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

Transparency grade

A

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Community Development

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating482 of 58617 of 24
Fund acquisition rating561 of 58624 of 24
Resource allocation rating584 of 58624 of 24
Asset utilization rating91 of 5863 of 24

Financial ratios

Funding ratiosMedian % for
all ministries in
MW database
20182017201620152014
Return on fundraising efforts Return on fundraising efforts =
Fundraising expense /
Total contributions
8%34%35%18%30%32%
Fundraising cost ratio Fundraising cost ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total revenue
6%17%9%6%11%12%
Contributions reliance Contributions reliance =
Total contributions /
Total revenue
94%49%26%35%37%38%
Fundraising expense ratio Fundraising expense ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total expenses
6%11%12%6%10%11%
Other revenue reliance Other revenue reliance =
Total other revenue /
Total revenue
6%51%74%65%63%62%
 
Operating ratiosMedian % for
all ministries in
MW database
20182017201620152014
Program expense ratio Program expense ratio =
Program services /
Total expenses
82%29%57%37%76%75%
Spending ratio Spending ratio =
Total expenses /
Total revenue
98%158%74%109%112%111%
Program output ratio Program output ratio =
Program services /
Total revenue
80%45%42%40%85%83%
Savings ratio Savings ratio =
Surplus (deficit) /
Total revenue
2%-58%26%-9%-12%-11%
Reserve accumulation rate Reserve accumulation rate =
Surplus (deficit) /
Net assets
2%-126%52%-23%-28%-21%
General and admin ratio General and admin ratio =
Management and general expense /
Total expenses
11%61%31%58%14%14%
 
Investing ratiosMedian measure
for all ministries
in MW database
20182017201620152014
Total asset turnover Total asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total assets
1.071.691.221.961.591.33
Degree of long-term investment Degree of long-term investment =
Total assets /
Total current assets
1.696.121.644.338.795.34
Current asset turnover Current asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total current assets
2.1810.342.018.4813.987.10
 
Liquidity ratiosMedian measure
for all ministries
in MW database
20182017201620152014
Current ratio Current ratio =
Total current assets /
Total current liabilities
8.790.565.041.210.330.51
Current liabilities ratio Current liabilities ratio =
Total current liabilities /
Total current assets
0.111.780.200.833.011.96
Liquid reserve level Liquid reserve level =
(Total current assets -
Total current liabilities) /
(Total expenses / 12)
4.71-0.904.800.25-1.73-1.63
 
Solvency ratiosMedian % for
all ministries in
MW database
20182017201620152014
Liabilities ratio Liabilities ratio =
Total liabilities /
Total assets
10%51%18%33%39%37%
Debt ratio Debt ratio =
Debt /
Total assets
0%22%6%10%0%0%
Reserve coverage ratio Reserve coverage ratio =
Net assets /
Total expenses
75%29%67%34%38%48%

Financials

Balance sheet
 
Assets20182017201620152014
Cash$89,244$335,518$102,208$85,721$149,843
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$34,040$345,084$51,429$24,421$74,040
Short-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$123,284$680,602$153,637$110,142$223,883
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$366,678$402,466$451,466$857,432$971,169
Other long-term assets$264,488$32,866$60,260$500$0
Total long-term assets$631,166$435,332$511,726$857,932$971,169
Total assets$754,450$1,115,934$665,363$968,074$1,195,052
 
Liabilities20182017201620152014
Payables and accrued expenses$219,394$135,070$126,780$161,165$183,439
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$170,712$256,068
Total current liabilities$219,394$135,070$126,780$331,877$439,507
Debt$166,350$69,340$66,772$0$0
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$0$0$23,926$45,873$0
Total long-term liabilities$166,350$69,340$90,698$45,873$0
Total liabilities$385,744$204,410$217,478$377,750$439,507
 
Net assets20182017201620152014
Unrestricted$368,706$911,524$447,885$590,324$743,545
Temporarily restricted$0$0$0$0$12,000
Permanently restricted$0$0$0$0$0
Net assets$368,706$911,524$447,885$590,324$755,545
 
Revenues and expenses
 
Revenue20182017201620152014
Total contributions$392,275$486,869$422,342$513,401$549,593
Program service revenue$403,723$584,602$741,426$854,399$870,726
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$0$745,908$73$387$571
Other revenue$12,484$24,436$34,977$6,118$9,677
Total other revenue$416,207$1,354,946$776,476$860,904$880,974
Total revenue$808,482$1,841,815$1,198,818$1,374,305$1,430,567
 
Expenses20182017201620152014
Program services$365,864$773,079$477,026$1,169,799$1,188,288
Management and general$774,153$421,349$750,362$215,517$222,875
Fundraising$134,391$170,296$75,875$154,210$178,044
Total expenses$1,274,408$1,364,724$1,303,263$1,539,526$1,589,207
 
Change in net assets20182017201620152014
Surplus (deficit)($465,926)$477,091($104,445)($165,221)($158,640)
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets($465,926)$477,091($104,445)($165,221)($158,640)

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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