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CommunityWorx

Youth. Equity. Opportunity.

aka CommunityWorx   |   Carrboro, NC   |  www.communityworxnc.org

Mission

Enriching lives by building collaborative partnerships and transforming charitable donations into educational and community investments.

Ruling year info

1973

President/CEO

Barbara Jessie-Black

Main address

Po Box 356

Carrboro, NC 27510 USA

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EIN

56-0678985

NTEE code info

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (B12)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (W12)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (O12)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

CommunityWorx does not have a singular means of reaching into the community. We work with our partners to reach widely into the community, beyond ourselves and each other. We are an example of a nonprofit which is dynamic and actively working to decolonize the structuring of nonprofit programming. We do this by attempting to solve the "access to resources" and " closing opportunity gaps" issues, which are prevalent in our community's historically marginalized populations. Just as our identities and communities are intersectional so too is our understanding of the ways that our work can't be effective if we splinter off one element of our work from the others, as it does not provide a holistic view of our work. While some may assume this is not sustainable, we have proven otherwise by becoming a pillar of the local community and staying in the same location since 1978.

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?

CommunityWorx Thrift Shop resale retail

The processing and selling of donated goods to the general public

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth
Ethnic and racial groups
LGBTQ people
Economically disadvantaged people

YouthWorx on Main, a youth-serving nonprofit collaborative powered by CommunityWorx which builds capacity for Triangle organizations through collaboration. YouthWorx is a catalyst for impact, supercharging non-profits with best practices that improve the lives of under-resourced youth and families in the Triangle region of North Carolina.
How YouthWorx, works:
Coming together
Joining forces
Collaborating
Sharing best practices
Providing access to resources at no or low cost

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adults
LGBTQ people
Economically disadvantaged people
Immigrants and migrants

In 2015, the PTA Thrift Shop, now CommunityWorx, established Project Impact, a resource for urgent, school-based needs in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics), arts programming, classroom supplies, and programs that directly impact underserved and economically disadvantaged student populations.
Due to the impact of COVID-19 on CommunityWorx's revenue stream, the grant-making component of Project Impact was paused. As we emerge from the impacts of the global pandemic, we are poised to offer grant-making again in 2024. The current focus is providing access to resources through CommunityWorx's In-Kind Gift Certificate program (a program within Project Impact), which it administers to several local non-profit partners.

Population(s) Served

CommunityWorx employs between 35-40 team members; comprised of community members who have historically been under resourced and marginalized. The organization aims to create safe spaces for individuals by providing a welcoming and affirming work environment, with the ability to engage in skills building and opportunities for advancement within the organization or in other work environments. The organization provides stable employment with compensation for FT team members at the Orange County or North Carolina living wage+benefits (most of which are paid by CWX).

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Families of choice
Families of origin
Children and youth
Families of choice
Families of origin

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.

Total dollar amount of grants awarded

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

Multiracial people, People of African descent, People of Latin American descent, People of Middle Eastern descent, People of Asian descent

Related Program

Project Impact

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Average grant amount

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

Multiracial people, People of African descent, People of Latin American descent, People of Asian descent, People of Middle Eastern descent

Related Program

Project Impact

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of donations made by board members

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

100% of board members have made contributions.

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.

For over 70 years, the PTA Thrift Shop, now CommunityWorx, has been focused on enriching the lives of youth. Our goal has always been to build a collaborative community that's a catalyst for equity, innovation and empowerment. To build a community that works for everyone.

Our BELIEF is communities built on equity and collaboration enable youth to reach their full potential.

Our VISION is a community where youth and their families have equitable access to resources and opportunity.

Our MISSION is to enrich lives by building collaborative partnerships and transform charitable donations into educational and community investments.

Our VALUES are: Equity. Community. Compassion. Innovation.

Our strategies include expanding our relationships with other organizations aligned with our mission and values, providing historically marginalized access to resources, working on decolonizing the structuring of nonprofit programming, and diversifying our current business model of resale retail to include other revenue generating opportunities. These currently include leasing space to other organizations, monetizing waste before recycling, etc.

CommunityWorx (formerly PTA Thrift Shop, Inc.) capacity for diversifying its business model and therefore its revenue, is enhanced by the fact that beginning in 2010 the organization embarked on a ten-year strategic plan to redevelop its existing property from approximately 11, 000 sf of retail/office space to a two phase project of a total of 27,000 sf. 22,000 sf was completed in 2013 and includes 14,000 sf of PTA Thrift Shop operations and 8,000 sf of leased office space. The second phase (4712), completed in July of 2017, houses a co-working collaborative space (YouthWorx on Main) for nonprofit tenants and members with youth-serving missions. Additionally, in 2019, PTA Thrift Shop, Inc, rebranded to CommunityWorx to more accurately reflect its work in the community.

in 2017 then PTA Thrift Shop, Inc. completed both phases of its commercial redevelopment of 27,000sf, outlined in its ten-year strategic plan. In 2019 the organization rebranded to CommunityWorx, to more accurately reflect its work in the community, centering racial equity and providing access to resources and helping to close opportunity gaps for historically marginalized community members, by partnering with local nonprofit direct services partners, which was pivotal during COVID-19.

Financials

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Operations

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

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CommunityWorx

Board of directors
as of 09/29/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Kevin Hicks

Triangle Bikeworks

Term: 2023 - 2023

Joel Levy

Joel Levy CPA

Dawn Edgerton

Edgerton Data Consulting

Jaclyn Krohn

Durham Technical Community College-Orange County Campus

David Morgan

Triangle Real Estate Services, Inc.

Wil Steen

UNC Parking & Transportation

Kelley O'Brien

KTO Strategy & Communications

Michael Williams

Biogen

Monica Shackleford-Webb

NC Utilities Commission

Erica Nuñez

The Ocean Foundation's Plastics Initiative

Kevin Hicks

Triangle Bikeworks

Norman L. Collins

Durham Technical Community College

Teshanee Williams, PHd

UNC School of Government

Justin McNeil

RoadtoHire

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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 9/29/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Afro-German or Black German
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or other sexual orientations in the LGBTQIA+ community
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 10/20/2022

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

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 use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • 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 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.