Why Support Us?

Bring some sunshine into the life of a less-fortunate neighbor

When a family receives everyday essentials through Cradles to Crayons, they often send us a heartfelt thank you. Many times, we receive a drawing a child made especially for us — or photos that show a smiling child using what he or she received.

Whether it’s funds, goods, or time, your donations are put to exceptionally good use. That’s why Charity Navigator has recognized Cradles to Crayons as a Four-Star Charity for eight years and counting. It’s a tribute to the financial efficiency, accountability, and transparency we bring to what we do.

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Our volunteers prepare tens of thousands of customized KidPacks to distribute to local kids year-round. Your support will help us keep our highly efficient model running so we can continue to serve local children in need, while also providing a meaningful opportunity for families, companies and organizations to come together and give back to the community. Experience the very human responses that are inspired by our ongoing efforts.

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Your dollars go a long way with us

Our sound fiscal management and commitment to accountability and transparency have earned us a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator for 8 consecutive years. Only 2% of the more than 8,000 United States organizations rated by the nation’s largest independent charity evaluator achieve that mark.

A 4-star rating is considered “exceptional” by Charity Navigator, exemplifying organizations that “exceed industry standards and outperform most charities.” Their rating system has become a trusted standard that millions of donors rely upon to verify that their money is being handled by an organization efficiently and effectively. Donors know their funding is being used to fulfill an organization’s mission — in Cradles to Crayons’ case that is to provide as many children as possible with the everyday essentials they need.

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Dustin chose to fundraise for Cradles to Crayons as a part of his Mitzvah project, and raised more than $6,000. When asked why he chose Cradles to Crayons, Dustin said, “Ever since I was a baby, my mom and dad have donated to Cradles to Crayons. Cradles to Crayons is important to me and my family.”


Our Financials

Working through a network of hundreds of Service Partners, and supported by tens of thousands of volunteers, Cradles to Crayons now annually serves more than 245,000 children who live in low-income and homeless situations. Donors can be confident in our financial efficiency, accountability, and transparency.

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We work with over 60,000 families, individuals, community groups and companies to serve over 200,000 children every year. Your time is vital to getting children the everyday essentials they need. Select a location to inquire about volunteering below or learn about our Giving Corps.

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Make a one-time or recurring gift today or learn about other ways to give.

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You can help us get everyday essentials into the hands of children. We accept a wide range of donations for children of all ages, from newborn to age 12. We create and distribute packages that are hand-selected and filled with children's items. Host a drive today or learn about other ways to get involved.