Cradles to Crayons (C2C) was founded in 2002, with the mission of providing children from birth through age 12, living in homeless or low-income situations, with the essential items they need to thrive - at home, at school and at play. C2C is at the cutting edge of volunteer management, and through its “Giving Factory” provides unique, hands-on opportunities for people to help other people. Headquartered in Boston, MA, C2C opened in Philadelphia in 2007 and in Chicago in 2016.
How Our Model Works: Cradles to Crayons collects new and nearly new children's items through grassroots community drives and corporate donations. Donations are then processed and packaged by volunteers and are distributed to disadvantaged children through a collaborative network of social service agencies and school partners. C2C supplies these items free of charge by engaging and connecting communities that have with communities that need.
Cradles to Crayons meets a critical need as many children 12 years old and younger live in low-income and/or homeless situations. These living conditions can have negative effects on self-esteem as poverty can lead to increased social and emotional behavioral challenges; it impacts early education since half of children living in poverty start 1st grade up to 2 years developmentally behind their peers; and safety may be compromised as children living in poverty have increased risk of injury.
While meeting the immediate needs of low-income children, Cradles to Crayons also sets a foundation for lasting change by providing meaningful, tangible volunteer opportunities to thousands of individuals and families and hundreds of corporations each year by organizing clothing collections, hosting fundraisers, or working in the "Giving Factory" warehouse.
Cradles to Crayons earned the highest possible rating from Charity Navigator for several consecutive years. Only 2% of charities rated have received this distinction, differentiating C2C from its peers, exemplifying the high standard of service at C2C, and indicating that C2C outperforms most other charities in America.
The Associate Director of Corporate Relations & Foundations (ADCRF) reports to the Director of Development in the Boston market. The ADCRF ensures that Cradles to Crayons meets our goals for strategic engagement by building and maintaining mutually beneficial partnerships with corporations that advance the goals of both Cradles to Crayons and the partnering organizations. He/she is responsible for the execution of Cradles to Crayons’ expanding corporate fundraising and engagement activities including program and event sponsorships and revenue-generating service events. Also, the ADCRF oversees Cradles to Crayons’ day-to-day corporate engagement programs and leads a cross-functional team to maximize corporate relationships for volunteer shifts, collection drives and other strategic relationship-building opportunities. Additionally, the ADCRF will help to ensure that C2C meets their foundation engagement objective by working closely with the Grants Writer to build and maintain relationships that advance the goals of C2C and the partnering organization. The ADCRF works well in an entrepreneurial, fast-paced and team-based environment to support the management of existing partnerships as well as the cultivation of new ones.
To accomplish his/her goals, the ADCRF manages a cross-functional team that includes the Grants Writer, the Corporate Relations Associate and the Corporate Relations Coordinator and insures that each team member is accountable for maintaining their own relationships and achieving their own annual established fundraising goals.
Model and lead a positive “One Cradles” culture, underpinned by Cradles’ Cultural Values and related behaviors.
Responsible for building MA corporate relationships. Accountable for achieving established revenue goals related to both.
Serve as a member of the Development Team and a key collaborator with the Community Engagement Team. Play a strategic role between these two departments and their overall fundraising and product collection strategies.
Manage the Boston Grant Writer (GW), ensuring timely submissions, and reporting and research of related grants. Work closely with the GW to ensure the execution of grant proposals and letters of inquiry to Foundations related to C2C’s signature programs, campaigns and events.
Actively collaborate with the Director of Operations regarding the product/inventory procurement process and strategy, building a strategic framework and provide content for outreach materials to meet Cradles to Crayons’ aggressive corporate goals in the areas of income, product acquisition, volunteering and new relationships.
Actively engage, steward and manage the existing portfolio of corporate relationships to maximize potential.
Lead and manage the Corporate Advisory Council (CAC) to engage and activate members to proactively work to achieve annual corporate fund-raising goals.
Lead cross-functional team to create a holistic approach to corporate relationships and increase our ability to maximize funding, in-kind product and volunteerism.
Manage the corporate development team including the Corporate Engagement Associate and the Corporate Engagement Coordinator, making hiring, firing, salary recommendations and performance management decisions related to these team members.
Work with the Marketing team to develop, market and socialize materials and program elements that define and promote C2C as a premium non-profit partner including customized days of service.
Lead and continue to grow C2C’s unique offerings including our “Service in a Box”, program with the aim to raise substantial income and meet key product needs of the organization, in conjunction with cross functional teams.
Contribute to new business development efforts by identifying and engaging prospective corporate partners through proactive outreach, leveraging C2C’s network and warehouse visits.
Lead corporate fundraising efforts for C2C’s Signature Ready for School Backpack-A-Thon initiative and event each year.
Solicit corporate support for C2C’s signature programs including Gear Up for Winter/Un-gala, and Spring Greening as well as other C2C’s events.
Optimize opportunities to position C2C as a thought and industry leader in high impact corporate engagement by maintaining level of current CSR research, and identifying other leadership, press, and speaking opportunities as appropriate in collaboration with the Marketing team.
Represent Cradles to Crayons at corporate and foundation events including galas, awards ceremonies, breakfasts, etc. in an effort to expand C2C’s network of support.
Support C2C’s senior leadership in cultivating and soliciting corporate and foundation donors both on a local and national level.
Attend C2C’s signature events and contribute to other departmental and organizational goals and activities as needed.
Participate in at least one volunteer shift in the Boston Giving Factory on a monthly basis.
Participate and actively contribute to organization-wide projects led by functional leaders in IT, Marketing and Finance as assigned. Work on special projects as requested.
Establish and meet aggressive fundraising objectives to meet the annual operating and capacity needs of C2C.
Develop and market Corporate Engagement framework and materials including Corporate Challenge, and customized service days.
Demonstrate ability to generate new business.
Increase and renew existing donor commitments.
Demonstrate ability to build, manage and inspire others toward development and organizational goals.
Demonstrate ability to work collaboratively and cooperatively with other C2C staff across markets as well as the C2C Board of Directors, Development Committee and Corporate Advisory Council.
Uphold high quality of customer service with all C2C’s stakeholders.
Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent experience) in Communications, Business, Organizational Development or other relevant field.
5+ years of professional experience in development; experience in Greater Boston corporate community preferred.
Strong written and oral communication skills. Strong presentation, negotiation and liaison skills are required.
Results-driven with a history of intentional cultivation, asking and stewardship skills.
Basic understanding of budgets and financial statements.
Orientation for creative problem-solving as well as identifying and developing strategic opportunities for expanded partnership.
Experience managing staff and the ability to facilitate collaboration and achieve results while working on multiple programs or projects.
Resourceful and entrepreneurial skills with the flexibility to work in a fast-paced environment as well as adaptability for changing circumstances.
Willing to work outside standard established business hours.
Excellent ability to prioritize and organize with strong attention to detail.
Demonstrate initiative, self-motivation and the ability to absorb new information rapidly.
Strong local network and knowledge of Massachusetts non-profit sector.
Strong commitment to Cradles to Crayons’ mission; Knowledge and understanding of relevant social issues.
Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite; familiarity with CRM systems such as Salesforce or Raiser’s Edge and research tools such as Foundation Directory or GrantStation.
DIVERSITY IS OUR STRENGTH:
Diversity and Inclusiveness are core values at Cradles to Crayons, and we continuously strive to be a team where everyone feels welcome and supported. It is the policy of Cradles to Crayons to provide equal employment opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information and/or any other protected characteristic under applicable law. Individuals from underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply.
This is a warehouse environment and normal changes in temperature are to be expected while working inside the warehouse or outside, on or around the loading dock. There are no hazardous or significantly unpleasant conditions.
In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, it is possible that requirements may be modified to reasonably accommodate disabled individuals. However, no accommodations will be made by Cradles to Crayons which may pose serious health or safety risks to the employee or others, or which impose undue hardships on the organization.
About Cradles to Crayons
ABOUT CRADLES TO CRAYONS: Cradles to Crayons (C2C) was founded in 2002, with the mission of providing children from birth through age 12, living in homeless or low-income situations, with the essential items they need to thrive - at home, at school and at play. C2C is at the cutting edge of volunteer management and has become the largest volunteer opportunity in the Boston area (where the organization is headquartered) providing unique, hands-on opportunities for people to help other people. How Our Model Works: Cradles to Crayons collects new and nearly new children's items through grassroots community drives and corporate donations. Donations are then processed and packaged by volunteers, and are distributed to disadvantaged children through a collaborative network of social service agencies and school partners. C2C supplies these items free of charge by engaging and connecting communities that have with communities that need. Cradles to Crayons meets a critical need as many children 12 years old and younger live in poverty-stricken situations. Their living conditions can have negative effects on their self-esteem as poverty can lead to behavioral, social and emotional problems...; their education as half of these children start 1st grade up to 2 years later than their peers; and their safety as they may live in more hazardous environments that can increase the risk of injury.While meeting the immediate needs of low-income children, Cradles to Crayons also sets a foundation for lasting change by providing meaningful, tangible volunteer opportunities to thousands of individuals and families and hundreds of corporations each year by organizing clothing collections, hosting a fundraiser, or working in The Giving Factory warehouse. Cradles to Crayons earned the highest possible rating from Charity Navigator for the sixth consecutive year. Only 4% of charities rated have received at least six consecutive 4-star evaluations, differentiating C2C from its peers and indicating that C2C outperforms most other charities in America.