773,079$477,026$1,169,799$1,188,288$1,126,581
Management and general$421,349$750,362$215,517$222,875$171,878
Fundraising$170,296$75,875$154,210$178,044$155,809
Total expenses$1,364,724$1,303,263$1,539,526$1,589,207$1,454,268
 
Change in net assets20172016201520142013
Surplus (deficit)$477,091($104,445)($165,221)($158,640)($234,678)
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$477,091($104,445)($165,221)($158,640)($234,678)

Response from ministry

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History


Program accomplishments

In 1998, Circle Family Care ("CFC") doctors saw 3500 patients at their clinic, made over 70 home and nursing home visits and over 1400 hospital visits. 4389 families (9903 people) went home with bags of food from CRCL. Over 120 youth and children participated in CRCL's after-school program and summer day camp. 102 children, grades K-3, were taught at Circle-Rock Preparatory School. CRCL chaplains counseled 36 families, made 200 hospital visits and introduced 390 people to Christ. 20 children who were behind in skills received one-on-one tutoring, with each of those children advancing through to the next grade level. 40 families (237 family members) found a home and a place to "spread their wings" in CRCL's "Eagle Nest" shelter. 28 adult learners progressed through various levels of literacy up from 12 students at the beginning of the year.


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