BBB Charity Review for
Parents for Public Schools, Inc.

A BBB Accredited Charity since 3/15/2010


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Charity Contact & Profile

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Business Name:
Business Address: 125 S Congress St
Ste 1218
Jackson, MS 39201

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Local Business Start Date: 11/7/1989
Type of Entity: Charity/NonProfit
Phone Number:
(601) 969-6936
(800) 880-1222
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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.


Parents for Public Schools is a national organization of community-based chapters working to strengthen public schools through broad-based enrollment. Invigorated by a diverse membership, our proactive involvement helps public schools attract all families in a community by making sure all schools effectively serve all children. We believe that quality public education is vital to our democracy and to America's future.


PPS was formed in 1989 by a group of parents in Jackson, Mississippi to recruit families to support public education. Within less than two years, 800 families had organized and helped to pass a $35 million bond issue, the first in more than two decades. After this early success, public education advocates and supporters urged PPS to create a national organization, which was later established in 1991.

Today, there are 17 PPS chapters located in 11 states. Although each chapter has its own identity; the chapters’ work is enhanced as a part of a larger national network that provides a source of power, support, and expertise.

PPS Focus:

Leadership Development for Parents – to build a powerful network of parents who are equipped with leadership skills to engage in school improvement efforts at the local, state, and national level.

Public Awareness for Parent Engagement – to build greater awareness of and support for parent engagement as a school improvement strategy.

Organizing for Action – to mobilize parents and their supporters to work to achieve equitable distribution of resources to support public education and access to opportunities for all students.


Board Size:20
Paid Staff:13

Fundraising Methods

PPS uses direct mail appeals and grant proposals to help fund the organization.

Financial Summary

According to the IRS Form 990 for the Fiscal Year ended 4/30/2011:

Total Income $476,027.00
Total Expenses $1,590,147.00
Gain/Loss for the Year ($1,114,120.00)

Expense Breakdown
Item Amount % of Expenses
Programs $1,374,379.00 86.43%
Fund Raising $96,411.00 6.06%
Administrative $119,357.00 7.51%
Miscellaneous $0.00 0.00%

Income Breakdown
Item Amount % of Income
Contributions $365,895.00 76.86%
Dividends $57,318.00 12.04%
Other Investments $52,814.00 11.09%

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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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PPS uses direct mail appeals and grant proposals to help fund the organization.

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Report as of: 7/4/2015
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