Dignity Grows Inc

Dignity Grows empowers our neighbors in need by providing menstrual and hygiene supplies for every body that needs them.

aka Dignity Grows   |   Hartford, CT   |
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Dignity Grows Inc

EIN: 85-2708901


Dignity Grows provides monthly personal and feminine products to women, girls and individuals assigned female at birth, who cannot afford them.

Notes from the nonprofit

The Problem: Imagine having to choose between buying food or buying sanitary products for your period. Imagine having just used your last menstrual necessities, with no money to purchase more. Our Approach: Providing free menstrual and comprehensive hygiene products to neighbors in need in a manner that honors an individual’s dignity. For a gift of only $10 you can donate a Dignity Grows Tote to a neighbor in need, helping her to live life uninterrupted while safeguarding her dignity. After all, it’s the little things that make a big difference in people’s lives. Each Dignity Grows Tote is filled with a full-month supply of hygiene products and period necessities. The Totes are distributed through partner social service agencies that identify the need among their unique populations. Dignity Grows is achieving its mission in partnerships with over 40 local chapters nationally.

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Founder and Chair

Jessica Zachs

Main address

40 Woodland St

Hartford, CT 06105 USA

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Subject area info

Human services

Population served info

Ethnic and racial groups

Immigrants and migrants

Economically disadvantaged people

Incarcerated people

At-risk youth

NTEE code info

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (P12)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

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

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Our programs

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Dignity Grows

Dignity Grows is an early-stage non-profit that empowers our neighbors in need by removing obstacles to better self-esteem and health through the security and comfort of having personal and feminine hygiene essentials each and every month. Working with Distribution Partners throughout the local communities across the United States, Dignity Grows Chapters organize, assemble and distribute free of charge, reusable, branded zipper-top Dignity Totes filled with a month’s supply of personal and menstrual hygiene products. A program supported by the Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford and the Jewish Federation of North America’s National Women’s Philanthropy, Dignity Grows is committed to helping Jewish Federations and other agencies across the country create local Dignity Grows chapters.

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Dignity Grows Inc
Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 0.00 over 3 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 5 over 3 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 8% over 3 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Dignity Grows Inc

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Dignity Grows Inc

Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of Dignity Grows Inc’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $96,938 $21,479
As % of expenses 86.3% 7.5%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $96,938 $21,479
As % of expenses 86.3% 7.5%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $209,316 $306,194
Total revenue, % change over prior year 0.0% 46.3%
Program services revenue 0.0% 0.0%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.0% 0.0%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 100.0% 100.0%
Other revenue 0.0% 0.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $112,378 $284,715
Total expenses, % change over prior year 0.0% 153.4%
Personnel 54.8% 36.3%
Professional fees 1.6% 19.4%
Occupancy 0.0% 0.0%
Interest 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 37.6% 40.7%
All other expenses 6.0% 3.6%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $112,378 $284,715
One month of savings $9,365 $23,726
Debt principal payment $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $121,743 $308,441

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2021 2022
Months of cash 10.3 4.7
Months of cash and investments 10.3 4.7
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 10.8 5.2
Balance sheet composition info 2021 2022
Cash $96,352 $112,096
Investments $0 $0
Receivables $0 $0
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $0 $0
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 0.0% 0.0%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 0.0% 0.0%
Unrestricted net assets $0 $0
Temporarily restricted net assets N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $0 $0
Total net assets $100,852 $122,331

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2021 2022
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The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Founder and Chair

Jessica Zachs

Jessica is a graduate of Cornell University and a class officer. A lifelong donor to charities and long-time philanthropist, in the Greater Hartford area and beyond, Jessica has a deep passion for helping others. Jessica currently serves on the board of directors of the Jewish Federations of North America National Women's Leadership. She has served on the board of the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center Foundation, the Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford, the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Hartford and was a board member, vice president, co-president and co-chair of Solomon Schechter Day School of Greater Hartford. As a professionally trained chef, Jessica loves entertaining family and friends. She is as comfortable cooking for 10 as she is for 50 or more. Her legendary meals are complemented with interesting conversations and often include dancing well into the night.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

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Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Board of directors
as of 02/02/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board chair

Jessica Zachs

Michelle Ann Strawder

Goodwin University

Paige Maehara


Sharon Kochen

Community Leader

Maria Lino

The Latino Way

Zoë Zachs

Within Health

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 ? 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? No
  • 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 5/25/2022

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The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight

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