Treasures 4 Teachers

Providing free and low cost supplies to educators while diverting materials from the landfill.

Tempe, AZ   |
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Treasures 4 Teachers

EIN: 01-0725431


Treasures 4 Teachers' mission is to provide free and low cost supplies to educators from the community's reusable resources.

Ruling year info


Executive Director

Barbara Blalock

Director of Development

Christopher Cordes

Main address

3025 S. 48th Street #101

Tempe, AZ 85282 USA

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Formerly known as

RAFT Resource Area for Teachers of Arizona Inc.



Subject area info

Equal opportunity in education

Educational management

Elementary and secondary education

Education services

Early childhood education

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Population served info

Infants and toddlers





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NTEE code info

Primary/Elementary Schools (B24)

Recycling (C27)

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


Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

On a national average, teachers can spend up to $1000 a year out of their own pockets for classroom supplies. Treasures 4 Teachers exists to help offset that amount, and provide teachers with supplies that are free and very low cost. In addition to the necessary core teaching supplies, we also offer an abundance of creative-reuse material, an on-site teacher resource center, and professional development training opportunities.

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?

Educator Classroom Resources Center

Treasures 4 Teachers works to improve the educational environment for more than 250,000 Arizona students each year by providing free and low-cost school supplies to educators who shop at our Creative Reuse Center. T4T currently serves nearly 6,500 educators throughout the year. These teachers work in schools all over Arizona; nearly 90% working with low-income populations, and in Title 1 schools where most students qualify for free or reduced meal programs. Our mission of providing free and low-cost school supplies to educators needs your help now more than ever!

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

'T4T on Wheels' is our mobile outreach program which enables us get the word out about our organization by actually taking some of our school supplies and offering them for free to teachers and students at local Title 1 schools! These teachers often spend up to $1,000 of their own money on classroom materials that students need to learn effectively; and we at T4T see this as simply unacceptable. The Kids in Need Foundation's research has shown that with the proper school materials, students have a more positive feeling of self-worth, miss less school, have improved classroom behavior, and achieve higher test scores. Our T4T on Wheels impacts both students and teachers by providing free resources for teachers to equip their students with the materials they need to learn.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work


Be More Award 2010 ~ Be More Brilliant for Innovation 2010

Be More Award 2010 ~ People's Choice Award

Arizona Recycling Coaliation ~ 2011 2011

Governor's Award for Volunteerism ~ 2009

Non-Profit Business of the Year 2022

AhwatukeeAhwatukee Foothills Chamber of Commerce

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 groups/individuals benefiting from tools/resources/education materials provided

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

Teachers, Students, Children and youth, Adults

Related Program

Educator Classroom Resources Center

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


Context Notes

Success is measured by the number of educators whose lives are being impacted by our supplies, creative reuse materials, and continued education classes.

Number of teachers trained

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

STEM Instruction Teacher Training

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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

Treasures 4 Teachers aims to reach as many teachers in the greater Phoenix Metropolitan area as possible. After that, our goal is to continue expanding and eventually reach teachers in all of Arizona! But, to be honest, our 'big dream' is to have affiliates in every single state where the help is needed; and as of now, that seems to be all of them. So far we have already expanded to a second location serving educators in the West Valley, and an affiliate site serving Tucson.

Treasures 4 Teachers currently has a mobile program called "T4T on Wheels" where we go around to local schools and speak to the teachers about what T4T is, and how we are there to help. During our presentation to the school, we give out free school supplies directly to teachers as a small example of what we are able to provide them access to. We have heard from many of the teachers that this really saves them time and money, and gets them the supplies that their classrooms are most in need of.

While T4T on Wheels is our main source of outreach, we do continue to look at other opportunities to reach as many teachers as possible. We attend many local outreach events that are geared towards educators, and provide on-site workshops and teacher training sessions as well.

Treasures 4 Teachers' success thus far can be contributed largely to our wonderful donors and partners that provide the necessary funding and supplies. Not to mention our over 150 individual volunteers, and large group volunteers that help keep our organization running!
Recently we had a school district provide us with in-kind space in the West Valley for us to open a new location. This has been monumental growth for our organization, and has extended our reach tremendously!

But, like all non-profit organizations, funding really is the key to our capabilities. But, as long as we can continue to get support from the community in way of both funding and donated supplies, Treasures 4 Teachers will continue our efforts of providing free and low-cost supplies to any educator willing to make the trip to visit us!

So far we have been able to reach approximately 4,500 teachers and 135,000 students this past year alone! And we anticipate those numbers to continue growing with the new addition of our West Valley location in June 2019.

As for 'what's next', we are really hoping for a mobile unit (a Cargo Van pulling a Trailer) to be funded so that we can literally 'take this show on the road'!. We know that time, travel, and money are the 3 main obstacles that are keeping teachers from getting the supplies they need for their classroom. With this mobile unit, we can hopefully double, and maybe even triple, our reach. But none of this can be achieved without help!

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 engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time


Treasures 4 Teachers
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 12.76 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 3.6 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 8% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Treasures 4 Teachers

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Treasures 4 Teachers

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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Treasures 4 Teachers

Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of Treasures 4 Teachers’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 $78,882 -$49,874 $108,383 $60,195 $17,661
As % of expenses 8.7% -5.3% 5.0% 1.0% 0.3%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $53,515 -$72,569 $92,638 $45,621 -$2,675
As % of expenses 5.7% -7.5% 4.2% 0.8% 0.0%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $1,018,919 $951,901 $2,282,198 $6,117,568 $5,718,877
Total revenue, % change over prior year 26.2% -6.6% 139.8% 168.1% -6.5%
Program services revenue 1.0% 1.2% 0.5% 0.3% 0.2%
Membership dues 15.4% 18.1% 5.6% 2.4% 3.4%
Investment income 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 4.8% 1.6% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 83.6% 81.6% 88.9% 95.6% 96.1%
Other revenue 0.0% -0.8% 0.2% 0.2% 0.3%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $911,494 $948,920 $2,177,541 $5,972,227 $5,782,658
Total expenses, % change over prior year 15.6% 4.1% 129.5% 174.3% -3.2%
Personnel 58.7% 57.0% 25.1% 9.9% 12.0%
Professional fees 4.5% 5.0% 2.3% 0.7% 1.3%
Occupancy 21.3% 21.1% 8.3% 3.2% 3.5%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.1% 0.1% 0.0%
Pass-through 4.0% 4.7% 61.0% 84.5% 81.1%
All other expenses 11.5% 12.3% 3.2% 1.7% 2.0%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $936,861 $971,615 $2,193,286 $5,986,801 $5,802,994
One month of savings $75,958 $79,077 $181,462 $497,686 $481,888
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $150,000 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $0 $55,497 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $1,012,819 $1,050,692 $2,374,748 $6,689,984 $6,284,882

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 5.1 5.4 3.7 1.2 1.3
Months of cash and investments 5.1 5.4 3.7 1.2 1.3
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 6.2 5.3 3.0 1.1 1.1
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $387,273 $429,336 $679,420 $621,146 $614,877
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Receivables $9,925 $14,827 $20,714 $37,665 $6,657
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $171,466 $158,194 $161,029 $210,811 $188,608
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 66.6% 75.3% 82.1% 66.9% 68.2%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 7.9% 8.4% 23.3% 6.4% 19.6%
Unrestricted net assets $526,933 $454,364 $547,002 $592,623 $589,948
Temporarily restricted net assets $100,786 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 $100,786 $153,641 $149,915 $255,268 $173,826
Total net assets $627,719 $608,005 $696,917 $847,891 $763,774

Key data checks

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


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

Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Executive Director

Barbara Blalock

In 2004, Barbara was visiting a 2nd grade classroom. The teacher asked her students to get out a piece of paper and pencil. Barbara watched as a little 7 year old student named Sandy walked up to the teacher and gave her a shoe. The teacher quickly gave Sandy a pencil. After class, Barbara asked the teacher why Sandy had to give her a shoe for the pencil, the teacher said because she didn’t have enough pencils, and this way she knew she would get her pencil back because Sandy wouldn’t leave without her shoe. That day, Barbara knew she needed to do something so that students didn’t have to give up their shoe for a pencil. Barbara started Treasures 4 Teachers a “Creative Reuse Center” specifically catered to teachers to get the supplies they need for free and low cost so their students can be successful. Today it is thriving in a 12,000 square foot facility in Tempe, Arizona. And has grown to include a second location in the Pendegast School District Office.

Director of Development

Christopher Cordes

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

Treasures 4 Teachers

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Treasures 4 Teachers

Board of directors
as of 05/07/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board chair

Kami Galvani

Steptoe & Johnson LLP

Term: 2019 -

John Kelly

Triadvocates, LLC

Al Nelson

Retired - Target

Chris Janick

Salt River Project

Karen Nowicki

Phoenix Business RadioX

Kami Galvani

Steptoe & Johnson, LLP

Dave Smith

Retired - Kids In Need Foundation

Kelly Greene

SciTech Institute

Scott Archibald

Arizona Public Service

Victoria Gruwell

Intel Corporation

Xavier Gonzalez

Desert Edge High School

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 5/7/2024

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
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/27/2023

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

  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • 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 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.