Giving Back: Baby Buggy
BJT readers—who represent one of the highest-net-worth magazine audiences anywhere—clearly have the means to contribute to a better world. To help you do that, we're spotlighting one deserving organization per issue. All of them have received a four-star overall rating from Charity Navigator, which evaluates philanthropic institutions based on their finances, accountability and transparency.
Baby Buggy’s (babybuggy.org) cute motto—“Love. Recycled.”—is actually poignant when you consider the impact that basic baby equipment can have on families that can’t afford to buy it. A gently used stroller or baby carrier means a new mother in a major city can safely deliver her child to the doctor or day care. Diapers, wipes and bottles—which tend to pile up in excess in more fortunate homes—can be passed along to families that lack access to these vital basics.
Baby Buggy’s goal is to improve the health, safety and well-being of children up to 14 years of age. The organization, which has delivered nearly 16 million essential items to hundreds of thousands of children since 2001, has partnered with 139 program sites across 15 U.S. markets. Its volunteers work with anti-poverty groups such as Early Head Start, the Nurse-Family Partnership and Harlem Children’s Zone. Baby Buggy’s Fatherhood Initiative, which started in 2010, provides support for dads and clothing and goods for their kids via 17 programs in New York City and Los Angeles.