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Classroom Central

This BBB Accredited Charity meets all 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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Name: Classroom Central
Phone: (704) 377-1740
Fax: (704) 377-0355
Address: 2116 Wilkinson Blvd.
Charlotte, NC 28208
Report Creation Date: December 21, 2015
Report Expiration Date: October 31, 2017
Original Business Start Date: June 2002
Principal: Ms. Karen Calder, Executive Director
Customer Contact: Ms. Karen Calder, Executive Director - (704) 377-1740 or
Entity: Corporation
Incorporated: June 2002, NC
Employees: 12 Full Time.
Type of Business: Charity - Education & Literacy, Charity - Local

Stated Purpose

Classroom Central's purpose is to equip students to effectively learn through the collection and distribution of free school supplies.

Evaluation Conclusions

This organization has been evaluated according to the 20 BBB Standards for Charity Accountability. This organization meets all those Standards and is a BBB Accredited Charity.


Classroom Central's programs include operating a "Free Store" for teachers in schools with a 50% or higher free and reduced lunch (FRL) ratio. Teacher can shop once a month for classroom and student supplies.

Total Program Expenses:$3,873,345


Chief Executive Officer:Ms. Karen Calder, Executive Director
Board Size:14
Paid Staff Size:12 Full Time.

Fund Raising

Method(s) Used:Classroom Central's fundraising methods include direct mail appeals, invitations to fundraising events, grant proposals, and solicitations via the website.

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.


According to Classroom Central's IRS 990 for the year ended June 30, 2014:

 Total Income:$4,636,322
Expenses  % of total
% of total
 Programs:$3,873,345 93.20%83.54%
 Fund Raising:$191,636 4.61%4.13%
 Administrative:$91,114 2.19%1.97%
 Other:$0 0.00%0.00%
 Total Expenses:$4,156,095
Excess of Income over Expenses$480,227
Ending Net Assets:$2,302,357
Total Assets$2,633,887
Total Liabilities$331,830

* Excess for the year indicates the portion of income remaining after expenses.

ID: 271446
Report as of February 21, 2017 17:40
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