MICHAELS COMMUNITY SERVICES CORPORATION

Better Tomorrows

aka Better Tomorrows   |   Camden, NJ   |  www.bettertomorrows.org

Mission

The mission of Better Tomorrows is to encourage transformation by mobilizing resources to magnify opportunities. We create healthy, sustainable communities today that lead to better tomorrows.

Ruling year info

2012

Executive Director

Pat Schwartz

Main address

2 Aquarium Loop Drive Suite 110

Camden, NJ 08103 USA

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EIN

45-3199958

NTEE code info

(Human Service Organizations) (P20)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

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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?

Academic Support

From STEM programming in our after school and summer enrichment programs, to daily homework assistance, and more, BT’s educational programming aims to foster academic engagement and advancement for the future of our youth. Social Service Coordinators offer After School programming throughout the school year and Summer Enrichment during summer break. We partner with local school districts and community organizations to bolster academic success.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people
At-risk youth

Better Tomorrows' healthy lifestyles programming encourages participants to be active, eat healthy foods, and prevent chronic health problems. From exercise programs to community gardens, BT’s healthy lifestyles outcome-driven programs are goal oriented and popular across the communities the organization serves. During the pandemic, our team focused on the food security of our residents by partnering with food banks and community organizations. Together, we facilitated the delivery of more than 2 million pounds of food from March 2020 to April 2021.

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth
Economically disadvantaged people
Children and youth
Seniors

Better Tomorrows' sites host a variety of outcome-driven programs to help youth, adults and seniors improve their economic stability in a variety of ways, including job training, job retention and job enhancement, following safe credit/borrowing practices, and sound financial planning.

Population(s) Served
Seniors
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people
At-risk youth

Better Tomorrows programming is also focused on working to create healthy communities that are safe and supportive. Strong communities not only provide services and support to people who are in need, but they also help prevent social problems like drug and alcohol abuse, violence, and crime. One of the favorite events across our site profile is National Night Out, an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie.

Population(s) Served
Seniors
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people

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 clients served

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

Children and youth, Seniors, Economically disadvantaged people

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of food donation partners

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

Seniors, Children and youth, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Health, Wellness and Nutrition

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Better Tomorrows significantly increased partnerships during the pandemic to address food insecurity with our residents.

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.

By fiscal year end 2023, Better Tomorrows will have increased our impact on the residents and communities we serve through initiatives dedicated to service delivery, partnership development and funding expansion. To support these initiatives, commitments will also be made in the areas of communications and leadership development.

Develop initiatives that reinforce consistent and stable service delivery standards and methodologies, while incorporating practices that address the unique needs of each individual community. Establish and deploy a robust and diversified fundraising strategy. Invest in communications activities that increase name recognition and create platforms from which to tell the Better Tomorrows story. Commit to the development of new, and reinforcement of current, partnership programs and relationships.

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?

    Better Tomorrows serves residents of affordable housing communities, both family and senior living facilities, throughout the country.

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

    Paper surveys, Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees,

  • 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, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board,

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

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback,

Financials

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Operations

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

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MICHAELS COMMUNITY SERVICES CORPORATION

Board of directors
as of 6/1/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

John O'Donnell

The Michaels Organization

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? No
  • 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? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 05/28/2021

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)

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data