By The Hand Club For Kids

The information on this page was last updated 2/6/2023. If you see errors or omissions, please email: [email protected]


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


Phone: 773-413-0895

Email: [email protected]

Organization details

EIN: 203144284

CEO/President: Donnita Travis

Chairman: Tom Sawyer

Board size: 14

Founder: Donnita Travis

Ruling year: 2005

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 08/31

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 2007


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

Mission statement

By The Hand is a Christ-centered, after-school program that takes kids by the hand and walks with them from kindergarten through college, loving and nurturing them-mind, body and soul.

Statement of faith

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Community Development

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating1032 of 1102112 of 122
Fund acquisition rating814 of 110379 of 122
Resource allocation rating822 of 110396 of 122
Asset utilization rating1076 of 1102116 of 122

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$260,245$165,204$111,238$287,986$142,999
Short-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$8,670,151$5,021,608$5,761,848$2,798,253$2,416,598
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$29,451,263$34,141,554$30,906,291$20,374,933$19,526,052
Other long-term assets$17,993,891$56,960$83,512$54,559$32,783
Total long-term assets$47,445,154$34,198,514$30,989,803$20,429,492$19,558,835
Total assets$56,115,305$39,220,122$36,751,651$23,227,745$21,975,433
Payables and accrued expenses$625,095$477,965$1,313,875$527,529$405,133
Other current liabilities$145,735$126,100$107,500$121,256$58,750
Total current liabilities$770,830$604,065$1,421,375$648,785$463,883
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term liabilities$16,598,694$2,161,378$8,553,706$2,323,701$2,413,292
Total liabilities$17,369,524$2,765,443$9,975,081$2,972,486$2,877,175
Net assets20222021202020192018
Without donor restrictions$35,634,401$29,373,629$23,064,428$16,334,467$2,964,448
With donor restrictions$3,111,380$7,081,050$3,712,142$3,920,792$16,133,810
Net assets$38,745,781$36,454,679$26,776,570$20,255,259$19,098,258
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Total contributions$19,228,890$19,592,317$15,887,541$10,462,498$10,268,299
Program service revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$152,353$0$0$0$0
Other revenue$630,456$689,448$394,854$93,999$137,194
Total other revenue$782,809$689,448$394,854$93,999$137,194
Total revenue$20,011,699$20,281,765$16,282,395$10,556,497$10,405,493
Program services$8,640,846$8,110,614$7,591,261$7,351,980$6,505,555
Management and general$1,627,905$1,029,661$960,753$898,016$642,861
Total expenses$11,969,510$10,603,656$9,761,084$9,399,496$8,118,111
Change in net assets20222021202020192018
Surplus (deficit)$8,042,189$9,678,109$6,521,311$1,157,001$2,287,382
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$8,042,189$9,678,109$6,521,311$1,157,001$2,287,382


Benjamin WatermanMng Dir,FundDvlpmt$126,294
Nancy GoodDir,FundDvlpmt$106,486
Roy PattersonDirector$1,200
Travis SmithAssistnt Scrtry$200

Compensation data as of: 8/31/2022

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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 within our organization. Thanks to the countless people who started with one step, one gift, one prayer, one student, we now serve more than more than 1,700 kids from Cabrini-Green, Altgeld-Murray, Austin and Englewood, with property in North Austin to begin serving there.

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Program accomplishments


As you give to By The Hand, you empower our students to read at grade level-the number one predictor of academic success-granting them the ability to thrive. You help them learn at an accelerated rate-with personalized academic support and technology-enabled instruction. You help them enroll and excel at Chicago's best and most competitive high schools. And eventually, become college graduates.