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 rating864 of 102166 of 82
Fund acquisition rating625 of 102445 of 82
Resource allocation rating587 of 102449 of 82
Asset utilization rating967 of 102176 of 82

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$111,238$287,986$142,999$72,985$41,156
Short-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$5,761,848$2,798,253$2,416,598$1,891,926$4,144,770
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$30,906,291$20,374,933$19,526,052$18,025,226$18,376,417
Other long-term assets$83,512$54,559$32,783$40,612$42,404
Total long-term assets$30,989,803$20,429,492$19,558,835$18,065,838$18,418,821
Total assets$36,751,651$23,227,745$21,975,433$19,957,764$22,563,591
Payables and accrued expenses$1,313,875$527,529$405,133$276,050$162,169
Other current liabilities$107,500$121,256$58,750$51,000$39,250
Total current liabilities$1,421,375$648,785$463,883$327,050$201,419
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term liabilities$8,553,706$2,323,701$2,413,292$2,819,838$7,352,781
Total liabilities$9,975,081$2,972,486$2,877,175$3,146,888$7,554,200
Net assets20202019201820172016
Without donor restrictions$23,064,428$16,334,467$2,964,448$2,773,277$2,340,199
With donor restrictions$3,712,142$3,920,792$16,133,810$14,037,599$12,669,192
Net assets$26,776,570$20,255,259$19,098,258$16,810,876$15,009,391
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Total contributions$15,887,541$10,462,498$10,268,299$9,257,397$8,472,992
Program service revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$0$0$0$0$0
Other revenue$394,854$93,999$137,194$81,765$167,343
Total other revenue$394,854$93,999$137,194$81,765$167,343
Total revenue$16,282,395$10,556,497$10,405,493$9,339,162$8,640,335
Program services$7,591,261$7,351,980$6,505,555$6,388,318$5,739,734
Management and general$960,753$898,016$642,861$425,209$403,045
Total expenses$9,761,084$9,399,496$8,118,111$7,537,677$6,784,718
Change in net assets20202019201820172016
Surplus (deficit)$6,521,311$1,157,001$2,287,382$1,801,485$1,855,617
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$6,521,311$1,157,001$2,287,382$1,801,485$1,855,617


Benjamin WatermanMng Dir,FundDvlpmt$123,813
Susannah Schwarcz YountSnr Dir,FundDvlpmt$116,129

Compensation data as of: 8/31/2020

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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.