Pitch In For Baseball & Softball

Let your equipment play extra innings

aka Pitch In For Baseball, Pitch In For Softball   |   Harleysville, PA   |  www.pifbs.org

Mission

Founded in 2005, Pitch In For Baseball & Softball (PIFBS) helps give the gift of play and contributes to positive youth development by providing equipment to kids in underserved communities around the world. Our mission is to change lives through sport and increase access to baseball and softball for kids by removing equipment as the barrier to play and participation. Over the past 15+ years, PIFBS has expanded programming and partners to help more than 900,000 boys and girls play ball in every state in the U.S. and more than 110 countries internationally. e achieve our mission and goals through these core programs: Domestic and International Equipment Grants, School Based Program, and a Disaster Relief Program.

Notes from the nonprofit

We are a global nonprofit and the official equipment distribution partner of Little League International, USA Baseball, the MLB RBI program and the MLB Players Association, completing 600+ projects each year. Over the past decade, we have helped more than 900,000 kids play baseball and softball in more than 100 countries internationally and nearly every state in the U.S.

Ruling year info

2005

Interim CEO & Chief Operating Officer

Ms. Meredith Kim

Main address

1563-65 Gehman Road

Harleysville, PA 19438 USA

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EIN

86-1141299

NTEE code info

Baseball, Softball (includes Little Leagues) (N63)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Philanthropy / Charity / Voluntarism Promotion (General) (T50)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

At its very simplest, baseball/softball is a game that is played by boys and girls in backyards, country fields, playgrounds, sandlots, and streets. It is a time to spend with friends – old and new, being part of a team, experiencing the highs of winning, the agony of defeat, and having a chance to be a kid. In addition to its pure play element, baseball is also a powerful vehicle for youth development teaching important life lessons like teamwork, respect, keeping a commitment, and the art of winning and losing. Pitch In For Baseball & Softball exists to remove equipment as a barrier to participation for under-resourced children around the world, which helps to increase access to the game and creates positive opportunities for out-of-school hours.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Domestic and International Equipment Grant Program

Pitch In For Baseball & Softball partners with leagues, schools, teams, international governments and companies to help reach as many kids as possible.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
At-risk youth

In times of tragedy, children are the most affected. Baseball and softball can have a healing power, restoring a sense of normalcy amidst the chaos. Over the past several years, Pitch In For Baseball & Softball has assisted in NY/NJ shoreline (following Hurricane Sandy); Joplin, MO; Gulf Coast Region; Texas, Japan, and Puerto Rico. PIFBS is currently raising funds to support a project to help rebuild programs in the Bahamas, Louisiana following the recent tornado, and helping groups impacted by COVID-19.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

About 50% of the equipment PIFBS is able to donate comes from the efforts of motivated, passionate kids as part of community service projects, Eagle Scout projects, Mitzvah projects. PIFBS has created resources to support kids in their endeavors.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Pitch In For Baseball & Softball works with schools and districts to help them start, expand, or continue baseball and softball programs. By donating the equipment, schools are able to shift budget dollars to other areas of programmatic improvement.

PIFB currently has two school based programs in Philadelphia and Minneapolis/St. Paul school districts.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Children and youth

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of students showing improvement in test scores

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Related Program

School-Based Programs

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Average daily attendance

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Related Program

School-Based Programs

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total number of grants awarded

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children, At-risk youth, Economically disadvantaged people, Ethnic and racial groups

Related Program

Domestic and International Equipment Grant Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of children served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children, At-risk youth, Economically disadvantaged people, Ethnic and racial groups

Related Program

Domestic and International Equipment Grant Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Pitch In For Baseball & Softball (PIFBS) is laser focused and mission driven. PIFBS aims to remove equipment as a barrier to play for economically disadvantaged children around the globe and contribute to the growth of youth baseball/softball by increasing access to the game. All of the organization's activities are centered around equipment and how by providing the necessary gear, PIFBS is helping leagues/schools/organizations opportunities to strengthen and grow their programs.

All of Pitch In For Baseball & Softball's activities are centered on one goal: to provide equipment so that as many children have access to baseball and softball. As an organization, PIFBS is driven by following :
1) Increase awareness/brand recognition.
- Integrate awareness building into each partnership - social media, website, press releases - to help elevate PIFBS' visibility and highlight the impact of the work.
- Strengthen our systems and mechanisms for gathering and communicating the impact stories about children and communities we have helped that best represent our work in order to connect others to our work and provide visual reminders to each of us of our impact.

2) Leverage the necessary resources (both monetary and in-kind) to meet the needs of leagues/schools/organizations that offer baseball and softball programs for under-resourced children.
- Volunteer engagement - PIFBS is fortunate to have about 200 volunteers who are passionate baseball/softball fans who collect equipment and raise money on our behalf.
- Establish a formal stewardship and donor recognition program to stay better connected with our donors
- Diversify revenue through expanded partnerships and fundraising efforts. This includes partnerships with manufacturers as well as companies with a shared passion for the game and for helping children.

3) Measuring and communicating impact more effectively. For all of the School-Based Programs, schools are required to report on the #/% of students who improve their grades/attendance during the season. Over the years, the data has shown how baseball/softball can be an effective vehicle for student engagement in school and reinforces our investment. However, PIFBS has identified other areas of programming that would be worth taking a deeper dive into impact, such as a longitudinal study of the impact of our school-based programming and our Disaster Relief Program. PIFBS is currently working with a school in Tennessee that will be starting their first Varsity baseball team next year. The study will track individual students over a 5 year period. PIFBS is also working to develop system to better assess the impact of our efforts in response to Disaster Relief.

4) Improving efficiency - as a small 6 person office, Pitch In For Baseball & Softball is lean and must operate efficiently in order to maximize donor dollars and meet the needs of the community

Pitch In For Baseball & Softball exists to remove equipment as a barrier to participation, which increases access to the game for economically disadvantaged children. These efforts also help to grow participation. To achieve our mission, partnership and collaboration are essential. Collaboration and cross-sector efforts are key to our success, helping us get the necessary resources and identify the most under-resourced communities. Baseball/softball fans around the globe donate to spread the joy of the game. Manufacturers have a way liquidate inventory while elevating their charitable profile and also provide exclusive pricing on new equipment to help fill the gaps between our inventory and the needs outlined in the equipment grant requests that come in. Industry leaders look to PIFBS to help expand their programming and increase participation numbers cost-effectively.

During the past year and a half, there has been a notable shift in the spirit and urgency. The economic impact of pandemic has forced every industry to rethink how they are doing business. It is estimated that MLB alone and their clubs lost billions over the past year as a result, had to do widespread furloughs and layoffs which has significantly changed the structure and capacity of each organization. Little League International and their thousands of leagues around the world will feel the impact on their programming for at least the next three years. Through this global crisis, PIFBS has been fortunate to expand and strengthen existing partnerships as well as forge new high profile relationships aimed at creating opportunities for children.

PIFBS is the official equipment partner of the Youth Development Foundation (a joint effort of Major League Baseball (MLB) and the MLB Players Association), Little League International, USA Baseball, MLB's RBI program, New York Mets, the San Francisco Giants, Minnesota Twins, Cincinnati Reds, and the Los Angeles Dodgers. Manufacturing partners include Wilson Sporting Goods and their family of brands (Louisville Slugger, Demarini, Atec), Rawlings, Diamond Sports, Easton, BWP Bats, and UnderArmour. Additional partners involve a deep discount from UPS (about 75% off retail costs), private foundations, hundred of baseball/softball fans who raise money and collect equipment on our behalf, and board members who connect to the mission of baseball and kids.

Over the past five years, our impact has grown significantly.
- The # of projects has grown from 200 to more than 600.
- The # of children helped annually grew from about 35,000 to nearly 100,000 .
- Revenue has grown more than 100% to nearly $1,300,000
- Staff has grown from 2 to 6
- Number of strategic partners has grown from a handful to dozens, including Major League Baseball and Little League International

While 2020 was a bit of an anomaly and the world will continue to feel the impact financially as well as socially for years to come, baseball and softball have been viewed as one of the safest, socially distant activities due to the nature of it being outdoors. As states and communities work to reopen, we have had an influx of grant requests that are on average 2-3 times larger than a request in a non-pandemic time. To date this year, Pitch In For Baseball & Softball has already completed 800 projects and is on course to do nearly 1100 this year.

Financials

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Pitch In For Baseball & Softball

Board of directors
as of 5/28/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Terry Smith

CEO, Rushmore Loan Management

Term: 2019 - 2022

Michael Markovich

Wilson Sporting Goods Co.

Bill Piszek

Arthur Pincus

Susan Lowe, CPA

CFO

David Ickes

Johnson Matthey

Cathy McIndoo

Novare National Settlement Service

Allison Parsell

Warstic

Bill Piszek

Dan Sheridan

President & Chief Revenue Officer

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 05/28/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Asian American/Pacific Islanders/Asian
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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