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Causes: Children & Youth, Children & Youth Services, Gift Distribution, Homeless & Housing, Homeless Centers, Human Services

Mission: To provide birthday cheer for children experiencing homelessness and families in-need.

Results: Since inception in February 2012, Beverly's Birthdays has grown to serve over 10,000 children and families through partnerships with more than 50 agencies in 5 counties surrounding Pittsburgh, PA.

Target demographics: Children experiencing homelessness and families in-need

Direct beneficiaries per year: In 2015 alone we provided birthday experiences for over 5,000 children and families through our five (5) programs

Geographic areas served: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Programs: Birthday Parties: We host a celebration at the agency for children who have a birthday during that month/season. The guests are the other children in the program and their families (if applicable). The celebrations are staffed by volunteers and the parties include food, dessert, games/entertainment, and treat bags. Our birthday celebrations represent more than just a party. We believe that birthdays are an opportunity to wish a child a happy and healthy new year, and therefore all of our birthday celebrations expose the children to some type of enriching learning experience. Birthday Presents: All of the children we serve receive a birthday cheer bin on their birthday. This bin is filled with gender and age appropriate gifts, which we can customize. All of our bins include a new book and a new toothbrush/toothpaste. A bin contains $40-$50 worth of items. We believe these extra items help reinforce a "“happy, healthy year…filled with cheer." Itty Bitty Birthday Cheer: This program provides birthday cheer bins (filled with essential newborn items) for newborn babies. We also partner with agencies to provide group baby showers. Help support this program by purchasing an item off of our baby shower registry. Classroom Cheer: In many classrooms it is an ongoing tradition for the students to bring a treat to share with their classmates on their birthdays. Families facing financial hardship may not have the means to provide this special experience for their children to share with peers. We work with schools to provide treat bags for qualified children to distribute to their peers on their birthday. In collaboration with The Education Partnership, we also provide teachers in elementary and primary schools throughout the Greater Pittsburgh region with their own Classroom Cheer Kit. This kit contains everything a teacher would need to celebrate their student's birthdays. The kits are filled based on the teacher’s roster. Birthday-in-a-Bag: Pre-assembled bags filled with all of the necessary items to host a small birthday celebration (cake mix, frosting, plates, cups, napkins, party hats, etc.) to our agency partners that they can then distribute to families in-need. Primarily this program services families who are clients of community food banks. Our largest partners in this program are The Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, the Washington County Food Bank, and the Westmoreland County Food Bank.

Community Stories

91 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

Beverly's Birthday's is the best nonprofit organization that provides birthday cheer 365 days a year. Megs took something that was a tiny idea and over the past couple of years it has grown and flourished. Positively affected the lives of so many children! Great work!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I read about this organization in Parents magazine and just felt compelled to help these children have a more positive birthday experience!

Quelcy K.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The idea of a kid never knowing the joy of celebrating his/her own birth is so heartbreaking, but Beverly's Birthdays warms all those hearts with fun and cheer and a little lightness to give hope, and they make it so easy to help them with their mission. Keep up the excellent work!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

What a fantastic idea and so well executed! It's a simple idea, but not easy to make happen and these folks do it so well.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I always enjoy seeing the smiles on the kids' faces at the parties.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Love working with this amazing charity to bring birthday cheer to deserving kids in the Pittsburgh area! It's so easy to volunteer for a charity in my hometown even though I live far away. I love that you can participate with Beverly's in big and small ways. They make it so easy to share the love!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had nothing but positive experiences in my volunteer work with Beverly's Birthdays. They do amazing work for providing celebrations for children's birthdays with food, themed cupcakes, activities and gifts. And their work expands to baby showers for expectant mothers who might otherwise not have all that is needed for their baby. Plus they make sure that grade school children aren't left out on their birthdays and can bring a treat to share with the class.
The children and their parent(s) are so appreciative of these events. It is heartwarming to see that they have something on their birthdays that they might not otherwise get.
Beverly's Birthday's fills a void in the lives of so many. They are awesome.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I volunteered for a party once and it was a fantastic experience from all aspects. I even interviewed for a job at Beverlys birthdays not long after and everyone was so kind. The job wasn't a right fit, but I would absolutely not hesitate to continue to volunteer.

I also work with children experiencing homelessness at my job and can attest to the importance of the work they do here.

Donor

Rating: 5

The growth of this charity speaks volumes to the importance of their mission. Every child is made to feel special and important. And you can't put a dollar value on that....it's priceless!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Beverly's Birthdays does a great job reminding each kid of their innate dignity! Thanks for bringing so many smiles to Pittsburgh!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I volunteered at Beverly's Birthdays two years ago with my work. Since that time, I tell everyone that I can about this wonderful organization. They bring birthday joy to children who, otherwise, might not experience the birthday joy we take for granted! Nothing but positive things to say about them!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Beverly's Birthdays is doing amazing work in our community. I know of no other program like it in our area. The smile you see on a child's face when they get to celebrate their special day is priceless.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

The mission of Beverly's Birthdays is impressive. This stated I attended this not-for-profits annual fund raising event in 2017. I was not impressed with the management of the event and was not impressed with the leadership. The venue for the event, PNC Park, is a nice location, but is not designed to help this organization raise signficant funds that will help support the mission throughout the following year. The organizations leadership did not seem visible during the event and did not make a meaningful effort to thank the attendees and take the opportunity to use the time to raise significant funds. Further, it does not appear that current leadership has any not-for-profit management experience, thus hurting this organization from advancing further in overall funding growth. Leadership does appear to have passion for the mission, but does not seem to know how to manage that passion to turn the organization into a more powerful and helpful not-for-profit. I do not believe I will donate to this organization in the future given my obvservations from the event.

Donor

Rating: 5

Making children's day one party at a time. Can you imagine not ever having your own slice of birthday cake? Something so many of us take for granted... yet some children are almost teenagers or even adults before they were blessed with Beverlys to be able to give them that!

And they do so much more, for mothers, food banks.. this organization is one that is close to my heart because every birthday is worth celebrating

1 Shanin G.

Donor

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful program that warms my heart. Every child deserves to feel special on their day.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Beverly's Birthday brings light and joy to troubled, impoverished, and homeless children. The children that are so often forgotten by their families and/or society are celebrated on their birthday. If even for just a moment, they can forget all of their worries and just be a kid. That moment of joy that each child experiences is truly a gift.

This non-profit is worth investing in. Because they invest in our children and our future by showing the children that in the darkness there is light and hope for a better tommorrow.

1 Sunshine N.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

When volunteering I got to see the smiles on all the kids faces and the joy of getting a party. I am so happy to have found this wonderful organization. Getting to see the good they do first hand has been a blessing to me. I am new but am looking forward to many more parties! So glad someone cared and started this beautiful birthday party organization.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My daughter and I have been volunteering for Beverly’s Birthdays for several months. Not only is the mission bringing joy to children with significant need throughout Pittsburgh, the charity is providing an important lens into what it is like for a child to grow up with less for the rest of us. This lesson has had a significant impact on my daughter, as well as many children in our community who have participated in fundraisers for this great group. To not be celebrated — no child should feel that. In addition to a great cause, this group is a class act. Welcoming, encouraging, collaborating, and creative — I volunteer a lot, and they are a pleasure to work with every time.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I honestly never even thought about children not having a birthday party until Megs started this amazing charity. Celebrating your birthday is something that is so normal for the rest of us that it's hard to imagine not doing it. The number of children this organization has helped is truly amazing! The volunteers work very hard to bring a little bit of fun and joy into these children's lives. I am in awe of exactly how many birthday parties they have but yet there are still more than could benefit from this charity.

Beverly's Birthdays continues to look for more children they can help. I love how they make sure kids have a treat to bring into school on their birthday. I can only imagine how embarrassing it would be for a child to not be able to share a treat with their classmates on their birthday. This organization makes sure these children don't have to worry about that and can focus on celebrating their special day.

You cannot measure just how valuable Beverly's Birthdays is to our community. As they continue to expand and work on touching more children's lives I can't wait to see what they do next!

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Donor

Rating: 5

This nonprofit is awesome. They do such creative and meaningful work, and they are all so very nice. One of my favorites!