Better Business Bureau Report for
Shoes and Clothes for Kids

Better Business Bureau Report issued November 2015
Better Business Bureau Report expires November 2016

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: 3500 Lorain Avenue
  Cleveland, OH 44113
Phone: 216-881-7463
Web Address:
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1987, Ohio
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: "provides a unique service for income-eligible families in Greater Cleveland by distributing new shoes, clothing and items for infants and youth."

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Evaluation Conclusions


Shoes and Clothes for Kids (SC4K) meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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hoes and Clothes for Kids (SC4K) is the only non-profit organization in Cleveland providing brand new clothing items and shoe gift cards at no charge throughout the year to local children in need. Through a network of 32 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 operates year round, holding five distributions. In 2014, SC4K distributed 107,191 pieces of clothing with a retail value of $2,312,749 and 14,700 Payless ShoeSource gift cards with a value of $147,700. 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 clothing and shoes through our distribution network, we can connect these families with other important programs and services to improve and enrich their lives. These programs and services include food pantries, GED programs, childcare, Healthy Start, etc, and are located in areas with high densities of children living at or below 185% of poverty.

For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2014, SC4K's program expenses were:

Shoe and Clothing Program 2,846,892
Total Program Expenses: $2,846,892
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Chief Executive : Valerie McCormack, Executive Director

Chair of the Board: Mr. Tracy Jemison II
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Managing Director, The Glenmede Trust Company

Board Size: 39

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 8% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $2,642,270, 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, 2014.

Source of Funds  
Inventory & Gift Cards 1,910,304
Contributions 433,759
Special Events,net 177,133
In Kind Rent, Professional Services, Goods and Materials 121,074
Net Realized/Unrealized Gain on Investments 63,750
Investment Income 1,216
Total Income $2,707,236


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

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

Total income $2,707,236
Program expenses $2,846,892
Fund raising expenses 220,586
Administrative expenses 69,608
Total expenses $3,137,086
Expenses in Excess of Income (429,850)
Beginning net assets 4,882,877
Ending net assets 4,453,027
Total liabilities 39,345
Total assets $4,492,372

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