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Comfort Cases Inc. - Massachusetts

 15825 Shady Grove Road, Suite 60
 Rockville, MD 20850
[P] (301) 6057813
[F] --
www.comfortcases.org
[email protected]
Tony Bonetti
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INCORPORATED: 2014
 Printable Profile (Summary / Full)
EIN 46-4044090

LAST UPDATED: 10/24/2018
Organization DBA --
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years No

Summary

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Mission StatementMORE »

Inspiring communities to bring dignity and hope to youth in foster care.

Mission Statement

Inspiring communities to bring dignity and hope to youth in foster care.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2018 to Dec 31, 2018
Projected Income $2,400,000.00
Projected Expense $1,548,500.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Comfort Cases Program
  • Comfort XL Program

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

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Overview

Mission Statement

Inspiring communities to bring dignity and hope to youth in foster care.

Background Statement

According to the most recent statistics, there are over 435,000 children in the foster care system in the United States and thousands more are entering each month. Annually, over 270,000 youth enter foster care across the country. Of these children, most arrive carrying little more than the clothes on their backs and what few belongings they do have are stuffed into a common trash bag. As you can imagine, it is a time of great upheaval and instability, and their first foster home placement is unlikely to be their last. Many children in foster care will be moved from home to home multiple times, with the average being seven. At Comfort Cases, we believe that every child deserves to feel a sense of dignity. Every child deserves to pack their belongings in a special bag that they can call their own. It is our mission as a charity to provide a proper vessel—either a backpack or a small duffel bag--filled with comfort and essential items, to these brave and, sometimes, forgotten children on their journey to find their forever home.

Rob Scheer, a former foster kid and an adoptive father to four former foster youth, founded Comfort Cases in 2013 to inspire communities to bring dignity and hope to youth in foster care. The charity provides kids in foster care with a brand new backpack and duffel bag to replace the trash bag that so many are asked to pack in as they enter the system. Each Comfort Case is packed with brand new items such as pajamas, a blanket, a stuffed animal, toiletries, dental kit, books, and other essentials.

When Rob was in the foster care system, he recalls how painful it was to have all of his worldly belongings stuffed into a trash bag. Rob has said how humiliating it was and how it had made him feel unwanted. Thirty years later, he was absolutely shocked to see his four children arrive on his doorstep from foster care with their life packed in trash bags. Rob saw that nothing had changed and he was determined to show kids in care that they matter and deserve better so he embarked on starting a non-profit to solve this indignity and thus Comfort Cases was founded.


Impact Statement

What started out as a family and community initiative resulting in a couple hundred cases, quickly grew into a thriving, volunteer-driven charitable organization. Since its inception, Comfort Cases has distributed over 35,000 cases and has grown to encompass an extensive network of regular volunteers who help sort, organize and inventory donations, and pack, deliver, and ship cases around the country. Throughout the United States, Comfort Cases has and continues to cultivate and develop relationships with agencies and organizations that serve as the first point of entry for children entering the foster care system. It is through these agencies and organizations that Comfort Cases distribute cases to ensure they get into the hands of children at a time when they need these items most and when they are at their most vulnerable. These agencies and organizations include social service agencies, private agencies, emergency domestic violence shelters, family shelters, schools, and fire and police departments.

OUR IMPACT: In 2017, Comfort Cases impacted the lives of over 11,000 youth in foster care with each youth receiving a Comfort Cases. As of June 2018, Comfort Cases have now been distributed to youth in 39 states plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. In addition to Comfort Cases, the organization began to distribute Comfort XLs in the fall of 2017. A Comfort XL is a large capacity collapsible duffel bag that is intended to truly replace the trash bag that children so often have to put their belongings into when being placed into care.

OUR GOALS: In 2018, Comfort Cases seeks to provide 14,000 youth in foster care with a Comfort Case. Additionally, Comfort Cases seeks to have distributed cases to youth in care in all 50 states by year's end. With respect to programs, Comfort Cases will be focused on streamlining and maximizing our impact on youth entering foster care by separating our efforts into two distinct programs - Comfort Cases and Comfort XLs. Comfort Cases provide youth in care with hope, love, and comfort while Comfort XLs provide youth with dignity and self worth. By year's end, we intend to have a program manual in place to enable individuals and groups from across the country to implement Comfort Cases in their communities to further our reach and impact on youth in foster care.


Needs Statement

Comfort Cases most pressing needs are financial and in-kind resources. In 2017, Comfort Cases reached 11,000 youth entering foster care. However, over 270,000 youth entered foster care across the country. Therefore, Comfort Cases reached approximately 4% of all youth entering foster care. The need is far greater than the impact we have had. In order to reach more youth entering foster care, it requires donations of items contained in a Comfort Case and financial donations. Every Comfort Case costs approximately $65 and every Comfort XL costs $10. In order to reach every child entering foster care, it would require over $17.5 million in donated items value and in items purchased via donations to provide every one of them with a Comfort Case. And to truly eliminate trash bags from the foster care system, it would cost about $2.7 million dollars to provide every youth entering foster care with a Comfort XL and eliminate the indignity youth in care face when they are forced to carry their belongings in a trash bag.

CEO Statement

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Board Chair Statement

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Geographic Area Served

NATIONAL
Comfort Cases is a national charity that serves agencies and organizations working with youth entering foster care. Comfort Cases seeks to expand and deepen its reach into communities across the country in order to effectively and efficiently reach youth in foster care. Therefore, Comfort Cases is actively working to partner with regional and local public and private child welfare agencies. In the Greater Boston Area, Comfort Cases will work with the three regional Massachusetts Department of Children & Families regional office (Northern, Southern, and Boston) and the 20 area offices located in these three regions.

Organization Categories

  1. Human Services - Foster Care
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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

Comfort Cases Program

Comfort Cases mission is to inspire communities to bring dignity and hope to youth in foster care. Comfort Cases seeks to eliminate trash bags from our foster care system. The organization provides youth entering foster care with a Comfort Case, a backpack or small duffel bag filled with comfort and essential items for a child's first few nights in a new environment. The Comfort Case provides them with some comfort, love, and hope. It contains a backpack, blanket, pajamas, stuffed animal, journal with pens or coloring book with crayons, book, toiletry kit, and dental kit.
Budget  $1,200,000.00
Category  Human Services, General/Other Foster Care
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) At-Risk Populations Minorities
Program Short-Term Success  To distribute 14,000 cases to youth in foster care this year. Since 2013, Comfort Cases has impacted 40,000 youth entering care by providing them with a Comfort Case.
Program Long-Term Success  To serve every youth entering foster care every year in all 50 states, DC and Puerto Rico. 
Program Success Monitored By  Number of youth entering foster care impacted. Number of states reached. Number of agencies and organizations with partnership opportunities.
Examples of Program Success 

In 2017, 11,000 Youth Entering Foster Care received a Comfort Case. Comfort Cases have been distributed in 39 states plus DC and Puerto Rico. Since the organization was founded in 2013, Comfort Cases has distributed 40,000 cases to youth in foster care and over 5,000 Comfort XLs.

Feedback Illustrative of Impact:

“Your program is absolutely amazing...So often children come to us with trash bags of clothing or no clothing at all. I have heard children who Comfort Cases have been given to ask if they are truly theirs to keep and we tell them yes. I have seen the children extremely excited, their faces light up to know they have something that belongs to them that they can take with them to placement. “

“Recently, we had an 18 year old male come back into care with all of his belongings in an 18 gallon black trash bag. He was hesitant at first to accept the Comfort Cases and all of the contents stating that ‘you will want this bag back and I can’t get it back to you’. We assured him that the bag and contents were his now. He was very appreciative and couldn’t wait to get all of his belongings in that new red duffle bag to be transported to his foster home."

“Comfort Cases has been one of the best programs that I have seen thus far and it is amazing what you do for children."

“What awesome work you are doing. The cases were wonderful and it is a blessing to be able to provide ‘our children’ in foster care such an individual gift that will help them on their journey to new homes”

“Comfort Cases truly provides something positive to a child who is already undergoing the trauma of being removed and placed at times with strangers.”


Comfort XL Program

Often youth when being removed from their home carry the few belongings they are able to take with them in a trash bag. The indignity of this experience and the message received that they are garbage only exacerbates the impact of an already traumatic experience. The Comfort XL Program seeks to eliminate trash bags and this experience from our foster care system. The program consists of procuring, shipping and distributing Comfort XL's, large duffel bags to the agencies and organizations who are removing a child from care. These workers need to be able to have these Comfort XLs on hand at a moments notice to ensure the workers reach for the Comfort XL long before they ever reach for a trash bag again. These Comfort XLs allow youth entering care to place their belongings so they never have to experience the indignity of carrying their belongings in a trash bag.
Budget  $300,000.00
Category  Human Services, General/Other Foster Care
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) At-Risk Populations Minorities
Program Short-Term Success  The Comfort XL Program is in its initial implementation stage. Therefore, the programs short term success will be defined by how many Comfort XLs are distributed, how many youth are directly impacted, and at this time, most importantly, how many agencies and organizations have been educated about the existence and availability of the Comfort XL program as a resource and tool at their disposable. The key to eliminating trash bags from the foster care system is to have the buy-in of the child welfare agencies and law enforcement agencies who are removing children and placing them into care.
Program Long-Term Success  While the organization was founded in 2013 and began to distribute Comfort Cases in earnest in 2014, the organization realized that the Comfort Cases Program which had been the core of its activities was not truly eliminating trash bags from the foster care system. The elimination of trash bags is at the core of the Comfort Cases mission. Therefore, in fall 2017, the organization implemented the Comfort XL Program to truly eliminate trash bags from the system. To date, over 5,000 Comfort XLs have been provided to youth entering the foster care system to place their belongings in upon removal and placement; thereby, ensuring they never had to experience the indignity of carrying their belongings in a trash bag. However, given over 270,000 youth enter foster care annually, the fact is 265,000 other youth entering foster care will not have this luxury and will be forced to carry their belongings in trash bags. Therefore, the long term goal of the Comfort XL Program is to ensure that each and every child entering the foster care system never carries a trash bag again - and that every agency and organization removing youth from their homes has immediate access to an appropriate bag to provide to youth at the time of removal. Thus, Comfort Cases seeks to serve every youth entering care - all 270,000 plus annually.
Program Success Monitored By  The number of youth to whom Comfort XLs have been distributed. The number of agencies actively requesting Comfort XLs to have on hand. The number of national partners who donate large duffel bags to be used in lieu of trash bags.
Examples of Program Success 

In 2017, 11,000 Youth Entering Foster Care received a Comfort Case. Comfort Cases have been distributed in 39 states plus DC and Puerto Rico. Since the organization was founded in 2013, Comfort Cases has distributed 40,000 cases to youth in foster care and over 5,000 Comfort XLs.

Feedback Illustrative of Impact:

“Your program is absolutely amazing...So often children come to us with trash bags of clothing or no clothing at all. I have heard children who Comfort Cases have been given to ask if they are truly theirs to keep and we tell them yes. I have seen the children extremely excited, their faces light up to know they have something that belongs to them that they can take with them to placement. “

“Recently, we had an 18 year old male come back into care with all of his belongings in an 18 gallon black trash bag. He was hesitant at first to accept the Comfort Cases and all of the contents stating that ‘you will want this bag back and I can’t get it back to you’. We assured him that the bag and contents were his now. He was very appreciative and couldn’t wait to get all of his belongings in that new red duffle bag to be transported to his foster home."

“Comfort Cases has been one of the best programs that I have seen thus far and it is amazing what you do for children."

“What awesome work you are doing. The cases were wonderful and it is a blessing to be able to provide ‘our children’ in foster care such an individual gift that will help them on their journey to new homes”

“Comfort Cases truly provides something positive to a child who is already undergoing the trauma of being removed and placed at times with strangers.”


CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Management


CEO/Executive Director Mr. Tony Bonetti
CEO Term Start May 2018
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience Tony Bonetti has been a social activist and non-profit leader for more than 15 years, serving mission-driven organizations such as Rainbow Families and the Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness. Tony holds a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Connecticut and Bachelor’s degrees in Sociology and Public Policy from Eastern Connecticut State University.
Co-CEO --
Co-CEO Term Start --
Co-CEO Email --
Co-CEO Experience --

Former CEOs and Terms

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Senior Staff

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Awards

Award Awarding Organization Year
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Affiliations

Affiliation Year
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Member of state association of nonprofits? Yes
Name of state association Maryland Nonprofits

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 3
Number of Part Time Staff 1
Number of Volunteers 750
Number of Contract Staff 2
Staff Retention Rate % 100%

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 4
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 3
Male: 1
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers --
Management Succession Plan No
Business Continuity of Operations Plan No
Organization Policies And Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
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? Yes
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually

Governance


Board Chair Ms. Terri Stevens
Board Chair Company Affiliation Cornerstone Landscaping
Board Chair Term May 2018 -
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Ted Blake DC CHFA Voting
Tony Bonetti Comfort Cases Exofficio
Lisa Dallos High 10 Media Voting
Amy DeBrandt Healthy Back Voting
Rob Scheer Riverbend Voting
Terri Stevens Cornerstone Landscaping 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: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 6
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 3
Male: 3
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 1
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 85%
Written Board Selection Criteria Under Development
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions --
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes

Standing Committees

  • Executive
  • Finance

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Financials


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2018 to Dec 31, 2018
Projected Income $2,400,000.00
Projected Expense $1,548,500.00
Form 990s

2016 Form 990

2015 From 990EZ

2014 Form 990EZ

Audit Documents

2016 Financial Review

IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Total Revenue $359,573 $102,406 $33,978
Total Expenses $211,144 $56,856 $30,971

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
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Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
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    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified $0 -- --
Individual Contributions $347,824 $88,082 $33,936
Indirect Public Support $0 -- --
Earned Revenue $0 -- --
Investment Income, Net of Losses $372 -- $42
Membership Dues $0 -- --
Special Events $11,377 $14,324 --
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other $0 -- --

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Program Expense $193,307 $54,759 $30,386
Administration Expense $17,837 $2,097 $585
Fundraising Expense $0 -- --
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.70 1.80 1.10
Program Expense/Total Expenses 92% 96% 98%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 0% 0% 0%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Total Assets $204,435 $51,433 $5,334
Current Assets $88,335 $51,433 $5,334
Long-Term Liabilities $0 $0 $0
Current Liabilities $0 $0 $0
Total Net Assets $204,435 $51,433 $5,334

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
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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 --
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 --
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities -- -- --

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 0% 0%

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

Financial summary data in charts and graphs is per the organization's IRS Form 990s. Contributions from foundations and corporations are listed under individuals when the breakout was not available.

Documents


Other Documents

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