Youth Development

Wildflower Camp Foundation, Inc.

  • Lexington, MA
  • www.wildflowercampfoundation.org

Mission Statement

Wildflower is dedicated to serving children and families who have experienced the loss of a parent. By providing the gift of camp and enrichment opportunities for children and consistent support and respite for parents, families are able to strengthen their resilience and create positive opportunities for the future.

Main Programs

  1. Wildflower Scholarship Program

Sign in or create an account to view revenue data

Service Areas

Self-reported

Massachusetts

Wildflower serves bereaved children and families in the Greater Boston and surrounding area. As of now, our scholarship recipients have lived in the following communities: Brookline, Cambridge, Canton, Dorchester, Framingham, Franklin, Jamaica Plain, Lowell, Medford, Melrose, Natick, Needham, Newton, Northborough, Reading, Roslindale, Stow, Waltham, Wellesley, Woburn. However, we are committed to working with a diverse population from inner-city, suburban and rural areas. We serve all areas of Boston and the surrounding areas out to I495.

ruling year

2005

Principal Officer since 2004

Self-reported

Ms. Cyndi Jones

Keywords

Self-reported

camp, summer camp, campership, scholarship, bereavement, grief and loss, single parents

Sign in or create an account to view Form(s) 990 for 2014, 2014 and 2013.
Register now

EIN

20-1224412

 Number

4012367643

Also Known As

Wildflower

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (O01)

Raising & Fund Distribution (Pun)

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

Top 5 Accomplishments in 2016Increased the number of Wildflower campers we served in 2016 as we have each year since our inceptionIncreased fundraising capacity through affiliation with the Rodman Ride leading to meeting fundraising goals for 2015Completed review by outside consulting group of our strategic plan leading to programmatic and structural recommendations and changesSignificantly increased camper funding through synergistic collaboration with participating camps and outside funding organizationsImproved direct service to our families by refining of our family liaison policies and procedures Top 5 Goals for 2017Increase in the number of children we will serve while maintaining the high quality of services and long term support we provide.Increase the organization's financial viability through donor participation in our Sponsor a camper Program and increased participation in the Rodman RideIncrease in grant fundingIncrease in organization's capacity with additional volunteer talent and expertise and enhanced organizational structureIncrease in diversity of the families we serve and our volunteers

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

Wildflower Scholarship Program

Wildflower gives the gift of summer camp, as well as support services as needed, to children and teens who have experienced the loss of a parent. They include underprivileged families from the inner city and middle class working families who cannot afford camp fees. We do not discriminate based on race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, nationality or culture. The program funds as many families as possible within our financial limits. The challenges our families face are often hidden from view. Due to the chaos of day-to-day life, emotional trauma, and overwhelming financial struggles, these families can be in crisis more than it may appear. Most importantly, they may be too overwhelmed to reach out for the help that will enable them to cope during this difficult time. For their children, the camp experience of carefree summer days, the comfort of friends and mentors, and a break from a life in turmoil is an invaluable and transformative experience.

Category

Human Services, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)

Other Named Groups

Budget

$87,569.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

Massachusetts

Wildflower serves bereaved children and families in the Greater Boston and surrounding area. As of now, our scholarship recipients have lived in the following communities: Brookline, Cambridge, Canton, Dorchester, Framingham, Franklin, Jamaica Plain, Lowell, Medford, Melrose, Natick, Needham, Newton, Northborough, Reading, Roslindale, Stow, Waltham, Wellesley, Woburn. However, we are committed to working with a diverse population from inner-city, suburban and rural areas. We serve all areas of Boston and the surrounding areas out to I495.

Funding Needs

Wildflower Camp Foundation's most pressing needs: Additional funding to increase the number of campers we fund and to increase the capacity of our organizationOngoing support by donors to insure our long-term support of campers through the Sponsor -a-Camper Program (see our website)Additional volunteer support of our program through participation on a standing committee or BoardIncrease in the number of qualified professionals who will donate their time and expertise to work directly with our families or the organization at largeBike riders to participate in the Rodman Ride for Kids, our biggest fundraising event of the year Wildflower is the only organization in the greater Boston area that attends to the special needs of bereaved families through the gift of camp. In order to maintain our unique services, Wildflower is seeking to create a more fiscally stable organization, with a more efficient and effective infrastructure that will support a growing number of long-term commitments to our families. A stronger infrastructure including increased staffing of our Family Liaison volunteers - a group of trained human services professionals - would continue to provide high-quality and long-lasting benefits to our families. Every year, Wildflower receives more applications from new families dealing with the trauma of loss. Our challenge is to increase our fundraising revenue so we can, in turn, increase the number of families we support. Wildflower is seeking funds to help us respond to the unusually high number of applications we received in 2016. This funding will enable us to accept more campers next year as well as support them into the future.

photos


External Reviews

Source: greatnonprofits.org

The review section is powered by Great Nonprofits

Financials

Financial information is an important part of gauging the short- and long-term health of the organization.

Sign in or create an account to view assets data

NEED MORE INFO ON THIS NONPROFIT?

Free: Gain immediate access to the following:
  • Address, phone, website and contact information
  • Forms 990 for 2014, 2014 and 2013
  • Board Chair and Board Members
  • Access to the GuideStar Community
Get all this now for free
Need the ability to download nonprofit data and more advanced search options? Consider a Premium or Pro Search subscription.

Operations

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

Wildflower Camp Foundation, Inc.

Leadership

NEED MORE INFO ON THIS NONPROFIT?

Free: Gain immediate access to the following:
  • Address, phone, website and contact information
  • Forms 990 for 2014, 2014 and 2013
  • Board Chair and Board Members
  • Access to the GuideStar Community
Need the ability to download nonprofit data and more advanced search options? Consider a Premium or Pro Search subscription.

Principal Officer

Ms. Cyndi Jones

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Ms. Cyndi Jones

Private Psychotherapy Practice

Term: June 2004 -

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

GuideStar worked with BoardSource, the national leader in nonprofit board leadership and governance, to create this section, which enables organizations and donors to transparently share information about essential board leadership practices. Self-reported by organization


RESPONSE NOT PROVIDED

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?


RESPONSE NOT PROVIDED

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?


RESPONSE NOT PROVIDED

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

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


RESPONSE NOT PROVIDED

BOARD COMPOSITION

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


RESPONSE NOT PROVIDED

BOARD PERFORMANCE

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