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


Awards Received


      • Georgetown Entrepreneurship Alliance
        2018 GEA Entrepreneurial Excellence Awards – Best of Social Impact – Lynn Margherio
      • Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce
        Pinnacle Awards, Achievement in Management – Non-Profit – Lynn Margherio, Founder and CEO, Cradles to Crayons
      • Young Nonprofit Professionals Network – Chicago
        2018 Non-Profit of the Year – Cradles to Crayons
      • NUDM 2018 Primary Beneficiary – Chicago
        Northwestern University Dance Marathon beneficiary –


      • The SmartCEO Magazine’s Awards – Philadelphia
        Corporate Culture Award Winner
      • Philadelphia Fund Alliance
        2017 Featured Charity
      • The Rite Aid Foundation’s KidCents Program – Philadelphia
        Rite Aid Foundation Award – Cradles to Crayons
      • Above and Beyond Award
        Philadelphia Children’s Alliance – Cradles to Crayons
      • Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual Disability Services (DBHIDS)
        Brighter Futures Social Team Award – Cradles to Crayons


      • Harvard Club of Boston
        Boston’s Most Influential Women Award – Lynn Margherio, CEO
        Salesforce Awesome Admin Award – Zachery Tapp, IT/Salesforce Systems Manager
      • Eagles Foundation
        Eagles Quarterback Volunteer Award Runner-Up -Terry Ives, Champion Volunteer


      • Boston Business Journal
        Extraordinary Community Leader – Lynn Margherio, CEO
      • National Child Labor Committee
        Lewis Hine Professional Service Award – Lynn Margherio, CEO
      • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts
        Community Partner of the Year Award – Cradles to Crayons
      • Project 351
        Inaugural Project 351 event host – Cradles to Crayons
      • CEO Magazine
        CEO Brava Award -Michal Smith, Executive Director


      • Bank of America
        Neighborhood Builder Award – Lynn Margherio, CEO
      • Boston Celtics
        Hero Among Us – Lynn Margherio, CEO