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Back to School in Style


Paper, notebooks, pencils, pencil sharpeners, erasers, pens, and textbooks. Safety scissors, glue or paste, and crayons for the little ones. Backpacks or tote bags. Clothes or uniforms. Shoes.

Sending kids back to school can be expensive. For some families, buying school supplies and clothing puts a severe strain on budgets already stretched thin. Others simply cannot afford to outfit their children for school.

That's where nonprofit organizations step in. From Alabama to Washington State, Texas to Illinois, charities give school supplies and clothing to children who otherwise would go without them.

Many organizations focus on providing clothing to schoolchildren from low-income families. Others collect, buy, and distribute school supplies. Some charities give both clothing and supplies.

Some nonprofits reach out to children in special circumstances, such as those in foster care, youngsters whose mothers are in prison, and kids who live in homeless shelters and housing projects.

A number of organizations assist students overseas. American charities provide clothing or educational supplies to children in Bosnia, Central America, Cuba, Haiti, India, Jamaica, Kenya, Kosovo, Mexico, Nigeria, Peru, Salvador, and Zambia.

Whether they provide school supplies or clothing, whether they benefit children in American homeless shelters or foreign villages, these charities share the same goal: to make it easier for children to get an education and thus improve the quality of their lives.

This report was based on information in the GuideStar database.

suzanne-coffman-150x150.jpgThe preceding post is by Suzanne Coffman, GuideStar’s editorial director. See more of Suzanne’s sector findings and musings on philanthropy here on our blog. 
Topics: Charity Nonprofits Back to School Children