Mission: Sweet Dream Makers' mission is to promote the health and wellness of children and families by providing, beds, bedding and essential furniture. Sweet Dream Makers pr ... (More)

Sweet Dream Makers Inc. is a 501(c)(3) organization, with an IRS ruling year of 2016, and donations are tax-deductible.

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Contact Information

  www.sweetdreammakers.org

 55 NE 5TH AVE STE 400
Boca Raton FL 33432-4073



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Encompass Rating System by Charity Navigator


Overall Score

100

out of 100

This charity's score is a passing score.
This overall score is calculated from multiple beacon scores: 85% Finance & Accountability, 10% Leadership & Adaptability, and 5% Culture & Community


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...   Finance & Accountability


This score provides an assessment of a nonprofit's financial health (stability, efficiency and sustainability) and its commitment to governance practices and policies.


Finance & Accountability Score

100

out of 100

The score earned by Sweet Dream Makers Inc. is a passing score

This V5 of the Finance & Accountability Score provides a baseline measure of an organization’s health including the indicators listed in the report below.

This score represents Form 990 data from 2020, the latest year published by the IRS.



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Finance & Accountability Report

100

of 100 points

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Program Expense

Program Expense Ratio

93.68%

Higher effect on score

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The Program Expense Ratio is determined by Program Expenses divided by Total Expense (average of most recent three 990s). This measure reflects the percent of its total expenses a charity spends on the programs and services it exists to deliver.


Program Expense Percentage

Amount of Credit Received

70% or higherFull Credit
60% - 69.9%Partial Credit
Below 50%Zero Points for Both Program Expense percentage AND Liabilities to Assets

Source: IRS Form 990

Board Composition

8/8 Independent

Higher effect on score


Charity Navigator looks for at least 3 board members, with more than 50% of those members identified as independent (not salaried).


The presence of an independent governing body is strongly recommended by many industry professionals to allow for full deliberation and diversity of thinking on governance and other organizational matters.


Source: IRS Form 990

Independent Audit or Financial Review

Has Audit/Review

Higher effect on score


An Audit, Review, or Compilation provides important information about financial accountability and accuracy. Organizations are scored based on their Total Revenue Amount:

Total Revenue Amount

Expectation to Receive Credit

$1 million or higherExpected to complete an audit
$500,000 - $1 millionExpected to complete an audit, review, or compilation
Less than $500,000No expectation (removed from scoring methodology)

Source: IRS Form 990

Liabilities to Assets Ratio

4.00%

Lower effect on score


The Liabilities to Assets Ratio is determined by Total Liabilities divided by Total Assets (most recent 990). This ratio is an indicator of an organization’s solvency and/or long-term sustainability.

Liabilities to Assets Ratio

Amount of Credit Received

Less than 50%Full Credit
50% - 59.9%Partial Credit
60% or moreNo Credit

Source: IRS Form 990

Website

Listed

Lower effect on score


Charity Navigator looks for a website on the Form 990 as an accountability and transparency metric.


Nonprofits act in the public trust and reporting publicly on activities is an important component.


Source: IRS Form 990

Conflict of Interest Policy

Listed

Lower effect on score


Charity Navigator looks for the existence of a conflict of interest policy on the Form 990 as an accountability and transparency measure.


This policy protects the organization and by extension those it serves, when it is considering entering into a transaction that may benefit the private interest of an officer, director and/or key employee of the organization.


Source: IRS Form 990

Board Meeting Minutes

Documented

Lower effect on score


Charity Navigator looks to confirm on the Form 990 that the organization has this process in place as an accountability and transparency measure.


An official record of the events that take place during a board meeting ensures that a contemporaneous document exists for future reference.


Source: IRS Form 990

Document Retention and Destruction

Listed

Lower effect on score


Charity Navigator looks for the existence of a document retention and destruction policy per the Form 990 as an accountability and transparency measure.


This policy establishes guidelines for the handling, backing up, archiving and destruction of documents. These guidelines foster good record keeping procedures that promote data integrity.


Source: IRS Form 990

Whistleblower Policy

Listed

Lower effect on score


Charity Navigator looks for the existence of a whistleblower policy per the Form 990 as an accountability and transparency measure.


This policy outlines procedures for handling employee complaints, as well as a confidential way for employees to report financial or other types of mismanagement.


Source: IRS Form 990

Additional Information

Unscored

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Total Revenue and Expenses

Total Revenue and Expenses

This chart displays the trend of revenue and expenses over the past several years for this organization, as reported on their IRS Form 990.

Salary of Key Persons

Presented here are up to five of this organization's highest compensated employees. This compensation data includes salary, cash bonuses, and expense accounts and is displayed exactly how it is reported to the IRS. The amounts do not include nontaxable benefits, deferred compensation, or other amounts not reported on Form W-2. In some cases, these amounts may include compensation from related organizations. Read the IRS policies for compensation reporting



SUZANNE BROAD, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

$67,500


BRIAN BROAD, PRESIDENT

$0


LESLIE STEINBERG, TREASURER

$0


DEBBIE BLOCK, SECRETARY

$0


LARRY GELLER, DIRECTOR

$0


Source: IRS Form 990 (page 7), filing year 2020

Business Master File Data

Below are some key data points from the Exempt Organization IRS Business Master File (BMF) for this organization. Learn more about the BMF on the IRS website


Activities:

Activity data not reported from the IRS


Foundation Status:

Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public   170(b)(1)(A)(vi) (BMF foundation code: 15)


Affiliation:

Independent - the organization is an independent organization or an independent auxiliary (i.e., not affiliated with a National, Regional, or Geographic grouping of organizations). (BMF affiliation code: 3)

Data Sources: IRS Forms 990

The Form 990 is a document that nonprofit organizations file with the IRS annually. We leverage finance and accountability data from it to form Encompass ratings. Click here to view this organization's Forms 990 on the IRS website (if any are available).

Pandemic Response

Due to the unprecedented nature of the pandemic, we give charities such as this one the opportunity to share the story of COVID's impact on them. Charities may submit their own pandemic responses through their nonprofit portal.


Sweet Dream Makers Inc. reported being impacted by COVID-19 in the following ways:
  • Program Delivery

  • Fundraising Capacity


How COVID-19 impacted the organization's operations financially:

All in-person fundraising events were canceled. We resorted to mailed and emailed appeals at mid-year and end-of-year as well as a Facebook Live event. We applied and received the PPP loan which was used to pay staff.


How COVID-19 impacted the organization's delivery of programs:

Due to social distancing, we modified the delivery procedure of new beds and bedding. Beds were dropped at the front door. Families were notified of delivery. Families were left with instructions on how to assemble the beds. In addition, all new bedding and cribs were delivered via UPS. Our warehouse of gently used furniture was closed until it was safe for our drivers to enter a donor's home and for families to come to the warehouse and pick up what they needed. The warehouse has a large garage door and all of our employees and families are expected to wear masks.


How this organization adapted to changing conditions caused by COVID-19:

When home visits were prohibited, case managers at our partner agencies interviewed families via Zoom meetings. They further verified the need for beds with photos. Our vendor shut down all delivery of beds during the initial 4 weeks of the pandemic so we quickly pivoted to our using our own truck and workers to pick up the new beds from our vendor's warehouse and deliver directly to the families we serve. Due to social distancing, beds were dropped off at the front door and families had to assemble them.


Innovations the organization intends to continue permanently after the pandemic:

We will continue to ask for photo verification of the need when warranted. In addition, we will continue to ship bedding items and cribs via UPS moving forward.


...   Impact & Results


This score estimates the actual impact a nonprofit has on the lives of those it serves, and determines whether it is making good use of donor resources to achieve that impact.


Impact & Results Score

Not Currently Scored

Sweet Dream Makers Inc. cannot currently be evaluated by our Encompass Rating Impact & Results methodology because either (A) it is eligible, but we have not yet received data; (B) we have not yet developed an algorithm to estimate its programmatic impact; (C) its programs are not direct services; or (D) it is not heavily reliant on contributions from individual donors.

Note: The absence of a score does not indicate a positive or negative assessment, it only indicates that we have not yet evaluated the organization.

Learn more about Impact & Results.

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Largest Programs

Largest Programs



Sweet Dream Makers Inc. reported its largest program on its FY 2020 Form 990 as:


$830,462

Spent in most recent FY

100%

Percent of program expenses


During the period 1/1/20 12/31/20, Sweet Dream Makers provided 2433 new beds and bedding (including a few like-new beds) to children and their caregivers' ages birth thru 19. Families in great need ar ... (More)


...   Leadership & Adaptability


This score provides an assessment of the organization's leadership capacity, strategic thinking and planning, and ability to innovate or respond to changes in constituent demand/need or other relevant social and economic conditions to achieve the organization's mission.


Leadership & Adaptability Score

100

out of 100

The score earned by Sweet Dream Makers Inc. is a passing score.

Encompass Rating V4 provides an evaluation of the organization's Leadership & Adaptability through the nonprofit organization submitting a survey response directly to Charity Navigator.


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Leadership & Adaptability Report

100

of 100 points

Mission

The nonprofit organization presents evidence of strategic thinking through articulating the organization’s mission


Sweet Dream Makers' mission is to promote the health and wellness of children and families by providing, beds, bedding and essential furniture. Sweet Dream Makers provides new beds at no cost to children and families sleeping on the floor, sharing beds or sleeping in unsafe, unsanitary conditions. Each child gets to choose their own bedding to go with their new bed.


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Vision

The nonprofit organization presents evidence of strategic thinking through articulating the organization’s vision.


Together with our partners and supporters, we are working toward the simple, yet ambitious, goal to improve the lives of our community’s children, one bed at a time! Our vision is to work with community partners, social service agencies, and advocates to ensure that every child has access to a good night’s sleep, thereby immediately improving their school performance, health, and well-being. Sweet Dream Makers is dedicated to ensuring the basic comfort and security necessary for each child to reach their full potential. With a safe, clean, and appropriate place to sleep each night, these families have made great strides in health and well-being outcomes, school performance, and the ability to meet everyday needs.


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Strategic Goals

The nonprofit organization presents evidence of strategic thinking and goal setting through sharing their most important strategic goals.


Goal One: Broward Cty Expansion: As we build relationships with partners and stakeholders in S. Florida, we have heard that our simple, yet transformational programming is in desperate need in neighboring areas

Goal Type: Grow, expand, scale or increase access to the existing programs and services.


Goal Two: Adults in Need– in consultation with our partner agencies, provide beds to the homeless in rapid-rehousing programs, seniors in need, those struggling with mental health, victims of domestic violence.

Goal Type: New program(s) based on observed changes in needs among our constituencies/communities served.


Goal Three: Direct Connect will bring SDM programming directly to children in identified underserved areas throughout Palm Beach County. We will establish a protocol for outreach, vetting, and follow-up.

Goal Type: Grow, expand, scale or increase access to the existing programs and services.


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Leadership Development

The nonprofit provides evidence of investment in leadership development


Describe an investment in leadership

Just prior to the pandemic we were scheduled to attend a 2-day conference in NYC hosted by Donor Perfect on Donor Relations, communications, and stewardship. Since that time we have participated in numerous Donor Perfect webinars.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Mobilizing for Mission

The nonprofit provides evidence of leadership through focusing externally and mobilizing resources for the mission.


This organization mobilizes for mission in the following ways:
  • Strategic Partnerships

  • Networks of Collective Impact Efforts

  • Raising Awareness

What are this organization’s external mobilizaton efforts?

SDM is an innovative program, working alongside 50+ local social service agencies to identify families in need and serve an average of 75 families each month through the A Bed of My Own program, matching each member of the household with a bed best suited to their needs. Since its inception, there has been a sharp increase in requests attributed to two factors: first, no other agency is directly addressing the need for beds; second, as our reputation as a quick and efficient provider has grown, more caseworkers are turning to us for help. SDM is collaborative by design. By providing beds, families can get the sleep they need, allowing referring caseworkers to do the work they need to serve their clients' best interests. Lastly, we speak to local community groups, religious organizations and businesses to create awareness of the staggering need and encourage the participation of all ages through community service projects.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Story of Adaptability

The nonprofit has an opportunity to tell the story of how the organization adapted to tremendous external changes in the last year.


Our vetting process has become more creative since our referring partner agencies have had to resort to virtual rather than in-home interviews with families in need of wrap-around services. By using a robust database program we are able to keep track of the thousands of families who have received our services since 2017. As the pandemic reached its peak, our services were desperately needed, and the increase in requests has continued. We administer post-surveys within 90 days of receiving beds. Here are two of the responses we have received during the COVID crisis. This mom cried when she received beds for her children. "We lost our home and our furniture and were homeless. We moved into our apartment with nothing but the clothes we had. Then Sweet Dream Makers showed up with beds for our sons and us. I cried because our kids did not have to sleep on the floor. It made such a huge impact on our family. It was one of the most important things to receive as a gift. It gave my family hope to know everything will be okay. To have a bed to sleep in. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts." Another family had lost everything and was starting over from scratch. "We had lost our home, our vehicle, and all our clothes and belongings. Once we had found a home, Sweet Dream Makers gave us our first pieces of furniture....our beds. It felt amazing to have our own home, and even more amazing to have beds to sleep in. I cannot describe the immense joy we all felt. Sweet Dreams Makers was a Godsend." There are many stories like these received during a year fraught with unprecedented difficulty for families in need. We are certain that the many beds we have provided during the pandemic are more meaningful than ever to the children and families we served who, in addition to the everyday stresses that poverty levels, faced the added uncertainties of distance learning, and social isolation. The comfort of a good night's sleep our beds provided has been more crucial than ever before.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

...   Culture & Community


This score provides an assessment of the organization's engagement with the constituents it serves, a practice we term Constituent Feedback. When organizations listen to constituents, they are able to better deliver on programs and meet the needs of stakeholders. A future version of this Beacon will also assess an organization's people operations and its Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) metrics.


Culture & Community Score

100

out of 100

The score earned by Sweet Dream Makers Inc. is a passing score.

Encompass Rating V4 provides an evaluation of an organization's Culture and Community by measuring its Constituent Feedback practices (see report below). Constituent Feedback data provides 100% of the basis for the initial evaluation of the Culture & Community Beacon.


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Culture & Community Report

100

of 100 points

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Constituent Feedback

Constituent Feedback

Full Credit


This organization reported that it is collecting feedback.


Here's how this organization is listening and learning from the people they serve:


How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

SMS text surveys, Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Case management notes


How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, Other means


With whom does your organization share the feedback you got from the people you serve?

Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners


What challenges does your organization face in collecting feedback from the people you serve?

It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time


Briefly describe a recent change that your organization made in response to feedback from the people you serve.

When checking up on a client, we discovered that our families were having a difficult time setting up the beds that were delivered. Specifically bunk beds. We then contracted with our vender to ave all beds set up and all packing material removed. In addition to beds, Sweet Dream Makers purchase bedding, cribs and toddler beds from Walmart. Another issue the families we serve encountered was theft of these items delivered via UPS and left at their front door. An issue people all over the country are having. We changed our policy to have our recipients pick up all bedding, cribs and toddler beds at a Walmart most convenient for them. Lastly, we provide individual solutions to accommodate what is best for each family. Recently we purchased and assembled a triple bunk bed.



Methodology


Charity Navigator believes nonprofit organizations that engage in inclusive practices, such as collecting feedback from the people and communities they serve, may be more effective. We've partnered with GuideStar by Candid to survey organizations about their feedback practices. Nonprofit organizations can fill out the How We Listen section of their Candid profile to receive a rating.


Charity Navigator awards full credit for this Beacon to every nonprofit that is eligible for an Encompass Rating that completes the survey, in recognition of their willingness to publicly share this information with the nonprofit and philanthropic communities. This data is not evaluated for quality at this time. Validation will be added in future iterations of this Beacon.

Analysis and Research


Like the overall Encompass Rating System, the Culture & Community Beacon is designed to evolve as metrics are developed and ready for integration. Our partnership with Feedback Labs and Guidestar by Candid, and other partners including Fund for Shared Insight, GlobalGiving, and Keystone Accountability, enables us to launch the first version of this beacon with Constituent Feedback information collected on Candid's site.


Feedback practices have been shown to support better Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion outcomes, an essential area of assessment that we intend to further expand and develop in the future. Feedback Labs has documented several studies which indicate that beyond achieving organizational goals, nonprofits that are attentive and responsive to concerns and ideas raised by beneficiaries establish stronger relationships with the people they serve, promote greater equity, and empower constituents in ways that can help to ensure better long-term outcomes. You can find resources to help nonprofits improve their feedback practices here.

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