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Cakeable Charlotte

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Cakeable Charlotte

EIN: 83-4376823


Mission

Our mission is to empower people, businesses, and communities to achieve their fullest potential through inclusive work environments. Cakeable is a nonprofit workforce development program for adults who live with intellectual and developmental disabilities. We offer vocational training opportunities in our bakery and the Cakeable Cafe (coming 2024!) We envision joyfully inclusive communities where EVERY PERSON has the opportunity to experience their God-given value and express their abilities and purpose!

Ruling year info

2019

Co-founder and instructor

Renee H Ratcliffe

Main address

6716 Ironkettle Road

Charlotte, NC 28270 USA

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EIN

83-4376823

Subject area info

Special population support

Population served info

People with intellectual disabilities

People with learning disabilities

NTEE code info

Services to Promote the Independence of Specific Populations (P80)

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

Cakeable aims to solve the employment gap for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Charlotte. The program's Bakery and Cafe provide vocational training opportunities, teaching specific job skills and soft skills for successful employment. By doing so, Cakeable aims to empower individuals to become self-advocates, inspire and uplift them, help achieve their dreams, and integrate into the community with confidence and purpose.

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?

Bakery Training

The Bakery Training program at Cakeable is designed to provide students with the skills and knowledge they need to become successful bakers. The program includes both classroom instruction and hands-on training in a professional bakery setting.

Population(s) Served

Cakeable's Bakery Production program offers students the opportunity to gain real-world experience working in a commercial bakery. Students will learn to produce a wide variety of baked goods, including cakes, pastries, breads, and more.

Population(s) Served

The Cafe Program at Cakeable is focused on providing students with the skills they need to work in a fast-paced cafe environment. The program includes training in customer service, food preparation, and barista skills, as well as experience working in a real cafe.

Population(s) Served

Cakeable's Community Outreach program is focused on helping students find employment after they complete their training. The program includes job placement services and networking opportunities, as well as ongoing support for graduates as they begin their careers in the food service industry.

Population(s) Served
People with intellectual disabilities
People with learning disabilities
People with intellectual disabilities
People with learning disabilities
People with intellectual disabilities
People with learning disabilities
People with intellectual disabilities
People with learning disabilities

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.

Total number of grants awarded

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

People with disabilities, Unemployed people

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of trainees successfully carrying out desired practices at least once to appropriate problems

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

People with disabilities, Unemployed people

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

24 Student Employees added to Cakeable's employment and training program in 2023!

Number of community events or trainings held and attendance

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Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

People with disabilities

Related Program

Community Outreach

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Cakeable actively participated in numerous community events, markets, and festivals, including the Global Diversity and Inclusion Conference at Bank of America and Coca Cola Global Diversity Day.

Number of organizational partners

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

People with disabilities, Unemployed people

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Partnerships andRevenue Boost: Catalyst Coffee Bars at CPCC campuses became wholesale partners, contributing to weekly deliveries of breakfast cookies, scones, and brownies, enhancing revenue.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

Cakeable aims to solve the employment gap for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Charlotte. The program's Bakery and Cafe provide vocational training opportunities, teaching specific job skills and soft skills for successful employment. By doing so, Cakeable aims to empower individuals to become self-advocates, inspire and uplift them, help achieve their dreams, and integrate into the community with confidence and purpose.
Cakeable aims to empower individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities by providing them with specialized vocational training opportunities through their Bakery and Cafe programs. The program aims to teach specific job skills and soft skills for successful employment, and create a positive impact by providing repeatable processes, customer-facing experience, and building relationships with employers to develop accessible environments. By doing so, Cakeable aims to bridge the employment gap in Charlotte, inspire and uplift individuals, help them achieve their dreams, and integrate into the community with confidence and purpose.

Cakeable has several strategies to achieve its sustainable goal of decent work and economic growth. One of the key strategies is to provide vocational training opportunities to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities through its Bakery and Cafe programs. These programs aim to teach specific job skills and soft skills that will enable individuals to become self-advocates and bridge the employment gap in Charlotte.

Cakeable also prioritizes precise, recipe-driven processes and provides customer-facing experience through retail activities. This approach combines hands-on learning in commercial baking and Cafe retail with soft skills development. The organization's proven process has been successful in empowering individuals with personal and professional growth, leaving them with not only technical skills but also increased confidence for workplace success.

The organization has also secured grant support from Mecklenburg County Government, State Employees Credit Union, and Coca Cola Consolidated for workforce development programs and organizational development. This funding has enabled Cakeable to expand its Bakery operations to the newly refurbished Sweet Spot Studio kitchen and add morning hours for new student employees. Construction on the Cakeable Cafe has also begun, which will create additional employment opportunities.

Cakeable has also established partnerships with Catalyst Coffee Bars at CPCC campuses, which has become a wholesale partner, contributing to weekly deliveries of breakfast cookies, scones, and brownies, enhancing revenue. The organization has also actively participated in numerous community events, markets, and festivals, generating community support and increasing its market presence.

Furthermore, Cakeable has made strategic hiring decisions, bringing in key managerial hires who have been instrumental in supporting team growth and establishing connections with potential employment partners. The organization has also achieved successful fundraising, exceeding its fundraising goal at the Stars Under the Stars Benefit, providing vital support for the Cakeable Cafe.

In summary, Cakeable has a multi-faceted approach that combines vocational training, partnerships, fundraising, and strategic hiring to achieve its sustainable goal of decent work and economic growth.

Cakeable has several capabilities that enable it to meet its goals effectively. Firstly, Cakeable has a team of experienced and dedicated professionals who are committed to the organization's mission of empowering individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The team includes vocational training program managers, cafe managers, and expert bakers who are proficient in their respective areas of specialization.

Secondly, Cakeable has developed specialized programs, including the Bakery and Cafe programs, which provide vocational training opportunities and teach specific job skills and soft skills for successful employment. These programs have a proven process that combines hands-on learning in commercial baking and Cafe retail with soft skills development. The organization prioritizes precise, recipe-driven processes and provides customer-facing experience through retail activities.

Thirdly, Cakeable has established partnerships with various organizations, including Catalyst Coffee Bars at CPCC campuses, which has become a wholesale partner, contributing to weekly deliveries of breakfast cookies, scones, and brownies, enhancing revenue. The organization has also participated in numerous community events, markets, and festivals, generating community support and increasing its market presence.

Fourthly, Cakeable has secured grant support from various organizations, including Mecklenburg County Government, State Employees Credit Union, and Coca Cola Consolidated for workforce development programs and organizational development. This funding has enabled Cakeable to expand its Bakery operations and create additional employment opportunities.

Finally, Cakeable has a sustainable business model that focuses on providing repeatable processes, customer-facing experience, and building relationships with employers to develop accessible environments. The organization strives to inspire and uplift individuals, helping them achieve their dreams and integrate into the community with confidence and purpose.

Overall, Cakeable's capabilities, including its experienced team, specialized programs, partnerships, funding, and sustainable business model, enable the organization to meet its goals effectively and make a positive impact on the community.

Cakeable has accomplished a lot so far. They have secured grants from Mecklenburg County Government, the State Employees Credit Union (SECU), and Coca Cola Consolidated for workforce and organizational development, expanded their bakery operations to the newly refurbished Sweet Spot Studio kitchen, added morning hours for new student employees, and construction on the Cakeable Cafe began in November 2023.

Cakeable has also made significant progress in terms of partnerships and community engagement. They have established wholesale partnerships with Catalyst Coffee Bars at CPCC campuses, participated in numerous community events, markets, and festivals, including the Wells Fargo Championship Pro-Am and the Taco Dash SK, showcased their mission, and generated community support.

Looking forward, Cakeable has set ambitious goals for the years 2024-2027 and 2024-2031. They aim to expand and diversify their board, open the Cafe to provide vocational training and preparation to 25-30 adults with IDD, implement employee development activities, formalize and refine vocational training programs, expand their employment opportunities and bakery sales capacity by opening a second location for baking, and formulate and implement a diversified development strategy and marketing plan to further engage the community.

Cakeable also aims to train 1,000 students successfully in vocational programs by 2030, achieve a 60% employment rate for program graduates, establish 100 strong employment partnerships for Cakeable Charlotte graduates, enhance and adapt training programs to remain effective and relevant, expand Cakeable's reach as a recognized leader in inclusive employment and vocational training, foster inclusivity by accommodating individuals with diverse abilities and backgrounds, and ensure financial sustainability through diverse revenue streams and strategic resource management.

Financials

Cakeable Charlotte
Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

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Financial data

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Cakeable Charlotte

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

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Operations

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

Documents
Letter of Determination is not available for this organization
Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Co-founder and instructor

Renee H Ratcliffe

With Renee's teaching experience in special education and the Ratcliffe family's involvement in local and global disability organizations, Renee is passionate about maximizing every person's capabilities and creating inclusive communities. Renee holds a BA in Special Education from Furman University and a MA in Counseling from Gordon-Conwell Seminary. In addition to her years of experience baking for friends, family and large events, Renee formally received her ServSafe Manager Certification, completed a course in Bakery Business Fundamentals from Central Piedmont Community College, and received a People's Choice Award from the North Carolina chapter of the International Cake Exploration Society.

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Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

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Compensation
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Board of directors
as of 03/07/2024
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Board chair

John Ratcliffe

Marsh & McLennan Agency

David Hopper

Timothy P. Flavin

Ashley Speight

Charles Reitz

Jeanne Tourtellot

Andrew McCartney

Chris Hildreth

Rick Johnson

Christi Floyd

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/7/2024

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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

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Gender identity

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Transgender Identity

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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