Educational Institutions

Freedom School Partners Inc.

  • Charlotte, NC
  • www.freedomschoolpartners.org

Mission Statement

To engage, educate and empower children to succeed in school and in life through quality, year-round educational enrichment programs.

Main Programs

  1. Program 1
  2. Summer and Afterschool Children's Defense Fund Freedom Schools(R)

service areas

National

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ruling year

2000

chief executive for fy 1999

Mary Nell McPherson

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Keywords

K-8, Literacy, Summer enrichment, parent education, Freedom Schools

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EIN

56-2169158

Physical Address

1030 Arosa Avenue

Charlotte, NC 28203

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Primary/Elementary Schools (B24)

Remedial Reading, Reading Encouragement (B92)

Youth Centers, Clubs, (includes Boys/Girls Clubs)- Multipurpose (O20)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Impact statement

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.

Programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

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Program 1

Eighty children attend the out-of-school-time program, featuring tutoring, performing arts instruction and field trips. Our staff works with public school teachers to ensure afterschool enrichment complements school-day learning. Parents "pay tuition" by attending parenting meetings and volunteering in their child's public school classroom. Each summer, over 400 children in grades K-8 participate in Freedom Schools, a free literacy based summer camp for children from Charlotte's most challenged neighborhoods. 40 college student interns from 21 different colleges and universities energize summer camp as role models and classroom leaders, inspiring through the "I Can Make a Difference" literacy curriculum. We are increasingly aware of the challenges of summer learning loss for children in poverty, and see ourselves growing to add more Freedom School summer camps in response to this incredible need.

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Population Served

Program 2

Summer and Afterschool Children's Defense Fund Freedom Schools(R)

FSP works to address the problems of the growing achievement gap fueled
by summer learning loss for low-income children and the lack of affordable,
quality Out-of-School time (OST) learning experiences. Through high-quality,
literacy-based afterschool and summer programs for school-age (K-8) children,
at no cost to families, we are providing solutions to these problems.  FSP estimates that over 50,000 children in
Charlotte-Mecklenburg are in need of quality out-of-school time opportunities.
(This conservative estimate is based on the number of CMS students enrolled in
the Free-or-Reduced Lunch (FRL) program, a typically under-representative
number and the number of quality OST offerings available to families.)

FSP
has many recent accomplishments of which to be proud. Most recently program evaluation
results from summer of 2011 concluded that 61% of participants gained reading
comprehension levels and 34% maintained reading levels - translating to success
against preventing summer learning loss for 95% of participants. Moreover, this
is the third consecutive year that scholar evaluations have resulted in over
90% in gaining and maintaining reading scores.

Category

Education

Budget

$2,959,000.00

Population Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

service areas

National

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Funding Needs

Programs cost approximately $1,200 per child served. All contributions are private dollars, we do not receive any assistance from United Way or the Government. Help us reach our goal of serving 5,000 children in Charlotte by 2016.

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Freedom School Partners, Inc.
Fiscal year: Oct 01-Dec 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

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Freedom School Partners Inc.

Leadership

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CHIEF EXECUTIVE FOR FISCAL YEAR

Mary Nell McPherson

BIO

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
Charlotte. 

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.

STATEMENT FROM THE CEO

"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."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Ms. Karen S. Williams

Centered Wellness

Term: Oct 2010 - Sept 2013

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