Better Business Bureau Report for
SHARP Literacy Inc

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

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

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Charity Contact Information

Name: SHARP Literacy Inc
Address: 5775 N Glen Park Rd Ste 202
  Milwaukee, WI 53209
Phone: 414-977-1768
Web Address:
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1999, Wisconsin
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: The mission of SHARP Literacy is to energize urban school children to become confident, capable readers, writers and researchers, using the visual arts as the primary tool to engage young minds and reinforce learning.

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Evaluation Conclusions


SHARP Literacy Inc meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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The SHARP Literacy program incorporates the visual arts and art history into required science and social studies curricula to provide a multi-disciplinary approach proven to aid students, particularly those who are underprivileged and at-risk, in obtaining the research, reading, writing, and presentation skills necessary to succeed academically. Over the past 17 years, SHARP has served nearly 75,000 at-risk students and 4,000 educators from 1st-5th grade in public, private, parochial, choice and charter schools, many in Milwaukee’s inner city and near south side neighborhoods. A breakdown of the student population at the SHARP schools is 54% African-American, 31% Hispanic, 8% Caucasian, 5% Asian/Pacific Islander, 1% American Indian and 1% other. Eighty-nine percent of the students are on free and reduced-price lunch.

For the fiscal year ended June 30, 2013, SHARP Literacy Inc's program expenses were:

Literacy Education 746,876
Total Program Expenses: $746,876
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Chief Executive : Lynda Kohler, President and CEO

Chair of the Board: Dan Meyer
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Biz Times Media

Co-Chair of the Board : Doug Erlacher

Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC

Board Size: 20

Paid Staff Size: 8

*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, grant proposals, internet, planned giving arrangements
Fund raising costs were 16% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $777,254, 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 SHARP Literacy Inc's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2013.

Source of Funds  
Grants 520,052
Other fundraising 182,475
Contributions 62,792
Realized gain on investments 33,573
Unrealized gain on investments 26,347
Investment Income 12,125
Miscellaneous 11,935
Total Income $849,299


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 79%  Fund Raising: 13%  Administrative: 8% 

Total income $849,299
Program expenses $746,876
Fund raising expenses 123,009
Administrative expenses 74,343
Total expenses $944,228
Expenses in Excess of Income (94,929)
Beginning net assets 2,141,123
Ending net assets 2,046,194
Total liabilities 0
Total assets $2,046,194

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