A PRECIOUS CHILD INC

Empowering Kids to Succeed

aka A Precious Child   |   Broomfield, CO   |  www.apreciouschild.org

Mission

A Precious Child provides children in need with opportunities and resources to empower them to achieve their full potential. Since 2008, A Precious Child has provided over 341,000 disadvantaged children with cradle-to-career support to break the cycle of poverty by reducing socioeconomic inequalities. A Precious Child is more than a Resource Center; it is a one-stop-shop for families in crisis to receive the goods, opportunities and resources they need, including clinical case management. These additional resources provide more than a bandage of services; they provide the foundation families require to become empowered to achieve their full potential.

Notes from the nonprofit

A Precious Child assists children and families facing difficult life challenges such as abuse and neglect, crisis situations and poverty. We work with more than 546 Agency Partners throughout eight Denver Metro counties including Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Denver, Douglas, Jefferson and Weld to identify children and families in the most need of our services. A Precious Child provides disadvantaged and displaced children with “Cradle to Career“ support to break the cycle of poverty by reducing socioeconomic inequalities, connecting them with needed resources, services, opportunities and educational support. Our work is done through our Empowerment Center where our Case Managers provide wrap-around support to disadvantaged and displaced children and families, connecting them with needed resources, services, support and educational opportunities.

Ruling year info

2009

CEO & Founder

Mrs. Carina Martin

Main address

7051 W 118th Avenue

Broomfield, CO 80020 USA

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EIN

26-3349334

NTEE code info

Human Service Organizations (P20)

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Based on data collected by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, in 2018 – the most recent year county-specific data is available – there were 82,978 children living in poverty in A Precious Child’s eight-county, Colorado service area, including Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Denver, Douglas, Jefferson and Weld Counties. Yet, this number does not account for all families with incomes below the Self-Sufficiency Standard who cannot afford to pay for necessities such as housing, childcare, food, health care and transportation. In 2018, more than one out of four (over 430,000) households in the state of Colorado lacked sufficient income to meet the minimum cost of living, with more than half of these families residing in the Denver Metro area (Colorado Center on Law and Poverty). A Precious Child ensures every child has access to the basic essentials they need to thrive, regardless of their family's financial situation.

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?

Precious Essentials

The Precious Essentials program strives to increase the self-sufficiency of disadvantaged and displaced families by ensuring access to appropriate clothing and basic necessities, free of charge. Donated and purchased clothing, coats, shoes, hygiene items, household goods, food and other essentials are displayed in a “retail-like” atmosphere for clients to shop. The Precious Essentials Program provides families in need with the basic essentials they need to help bridge the income gap to spend their limited resources on living expenses. In 2020, 7,049 children and 5,343 adults took advantage of this amazing program helping them access these goods at A Precious Child's Resource Center or one of the 40 Satellite Resource Centers located across the eight-county service area of Metro Denver, including schools, domestic violence shelters, human service agencies, places of worship, homeless shelters and nonprofits. Additionally, A Precious Child became a food pantry.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Social and economic status
Adults
Ethnic and racial groups

The Basics 4 Babies program provides direct aid to parents and caregivers of infants who might otherwise ration or go without basic necessities for their babies. Basics 4 Babies was developed in response to a high volume of requests from clients, partners and the community for diapers, baby wipes, infant formula, baby food, baby gear, child seats and other necessities to support the needs of infants who are in the most critical stage of development. This program provides access to the Bright by Three program providing developmental and educational materials and helping strengthen the child and parent bonds through the infant's development. In 2020, 3,415 infants received 2,530 cans of formula, 313,286 diapers, 3,947 packs of baby wipes and 711 infants and toddlers were registered for Bright by Three.

Population(s) Served
Infants and toddlers
Social and economic status
Ethnic and racial groups

The Fill A Backpack program strives to maximize the academic potential for disadvantaged and displaced children by ensuring they have the supplies necessary to start school prepared to succeed. The Fill A Backpack program provides backpacks filled with grade-appropriate school supplies to children in need to maximize their academic potential. In 2020, 21,768 backpacks with school supplies were provided to children K-12 in need within the Metro Denver area.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Social and economic status
Ethnic and racial groups

The giveSPORTS program provides disadvantaged children in Metro Denver with new and gently-used sports equipment to play organized sports. The giveSPORTS program provides support for sports program costs associated with registration, uniforms and participation fees to feel a sense of normalcy alongside their peers. In 2020, 13,673 children received sports equipment or financial assistance to help them get out and play.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Ethnic and racial groups
Social and economic status

The Inspiring Minds program provides access to STEM-based activities to children through our Inspiring Minds Center. The Inspiring Minds Center ensures that every child who comes to the Resource Center is provided with a safe space that encourages STEM-based learning while their family is shopping in the Resource Center. Additionally, children are provided STEM kits to take home and explore the history and careeers of STEM alongside trying their own experiments. In 2020, 347 children received services through this program.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Social and economic status
Ethnic and racial groups

The Precious Gift program provides gifts to children who would otherwise go without during monumental times in their lives, such as birthdays and during holiday seasons. A Precious Child collects donated new toys and gift cards for children (babies through teenagers) in the most need in the community. Gifts are distributed to children through our Resource Center as well as our agency partners. During the holidays, A Precious Child ensures that each child is sponsored and receives something special to feel a sense of normalcy alongside their peers and continue developing self-worth. In 2020, 987 children received birthday bags and 13,232 children received holiday gifts.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Social and economic status
Ethnic and racial groups

The giveARTS program provides new art-based equipment and supplies to children to continue to explore their creative imagination. The giveARTS program provides financial support such as participation fees, instruments and art supplies, so all children have the opportunity to participate in music, dance, theatre and the visual arts. Through this program, children have the opportunity to participate in activities local to them that help each of them learn new skills and express themselves. In 2020, 24 children received assistance through this program in the Metro Denver area.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Social and economic status
Ethnic and racial groups

The Edussentials program provides necessary academic support for supplies and opportunities and funding for educational fees to disadvantaged and displaced students. Through the Edussentials program, A Precious Child is able to provide educational supports and opportunities such as computers, calculators, tutoring and incentives to remove barriers to school attendance and improve educational outcomes for economically disadvantaged students. In 2020, 1,551 children received opportunities through the Edussentials program.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Social and economic status
Ethnic and racial groups

The Empowerment Center program provides resource navigation and case management through wrap-around supports and education services to empower children and families on their path to self-sufficiency. The Empowerment Center provides parents and caregivers multiple benefits and resources such as employment help, food access, physical and behavioral health care referrals, housing assistance and much more. The Empowerment Center helps families with clinical case management and goal setting to increase self-sufficiency, improve child and parent relationships and ensure families have access to our 546 Agency Partners for holistic resource navigation. In 2020, the Empowerment Center provided 5,554 disadvantaged individuals with case management services; this is a 1,657% increase from the previous year.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Social and economic status
Ethnic and racial groups

The Precious Perks Social-Enterprise Workforce Development program provides opportunities through A Precious Child's coffee and gift shop for young adults, 16-24-year-olds, who are currently out of school and without employment, helping them with training, mentorship, obtaining and retaining employment. The Precious Perks program is an extensive cradle-to-career piece of A Precious Child helping fill a gap in our community to end multigenerational poverty. Through this program, disadvantaged young adults have the opportunity to gain work experience, management skills, receive multiple certificate programs, participate in a strategic mentorship program and gain employment.

Population(s) Served
Social and economic status
Ethnic and racial groups
Young adults

Where we work

Accreditations

QREM Internal Organizational Assessment 2020

QREM Internal Organizational Assessment 2021

Awards

Large Nonprofit of the Year 2014

Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce

Women United Initative 2021

Mile High United Way

Everyday Heroes 2018

Channel7

Channel 9 Who Care Award 2019

Channel 9

Heart of Broomfield Award 2019

Broomfield Foundation

Community Champion for Children Award 2018

CASA of Adams County and Broomfield

Community MVP 2020

Colorado Coaches for Charity

Top 25 Most Powerful Women 2020

Colorado Women’s Chamber’s

Top 100 C-Suite Executive 2020

Titan CEO

Affiliations & memberships

Aravada Chamber of Commerce 2018

Colorado Women's Chamber of Commerce 2019

Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Denver 2016

Broomfield Chamber of Commerce 2015

Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce 2015

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 provided with opportunities and resources through A Precious Child

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

Children and youth, Social and economic status

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

These number are unduplicated across all prorgams.

Number of adult parents and caregivers who have access to case management and basic essentials provided by A Precious Child

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

Age groups, Ethnic and racial groups, Social and economic status

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

These numbers are unduplicated.

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.

A Precious Child envisions a future where every child is empowered to become a secure, self-reliant, contributing member of their community. A Precious Child provides basic essentials to families in need so they can spend their limited incomes on other important expenses such as housing or utilities, improve their quality of life and reduce the toxic stress they experience.

All of A Precious Child’s work falls under five Economic Mobility Initiatives:

• The Child and Family Advocacy Initiative provides holistic resource navigation and case-management through wrap-around support and education services through a strengths-based approach to empower children and families on their path to self-sufficiency. This initiative includes A Precious Child’s Empowerment Center Program.

• The Family Stability Initiative provides basic essentials such as clothing, shoes, books, hygiene items, baby formula/food, diapers/wipes and other basic necessities so families’ limited resources can be spent on housing, childcare and transportation. This initiative includes A Precious Child’s Precious Essentials and Basics 4 Babies programs.

• The Academic Success Initiative provides access to educational supports as well as necessary school supplies and resources to increase grades, attendance and graduation rates for children in need so that they can achieve their academic potential. This initiative includes A Precious Child’s Fill A Backpack, Edussentials and Inspiring Minds programs.

• The Social and Emotional Initiative provides resources and opportunities to participate in extracurricular programming as well as gifts of celebration to help kids form meaningful relationships, experience, regulate and express emotions and learn new skills so they can thrive in and out of the classroom. This initiative includes A Precious Child’s giveARTS, giveSPORTS and Precious Gift programs.
• The Workforce Development Initiative provides opportunities for youth, 16-24-year-olds, who are currently out of school and without employment, helping them towards achieving self-sufficiency by training, obtaining, and retaining employment. This initiative includes A Precious Child’s Precious Perks Pilot program.

A Precious Child collaborates with 497 Agency Partners across its eight-county service area. Agency Partners include schools, human service organizations, churches, hospitals, safe houses, at-risk youth centers and foster care organizations. A Precious Child supports Agency Partners by filling in gaps in service to provide holistically for disadvantaged and displaced children and their families. Through the generous donations of individual, corporate, foundational and government partners, civic organizations and a variety of other supporters, A Precious Child’s staff serves more than 65,000 individuals annually.

In August 2019, A Precious Child began working with QREM, a third-party evaluation firm to assess and revise our evaluation processes in order to more effectively measure and share the impacts of our programs. QREM found A Precious Child families are achieving higher levels of stability after visiting or working with A Precious Child at least three times or for a period of nine months. Each household working with A Precious Child has a one in two chance of gaining stability over this period of interaction with the organization. In addition, QREM found working with A Precious Child reduces a family’s reliance on public assistance programs over time, representing approximately 5.6 million dollars in combined diverted public assistance dollars for families receiving WIC, TFAP, and TANF services over a two-year period.
A Precious Child is currently serving approximately 12% of all Colorado children living below the Colorado Self-Sufficiency Standard. New programs are added as community needs arise.

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?

    A Precious Child serves disadvantaged children and families in the eight-county Metro Denver area. In 2020, we served 57,390 children and 20,047 adults, of which 100% are financially below the Colorado Self-Sufficiency Standard and 99% are below the Federal Poverty Level. 78% of those we served self-identified as people of color, 44% are single-parent households, 25% were homeless in the last year and 28% have someone in their household who is physically or mentally disabled. A Precious Child has a main Resource Center located in Broomfield and 43 additional Satellite Resource Centers in the Metro Denver area, serving children, parents and caregivers locally in their communities.

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

    SMS text surveys, Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Case management notes,

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

    We don't actively use collected feedback,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    In 2019, A Precious Child hired QREM, a third-party evaluation company, to review our data evaluation and monitoring and found three unique benefit identifiers. • While the general Denver Metro population in poverty grows by 2% every two years, A Precious Child clients have a one-in-two chance (47.8%) of moving into economic stability in two years. • A Precious Child clients have a greater chance of moving out of economic instability in two years (47.8%) than most people in the bottom 20% of income earners in the United States do in 10 years (45.5%). • Working with A Precious Child reduces a family's reliance on public assistance programs over time, representing approximately $5.6 million in combined diverted public assistance dollars for families receiving WIC, SNAP, TFAP and TANF.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

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

    Through surveys and multiple outcome opportunities, we have gathered information from Agency Partners and clients. This information has helped us build onto our programing ensuring a full cradle-to-career opportunity for the children we serve. In 2020, we launched our Precious Perks Workforce Development Social-Enterprise Coffee and Gift Shop helping unemployed and not in school 16-24yr olds with workforce development, certifications, education, mentorship, work experience, managerial experience, leadership opportunities and employment.

  • 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 take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response,

  • 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, 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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A PRECIOUS CHILD INC

Board of directors
as of 11/16/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Andy Conigliaro

Oracle

Term: 2018 -

Nancy Clark

Edward Jones

Michael Sandstrum

Sandstrum Law

Andy Conigliaro

Oracle

Carina Martin

A Precious Child, Inc.

Tom Crews

Computer Crews

Kirsten Delaney

Medtronic

Laurinda Pang

Level 3 Communications

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 04/27/2021

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
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 04/27/2021

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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 employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • 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 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 measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • 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.