SHOES THAT FIT

Every Child Deserves Them

Claremont, CA   |  http://www.shoesthatfit.org

Mission

Shoes That Fit tackles one of the most visible signs of poverty in America by giving children in need new athletic shoes to attend school with dignity and joy, prepared to learn, play and thrive. A new pair of shoes can be a life-changing event for a child. School attendance, self-esteem and behavior improve. Physical activity increases. Smiles return. All from an often over-looked item—a good pair of shoes. Our vision is that, one day, every child in America who needs new shoes gets new shoes, allowing all children the opportunity to reach their highest potential.

Notes from the nonprofit

Shoes That Fit is a simple solution to a big problem. One in five children in the U.S. lives in poverty. When you have to choose between rent, putting dinner on the table or new shoes for growing feet, shoes can be a low priority. But inadequate shoes are linked to school absenteeism, reduced physical activity, low self-esteem and social acceptance -- high risk factors for school dropout, ill-health and unemployment later in life. Shoes That Fit gives kids a chance to get off on the right foot. We operate with a minimal staff so that the majority of contributions go directly to helping children in need. Shoes That Fit also offers corporate responsibility approaches that are low-cost and require minimal time to manage. Employees' efforts directly impact their local communities -- increasing employee satisfaction, retention and loyalty. Shoes That Fit's programs offer a turnkey way to actively and tangibly demonstrate corporate values to your employees and to the outside world.

Ruling year info

1993

CEO & Executive Director

Mrs. Amy Fass

Main address

1420 N Claremont Blvd Suite 204A

Claremont, CA 91711 USA

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EIN

95-4425565

NTEE code info

Single Organization Support (P11)

Nonmonetary Support N.E.C. (P19)

Single Organization Support (O11)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Shoes That Fit tackles one of the most visible signs of poverty in America by giving children in need new athletic shoes to attend school with dignity and joy, prepared to learn, play and thrive. In the United States, 1-in-3 children live in low-income families. Shoes That Fit aims to solve a piece of the puzzle by providing in-need children with new shoes. When a family has limited resources and has to choose between paying rent, putting food on the table, and buying shoes for a child's growing feet, shoes often lose out. When kids have to attend school in ill-fitting or worn-out shoes, it is embarrassing and often painful. A new pair of shoes fit to a specific child's feet can be a game-changer.

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?

Volunteer Groups

A grass roots organization, Shoes That Fit helps children across America get the shoes they need to learn, play, and thrive. By working with generous individuals, groups, companies, and foundation, we are able to give over 100,000 pairs of shoes each year.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work

Accreditations

Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance 2013

Charity Navigator 2013

Charity Navigator 2014

Charity Navigator 2015

Charity Navigator 2016

Charity Navigator 2017

Awards

More Than Words Award Winner 2009

Harlequin

Smart Cookie Reader's Choice Award 2008

Cookie Magazine (Conde Nast publication) & Citi

4-Star Rating for sound fiscal management (highest possible rating given by Charity Navigator) 2016

Charity Navigator

Accredited Charity- met 20 vigorous Standards for Charity Accountability 2015

Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance

Non-Profit of the Year - 2011-2012 2012

Claremont Chamber of Commerce

Fast Pitch Semi-Finalist 2016

Social Venture Partners

Non-Profit of the Year 2017

California State Assembly

Top-Rated Seal 2016

Great Nonprofits

Nonprofit of the year 2019

Rep. Judy Chu

Affiliations & memberships

Association of Fundraising Professionals - Member 2013

Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance - Organization 2013

Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance - Organization 2014

Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance - Organization 2015

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Percent of educators who have reported an increase in self-esteem among students who have benefitted from our program

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

Children and youth, Economically disadvantaged people, Students

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Percent of school liaisons who have reported an increase in participation in physical activity among students who have benefitted from our program

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

Children and youth, Economically disadvantaged people, Students

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Percent of educators who have reported an increase in confidence among students who have benefitted from our program

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

Children and youth, Economically disadvantaged people, Students

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Percent of educators who have reported an increase in school attendance among students who have benefitted from our program

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

Children and youth, Economically disadvantaged people, Students

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Percent of educators who have reported an increase in social interaction among students who have benefitted from our program

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

Children and youth, Economically disadvantaged people, Students

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

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.

For over thirty years, Shoes That Fit has worked aggressively to reduce one of the most visible stigmas associated with poverty.

A new pair of shoes can be a life-changing event for a child. School attendance, self-esteem and behavior improve. Physical activity increases. Smiles return. All from an often overlooked item—a good pair of shoes.

Our vision is that, one day, every child in America who needs new shoes gets new shoes, allowing all children the opportunity to reach their highest potential.

Our original program model matches volunteer groups—religious, service organizations, businesses and corporations—with schools in their local communities that have high percentages of students on the free or reduced-cost meal program. Volunteers are provided with training and program materials, while teachers and school liaisons at each school identify the children who are most in need of new shoes; each student is then measured with the tools we provide to guarantee a proper fit.

We also operate an emergency warehouse situated at our headquarters in Claremont. Our central location, on the border of Los Angeles County, San Bernardino County, and the Inland Empire, enables Shoes That Fit to provide shoes on a year-round basis to the schools we serve in the local region. Schools we work with are able to access our warehouse during the year, providing shoes for children who are in desperate need.

Shoes That Fit partners with generous donors, businesses, private foundations, and community partners to provide shoes for children in need across the country. Some of our partners include Nordstrom, Inc., Rack Room Shoes, Geico, Amazon, the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation, Kershaw’s Challenge, and Newport Group. In addition, our vast nationwide network of over 400 sponsor groups continues to raise and distribute shoes to children in their own backyards.

Shoes That Fit started 30 years ago as an effort to help one boy whose toes had been turned under to make his feet fit into his shoes. Elodie McGuirk, the future founder of Shoes That Fit, was moved to action by his story. She learned that many children were in similar situations: missing school because they were wearing shoes that were falling apart or being teased for shoes that didn’t fit. Elodie recruited her colleagues at Harvey Mudd College, where she worked, by posting notecards with the needed shoe sizes in the college breakroom. By the end of the day, all of the notecards had been taken by Elodie’s colleagues to shop for shoes for the students.

From these humble beginnings in a college break room in Claremont, CA, Shoes That Fit has expanded to serve children across the United States. Attention was called to the mission in 2003 when Family Circle featured the organization in its first national media story. Children served jumped again in 2007 and 2010 when Rack Room Shoes and Nordstrom, respectively, committed significant corporate support. As these partnerships deepened and support from private individuals has continued to grow children served annually crossed the 100,000 mark in the 2016-2017 school year. Another milestone was reached in the 2019-2020 school year when kids in all 50 states and Washington, D.C. were reached for the first time.

In the most recent school year, children served annually has grown to more than 150,000 in all 50 states and Washington, D.C. In September, the organization will celebrate its 30th anniversary.

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

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.),

  • 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 inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board,

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

  • 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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SHOES THAT FIT

Board of directors
as of 07/18/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Cris Stark

Community Volunteer

Term: 2020 -

Michele Love, Advisory Board Member

Nordstrom Rack

Juli Hester, Treasurer

Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center

Andrew O'Boyle

Seattle University

Carole Pelton

Pomona, CA

Ron Cohen, Secretary

Sidley Austin LLP

Lesley Irvine

Pomona College

Wayne McDonnell

PricewaterhouseCoopers,LLP

Tony Ramos, Chair

City of Claremont

Cris Stark

Karen Taylor Herring

T & H Consulting, LLC

Mary Trigg

Wells Fargo

Lynn Mason, Advisory Board Member

Care Services, LLC

Stig Lanesskog

Claremont Univeristy Consortium

Rick Duque

Dean of Campus Life, The Webb Schools

Heidi Stoecklein

Seargent, LAPD

Genoveva Meza Talbott

Attorney at Law, The Law Unbundled

Lisa Crosmer

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 7/6/2022

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

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 07/23/2020

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • 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.