Greater Lakes Region Charitable Fund for Children Inc

Our mission is to engage the community to financially support children in need with a vision to ensure that every child is empowered to succeed and positively impact a thriving Greater Lakes Region community.

aka Greater Lakes Region Children Auction   |   Laconia, NH   |  https://www.childrensauction.com/

Mission

Our mission is to engage the community to financially support children in need with a vision to ensure that every child is empowered to succeed and positively impact a thriving Greater Lakes Region community.

Notes from the nonprofit

Please reach out to us directly if you have any questions. Thank you for your interest, Jennifer Kelley Executive Director 603-527-0999 work 203-253-3400 mobile

Ruling year info

2015

Board Chair

Jaimie Sousa

Main address

383 South Main Street

Laconia, NH 03246 USA

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EIN

47-3815882

NTEE code info

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (W12)

Community Improvement, Capacity Building N.E.C. (S99)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

We have consistently fund organizations that align with the mission of the Auction and they fall generally into four different categories. 1. To efficiently fund local non-profit organizations that provide basic needs to area children. This will include but not limited to, food, clothing, shelter, Christmas gifts, and hygienic needs. 2. To efficiently fund those non-profit organizations that work to eliminate or mitigate the need for basic and extended services for children. 3. To efficiently fund those capital initiatives that improves the lives of children or enhances the ability of agencies to deliver their services. 4. To efficiently fund those agencies that have an Educational/Recreational aspect to provide children in the Lakes Region, in which the child may not be able to afford elsewhere.

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?

Annual Children's Auction

The Greater Lakes Region Children's Auction(GLRCA) is an annual event held every December. The Auction made $2,100 in its first year and over the last 40 years we raised $7.5 million dollars for charities that support local kids in need through an online grant process.

Companies support the GLRCA by providing cash donations, sponsorships, and staff, allowing employees to serve the community at the event. Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion, MB Tractor, Bank of NH, Atlantic Broadband, LRPA TV, Meredith Village Savings Bank and many others contribute their priceless support.

The Auction is volunteer run, with hundreds of volunteers and a range of donated auction items from the community. Items at the auction range from gift certificates, concert & sport tickets, autographed memorabilia, vacations, home décor, children's toys, and great holiday gifts. In addition, everything is donated; phone service, lights, computers, and the location where we hold the auction!

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

Where we work

Awards

Best of the Lakes: Best Charity Event 2019

Laconia Daily Sun

Best of the Lakes: Best Charity Event 2020

Laconia Daily Sun

Best of the Lakes: Best Place to Volunteer 2020

Laconia Daily Sun

Best of the Lakes: Best Charity Event 2021

Laconia Daily Sun

Best of the Lakes: Best Charity Event 2022

Laconia Daily Sun

Best of the Lakes: Best Place to Volunteer 2021

Laconia Daily Sun

Best of the Lakes: Best Place to Volunteer 2022

Laconia Daily Sun

Best Annual Event/Fair 2022

Laconia Daily Sun

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Total dollars received in contributions

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

At-risk youth, Economically disadvantaged people, Families

Related Program

Annual Children's Auction

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

2020 was impacted by Covid 19 2021 was impacted by Covid 19 as well.

Total dollar amount of grants awarded

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

At-risk youth, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Annual Children's Auction

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We awarded these grant dollars to over 70 different non profits. To learn more about the organizations we fund, go to https://www.childrensauction.com/whereourmoneygoes

Number of organizations applying for grants

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

At-risk youth, Economically disadvantaged people, Families

Related Program

Annual Children's Auction

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

COVID 19 impacted the number of organizations that applied for funding

Total number of grants awarded

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

At-risk youth, Economically disadvantaged people, Families

Related Program

Annual Children's Auction

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Covid 19 impacted our grant applications.

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.

Determining which organizations to help is the hardest part. The Auction's Distribution Committee tries to make our best effort to determine which organizations have the greatest need, and can assist the children the most. We ask for organizations in need to provide us with the necessary information on what they do and who they serve, and how big the need is for that organization. By donating items to our auction, and by bidding from the heart, you will be helping an enormous amount of children and families.

In addition to smaller organizations and families helped throughout the 38 years of the Greater Lakes Region Children's Auction, annual contributions are given to over 80 community-based organizations that focus on providing support for underserved children in the Lakes Region. These include: The Boys and Girls Club of the Lakes Region, Laconia Police Relief Association, Health First Family Care of Franklin, Salvation Army, Lakes Region Child Care Services, St Vincent de Paul, Tapply-Thompson Community Center, Circle Program, Santa Fund, and many more organizations. To see all the organizations that we funded in 2019 please go to http://bit.ly/Funded2019. To learn more about these go to http://bit.ly/SupportedOrgsInfo

In 1982, WLNH radio host Warren Bailey responding to the needs of Lakes Region Children and their families, created a two day fund raising broadcast from the WLNH van in front of the Laconia YMCA. They raised $2,100 and collected a number of items to be donated to the "Citizen Santa Fund"

WLNH worked tirelessly to grow this event into a multi day radio auction over the next fifteen years. Through the generosity of several different landlords the Auction found a home each year in store fronts throughout Downtown Laconia. Under WLNH's direction, multitudes of people became involved in this event and the "Greater Lakes Region Children's Auction" took on a life of its own.

In 1999, a cooperative effort between WLNH, Metrocast Cable Vision, and Lakes Region Public Access Television (LRPA-TV) was created. Student cameramen and broadcast professionals came together to form a multimedia broadcast. As a radio and television auction, the Auction experienced a dramatic increase in activity, both in monies raised, items gathered and families assisted.

Over the six years the growth between 2000 and 2006, the Greater Lakes Region Children's Auction family grew to include hundreds of volunteers every year and an audience of untold numbers throughout the entire Lakes Region.

The auction really gained steam over the next decade that had the auction totals going from $89,000 to $120,000 from 2000 to 2001 and from $137,000 to $158,000 from 2003 to 2004. The auction raised $181,000 in 2005 only to have that total beaten by 2006's $201,000 in fundraising.

The fundraiser that made $2,100 in its first year had come a long way with the help of countless volunteers and donors who have helped turn it into a major campaign on an annual basis. In 2007, the auction brought in $210,325 dollars, breaking the $1 million dollar mark for the 25 cumulative years it celebrated in 2007. The New Hampshire Association of Broadcasters awarded the Greater Lakes Region Children's Auction the Merit Award as Public Service Campaign of the Year in October of 2008, after 25 years of community service.

Between 2008 and 2011, the auction continued to gain steam, raising an astounding $1 million dollars. In 2012, thanks in large part to the help of the incredible PubMania event, raising an unbelievable $165,000, in conjunction with countless other individuals and organizations, we were able to surpass our goal and wound up raising $416,500! In 2013, with the ongoing help from Pub Mania and the construction and sale of a home by the Lakes Region Homebuilders and Remodelers Association, a major milestone was achieved, raising over $500,000. Collectively, between the 2014 and 2015 event, this event accumulated almost $1,000,000 in donations that the Auction was able to put right back into the community, helping those most in need.

The need is still tremendous in the greater Lakes Region area and we help so many and we are proud to continue making a difference here.

Local companies support the Greater Lakes Region Children's Auction by providing cash donations, sponsorships, and staff, allowing employees to serve the community at the event during what would normally be work hours. Hannaford Brothers Company, Bank of New Hampshire, MB Tractor, Bank of NH, Lakes FM 101.5, The Enablement Group, Atlantic Broadband, LRPA TV, Meredith Village Savings Bank and many other organizations contribute their priceless support.

The Auction is entirely volunteer run, with over 700 hundred volunteers and a range of donated auction items from the community. The Auction buzzes with activity as phone bank workers cheer at over-bids, children dance and workers fly around the room. Items at the auction range from gift certificates to local businesses, sports collectibles, concert and sport tickets, autographed memorabilia, furniture, vacations, home décor, children's toys, electronics and great holiday gifts.

Everything is donated; phone service, lights, auction items, computers, the location where we hold the auction; all donated! Even the food is donated by local restaurants which provide meals for the all-volunteer staff throughout the week.

Last year was the 40th Children's Auction and we brought in just under $600,000. Last year, during COVID 19 it still brought in $425,809 when many organizations had to cancel their fund raising events! We collected items earlier and used technology to have remote interviews. We also partnered with Meredith Village Savings Bank and MI-BOX to set up remote collection sites leading up to the auction.

A humble, heartfelt and most appreciative THANK YOU goes out to all in the greater Lakes Region and beyond for every bit of help, big or small. There is no community more full of love and generosity than ours!

This year the Auction streamed in high definition on the Laconia Daily Sun website and on our own website.
People will watched on Facebook.com/ChildrensAuction, Facebook.com/LRPATV. They will also listened all day and night on 104.9 FM The Hawk and Lakes 101.5 FM Radio. All of our bidding was done online and we had specially created CDC protocol for pick up of all items.

Over the past 40 years, we have distributed over $7.5 million to local non profits that help kids and families in need. Please visit https://www.childrensauction.com/details-about-the-orgs-we-support to see the variety of non profits that we support and visit https://www.childrensauction.com/whereourmoneygoes to see exactly where our money goes every year.

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.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    We serve the under resourced community through supporting nonprofits that focus on this group of people with a highlight on helping kids and families in need in the Greater Lakes Region Community.

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

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Suggestion box/email,

  • 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 strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We found that many people that came to volunteer did not know one another so we did a simple shift from the feedback so that going forward we have name tags for every event. We gained feedback that people did not feel as valued as we thought they did so we adjusted our gratitude process and started writing hand written cards to volunteers. We also secured free advertising in the local paper to take out a full page add to properly thank all of our sponsors. We heard that many people that were holding events to support us financially wished that we coud help them spread the word about these events. We updated our website to include a blog to push this information out to all of our followers and also added a main calendar that includes every event that gives funds to our organization.

  • 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?

    It has allowed us to improve the ways we communicate and it has built a more engaged group of people working toward the same goal.

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

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, 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 act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently,

Financials

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

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Greater Lakes Region Charitable Fund for Children Inc

Board of directors
as of 10/23/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Jaimie Sousa

Independence Financial Advisors


Board co-chair

Bob Glassett

Pella New England Windows

Lisa Cornish

Ed Darling

Dom Decarli

Tony Felch

RJ Harding

Cindy Hemeon-Plessner

Grace Mcnamara

Jill Ober

Larry Poliquin

Doug Morrisette

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 10/7/2020

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

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 10/23/2022

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Data
  • 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 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.