Beams of Grace Inc dba The Twig Warehouse
810B Pinebrook Road
VENICE FL 34285
Mission
It is our mission at The Twig Warehouse to encourage and inspire foster families by meeting their needs.
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director No Executive Director
Board Chair Dianne Weed
Board Chair Affiliation Community Volunteer
General Info
Organization DBA
DBA
0
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 2011
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes Nov 2017
State Registration Yes 0
Financial Summary
 
 
Projected Revenue $40,000.00
Projected Expenses $30,000.00
IRS Letter of Determination
IRS LETTER OF DETERMINATIONView
Impact Statement

First Year Accomplishments:

1) Created an upscale boutique that serves only the foster community. It is a place where clothes and shoes are provided for newborns through      teens at no cost to the foster families.
2) Successfully communicated the need for both clothing donations and financial support to our community.
3) Developed relationships with foster support organizations and networks in order to reach and enlighten the area foster families about our      services.
4) Provided over 12,000 new or like new clothing items to over 500 children in foster care at no cost to them or their families.
 
Goals for the upcoming year: 
1) Educate our community about the needs of the over 2,000 children in foster care in our area.
2) Develop and implement a mobile Twig Warehouse that can take the shopping experience directly to group homes that are too large to come to us.
3) Expand our shopping days so that we can better serve the over 70 local children entering the foster system each month, as well as those that remain in the foster system.
4) Expand the number of corporate merchandise providers. 
Needs Statement

1) Off Site Storage: In order to provide the best possible shopping experience for our foster clients, we need climate controlled off-site storage for our merchandise that is not currently displayed in the boutique. $175/Month or $2,100/Year.

2) Rolling Clothing Racks: Ten industrial grade clothing racks are needed to facilitate the efficient processing, storage and transport of our merchandise. $70/each or $600 for ten. (Quantity discounts are available).

3) Additional hangers in all sizes. We use all matching, professional grade hangers to help make the Twig Warehouse feel more like an upscale boutique. Our client numbers are increasing monthly requiring us to provide more and more merchandise selections. $1,000.
 
4) Marketing Outreach: Funds are constantly needed for printing and distributing materials to reach both potential supporters and potential clients. $500/month.
 
5) Purchase and equip a mobile Twig Warehouse Store. We envision a 24 foot long enclosed trailer equipped as a store, complete with dressing rooms. This would enable us to reach foster children in our area that are living in large group homes that can't come to our store. $9,000.
Background Statement

In February of 2016, we were inspired with the idea to encourage and inspire foster families by creating an upscale store, complete with dressing rooms, that would provide children in foster care with the ability to choose clothing that best reflects how they see themselves. In doing this, it is our desire to uplift, support and encourage these children and their foster families.

 

In May of 2016, we opened the doors to the up-scale boutique called The Twig Warehouse. The Twig Warehouse provides new or like new clothing to any and all children in the foster care system at no charge.

 
The Twig stands for "The Way to Inspire and Give". 
 
We are a grass roots organization that relies entirely on the generosity of our community to provide the financial support necessary to meet these needs. 

 

To date we have registered over 500 clients, and have provided over 12,000 new or like new clothing items to children in foster care in our area. Through this tool we have managed to build up the self-esteem and self-worth of these precious children.

 

 We are anxious to see how we will be lead and supported in our current and future efforts.    

Areas Served
Areas Served
Area
FL- Sarasota
FL- Charlotte
FL- Manatee
FL- Lee
FL- DeSoto
FL- Hardee
Areas Served Comments The Twig Warehouse is located in Venice, Florida.  We currently serve children in foster care from Sarasota, Charlotte, Manatee, Lee, Desoto and Hardee Counties. It is our goal to reach each and every child in foster care in our surrounding community to help encourage and inspire them during this difficult time in their life. Most foster families spend much more providing for the children in their care than what the state provides, so they are willing to driving long distances to shop with us. 
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Human Services
Secondary Org Type
Tertiary Org Type
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President

As Founder and Chairman of the Board, it is a privilege and an honor to discuss what has become The Twig Warehouse.

 

Our area is undergoing an incredible increase in the number of children in foster care and in the need for foster families. Our existing capability to provide for these children is gravely insufficient.

 

In February of 2016, I was inspired and burdened with the desire to find ways to encourage and inspire foster families by meeting their needs. Specifically, I felt lead to create an upscale store that would allow children in foster care to select clothes that they desired, and through this tool to uplift, support and encourage these children and their foster families.

 

In May of 2016, we opened the doors to the up-scale boutique called The Twig Warehouse. The Twig Warehouse is exclusively for children in foster care and provides new or like new clothing to them at no charge.  

 

To date we have registered over 500 clients, and have provided over 12,000 new or like new clothing items to area children in foster care, and through this tool have managed to build up the self-esteem and self-worth of these precious children.

 

At The Twig Warehouse, we see the boutique as only the first step in our overall goal to encourage and inspire foster families. We envision creating and maintaining additional charitable efforts to meet the multiple and varied needs of those involved in foster care.

 

The Twig Warehouse only succeeds through the incredible generosity of our community. We are anxious to see how we will be lead and supported in our current and future efforts.    

Statement from the CEO/Executive Director
Programs
Description The Twig Warehouse is open on the second & fourth Saturday of each month, from 9 to 3, for children in foster care  to come and to shop for free. Children are encouraged to come each and every month that they are in foster care. Our store is stocked with new and like new merchandise that is selected to reflect the latest trends for children, newborn through teens. Every month, each child is welcome to select seven items, along with accessories and a new book or journal. 
Budget $30,000
Category Human Services, General/Other Foster Care
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Short Term Success Over 500 children in foster care provided with over 12,000 new or like new clothing items while building up their self esteem and self worth.
Long Term Success Encouraging and inspiring foster families and the children they serve. Nearly 50% of children in the foster care system will not graduate from high school. This is often partially because of their feelings of insecurity and low self esteem. We feel that a child who feels good about how they look can often do better in school and this can have a positive impact on our community.
Program Success Monitoring
We measure our success by the smiles on the faces of our clients and by the feedback that they give us on social media. We keep track of our clients and how often they return. Our success is about the relationships made and the needs that are met. 
Program Success Examples

1) We are reaching new foster families based on the referrals of happy clients and foster families that have been served and encouraged by our services.

2) Consistent increases in the number of clients and foster family shopping visits. Currently we are experiencing a 20% increase in client visits each month. 
 

CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director No Executive Director
CEO Term Start 0
CEO/Executive Director Email mail@thetwigwarehouse.com
Former CEOs/Executive Directors
NameTerm
Senior Staff
NameTitle
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 2
Staff Retention Rate % N/A
Professional Development No
Contractors 0
Volunteers 50
Management Reports to Board N/A
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Non-Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Collaborations
None
External Assessments and Accreditations
Assessment/AccreditationYear
Risk Management Provisions
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government No
Plans
Fundraising Plan No
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan No
Strategic Plan Years
Strategic Plan Adopted 0
Management Succession Plan No
Continuity of Operations Plan No
Policies
Nondiscrimination Policy No
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Policies and Procedures No
Board Chair
Board Chair Dianne Weed
Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Board Term May 2016 to May 2019
Board Chair Email DianneSueWeed@gmail.com
Board Members
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Mimi Bell Community Volunteer
Roger Burgett Bank of America
Janet Moore Community Volunteer
Dianne Weed Community Volunteer
Lloyd Weed Southern Spring & Stamping, Inc.
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 5
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 2
Female 3
Unspecified
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 99
Board Orientation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 100
Board Self-Evaluation No
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Board Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 100
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Fiscal Year Projections
Fiscal Year Begins 2017
Fiscal Year Ends 2017
Projected Revenue $40,000.00
Projected Expenses $30,000.00
Total Projected Revenue includes "in-kind" contributions/ donations No
Organization has Endowment No
Capital Campaign
Currently In a Capital Campaign No
Anticipate Campaign within 5 years? No
Campaign Purpose
Campaign Goal
Campaign Dates 0 to 0
Amount Raised To Date 0 as of 0
Audit/Financial Documents
Historical Financial Review
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$24,688$0$0
Administration Expense$0$0$61
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.21--0.00
Program Expense/Total Expenses100%--0%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%----
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$4,523$135$135
Current Assets$4,523$135$135
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$0$0
Total Net Assets$4,523$135$135
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $29,8770 $00 $0
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount0 $00 $00 $0
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount0 $00 $00 $0
CEO/Executive Director Compensation
Tax Credits No
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Organization The 990-EZ, unlike the traditional Form 990, does not provide the opportunity to show the allocation of expenses between Program Service expenses, Management and General Expenses and Fund Raising Expenses. For 2016, all expenses of The Twig Warehouse were Program Service Expenses. Starting in 2017 the organization will begin filing traditional Form 990's to allow the allocation of expenses to be shown.
Financial Comments by Foundation Financial information taken from the organization's Federal 990-EZ.  Contributions may include foundation and corporate support as they are not separately stated on the tax return.
Nonprofit Beams of Grace Inc dba The Twig Warehouse
Address 810B Pinebrook Road
VENICE , FL 34285
Phone 941 223-8118

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