Communities In Schools of Fitzgerald/Ben Hill County, Inc. (Fitzgerald, GA)


  • Name:Mrs. Becky Gay
  • Title:Executive Director

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Communities In Schools of Fitzgerald/Ben Hill County, Inc.
  • Address:PO Box 362
    408 W. Suwanee Street
    Fitzgerald, GA 31750
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:2294237933

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  • Mission:
  • The mission of Communities In Schools of Fitzgerald-Ben Hill County is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life.

  • Overview:
  • Communities In Schools, Inc. (CIS) is recognized as the nation’s largest dropout prevention organization, reaching nearly 1.25 million young people in more than 3,400 schools across the Unites States. Each local program varies in strategies used, populations targeted and services offered to ensure that each community is able to direct resources to areas that will have the greatest impact on the success of youth. In Georgia, the CIS network includes 41 CIS local network affiliates programs providing services to over 124,000 students at 279 school and community-based sites.

    The organizational vision is that all students in Ben Hill County will successfully learn, graduate from high school on time, and enter post-secondary education or the workforce. CISFBHC has always shared the same mission statement of CIS National which is "to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life". The pillars that support the work of the organization are the 5 CIS basics® and the belief that every child needs and deserves: a meaningful relationship with a responsible and caring adult; a safe and healthy place to learn and grow; a marketable skill to use upon graduation; a healthy start; and a chance to give back to peers and the community.

    Our programs are designed to target those students who need basic supplies, tutoring and mentoring services that will help them excel in school. A statistical analysis of Ben Hill County's (BHC) child, family and community well-being using data from Georgia Kids Count and the Georgia Department of Education shows a tremendous need to provide students the support and resources needed to succeed in school. BHC demographics show a small, rural population of 17,635 with 27.9% estimated to be living below the poverty threshold. The unemployment rate is 14.6 compared to the state's rate of 9.9. Data shows 77.9% of BHC students eligible to receive free or reduced price meals compared to the state's rate of 58.7%.

    In a recent study produced by the Annie E Casey foundation, a report shows that one in six children who are not reading proficiently in third grade do not graduate from high school on time, a rate four times greater than that for proficient readers. Children who have lived in poverty and are not reading proficiently in third grade are about three times more likely to dropout than those who have never been poor. With BHC statistics showing that 41.5% of our children were living in poverty in 2010, it is crucial that we continue to provide support to our school system to help make sure these students are reading proficiently by 3rd grade.

    Other areas of concerns addressed by CISFBHC, through a partnership with the school system to provide abstinence education, include teen pregnancy and STDs. Positive results are being seen in information reported on the Georgia Department of Public Health's OASIS website. BHC's pregnancy count (ages 10-19) is down from 75 to 56 and the STD count (ages 10-19) is down from 107 to 33.

    For the past twenty-one years, CISFBHC has sought to establish an array of school and community-based prevention/intervention programs aimed at surrounding students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. Capitalizing on a number of local, state and national initiatives, our organization now sponsors programs and services to children and their families in all of the Ben Hill County Schools. While each initiative has been the direct result of extensive planning and collaboration between community agencies, the thread that is woven throughout all of the programs is the contribution that the community makes to the overall success of those we serve and our organization.

  • History:
  • Incorporated in 1992, CIS of Fitzgerald-Ben Hill County, Inc (CISFBHC). is now in its twenty-first year developing and implementing a comprehensive dropout prevention program to benefit area youth. The CIS concept was originally introduced to community leaders in December 1991 through efforts of the Fitzgerald-Ben Hill County Wellness Council. On January 30, 1992, a community wide orientation was held during which Neil Shorthouse, President of Communities In Schools of Georgia, and students from St. Luke’s Academy spoke about the impact that CIS was making in young people’s lives. In the months that followed, implementation of a local CIS program was underway.

    CIS of Fitzgerald-Ben Hill County, Inc. began serving students in the fall of 1992 through a Success Seminar curriculum that was added in the 5th–8th grades with teachers facilitating from within the school faculty. The program was a joint effort of the local CIS board of Directors, the Ben Hill County Board of Education, Ben Hill County Department of Family and Children Services, the City of Fitzgerald, Ben Hill County Commission, local business and industry leaders. The collaborative nature of that program continues to exist today with CISFBHC providing indirect services to over 3,000 students, and direct services to 300 plus students in grades K-12 through school and community–based programs. CISFBHC continues to successfully engage the community’s private and public sector leadership in the coordinated delivery of existing health, social, and educational services for the benefit of area youth and their families.

    The board and staff of CISFBCH have always strived to develop and implement sound nonprofit policies and procedures that would ensure the infrastructure was in place to meet the children and families of Ben Hill County through quality programming. In June of 1998, CISFBHC successfully completed the Quality and Standards (Q&S) Accreditation process for best program practices, management and accountability and was awarded chartered status through CIS National. In 2008, CIS National replaced the Q&S Accreditation process with a new set of standards called Total Quality System (TQS) which would also have an accreditation review. The TQS standards define expectations for effective non-profit business practices and for implementing the Communities In Schools model of integrated student support services at school sites. The site standards are based on a five-year, longitudinal national evaluation conducted by an independent, outside evaluator that documented the impact of the Communities In Schools model. The evaluation revealed that schools implementing the Communities In Schools model with high fidelity had higher graduation rates, lower dropout rates, and performed better than comparison schools in increasing the percentage of students meeting or exceeding math and reading proficiency in 4th and 8th grades, a crucial predictor of high school graduation.

    CIS National made available Impact funding to local affiliates that were willing to make a commitment to meet all general organization/business standards and site standards within a designated time period. CISFBHC was selected as an Impact affiliate which provided funding and technical support through the state office and national organization. In the spring of 2011, CISFBHC successfully met all standards and an accreditation review was conducted by CIS National. In June 2011, the official notification from CIS National was released stating that CISFBHC was the 5th Georgia affiliate to successfully met all standards and achieve TQS Accreditation.

  • Year established:1992
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:14
  • Advisory board size:9
  • Staff size:5


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:None
  • Tax ID:582008427

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IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:582008427
  • Sort (Secondary) Name:
  • Care Of Name:% MARION M JAY
  • Organization Address:PO BOX 362
  • Organization City:FITZGERALD
  • Organization State:GA
  • Organization Zip:31750-0362
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):1, 2
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Charitable Organization, Educational Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:December, 1992
  • 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 public 170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
  • Activity Code(s):059
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):Other school related activities
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:June, 2017
  • Filing Requirement Category:01 (990 (all other) or 990EZ return)
  • Accounting Period:June
  • NTEE Code:B80Z
  • Asset Amount:$13,963
  • Asset Code:2 ($10,000 - $24,999)
  • Income Amount:$121,952
  • Income Code:4 ($100,000 - $499,999)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$121,952
  • Last Updated:2/25/2018 5:38:27 am

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