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Cradles To Crayons, Inc. - Massachusetts

 155 North Beacon Street
 Brighton, MA 02135
[P] (617) 779-4700
[F] (866) 841-9995
www.cradlestocrayons.org
[email protected]
Lynn Margherio
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INCORPORATED: 2002
 Printable Profile (Summary / Full)
EIN 04-3584367

LAST UPDATED: 12/14/2017
Organization DBA --
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years No

Summary

Mission StatementMORE »

Cradles to Crayons provides children from birth through age 12, living in homeless or low-income situations, with the essential items they need to thrive - at home, at school and at play. We supply these items free of charge by engaging and connecting communities that have with communities that need.

Mission Statement

Cradles to Crayons provides children from birth through age 12, living in homeless or low-income situations, with the essential items they need to thrive - at home, at school and at play. We supply these items free of charge by engaging and connecting communities that have with communities that need.


FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year Apr 01, 2017 to Mar 31, 2018
Projected Income $4,542,388.00
Projected Expense $4,542,388.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Everyday Essentials
  • Gear Up For Baby
  • Gear Up For Winter
  • Ready for School
  • Spring Greening

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Overview

Mission Statement

Cradles to Crayons provides children from birth through age 12, living in homeless or low-income situations, with the essential items they need to thrive - at home, at school and at play. We supply these items free of charge by engaging and connecting communities that have with communities that need.


Background Statement

Founded in 2002 by CEO Lynn Margherio, Cradles to Crayons was shaped by a vision that existing community resources could be leveraged to benefit economically disadvantaged children, bridging the gap between those who have and those who are in need.

Cradles to Crayons officially opened its doors in Quincy, Massachusetts in 2002, and after five successful years providing critically needed items, the Cradles to Crayons model was expanded to help children in Philadelphia, PA. In 2011, we relocated our Massachusetts Giving Factory to a larger space in Brighton with the goal of doubling our impact. Cradles to Crayons’ unique business model provides an avenue through which children’s products in good and working condition can be recycled in a socially and environmentally responsible way.
 
In 2013, Cradles to Crayons assessed national poverty rates for children and took a strategic look at the organization's growth. With more than 34 million children living in low-income situations across the United States, the organization announced that it would expand into new markets. Our third site, in Chicago's Logan Square, opened its doors in August, 2016, and we served our millionth child, across sites, in 2016.
 

Cradles to Crayons is looked to as a leader in the non-profit sector. In 2010, Cradles to Crayons was recognized as an innovative grassroots organization and received the esteemed Neighborhood Builder Award from Bank of America. In that same year, Cradles to Crayons was recognized with the “Partnership of the Year” award from the Boston Business Journal for our work with Staples. In 2011, Cradles to Crayons was chosen by Massachusetts Governor, Deval Patrick, to host his inaugural Project 351 event, a day of public service with 8th Grade representatives from each of Massachusetts’ 351 cities and towns. Cradles to Crayons has continued to work with Project 351 as a host site for their annual launch on Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend and as a site for one of their Spring Service Projects.  CEO Lynn Margherio was honored to be a recipient of the 2013 Lewis Hine Professional Service Award from the National Child Labor Committee for her leadership of Cradles to Crayons. In 2013, Cradles to Crayons also was chosen as the recipient of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts’ “Community Partner of the Year Award” for our outstanding work with the BlueCrew. In 2017, the Boston Chamber of Commerce selected CEO, Lynn Margherio, for its Pinnacle Award.  For the ninth consecutive year, Cradles to Crayons also earned a designation as a Four-Star Charity by Charity Navigator for outstanding financial management, accountability and transparency in 2017.


Impact Statement

Cradles to Crayons ® is one of a few national organizations that targets clothing insecurity because we believe providing clothing and other essential items through our core program, Everyday Essentials, is critical to a child's well-being: from boosting school attendance, and being ready to learn, to developing through play or physical activity every day and in every season. In 2017, Cradles to Crayons proudly celebrated its fifteenth anniversary, and we have served 1,236,799 children since 2002…and counting. In FY 2017, Cradles to Crayons-Massachusetts collected 58,000 bags of items and served 151,173 children in low-income and homeless situations throughout the state. We partnered with more than 1,300 social service workers and hosted 38,000 volunteer visits at our Giving Factory® warehouse in Brighton where volunteers sorted, inspected and assembled KidPacks® for children in need. Our goals for FY18 are to serve 145,000 children, and to host 38,000 volunteer visits.

Our measure of success is based on improving a child’s quality of life through our ability to fulfill the orders placed by social service partners, and the delivery of needed items into the hands of children. We gather data about: (1) the total number of children served annually, (2) the survey feedback from our social service partners who see the results of Cradles’ work on the ground, and (3) compelling anecdotal evidence from children and families served. Our most recent partner survey revealed:

  • 70% increase in school readiness
  • 88% of partners rely on Cradles to Crayons to provide resources they cannot get elsewhere

  • 89% increase in children able to attend school safely during cold months

  • 91% of parents said it relieved the stress of having to buy backpacks, school supplies, and winter clothing.

  • 93% of our partners say providing essential items is critical to their ability to serve children’s needs and to the health of these children


Needs Statement

Cradles to Crayons Boston's top five needs: 
 
1. Donations of new and like new children's items (check our website for an up to date 'most needed' items list)
 
2. Individuals, organizations, or corporations to host and organize collection drives for children's goods on behalf of Cradles to Crayons
 
3. Volunteer at Cradles to Crayons "Giving Factory" warehouse in Brighton, MA.
 
4. Make a financial contribution.
 
5. Spread the word about Cradles to Crayons and our needs.

CEO Statement

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Board Chair Statement

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Geographic Area Served

In a specific U.S. city, cities, state(s) and/or region.
GREATER BOSTON REGION, MA
City of Boston- Citywide (please select all areas as well)
City of Boston- Allston/ Brighton
City of Boston- Back Bay
City of Boston- Beacon Hill/ West End
City of Boston- Charlestown
City of Boston- Chinatown/ Leather District
City of Boston- North Dorchester
City of Boston- South Dorchester
City of Boston- Downtown
City of Boston- East Boston
City of Boston- Fenway/ Kenmore
City of Boston- Hyde Park
City of Boston- Jamaica Plain
City of Boston- Mattapan
City of Boston- Mission Hill
City of Boston- North End
City of Boston- Roslindale
City of Boston- Roxbury
City of Boston- South Boston
City of Boston- South End/Bay Village
City of Boston- Harbor Islands
City of Boston- West Roxbury
BERKSHIRE REGION, MA
CAPE &ISLANDS REGION, MA
CENTRAL REGION, MA
METROWEST REGION, MA
NORTHEAST REGION, MA
PIONEER VALLEY REGION, MA
SOUTHEAST REGION, MA
STATEWIDE

In FY 2017, which ended March 31st,  Cradles to Crayons provided resources to 151,173 disadvantaged children across Massachusetts. Approximately one-half of our recipients were in Boston, many of the children we serve reside in high need areas throughout the Greater Boston area and in western Massachusetts.
 

Organization Categories

  1. Human Services - Children's and Youth Services
  2. Public & Societal Benefit - Citizen Participation
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Independent research has been conducted on this organization's theory of change or on the effectiveness of this organization's program(s)

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Programs

Everyday Essentials

Everyday Essentials, which is the cornerstone initiative of Cradles to Crayons’ mission, operates year-round to provide much-needed clothing and other items in KidPacks® for children from birth to 12 who are living at 200% or below of the poverty line. Cradles to Crayons is one of a few national organizations that targets clothing insecurity because we believe that Everyday Essentials are critical to a child's well-being: from boosting school attendance, and being ready to learn, to developing through play or physical activity every day and in every season. Each child is provided with one week’s worth of gender- and size-specific essential items—clean and properly-fitting clothes, shoes, underwear, and socks, as well as diapers and books—or seasonal specialty items such as school supplies and winter wear. From June to September, we launch a Ready to School campaign to serve children with backpacks full of school supplies. Between October and March, we lead a Gear Up for Winter campaign with winter coats, hats, gloves, and boots. We also serve children who are food insecure through our mobile food pantry program. The Everyday Essentials program will reach at least 145,000 children this fiscal year (April 1, 2017-March 31, 2017).

Cradles to Crayons’ Everyday Essentials program consists of three main activities: collection of new and like-new items, creation of personalized Kidpacks of essentials, and distribution to the community. To fill orders for thousands of individual children with cost-effective KidPacks ($255 per child), Cradles mobilizes thousands of volunteers, community drives, and philanthropic donations. Our process begins with grassroots donation drives, held in neighborhoods, communities, and corporate communities. Items collected from these drives or by individuals are then dropped off at the “Giving Factory,” our warehouse in Brighton. Staff coordinate request processing, fulfillment, and product deliveries.

Cradles to Crayons has a vast network of institutional partnerships, social workers, teachers, nurses, and civil servants. Our partner network also includes, but is not limited to: ABCD; Horizons for Homeless Children; Boston Medical Center; and the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children. They identify and provide our services to children who are most in need. An online ordering system allows registered partners to place customized orders for KidPacks based on a child’s age, size, gender, interests and unique situation. Once orders are filled, the KidPacks are picked up by one of Cradles’ social service partners, and taken directly to children and their families free of charge, or delivered to one of three convenient, distribution “hubs” (East Boston, South End, and Medford). Last year, we are proud to have established the Mobile Pantry Program, which partners with local food banks, including the Greater Boston Food Bank, Boston Public Schools, and Boston summer feeding programs. Food and clothing insecure families can benefit from both services at the same time and in the same place. Through this initiative, we have 12 new partner sites.

Budget  $4,542,400.00
Category  Human Services, General/Other Children & Youth Services
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years) Infants to Preschool (under age 5) Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Program Short-Term Success 
Our measure of success is based on improving a child’s quality of life through our ability to fulfill the orders placed by social service partners, and the delivery of needed items into the hands of children. We gather data about: (1) the total number of children served annually, (2) the survey feedback from our social service partners that see the results of Cradles’ work on the ground, and (3) the anecdotal evidence from children and families served.
 
1. Children served: Cradles uses our Salesforce database to evaluate the number of children served and track the particulars of each individual order. This year, our goal is to serve 145,000 children and host more than 38,000 volunteer visits.
 
2. Social service partner feedback: Cradles conducts an annual survey of its social service partners to measure progress, identify the effect that Cradles has on the children we serve, and learn how we might better provide this service. In our most recent partner survey, a full 100% of respondents described our services as either “critical” or “important” to their ability to serve children.
 
3. Anecdotal evidence: Cradles also receives consistent, compelling anecdotal evidence of its impact through its annual partner surveys. Recent examples of impact we have heard about from partners include: “Teachers noticed that a five-year-old girl was wearing pants so tight she couldn’t even unbutton them by herself. Her clothing drew teasing from classmates and made her appear withdrawn. After receiving new clothes from Cradles, the young girl was instantly much more confident, making friends and happy to go to school.”The results of our most recent partners’ survey revealed:
 
  • 89% increase in children able to attend school safely during cold months
  • 70% increase in school readiness
  • 91% of parents said it relieved the stress of having to buy backpacks, school supplies, and winter clothing
  • 93% of our partners say providing essential items is critical to their ability to serve children’s needs and to the health of these children
  • 88% of partners rely on Cradles to Crayons to provide resources they cannot get elsewhere
 
Program Long-Term Success  More than 368,000 children ages 0-12 are living in low-income or poverty-stricken households in Massachusetts. Since 2002, Cradles to Crayons has distributed more than 696,445 KidPacks with essential items to disadvantaged Massachusetts children.
Program Success Monitored By  Our network of social service partners is surveyed annually in order to gain insight into the impact of our work. The results of this survey provide us with benchmarks against which we can measure our progress, the effect that Cradles to Crayons' programs have on the children we serve, and the areas in which we need to improve.
Examples of Program Success 
“Teachers noticed that a five-year-old girl was wearing pants so tight she couldn’t even unbutton them by herself. Her clothing drew teasing from classmates and made her appear withdrawn. After receiving new clothes from Cradles, the young girl was instantly much more confident, making friends and happy to go to school.”
 
93% of Cradles to Crayons' partner agencies and schools say our work to provide essential items is critical to their ability to serve children’s needs and to the health of these children.

Gear Up For Baby

The first years of life are a critical period in a child’s physical and cognitive development. Studies consistently show a strong association between economic difficulties and compromised healthy development. As a result, infants and toddlers living in high-risk environments need additional assistance to promote positive growth. Cradles to Crayons’ Gear Up for Baby program focuses on providing baby clothing, hygiene items and safety gear that each child needs to begin their life on an even playing field.
The number of requests Cradles to Crayons receives for infant and toddler items continues to grow each year. To help assure that we have an adequate supply of specific items that are difficult to keep in stock, including strollers and car seats, we highlight our Gear Up for Baby program in May and June and encourage supporters to host a special Cradles to Crayons' Baby Shower. We also provide an easy-to-use shower "Toolkit" on our website. 
 
Please note: Gear Up for Baby does not a separate line item in the budget because it's part of Everyday Essentials, which we provide year-round.
Budget  $0.00
Category  Human Services, General/Other Emergency Assistance
Population Served Infants to Preschool (under age 5)
Program Short-Term Success 
Every year Cradles to Crayons survey’s our socials service partners to gain insight into our work. Respondents to our 2017 partner survey reported:
  • 93% of our partners say providing essential items is critical to their ability to serve babies and children’s needs, and to the health of these children
  • 88% of partners rely on Cradles to Crayons to provide resources they cannot get elsewhere
Program Long-Term Success 
Since 2002, Cradles to Crayons has distributed more than 696,445 packages of essential items, including baby supplies and safety equipment, to disadvantaged Massachusetts children.
Program Success Monitored By  Our network of social service partners is surveyed annually in order to gain insight into the impact of our work. The results of this survey provide us with benchmarks against which we can measure our progress, the effect that Cradles to Crayons' programs have on the children we serve, and the areas in which we need to improve.
Examples of Program Success  A Cradles to Crayons' social service at South Boston WIC tells us of a family they serve: “Baby Kendra’s mom was laid off and evicted. Their landlord threw their belongings out, and all of them were stolen. The only clothes they owned were those on their backs, and Kendra was sleeping in a pack ‘n’ play. Kendra needed clothing and general baby equipment in order to stay warm and safe.” Kendra’s mother was able to connect with one of our social service agency partners, who placed an order with Cradles to Crayons for items for her child – now her family can live safely, and knowing that people care has given her hope."

Gear Up For Winter

In the cold winter months, Massachusetts’ children living in poverty face an additional set of challenges. For families already stretching budgets to pay for rent, groceries, and adequate indoor heat, a warm winter coat, and other winter essentials is often not an option. Children without winter clothing, coats, and footwear are at a high risk of suffering from ill-health and cold-related consequences like frostbite and hypothermia. Cradles to Crayons’ Gear Up for Winter program works to provide Kidpacks to the children we serve with critical items like warm clothes, coats, boots, and other necessary supplies they need to survive and thrive throughout the winter. In FY 2018, we plan to serve 40,000 children.
 
Cradles experiences a sharp rise in demand for our services at the onset of cold weather from October through March, with requests rising to 1,300 per week. Gear Up for Winter’s Kidpacks, which are customized for each child’s requested needs, contain properly-fitting clothing, outerwear, shoes, hats, and gloves. For children, clothing insecurity is a handicap: lack of appropriate, properly-fitting, clean, and warm clothing is one of the top ten reasons for absenteeism among school-age children. In fact, children living in low-income situations are four times more likely to be chronically absent than others. According to Attendance Works, “Among poor children, who lack the resources to make up lost time, chronic absence in kindergarten translated into lower 5th grade achievement. By 6th grade, chronic absence begins to predict high school dropout rates.”
 
Throughout New England’s winter season we hear countless stories of parents who keep their children home from school because they do not have a warm winter coat for the children to safely wait for the school bus. Children living in low-income families are twice as likely to walk to school, particularly in Boston, making it even more important for the children Cradles to Crayons serves to have a warm coat and boots to safely survive winter.
 
In the winter of FY 2017 (ended March 31), Cradles supplied children with 25,322 hats and gloves, and 23,077 winter coats. We were able to fulfill 98% of the all the requests! Our current goal is to reach 40,000 children this winter.
Budget  $2,415,211.00
Category  Human Services, General/Other
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years) Infants to Preschool (under age 5) Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Program Short-Term Success  In the 2016-2017 winter season, Cradles to Crayons was able to provided children with 25,322 hats and gloves, and 23,077 winter coats. We were able to fulfill 98% of the all the requests.
Program Long-Term Success  Since our founding, Cradles to Crayons has supported children living in low-income families by distributing more than 696,445 packages of essential items. Our services include children who are homeless, members of recent immigrant families, and those affected by an emergency, such as a fire.
Program Success Monitored By 
Our network of social service partners is surveyed annually in order to gain insight into the impact of our work. The results of this survey provide us with benchmarks against which we can measure our progress, the effect that Cradles to Crayons' programs have on the children we serve, and the areas in which we need to improve. Every year, we send a survey to our agency and school partners. The most recent survey results revealed that:
 
  • 89% increase in children able to attend school safely during cold months
  • 70% increase in school readiness
  • 91% of parents said it relieved the stress of having to buy backpacks, school supplies, and winter clothing
  • 93% of our partners say providing essential items is critical to their ability to serve children’s needs and to the health of these children
  • 88% of partners rely on Cradles to Crayons to provide resources they cannot get elsewhere
Examples of Program Success 
"I've never seen a child look so happy to get a winter jacket before. Jannizel was very excited to have something that looked nice and was her very own. She's so proud of it and now that it's getting warmer, I have to tell her it's probably not a good idea to wear her winter jacket when she's playing at recess on a 60 degree day!” - Adam Prisby, City Connects
 
Another of Cradles to Crayon' social serve partner tells us of a family who received a winter coat from Cradles to Crayons: “Lily’s mother cried when she saw the beautiful and warm winter jacket that was in her pack. She told me that Lily only had a ripped coat for the year and there was no money for a new one. This coat and clothing made all the difference to this struggling family. It was one less thing to worry about.”

Ready for School

The annual Cradles to Crayons' Ready for School campaign stems from the philosophy that education is one of the most important factors that shapes a child’s future. To succeed in school, children need to arrive emotionally, mentally, and physically prepared and able to learn. Children living in low-income or homeless situations do not have access to the basic resources needed in order to enter school with the same opportunities as their peers. Since 2002, Cradles has stepped up to fill this need for low-income families in Massachusetts.
 
From June to September, Cradles ensures that more than 60,000 Massachusetts’ children living in low-income and homeless situations start the school year with backpacks filled with school supplies for two different age groups: five to eight year olds, and the nine to twelve year age group. All new supplies are provided for a child that are required for active participation in school: pencils, pencil sharpeners, erasers, folders, glue sticks, and notebooks for all ages, with the addition of crayons and scissors for younger children, and rulers, highlighters, pens, colored pencils, and calculators for older kids. By providing children with backpacks full of school supplies, they are better prepared to learn, interact with their peers, and have increased self-confidence.
 
Cradles identifies individual children’s needs via a large state-wide network of 130 partners in the area—hospitals, social service agencies, and schools—and these providers place online orders for families in their care based on a child’s age, gender, and any specific needs.
 
The signature Ready for School event, Backpack-A-Thon,brings together thousands of volunteers for an inspiring day of service in Boston to fill backpacks for distribution with supplies that children need for school. Corporations, individuals, and foundations sponsor the event and make up the 1000+ volunteers on an assembly line filling 40,000 backpacks in just four hours.
Budget  $1,069,486.00
Category  Human Services, General/Other Human Services, General/Other
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years) Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Program Short-Term Success 
Every year Cradles to Crayons survey’s our social service partners to gain insight into our work. Respondents to our 2017 partner survey reported:
  • 91% of parents said it relieved the stress of having to buy backpacks, school supplies, and winter clothing
  • 89% increase in children able to attend school safely during cold month
  • 70% increase in school readiness
Program Long-Term Success  Since 2002, Cradles to Crayons has provided 374,698 backpacks to low-income children across Massachusetts.
Program Success Monitored By 
Our network of social service partners is surveyed annually in order to gain insight into the impact of our work. The results of this survey provide us with benchmarks against which we can measure our progress, the effect that Cradles to Crayons' programs have on the children we serve, and the areas in which we need to improve.
 
 
Examples of Program Success 
Opening a new box of markers or unwrapping new notebooks can mean so much to the children we serve, but those actions represent so much more. Aria, one of the students who received a backpack from Cradles to Crayons wrote:
 
Dear Cradles to Crayons,
 
Thank you for everything that you guys gave us in the backpacks, like a calculator, folders, erasers, pencils and 2 notebooks. I wouldn’t have had them if it wasn’t for you. I think when I grow up I want to be like you guys. I want to be a person that will give stuff to other people that can’t afford things. When someone wants help or materials, I want to be able to get them what they want. Thank you again for everything, Aria
 
Cradles to Crayons strives to not only provide the essential items children like Aria need to be prepared for her school year, but also to inspire children, improve their self-esteem and sense of self-worth. Our social service partners state that items received from Cradles to Crayons positively impacts the self-esteem of the children we serve.
 

Spring Greening

Cradles to Crayons' Spring Greening initiative focuses on leveraging community partnerships in a dual way to make a significant impact. We encourage individuals, families, organizations and corporations to re-use, re-purpose, and re-cycle children’s items in order to serve local children living in homeless and low-income situations. By doing so, they will also reduce the number of  items that go into landfills each year. During the months of March and April, Cradles to Crayons empowers youth, individuals and corporations to educate their peers on the importance of re-cycling, and to host their own grassroots donation drives to garner vital children’s product. Spring Greening provides an avenue for Crayons to Crayons to actively engage local schools, Boy & Girl Scout troops, faith-based organizations and various community groups in the fight against local childhood poverty.
 
Please note: Spring Greening does not a separate line item in the budget because it's part of Everyday Essentials, which we provide year-round 
Budget  $0.00
Category  Human Services, General/Other Human Services, General/Other
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years) Infants to Preschool (under age 5)
Program Short-Term Success 
Cradles to Crayons has distributed more than 130,000 coordinated outfits to in-need children, and keeping thousands of pounds of textiles out of the landfills.
 
Every year, Cradles to Crayons surveys our social service partners to gain insight into our work. Of our respondents to our 2017 partner survey, 93% reported that items from Cradles to Crayons are a critical tool in supporting a child.
Program Long-Term Success  Since 2002, Cradles to Crayons has distributed more than 696,445 packages of essential items to disadvantaged Massachusetts children.
Program Success Monitored By  Our network of social service partners is surveyed annually in order to gain insight into the impact of our work. The results of this survey provide us with benchmarks against which we can measure our progress, the effect that Cradles to Crayons' programs have on the children we serve, and the areas in which we need to improve.
Examples of Program Success  In 2012, Cradles to Crayons began a collaboration for the second time with Project 351 - a community service initiative with 8th grade student-representatives from each of the 351 towns in Massachusetts. Through this partnership, Cradles to Crayons Community Outreach team has spearheaded an initiative for 8th grade students to host product drives on behalf of C2C.

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Management


CEO/Executive Director Ms. Lynn Margherio
CEO Term Start Apr 2002
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience

Lynn Margherio is Founder and CEO of Cradles to Crayons, an innovative Boston and Philadelphia-based nonprofit organization that equips homeless and in-need children with the basic things they need to feel safe, warm, ready to learn and valued. Cradles to Crayons mobilizes communities of plenty on behalf of communities of need, recycling and reusing high-quality children’s goods and engaging thousands of youth and adults in tangible service activities each year that benefit local children.

Prior to Cradles to Crayons, Lynn’s 20 year career spanned the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. Trained as a business strategy consultant, Lynn has advised Fortune 500 companies on growth strategies, competitive positioning, and investment/acquisition opportunities. She has applied that training and experience to policy challenges at the local, national and global levels. Lynn was a senior member of the health care reform team in the Clinton White House and served as Executive Vice President of the William J. Clinton Foundation’s HIV/AIDS Initiative, where she helped launch and build President Clinton’s program to assist countries in the developing world to plan and implement large-scale HIV/AIDS care and treatment programs. From mid-1997 to mid-1998, she directed the U.S. Commerce Department team that produced The Emerging Digital Economy report, the first U.S. government report to describe and measure the impact of information technology and the Internet to the longest peace-time expansion in history. 

Lynn has received numerous awards and recognitions for her work, including honors from Bank of America, the Boston Business Journal, the Boston Celtics, and Facing History & Ourselves. Lynn serves on the New England Regional Advisory Board of RBS Citizens and as a member of the Women’s Network Advisory Board of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce.  A graduate of Georgetown University, Lynn currently resides in Cambridge with her husband and children.

 

 

Co-CEO --
Co-CEO Term Start Dec
Co-CEO Email --
Co-CEO Experience

Former CEOs and Terms

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Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Jillian Eid Associate Director of Strategy & Growth --
Karen Gallahue VP of Finance and Accounting --
Karen Grant VP of Development --
Ellen Manning VP of Organizational Growth and Innovation --
Lynn Margherio CEO / Founder --
Daniel Vidana VP of Program Operations --

Awards

Award Awarding Organization Year
"Partnership of the Year" for Cradles to Crayons work with Staples Boston Business Journal 2011
Neighborhood Builder Award Bank of America 2011

Affiliations

Affiliation Year
Massachusetts Nonprofit Network --
Member of state association of nonprofits? Yes
Name of state association Massachusetts Nonprofit Network

External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
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Collaborations

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CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 43
Number of Part Time Staff 1
Number of Volunteers 9,999
Number of Contract Staff 1
Staff Retention Rate % --

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 4
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 4
Caucasian: 30
Hispanic/Latino: 5
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 29
Male: 15
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers --
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Business Continuity of Operations Plan No
Organization Policies And Procedures Under Development
Nondiscrimination Policy Under Development
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
State Charitable Solicitations Permit --
State Registration --

Risk Management Provisions

Accident and Injury Coverage
Automobile Insurance
Commercial General Liability
Disability Insurance
General Property Coverage
Life Insurance
Medical Health Insurance
Umbrella or Excess Insurance
Workers Compensation and Employers' Liability

Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? Yes
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency N/A N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually

Governance


Board Chair Mr. Michael Ewald
Board Chair Company Affiliation Managing Director, Bain Capital Credit
Board Chair Term Apr 2017 -
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Josh Beer Charlesbank Capital Partners Voting
Renee Boynton-Jarrett Associate Professor, Boston University School of Medicine; Pediatrician, Boston Medical Center; Executive Director, Vital Village Network Voting
Todd Cook Todd Cook, Managing Director (retired), Bain Capital Voting
Michael Croke Audit and Enterprise Risk Services Partner, Financial Services Practice, Deloitte & Touche Voting
Michael DeSanto Senior Vice President of East Coast Field Operations, Staples Voting
Michael Ewald Senior Vice President of East Coast Field Operations, Staples Voting
Jason Glass Senior Managing Director, CVC Growth Partners Voting
Barbara Goose Chief Marketing Officer, John Hancock Financial Voting
Carolyn Hastings Managing Director, Bain Capital Voting
Aidan Riordan Executive Vice President & Head of Affiliate Management, OMAM Voting
Liz Roaldsen Executive Vice President, State Street Beacon Voting
Sharon Scott-Chandler , Executive Vice President, Action for Boston Community Development Voting
Monica Shah Partner, Zalkind Duncan & Berstein LLP Voting
Newcomb Stillwell Senior Partner, Ropes & Gray LLP Voting
Yolanda Taylor Managing Partner, Seaward Asset Management; Owner, Lexington Power Yoga Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Advisory Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 2
Caucasian: 11
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 7
Male: 8
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 6
Board Term Limits --
Board Meeting Attendance % --
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes

Standing Committees

  • Audit
  • Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
  • Human Resources / Personnel
  • Nominating
  • Program / Program Planning

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Financials


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2017 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2014
Total Revenue $16,194,091 $13,793,648 $12,781,959
Total Expenses $15,682,610 $13,420,732 $11,458,576

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
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Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- -- --
Individual Contributions $7,917,621 $6,806,882 $6,399,154
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue -- -- --
Investment Income, Net of Losses $151,708 $42,844 $180,838
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events -- -- --
Revenue In-Kind $8,124,762 $6,943,922 $6,201,967
Other -- -- --

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2014
Program Expense $13,649,327 $11,999,741 $10,095,924
Administration Expense $762,547 $590,445 $502,087
Fundraising Expense $1,270,736 $830,546 $860,565
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.03 1.03 1.12
Program Expense/Total Expenses 87% 89% 88%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 16% 12% 13%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2014
Total Assets $8,622,662 $7,884,498 $8,105,252
Current Assets $4,211,479 $3,838,486 $3,897,319
Long-Term Liabilities -- $0 $0
Current Liabilities $664,664 $539,937 $442,120
Total Net Assets $7,957,998 $7,344,561 $7,663,132

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2014
1st (Source and Amount) -- --
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2nd (Source and Amount) -- --
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3rd (Source and Amount) -- --
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Financial Planning

Endowment Value --
Spending Policy N/A
Percentage(If selected) --
Credit Line No
Reserve Fund Yes
How many months does reserve cover? 8.00

Capital Campaign

Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Purpose --
Campaign Goal --
Capital Campaign Dates -
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount $3,703,268.00
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 6.34 7.11 8.82

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2014
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 0% 0%

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

Financial summary data in the charts and graphs above is per the organization's IRS Form 990s and reflects the nonprofit's national operations, while the income and expense projections above reflect the organization's Massachusetts operations. Contributions from foundations and corporations are listed under individuals when the breakout was not available. Please note, this organization changed its fiscal year in 2015 from a Jan. 1 - Dec. 31 fiscal year to an April 1 - March 31 fiscal year. As such, a short year Form 990 and audit are posted posted, covering Jan. 1, 2015 - March 31, 2015. This three month data is not included in the charts and graphs above.

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Impact

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2. What are your strategies for making this happen?

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3. What are your organization’s capabilities for doing this?

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4. How will your organization know if you are making progress?

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5. What have and haven’t you accomplished so far?

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