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Caring Partners Inc. (Belle of the Ball, Coats for Kids)

 500 Clark Road, Suite 3A
 Tewksbury, MA 01876
[P] (978) 8513721 x 15
[F] (978) 8512729
www.caringpartnersinc.org
[email protected]
Stephanie Littlefield
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INCORPORATED: 2009
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EIN 27-0694908

LAST UPDATED: 10/15/2015
Organization DBA Belle of the Ball
Coats for Kids
Former Names Anton's Cleaners Belle of the Ball (2005)
Anton's Cleaners Coats for Kids (1995)
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years No

Summary

Mission StatementMORE »

Caring Partners Inc. is a 501c(3) organization that develops and implements programs to collect and distribute good quality articles of clothing to children, individuals and families in need.

Mission Statement

Caring Partners Inc. is a 501c(3) organization that develops and implements programs to collect and distribute good quality articles of clothing to children, individuals and families in need.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2014 to Dec 31, 2014
Projected Income $446,500.00
Projected Expense $506,000.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Belle of the Ball
  • Coats for Kids

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2012 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2011 (%)

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Overview

Mission Statement

Caring Partners Inc. is a 501c(3) organization that develops and implements programs to collect and distribute good quality articles of clothing to children, individuals and families in need.

Background Statement

  Caring Partners, Inc. sponsors two programs – Coats for Kids (CFK) and Belle of the Ball (Belle). Started by Anton’s Cleaners as community service initiatives, the programs are built upon community partnerships. Schools, businesses, community and religious groups, and individuals, collect and donate winter coats and prom dresses. Involvement is broad with more than 550 CFK and 250 Belle partners. Expanding awareness and economic challenges fueled demand. While Anton’s leverages its resources, donating all cleaning services, staff and underwriting marketing expenses, Caring Partners was created in 2009 to meet growing program needs.
  CFK’s mission is simple, “Anyone who needs a coat will have one.” While the program began in 1995 as a drive for kids’ coats, there was a pressing demand for coats for people of all ages, so the annual collection drive became all-inclusive. Over 54,000 quality winter coats are collected, cleaned and distributed annually. Through the collection process children and adults experience the joy of giving and the gratification of providing a warmer winter for neighbors in need. Designed to serve low-income children, families and individuals who cannot afford to buy a winter coat, CFK developed a network of 85 non-profit and social service agencies, which distribute the coats free of charge. In 19 years, 848,888 coats have been collected, cleaned and distributed.
  Since 2005, Belle enables local high school juniors and seniors who could not afford a prom dress to attend their prom feeling beautiful and confident. Building upon the successful CFK model, Belle forms partnerships with women’s groups, schools, colleges, social service agencies and local businesses to ensure successful collection drives and guarantee the gowns reach those in need. While Belle makes it possible for over 400 disadvantaged girls to attend their prom, the impact is much deeper. It is a powerful personal experience bolstering self-esteem and making young women, who know difficult times, feel special. They are showered with attention from over 400 volunteers at an exciting daylong boutique at Simmons College. A referral partner summed it up, “I have never seen so much happiness in one room.”Since Belle’s inception, 45,347 prom dresses have been collected and cleaned and 3,259 girls served.
  By involving the entire community and leveraging resources, Caring Partners maximizes the positive impact the programs have on the communities it serves.
 
 

Impact Statement

Accomplishments
·Collected, cleaned and distributed over 54,000 quality winter coats, free of charge, to individuals and families in need through Coats for Kids (CFK). This reflects the collection drive that ran from mid-October 2013 to January 2014. Another drive, which began Oct. 13, 2014 is now underway.
·Collected and cleaned over 5,000 prom dresses and hosted a day-long boutique, Belle of the Ball (Belle), for 440 deserving girls. Volunteers showered the girls with attention and each girl left the boutique feeling beautiful with a dress, shoes and related accessories.
·Further strengthened its unique community partnerships model by expanding the number of schools, businesses, community organizations, religious groups and individuals who collected and donated winter coats and prom dresses.
·Enhanced the process for distributing coats by working with area non-profit and social service agencies to better understand needs and improve efficiency.
·A 15% rise in the number of girls served through the Belle of the Ball boutique by altering the site layout and increasing the number of volunteers to 422.
Goals
·Through cash and in-kind donations meet Belle of the Ball’s boutique day needs, including dresses, shoes, makeup, handbags, jewelry and so on, so that 20% more girls can be served each year.
·Increase the number of winter coats collected, cleaned and distributed to 60,000 with special emphasis on increasing the number of elementary and middle school partners.
·Implement a storage system that will improve the efficiency of both Coats for Kids and Belle of the Ball by building an inventory of coats, prom dresses and prom accessories throughout the year and enable the programs to better respond to the distribution needs.
·Increase the number of plus sized coats available for distribution by a minimum of 500 through a retail partnership or purchase of coats. Increase the number of plus size gowns through a retail partnership or purchase of gowns.

Needs Statement

1. Raise $80,000 in cash and/or in-kind donations for the Belle boutique to provide shoes, jewelry, makeup, hair gift certificates, handbags, etc. for more than 500 deserving girls.
2. Increase the number of plus sized gowns available at the Belle boutique. Donations fall far short of the need: $6,000. Similarly, for CFK, purchase more plus sized coats for children and adults: $7,500
3. Grow the number of and provide more support for CFK collection partners, further fostering an understanding of the value of community service. Posters, flyers, and collection bins are needed. Expanding the School Rewards reward program, adding high schools partnerships  and developing creative ways to engage and promote the program are priorities. Estimated cost: $8,000
4.Have more coats available for distribution in early fall, when collections begin. Newly created storage by Anton’s Cleaners will make it possible to store the overflow coat donations at the drive’s end, ready for distribution earlier the following season. Retailers will be solicited to donate excess end-of-season inventory. Storage will also benefit Belle by enabling larger scale donations throughout the year.
5. Stay current and efficiently manage the proliferation of marketing tools, including social media, online and mobile.

CEO Statement

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Board Chair Statement

We launched Caring Partners to manage the growth of Coats for Kids and Belle of the Ball and to anticipate future programs. The first year (1995) of Coats for Kids, we were elated to receive 2,000 coats. Today, we receive over 54,000 coats annually. By efficiently leveraging our locations, customer base, employees and the industry, we meet a serious community need. It is amazing to hear the stories of people who receive coats; this program means they do not have to make a choice between being warm or buying food.
We have the capacity to clean and distribute more coats and this year we added storage to make more coats available early in the season, as requested by our distribution partners. Collection of large sized children and adult coats fall far short of the need; therefore, we hope to establish a retail partnership to supplement coat donations. Our greatest challenge is increasing the number of donated coats and we plan further outreach efforts to involve high schools and even more community and business groups in the collection process.
 In 2005 we looked at programs to implement during the spring and Belle of the Ball was born. With the high costs of proms, we decided to collect and clean prom gowns and make them available to girls in need at a one-day event. The goal was not only to provide prom dresses, but also to create a personal, magical experience for girls who daily face the emotional and financial obstacles of broken families and low income. The first year we served 100 girls with the help of a few volunteers. Today, we serve 440 girls and have over 420 volunteers working hard to make dreams come true. It’s quite different from Coats for Kids, but has a powerful impact on the lives of the girls, bolstering self-esteem and allowing them to enjoy, with dignity, what many take for granted. We’re excited about the growth of the program, although providing all the related prom accessories such as shoes, jewelry, makeup, etc. and ensuring that we have the right mix of sizes for the event is our biggest challenge. We continue to expand our outreach for in-kind and cash donations to meet this need. 
-Charles A. Anton, President, Caring Partners, Inc.

Geographic Area Served

STATEWIDE
City of Boston- Citywide (Indiv. neighborhoods also listed)
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
GREATER BOSTON REGION, MA
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
METROWEST REGION, MA
NORTHEAST REGION, MA
SOUTHEAST REGION, MA
City of Boston- East Boston
Serving Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire, Caring Partners presently sponsors two annual programs, Belle of the Ball in the spring and Coats for Kids in the fall. For Belle of the Ball, prom dresses are distributed to qualified girls at an invitation-only event, held at Simmons College in Boston. Through an extensive distribution network of non-profits, Coats for Kids provides warm winter coats for those in need, primarily in Middlesex, Suffolk, Essex, Norfolk and Plymouth counties.

Organization Categories

  1. Human Services - Emergency Assistance (Food, Clothing, Cash)
  2. Human Services -
  3. -

Independent research has been conducted on this organization's theory of change or on the effectiveness of this organization's program(s)

No

Programs

Belle of the Ball

Few rites of passage are as treasured as the high school prom, but for those who can’t afford to go it is a painful reminder that they are different; they are poor. While Belle collects and cleans prom dresses, making it possible for 440 disadvantaged girls to attend their prom, its impact is much more than receiving a prom dress. Human service agencies and schools invite those in need, many with difficult family lives, to a daylong boutique at Simmons College. Over 400 volunteers dedicate their time to creating a magical experience for the girls as personal shoppers, seamstresses, hair stylists, photographers, and make up consultants. Each girl leaves feeling beautiful and confident with a dress, shoes, jewelry and makeup and hair tips. As a referral partner noted, Belle gives girls and families a semblance of normalcy. Setting the right tone of respect and jubilance, the boutique is a dignified way to support the girls as they approach adulthood and prepare for graduation.
 
Budget  $198,500.00
Category  Human Services, General/Other Children & Youth Services
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years) Females At-Risk Populations
Program Short-Term Success  The growth in the number of girls served from 100 to 440 and the ability to outfit 100% of participants for their proms is indicative of the short-term success. Other indicators are the quadruple growth in volunteers, the high percentage of returning volunteers, doubling the number of collection and tripling the number of referral partners and extensive media coverage. While the boutique began as strictly offering prom gowns, now shoes, jewelry, makeup, purses and other prom accessories are an integral part of the event, another indication of success.
Program Long-Term Success 

  Since girls are referred by a number of human service agencies and schools and personal information is kept confidential, Caring Partners relies on the referral partners to provide feedback (see examples of program success). Belle is a trusted resource for these agencies.

  For many girls the boutique is the first time they are showered with attention, can choose whatever dress they want, are exposed to college and vocational careers, and feel confident, attractive and unfettered by their life situation. Anecdotally, some girls re-donate their dresses to Belle or return to the boutique as volunteers. One was so taken by the attention she received from the Empire Beauty School volunteers, she has enrolled to become a stylist and offered her services at a boutique.

   Many of the participants are vulnerable and at-risk due to difficult home lives and/or low income. Belle empowers them to think of the possibilities.
Program Success Monitored By 

 While care and compassion drive the programs, the value of quantitative and qualitative comprehensive data has been recognized since the program began. This information forms the basis for continual evaluation and systematic improvements. In addition to the quantitative data of number of girls referred and served, dresses collected and distributed, number of partners, number of volunteers, quantity and value of in-kind donations, media hits and so on, surveys of the referral partners, volunteers, and Belle participants are conducted annually. There is also a Belle Advisory Committee of those volunteers who take leadership roles the day of the boutique. These efforts focus on ways to continually improve the program's worth and effectiveness.

 This historical information provides the comparative data that will be used to measure the success of the program.
Examples of Program Success 
“Working with homeless families, it is crucial to have the resources that allow our families a semblance of normalcy. Belle is one of my favorite resources because the girls reported it made them feel beautiful. This is also wonderful for parents, who do not want to deny their child one of their hallmark experiences. It was a dignified way of supporting them.”–Heading Home, referral partner
“The feedback from the girls was amazing. They were completely outfitted from head to toe, and grateful is an understatement…able to attend the prom, beautiful and worry free. – school referral partner
“People are treated with dignity and respect. The girls I helped left with beautiful dresses, shoes, jewelry and a few inches taller knowing how beautiful they would feel on their special day.”– volunteer
“I never knew I was pretty.”
“This made me feel like the ‘rest of the girls’ for the first time in my life.”
“The best experience, I feel like a princess! I couldn’t be more grateful.”
– participants

Coats for Kids

It’s hard to imagine a New England winter without a warm coat or one so tattered it’s embarrassing to wear to school or a job. Yet each year CFK collects, cleans and distributes free of charge over 54,000 quality coats. CFK’s mission is simple, “Anyone who needs a coat will have one.” Unlike other coat drives, all coats are cleaned and inspected for quality and then distributed by a network of 85 human service agencies to adults, children and even babies. It’s efficient and directly reaches those in the most need.

The program is a genuine community collaboration involving schools, service groups, community organizations, churches and businesses in the collection effort. It fosters an understanding of the value of community service without requiring a monetary commitment, while supporting other nonprofits that fight poverty, homelessness, and hunger. The coats provide warmth, enabling families and individuals to commit limited resources to other basic needs, such as heat and food.
 
 
Budget  $306,000.00
Category  Human Services, General/Other Emergency Assistance
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Adults Homeless
Program Short-Term Success 

  While the program began in 1995 as a drive for kids’ coats, it quickly became apparent there was a pressing need for coats for people of all ages – teenagers, adults and even babies – so the annual collection drive became all-inclusive. The growth of the program is testimony to its success. Over 19 years, 848,888 coats have been collected, cleaned and distributed. In 1995, 2000 coats were collected; today, the annual drive averages over 54,000 coats. Since 2007, the number of distribution partners has grown over 40% - from 60 to 85 - and corporate and community partners have doubled, totaling over 300. Schools remain a cornerstone of the drive, with 220 participating.

  The program makes it easy for people to collect and donate coats and has greatly expanded its online and social media outreach to supplement the traditional avenues of outreach.
Program Long-Term Success  Since coats are distributed by a number of agencies and personal information is kept confidential, Caring Partners relies on the feedback from distribution partners on long-term success. Consistently, they cite the ease of the program and how it frees up limited resources for other critical needs. With the widening gap of income inequality, the need is ever increasing and CFK is well positioned to respond with the capacity to handle more coats. Caring Partners offers a unique solution that leverages the extensive resources of Anton’s Cleaners, fosters community collaboration, expands the services of many non-profits without red tape or cost, and as an ancillary benefit, recycles clothing. There are thousands of people who would go without a warm coat or have to choose between food and warmth without this collaborative effort. As one referral partner noted: “It’s a straight shot, from the community to Anton’s to the backs of people in need throughout the region.”
Program Success Monitored By 

 While care and compassion drive the programs, the value of quantitative and qualitative comprehensive data has been recognized since the program began. This information forms the basis for continual evaluation and systematic improvements. In addition to the quantitative data of number of coats collected and distributed, number of school partners, number of community and business partners, number of distribution partners, media hits and social media impact, surveys of the distribution partners are conducted annually and school surveys are conducted periodically. There is also a luncheon for distribution partners to solicit feedback and recommendations. These efforts focus on ways to continually improve the program’s value and effectiveness.

 This historical information provides the comparative data that will be used to measure the success of the program.
Examples of Program Success 
"Through Coats for Kids, we were able to give families warm coats so that they could devote their resources to other needs, such as heating their homes and buying food. I believe that in so many ways, it is an unsung hero to so many people."–Massachusetts Association for Community Action
"The coats were a godsend for our clients, homeless kids living on the streets of the Greater Boston area! Thank you so much." ­–Stand Up for Kids, distribution partner
"I like the program because it is 100% donation effective. It’s not like donating money and not knowing where it goes. It was easy to get my coworkers involved – no pressure and a good excuse to clean out closet." –Hospital, collection partner
"Dear Friends of Circle of Hope – Thank you for the clothes you brought us. I’m very happy with the jacket I got – I’m wearing it today. This was the jacket I was dreaming for. I’m very thankful for the gift and I hope I will get a job soon and wear the jacket there. Thank you."–coat recipient

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

  Since 1995, CFK has collected, cleaned and distributed nearly 850,000 coats and since 2005, Belle has collected and cleaned over 45,000 prom dresses, totaling $11,688,229 in donated cleaning costs.
  While what has been accomplished is significant, there is more to do, more challenges to meet. The rapid growth of Belle is a success but presents a two-fold challenge. First, is securing the necessary dresses, services, prom accessories and raffle items that require over $80,000 in donations and/or purchase for the boutique and accomplishing this annually in a 3.5-month period. The second is that the Belle is near maximum capacity and there is a significant unmet need. To maintain its value as a personal and special experience for each girl requires expanding the boutique.
  For CFK, there is a clear need to increase the number of coats collected and the program has the capacity to collect, clean and distribute additional coats. A realistic and sustainable target, in terms of the collection and cleaning process as well as distribution is 65,000 coats a year, a 25% increase.
  While the program is efficient, the timing of the collection and cleaning process is not always in sync with distribution needs. Distribution partners want coats earlier in the season when collection is just ramping up and fewer coats are available. A surge in donations usually occurs near the end of the collection drive, after the holidays, putting pressure on the partners’ distribution capabilities. While altering the schedule may seem like an easy solution, it is difficult to motivate people to donate coats when the weather is mild.
 Another challenge is that in spite of strong outreach efforts, the demand for large sized children and adult coats far exceeds the supply. A third issue is that cuts in public budgets have put additional responsibilities on school personnel forcing some to drop the program. There is a need to strengthen the Schools Reward program and expand involvement to the high schools.   
 
   Additional funds will help meet the challenges by:
1.Wholesale purchase of large-size children’s and adult coats and development of a retail partnership
2.Wholesale purchase of plus and petite size gowns
3.Wholesale purchase of prom accessories
4. Expand the offerings at Belle boutique to serve more girls
5. Expansion of the School Rewards program and outreach to school and other collection partners 6. Build an inventory to better meet the distribution needs
 
 

Management


CEO/Executive Director Mr Charles A Anton
CEO Term Start Dec 2009
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience --
Co-CEO --
Co-CEO Term Start --
Co-CEO Email --
Co-CEO Experience --

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
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Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
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Awards

Award Awarding Organization Year
100 Acts of Kindness Boston Red Sox 2012
Community Excellence Award Massachusetts Family Business Association 2012
Industry Positive Recognition Award Drycleaning & Laundry Institute 2009
Mid-size Business Category Award Massachusetts Family Business Association 2009

Affiliations

Affiliation Year
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Member of state association of nonprofits? No
Name of state association --

External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
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Collaborations

Belle of the Ball collaborates with 120 collection partners and hundreds of individuals who donate dresses and works with 130 referral schools and human service agencies to identify girls in need. For Coats for Kids, more than 250 schools, over 300 companies, clubs and organizations and thousands of individuals donate new and good quality coats and over 80 social service agencies distribute the coats to those in need, free of charge.
Promotional and supporting partners include: Fox 25, KISS 108, JAM’N 94.5, Evolution 101.7, Wicked Local, Jordan’s Furniture, Enterprise Bank, and Package Supply.
 

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

     100% of funds raised through grants and donations are used to support the programs. All staff is provided by Anton's Cleaners. Key personnel from Anton's involved in the program include the CEO, COO, Community Relations/Marketing Specialist, and Office Manager. All store managers, assistant managers and customer service representatives assist in the collection of coats and prom dresses and all cleaning is done by the operations staff.
     Volunteer participation in both programs is extensive. Community, school, religious, fraternal and other groups organize coat and prom dress collection drives and also help sort coats and dresses.  Since there are over 500 organizations that collect coats and over 125 organizations that collect prom dresses and accessories, it is impossible to know the exact number of people who volunteer their time, but it is the thousands.
      Over 400 volunteers work the Belle boutique day, ensuring the day is an memorable and wonderful experience for the participants.

Foundation Comments

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Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 0
Number of Part Time Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 1,000
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % --

Staff Demographics

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

Plans & Policies

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

Risk Management Provisions

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Reporting and Evaluations

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

Governance


Board Chair Mr Charles A Anton
Board Chair Company Affiliation Anton's Cleaners
Board Chair Term Dec 2009 -
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Ms. Mary Lou Andre Organization by Design Voting
Mr. Arthur C. Anton Jr. Anton's Cleaners Voting
Mr. Charles A. Anton Anton's Cleaners Voting
Mr. Bruce Cochrane Cochrane & Porter Voting
Ms. Cathi Colman Saba, Colman and Hunt Voting
Ms. Heather Copelas Jordan’s Furniture Voting
Ms. Annmarie Galli Research Query Voting
Ms. Gabby Knedlik Boston CASA Voting
Ms. Christine Masello Anton's Cleaners Voting
Ms. Susan Anton Pasanen BelleCore Voting
Ms. Beth Tauro The Crazy Candy Lady 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
-- -- --

Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 11
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 8
Male: 3
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths --
Board Term Limits --
Board Meeting Attendance % --
Written Board Selection Criteria Under Development
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 82%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No

Standing Committees

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CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

Initially, the Caring Partner's Board included representatives from Anton's Cleaners who were instrumental in formulating and implementing both programs as community service initiatives. Recognizing the value of broadening its membership and the importance of responsible stewardship, the Board took time to identify candidates who were passionate and committed to Caring Partner's mission, willing to support fundraising efforts, and help lead the organization creatively and effectively. Because of this initiative, the Board membership expanded significantly in 2014, with many of the governance policies now under development.

Foundation Comments

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Financials


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2012 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2011 (%)

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2014 to Dec 31, 2014
Projected Income $446,500.00
Projected Expense $506,000.00
Form 990s

2013 Form 990

2012 Form 990

2011 Form 990

Audit Documents

2013 Audit

2012 Review

2011 Review

IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2013 2012 2011
Total Revenue $601,679 $499,444 $462,683
Total Expenses $503,887 $480,840 $464,143

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2013 2012 2011
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
-- -- --
Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- -- --
Individual Contributions $11,345 $139,056 $117,817
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue -- -- --
Investment Income, Net of Losses -- -- --
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events $161,596 -- --
Revenue In-Kind $428,738 $360,388 $344,866
Other -- -- --

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2013 2012 2011
Program Expense $501,398 $479,240 $463,113
Administration Expense $2,489 $1,600 $1,030
Fundraising Expense -- -- --
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.19 1.04 1.00
Program Expense/Total Expenses 100% 100% 100%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 0% 0% 0%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2013 2012 2011
Total Assets $118,483 $20,691 $2,087
Current Assets $118,483 $20,691 $2,087
Long-Term Liabilities $0 $0 $0
Current Liabilities $0 $0 $0
Total Net Assets $118,483 $20,691 $2,087

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2013 2012 2011
1st (Source and Amount) -- --
-- --
-- --
2nd (Source and Amount) -- --
-- --
-- --
3rd (Source and Amount) -- --
-- --
-- --

Financial Planning

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

Capital Campaign

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

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2013 2012 2011
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities -- -- --

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2013 2012 2011
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 0% 0%

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

Since 1995, CFK has collected, cleaned and distributed nearly 800,000 coats and since 2005, Belle has collected and cleaned over 45,000 prom dresses, totaling $11,688,229 in donated cleaning costs.
 
While what has been accomplished is significant, there is more to do, more challenges to meet. The rapid growth of Belle has been a success but presents a two-fold challenge. First, is securing the necessary dresses, services, prom accessories and raffle items that require over $80,000 in donations and/or purchase for the boutique and accomplishing this annually in a 3.5-month period. The second is that the Belle boutique is near maximum capacity and there is a significant unmet need. To maintain its value as a personal and special experience for each girl requires expanding the boutique.
 
For CFK, there is a clear need to increase the number of coats collected and the program has the capacity to collect, clean and distribute additional coats. A realistic and sustainable target, in terms of the collection and cleaning process as well as distribution is 65,000 coats a year, a 25% increase. One of the program’s inefficiencies is the timing of the collection and cleaning process is not always in sync with distribution needs. Distribution partners want coats earlier in the season when collection is just ramping up and fewer coats are available. A surge in donations usually occurs near the end of the collection drive, after the holidays, putting pressure on the partners’ distribution capabilities. While altering the schedule may seem like an easy solution, it is difficult to motivate people to donate coats when the weather is mild. Another issue is that cuts in public budgets have put additional responsibilities on school personnel forcing some to drop the program. There is a need to strengthen the Schools Reward program and provide more support to the schools. 
 
Additional funds will help meet the challenges by:
1.Wholesale purchase of large-size children’s and adult coats and development of a retail partnership
2. Wholesale purchase of plus and petite size gowns
3. Wholesale purchase of prom accessories
4. Expand the offerings at Belle boutique to serve more girls
5. Expansion of the School Rewards program and outreach to school and other collection partners
6. Build an inventory to meet the demand for coats early in the season
 

Foundation Comments

Financial summary data in the charts and graphs above is per the organization's IRS Form 990s, with in-kind contribution data per the financial reviews and audit. Contributions from foundations and corporations are listed under individuals when the breakout was not available.

Documents


Other Documents

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Impact

The Impact tab is a section on the Giving Common added in October 2013; as such the majority of nonprofits have not yet had the chance to complete this voluntary section. The purpose of the Impact section is to ask five deceptively simple questions that require reflection and promote communication about what really matters – results. The goal is to encourage strategic thinking about how a nonprofit will achieve its goals. The following Impact questions are being completed by nonprofits slowly, thoughtfully and at the right time for their respective organizations to ensure the most accurate information possible.


1. What is your organization aiming to accomplish?

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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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