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By The Hand Club For Kids officially became an organized nonprofit ministry in 2005 as a Christ-centered after-school program in Chicago, Illinois. Leaders mentor kids in a safe place from kindergarten through college. 

The ministry started in one location with 16 children, and has since grown to serve in five locations with about 1,700 kids. The locations were chosen throughout Chicago’s most challenging and under-resourced neighborhoods where the need was seen as the greatest.

The ministry works to show the love of Christ to young Chicagoans in critical need of hope, and to help them grow mentally, physically and spiritually.

Key outcomes for 2022:

  • 100% of high school seniors served by the ministry graduated and 61% enrolled in college or a technical school;
  • 91% of students passed all classes (the average GPA was 3.07);
  • 100% of students were offered a meal each day;
  • 554 received eye exams with 171 receiving glasses;
  • 787 received dental checkups and cleaning with 163 receiving additional dental care;
  • 84% of students professed faith in Christ and 38,711 hours were spent in chapel and Bible study.

The aim of By The Hand Club For Kids is to be a Christ-centered, after-school Chicago program that creates a safe space spiritually, physically and emotionally. It builds a positive new culture, develops kids with values, and provides role models for life.

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MinistryWatch Donor Confidence Score: 82 (out of a possible 100) “Give with Confidence”

MinistryWatch Financial Efficiency Rating:  1 Star (out of a possible 5 Stars)

MinistryWatch Transparency Grade:  A

ECFA Member?  Yes

Revenue in Most Recent Year Available (2022):  $20,011,699

Five-Year Revenue Trend:   Increasing (by about 92%)

Percent of Revenue By The Hand Club For Kids Spends on Fundraising:  14%

Percent Peer Group Spends on Fundraising:  6%

CEO/President:  Donnita Travis

President’s Salary and Other Compensation: The CEO is also the Founder and has chosen not to take a salary.  The highest paid employee earns $126,294

A complete MinistryWatch profile for By The Hand Club For Kids can be found here.

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Rod Pitzer

Rodney Pitzer, Certified Fraud Examiner since 2005, has worked for audit and investigative organizations, including Oregon Department of Justice's Charitable Activities, and being Director of the Oregon Board of Tax Professionals in 1999. In 2011 founded AVOWED.org, ministering to widows, elderly and the disabled, and now scheduled to plant a church in Corpus Christi, Texas.