Arts, Culture, and Humanities

CHANGE FOR KIDS INC

  • New York, NY
  • www.changeforkids.org

Mission Statement

One school at a time, Change for Kids (CFK) rallies our community to provide a broad range of essential educational opportunities at under-resourced public elementary schools. By creating inspiring learning environments at our partner schools, CFK enables students to discover their unique strengths and develop the confidence to achieve.

Main Programs

  1. Story Pirates
  2. Museum Arts Residency
  3. Music
  4. FAN4Kids
  5. Chess
  6. Bubble EATS
  7. Bubble GROW
  8. One-on-One Literacy Tutoring
  9. Parent Workshops
Service Areas

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New York

CFK partners with New York City public elementary schools located in Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx, and Queens.

ruling year

1996

Principal Officer since 2009

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Colin Smith

Keywords

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kids, arts education, underprivileged, New York City, public schools, literacy, arts, music programs, educational opportunity, elementary school, classroom support, capacity building, partnership

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Also Known As

CFK

EIN

13-3886045

 Number

3994888178

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Arts Education/Schools (A25)

Other Art, Culture, Humanities Organizations/Services N.E.C. (A99)

Community Improvement, Capacity Building N.E.C. (S99)

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

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Through Change for Kids' support, our students are increasingly engaged in school, making strides in academic achievement, and developing 21st Century Skills such as creativity, communication, collaboration and critical thinking.

Programs

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

Program 1

Story Pirates

Creative writing program for schools' entire upper elementary grades.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

None

Budget

Program 2

Museum Arts Residency

Arts instruction and access through our partnership with the Children’s Museum of the Arts for students.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

Program 3

Music

A music program by Third Street Music School Settlement for students that teaches note placement, rhythm, time signatures and other key skills.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

Program 4

FAN4Kids

Fitness and nutrition classes for the students, plus guided recess.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

Program 5

Chess

Students learn the basics of this powerful game through a partnership with Chess NYC.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

Program 6

Bubble EATS

Nutrition education and programming for students, teachers, and parents.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

Program 7

Bubble GROW

Students learn the science behind how food grows by participating in indoor and outdoor gardening activities.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

Program 8

One-on-One Literacy Tutoring

Extra support for students struggling with reading and writing.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

Program 9

Parent Workshops

Held throughout the year to support parent engagement and education.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

Charting Impact

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

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    We believe a strong elementary school experience sets students on the path to college and career success. One school at a time, Change for Kids partners with exceptional elementary school leaders in low-income communities throughout NYC to provide targeted leadership, volunteer, and program support.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    o Strengthen leadership at schools
    o Provide enrichment opportunities
    o Promote a robust academic environment
    o Enhance community engagement
    o Improve physical conditions for learning
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    The CFK solution provides public elementary school leaders with the support and resources they need to create a more successful learning environment. The three core elements of CFK's program are:

    School Recruitment: CFK identifies schools in high-poverty NYC communities that have the potential and
    commitment to grow.

    Resource Partnerships: CFK leverages the abundant resources of communities, including local volunteers
    and evidence-based nonprofit programs, to support its network of public schools.

    School Management: CFK's scalable solution for connecting this pool of impactful resources with schools in-need is its award-winning “Change Team Model." An on-the-ground CFK School Manager builds strong relationships with the school community, enabling them to identify the school's unique needs, respond with resources tailored to meet those needs, and develop the school's capacity to meet its own needs.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Change for Kids measures impact outcomes such as: active engagement in schools, improvement of 21st Century Skills, and increased academic achievement.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    CFK has grown 40% per year over the past five years. Currently, the organization serves nearly 4,000 students in ten New York City public elementary schools. Over 93% of the students served live at or near the poverty level.

    Impact highlights include:

    o Attendance at CFK partner schools has increased an average of 110 basis points per school this year, equivalent to 5,400 additional days of school for CFK students.

    o The percentage of students meeting ELA literacy standards increased an average of 6.8% per CFK school for the most recent school year, outperforming the NYC average by more than 4x.

    o More than 92% of partner school teachers indicate that CFK resources have helped increase their students' 21st Century Skills of creativity, communication, collaboration and commitment.

    o A CFK partnership in 2016 provided each high-need school with an average annual value of more than $100,000 of additional programs, volunteers, and in-kind resources.
Service Areas

Self-reported

New York

CFK partners with New York City public elementary schools located in Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx, and Queens.

Social Media

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Funding Needs

Our programs — and the kids they support — cannot succeed without your generosity. Every donation, no matter how big or how small, can make a difference. Most of our funding comes from individuals like you; those who see the gap in opportunity and know that by pitching in we can bridge it together. We are committed to maximizing the benefit your contribution provides by partnering with New York City's highest poverty rate schools to determine their most pressing needs, identifying the best programs to meet those needs, and constantly evaluating performance. We maintain diligent oversight over the entire process to ensure the resources we provide reach the kids who need them most and that your contributions have a lasting impact.

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Financials

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CHANGE FOR KIDS INC
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

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CHANGE FOR KIDS INC

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Colin Smith

BIO

Colin Smith became CFK's Executive Director in 2009. The organization has flourished under his leadership, growing from four to 22 outstanding Board members, increasing support to our schools over 2,000% and adding nine new partner schools. He was previously a Vice President in the Direct Private Placements group at Atlantic-Pacific Capital. Prior to APC, he worked in Private Equity Placements at Banc of America Securities. Colin earned a B.S. in Finance from the University of Virginia.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Nicolas Koechlin

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