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BBB Charity Review for
Operation Shoestring, Inc.

A BBB Accredited Charity since 6/23/2010

 

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Charity Contact & Profile

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Business Name:
Business Address: 1711 Bailey Avenue
Jackson, MS 39283
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Original Business Start Date: 11/20/1968
Type of Entity: Charity/NonProfit
Principal:
Robert Langford, Executive Director
Phone Number:
(601) 353-6336
Fax Number:
(601) 353-5369
Type of Business:
CHARITY - LOCAL
Primary Email: mstoddard@operationshoestring.org
Website Address:

Evaluation Conclusions

This organization has been evaluated in relation to the 20 Better Business Bureau Standards for Charitable Accountability. This organization meets all those standards.

Mission

By Teaching Children and Inspiring Families, Operation Shoestring Ensures We All Rise Together.

Operation Shoestring was founded in 1968 in a neighborhood church located on Bailey Avenue in the heart of Jackson, MS.  It has long served as a place for people from throughout the metro Jackson community to help provide services to and resources for one of Jackson's most economically disadvantaged communities, Southern Georgetown, just south of the Jackson Medical Mall.  Today, Operation Shoestring is an inter-faith ministry with financial and volunteer support from a variety of private individual and corporate funders, local congregations and several public entities.

Programs

Operation Shoestring's service delivery approach is facilitated through five (5) broad and interrelated program areas focused on Children and Youth Development (and their families) : (1) Project KIDS after-school and summer program; (2) Child Fund International (formerly Christian Children's Fund); (3) America's Promise Aliiance/Promise Zone Coalition (an expansion of StampOut DropOut School Dropout Prevention Program); (4) 21st Century Bridge Resource Learning Center at Lanier HS; and (5) Youth Safe Haven Police Ministation Mentoring Program (YSH)

We all rise together. This message is at the core of Operation Shoestring’s mission and programs, and you’ll find it reflected soon in the design of our letters, website and signs around town.

What does it mean? Quite simply, when the children of central Jackson are safe, nurtured and empowered to take advantage of a bright future, all of Jackson rises. When the families in Shoestring’s focus area are strong and thriving, all of Jackson rises. Our tagline – By Teaching Children and Inspiring Families, Operation Shoestring Ensures We All Rise Together – affirms our belief that every child in Jackson should have the same access to a promising future, and that all the families of our city should have the same opportunity and means to improve and succeed. 

Operation Shoestring programs include:
¦After-school and summer programs for children
¦School dropout prevention services
¦Family communication and parenting classes
¦Art, music, and dance programs
¦Athletic summer camps
Through the leadership of certified and passionate teachers, Operation Shoestring provides tutoring, literacy development, and cultural arts instruction. Led by certified teachers, it offers neighborhood children a safe harbor after school and during the summer, while helping parents to stay at work with the assurance that their children are receiving quality supervision and care.

In the past year, Operation Shoestring was able to:
¦Provide workshops for 450 families (representing 910 children) that included topics as wide-ranging as preventing lead poisoning of infants to financial planning and interviewing skills for adults
¦Significantly expand the number of Project KIDS elementary students (from 75 to 125) we serve every day afterschool with arts instruction, academic enrichment and character development
¦Expand our Youth Employment Program for students at Lanier High School
¦Increase the number of children (from 75 to 350) who enjoy our summer programming – including horseback riding, cheerleading, dance, academic boosters, and much more
¦Roll out a new summer program that brings rising 6th and 7th graders to Galloway Elementary to prepare these children for the changes and the rigors of middle school. We know that middle school is a “make or break” time in terms of a student’s prospects of making their way to high school graduation
¦Introduce a summer program to train and inspire rising 9th graders entering Lanier High School. Research tells us that the typical Mississippi drop out is an African American male who is seventeen-years-old and in his second attempt at 9th grade. Our aim is to keep such kids in school
¦Develop a functioning coalition of service providers addressing health, education, housing, safety and other related issues for the families we’re serving in the Lanier High School feeder pattern (this is part of the programming initially funded by the America’s Promise Alliance and the United Way)

Governance

Board Size:20
Paid Staff:73

Fundraising Methods

Operation Shoestring relies on the financial support of generous donors and partners. Without the support of people across Jackson and across our state, they cannot provide our ministry to the children and families in our service area.

Operation Shoestring also needs – and values – volunteers. Our neighborhood counts on us, and they in turn depend on our community for support. They can always find a way to put your time and talents to use, including:

¦Providing breakfast for summer camp kids (a great group project)
¦Providing food for Saturday parent workshops
¦Leading life-skills workshops (shopping on a shoestring, budgeting, debt management, stress management, health issues for women and their children etc.)
¦Tutoring children in Project KIDS after-school/summer program
¦Helping maintain our garden and playground

Financial Summary

According to the IRS Form 990 for the Fiscal Year ended 9/30/2011:

Total Income $1,186,682.00
Total Expenses $1,220,350.00
Gain/Loss for the Year ($33,668.00)

Expense Breakdown
Item Amount % of Expenses
Programs $999,053.00 81.87%
Fund Raising $107,235.00 8.79%
Administrative $114,062.00 9.35%
Miscellaneous $0.00 0.00%

Income Breakdown
Item Amount % of Income
Contributions $1,159,156.00 97.68%
Program Service Revenue $2,676.00 0.23%
Special Events $24,543.00 2.07%
Gross Profit ($1,594.00) -0.13%
Dividends $158.00 0.01%
Other $1,743.00 0.15%

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Customer Complaint History

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BBB has processed no customer complaints on this charity in its three year reporting period.

Government Action(s)

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BBB has no information regarding government actions at this time.

Advertising Review

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Additional Information

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Operation Shoestring relies on the financial support of generous donors and partners. Fund Raising Methods used are direct mail appeals, invitations to fund raising events and grant proposals. Operation Shoestring also needs – and values – volunteers to: Providing breakfast for summer camp kids (a great group project) Providing food for Saturday parent workshops Leading life-skills workshops (shopping on a shoestring, budgeting, debt management, stress management, health issues for women and their children etc.) - Tutoring children in Project KIDS after-school/summer program Food pantry (food drives, picking up food, preparing and distributing food boxes) Helping maintain our garden and playground

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Report as of: 4/17/2014
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