WBZ Cares: Cradles to Crayons Is Highly Rated With a Charity Evaluator

BOSTON (CBS) — The WBZ Cares Campaign lasts for the entire month of September.

Each month, WBZ Newsradio 1030 tells the story of exactly what it’s for the city and highlights a organization.

For the month of September, WBZ profiles “Cradles to Crayons,” a Boston-based company which provides children from birth through age 12 with fundamental items — clothing shoes, school supplies and toys — that they need to thrive at home, at college, and sometimes. There are over 300,000 children ages 0-12 who live in low-income conditions in Massachusetts.

Cradles to Crayons continues to be given a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, the nation’s largest charity evaluator. They’ve won this rating.

“We’re pleased with this,” states Anne Bonner, the Manager of Development Operations at Cradles to Crayons. “Only two percent of the charities that work and enroll their results together with Charity Navigator accomplish this aim, which should give donors or people who are thinking of committing to us lots of confidence that we are accountable for our money,” Bonner says, “and that the money is going where people need it to proceed, to schedule support, which we are very transparent with our financials.”

Bonner says fundraising is a continuous requirement. “It’s hard, but we have a fantastic team here who actually work nicely together, and we’ve received excellent support, ” says Bonner. “We have grown so quickly since we have begun, and that is because so many families have responded to our working model of volunteering together as families and community groups, and businesses have been great as well.”

Since the “money woman” at Cradles to Crayons, Bonner claims contributions are always appreciated from everybody. “No gift is too small, no gift is too large,” says Bonner. “We’ve got lots of yearly partners that are helping people, and we have children sending us the money they made in their lemonade stand.”

If you’d like to learn more about Cradles to Crayons, or wish to make a donation, visit their website at cradlestocrayons.org.