KaBOOM!

Rating: 4.2 stars   5 reviews

Issues: Health, Sports

Location: 4455 Connecticut Ave NW Suite B100 Washington DC 20008 USA

Mission: KaBOOM! is a national nonprofit that envisions a great place to play within walking distance of every child.  We passionately believe that play has purpose, and that unstructured play in particular helps make children happier, fitter, smarter, and more socially adept and creative.
Results: At the end of 2008: Over 1,500 KaBOOM!-led playspaces Over 2,000 playspaces built through KaBOOM! do-it-yourself resources (such as trainings, grants, publications and online tools) Over 5,600 registered KaBOOM! Playmakers 67 Playful Cities USA recognized in 2008! Almost 4 MILLION children served! KaBOOM!-led builds: playground construction projects that pair community leaders with funding partners who support the mission of KaBOOM!.  These playgrounds are our hallmark, all-volunteer, done-in-a-day builds that serve as an achievable win for communities that need them most. Do-It-Yourself Tools: online resources, including webinar trainings and publications for communities who are planning and building playspaces on their own. National Campaign for Play: rallies individuals and communities to advocate for better public policy, funding and play awareness for increased play opportunities. The Playmaker Network helps individuals achieve results at the grassroots level, and the Playful City USA recognition program honors cities who create an agenda on play.
Target demographics: We inspire mass action in support of the belief that play has purpose.  We activate communities in order to increase the quality, quantity and access to play for local children.
Geographic areas served: Through the participation and leadership of communities across the country, all 50 states now have KaBOOM! playgrounds.

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Rating: 1 stars  

Kaboom comes to cities and towns like a traveling circus. Does NOT distribute information as suggested on its website. Fails to follow up on its projects as suggested on its website. Travels from community to community and forgets the last community in its wake. #KaboomFlatLeaves

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Involve the neighborhoods you build in, not just the corporate donors.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

No

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

KaBOOM! brings the joy of play to children and families all over the country. Not only do they lead volunteers in building playgrounds in just one day, they help groups to organize on their own and advocate for more play for kids everywhere.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

Hey, the folks at KaBOOM! get playgrounds built and a lot more.

They have built nearly 2,000 playgrounds, raised $200 million and marshaled 100,000 volunteers throughout the country and internationally.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I've seen first hand how folks in a community can come together and give kids a break by giving them a place to play.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Help spread the word to get more playgrounds built across the country.

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Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

very fun organization but that works on an issue that without them no one focuses on PLAY!

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

they treated everyone the same no matter what our background was.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-7-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

Did a one day build--well organized, great community participation along side us corporate folks, all the tools and materials where on site and 300 volunteers where put to work seamlessly. I volunteer a lot and this was the best experience I've had and can't wait to do it again. Other non profits who manage volunteers should take note.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

a playground in a day or 7 hours!

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

working side by side with community members who also volunteered.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

the kaboom onsite team where amazing, high energy, well organized and great communicators.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

change with face of communities for kids to be more playful.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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