Better Business Bureau Report for
City Academy

Better Business Bureau Report issued March 2012
Better Business Bureau Report expires March 2014

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: City Academy
Address: 4175 North Kingshighway Blvd.
  St. Louis, MO 63115
Phone: (314) 382-0085
Web Address:
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Formerly known as:City Academy at Mathews-Dickey

Year, State Incorporated: 1999, Missouri
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: "exists to admit promising children from committed families in our urban community; offer an exceptional affordable education; fosters a culture of integrity, citizenship, and academic rigor; and cultivate an appreciation for lifelong learning that inspires future success."

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Evaluation Conclusions


City Academy (CA) meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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City Academy awards substantial scholarships to 100% of the students it admits. The school serves children from junior kindergarten to sixth grade. The school's curriculum includes language arts, math, science, social studies, foreign language, physical education, music, health, and art. Small class size enables teachers to meet the needs of individual children. Students at the school can take advantage of a wide range of extracurricular activities.

For the fiscal year ended June 30, 2011, CA's program expenses were:

Educational Programs 2,520,289
Total Program Expenses: $2,520,289
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Chief Executive : Don Danforth III, President and Co-Founder

Chair of the Board: Judy Alexander-Weber
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation:

Board Size: 28

Paid Staff Size: 39

*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, grant proposals, internet, planned giving arrangements, cause-related marketing
Fund raising costs were 5% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $7,288,361, 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 CA's audited financial statements - consolidated for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2011.

Source of Funds  
Contributions 6,876,511
Investment return 2,294,305
Investment return designated for current operations 647,691
Tuition 411,850
Other income 138,096
Summer school tuition 29,650
Total Income $10,398,103


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 81%  Fund Raising: 12%  Administrative: 7% 

Total income $10,398,103
Program expenses $2,520,289
Fund raising expenses 387,449
Administrative expenses 208,148
Total expenses $3,115,886
Income in Excess of Expenses 7,282,217
Beginning net assets 23,172,499
Ending net assets 30,454,716
Total liabilities 79,917
Total assets $30,534,633

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