Beverly's Birthdays

Spreading birthday cheer 365 days a year

North Huntingdon, PA   |  http://www.beverlysbirthdays.org

Mission

The mission of Beverly's Birthdays is to provide birthday cheer for children experiencing homelessness and families in-need in the Pittsburgh region. We believe in spreading birthday cheer 365 days a year and that every child, regardless of personal and financial circumstances, deserves a special birthday. In order to effectively spread birthday cheer, Beverly's Birthdays operates under the following values:

Charisma: "It is a sparkle; an invisible energy, with visible effects."
Joy: "There are those who give with joy, and that joy is their reward."
Compassion: "If you want others to be happy, practice compassion.
Purpose: "A life without cause is a life without effect."
Cheer: "The best way to spread cheer is to smile from ear to ear."

Ruling year info

2012

Principal Officer

Megan Yunn

Co Principal Officer

Josh Whiteside

Main address

31 Robbins Station Road

North Huntingdon, PA 15642 USA

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EIN

45-4248006

NTEE code info

Homeless Services/Centers (P85)

Temporary Shelter For the Homeless (L41)

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

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Programs and results

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Our programs

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Birthday Cheer Bin (Presents)

The Birthday Cheer Bin program provides birthday presents and seasonal birthday celebrations for youth housed in emergeny shelters. Beverly's Birthdays handles the cost of the presents and parties.

Population(s) Served

The Transitional Shelter program provides birthday presents and monthly birthday celebrations for homeless children living in transitional shelters. Beverly's Birthdays works with our agency partners to provide each child with his/her own birthday present and we host a monthly birthday party at the shelter for the children who have birthdays that select month. The other children living in the program are the guests.

Population(s) Served

We are currently working on a program where we partner with school districts to provide birthday treat bags to low income students who are unable to pass out birthday treats to their classmates on their birthday.

Population(s) Served

We offer providing birthday cheer bins and baby showers to new young/teen moms (group homes, shelters, etc.) for when their baby is born. The very first birthday!

Population(s) Served

The Birthday in a Bag programming model is in partnership with local area food banks and food pantries to provide them with all of the supplies they need, packaged up, so that families requesting birthday party supplies can be provided for.

Population(s) Served

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Our results

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Cheer Bins distributed

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Birthday Cheer Bin (Presents)

Birthdays-in-a-Bag distributed

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Birthday in a Bag

Group Birthday Celebrations

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Monthly/Seasonal Birthday Party Model

New births celebrated (baby showers)

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Itty Bitty Birthday Cheer

Classroom birthdays recognized

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Classroom Cheer

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

It is our goal to make sure that all children experiencing homelessness in the Greater Pittsburgh area are celebrated on their birthday in some way that makes them know that they are special and not forgotten.

Beverly's Birthdays currently celebrates children through our five programs:

Monthly/Seasonal Model: With this model, Beverly's Birthdays hosts a birthday celebration at the agency for children who have a birthday during that month/season. The birthday celebration guests are the other children in the housing program and their families (if applicable). Every birthday recipient also receives a birthday cheer bin (present) either on their actual birthday or at the party (depending on the needs of the agency). Beverly's Birthdays celebrations are staffed by volunteers and the parties include food, dessert, games/entertainment, and treat bags, which are provided by Beverly's Birthdays.

Birthday Cheer Bins Only: Some agencies opt to just receive birthday presents to be distributed to their youth as they do not have the space to accommodate birthday parties.

Classroom Cheer: In many classrooms it is an ongoing tradition for the students to bring a treat to share with their classmates on their birthdays. Families facing financial hardship may not have the means to provide this special experience for their children to share with peers. Beverly's Birthdays will work with your school to provide pre-assembled treat bags for qualified children to distribute to their peers on their birthday.

Itty Bitty Birthday Cheer: This program provides birthday cheer bins (filled with essential newborn items) for newborn babies. We also partner with agencies to provide group baby showers. Help support this program by purchasing an item off of our baby shower registry.

Birthday-in-a-Bag: Beverly's Birthdays also helps spread birthday cheer by providing pre-assembled bags filled with all of the necessary items to host a small birthday celebration (cake mix, frosting, plates, cups, napkins, party hats, etc.) to our agency partners that they can then distribute to families in-need.

While Beverly's Birthdays is still a relatively new organization, we have been able to maintain consistent, near exponential, growth in terms of number of children and families served each year since inception. With the guidance of an extremely capable and talented Board of Directors, as well as passionate and caring staff, we are confident that we will continue to operate with extremely impactful programming whilst maintaining our history of frugal yet strong financial statements.

What we have accomplished is creating a system for bringing birthday experiences to a wide range of children and families in-need. Through our five programs we are able to reach the emergency shelter community, transitional housing community, family center community, mental rehabilitation facilities, residential treatment facilities, and even the low-income school aged children population.

What we have not yet accomplished is the ability to track long-term outcomes that the birthday experiences have on the children and families. Using previously done research, we are extremely confident that using birthdays as a back drop to teach children from an early age of their importance to themselves, their families, their schools, and their communities will have positive long term outcomes.

Financials

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Beverly's Birthdays

Board of directors
as of 4/29/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Brandi Phillips

Beverly's Birthdays

Term: 2015 - 2017

Aja Jones

Pittsburgh CLO

Mike Harding

Carnegie Mellon

Kevin Hayes

Hayes Design Group

Jeff Wolstoncroft

Hosack, Specht, Muetzel &Wood, CPAs

Toshua Jarrett

Veterans Leadership Program of Western Pennsylvania

Christine Rowing

City of Washington

Jennifer Tepe

University of Pittsburgh

Bobby Zahner

Hill, Barth & King

Tim Quinn

Meyer, Unkovic & Scott LLP

Tim Wagner

Upper St. Clair High School

Sam Hornak

Clark Hill

Kim Cauley Eckel

Allegheny County Department of Human Services

Kathy Teresi

Upper St. Clair

Dan Monarko

Flying Cork Media

Board leadership practices

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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 ? 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? 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