One Can Help Inc

Meeting One Child's Need, Moving One Family Forward

aka One Can Help   |   Waban, MA   |
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One Can Help Inc

EIN: 20-4281579


One Can Help provides critical resources. Juvenile court-involved children and families living in poverty frequently need additional supports to help them improve their lives. When this assistance is not available in the community or from state agencies, OCH can help. We help underserved homeless families, at-risk teens, struggling students, parents or children exposed to abuse or neglect, as well as foster kids. We provide funds for verified basic needs and for child-specific assistance. These can include school supplies, laptops, sports equipment, after-school activities, camp, daycare, emergency food, clothing, rent, car repair, and public transportation passes. And because needs can be urgent, we try to provide assistance in 1-3 days.

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Principal Officer

Ms. Anne Bader-Martin

Main address

PO Box 55

Waban, MA 02468 USA

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Subject area info

Youth services

Population served info

Children and youth


At-risk youth

NTEE code info

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

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

One Can Help

One Can Help has one basic program: to provide the scarce resources that underserved children and families involved in the juvenile court need to improve their lives and reach higher. We help all kids in need, not just foster kids.We also help struggling families living in poverty. We provide up to $1,000 of assistance for things like transportation passes, laptops, after school activities, housing supports and many basics of daily living, usually within 1-3 days. We are uniquely positioned to directly help. We are able to be extremely effective and efficient because we work with the court-appointed attorneys and social workers who are already trying to help their clients in need, but lack the specific resources necessary.

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth

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.

The # of children and family members who were able to take positive steps forward because the specific resource they needed in order to do so, was provided. (And the types of success they had as a result)

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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One Can Help was created by juvenile court attorneys and social workers who saw that more resources were needed to help vulnerable children, because our government agencies did not have them:
funding for basic needs, camps, activities, bus passes, laptops, emergency rent ….

Most of the children and families involved with DCF or the juvenile courts are very low income and for historic reasons, disproportionately of color. Not being able to access the critical resources needed to take positive steps forward or address concerns that have been raised, results in poorer outcomes overall and less justice for our most vulnerable, including: more revolving door involvement in the system, more children going into foster care, fewer children able to return home, more destabilized families, more children believing they are "less than" others.

Poverty is the big elephant in the room in most juvenile court cases. Many children and families lack the basic resources they need to address court concerns and take positive steps forward. Without access to critical supports, many are unable to overcome poverty barriers that stand in the way of progress and future goals. For example, not being able to afford mattresses so children can get a good night’s sleep, after school activities so at-risk kids are well-supervised and can learn skills, or even bus fare to attend much needed counseling, can lead to unequal outcomes in court- and in life- for the poor.

We believe a major opportunity to meaningfully improve and enhance vulnerable lives is missed when there is juvenile court involvement but no resources to address court concerns. This is the ideal time to intervene! Children and families are in crisis. People are motivated. Stakes are high. Judicial oversight and professional services are in place. Often the only things missing are the financial resources necessary in order to make constructive gains. One Can Help exists to provide missing resources tailored to the needs of the child in crisis, which can help break the cycle of poverty and ignite life changing impact.

How OCH works:
OCH’s innovative system works because of the collaborative partnerships OCH has established with the dedicated juvenile court appointed professionals (attorneys, social workers and advocates) charged with helping vulnerable children and families. They know the unique problems their underserved client faces, what specific resource is needed, and whether that assistance is available elsewhere. When the professional sees a need that cannot be met elsewhere, which if found could truly benefit their client, they apply to OCH and agree to procure the item or service their client needs.
All applications are screened by a seasoned committee of Board members who are also attorneys and social workers and understand the system. They determine eligibility based on OCH’s standardized criteria.
Only juvenile court attorneys, social workers and child advocates may apply. We never work through the beneficiaries themselves. In this way, OCH is able to quickly, responsibly and effectively provide individualized resources. Statewide. Often in just one day!

By quickly providing the urgently needed missing resources each particular child’s situation requires, OCH helps:
• improve difficult lives and build better futures.
• level the playing field so that all underserved children an achieve equitable outcomes in court -and in life.
• juvenile court attorneys and social workers better support the underserved children they work with.

Types of resources OCH pays for:
• laptops so students can keep up with classmates,
• transportation passes so aging out teens can get jobs,
• emergency rent to help struggling families during a crisis
• activities or camps to ensure all children are safe, thriving and developing skills
• car repair so children in foster care or treatment facilities can reliably see the parents they miss,
• basics such as emergency food, warm clothes, or sports equipment.

The resources OCH provides can cost up to $1,000, but most requests are for resources that cost much less (average $250). Some, like the identification card a foster teen needs before he/she can get a job, is priceless!

Outcome surveys measure impact.
Our measurable goals include responding to applicant within business day and working with the applicant to complete each request for assistance that conforms to our 14 point standardized criteria. Each application is reviewed by seasoned staff and board members with experience in the juvenile court and child welfare system.
Three to four weeks after assistance has been provided, we ask each professional to complete an outcomes survey. We strive to get 70% of those surveys completed. Our outcomes goal is to have a made a positive impact for over 95% of those children and families we assist.

Our measurable short term/intermediate impacts include:
• Reducing the risk of substance abuse
• Improving academic performance/reducing truancy
• Improving mental health
• Facilitating employment
• Helping stabilize housing or prevent homelessness
• Reducing the likelihood of further court involvement
• Improving wellness
• Creating safer environments
• Improved family connections
• Reducing child stress
• Improving self-esteem

Our long-term vision:
• Making it possible for kids to reach goals they couldn’t before.
• Removing the barriers of poverty impeding opportunity and justice.
• Encouraging family stability and well-being.
• Preventing or reducing the need for foster care or court when poverty is the primary issue.
• Making taxpayer-funded social services more effective.
• Helping juvenile courts better support children and families.
Leveling the playing field for our most underserved children and families resulting in healthier and more equitable communities.

OCH has helped more than 15,000 children and families since 2007.
Two thirds of OCH beneficiaries are children and families of color.
OCH can often provide urgent assistance in as little as 1 day across the state.
OCH is the only non-profit in MA, or perhaps nationwide, providing resources like this.
OCH assistance not only helps vulnerable children and families, it also helps our front line juvenile court attorneys & social workers, be more effective and supportive.
Requests for OCH assistance grow dramatically every year.
For example, we helped 1,000 more children in 2022 than just the year before.

How professionals describe OCH:
“It really helps with DCF's reputation and builds trust when you can help a family out with something that we couldn't normally do without the help of OCH. Ii shows them that we are here to help and not the bad guys just trying to take children away.!!!” DCF Social Worker
“Sometimes our clients are one step from a breakdown or a relapse, over no money for rent, food, etc.
One Can Help brings them back from the brink. No other nonprofit provides assistance like this. Long term, this saves the Commonwealth money because the court doesn't have to stay involved with the family that truly just needs a little extra assistance. This just makes SO MUCH SENSE and fills so many gaps our clients need to reach their potential”. -Juvenile court attorney
“One Can Help reaches a population that cannot financially access the resources requested and have failed the screening levels for other funding sources. It is a last effort for social services workers to ease the poverty barriers their low income and chronic families face. And in so doing to provides a much-needed source of hope for our families" Social worker


One Can Help 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 8.69 over 7 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 5.6 over 7 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 6% over 7 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

One Can Help Inc

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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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 One Can Help 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 2019 2020 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $74,620 $86,130 $68,167 -$50,956
As % of expenses 33.5% 21.6% 17.9% -10.7%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $74,620 $86,130 $68,167 -$50,956
As % of expenses 33.5% 21.6% 17.9% -10.7%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $363,263 $452,549 $460,606 $407,894
Total revenue, % change over prior year 0.0% 24.6% 1.8% -11.4%
Program services revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.1%
Government grants 24.8% 9.4% 18.3% 21.2%
All other grants and contributions 75.2% 90.6% 81.7% 78.7%
Other revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $222,927 $399,253 $381,492 $474,359
Total expenses, % change over prior year 0.0% 79.1% -4.4% 24.3%
Personnel 39.3% 33.9% 35.8% 32.8%
Professional fees 0.0% 3.6% 3.6% 2.9%
Occupancy 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 55.0% 57.5% 51.4% 60.8%
All other expenses 5.7% 5.0% 9.1% 3.5%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $222,927 $399,253 $381,492 $474,359
One month of savings $18,577 $33,271 $31,791 $39,530
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $241,504 $432,524 $413,283 $513,889

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 10.0 10.9 11.2 6.9
Months of cash and investments 10.0 10.9 11.2 6.9
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 8.0 7.1 9.5 6.4
Balance sheet composition info 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $185,486 $362,000 $354,686 $274,426
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0
Receivables $37,244 $0 $1,180 $19,598
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $0 $0 $0 $0
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 5.1% 26.9% 3.9% 6.0%
Unrestricted net assets $149,171 $235,301 $303,468 $252,512
Temporarily restricted net assets N/A N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets N/A N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $62,291 $29,457 $40,404 $24,895
Total net assets $211,462 $264,758 $343,872 $277,407

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2019 2020 2021 2022
Material data errors No No No No


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

Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Principal Officer

Ms. Anne Bader-Martin

As an attorney specializing in helping children and family law for the last 25 years. Anne Bader-Martin has seen how difficult if not impossible, it is for children and families living in poverty to improve their lives when there are insufficient resources available to help them. Determined to help our neediest children and families have the chance they need to move forward rather than fall behind because they are impeded by a lack of resources, she has been involved in various social justice projects over the years, including the 2005 founding of One Can Help. Ms. Bader-Martin earned her bachelor’s in Education from the University of Florida and her J.D. from New England Law after completing her final year at Kings College’s School of Law, London.

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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One Can Help Inc

Board of directors
as of 05/22/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board chair

JD Brian Goldstein

Ray Goldberg

Court-Appointed Attorney

Debbie Levenson

Levenson Wealth LLC

Anne Bader-Martin

Court-Appointed Attorney

Belle Soloway


Diane Gardener

Retired attorney

Stephanie Singer

Counsel, Morse Barnes-Brown Pendleton

Brian Goldstein

Choate Hall and Stewart, LLP Practice Group Leader- Business & Technology

Margaret Fearey

Retired Judge

Tanya Hall

Hall & Castel Law

Gail Hupper


Kateen Kumar


Bruce Revzin

Chief Financial Officer of Cobepa North America, Inc.

Pamela Solomon

Manager, DCF

Wendy Wolf

Retired public defender

Debbie Sussman

Retired camp director

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? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/28/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.


The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Middle-Eastern/Eastern European Jewish
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Sexual orientation
Decline to state
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Decline to state

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