MAKE A SMILE FOUNDATION INC

Giving Children A Reason To Smile

Cranbury, NJ   |  www.makeasmilefoundation.com

Mission

The mission of the Make A Smile Foundation is to create fun and memorable events for children in need. Our goal is to provide as many children as possible, ages 4 through 8, with the opportunity to participate in our seasonal holiday shopping sprees/parties or clothing shopping events which take place throughout the year.

Ruling year info

2009

Principal Officer

E. Martin Davidoff

Main address

1249 South River Road Suite 305

Cranbury, NJ 08512 USA

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EIN

20-0441773

NTEE code info

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

Single Organization Support (T11)

Community, Neighborhood Development, Improvement (S20)

IRS filing requirement

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

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Our programs

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Children's Holiday Party and Shopping Spree

Make A Smile Foundation, Inc. hosts an Annual Children's Holiday Party and Shopping Spree for children in need.  The main purpose of these events is to create fun and memorable holiday events for these children.  These events take place at a local Target store.

The children participating (ages 4-8) are identified through school nurses, who identify these children as being on the free lunch or subsidized lunch programs.  Come the day of each Shopping Spree, volunteers are paired up with children.  Both the volunteers and the children to whom they are assigned are provided with color coded name badges.  Each parent receives a "pink sheet” that they must use to retrieve their child/children after the event.  The volunteers maintain close supervision of the children during the Shopping Spree.

 

After the toys have been selected and paid for, the children and volunteers will gather together to sing carols.  At this time, they will receive gifts from Santa Claus (or somebody other than Santa Claus to avoid possible discomfort), which are either purchased with the funds from our sponsors or are from toys donated by the U.S. Marines Toys for Tots program and Target.  A photographer is also provided by Make A Smile during the Holiday Party so that each child, as appropriate, will receive a photograph with Santa Claus.

 

The volunteers are a core component to the success of Make A Smile’s Annual Holiday Parties and Shopping Sprees.  In Milltown, New Jersey, we have found a core of approximately 50 volunteers who come out every year so that the ratio of volunteers to children is nearly one to one.  Additionally, the volunteer base is split so that there is a separate set of volunteers dedicated to identifying gifts for specific children, therefore ensuring that children who have gone to multiple Shopping Sprees do not receive duplicate gifts.  These volunteers individually wrap the gifts as well.  Another set of volunteer leaders focuses on planning each Shopping Spree.  This provides for an effective segregation of duties by the volunteer groups.

 

Another of the key core values of Make A Smile is that we avoid publicity of the Shopping Sprees.  We do not want pictures of the children in newspapers.  We do not want the children to feel embarrassed that they are identified as "in need".  Information about the program and pictures are used exclusively to solicit sponsors to help these children.  These sponsors' names are never given out.
In the future we are looking to expand the annual Shopping Sprees so that we ultimately reach over one hundred Shopping Sprees per year. To expand the reach of Make A Smile Foundation, we hope to continue partnerships with sponsors like M&T Bank and Target Corporation as well as local Target stores and U.S. Marines Toys for Tots. We are also looking for new partners to provide insurance (i.e., insurance companies and/or agencies), to provide background checks on our volunteers (i.e., Police Benevolent Associations), and to assist in funding the Shopping Sprees each year.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Students

Make A Smile Foundation, Inc. hosts an Annual Children's Spring Fling Shopping Spree for children in need. The main purpose of these events is to create fun and memorable events for children ages 4 - 8.  These events take place at a local Target store.

The children participating (ages 4-8) are identified through school nurses as being on the free lunch or subsidized lunch programs.  Come the day of each Shopping Spree, volunteers are paired up with children.  Both the volunteers and the children to whom they are assigned are provided with color coded name badges.  Each parent receives a "pink sheet” that they must use to retrieve their child/children after the event.  The volunteers maintain close supervision of the children during the Shopping Spree. We secure a sizing card from the parents to avoid the need to go into changing rooms to try on clothing.

The volunteers are a core component to the success of Make A Smile’s Annual Spring Fling Parties and Shopping Sprees.  In Hicksville, New York, we have found a core of approximately 25 volunteers who come out every year so that the ratio of volunteers to children is nearly one to one. A set of volunteer leaders focuses on planning each Shopping Spree.  This provides for an effective segregation of duties by the volunteer groups.

Another of the key core values of Make A Smile is that we avoid publicity of the Shopping Sprees.  We do not want pictures of the children in newspapers.  We do not want the children to feel embarrassed that they are part of an "underprivileged” program.  Information about the program and pictures are used exclusively to solicit sponsors to help these children.  These sponsors' names are never given out.

In 2018 we added two new Spring Fling Shopping Sprees in New Jersey, at Target stores in Milltown and Manalapan and hope to add even more in the future.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Students

Make A Smile Foundation, Inc. hosts Back To School Clothing Sprees for children in need aged 4 to 8. Volunteers are paired up with the
children so they can shop for clothing and school supplies with money provided by Make A Smile and sponsors like M&T Bank and Target Corporation. Breakfast, snacks and drinks are provided and the children color after they shop.
The volunteers are a core component to the success of Make A Smile Foundation Clothing Sprees, with the ratio of volunteers to children nearly one to one. The volunteers are dedicated individuals who come back year after to assist with all aspects of the spree, especially pairing with a child to shop.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Students

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Increasing

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Goals & Strategy

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To expand our three core programs to include more children, provide more events and to expand our base of volunteers.

Expanding partnerships with businesses, schools, and professional organizations to train volunteers to lead and participate in our programs. Using our volunteer core and partnerships to expand fundraising.

Limited in that our work relies upon only volunteers. As we expand our financial base, we intend to hire a part-time Executive Director.

We are currently running 2 Holiday Shopping Sprees in New Jersey and 1 in Phoenix, AZ; 2 Back To School Shopping Sprees in New York (Queens & Brooklyn) and 1 in Manalapan, New Jersey; 1 Spring Fling Shopping Sprees in New York (Hicksville) and 2 in New Jersey (Manalapan & Milltown). We also host a Winter Spree in Philadelphia, PA.

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Board of directors
as of 9/17/2021
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Board chair

E. Martin Davidoff

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E. Martin Davidoff

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Glenn Garlatti

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Joseph Bubnis

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Sandra Lockner

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Melanie Patrick

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Koreen Jervis

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Marylee Evangelista

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Laurie Kaminsky

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