Basic Organization Information
Freedom School Partners Inc.
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- NTEE Category:
B Educational Institutions
B24 Primary/Elementary Schools
B Educational Institutions
B92 Remedial Reading, Reading Encouragement
O Youth Development
O20 Youth Centers, Clubs, (includes Boys/Girls Clubs)- Multipurpose
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- How This Organization Is Funded:
The Leon Levine Foundation - $100,000
Bank of America Foundation - $100,000
Wells Fargo Foundation - $75,000
To engage, educate and empower children to succeed in school and in life through quality, year-round educational enrichment programs.
Mary Nell McPherson
For over a decade, Mary Nell
McPherson has worked as the Executive Director of Freedom
School Partners toward their mission to engage, educate, and empower children
to succeed in school and in life through quality, year-round educational enrichment
programs. FSP serves this mission by
providing affordable, quality afterschool programs and Children’s Defense Fund
Freedom Schools® summer programs for students and families living in poverty in
McPherson has worked in the non-profit sector for over 20
years and came to Freedom School Partners in January 2000. Her substantial history
in nonprofit management includes serving as the Director of Operations for
Habitat for Humanity, Charlotte and Support Specialist for Crisis Assistance
Ministry. In October 2009, Mecklenburg
Ministries honored Mary Nell with their Community Leader Award for ten years of
service in the Charlotte community. An
ordained elder in the Presbyterian Church (USA), she believes that education
and the knowledge of God’s love are the keys for children growing into their potential. Due to the success of Freedom Schools in
Charlotte, McPherson was appointed to the national Children’s Defense Fund Freedom Schools Advisory Board in 2011. McPherson
is leading Freedom School Partners with an aggressive long term plan for
expansion of Freedom Schools in the Charlotte region. Mary Nell is married to Kevin Strawn with
whom she has two college-aged daughters, Mollie and Rosemarie.
Mary Nell McPherson has worked in the non-profit sector for over 20 years, and came to Freedom School Partners as the founding Executive Director in January 2000. Formerly the Director of Operations at Charlotte's Habitat for Humanity, Mary Nell works to strengthen existing programs while leading the organization to address additional community needs. An ordained elder in the Presbyterian Church (USA), she believes that education and the knowledge of God's love are the keys for children growing into their potential.
Board of Directors
Highest Paid Employees & Their Compensation
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Impact Summary from the Nonprofit
We work with community partners, offering Children Defense Fund's Freedom Schools® programs in the summer and afterschool, to improve academic achievement, reduce dropout rates, and inspire the love of reading.