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Storytime Crafts Inc

Promoting literacy, one book at a time.

Needham Heights, MA   |  https://www.storytimecrafts.net/
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Storytime Crafts Inc

EIN: 83-4336023


Mission

Promoting literacy and kindness. Storytime Crafts, Inc. is a registered 501(c)(3) charitable nonprofit organization with a grassroots literacy initiative dedicated to creating diverse book-rich environments for children that promotes the joy of reading. Storytime Crafts was founded with the goal of uniting communities to promote inclusive childhood literacy opportunities. We are dedicated to amplifying the voices and stories of diverse children's book authors and directing literacy resources throughout communities.

Ruling year info

2019

Principal Officer

Lisa Vergara

Main address

31 Thorpe Rd, #105

Needham Heights, MA 02494 USA

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EIN

83-4336023

Subject area info

Education

Population served info

Ethnic and racial groups

Immigrants and migrants

Economically disadvantaged people

NTEE code info

Student Services and Organizations (B80)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

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

Tax forms

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The inability to read has a direct and powerful impact on unemployment, financial instability, homelessness and incarceration. In 2022, 76% of Black/African American and 79% of Hispanic/Latino 4th graders in Massachusetts failed to read at a proficient level increasing their risk of dropping out of school, having reduced earnings and experiencing more financial difficulty over their lifetime. Access to books helps propel children to higher educational levels education; limited access in low income communities contributes to illiteracy and educational/economic inequity. While families in middle-income neighborhoods have 13 age-appropriate books per child, in low income neighborhoods there is 1 book for every 300 children. And parents struggling to provide for their families may not have the time or ability to access a public library. Storytime addresses the problem by providing books and educational resources to children in underserved communities in the Greater Boston area.

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?

Read to Succeed

Read to Succeed is a literacy program to end book deserts by providing diverse books for schools, centers and non-profits so children have access to FREE books and reading opportunities. This literacy-rich program is designed to inspire and spread the joy of reading, inclusive for all children.

Literacy is the ability to read, listen, write and speak in a way that allows children to communicate effectively. The power of literacy helps children build successful experiences leading to future success.

To donate books email: [email protected]

Population(s) Served
Ethnic and racial groups
Economically disadvantaged people
Immigrants and migrants

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.

Number of products distributed

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

Read to Succeed

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This metric describes the number of books distributed by Storytime Crafts. Storytime also distributes educational games and toys which are not reflected in these metrics.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Storytime's mission is to promote literacy, learning and educational equity by helping schools, early childhood learning centers and community organizations in underserved areas provide a diverse, book and resource rich environment to the children and families they serve.

Storytime addresses educational and economic inequity in the Greater Boston area by providing children in underserved communities with the resources they need to
• Become proficient readers
• Develop a love of reading, exploring and learning
• Build confidence and self-esteem by reading about people like themselves
• Become aware of the wide range of educational and career opportunities open to them

By uniting communities from diverse backgrounds in a common effort, Storytime also seeks to bridge social, ethnic and racial differences, build understanding, and foster kindness.

Storytime provides books, educational games and toys to children in need through partner schools, early learning centers, shelters and community organizations in the Greater Boston area. By relying on in-kind donations and volunteers, it is able to distribute $4 - $6 in resources for every dollar raised.

Storytime fills a critical gap by
• Identifying schools, shelters and community organizations in underserved communities that need resources but are unable to accept in-kind donations directly from the public
• Collecting, screening and sorting materials so it can deliver a large volume of resources that address each recipient organization’s specific needs

Read to Succeed provides books to children through to 38 schools and 24 community organizations. Almost 90% of the children in the schools served are ethnically or racially diverse, over 80% are high need, and over 70% are low income. The program has delivered over 120,000 books –resources that would have cost the recipient organizations well over $1 million to purchase.

Author Spotlights increases access to books by diverse authors and sponsors events that bring those authors to schools or community events to inspire young readers. The program builds understanding of different cultures and experiences. It also provides children of diverse backgrounds with books that reflect their experience and community and feature individuals or characters that look, talk, and act like them. The program also builds financial literacy by highlighting the award-winning Danny Dollar series.
By purchasing books in bulk and taking advantage of special sales, Storytime has reduced the average price of a new book to $2.77—well below what most organizations would spend purchasing the books independently. The program has distributed over 1,500 new books by highlighted authors.

More than Books provides educational games, toys and puzzles; stuffed animals; musical instruments; bikes and additional resources to children in underserved communities. Many of the resources are STEM-related and build STEM skills and awareness of STEM-related careers. The program has delivered over 22,000 educational toys and games and over 7,500 stuffed animals.

Little Free Libraries increases access to culturally diverse books for readers of all ages and backgrounds and fosters neighborhood book exchanges in communities where access to books is limited. The program matches a sponsor with each Little Free Library and has placed 18 libraries.

Volunteer Ambassadors brings diverse communities closer to a shared vision for social equity, diversity, and growth through meaningful, action-oriented community engagement. The program provides intentional, productive opportunities for youth to experience the positive power of teamwork and diversity. It attracts approximately 25 volunteers annually and helps them build connections, friendships, confidence, and self-esteem.

Storytime has developed partnerships with 28 schools and early learning centers as well as 24 community organizations working in underserved communities in the Greater Boston area.

Since its founding in 2019, Storytime has distributed over
• 120,000 high quality used children’s books
• 1,500 new books by diverse authors
• 25,000 educational games and toys
• 8,500 stuffed animals
• 950 bikes
• 800 hygiene kits with personal care items
• 800 baby kits with baby formula and baby care items
• 35,000 protective masks

Last year, Storytime distributed over 31,000 new books, 1,000 new books by diverse authors, 13,500 educational games and toys, 3,000 stuffed animals, 750 hygiene kits, 100 baby kits, 150 bikes and 16,000 protective masks.


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.

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    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

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

    We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

Financials

Storytime Crafts Inc
Fiscal year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
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Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Storytime Crafts Inc

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

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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Operations

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

Documents
Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Principal Officer

Lisa Vergara

Storytime Crafts Inc

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Compensation
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Storytime Crafts Inc

Board of directors
as of 01/29/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board chair

Lisa Vergara

Jennifer Santos

Vertex Pharmaceuticals

Jean McTighe

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? Not applicable
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • 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? Not applicable
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Not applicable
  • 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 10/16/2023

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

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

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

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 10/16/2023

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Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.