Union League Boys & Girls Clubs

Great Futures Start Here.

Chicago, IL   |  https://www.ulbgc.org

Mission

The mission of Union League Boys & Girls Clubs is to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, responsible, and caring citizens.

Ruling year info

1950

President & CEO

Mary Ann Mahon Huels

Main address

65 W Jackson Blvd

Chicago, IL 60604 USA

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EIN

36-2167939

NTEE code info

Boys and Girls Clubs (Combined) (O23)

IRS filing requirement

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Programs and results

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Academic Success

At Union League Boys & Girls Clubs, we understand that education is a major determinant of one's future success. We take a multi-faceted approach to academic excellence, helping our youth build their skills in the classroom and beyond. Our academic success programs include Ross Dress for Less Power Hour, Summer Brain Gain, Science Club and IT Entrepreneurship, as well as programs focusing on arts, creative expression, and even robotics.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
At-risk youth
Low-income people

The foundation for a great future relies heavily on the lifestyles we live. At Union League Boys & Girls Clubs, we believe in giving our youth the tools to build a healthy life, from the meals they eat, the activities in which they partake, to the habits they form, At Union League Boys & Girls Clubs, we ensure youth at our 19 sites receive warm, nourishing meals each day to keep their bellies full and minds sharp. Furthermore, we emphasize our athletics programs such as Building Bridges through Basketball with Jr. NBA, RBI Play Ball with the MLB, and our dance program with the Ruth Page Center for the Arts. Emphasizing healthy choices and mental health as well, we offer Triple Play: Nourishing Mind, Body, and Spirit, as well as virtual peace circles to help our youth tackle their most pressing mental health needs.

Population(s) Served

Every member that walks into Union League Boys & Girls Clubs has unlimited potential to serve as a responsible, active citizen who nurtures the community in which they live. Our members have the opportunity to participate in a variety of programs focused on leadership, civic engagement, and making our communities a better place. Signature programs include Passport to Manhood and SMART Girls, helping our young members develop into responsible adults by making healthy choices; Keystone and Torch Clubs, our leadership groups; and critical mentorship opportunities to ensure our members have guidance they need from trusted adults.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

External assessments

Evaluated via the Impact Genome Project (2019)

Affiliations & memberships

Boys & Girls Clubs of America 1920

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Average daily attendance

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adolescents, Children

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

2020-reflects covid capacity changes

Number of participants engaged in programs

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

2020 - Covid capacity numbers reflected

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our Strategic Goals
Establish programming models for the Club Experience that supports high-quality youth development and drives youth outcomes.
Become a leader in measuring outcomes consistently and credibly and deliver a high return on investment for stakeholders.
Increase organizational capabilities by building strong engaged Board leaders, professional staff, and program volunteers.
Build the collective brand and fundraising capacity through strong community partnerships.
Engage in advocacy to build awareness and understanding of the importance of out-of-school time and youth development, as economic, moral, and national imperatives.
Strategically grow the footprint in the Chicago market by serving more youth, teens, and families, more often with a focus on outcomes.

1. ACHIEVE 75% OF MEMBERS RECEIVING OCE
Establish programming models for the Club Experience that supports high-quality youth development and drives youth outcomes.
2. MEASURE OUTCOMES
Become a leader in measuring outcomes consistently and credibly and deliver a high return on investment for stakeholders.
3. BUILD STRONG STAFF, BOARD & VOLUNTEERS
Increase organizational capabilities by building strong engaged board leaders, professional staff, and program volunteers.
4. BUILD FUNDRAISING CAPACITY THROUGH STRONG PARTNERSHIPS
Build the collective brand and fundraising capacity through strong community partnerships.
5. ADVOCATE FOR YOUTH DEVELOPMENT
Engage in advocacy to build awareness and understanding of the importance of out-of-school time and youth development, as economic, moral, and national imperatives.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Youth from ages 6-18 in the Chicago community.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Union League Boys & Girls Clubs

Board of directors
as of 01/18/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Cynthia Doloughty

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 8/6/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 09/17/2021

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.