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:

Ruling year: 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

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Transparency grade

A

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Community Development

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating865 of 102264 of 76
Fund acquisition rating858 of 102462 of 76
Resource allocation rating1022 of 102476 of 76
Asset utilization rating288 of 102225 of 76

This ministry has a negative net worth, making it impossible to assign it a valid financial efficiency rating.


Financial ratios

Funding ratiosSector median20202019201820172016
Return on fundraising efforts Return on fundraising efforts =
Fundraising expense /
Total contributions
9%24%11%34%35%18%
Fundraising cost ratio Fundraising cost ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total revenue
6%8%6%17%9%6%
Contributions reliance Contributions reliance =
Total contributions /
Total revenue
78%35%61%49%26%35%
Fundraising expense ratio Fundraising expense ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total expenses
6%6%5%11%12%6%
Other revenue reliance Other revenue reliance =
Total other revenue /
Total revenue
22%65%39%51%74%65%
 
Operating ratiosSector median20202019201820172016
Program expense ratio Program expense ratio =
Program services /
Total expenses
79%48%31%29%57%37%
Spending ratio Spending ratio =
Total expenses /
Total revenue
92%134%121%158%74%109%
Program output ratio Program output ratio =
Program services /
Total revenue
73%64%37%45%42%40%
Savings ratio Savings ratio =
Surplus (deficit) /
Total revenue
8%-34%-21%-58%26%-9%
Reserve accumulation rate Reserve accumulation rate =
Surplus (deficit) /
Net assets
10%197%-69%-126%52%-23%
General and admin ratio General and admin ratio =
Management and general expense /
Total expenses
12%46%64%61%31%58%
 
Investing ratiosSector median20202019201820172016
Total asset turnover Total asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total assets
0.811.021.171.691.221.96
Degree of long-term investment Degree of long-term investment =
Total assets /
Total current assets
2.042.773.896.121.644.33
Current asset turnover Current asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total current assets
1.732.834.5610.342.018.48
 
Liquidity ratiosSector median20202019201820172016
Current ratio Current ratio =
Total current assets /
Total current liabilities
11.121.940.720.565.041.21
Current liabilities ratio Current liabilities ratio =
Total current liabilities /
Total current assets
0.080.521.391.780.200.83
Liquid reserve level Liquid reserve level =
(Total current assets -
Total current liabilities) /
(Total expenses / 12)
5.932.05-1.02-0.904.800.25
 
Solvency ratiosSector median20202019201820172016
Liabilities ratio Liabilities ratio =
Total liabilities /
Total assets
12%113%71%51%18%33%
Debt ratio Debt ratio =
Debt /
Total assets
3%94%35%22%6%10%
Reserve coverage ratio Reserve coverage ratio =
Net assets /
Total expenses
97%-13%25%29%67%34%

Financials

Balance sheet
 
Assets20202019201820172016
Cash$498,152$186,608$89,244$335,518$102,208
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$2,912$50,852$34,040$345,084$51,429
Short-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$501,064$237,460$123,284$680,602$153,637
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$688,257$432,361$366,678$402,466$451,466
Other long-term assets$196,798$254,811$264,488$32,866$60,260
Total long-term assets$885,055$687,172$631,166$435,332$511,726
Total assets$1,386,119$924,632$754,450$1,115,934$665,363
 
Liabilities20202019201820172016
Payables and accrued expenses$258,503$329,095$219,394$135,070$126,780
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$258,503$329,095$219,394$135,070$126,780
Debt$1,307,946$328,150$166,350$69,340$66,772
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$0$0$0$0$23,926
Total long-term liabilities$1,307,946$328,150$166,350$69,340$90,698
Total liabilities$1,566,449$657,245$385,744$204,410$217,478
 
Net assets20202019201820172016
Without donor restrictions($180,330)$267,387$368,706$911,524$447,885
With donor restrictions$0$0$0$0$0
Net assets($180,330)$267,387$368,706$911,524$447,885
 
Revenues and expenses
 
Revenue20202019201820172016
Total contributions$369,711$548,747$392,275$486,869$422,342
Program service revenue$337,351$377,228$403,723$584,602$741,426
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$0$0$0$745,908$73
Other revenue$354,066($29,316)$12,484$24,436$34,977
Total other revenue$691,417$347,912$416,207$1,354,946$776,476
Total revenue$1,061,128$896,659$808,482$1,841,815$1,198,818
 
Expenses20202019201820172016
Program services$683,385$335,440$365,864$773,079$477,026
Management and general$645,333$687,990$774,153$421,349$750,362
Fundraising$87,973$58,206$134,391$170,296$75,875
Total expenses$1,416,691$1,081,636$1,274,408$1,364,724$1,303,263
 
Change in net assets20202019201820172016
Surplus (deficit)($355,563)($184,977)($465,926)$477,091($104,445)
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets($355,563)($184,977)($465,926)$477,091($104,445)

Compensation

NameTitleCompensation
George WilsonExecutive Di$80,673

Compensation data as of: 6/30/2015


Response from ministry

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The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 3/28/2022. 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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