Better Business Bureau Report for
Shoes and Clothes for Kids

Better Business Bureau Report issued October 2018
Better Business Bureau Report expires October 2019

This BBB Accredited charity meets all 20 Standards for Charity Accountability and is a Seal Holder. Find out more...

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Charity Contact Information

Name: Shoes and Clothes for Kids
Address: 3500 Lorain Avenue
  Cleveland, OH 44113
Phone: 216-881-7463
Web Address:
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1987, Ohio
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: "Shoes and Clothes for Kids' (SC4K) mission is to improve K-8 school attendance by eliminating lack of appropriate clothing, shoes, and school supplies as barriers. SC4K is the only nonprofit organization in the Greater Cleveland area that distributes new shoes, school uniforms, clothes, and school supplies to eligible teachers and students."

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Evaluation Conclusions


Shoes and Clothes for Kids (SC4K) meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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hoes and Clothes for Kids (SC4K) is the only non-profit organization in Cleveland providing brand new clothing items and shoe gift cards at no charge throughout the year to local children in need. Through a network of 32 Distribution Partners, SC4K positively impacts the lives of area children by giving them the self-esteem and confidence that comes from having brand new shoes and clothes. SC4K operates year round, holding five distributions. In 2014, SC4K distributed 107,191 pieces of clothing with a retail value of $2,312,749 and 14,700 Payless ShoeSource gift cards with a value of $147,700. Beyond bringing important basic needs items to thousands of deserving children, SC4K is proud to serve as a change agent for families living in poverty. By providing new clothing and shoes through our distribution network, we can connect these families with other important programs and services to improve and enrich their lives. These programs and services include food pantries, GED programs, childcare, Healthy Start, etc, and are located in areas with high densities of children living at or below 185% of poverty.

For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2017, SC4K's program expenses were:

Program Services 4,984,837
Total Program Expenses: $4,984,837
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Chief Executive : Terence Uhl, Executive Director

Chair of the Board: Mr. Tracy Jemison II
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Managing Director, The Glenmede Trust Company

Board Size: 48

Paid Staff Size: 3

*Compensation includes annual salary and, if applicable, benefit plans, expense accounts, and other allowances.
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Fund Raising


Method(s) Used:

direct mail, invitations to fund raising events, print advertisements, radio, grant proposals, internet, planned giving arrangements
Fund raising costs were 5% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $3,863,012, are donations received as a result of fund raising activities.)
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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.
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The following information is based on SC4K's audited financial statements - consolidated for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2017.

Source of Funds  
In-Kind Inventory and Gift Cards 2,580,169
Contributions - Foundations 558,883
Contributions - Individuals 455,419
Contributions - Corporate and Other Organizations 133,312
In-Kind Rent, Professional Services, Good and Materials 72,546
Special Events - Net 62,683
Investment Income 451
Total Income $3,863,463


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 91%  Fund Raising: 3%  Administrative: 6% 

Total income $3,863,463
Program expenses $4,984,837
Fund raising expenses 189,372
Administrative expenses 347,314
Total expenses $5,521,523
Expenses in Excess of Income (1,658,060)
Beginning net assets 3,569,241
Ending net assets 3,845,293
Total liabilities 58,549
Total assets $3,903,842

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