Chappy & Friends

Bringing Focus to Animal Welfare

Naperville, IL   |
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Chappy & Friends

EIN: 82-1515583


Chappy & Friends believes in empowering those helping the voiceless across the animal kingdom. We believe that all animals should have a safe environment in which to fulfill their varied purposes in this world. Too often, animals are treated as soulless creatures with no regard for their ability to feel pain, rejection, and suffering. Too often, they are left open to physical or mental abuse or are unable to receive the care or treatment they so desperately need. Chappy & Friends seeks to free those on the front lines of animal welfare activities from the mundane, everyday administrative and time-consuming tasks of running their own 501(c)(3) (tasks such as paperwork, IRS reporting, and board management). Thus, we allow these projects to focus on their respective lifesaving activities.

Ruling year info


Founder and President

Robert Bills

Main address

%Robert Bills 848 Proud Clarion Ct

Naperville, IL 60540 USA

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Subject area info

Domesticated animals

Animal welfare

Population served info


NTEE code info

Animal Protection and Welfare (includes Humane Societies and SPCAs) (D20)

Management & Technical Assistance (D02)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (D12)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

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

Tax forms

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Programs and results

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Our programs

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Fiscal Sponsor to the Animal Kingdom

Chappy & Friends ignites grassroots animal welfare projects by “lending” them our 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status for the projects’ fundraising purposes. We also provide infrastructure that allows the projects to avoid IRS 990 filings and that eliminates the need to recruit and manage a board of directors. This frees the projects to focus on what they do best: serving the animal kingdom in positive ways.

Population(s) Served

Where we work


Chappy & Friends
Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

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 0.18 over 4 years

Months of cash in 2021 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Average of 0.1 over 4 years

Fringe rate in 2021 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 0% over 4 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of Chappy & Friends’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 2018
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $4,033
As % of expenses 1.9%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $4,033
As % of expenses 1.9%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $214,851
Total revenue, % change over prior year 0.0%
Program services revenue 2.8%
Membership dues 0.2%
Investment income 0.0%
Government grants 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 96.9%
Other revenue 0.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $210,734
Total expenses, % change over prior year 0.0%
Personnel 0.0%
Professional fees 0.6%
Occupancy 0.0%
Interest 0.0%
Pass-through 96.5%
All other expenses 2.9%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018
Total expenses (after depreciation) $210,734
One month of savings $17,561
Debt principal payment $0
Fixed asset additions $0
Total full costs (estimated) $228,295

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Liquidity info 2018
Months of cash 0.3
Months of cash and investments 0.3
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets -0.2
Balance sheet composition info 2018
Cash $4,914
Investments $0
Receivables $1,835
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $0
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 0.0%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 142.0%
Unrestricted net assets -$2,918
Temporarily restricted net assets $84
Permanently restricted net assets $0
Total restricted net assets $84
Total net assets -$2,834

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2018
Material data errors No


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

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Founder and President

Robert Bills

Robert Bills is a finance, arts, and entertainment professional now pivoting to realize his life’s mission of impacting the welfare of animals. His muse for the creation of this entity is his puppy-mill breeding dog, Chappy. This 11-pound Havanese Poodle was captive in a Tennessee puppy mill for the first 5 ½ years of his life. Chappy, now 171/2, enjoys life largely due to his own courage and determination to demonstrate love for his family and friends. Robert has studied Humane Education at The Humane Society Academy, has been a constant presence networking animals on Facebook for the past 12 year. He is an active student of various schools of thought for solving animal overpopulation, animal abuse and torture, and animal profiteering. Mr. Bills holds an MBA in Finance from the University of Chicago Booth School and has studied Philanthropy at Northwestern University. He has also taught finance at Northwestern & University of Illinois at Chicago.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

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Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Board of directors
as of 06/08/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board chair

jeff jarmuth