PLATINUM2022

BAKE ME HOME

Making the world a better place, one cookie at the time!

Cincinnati, OH   |  www.bakemehome.org
This organization has not appeared on the IRS Business Master File in a number of months. It may have merged with another organization or ceased operations.

Mission

Sadly, Bake Me Home ceased daily operations in December 2021 and filed for Dissolution with the Ohio Secretary of State effective 2/1/2022. From 2008-2021 Bake Me Home was a charitable organization dedicated to promoting volunteerism and encouraging shared family experiences for those in crisis. We served more than 10,000 local families and provided more than 44,000 cookies for our military. All physical and cash assets were donated to other non-profit organizations to lift them up during theis difficult time caused by the pandemic. We are proud to have donated more than $119,288 in assets.

Notes from the nonprofit

The 13+ years of success at Bake Me Home was due to the incredible volume of support we had from the community. In addition to some part-time staff members in our final seven years, we operated with more than 500 volunteers (of all ages!) per year. We believe that everyone has something to contribute and worked to find an activity suited for each individual interested in helping us make the world a better place, one cookie at a time! To view our final dissolution report visit: https://bakemehome.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/02/BMH-Dissolution-Report.mov Thank you for everything.

Ruling year info

2009

President

Alison Lynn Bushman

Main address

PO Box 30082

Cincinnati, OH 45230 USA

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EIN

01-0905033

NTEE code info

Gift Distribution (P58)

Other Youth Development N.E.C. (O99)

Nonmonetary Support N.E.C. (T19)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

1. It is challenging for individuals of all ability levels, particularly parents, young children, and individuals with disabilities to find non-profit organizations where they can feel useful and volunteer their time. 2. Families experiencing an economic or medical crisis often find it difficult to engage in meaning bonding activities together. 3. Veterans and active duty military members often feel lonely and depressed when sick and far away from home.

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?

Tote Bag Program

Prior to our Dissolution, our Tote Bag Program provided families utilizing homeless and domestic violence shelters, food pantries, and foster care services with the gift of the shared experience of baking together. Our tote bag was filled with oatmeal chocolate chip cookie mix, baking supplies, a grocery store gift card, a cookbook, and even toothbrushes and toothpaste. This program served 10, 432 families between 2008-2021.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people

Prior to our Dissolution, Bake Me Back Home Program shipped oatmeal chocolate chip cookies to military personnel deployed overseas, delivered them for local veterans and their families staying at Fisher House (receiving treatment at the VA Medical Center) and provided them to Tri-State Honor Flight for veterans trips to Washington, DC. We provided 44,773 cookies from 2010-2021.

* 2020-2021 Cookie distributions were lower than normal due to Covid-19 closures for Fisher House and Honor Flight

Population(s) Served
Veterans
Military personnel

Where we work

Awards

Volunteer Service Award 2009

YWCA

Certificate of Appreciation 2013

US Army

Family Volunteer Service Award 2013

Family Fun Magazine (subsidiary of Disney)

Difference Maker Award 2010

Duke Energy Children's Museum

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 families in crisis served in our Bake Me Home Tote Bag Program

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

Children and youth, Economically disadvantaged people, Homeless people

Related Program

Tote Bag Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Numbers are all for program fiscal years ending with the year listed. Each fiscal year begins on July 1 and ends on June 30.

Number of Bake Me Home cookies provided to veterans and active duty military members

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

Military personnel, Veterans

Related Program

Bake Me BACK Home

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Numbers are all for program fiscal years ending with the year listed. Cookie distribution numbers fluctuate based on overseas requests, and decreased during Covid-19 due to closures.

Fundraising Revenue

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Numbers are all for fiscal years ending with the year listed. Covid 19 event cancellations decreased revenue.

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.

1. To encourage people of all ages to volunteer, and provide activities for inter-generational volunteering

2. To enable families in crisis to spend fun, quality time together

3. To support active duty and retired military personnel

1. Provide structured, meaningful, volunteer events open to the public

2. Distribute tote bags filled with baking kits & grocery store gift cards to families utilizing homeless & domestic violence shelters, food pantries, foster care services, and pediatric cancer survivors

3. Send care packages to military members serving overseas, local veterans and their families receiving treatment at the VA Medical Center, and veterans visiting memorials on Tri-State Honor Flights through meaningful volunteer experiences

4. Run all administrative and fundraising activities with volunteers and a limited part-time paid staff

Our incredible network of more than 500 volunteers provide programming, fundraising, and administrative support needed to fulfill our mission. With additional funding, we could easily increase our program numbers and impact on the community.

We met each of our goals. We have moved into a new building, built a kitchen, established three funds (Sustainability, Growth, and Legacy) increased our number of volunteers, and increased the number served in each of our programs. The current focus as we move into through our 13th year is to implement our staff development plan, allowing us to continue to grow our programming in the future and hire an Executive Director.

2021 - Unfortunately, Covid, came in and detrailed all of this.

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.
  • 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 identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve

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

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection

Financials

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Operations

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

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BAKE ME HOME

Board of directors
as of 09/06/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Priya Rolfes

Bake Me Home

Term: 2021 - 2024

Amy Lynn Bushman

Indiana University, Student

Emma Bushman

University of Kentucky, Student

Marianne Falk

Beckett Springs Behavioral Health

Lisa Riccardi

VonLehman and Associates

Dan Virzi

CET

Alison Bushman

Bake Me Home

Maya Rolfes

Student Member

Sofia Virzi

Student Member

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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 ? No
  • 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