Charitable Union (Battle Creek, MI)


  • Name:Mrs. Laura Daugherty
  • Title:Director of Fund Development

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Charitable Union
  • Address: 85 Calhoun Street
    Battle Creek, MI 49017
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:269-964-7234
  • Main fax:269-966-2535

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  • Mission:
  • To contribute to human dignity by providing clothing, bedding and small household items at no charge and connecting people to resources in our community. We strive to honor and respect the people we serve, collaborate and partner with stakeholders, respect diversity within our organization, be an exemplary organization and use resources responsibly.

  • Overview:
  • Charitable Union began in 1887. Our agency operates in Battle Creek, Michigan serving those in need in Calhoun County. We serve individuals by offering clothing and household items free of charge to those in need.

    Because of close community partners, Charitable Union staff is able to connect our clients to needed resources. We are here to offer clothing but tend to find we do much more for the client.

    We have a store that operates in a retail style setting but without price tags! Our clients are referred to us by churches, schools or other human service agencies. These individuals are able to visit our store on a monthly basis and shop for needed items. We pride ourselves on the cleanliness and organization of our store.

    Our store is able to offer baby items for newborns, appropriate clothing for school aged children, interview clothing for those job searching, steel-toed boots for those working in assembly or production as well as medical scrubs for those starting their medical career. Our clients are able to take their time to shop for what they really need without worry or stress.

    We find that the savings these individuals incur by shopping at Charitable Union allows them the opportunity to pay for basic needs such as housing or food. It is our goal that each of these families experience independence and self sufficiency and we hope to be a step toward that realization.

    We love our clients and strive to treat them with the utmost respect. One of our favorite cleints (whom now has reached indedpence and is no longer in need of our services) said it best; "When I walked into Charitable Union I was treated with respect, consideration, tolerance and patience."

    Our purpose is to contribute to human dignity however that may look. For the homeless man just coming in off the street it is a clean pair of pants and a smile. For the mom stressed because she can't afford new clothing for her growing son, it is the opportunity to shop for clean and appropriate clothing for that growing baby. Or for the gentlemen that has been out of work and has landed a job assembling car parts but cannot afford the needed steel-toed boots its the pair of boots we can offer him to get him started at the job.

    We pride ourselves on the ways we can make a difference in the lives of our clients. Charitable Union began with a belief that if you listen to people to figure out what they need, and then work to accomodate those needs, the community will grow stronger with caring citizens. As an agency, we have practiced that same principle and believe that our community is much better because of our being here.

  • History:
  • Charitable Union began in 1887 when a group of ladies saw children loitering in the street during the school day. When they approached these kids they were told that the students were embarrassed about their clothing. Believing that a good education would propel these families out of poverty, the women went into action. They collected clothing from friends and neighbors and gave them to these children with the promise that they would attend school.

    These ladies began to see the need for vocational training so they opened a nursing school, saw the need for food so they opened a food pantry; thus the name Charitable Union (meaning a union of charities). As time went on, the ladies gave away the directorship of the nursing school and food pantry but held onto the clothing portion. The name has not changed but the mission has become much more intentional.

    Today we collect clothing from our local community and give it out free of charge to over 11,000 individuals on an annual basis. Over 5,000 of them are children.

    Still operating on the belief that a good education will help these families journey out of poverty, we offer weather and age appropriate clothing each month to referred individuals.

    These women began Charitable Union with a dance. They hosted a great gala and sold tickets, rendering them $282; which back in 1887 was quite a bit of money. Agency staff has followed the lead of these founding women and has hosted many fundraising events. Just this past January, our board and staff hosted a 125th anniversary celebration inviting 200 donors to dinner and music. We were able to honor over 70 years of directorship that evening.

    The faces have changed but the mission remains solid. Our hope is that Charitable Union will continue

  • Year established:1887
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:15
  • Advisory board size:3
  • Staff size:15


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • Tax ID:38-1405611

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IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:381405611
  • Organization Name:CHARITABLE UNION
  • Sort (Secondary) Name:
  • Care Of Name:
  • Organization Address:85 CALHOUN ST
  • Organization City:BATTLE CREEK
  • Organization State:MI
  • Organization Zip:49017-3844
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):1
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Charitable Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:January, 1938
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:15
  • Foundation Code Desc.:Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general publicĀ 170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
  • Activity Code(s):999
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:December, 2016
  • Filing Requirement Category:01 (990 (all other) or 990EZ return)
  • Accounting Period:December
  • NTEE Code:P58Z
  • Asset Amount:$1,078,566
  • Asset Code:6 ($1,000,000 - $4,999,999)
  • Income Amount:$2,711,794
  • Income Code:6 ($1,000,000 - $4,999,999)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$2,703,287
  • Last Updated:2/25/2018 9:49:55 am

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