Human Services

BAKE ME HOME

  • Cincinnati, OH
  • www.bakemehome.org

Mission Statement

Bake Me Home is a charitable organization dedicated to promoting volunteerism and encouraging shared family experiences for those in crisis.

Main Programs

  1. Tote Bag Program
  2. Picture Me Home Program
  3. Bake Me BACK Home
  4. Bake It Forward

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ruling year

2009

chief executive for fy 2008

Alison Lynn Bushman

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Keywords

Cincinnati, Ohio, Clermont, Hamilton, Butler, Warren, homeless families and children, foster care, domestic violence, youth and adult volunteer opportunities, portraits, cookies for troops/military

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EIN

01-0905033

Physical Address

1623 Burney Lane

Cincinnati, 45230

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Gift Distribution (P58)

Other Youth Development N.E.C. (O99)

Nonmonetary Support N.E.C. (L19)

IRS Filing Requirement

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

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Impact statement

Collectively our programs have effectively worked to fulfill the first part of our mission, promoting volunteerism. Last year alone we had more than 736 volunteers (starting at age 4) volunteer at 181 of our events. The second half of our mission, to encourage shared family experiences for those in crisis, has been addressed in many ways through our programs, resulting in the distribution of more than 2,500 tote bags, more than 1,100 portraits, and more than 15,000 cookies to military members.

Programs

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

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Program 1

Tote Bag Program

Our Tote Bag Program provides "Bake Me Home Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix," baking supplies, toothbrushes & toothpaste, a family cookbook, and a Kroger Grocery Store gift card to families from many local agencies.  We serve homeless and battered women's shelters, a transitional family housing center, local food pantries, and kids in foster care.  The purpose this program is to provide struggling families with a fun shared experience that may not otherwise have an opportunity to enjoy.

Category

Youth Development

Budget

28,904

Population Served

Homeless

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Program 2

Picture Me Home Program

Our Picture Me Home Program provides 5x7 portraits on the spot to shelter and food pantry families!  We own all of our photography equipment and printer and receive donated 5x7 picture frames.  We work with volunteers and professional photographers to take portraits of disadvantaged families.

Category

Youth Development

Budget

$2,204.00

Population Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Program 3

Bake Me BACK Home

We have three parts to this program. The first serves our troops overseas by sending care packages of four dozen of our homemade chocolate chip cookie. The second provides coikies as dessert for verterans on Tri-State Honor Flights. The third makes weekly cookie deliveries for wounded and sick veterans getting treatment at the Cincinnati VA Medical Center, and staying at Fisher House.

Category

Public, Society Benefit

Budget

$2,977.00

Population Served

Military/Veterans

Military/Veterans

None

Program 4

Bake It Forward

A summer service grant program designed to encourage kids in grade 1-8 to be creative and get involved volunteering in their community. Kids do a service project for a non-profit organization, and then apply for a chance to win a $100 grant for their chosen organization.

Category

Philanthropy, Voluntarism & Grantmaking

Budget

$1,132.00

Population Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

None

Charting Impact

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  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    1. To encourage people of all ages to volunteer, and provide activities for inter-generational volunteering.
    2. To enable families in crisis to spend fun, quality time together.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    1. Provide structured volunteer events open to the public
    2. Distribute tote bags filled with homemade cookie mix, baking supplies & grocery store gift cards to families utilizing homeless & domestic violence shelters, food pantries, and foster care services
    3. Provide free 5x7 portraits to families utilizing homeless & domestic violence shelters, food pantries, and foster care services
    4. Send cookies to military members serving overseas, and local veterans and their families receiving treatment at the VA Medical Center
    5. Run all administrative and fundraising activities with volunteers
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    Our generous donor base and more than 700 volunteers provide all of the programming, fundraising, and administrative support needed to fulfill our mission.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Our program and revenue goals are measured very carefully, and have been exceeded every year. In addition, the number of families that we serve, and volunteers who support us, have continued to grow each year.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    We have met each of our goals. We have moved into a new building, built a kitchen, established a reserve fund (that we will continue to grow), increased our number of volunteers, and increased the number served in each of our programs.

Social Media

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@bakemehomegirls

Funding Needs

We would like to continue to expand our Tote Bag Program.  Additional funding could easily increase our bag distributions without increasing our adminstrative and fundraising costs.  Each Tote Bag costs approximately $35 (including the $20 Kroger grocery store gift card).

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Operations

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BAKE ME HOME

Leadership

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CHIEF EXECUTIVE FOR FISCAL YEAR

Alison Lynn Bushman

BIO

Alison helped her twin daughters found Bake Me Home in 2008. She is originally from Silver Spring, MD and is a graduate of West Virginia Wesleyan College. She has a degree in Psychology and Business and worked in vocational rehabilitation prior to staying home with her daughters. Alison also serves on the Duke Energy Children's Museum Advisory Board, is a member of the Junior League of Cincinnati, and is the Chair of the Alpha Xi Delta Beta Sigma Alumnae Advisory Board.

STATEMENT FROM THE CEO

"As the President of Bake Me Home, and the mother of our Co-Founders, I am obviously very passionate about our organization.  What started out as just encouraging my daughters' idea has grown into a full-time volunteer position for me.  I am touched constantly by the opportunities we are given to impact the lives of other moms and kids who are struggling.  Other than raising my girls, it's the most rewarding job I have ever had.  I also feel blessed that Bake Me Home has given us a venue for others to come and volunteer, particularly young children.  I feel strongly that people of all ages can, and should, help others in their community.  I'm honored that we provide a place for kids as young as four to start learning that lesson.  The support that we receive from volunteers in our community means the world to me.  With no paid staff members, we certainly couldn't do this alone!"

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Alison Bushman

Bake Me Home

Term: Sept 2014 - Sept 2016

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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Yes

BOARD ORIENTATION & 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 & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

No

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

No

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?


ORGANIZATIONAL DEMOGRAPHICS

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Gender
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Race & Ethnicity
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Sexual Orientation

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Disability
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