Circle Urban Ministries

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Summary

Circle Urban Ministries' campus hosts programs to address poverty, housing, hunger, education, drug/alcohol dependency, medical and legal issues. Circle Urban Ministries is working to make the Austin community a better place to live, learn, grow and succeed. We take a four-pronged, asset-based approach to community development:
Inspire Children
Engage Partners
Empower Communities
Equip Families


Contact information

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

Website: www.circleurban.org

Phone: (773) 921-1446

Email: info@circleurban.org


Organization details

EIN: 363136997

CEO/President: James Borishade

Chairman: Kevin Viravec

Board size: 7

Founder:

Year founded: 1983

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 06/30

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1989


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.


Mission statement


Statement of faith

Transparency grade

C

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Community Development

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating741 of 94147 of 59
Fund acquisition rating905 of 94357 of 59
Resource allocation rating943 of 94359 of 59
Asset utilization rating58 of 9415 of 59

Financial ratios

Funding ratiosSector median20182017201620152014
Return on fundraising efforts Return on fundraising efforts =
Fundraising expense /
Total contributions
10%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
77%49%26%35%37%38%
Fundraising expense ratio Fundraising expense ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total expenses
7%11%12%6%10%11%
Other revenue reliance Other revenue reliance =
Total other revenue /
Total revenue
23%51%74%65%63%62%
 
Operating ratiosSector median20182017201620152014
Program expense ratio Program expense ratio =
Program services /
Total expenses
81%29%57%37%76%75%
Spending ratio Spending ratio =
Total expenses /
Total revenue
95%158%74%109%112%111%
Program output ratio Program output ratio =
Program services /
Total revenue
76%45%42%40%85%83%
Savings ratio Savings ratio =
Surplus (deficit) /
Total revenue
5%-58%26%-9%-12%-11%
Reserve accumulation rate Reserve accumulation rate =
Surplus (deficit) /
Net assets
5%-126%52%-23%-28%-21%
General and admin ratio General and admin ratio =
Management and general expense /
Total expenses
12%61%31%58%14%14%
 
Investing ratiosSector median20182017201620152014
Total asset turnover Total asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total assets
0.861.691.221.961.591.33
Degree of long-term investment Degree of long-term investment =
Total assets /
Total current assets
1.726.121.644.338.795.34
Current asset turnover Current asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total current assets
1.7510.342.018.4813.987.10
 
Liquidity ratiosSector median20182017201620152014
Current ratio Current ratio =
Total current assets /
Total current liabilities
7.290.565.041.210.330.51
Current liabilities ratio Current liabilities ratio =
Total current liabilities /
Total current assets
0.131.780.200.833.011.96
Liquid reserve level Liquid reserve level =
(Total current assets -
Total current liabilities) /
(Total expenses / 12)
4.82-0.904.800.25-1.73-1.63
 
Solvency ratiosSector median20182017201620152014
Liabilities ratio Liabilities ratio =
Total liabilities /
Total assets
14%51%18%33%39%37%
Debt ratio Debt ratio =
Debt /
Total assets
3%22%6%10%0%0%
Reserve coverage ratio Reserve coverage ratio =
Net assets /
Total expenses
85%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
Without donor restrictions$368,706$911,524$447,885$590,324$743,545
With donor restrictions$0$0$0$0$12,000
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)

Compensation

NameTitleCompensation
George WilsonExecutive Di$80,673

Compensation data as of: 6/30/2015


Response from ministry

No response has been provided by this ministry.


The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 8/23/2021. To update the information below, please email: info@ministrywatch.com


History

In the early 1970's the Austin community on Chicago's far west side was in the midst of major transition. The neighborhood's white residents were fleeing the area as African-Americans moved further west into Austin. Real estate values were plummeting, community services were disappearing, drugs and prostitution were becoming commonplace.

At the same time a group of twenty-something's from a racially diverse urban church were hearing the Lord call them to take some radical action. Called to live out their faith in a new way, they formed an intentional Christian community called the Austin Community Fellowship, shared resources, and a shared vision to impact a declining community with God's love. Circle Urban Ministries (originally Circle Community Center) was born after about a year after their arrival in Austin as an outreach arm of Circle Church Free Church (Pastor Clarence Mains). Glen Kehrein was hired to head up the operations at the Circle Community Center.

We began in 1974 in a storefront with a drop-in youth center. Soon joining Glen were professionals from the Austin Community Fellowship who started other arms of the ministry. A social worker opened a counseling center. A lawyer started a legal clinic. A doctor started a medical clinic. In 1975 Circle Church purchased a former Catholic rectory so that the fledgling ministry could have space to grow.

The ministry took a major step in 1983 when we joined in a faith-and-works partnership with newly planted Rock of our Salvation Evangelical Free Church.

Today, more than 40 years later, Circle has had a strong and widely felt impact on Austin for good and for God. With programs to address family needs, poverty, housing, hunger, education, drug/alcohol dependency, medical, and legal issues, we have seen God's love working through our hands and hearts impact thousands of lives.

The story of Circle Urban Ministries continues to be written...In addition to the programs and staff, our volunteer friends and partners have played a major role in Circle's impact on our community.


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