The Cradle Foundation

aka The Cradle   |   Evanston, IL   |  https://www.cradlefoundation.org/

Mission

The Cradle Foundation was created in 2003 to raise and manage funds in support of the Cradle Society. With integrity and transparency, the Foundation cultivates and stewards relationships with Cradle donors, and expertly manages the agency’s investment portfolio. Our goal is to help sustain The Cradle’s exemplary programs and services and further its mission: "With our deep history in adoption as our foundation, The Cradle advances the well-being of children by compassionately delivering exceptional education, guidance and lifelong support to build, preserve and strengthen their families."

Ruling year info

2003

President

Ms. Kimberley C. Perez

Main address

2049 Ridge Avenue

Evanston, IL 60201 USA

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EIN

45-0506764

NTEE code info

Adoption (P31)

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

As a nonprofit child welfare and adoption agency, The Cradle centers its services and programs around protecting and advancing the well-being of vulnerable children whose parents are considering their options, including the choice of adoption. In addition, The Cradle provides lifelong support to all members of the adoption circle – the adopted person, the birth parent(s) and family member(s), the adoptive parent(s) and family member(s), professional service providers, as well as the community that supports the aforementioned peoples.

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?

The Cradle Foundation

The Cradle Foundation, a distinct yet interdependent 501(c)(3) Type I supporting organization, raises funds from individuals, foundations and corporations in support of The Cradle's adoption programs and services, and manages the agency's investments.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Accreditations

Illinois Department of Children & Family Services Licensed Adoption Agency 2018

Hague Accredidation 2018

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of volunteers

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Population(s) Served

No target populations selected

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Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of grants received

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Population(s) Served

No target populations selected

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Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of new donors

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

No target populations selected

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Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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

The Cradle Foundation aims to financially support the efforts of The Cradle Society, a nonprofit adoption and child welfare agency and their efforts to support, educate, and provide awareness to those that are touched by adoption in addition to providing quality care in a nurturing environment for those who need the services of our Nursery.

The Cradle’s strategies for accomplishing the aforementioned are multi-fold and include a multi-disciplinary professional staff to execute the following:
• Advancement of Philanthropic Support to Agency
o Routine communication with donors about agency’s current and future plans
o Development of regional ambassador program to engage alumni populations living across the nation
o Engagement of volunteers and agency champions to reach new support audiences
o Delivery of comprehensive fundraising and connection events to engage support audiences

• Support
o Options counseling for those facing unplanned pregnancies
o Clinical counseling and post-adoption support for those touched by adoption
o Sayers Center for African American Adoption program
o Home study preparation and review for individuals/couples/families wishing to adopt a child domestically and/or internationally
o Nurturing around the clock care by nurses and nurse aides for children under six months of age whose parents are considering their options, including adoption
o Coordination of medical care for children entrusted to the care of the nursery including routine wellness checkups and additional medical care as prescribed by physician(s)

• Educate
o In-person education for individuals/couples/families preparing for adoption
o Online education through the agency’s proprietary online platform that is delivered to clients The Cradle is working with as well as with
agencies that contract these services
o Post-adoption education that addresses complex societal issues faced by families brought together through adoption (i.e. Our Children
Initiative)

• Awareness
o Continuing education courses for social worker and medical community
o Partnerships with community organizations that often encounter families and/or individuals touched by adoption
o Collaborating with agencies providing wraparound supports for birth parent populations such as WIC
o Planning and execution of engaging fundraising events that highlight the impact of the work that is done by The Cradle
o Planning and execution of community connection events that provide lifelong support to members of the Cradle community that have been brought together by adoption
o Delivery of marketing channels to reach and meet adoption circle audiences

The Cradle is a nonprofit agency that has been at the forefront of adoption for almost 100 years. The organization is well positioned to support the needs of individuals, families, other agencies, and the community at-large today and into the future as it has done since opening its doors in 1923 with adoption-competent staff members who help lead all programs and initiatives.

Over the past two-years, The Cradle has developed and implemented a strategic plan that provides for a more sustainable future through building and deepening relationships, strengthening internal systems, and refreshing the agency brand. During this time frame, The Cradle has accomplished the following:
• Pay down of more than $1M in long-term debt
• Decreased cost per dollar raised from over $2 per dollar to less than $0.50
• Reorganization of agency’s services to ensure streamlined and effective communication with intended audiences
• Re-engagement of relationships with lapsed donors
• Attainment of Hague Accreditation for the delivery of services for international home studies by parents preparing to adopt children internationally
• 100% pass rate on state inspection of childcare/nursery services
• Placement of over 100 children as part of domestic placement program
• Placement of seven children as part of international home study program
• Provided nurturing nursery services for a total of 2,895 nursery days
• Answered the inquiries from more than 1,100 individuals/couples who were facing an unplanned pregnancy and were considering their options
• Development of a business plan and execution of an online education platform
• Implementation of robust education topics and programs including the Our Children Initiative – a program that addresses complex societal topics in a round table format, topics have included “Raising Black Boys,” “The Color of Education,” and more
• Awarded over 1,000 Continuing Education Unit certifications in adoption-competent subject matters to the social worker and medical professional community

Financials

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Operations

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

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The Cradle Foundation

Board of directors
as of 8/17/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Joel Solomon

Rothschild Investment Corp.

Term: 2018 - 2021

Phyllis Thomas

Retired Manager, First National Bank of Chicago

Therese Fauerbach

The Northridge Group

Joel Solomon

Rothschild Investment Corp.

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and 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 and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes