Most Needed Items are immediate needs of children's essential items in our warehouse. The most prevalent out-of-stock items are new underwear & socks, pants, winter coats, and books.
Jennifer Case, Founder and President
Jennifer Case is the founder of Cradles to Crayons in Philadelphia. After received her BA from Middlebury College, Case spent two years at Bankers Trust. She then earned her MBA at the Tuck School. After completing her graduate studies, she went to work in Time-Warner’s magazine division, where she did marketing and business development for FORTUNE and Sports Illustrated for Kids. For the latter magazine, she managed a not-for-profit program that distributed the publication to 250,000 3rd- and 4th-graders in low-income areas across the country. In 2006, she founded the Philadelphia chapter of Cradles to Crayons.
Michal Smith, Executive Director
Following a B Sc. (Hons) in Applied Biology from London University Michal become a management trainee and executive coach at Harrods. After moving to the United States she co-founded Silicon Gallery Fine Art Prints which became one of the nation's leading large format fine art digital print making studios. Recruited as Executive Director for The Print Center in Philadelphia, to broaden her fundraising experience she moved to Project Forward Leap, whose budget increased from $1.6 to $2.6 million during her tenure. Combining those fundraising skills with her extensive managerial, marketing and production experience will support Cradles to Crayons in its next level of growth. Michal is a qualified Management Trainer and an adjunct Lecturer at the University of the Arts.