The Building Blocks Foundation, Inc

Outfitting Bright Futures

Hillsdale, NJ   |  www.OutfittingBrightFutures.NYC

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 info

2017

Founder and CEO

Jay Mota

Main address

165 Pascack Rd

Hillsdale, NJ 07642 USA

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EIN

82-1910793

NTEE code info

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.

Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

New Clothing

We are seeking donations of money and new clothes primarily for children in grades K-8 who are homeless.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Students

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.

Average number of service recipients per month

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

New Clothing

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Due to the sensitivity of our recipients identities in the schools and large donations made to other organizations, it is not possible to pinpoint the exact number of recipients per month

Number of youth receiving services (e.g., groups, skills and job training, etc.) with youths living in their community

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

New Clothing

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Decreasing

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.

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.

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.

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 shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    We serve primarily the NYC Public Schools.

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

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Suggestion box/email,

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

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our board, Our community partners,

  • 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 act on the feedback we receive,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback,

Financials

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Operations

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

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The Building Blocks Foundation, Inc

Board of directors
as of 04/26/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Jay Mota

The Building Blocks Foundation

Term: 2017 -

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 4/26/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 04/26/2022

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Data
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • 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 seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • 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.