Educational Institutions

The Building Blocks Foundation, Inc

Outfitting Bright Futures

Hillsdale , NJ

Mission

Building Blocks Foundation aims to improve the educational experience for students who are economically challenged and are homeless. We want to improve students’ morale by providing the funds to dress like their peers, in new clothing that fits properly. We want every student to be afforded the opportunity at the start of each school to learn and think freely. New York City Public Schools have over 1.1 million students of which over 111,000 of them either reside with relatives or worse, sleep at different shelters throughout the city. We believe that if a student feels good about themselves it can help boost their confidence, this will increase their ability to learn by higher morale, better behavior and less bullying against them due to their misfortune.

Ruling Year

2017

Principal Officer

Jay Mota

Main Address

165 Pascack Rd

Hillsdale , NJ 07642 USA

Keywords

NYC Public Schools, Homeless, Clothing, Students, Children

EIN

82-1910793

 Number

1942937878

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Primary/Elementary Schools (B24)

Secondary/High School (B25)

Scholarships, Student Financial Aid, Awards (B82)

IRS Filing Requirement

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

Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

New York City Public Schools have over 1.1 million students of which over 105,000 of them either reside with relatives or worse, sleep at different shelters throughout the city. The lack of security in their residence is hard enough to overcome, but with this, the children face another issue. This is clean and sufficient clothing to wear daily. Many teachers donate clothing from their homes to help the students in their classes but this is not always easiest help for the students to accept. We believe that if a student feels good about themselves it can help boost their confidence, this will increase their ability to learn by higher moral, better behavior and less bullying against them due to their misfortune

Our programs

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Where we work

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What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

In partnership with the NYC Community Schools program, the Building Blocks Foundation seeks to fund new clothing to students identified throughout the NYC Public Schools as homeless.

The foundation is working in partnership with the NYC Community Schools program to identify the highest impacted schools and the needs of the children attending those schools. The foundation is seeking both monetary donations and new clothing donations from individuals and businesses.

The organization currently has a commitment from the Allstate Foundation to help raise awareness locally through their agencies with efforts of collections and monetary donations. Additionally the foundation will build alliances with other corporations for donations.

The foundation will be able to measure it's success by working the directors from the Community Schools program.

So far, the foundation has established initial goals with the Community Schools Program and created a plan with the Allstate Foundation to generate both clothing and money.

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Financials

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BOARD ORIENTATION & 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 & 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