THE LITTLE BIT FOUNDATION

Breaking Down Barriers to Learning

aka The Little Bit Foundation   |   Saint Louis, MO   |  www.thelittlebitfoundation.org

Mission

We are committed to breaking down barriers to learning for students living in poverty through partnerships and programs that serve the needs of the whole child. Our aim is to empower students to achieve their academic goals and dreams for the future, while leaving an imprint of love and hope on young lives for whom a little bit means a lot.

Ruling year info

2006

Executive Director, Co-Founder

Mrs. Rosemary Hanley

Main address

516 Hanley Industrial Court

Saint Louis, MO 63144 USA

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EIN

20-0126713

NTEE code info

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

Primary/Elementary Schools (B24)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

As we’ve climbed up and out of the Great Recession, remarkably, a higher percentage of children are living in poverty now than during those turbulent economic years. In St. Louis City, a staggering 40% of children live below the poverty line. Throughout the region, one out of every four children lives in poverty. Poverty robs children in a myriad of ways. It has a particularly adverse effect on academic outcomes, including an inability to concentrate and learn, and far higher dropout rates. The ironic and ultimate consequence is that this lack of education continues the vicious cycle of future generations living in poverty.

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?

The Little Bit Foundation Programs

Core Services supporting children's personal comfort, dignity and self-esteem:
• Head to Toe: Uniforms, shoes, socks, underwear, everyday pants and shirts
• Bundle Up: Coats, hats, scarves and gloves
• Busy Bodies: Hygiene Kits with a week’s worth of shampoo, conditioner, soap, lotion and a washcloth, Dental Kit with a new toothbrush and travel-sized toothpaste, and Family Hygiene Kits with full-sized shampoo, conditioner, lotion, 4 bars of soap and 4 washcloths.
Core Services supporting education:
• Literacy Programs: "1-2-3 Read" Book Fairs aimed at building each child's home library; Books & Buddies geared toward struggling readers, providing them a safe and supportive environment to support their reading.
• STEM Programs: mySci Do equipping K-8 teachers with instructional materials and professional development opportunities in technology, engineering and math. The program supports teachers with innovative project-based lessons. Digital Storytelling: the idea of combining the longstanding art of telling stories with any of a variety of available multimedia tools, including graphics, audio, video animation, and Web publishing.
• Get in Gear: Backpacks and school supplies



Affiliate Programs supporting the health and well being of each child.
When Little Bit staff and volunteers identify a need that is beyond our core services, we create a program to meet that need and affiliate with an organization that is qualified to execute that program. Our unique relationship with our schools allows us to provide an entree into the schools. Little Bit manages scheduling, relationships between these organizations and schools and tracks measurable results.

"Healthy Me" - in affiliation with Operation Food Search, there is a "Sunny's Closet" emergency food pantry in each Little Bit Boutique. Through an affiliation with St. Louis Area Food Bank we are able to provide a Mobile Market food distribution with fresh produce to our school communities.

Dental Health & Hygiene Program Affiliating with Health Works! and Gateway to Oral Health, we provide a dental health and hygiene educational field trip to our schools for students in grades PK-2nd. Dental Hygiene education is also provided at our Health Clinics and in our Boutiques during service hours. Dental prevention and treatment is provided through Gateway to Oral Health.

"Eyes on Learning" Mobile Vision Screening. Program Affiliating with Healthy Kids Express at Children’s Hospital, the Eye Thrive and UMSL School of Optometry, this program will bring vision and hearing screenings to our schools. Any child needing glasses will receive a free pair before the end of the day.

"Healthy Kids Better Learners" Wellness Clinics. Affiliating with the Institute for Family Medicine this program provides screening for height/weight, normal breathing/breath issues, skin conditions, and general medical concerns. Follow-up referrals will be provided for any child who has a health issue detected.

"The Sunshine Box" Behavioral Health Program. This program provides one-on-one therapeutic and psycho-educational classes services for identified children that are referred through the school care team.

Project Graduation. An initiative of the Riverview Gardens School District and The Little Bit Foundation intended to positively impact high school graduation rates of students in the district and strengthen the community. Serving as the convener of district-wide programs and services that address students’ fundamental physical and emotional needs, Little Bit will bolster Riverview’s efforts to prepare and empower students for success throughout their educational journey.

Population(s) Served

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 children served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

The Little Bit Foundation Programs

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of backpacks filled with school supplies distributed

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

The Little Bit Foundation Programs

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Note: in the 2018-19 school year, we separated backpacks from school supplies in our distrubution. We provided 51,208 school supplies.

Number of grants and research funding awarded to the institution

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

The Little Bit Foundation Programs

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of books distributed

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

The Little Bit Foundation Programs

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

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.

Our goals are to break down the barriers to education presented by poverty:
* Increase attendance
* Decrease discipline issues
* Improve classroom engagement
* Have a positive impact on each child's dignity and self-esteem

We accomplish this by our consistent weekly presence in our sponsored schools, working one-on-one with each child served. We provide necessities such as uniforms, shoes, coats, socks, underwear, hygiene items, school supplies, and books. Our health and wellness programs include emergency food kits, health screenings, vision screenings and glasses and dental hygiene education.

Little Bit is rooted by our volunteers and a passionate and dedicated Board of Directors and Staff. Over 200 volunteers support us working in the schools each week, volunteering in the distribution center, at book fairs and health screenings.

Since 2001 we have grown from an initial delivery of 172 coats to serving 6,000 children providing over 475,000 items.

We will accomplished serving 14,000 children during this 2020-21 school year. Each year we achieve our goal of providing every child in our sponsored schools with the items and services that they need.

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 demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Paper surveys, Case management notes,

  • 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,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    Each year we survey Principals and Liaisons on the impact and importance of our programs. After several years of our STEM Book Program, surveys showed that while the program was always well received, it was not having a deep impact on classroom learning. Working with Maryville University, we then developed a new program, Digital Storytelling, that was much more focused and hands-on. for the students.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

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

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't always have access to certain data such as attendance and discipline. ,

Financials

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Operations

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

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THE LITTLE BIT FOUNDATION

Board of directors
as of 10/26/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Tomea Mersmann

WashU School of Law

Michael Amann

AG Industries

Suzie Andrews

Stark & Associates

Tom Chelew

Enterprise

Michael England

Richard Fister

UBS

Susan Gausnell

Volunteer Committee Liaison

Tomea Mersmann

Washington University School of Law

Karl Petersen

Missouri College

Becky Vidal

Stark and Associates

Mike Uelk

Osborne HomeCare Grop, LLC

Rosemary Hanley

The Little Bit Foundation

Tamiko Armstead

Cardinal Ritter College Prep

Annette Desaulniers-Barczewski

Citi

Vic Edwards

Strategically Green Associates

Chris Emert

Matter Family Office

Kenneth Mallin

Bryan Cave LLP

Bob O'Brien

O'Brian Capital LLC

Bob Scheetz

SGS

Andrew Waltke

Edward Jones

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 ? 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 10/26/2020

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 10/26/2020

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • 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.