Center for Economic Progress (Chicago, IL)


  • Name:Alexander Costakis
  • Title:Development Manager

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Center for Economic Progress
  • Address:567 W Lake St
    Suite 1150
    Chicago, IL 60661
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:3126300289
  • Main fax:3122520285

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  • Mission:
  • The Center for Economic Progress (CEP) helps low-income, working families as a trusted provider of tax and financial services. Everything we do, from direct service to informing public policy, improves the financial stability of those we serve.

    Tax Help
    CEP provides low-income households with free, high quality tax preparation and an alternative to paid tax preparers. In 2014 we assisted more than 17,000 Illinois residents, generating over $31 million in refunds and antipoverty tax credits.

    Tax Clinic
    Through our tax clinic, we provide free, professional representation to low-wage taxpayers facing an IRS controversy. We also offer tax training for small businesses to establish sound business practices, build their knowledge of record keeping and self-employment tax laws.

    Financial Services
    We help promote financial education and sound money practices -- helping cut ties to predatory financial services and initiating positive financial habits.

  • Year established:1990
  • Endowment:Unknown

Board and Executive Names

  • Board Members / Trustees:
  • Greg Goldner, Board Chair
    Resolute Consulting

    George Wright, Vice Chair

    Mary Alberts, Secretary & Treasurer
    MB Financial

    Brendan Lynch, Chair, Nomination & Governance
    Bank of America

    David May, Chair, Internal Affairs
    Audrey Ventures

    Jodie Winnett, Chair, External Affairs
    Winnett Civic Ingenuity


    Lisa Canafax
    Towers Watson

    Michael Fayhee
    McDermott Will & Emery

    Eddie Gershman

    Eric Grant

    Jacob Ringer
    Reyes Kurson, Ltd.

    Mukul Sharma, Board Fellow, Ex Officio
    Kellogg School of Management - Northwestern University

    Harlan Teller
    FTI Consulting

  • Executive Director / President:
  • David Marzahl, President and CEO


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:509(a)(1)
  • Tax ID:36-3693728

IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:363693728
  • Sort (Secondary) Name:
  • Care Of Name:% CENT
  • Organization Address:567 W LAKE ST STE 1150
  • Organization City:CHICAGO
  • Organization State:IL
  • Organization Zip:60661-1405
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):1
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Charitable Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:September, 1990
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:15
  • Foundation Code Desc.:Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general publicĀ 170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
  • Activity Code(s):398
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):Instruction and guidance on housing
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:December, 2016
  • Filing Requirement Category:02 (990 - Required to file Form 990-N - Income less than $25,000 per year)
  • Accounting Period:December
  • NTEE Code:
  • Asset Amount:$1,782,576
  • Asset Code:6 ($1,000,000 - $4,999,999)
  • Income Amount:$3,218,577
  • Income Code:6 ($1,000,000 - $4,999,999)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$0
  • Last Updated:3/23/2018 3:52:02 am

This information is directly from the IRS Exempt Organization Business Master File at Exempt Organizations Business Master File Extract. This information is not under the control of the Common Grant Application and is collected and compiled and can only be changed by the IRS.