Human Services

BAKE ME HOME

  • Cincinnati, OH
  • www.bakemehome.org

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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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Service Areas

Self-reported

Ohio

Ohio - Greater Cincinnati area, currently including Hamilton, Clermont, Warren and Butler Counties

ruling year

2009

Principal Officer since 2008

Self-reported

Alison Lynn Bushman

Keywords

Self-reported

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

Notes from the Nonprofit

Our financials are unusual for 2012-2014 due to the renovation of our new building, and construction of a kitchen. It should also be noted that in addition to being an all volunteer staff, our revenue and expenses included $13,395 of in-kind donations.

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EIN

01-0905033

 Number

7004924829

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?

Overview

Self-reported by organization

Collectively our programs have effectively worked to fulfill the first part of our mission, promoting volunteerism. Last year alone we had more than 797 volunteers (starting at age 4) volunteer at 176 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 3,500 tote bags, more than 1,300 portraits, and more than 20,000 cookies to military members.

Programs

Self-reported by organization

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

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 domestic violence 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

Population(s) Served

Homeless

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

35,347.27

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

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

3342.93

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

Population(s) Served

Military/Veterans

Military/Veterans

None

Budget

5208.98

Program 4

Bake It Forward

The newly redesigned program challenges kids of all ages to help us make the world a better place, one good deed at a time! Participants complete a series of good deeds on our Bake It Forward Challenge Card, and in return receive two jars of Bake Me Homecookie mix; one to keep and one to give as a gift!

Category

Youth Development

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

None

Budget

2267.04

Results

Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one. These quantitative program results are self-reported by the organization, illustrating their committment to transparency, learning, and interest in helping the whole sector learn and grow.

1. Number of volunteers

Target Population
No target populations selected

Connected to a Program?
n/a
TOTALS BY YEAR
Context notes for this metric
This number just reflects volunteers that attend official events, and does not include all of the volunteers who regularly assist with administrative, programming, & fundraising needs in our building

2. Number of public events held to further mission

Target Population
No target populations selected

Connected to a Program?
n/a
TOTALS BY YEAR
Context notes for this metric
Fundraisers and speaking engagements that promoted our mission

3. Number of free portraits provided to children and families in crisis

Target Population
Children and youth (0-19 years), Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people, Homeless people

Connected to a Program?
Picture Me Home Program
TOTALS BY YEAR
Context notes for this metric
Numbers are all for program fiscal years beginning with the year listed

4. Number of families in crisis provided with free Bake Me Home Tote Bags

Target Population
Children and youth (0-19 years), Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people, Homeless people

Connected to a Program?
Tote Bag Program
TOTALS BY YEAR
Context notes for this metric
Numbers are all for program fiscal years beginning with the year listed

5. Number of Bake Me Home cookies provided to veterans and active duty military members

Target Population
Military personnel, Veterans

Connected to a Program?
Bake Me BACK Home
TOTALS BY YEAR
Context notes for this metric
Numbers are all for program fiscal years beginning with the year listed

6. Fundraising Revenue

Target Population
No target populations selected

Connected to a Program?
n/a
TOTALS BY YEAR
Context notes for this metric
Numbers are all for fiscal years beginning with the year listed

Charting Impact

Self-reported by organization

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

  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, local veterans and their families receiving treatment at the VA Medical Center, and veterans visiting memorials on Tri-State Honor Flights.
    5. Run all administrative and fundraising activities with volunteers and one part time Office Manager
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    Our incredible network of more than 700 volunteers provide programming, fundraising, and administrative support needed to fulfill our mission. With additional funding we could easily increase our program numbers, and impact on the community.
  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 small reserve fund, increased our number of volunteers, and increased the number served in each of our programs.
Service Areas

Self-reported

Ohio

Ohio - Greater Cincinnati area, currently including Hamilton, Clermont, Warren and Butler Counties

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Financials

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Operations

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

BAKE ME HOME

Leadership

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Principal Officer

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 Cincinnati History Museum Advisory Board, the Board of Directors of the Junior League of Cincinnati, and is the Vice President of the Corporation Board of Alpha Xi Delta, Beta Sigma.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"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.  "

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Alison Bushman

Bake Me Home

Term: Sept 2014 - Sept 2018

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
This organization reports that it does not collect this information for Volunteers.
Race & Ethnicity
This organization reports that it does not collect this information for Volunteers.
Sexual Orientation

This organization reports that it does not collect this information for Board Members and Volunteers.

Disability

This organization reports that it does not collect this information for Board Members and Volunteers.

Diversity Strategies
No
We track retention of staff, board, and volunteers across demographic categories
No
We track income levels of staff, senior staff, and board across demographic categories
No
We track the age of staff, senior staff, and board
No
We track the diversity of vendors (e.g., consultants, professional service firms)
No
We have a diversity committee in place
No
We have a diversity manager in place
No
We have a diversity plan
No
We use other methods to support diversity
Diversity notes from the nonprofit
We have a very small board whose primary diversity currently consists of including children. For years we were all female board (not intentionally), we have made efforts to recruit two men to the board. We will continue to work towards having a board that is racially diverse. Although we do not track it, our volunteers are extremely diverse in all areas (age, race, sexual orientation, ability levels). There is a place for everyone here.