Disable all preview features

Education : Youth Education Programs and Services (Grantmaking)

Classroom Central

Helping create a world of endless possibilities for our students.

four stars

98.23

2116 Wilkinson Boulevard Charlotte, NC 28208
tel: (704) 377-1740   Web Site
EIN: 03-0455618

Board Leadership
Wood Lay
Chair

CEO
Karen Calder
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 98.23 four stars
  Financial 97.50 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00 four stars
This rating was published 07/01/2019 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Classroom Central equips students in need to effectively learn by collecting and distributing free school supplies to their teachers. Classroom Central ensures that all children living in poverty have all the tools they need to not only learn but to succeed. When equipped with the proper supplies, we believe there's no limit to what children can achieve. Classroom Central serves high-poverty schools in six school districts: Charlotte-Mecklenburg, Gaston, Iredell-Statesville, Union, Kannapolis & Lancaster.

Classroom Central equips students in need to effectively learn by collecting and distributing free school supplies to their teachers. Classroom Central ensures that all children living in poverty have all the tools they need to not only learn but to succeed. When equipped with the proper supplies, we believe there's no limit to what children can achieve. Classroom Central serves high-poverty schools in six school districts: Charlotte-Mecklenburg, Gaston, Iredell-Statesville, Union, Kannapolis & Lancaster.

Impact Information

GuideStar is Charity Navigator's trusted partner in sharing information on how this organization seeks impact.  GuideStar has recognized this organization with a Platinum Seal of Transparency for voluntarily and publicly sharing information about how they measure their progress and results.  Learn More about Impact Information.
Reported Results
Showing 3 of 10
Total in 2018
Percentage of teachers reporting that Classroom Central had a positive influence on student participation.
99
Percentage of teachers reporting that Classroom Central had a positive influence on quality of student work.
92
Percentage of teachers reporting that Classroom Central had a positive influence on student-teacher relationship.
96
Percentage of teachers reporting that providing school supplies showed students that they could count on them.
99
Number of students in high-needs schools receiving backpacks with supplies at the beginning of the school year (Backpacks and Basics program)
15,000
Percentage of teachers reporting that Classroom Central had a positive influence on increasing instructional time.
97
Percentage of teachers reporting that Classroom Central had a positive influence on their feeling valued by the community.
99
Value of free school supplies we distribute into our community.
5,253,840
Number of teachers who shop for free supplies through our programs.
4,553
Number of students who benefit from our programs
91,060
This impact information is current as of October 2019, when it was provided to us by GuideStar. At this time, Impact information published on this organization's page has no effect on its rating per our methodology.

Financial

four stars

97.50

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

100.00

This rating was published 07/01/2019 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.
Overall Rating Chart
  Program Expenses
(Percent of the charity's total expenses spent on the programs
and services it delivers)
95.1%
  Administrative Expenses 1.8%
  Fundraising Expenses 3.0%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.02
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.87
  Program Expenses Growth 12.5%
  Liabilities to Assets 3.4%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Classroom Central on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Classroom Central on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Classroom Central (NC) 98.23 four stars
PENCIL (TN) 90.91 four stars
AdoptAClassroom.org (MN) 96.66 four stars
AchieveMpls (MN) 91.63 four stars
DonorsChoose (NY) 95.47 four stars

Compare These Charities (Highly Rated)

REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $6,648,249
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $167,796
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $6,816,045
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $6,816,045
   Other Revenue $20,477
TOTAL REVENUE $6,836,522
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $5,448,734
   Administrative Expenses $94,503
   Fundraising Expenses $170,620
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $5,713,857
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $1,122,665
   
Net Assets $4,371,054

Program names and associated costs are listed for the top programs as reported on the charity's most recently filed Form 990. The top programs displayed will include the largest three programs, or those programs covering at least 60% of the charity's total expenses, whichever comes first.

Program Name Amount Spent % of Program Expenses
Donated Supplies to Teachers $5,448,734 100.0%

Ratings History
Classroom Central has received 3 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-06 07/01/2019 98.23 four stars
2017-06 08/01/2018 94.74 four stars
2016-06 08/01/2017 90.71 four stars
2015-06 11/01/2016 86.84 three stars
2014-06 06/01/2016 83.43 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 11/01/2015 81.81 three stars
2013-06 08/01/2014 88.66 three stars
2012-06 04/01/2014 86.50 three stars

The data displayed on this tab is provided by the IRS in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

EIN 03-0455618
Name in IRS Master File CLASSROOM CENTRAL INC
NTEE Code B11
NTEE Classification Single Organization Support
NTEE Type Educational Institutions and Related Activities
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities
Foundation Status Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public   170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
Deductibility Contributions are deductible
Affiliation Independent - the organization is an independent organization or an independent auxiliary (i.e., not affiliated with a National, Regional, or Geographic grouping of organizations).
Group Name [Not Applicable]
Ruling Date July, 2002
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End June
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • June, 2018
  • June, 2017
  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$134,690 2.35% Karen Calder Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Classroom Central (NC) 98.23 four stars
A Gift for Teaching (FL) 92.36 four stars
PENCIL (TN) 90.91 four stars
Hillsborough Education Foundation (FL) 90.93 four stars
AdoptAClassroom.org (MN) 96.66 four stars

Compare These Charities (Highly Rated)

This charity has an official representative registered with Charity Navigator.

Charity Contact Info

Classroom Central
2116 Wilkinson Boulevard
Charlotte, NC 28208
tel: (704) 377-1740
EIN: 03-0455618

Visit Web Site

Board Leadership

Wood Lay
Chair

CEO

Karen Calder
Executive Director

Join Our Mailing List

Join over 400,000 other informed givers and get updates on charity ratings, new features, hot topics, and tips for donating.