It Takes A Village Community Giving

Be the Village

aka It Takes A Village Chester County   |   Downingtown, PA   |  www.ittakesavillagecc.org

Mission

Serving underprivileged families in Chester County with food and emergency assistance through community support and donations.

Ruling year info

2017

Executive Director

Michelle Terry

Main address

Po Box 520

Downingtown, PA 19335 USA

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EIN

82-0711838

NTEE code info

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (S12)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Chester County is a dynamic suburb of Philadelphia with a diverse mix of some of the most affluent towns in the state just miles from some of the most economically depressed. Our group is primarily focused on bringing the community events and programs that allow neighbors to help neighbors in direct and real ways that really make an impact. For example, our food boxes provide opportunities for the donor to encounter the recipient in real life. Conversations are sparked, and through those true moments of empathetic and compassionate connection, we hope to reignite everyone to 'Be the Village' for their neighbor.

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?

Organizational Sponsorships

ITAV brings members opportunities to connect and support other 501c3 organizations serving women and children in Chester County.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Children and youth

ITAV supports single mothers and families transitioning out of homelessness by gathering donations from our member that include gently used goods, free health and wellness services, friendship and small monetary donations.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls

ITAV connects single mothers in need and without social support experiencing their first pregnancy with free Doula services. The Doula provides pre-natal, birth and post-partum support in order to ensure the Mother-baby unit an optimal start in their relationship.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls

ITAV facilities 2-3 community events per year that allow the public to support several philanthropic initiaves in their local community thorugh volunteerism and service. Examples include: Community blessing (food) boxes, back packs for children entering foster care, and assembly of gift bags for single mothers living in homeless shelters.

Population(s) Served
Adults

ITAV installs and maintains twelve, food or 'blessing boxes' in Chester County. Our members can donate food and personal toiletry items at any time and our community members can take from them at any time, anonymously.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

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.

Our organization aims to bring our community closer together and reignite the need to give back, for community involvement and compassionate connection with everyone in our community circles. We measure success in how many individuals we engage in community grassroots giving, not how many dollars we raise. We feel true change is made in the heart - of both those in need and those with need to spare.

We work towards our goal by providing fun, easy and accessible ways to participate in community giving and leveraging social media to create FOMO (fear of missing out) around community activities. By providing open access food boxes, or a fun community event, or the opportunity to support a local single mother; we making 'giving back' affordable, convenient and endlessly rewarding for all involved.

Our organization has low overhead and administrative requirements, which allows us to channel close to 100% of our members donations back into the community.

We're very proud of our Food Boxes and Single Mother Sponsorships and the trust we've built with our membership. We plan to open a 'brick and mortar' Community Arts Center that will act as the gathering place for our events, donations and programs, and also provide space to the community for other organizations with similar goals. We know this will continue our true mission to facilitate more direct connections between neighbors in our community.

Financials

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Operations

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

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It Takes A Village Community Giving

Board of directors
as of 07/31/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Michelle Terry

Ruby George

Annawyn Laing

Helen McGough

Jennifer Smialowicz

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? Yes
  • 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