Better Business Bureau Report for
Shoes and Clothes for Kids

Better Business Bureau Report issued January 2013
Better Business Bureau Report expires January 2015

This BBB Accredited charity meets all 20 Standards for Charity Accountability and is a Seal Holder. Find out more...

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Charity Contact Information

Name: Shoes and Clothes for Kids
Address: 3311 Perkins Ave Ste 205
  Cleveland, OH 44114
Phone: 216-881-7463
Web Address:
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1987, Ohio
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: Mission Statement Shoes and Clothes for Kids (SC4K) provides a unique service for income-eligible families in Greater Cleveland by distributing new shoes, clothing and items for infants and youth. Core Values Shoes and Clothes for Kids carries out its mission with compassion, care and respect through a network of partner agencies and offers the community a way to help families in need.

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Evaluation Conclusions


Shoes and Clothes for Kids (SC4K) meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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Shoes and Clothes for Kids (SC4K) is the only non-profit organization in Greater Cleveland providing new shoes and clothes at no charge throughout the year to thousands of children in need. Through a network of 35 Distribution Partners, SC4K positively impacts the lives of area children by giving them the self-esteem and confidence that comes from having brand new shoes and clothes. SC4K distributes items year-round, operating a distribution every other month. In 2012 SC4K distributed Payless ShoeSource gift cards and new clothing with a retail value of over $2,300,000 to approximately 25,000 children. Beyond bringing important basic needs items to thousands of deserving children, SC4K is proud to serve as a change agent for families living in poverty. By providing new clothes and shoes through our Distribution Network, we can connect these families with other important programs and services working to improve and enrich their lives. These programs and services include food pantries, GED programs, childcare, Healthy Start, etc. Our Partner agencies are located in areas with high densities of children living at or below 185% of poverty.

For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2012, SC4K's program expenses were:

Shoe and Clothing Program 2,441,374
Total Program Expenses: $2,441,374
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Chief Executive : Valerie McCormack, Executive Director

Chair of the Board: Scott Simon
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: President, North Pointe Realty

Board Size: 42

Paid Staff Size: 3

*Compensation includes annual salary and, if applicable, benefit plans, expense accounts, and other allowances.
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Fund Raising


Method(s) Used:

direct mail, invitations to fund raising events, print advertisements, radio, grant proposals, internet, planned giving arrangements
Fund raising costs were 23% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $777,930, are donations received as a result of fund raising activities.)
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Tax Status


This organization is tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. It is eligible to receive contributions deductible as charitable donations for federal income tax purposes.
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The following information is based on SC4K's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2012.

Source of Funds  
Donated Inventory & Payless Gift Cards 2,563,330
Contributions 535,326
Special Events,net 242,604
In Kind Other 194,701
Investment Income 1,673
Unrealized Investment Losses -41,786
Total Income $3,495,848


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 91%  Fund Raising: 7%  Administrative: 2% 

Total income $3,495,848
Program expenses $2,441,374
Fund raising expenses 175,410
Administrative expenses 55,461
Total expenses $2,672,245
Income in Excess of Expenses 823,603
Beginning net assets 2,591,182
Ending net assets 3,414,785
Total liabilities 44,795
Total assets $3,459,580

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