By The Hand Club For Kids

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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: 13

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

1. We believe all Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness. We believe that the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are God's own written Word, given by the inspiration of God in the sense that the Holy Spirit guided holy men of old in their choice of the very words of the sacred writing; and that His divine inspiration is now in different degrees, but extends equally to all parts of these writings.

2. We believe in the only true God, who created all things, and upholds all things by the power of His Word, in whom we live and move and have our being. We believe that the Godhead eternally exists in three distinct persons, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit; and that these three are one God, having precisely the same nature, attributes and perfections, and worthy of precisely the same homage, confidence and obedience.

3. We believe that by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin. We believe that man, originally created in the image and after the likeness of God, fell into sin and totally lost all spiritual life, becoming dead in trespasses and sins, and subject to the power of the devil.

4. We believe that there is no other name under heaven whereby we must be saved than the name of Jesus Christ. We believe that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures; that He was buried, and that He rose again on the third day according to the Scriptures and sat down on the right hand of God, now to appear in the presence of God for us. We believe that Christ, in the fullness of the blessings He has secured by His obedience to death, is received by faith alone, and that the moment we trust Him as our substitute and therefore our Savior, we pass out of death into everlasting life, being justified from all things, accepted before the Father according to the measure of His acceptance, loved as He is loved, and being one with Him forever.

5. We believe in the imminent personal return of Christ for His church and His premillennial coming to establish His kingdom on earth, when Israel shall be restored to their own land, and the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord.

6. We believe that the Holy Spirit was given on the day of the Pentecost to unify all believers into one body, the church. His presence in the lives of believers is revealed by His fruit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. We believe that the Holy Spirit is the source and power of all acceptable worship and service, for which we were created, and is our abiding Comforter and Helper, that He never departs from the church nor from the feeblest of the saints, but is ever present to testify of Christ, seeking to occupy us with Him and not with ourselves.

7. We believe that we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, remembering our responsibility to pray for all those in authority and to do good to all, especially those in the household of faith. We believe that we are called with a holy calling to walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit, and so to live in the Spirit that we should not fulfill the lusts of the flesh; but the flesh being still in us to the end of our earthly pilgrimage, needs to be kept constantly in subjection to Christ, or it will surely manifest its presence to the dishonor of His name.

8. We believe that the church is composed of all those who are united by the Holy Spirit to the risen and ascended Son of God, and that by that same Spirit we are all baptized into one body, and are responsible in good conscience to keep that unity of the Spirit, loving one another with a pure heart, fervently. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ who is the Head over all the church, commanded His people to observe two ordinances, neither of which are a means of salvation but are an evidence of obedience and fellowship with Jesus. In neither of them has the unbeliever any part. Jesus commanded us to teach all nations, baptizing believers in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, and to observe the Lord's Supper therefore proclaiming His death until He comes.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Community Development

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating869 of 103362 of 79
Fund acquisition rating614 of 103540 of 79
Resource allocation rating593 of 103546 of 79
Asset utilization rating985 of 103374 of 79

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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
Revenues and expenses
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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The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 4/27/2022. To update the information below, please email: [email protected]


By The Hand began in 2001 with 16 kids from Cabrini-Green-one of the nation's largest housing projects. To serve more kids across the city-those with the greatest need-we have grown to five locations in four of Chicago's most dangerous, under-resourced and marginalized neighborhoods. Today, By The Hand serves more than 1,700 kids and plans to serve nearly 2,000 kids by 2022.

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You can play a life-changing role for the kids in Chicago's under-resourced neighborhoods. When you help our kids become the solution, you help them rise above violence and poverty. You help them have new and abundant life.