Playworks

Rating: 4.98 stars   52 reviews

Issues: Children & Youth, Philanthropy, Sports

Location: 380 Washington St. Oakland CA 94607 USA

Mission: To improve the health and well-being of children by increasing opportunities for physical activity and safe, meaningful play.
Target demographics: Direct service: low-income elementary schools Training: all schools and youth organizations
Direct beneficiaries per year: 130,000 directly
Geographic areas served: We serve low-income schools in urban cities around the country through our direct service program. Playworks Training provides training and technical service to adults who work with schools around the country.
Programs: Direct service which provides a full-time, trained and supervised coordinator at each school providing five components (recess, class game time, junior coach leadership development, out-of-school programming, and interscholastic leagues) to the school. Our Training department provides four training options to schools, school districts and other youth organizations: recess implementation, recess 360, out-of-school time series and workshops energized.
2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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EIN 94-3251867
510.893.4180
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Rating: 5 stars  

I joined Playworks as a leadership council member for multiple reasons. A major one is that the principles and lessons learned through playworks is vital to the success of our future entrepreneurial community and workforce. The ability to lead, collaborate and work together is what will take us economically to the next level. A close second is because playing is fun. Having fun and being able to have fun as a child goes a long way. Last but not least, I use rock paper scissors to solve every and any conflict imaginable. It could range from a dumb bet to major business decision. It always works.

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

Make it easier for schools to receive the funding (budget cuts for programs like this) so work with highly leveraged businesses.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of advisors?

Definitely

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

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I've participated in, and worked with numerous non-profit organizations and Playworks is easily one of the best I've ever experienced. The energy of the staff is infectious and the results life altering for participants. It solves so many issues in such an easy way, it's easy to understand why the program is expanding so quickly.

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

move away from yearly grants and focus on an endowment model so that the money swings have less effect on year-to-year growth.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of advisors?

Likely

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

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

It is such a genuine pleasure to consult with Playworks because the staff is so passionate about what they do from top to bottom. Seeing them implementing change so effectively through their innovative model is really exciting and rewarding. This org walks the walk!

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of advisors?

Definitely

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

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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