Meals On Wheels Foundation Of Northern Illinois

Providing meals and resources to older adults and persons with disabilities.

North RIverside, IL   |
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Meals On Wheels Foundation Of Northern Illinois

EIN: 36-4461669


The Meals on Wheels Foundation of Northern Illinois provides philanthropic support for the Community Nutrition Network, allowing it to provide meals and resources to older Americans and people with disabilities, assisting them in leading active healthy lives.

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Lauren Doherty

Main address

7222 W Cermak Road Suite 302

North RIverside, IL 60546 USA

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Formerly known as

Meals on Wheels Foundation of Cook County



Subject area info


Food delivery

Dining services

Senior services

Population served info


Low-income people

People with disabilities

People with physical disabilities

NTEE code info

Meals on Wheels (K36)

Congregate Meals (K34)

Nutrition Programs (K40)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

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Our programs

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Meals on Wheels Foundation of Northern Illinois

The Meals on Wheels program delivers meals to home bound older adults in suburban Cook, Kendall and Grundy counties. The congregate dining programs provide meals to active older adults in a cafe setting.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities

For those who are immobile or not mobile enough to get to sources of food or who have no means of transportation, hot nutritious meals are delivered by volunteers during the week. Self-stable emergency meals to be used when severe weather makes delivery impossible, weekend, and evening meals are provided by trained volunteers who also conduct a daily wellness check and summon help when needed.

Population(s) Served
People with physical disabilities

Meals are provided at nine café locations in Suburban Cook Grundy and Kendall Counties for those seniors who can travel to receive them.

The related problems of food insecurity and depression related to loneliness, are well-documented for the at-risk population of older Americans we serve. We offer socialization and health and wellness education programs at our cafés and person-to-person greetings when delivering meals to homes.

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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 demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    We serve a 3,000+ square mile region in Illinois made up of suburban Cook County, Grundy, Kendall, and Will Counties. We serve home-delivered meals our entire service area to homebound older adults over 60 and persons with disabilities.

  • 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

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    Our newest program, the Friendship Line, pairs community volunteers with clients for friendly phone calls that also serve as health and safety check-ins. The program was piloted at the start of the pandemic during lockdowns and continued for the seniors who were most isolated based on survey responses. The program is now being adjusted to fit seniors’ needs as the pandemic has eased. We tailor the length of time and frequency of calls to each clients’ interest and feedback.

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

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, 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.)

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

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


Meals On Wheels Foundation Of Northern Illinois
Fiscal year: Oct 01 - Sep 30
Financial documents
done  Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant. info

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2021 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 160.81 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2021 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 31.8 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2021 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 4% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

Source: IRS Form 990 info

Meals On Wheels Foundation Of Northern Illinois

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Oct 01 - Sep 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Meals On Wheels Foundation Of Northern Illinois

Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Oct 01 - Sep 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Oct 01 - Sep 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

This snapshot of Meals On Wheels Foundation Of Northern Illinois’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $9,670 -$75,711 $74,114 $598,564 $1,223,379
As % of expenses 0.9% -6.5% 7.2% 57.2% 85.8%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $7 -$85,428 $64,377 $588,826 $1,213,642
As % of expenses 0.0% -7.2% 6.2% 55.7% 84.5%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $1,076,315 $1,094,297 $1,105,338 $1,680,584 $2,687,877
Total revenue, % change over prior year -1.5% 1.7% 1.0% 52.0% 59.9%
Program services revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.1% 0.1% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 99.9% 99.9% 99.2% 100.0% 100.0%
Other revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.8% 0.0% 0.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $1,066,758 $1,171,247 $1,033,128 $1,047,271 $1,426,247
Total expenses, % change over prior year 15.4% 9.8% -11.8% 1.4% 36.2%
Personnel 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Professional fees 17.0% 16.1% 17.7% 33.3% 23.0%
Occupancy 1.9% 1.7% 0.7% 0.0% 0.0%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 49.9% 52.9% 47.3% 46.9% 53.9%
All other expenses 31.2% 29.3% 34.4% 19.9% 23.1%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Total expenses (after depreciation) $1,076,421 $1,180,964 $1,042,865 $1,057,009 $1,435,984
One month of savings $88,897 $97,604 $86,094 $87,273 $118,854
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $24,403 $24,284 $0 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $1,189,721 $1,302,852 $1,128,959 $1,144,282 $1,554,838

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Months of cash 13.7 12.4 15.5 22.9 28.5
Months of cash and investments 13.7 12.4 15.5 22.9 28.5
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 17.3 14.7 17.6 24.2 28.1
Balance sheet composition info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Cash $1,216,368 $1,211,976 $1,333,487 $2,001,774 $3,388,778
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Receivables $0 $0 $179 $0 $44,250
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $69,149 $93,433 $62,321 $62,321 $62,321
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 64.8% 58.3% 53.1% 68.8% 84.4%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 0.4% 0.1% 0.5% 0.2% 2.4%
Unrestricted net assets $1,562,476 $1,477,048 $1,541,425 $2,130,251 $3,343,893
Temporarily restricted net assets $0 $0 $0 N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 $0 $0 N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $0 $0 $0 $35,000 $74,452
Total net assets $1,562,476 $1,477,048 $1,541,425 $2,165,251 $3,418,345

Key data checks

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

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Lauren Doherty

Lauren is a mission-driven social service executive with a degree in foods and nutritional sciences and is a graduate of the Didactic Program of Dietetics with a minor in Business Administration and coursework in International Studies with additional coursework in nonprofit management and senior services. She has been a committed volunteer since age 12 primarily with agencies working to end youth homelessness and was a Meals on Wheels volunteer in San Diego before moving to Chicago. The former Director of Operations, she served as Acting Administrator before being named CEO in 2017.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

Meals On Wheels Foundation Of Northern Illinois

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Meals On Wheels Foundation Of Northern Illinois

Board of directors
as of 03/10/2023
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Board chair

Michael Seng

John Marshall Law School

Michael P. Seng

Professor - John Marshall Law School

Brian Gilbert

CFO - Ragan Communications

Caroline Kwiatkowski

Nykole Hanna

George Shea

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/25/2023

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 03/10/2023

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
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  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.


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