Our Year

The Salvation Army is one of the most efficient charities in the world.
Approximately 87 cents out of every dollar received goes directly to programs and services.

page-3-1At The Salvation Army, we recognize that you have choices about how to invest your charitable dollars. We also appreciate just how important it is to know that your donations are making an impact and creating real, positive change for people in your
community. This year’s annual report demonstrates the many ways that your contributions to The Salvation Army are indeed “Doing the Most Good.”

The Salvation Army has been serving Chicagoland for more than 125 years, making us one of the oldest nonprofit organizations in the city. The Salvation Army is also the largest direct provider of social services locally, serving more people and offering the broadest array of critical social services than any other nonprofit organization.

page-3-2We are making an impact each and every day on three critical local issues – homelessness, violence and education. In this annual report, you will read about how The Salvation Army not only combats homelessness, we help prevent it. You will learn about how we provide a safe haven for youth. And, you will learn how we deliver educational programs that bolster student achievement and opportunities. When you support The Salvation Army, your donations are put to work right here in your community. The Army is also one of the most efficient charities in the world, with 87 cents out of every dollar going to direct services. Our mission is to “meet human needs in God’s name, without discrimination.”

And, we see God at work in the generous contributions of our donors and volunteers, who come alongside us. Together, we make the most change.