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KRAMDEN INSTITUTE INC

Get Tech. Learn Tech. Give Tech.

Durham, NC   |  http://www.kramden.org
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KRAMDEN INSTITUTE INC

EIN: 74-3108814


Mission

Advancing equitable access to devices, connectivity, and technology education.

Ruling year info

2004

Executive Director

Cyndy Yu-Robinson

Main address

5010 NC Hwy 55

Durham, NC 27713 USA

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EIN

74-3108814

Subject area info

Education services

Computer science

Internet

Community and economic development

Youth development

Population served info

Children and youth

Adults

Low-income people

Students

NTEE code info

Computer Science (U41)

Nonmonetary Support N.E.C. (O19)

Nonmonetary Support N.E.C. (S19)

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

1 in 5 households in North Carolina do not have a suitable home computer. Digital devices, internet connectivity, education, and technical support are necessary for every child and adult to fully participate in school and workforce. Digital equity leads to educational equity, health equity, and economic equity. Kramden's purpose is connecting Carolinians (to the internet and to community resources) and building digital equity. Our mission is to advance equitable access to devices, connectivity, and technology education.

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?

Kramden Tech Scholars

The Kramden Tech Scholars provides refurbished desktop computers to students in grades K-12 who do not have access to a working home computer.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Kramden Institute offers the following services for eligible applicants:

Low-cost refurbished computers: $50 desktops and $100 laptops
90-day warranty with all computers
All computers come with Windows 10 installed

Population(s) Served
Adults

As part of Kramden’s efforts to help our community, we offer affordable, heavily-discounted computer equipment to other, local non-profits, schools, churches and other institutions.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Kramden expanded its programs in 2014 to offer educational programs to members of the community who lack basic computing skills. Since that time, over 7,500 people have completed one of our adult computer classes, taken part in our STEM after-school programs, or enrolled in one of our technology camps, and workshops, fulfilling a crucial community need in an increasingly connected world.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adults

Where we work

Awards

Tech for Good 2023

NC Technology Association

Affiliations & memberships

National Digital Inclusion Alliance 2023

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 participants attending course/session/workshop

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

Children and youth, Adults

Related Program

Digital Literacy Education

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Total individuals who have completed one of our in-person or online adult computer classes, taken part in our STEM after-school programs, or enrolled in one of our technology camps, and workshops.

Number of volunteers

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

Adolescents, Adults

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Total number of volunteers annually. *Numbers in 2020-2021 significantly declined due to COVID-19 precautions.

Number of products distributed

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

Children and youth, Adults

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Total number of computers distributed annually.

Number of computer literacy/skills/technology courses conducted

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

Digital Literacy Education

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total weight of materials recycled

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

Technology Access Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Pounds of e-waste sent to certified R2 e-waste recycler. No matter reuse/refurbish or recycle, we are diverting 100% of e-waste from landfill.

Number of camps offered

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

Digital Literacy Education

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Summer camps cover STEAM topics for grades 3-12. Each year, at least 30% of camp participants are on scholarship, funded by foundation or sponsor.

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.

By collecting surplus technology from individuals and businesses of all sizes, Kramden reuses/refurbishes computers and redistributes them to communities across North Carolina. In 20 years, we have given 54,000 computers and helped 12,000 participants in our computer basics classes for adults and STEAM programs for youth. We honor our commitment to sustainability by reusing before recycling. Donations are that not suitable for our clients are harvested for parts to sell into a reuse market, or recycled by a certified R2 recycler. The reuse, resell, and recycle model helps us divert about 250,000 pounds of e-waste from landfill every year.

We harness the resources of the local community to collect computers that are no longer in use. We bring together thousands of volunteers to refurbish computers. We pull from the expertise of our staff and volunteers to develop educational programs that will enable all of the students and families we serve to achieve digital literacy. We partner with schools and municipalities across North Carolina and beyond to reach those most in need.

We have 20 years of experience refurbishing and awarding computers to K-12 students. Our volunteers, approximately 600 a year, bring a broad range experience to our operations. Over the past decade, we have partnered with educators, community organizations, and businesses across the state to collect donated hardware and to identify students for our programs. Our newsletter reaches thousands of individuals, families, and companies, raising awareness of issues surrounding access to technology and digital literacy skills.

Since our founding in 2003, Kramden has awarded more than 54,000 computers to students who did not have access to one before. We have hosted more than 15,000 volunteers. We hold public-facing events including volunteer days, recycling drives, and award days, and recycled an average of 250,000 pounds of e-waste each year. In September 2014, we launched our Digital Literacy and Education programs, taking our expertise to the community in the form of free computer basics classes and afterschool programs for students on a variety of computer-related STEAM topics. Our fastest growing program in 2023 and 2024 is Train the Trainer, in which we invite residents from remote communities to learn our curriculum for digital skills, and deliver the class and distribute computers in their communities, often rural and remote to Durham.

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 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, 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 collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, 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 look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
NET GAIN/LOSS:    in 
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

1.02

Average of 15.80 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

6.6

Average of 4.6 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

14%

Average of 15% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

KRAMDEN INSTITUTE 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 KRAMDEN INSTITUTE 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 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $201,615 $238,957 $418,640 $1,643,468 $209,941
As % of expenses 14.6% 14.4% 25.5% 106.7% 8.1%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $187,292 $226,928 $406,332 $1,600,166 $143,308
As % of expenses 13.4% 13.6% 24.6% 101.0% 5.4%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $1,479,895 $1,958,306 $2,009,167 $3,356,768 $2,636,445
Total revenue, % change over prior year 15.7% 32.3% 2.6% 67.1% -21.5%
Program services revenue 40.2% 47.8% 47.2% 27.7% 47.2%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.2% 0.1% 0.2% 0.0% 0.2%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 59.5% 51.9% 53.7% 72.1% 52.0%
Other revenue 0.1% 0.2% -1.0% 0.2% 0.6%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $1,385,252 $1,655,512 $1,641,813 $1,540,501 $2,576,639
Total expenses, % change over prior year 4.1% 19.5% -0.8% -6.2% 67.3%
Personnel 39.9% 37.2% 41.6% 45.5% 35.8%
Professional fees 0.7% 0.7% 2.3% 5.2% 2.7%
Occupancy 9.8% 8.9% 9.6% 5.0% 0.6%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 2.5% 1.8%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 49.6% 53.2% 46.5% 41.9% 59.1%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $1,399,575 $1,667,541 $1,654,121 $1,583,803 $2,643,272
One month of savings $115,438 $137,959 $136,818 $128,375 $214,720
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $22,709
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $15,411 $2,382,911 $139,190
Total full costs (estimated) $1,515,013 $1,805,500 $1,806,350 $4,095,089 $3,019,891

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 3.5 4.1 6.9 7.1 6.6
Months of cash and investments 3.6 4.1 6.9 7.2 6.6
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 5.7 6.4 9.4 14.9 9.1
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $408,441 $568,078 $944,300 $916,360 $1,406,655
Investments $5,384 $3,723 $5,103 $4,860 $4,126
Receivables $15,330 $81,831 $108,469 $239,844 $135,168
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $109,778 $117,318 $132,728 $2,488,134 $2,606,060
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 54.0% 60.7% 63.0% 4.0% 5.6%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 3.9% 2.6% 2.0% 30.8% 30.4%
Unrestricted net assets $705,861 $932,789 $1,339,121 $2,939,287 $3,082,595
Temporarily restricted net assets $7,843 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $7,843 $135,000 $111,226 $339,796 $120,718
Total net assets $713,704 $1,067,789 $1,450,347 $3,279,083 $3,203,313

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Material data errors No No No No No

Operations

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

Documents
Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Executive Director

Cyndy Yu-Robinson

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

KRAMDEN INSTITUTE INC

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Compensation
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KRAMDEN INSTITUTE INC

Board of directors
as of 04/16/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board of directors data
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Board co-chair

John Wilson

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Term: 2023 - 2026


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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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 4/16/2024

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
Asian/Asian American
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 04/16/2024

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • 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 have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.

Contractors

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