Chicagoland Habitat for Humanity Subordinate

We build strength, stability and self-reliance through shelter

aka Chicagoland Habitat   |   Chicago, IL   |
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Chicagoland Habitat for Humanity

EIN: 36-4257107  Subordinate info


Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry dedicated to eliminating substandard housing and homelessness worldwide and to making adequate, affordable shelter a matter of conscience and action. Chicagoland Habitat for Humanity was created as a support organization for Habitat for Humanity affiliates in the Chicago area. Habitat is committed to creating opportunities for individuals and families to thrive; to revitalizing neighborhoods and building communities; and to helping transform generations through home ownership. We do this by making housing affordable to hardworking people without access to conventional financing and offer individuals a hand up, fueled by our belief in dignity, self‐sufficiency, collaboration, and hope.

Ruling year info


Chief Executive Officer

Sarah Brachle Wagner

Main address

328 S Jefferson St Ste 610

Chicago, IL 60601-5648 USA

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Subject area info

Community improvement

Housing development

Population served info


Economically disadvantaged people

NTEE code info

Housing Development, Construction, Management (L20)

Community, Neighborhood Development, Improvement (S20)

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




What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Chicagoland Habitat for Humanity works in partnership with Habitat for Humanity affiliates across the region to address the need for affordable housing and affordable home repair for limited-income families.

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?

Capacity Building Grant Support

We provide capacity building grants to area Habitat affiliates so that they can strengthen their service to the communities they support.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

We provide operational services and administrative support for the Habitat affiliates in Chicagoland, saving them money and time to serve more low income families

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Estimated number of funding dollars secured for the sector

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

Economically disadvantaged people

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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.

Chicagoland Habitat for Humanity is a support organization for the eight Habitat for Humanity affiliates in the Chicagoland area. We leverage the capacity of the affiliates by leading regional fundraising, marketing, advocacy efforts, and offering shared services. Our goals are to help affiliates to serve more families in need through affordable housing development and affordable home repairs, and to raise awareness of affordable housing needs in the region.


1. Raise awareness of Habitat for Humanity in the Metro region through collaborative digital marketing and media engagement
2. Implement best practices across affiliates to serve more families by bringing increased capital for housing development, coordinating a regional repair program, securing region-wide grants and government funding for housing development and repairs
3. Increasing affiliates’ capacity through fundraising training and tools, and DEI training and support

Habitat for Humanity is a global housing organization working in over 70 countries and over 1000 communities in the United States. We are the largest non-profit affordable housing developer in the US. The Habitat affiliates in this region have been at work in communities for over 40 years and have served over 1500 families through homeownership or home repair in the last decade alone.

In Chicagoland Habitat for Humanity’s 2022-2025 Strategic Plan, we set a goal to raise $4M over 3 years to help affiliates triple the number of families served through repairs. In the first year alone, we have raised over $2M.

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.
  • 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

  • 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 demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We act on the feedback we receive, We share the feedback we received with the people we serve, 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, The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection


Chicagoland Habitat for Humanity
Fiscal year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

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 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 7.87 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 6.7 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 9% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Chicagoland Habitat for Humanity

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Chicagoland Habitat for Humanity

Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

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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Chicagoland Habitat for Humanity

Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of Chicagoland Habitat for Humanity’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 2019 2020 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $157,411 $210,731 -$248,272 $356,975 $210,608
As % of expenses 12.1% 17.5% -14.9% 28.7% 16.2%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $109,474 $147,110 -$311,954 $293,355 $146,731
As % of expenses 8.1% 11.6% -18.0% 22.4% 10.8%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $1,327,407 $1,352,059 $1,415,635 $1,452,152 $1,979,894
Total revenue, % change over prior year -27.8% 1.9% 4.7% 2.6% 36.3%
Program services revenue 0.0% 2.5% 0.7% 1.7% 1.7%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.0% 0.0% 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% 97.5% 99.3% 95.6% 94.2%
Other revenue 0.1% 0.0% 0.0% 2.7% 4.1%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $1,296,537 $1,204,968 $1,670,875 $1,244,858 $1,300,743
Total expenses, % change over prior year 0.8% -7.1% 38.7% -25.5% 4.5%
Personnel 27.9% 37.0% 23.6% 42.5% 44.6%
Professional fees 3.0% 3.4% 2.6% 3.3% 2.4%
Occupancy 4.6% 4.4% 3.7% 4.9% 4.3%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 54.2% 48.9% 66.4% 45.7% 40.1%
All other expenses 10.3% 6.2% 3.8% 3.6% 8.6%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $1,344,474 $1,268,589 $1,734,557 $1,308,478 $1,364,620
One month of savings $108,045 $100,414 $139,240 $103,738 $108,395
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $61,547
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $64,617 $64,282 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $1,452,519 $1,369,003 $1,938,414 $1,476,498 $1,534,562

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 5.0 6.9 3.4 8.3 20.3
Months of cash and investments 5.0 7.2 3.4 8.3 20.3
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 6.9 8.9 4.1 8.4 9.4
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $538,355 $696,873 $470,116 $861,432 $2,199,145
Investments $0 $26,933 $0 $0 $0
Receivables $327,786 $277,615 $281,959 $142,505 $512,979
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $2,658 $2,658 $4,540 $6,087 $6,087
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 38.9% 72.2% 63.1% 61.6% 80.4%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 5.9% 5.3% 8.0% 10.7% 43.5%
Unrestricted net assets $742,715 $889,825 $577,871 $871,226 $1,017,957
Temporarily restricted net assets $341,255 $277,615 N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 $0 N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $341,255 $277,615 $270,646 $120,965 $589,508
Total net assets $1,083,970 $1,167,440 $848,517 $992,191 $1,607,465

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Material data errors No No No No No


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

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Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Chief Executive Officer

Sarah Brachle Wagner

Sarah Brachle Wagner is an experienced nonprofit professional who brings over twenty years of in depth and hands on experience in affordable housing development, fundraising, partnership development, and non-profit operations. She brings extensive experience in both the nonprofit and government sectors.\n\nPrior to joining Habitat for Humanity, Sarah was the founder and principal of SBW Solutions, a consulting firm, where she and her team helped nonprofit organizations to secure nearly $10 million in grant funding and tax credit equity over the course of four years. From 2006-2013, she was the Executive Director of DuPage Habitat for Humanity, during which time she spearheaded two successful fundraising campaigns, which allowed for a tenfold increase the annual operating budget and development of over 30 homes. Sarah also spent an early part of her career in Washington D.C. at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development as a Presidential Management Fellow.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

Chicagoland Habitat for Humanity

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Chicagoland Habitat for Humanity

Board of directors
as of 08/03/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board of directors data
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Board chair

Ms. Gloria Materre

Materre & Associates, PC

Term: 2022 - 2025

Gloria Materre

Materre and Associates

Leanne Redden

Regional Transportation Authority

J. Kelly Bufton

Haynes and Boone LLP

James Harris

Wintrust Mortgage

Kimberly Chase Harding

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices

Bruce Delahorne

Hampton Consulting

Melissa Dorko

Deloitte Consulting LLP

Aaron Erter

James Hardie

Chris Kempa

True Value Company

Kim King


Ashlee Pforr


Chuck Murphy


Srinivas Ramadath

McKinsey and Company

Anthony Scattone


Kristin Slavish


Sanjay Sood


Brian Tauke


Jennifer Taff

DuPage Habitat for Humanity

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? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 8/3/2023

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 08/03/2023

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  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • 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.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • 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.