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Cradles to Crayons

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four stars

96.46

155 North Beacon Street Boston, MA 02135
tel: (617) 779-4700   Web Site
EIN: 04-3584367

Board Leadership
Dean Athanasia
Board Chair

CEO
Lynn Margherio
Founder, CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 96.46 four stars
  Financial 95.00 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00 four stars
This rating was published 06/01/2018 and includes data from FY2017, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Founded in 2002, Cradles to Crayons (C2C) is an innovative non-profit that 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.

Cradles to Crayons' unique business model provides an easy and convenient avenue through which everyday essentials in good and working condition can be recycled in a socially and environmentally responsible way. Since our founding, we have distributed over 500,000 packages of goods that are hand-picked by caring volunteers to meet a child's specific needs. Currently Cradles to Crayons has locations in Boston, MA and Philadelphia, PA.

Founded in 2002, Cradles to Crayons (C2C) is an innovative non-profit that 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.

Cradles to Crayons' unique business model provides an easy and convenient avenue through which everyday essentials in good and working condition can be recycled in a socially and environmentally responsible way. Since our founding, we have distributed over 500,000 packages of goods that are hand-picked by caring volunteers to meet a child's specific needs. Currently Cradles to Crayons has locations in Boston, MA and Philadelphia, PA.

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Financial

four stars

95.00

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

100.00

This rating was published 06/01/2018 and includes data from FY2017, the most recent 990 received at that time.
Overall Rating Chart
  Program Expenses
(Percent of the charity's total expenses spent on the programs
and services it delivers)
88.1%
  Administrative Expenses 4.5%
  Fundraising Expenses 7.3%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.06
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.58
  Program Expenses Growth 18.1%
  Liabilities to Assets 7.7%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Cradles to Crayons on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Cradles to Crayons on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Cradles to Crayons (MA) 96.46 four stars
American Friends of Migdal Ohr (NY) 94.05 four stars
Neighborhood House, Louisville (KY) 92.17 four stars
Our Kids (TN) 85.53 three stars
The Christmas Box International (UT) 85.27 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $16,042,383
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $16,042,383
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $16,042,383
   Other Revenue $151,708
TOTAL REVENUE $16,194,091
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $13,649,327
   Administrative Expenses $762,547
   Fundraising Expenses $1,270,736
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $15,682,610
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $511,481
   
Net Assets $7,957,998

Program names and associated costs are listed for the top programs as reported on the charity's most recently filed Form 990. The top programs displayed will include the largest three programs, or those programs covering at least 60% of the charity's total expenses, whichever comes first.

Program Name Amount Spent % of Program Expenses
Providing Essential Items $13,649,327 100.0%

Ratings History
Cradles to Crayons has received 10 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2017-03 06/01/2018 96.46 four stars
2017-03 03/01/2018 95.47 four stars
2016-03 07/01/2017 95.47 four stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 91.45 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 03/01/2016 91.79 four stars
2013-12 08/01/2015 91.82 four stars
2012-12 04/01/2014 97.53 four stars
2011-12 06/01/2013 97.58 four stars
2010-12 02/01/2012 97.53 four stars
2009-12 12/23/2011 95.77 four stars
2009-12 09/20/2011 93.49 four stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 12/22/2010 94.03 four stars
2008-12 07/01/2010 93.86 four stars
2007-12 07/01/2009 94.17 four stars

The data displayed on this tab is provided by the IRS in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

EIN 04-3584367
Name in IRS Master File CRADLES TO CRAYONS INC
NTEE Code P29
NTEE Classification Thrift Shops
NTEE Type Human Services - Multipurpose and Other
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities
Foundation Status Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public   170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
Deductibility Contributions are deductible
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).
Group Name [Not Applicable]
Ruling Date June, 2002
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End March
IRS Forms 990
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  • March, 2017
  • March, 2016
  • March, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013

The data displayed in this profile is provided by the IRS for free in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$175,862 1.12% Lynn Margherio President, CEO

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Cradles to Crayons (MA) 96.46 four stars
United Methodist Children's Home (AL) 89.59 three stars
Providence House (OH) 93.33 four stars
King Street Center (VT) 88.27 three stars
HomeSafe (FL) 93.64 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Cradles to Crayons
155 North Beacon Street
Boston, MA 02135
tel: (617) 779-4700
fax: (866) 841-9995
EIN: 04-3584367

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Board Leadership

Dean Athanasia
Board Chair

CEO

Lynn Margherio
Founder, CEO

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