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Dakota Center, Inc.

A BBB Accredited Charity since 06/07/2010.

This BBB Accredited Charity meets all 20 Standards for Charity Accountability and is a Seal Holder.
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Name: Dakota Center, Inc.
Phone: (937) 228-8961
Fax: (937) 228-7960
Address: 33 Barnett St
Dayton, OH 45402
Report Expiration Date: December 12, 2014
Original Business Start Date: January 1967
Principal: Ms. Sharon Barrett-Mitchell, Executive Director
Customer Contact: Ms. Sharon Barrett-Mitchell, Executive Director - (937) 228-8961
Entity: Corporation
Incorporated: January 1967, OH
Employees: 4 Full Time. 4 Part Time.
Type of Business: Charity - Local, Child Care Centers, Elderly/Senior Specialty Services, Senior Citizens Service Organization, Tutoring, Youth Organizations & Centers
BBB Accreditation: This organization is a BBB Accredited Charity.

Stated Purpose

According to Dakota Center, Inc., its mission is "to provide a safe community atmosphere engagin Dayton neighborhoods and people of all ages in programs that educate the whole person."

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

Charities that meet the Standards for Charity Accountability are eligible to participate in BBB Wise Giving Alliance Charity Seal program. The seal, which can be displayed on the charity's web site and in printed materials, helps inform the public that the charity meets these standards. This organization participates in this program.


The organization is a full service community center providing personal growth, career and vocation skills for high-risk youth as well as programs for senior citizens.

Youth programs include after-school day care consisting of reading & math tutorials, Homework Club, Art Appreciation, Computer Skills, Drill/Dance/Percussion Units, First Job Training (15-19 yrs), basketball, karate and tennis.

Adult programs include Computer Skills and EEOP (Entreprenurial & Business Skills) and senior programs are Golden Age Club and Computer Skills classes.

For the year ended December 31, 2011, Dakota Center, Inc.'s program expenses were:

Youth Personal Growth & Values Development:$219,208

Youth Career and Vocational Skills:

Seniors Program:
Total Program Expenses:$332,812


Chief Executive Officer:Sharon Barrett-Mitchell, Executive Director
Chair of the Board:Chuck Rucker, President
Board Size:15
Paid Staff Size:4 Full Time. 4 Part Time.

Fund Raising

Dakota Center raises funds through direct mail appeals, grant proposals and donation partnerships.

Fund raising expenses for the year ending December 31, 2011 totaled 6% 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 Dakota Center, Inc.'s audited financial statement for the year ended December 31, 2011:

 Direct public support$377,931
 Program service revenue$55,250
 Interest on savings and investments$2,911
 Total Income:$436,092
Expenses  % of total
% of total
 Programs:$332,812 86.09%76.32%
 Fund Raising:$22,226 5.75%5.10%
 Administrative:$31,567 8.17%7.24%
 Total Expenses:$386,605
Excess of Income over Expenses$49,487
Ending Net Assets:$3,154,394

Notes and Comments

The BBB's Charitable Advisory Service reports on local charities and determines if they meet the voluntary BBB Standards for Charity Accountability addressing governance and oversight, measuring effectiveness, finances, and fund raising and informational materials.

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