Better Business Bureau Report for
Communities in Schools of Clark County

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

This BBB Accredited charity meets all 20 Standards for Charity Accountability. Find out more...

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Charity Contact Information

Name: Communities in Schools of Clark County
Address: 1406 Frederick Avenue
  Jeffersonville, IN 47130
Phone: 812-280-0028
Web Address:
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 2000, Indiana
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: The mission of the Communities In Schools of Clark County is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life.

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Evaluation Conclusions


Communities in Schools of Clark County (CIS) meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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CISCC was founded in 2002 by a group of concerned local educators. CISCC provides educational services to support children attending Clark County's ten neediest schools, as determined by ISTEP+ scores and free and reduced lunch participation. CISCC programming supports several goals. The long-term goal is to increase the number of students attending supported schools that graduate from high school and become successful adults participating in the workforce. CISCC's intermediate goal is to increase ISTEP+ pass rates for third and sixth grade students by 10% in the next five years. Lastly, the primary annual academic goal is for 80% of the student supported by CISCC maintain a C average or increase their grades. Results for CISCC's programming in the 2008-09 school year were very positive. 87% of those students in Homework Club and 85% of tutoring recipients had stable or increased grades. Each CISCC-supported school is provided with the following services: Academic Assistance through in school tutoring - by Resource Coordinator Homework Clubs – by Resource Coordinator Service Clubs – by Resource Coordinator Project 321 Read, a Mentoring Program for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade students – by community volunteers, coordinated by Resource Coordinator Life Skills Training for 4th and 5th grades – by Resource Coordinator Community Volunteer Opportunities – by Resource Coordinator and CISCC Office Staff Vision Screening provided for 1st graders – Coordinated by CISCC Office Staff and Local Optometrists Love & Logic Parenting Classes – Coordinated by CISCC Office Staff and Trained Love & Logic Facilitator Parent Involvement Opportunities – by Resource Coordinator Referrals to Other Agencies – by Resource Coordinators and CISCC Office Staff Wrap-Around Mental Health Services – by Centerstone Therapists and Family Support Specialists

For the fiscal year ended June 30, 2012, CIS's program expenses were:

Program services 576,419
Total Program Expenses: $576,419
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Chief Executive : Cathy Graninger, Executive Director

Highest Paid Executive: Michelle Allen,Program Director of the CAPE and 21st C Programs
Compensation*: $55,000

Chair of the Board: Mr. Chip Pfau
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Vice President George Pfau & Sons

Board Size: 20

Paid Staff Size: 63

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


Method(s) Used:

Methods of fund raising include invitations to fund raising events, print advertisements, grant proposals, internet, planned giving arrangements, and cause-related marketing.

In addition, Communities in Schools of Clark County is a Metro United Way member agency.

Fund raising costs were 4% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $471,895, 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 CIS's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2012.

Ending net assets as reported below include $227,931 in unrestricted net assets and $93,294 in temporarily restricted net assets.

Total assets as reported include $8,203 invested in equipment, net.

Source of Funds  
Grants 409,842
Program service revenue 267,559
Donated facilities, services, and materials 30,878
Fundraising revenue 20,401
Contributions 10,774
Total Income $739,454


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 86%  Fund Raising: 3%  Administrative: 11% 

Total income $739,454
Program expenses $576,419
Fund raising expenses 20,411
Administrative expenses 76,206
Total expenses $673,036
Income in Excess of Expenses 66,418
Beginning net assets 254,807
Ending net assets 321,225
Total liabilities 23,131
Total assets $344,356

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