Recreation, Sports, Leisure, Athletics

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 entry. 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 100 countries internationally. Most recently in 2019, PIFBS helped nearly 100,000 unduplicated play ball. We 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

Cause area (NTEE code) info

Baseball, Softball (includes Little Leagues) (N63)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

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

IRS filing requirement

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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. It also helps build self-confidence, offers a constructive alternative for the key after-school hours, and gives kids positive role models in their coaches. It is a game that brings communities together - unifying people from different backgrounds, religions, ethnic groups, and socioeconomics as well as offering parents a way to connect with their kids. Pitch In For Baseball & Softball works to remove equipment as a barrier to participation for underresourced children.

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 (0-19 years)
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 (0-19 years)

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 (0-19 years)

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 (13-19 years)
Children and youth (0-19 years)

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 (0-19 years)

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 (0-19 years)

Related Program

School-Based Programs

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

Pitch In For Baseball & Softball aims to contribute to the growth of youth baseball/softball and increase access to the game by providing the equipment necessary to play.

• Increase public awareness. Build formal relationships with players (current or retired) to serve as spokespersons for PIFB. Strengthen our systems and mechanisms for gathering and communicating the gems that best represent our work in order to connect others to our work and provide visual reminders to each of us of our impact. • Expand and Strengthen Partnerships. Create powerful partnerships that will build brand awareness, increase and/or broaden revenue streams, and facilitate equipment donations as well as those that will improve our ability to respond to international requests • Develop a Disaster Relief Response Plan. Create a disaster response readiness plan and dedicated Pitch In Relief Fund so that we can react more quickly and efficiently. • Streamline and Focus International Projects. Identify shipping partners and perfect the international delivery system to get equipment to international destinations quickly and more efficiently. Pilot an evaluation system to better assess the impact of baseball in under-resourced countries. • Raise the resources to support PIFBS' growth. Using industry best-practices and leveraging relationships to build expansive and diverse resources to enable PIFB to grow our impact and gain visibility.

Collaboration and cross-sector efforts are key to our success, helping us get the necessary resources and identify the most under-resourced communities. Baseball fans around the globe donate to spread the joy of the game. Manufacturers have a way liquidate inventory while elevating their charitable profile. Industry leaders look to PIFB to help expand their programming and increase participation numbers cost-effectively. We also work with dozens of community organizations and schools that want to add programming. PIFBS is the official equipment donation partner of Little League, Babe Ruth Baseball, USA Baseball, MLB's RBI program, and the Los Angeles Dodgers. In addition to youth baseball organizations, we identify and secure corporate and foundation partners for whom PIFBS can help achieve their goals. Our current partners include the Minnesota Twins, the Tampa Bay Rays, Baseball Tomorrow Fund, Major League Baseball Players Trust, State Farm, Global Giving Foundation, private foundations, baseball manufacturers (Wilson Sporting Goods, Rawlings, New Era caps), and board members who connect to the mission of baseball and kids.

In 2014, PIFB distributed 204 equipment grants, 150 in the United States and 54 internationally, making baseball/softballs possible for nearly 40,000 children.<br/><br/>Each equipment grantee is required to complete a Year End Impact Report. Depending on the type of program they are - School-Based or Domestic/International Grantee - the report is slightly different. All grantees share the impact on specific children, photographs, and the financial need for requesting gear. Schools also report on poverty levels, attendance rates, and academic progress for participants. <br/><br/>Anecdotes and metrics help us to understand better the impact we are having on communities and children around the globe.

Over the past five years, our impact has grown significantly. - The # of projects has grown from 200 to more than 600. - Revenue has grown more than 100% to nearly $1,300,000 - Staff has grown from 2 to 5 - Number of strategic partners has grown from a handful to dozens, including Major League Baseball and Little League International

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Pitch In For Baseball & Softball

Board of directors
as of 4/22/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Terry Smith

CEO, Rushmore Loan Management

Term: 2019 -

Roy Smalley

Smalley~Smith Group Morgan Stanley Wealth Management

Richard Gelles

University of Pennsylvania

Michael Kopech

ESPN

Michael Markovich

Wilson Sporting Goods Co.

Bill Piszek

Arthur Pincus

NYC Department of Parks & Recreation

Susan Lowe, CPA

CFO

Richard Gelles, PhD

University of Pennsylvania

David Ickes

International SOS & Risk Controls

Cathy McIndoo

Novare National Settlement Service

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

Keywords

baseball, softball, youth philanthropy, youth development, mitzvah projects