Cookies for Kids’ Cancer
Cookies for Kids’ Cancer is a national non-profit, committed to raising funds for research to develop new, improved treatments for pediatric cancer. They provide inspiration and support for individuals, business and organizations to raise funds by hosting grassroots bake sales and other fundraising events.
The three pillars of Cookies for Kids’ Cancer, and their differentiation in the cancer cause space, are: a targeted focus (they have a sharp focus on how funds raised are put to work), innovation engagement (through their “Everyone can be a Good Cookie” trademark), and building community (they seek to engage people from all walks of life in changing the face of childhood cancer).
Impact: Since 2008, Cookies for Kids’ Cancer has funded 4 dozen childhood cancer research grants; resulting in 9 promising new treatments in clinical trial. In 6 years, the organizations’ well-wishers and supporters have held more than 5,000 events under the Cookies brand umbrella, in all 50 states and in 16 countries worldwide.
Little Kids Rock
Little Kids Rock is a New Jersey based organization that focuses on music education for students. Their mission is, “We won’t rest until every student has the opportunity to unlock his or her inner music-maker.”
They achieve their goals by providing weekly music education classes to K-12 students in public schools that have been stripped of their music programs, pioneering innovative teaching methods that are rooted in children’s knowledge of popular music forms such as rock, pop, blues, hip-hop, country, reggae and R&B, and preparing teachers to offer classes utilizing our Modern Band methods and materials.
Impact: Over the past 12 years, they have given more than 300,000 under-served schoolchildren across the U.S. access to fun, engaging, Modern Band music classes and brand new instruments at no cost to the students, teachers, or school districts.
Table to Table
Table to Table (http://tabletotable.org) is a community based food rescue program that collects prepared and perishable food that would otherwise be wasted and delivers it (for free!) to organizations that serve the hungry in Bergen, Essex, Hudson and Passaic counties.
The organization collects food from about 200 donors (supermarkets, distributors, restaurants) and delivers it the same day free of charge to over 80 community organizations including soup kitchens, homeless shelters, after-school programs and homes for the elderly.
Impact: In 2013, from four local counties alone, they rescued enough food for more than 11 million meals. In 2014 they have promised hungry neighbors in northeast New Jersey enough food to provide 13 million meals.