“That no Child should be kept from school for lack of adequate clothing.” This is the creed of the Charity Newsies, a unique non-profit organization founded in 1907 in Columbus, Ohio.
For over 100 years, the Newsies have provided new winter coats, clothing and shoes — and more recently, school uniforms, math materials, and dictionaries — to thousands of school children. For the recently completed season, Charity Newsies clothed 14,300 boys and girls in Franklin County.
The Charity Newsies' members fund its activities privately through gifts, bequests and solicitations. After a public auction each December, hundreds of Newsies hit the streets the following Saturday, wearing their famous white coveralls to sell a special edition of The Columbus Dispatch to drive-by contributors — 100% of these donations go directly to the purchase of clothing.
Through its high level of volunteer effort, Charity Newsies is financially efficient and proud of its ability to maintain such a high portion of charitable spending. To assure that 100 percent of contributions go toward charitable efforts, members pay dues and conduct special events year round to raise money for administrative expenses.