TREASURES 4 TEACHERS INC

Providing free and low cost supplies to educators while diverting materials from the landfill.

Tempe, AZ   |  www.treasures4teachers.org

Mission

Treasures 4 Teachers' mission is to provide free and low cost supplies to educators from the community's reusable resources.

Ruling year info

2003

Executive Director

Barbara Blalock

Main address

3025 S 48th St. Suite 101

Tempe, AZ 85282 USA

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Formerly known as

RAFT Resource Area for Teachers of Arizona Inc.

EIN

01-0725431

NTEE code info

Primary/Elementary Schools (B24)

Recycling (C27)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

On a national average, teachers can spend up to $1000 a year out of their own pockets for classroom supplies. Treasures 4 Teachers exists to help offset that amount, and provide teachers with supplies that are free and very low cost. In addition to the necessary core teaching supplies, we also offer an abundance of creative-reuse material, an on-site teacher resource center, and professional development training opportunities.

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?

School Supplies for Teachers

Treasures 4 Teachers works to improve the educational environment for more than 250,000 Arizona students each year by providing free and low-cost school supplies to educators who shop at our Creative Reuse Center. T4T currently serves nearly 6,500 educators throughout the year. These teachers work in schools all over Arizona; nearly 90% working with low-income populations, and in Title 1 schools where most students qualify for free or reduced meal programs. Our mission of providing free and low-cost school supplies to educators needs your help now more than ever!

Population(s) Served
Adults
Students
Teachers

'T4T on Wheels' is our mobile outreach program which enables us get the word out about our organization by actually taking some of our school supplies and offering them for free to teachers and students at local Title 1 schools! These teachers often spend up to $1,000 of their own money on classroom materials that students need to learn effectively; and we at T4T see this as simply unacceptable. The Kids in Need Foundation's research has shown that with the proper school materials, students have a more positive feeling of self-worth, miss less school, have improved classroom behavior, and achieve higher test scores. Our T4T on Wheels impacts both students and teachers by providing free resources for teachers to equip their students with the materials they need to learn.

Population(s) Served
Students
Teachers
Adults

Where we work

Awards

Be More Award 2010 ~ Be More Brilliant for Innovation 2010

Be More Award 2010 ~ People's Choice Award

Arizona Recycling Coaliation ~ 2011 2011

Governor's Award for Volunteerism ~ 2009

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 groups/individuals benefiting from tools/resources/education materials provided

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

Teachers, Students

Related Program

School Supplies for Teachers

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Success is measured by the number of educators whose lives are being impacted by our supplies, creative reuse materials, and continued education classes. We saw a major decrease in 2020 due to COVID.

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.

Treasures 4 Teachers aims to reach as many teachers in the greater Phoenix Metropolitan area as possible. After that, our goal is to continue expanding and eventually reach teachers in all of Arizona! But, to be honest, our 'big dream' is to have affiliates in every single state where the help is needed; and as of now, that seems to be all of them. So far we have already expanded to a second location serving educators in the West Valley, and an affiliate site serving Tucson.

Treasures 4 Teachers currently has a mobile program called "T4T on Wheels" where we go around to local schools and speak to the teachers about what T4T is, and how we are there to help. During our presentation to the school, we give out free school supplies directly to teachers as a small example of what we are able to provide them access to. We have heard from many of the teachers that this really saves them time and money, and gets them the supplies that their classrooms are most in need of.

While T4T on Wheels is our main source of outreach, we do continue to look at other opportunities to reach as many teachers as possible. We attend many local outreach events that are geared towards educators, and provide on-site workshops and teacher training sessions as well.

Treasures 4 Teachers' success thus far can be contributed largely to our wonderful donors and partners that provide the necessary funding and supplies. Not to mention our over 150 individual volunteers, and large group volunteers that help keep our organization running!
Recently we had a school district provide us with in-kind space in the West Valley for us to open a new location. This has been monumental growth for our organization, and has extended our reach tremendously!

But, like all non-profit organizations, funding really is the key to our capabilities. But, as long as we can continue to get support from the community in way of both funding and donated supplies, Treasures 4 Teachers will continue our efforts of providing free and low-cost supplies to any educator willing to make the trip to visit us!

So far we have been able to reach approximately 4,500 teachers and 135,000 students this past year alone! And we anticipate those numbers to continue growing with the new addition of our West Valley location in June 2019.

As for 'what's next', we are really hoping for a mobile unit (a Cargo Van pulling a Trailer) to be funded so that we can literally 'take this show on the road'!. We know that time, travel, and money are the 3 main obstacles that are keeping teachers from getting the supplies they need for their classroom. With this mobile unit, we can hopefully double, and maybe even triple, our reach. But none of this can be achieved without help!

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    We directly serve and supply educators, while indirectly serving their students and benefitting the environment through our recycling and reuse efforts.

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

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Suggestion box/email, Verbal Feedback,

  • 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, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We have been collecting feedback from the educators we serve for several years now, and one of the big requests that remained consistent over the years was the desire for us to open a second location in the West Valley; so once the opportunity for space presented itself, we took it! We are happy to report it is thanks to this feedback that we have a second shopping location for our educators that is within the Pendergast School District in the West Valley.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

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

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    By asking for, and acting on, feedback from the educators we serve we have opened the door for a transparent and honest relationship; one where our educators feel comfortable coming to us with issues or suggestions because they know we will take action if needed.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome,

Financials

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

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TREASURES 4 TEACHERS INC

Board of directors
as of 5/15/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Kami Galvani

Steptoe & Johnson LLP

Term: 2019 -

John Kelly

Triadvocates, LLC

Al Nelson

Retired - Target

Chris Janick

Salt River Project

Karen Nowicki

Phoenix Business RadioX

Kami Galvani

Steptoe & Johnson, LLP

Andrea Brundage

Simple Organized Solutions

Dave Smith

Retired - Kids In Need Foundation

Kelly Greene

SciTech Institute

Scott Archibald

Arizona Public Service

Victoria Gruwell

Intel Corporation

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 5/15/2021,

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/17/2021

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Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.