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Crayons to Classrooms

A BBB Accredited Charity since 07/28/2010.

This BBB Accredited Charity meets all 20 Standards for Charity Accountability and is a Seal Holder.
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Name: Crayons to Classrooms
Phone: (937) 528-6400
Address: 1511 Kuntz Rd
Dayton, OH 45404
Report Expiration Date: April 1, 2018
Principal: Mr. Steve Rubenstein, Executive Director
Customer Contact: Ms. Debra Seger, Fund Development Manager
Employees: 4 Full Time. 2 Part Time.
File Open Date: April 2009
Type of Business: Charity - Local, Charity - Children & Youth, School Supplies
BBB Accreditation: This organization is a BBB Accredited Charity.

Stated Purpose

According to Crayons to Classrooms, its mission is "to collect and distribute school supplies at no cost to teachers of students in need."

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.

BBB Charity Seal Participation

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Crayons 4 Classroom Supply Drive helps Crayons to Classrooms (DC2C) collect basic school supplies that go onto the shelves at our new teacher free store to supply local classrooms in need.

The School Box Program provides an opportunity for individuals or companies to tangibly sponsor a classroom or school in our Dayton community. Financial donations will equip the teachers and students with school supply kits to participate in daily classroom activities.

The kits are available in three preassembled arrangements appropriate for the needs of students in grades K-8. The contents are new, name brand supplies including Crayola, Staples, Acme, and Prang. They will be delivered to a predetermined destination based on need in a corrugated box with a plastic handle.

Through Classroom Solutions, DC2C aims to provide teachers with useful, hands-on products. This is a collaborative program in which community volunteers and/or individuals in the Goodwill Easter Seals Miami Valley's sheltered workshop create shaped pieces for student learning tools using die-cut machines.

Paper, cardboard, felt, and plastic can be refashioned into a wealth of shapes for many classroom purposes including alphabet letters, numerals, and geometric forms. Die-cut shapes can represent the seasons, holidays, foods, animals, plants, people, clothing, etc---the sky is the limit with their potential uses.

Total Program Expenses:$1,066,654


Chief Executive Officer:Steve Rubenstein, Executive Director
Chair of the Board:Bonnie Smith, Chair
Board Size:17
Paid Staff Size:4 Full Time. 2 Part Time.

Fund Raising

Crayons to Classrooms raises funds through direct mail, special events and internet appeals.

Fund raising expenses for the year ending December 31, 2014 totaled 1.3% of related contributions.

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 Crayons to Classrooms's audited financial statement for the year ended December 31, 2014:

 In-kind contributions$3,415,712
 Net assets released$132,431
 Total Income:$3,848,512
Expenses  % of total
% of total
 Programs:$1,066,654 87.04%27.72%
 Fund Raising:$50,235 4.10%1.31%
 Administrative:$108,571 8.86%2.82%
 Total Expenses:$1,225,460
Excess of Income over Expenses$2,623,052
Ending Net Assets:$4,105,470

Notes and Comments

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Report as of July 29, 2016 07:23
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