Better Business Bureau Report for
Cary Christian Center

Better Business Bureau Report issued October 2016
Better Business Bureau Report expires October 2017

This BBB Accredited charity meets all 20 Standards for Charity Accountability. Find out more...

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Charity Contact Information

Name: Cary Christian Center
Address: 154 Cottonwood Street
  Cary, MS 39054
Phone: 662-873-4593
Web Address:
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1992, Mississippi
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: To actively proclaim and demonstrate the Gospel of Jesus Christ in order to enable individuals to reach their full potential in Christ.

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Evaluation Conclusions


Cary Christian Center meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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Cary Christian Center works to break the cycle of poverty through relationships, one person at a time. The organization’s thrift stores provide clothing and furnishings for residents of the Mississippi Delta and create jobs. The Dental Clinic Ministry offers full dental services, as well as dental education to patients and the community regarding proper oral hygiene and the long-range value of preventative dentistry. The Village Ministry provides after school and summer ministry for children and youth to excel spiritually, academically, and socially. The Parent Child Ministry offers education with support to the parents, focusing on families with children from birth to age three.

For the fiscal year-ended September 30, 2015, Cary Christian Center's program expenses were:

Program Services 959,887
Total Program Expenses: $959,887
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Chief Executive : Mr. Carl Watley, Interim Director

Chair of the Board: Mr. Doug Steyling
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Supervisor, Medin Corporation

Board Size: 7

Paid Staff Size: 20

*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 fundraising events, grant proposals, internet appeals
Fundraising costs were 25% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $672,374, are donations received as a result of fundraising 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 Cary Christian Center's audited financial statements for the fiscal year-ended September 30, 2015.

Source of Funds  
Public donations 417,439
In-kind donations 185,741
Thrift shops 176,013
Grant revenue 69,194
Dental Clinic 62,069
Rental income 5,995
Village Ministry 4,431
Other income 4,428
Volunteer ministry 3,616
Compassion 975
Interest 104
Investment income (Loss) -1,859
Total Income $928,146


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 74%  Fund Raising: 13%  Administrative: 13% 

Total income $928,146
Program expenses $959,887
Fund raising expenses 164,881
Administrative expenses 167,920
Total expenses $1,292,688
Expenses in Excess of Income (364,542)
Beginning net assets 1,125,760
Ending net assets 761,218
Total liabilities 21,324
Total assets $782,542

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BBB Comments


 A BBB Accredited Charity Seal Holder since 7/15/2013. 

BBB accreditation does not mean that the charity's programs or services have been evaluated or endorsed by BBB or that BBB has made a determination as to the charity's competency in performing services. 
According to Note 12 in the charity's audited financial statements for the fiscal year-ended September 30, 2015, "there is substantial doubt about the Organization’s ability to continue as a going concern within one year of the date of the issue of the financial statements [November 6, 2015]. Contributions have decreased substantially over the past two years. This decrease has caused the Organization to have net losses in the years ended September 30, 2015 and 2014, of $364,452 and $182,975, respectively… In 2014-15, the Organization averaged $88,248 of expenses per month. Revenue (deposits) only exceeded this amount in one month (December). Deposits averaged $57,139 in the other eleven months… The Board is aware of the significance of the financial situation and has taken steps to alleviate it.”
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