Awards and Recognition

Cradles to Crayons began with the vision of one individual who was determined to make a difference in the world. Today, the Cradles to Crayons community has grown to include thousands of young people and adults — working together to make a difference in the lives of hundreds of thousands of children each year. The work we are fortunate to do is a reward in itself. But it’s always a good feeling to be recognized among our peers, by our neighbors, and by the community at largeRead more of our stories >

Phyllis Yale IMPACT Award

Cradles to Crayons is known for paying it forward. Named in honor of Phyllis Yale, an active catalyst in our growth and development for more than a decade, we created and present this $10,000 grant to recognize and support the work of other organizations in our community that meet our IMPACT criteria. We congratulate our first winner!

2015 Winner: Economic Mobility Pathways – Empath

INNOVATIVE • MEASURED • PARTNER-ORIENTED & COLLABORATIVE • ACCOUNTABLE • COMMITTED • TRANSFORMATIVE

Awards Received

2013 Lewis Hine Professional Service Award

CEO Lynn Margherio was honored to be a recipient of the 2013 Lewis Hine Professional Service Award from the National Child Labor Committee for her leadership of Cradles to Crayons.

2013 Community Partner of the Year Award

Cradles to Crayons was chosen as the recipient of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts’ “Community Partner of the Year Award” for our outstanding work with the BlueCrew.

Project 351

Chosen by Massachusetts Governor, Deval Patrick, to host his inaugural Project 351 event — a day of public service with 8th Grade representatives from each of Massachusetts’ 351 cities and towns.

Extraordinary Community Leader

CEO Lynn Margherio was honored by the Boston Business Journal as an Extraordinary Community Leader.

Neighborhood Builder Award

Recognized as an innovative grassroots organization and received the esteemed Neighborhood Builder Award from Bank of America.

Partnership of the Year

Lynn Margherio was honored by the Boston Celtics as a “Hero Among Us” for her work as the Founder & CEO of Cradles to Crayons.

“Hero Among Us”

Lynn Margherio was honored by the Boston Celtics as a “Hero Among Us” for her work as the Founder & CEO of Cradles to Crayons.