Budget Reduction & Wish List

You Can Make a Difference!

As UrbanPromise relies primarily on private individuals, churches, corporations, and foundations to finance our programs and operations, we strive to manage our budget in the most cost-effective manner possible. In-kind gifts—non-monetary contributions of goods or services—enable us to direct the majority of dollars to our programming and youth. A significant budget reduction for UrbanPromise, each in-kind gift is tax-deductible and an alternative way for donors to influence the lives of those we serve. The following Budget Reduction and "Wish List" items have been requested by staff who work directly with our youth.

Remember all donations are tax-deductible.
Please let us know which program should receive your gift.
Thank you for your support of our ministry!

UrbanPromise saves 48% of our Annual Banquet budget through generous donations by area restaurant owners, Michael Georgetti, (Georgetti's Cartering) and Mark Smith, (Tortilla Press).

This past year, 378 UrbanPromise youth regularly accessed laptop and desktop computers thanks to a generous in-kind donation from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

UrbanPromise saved $130,788 last year through wish list and budget reduction giving by our supporters.

Our Wish List

General Programs

  • Desktop and laptop computers
  • Gym and fitness equipment
  • Office supplies (printer paper, pens, staplers, etc.)
  • Frequent flyer miles
  • Tickets to local sporting events, concerts, plays, ballets, museums, movies, and amusement parks
  • Digital cameras and video recorders
  • Gift cards to: Staples, Office Depot, Home Depot, Barnes & Noble, Target, Walmart, gas stations, restaurants, gas stations, and grocery stores

CamdenForward School (K-8th grade)

  • 10 tables (6-8 foot), resin or vinyl coated wood
  • Arts and crafts materials
  • Paper cutters 
  • Office supplies
  • Bookshelves
  • First aid kits
  • Fitness and gym equipment
  • Children and teen Bibles
  • Dry erase boards
  • Flat screen TV with wall mount
  • Desktop and laptop computers
  • LCD projector
  • Computer chairs
  • Educational DVDs for K-8th grade
  • 3 vacuum cleaners
  • Children's books and magazine subscriptions 
  • Science lab equipment
  • Additional items


UrbanPromise Academy (9th-12th grade)

  • Printers (please contact for specific information)
  • Board games for teens
  • Current CD-ROM Encyclopedia set
  • Pull-down maps
  • CD-RWs
  • Copy paper (4 cases)
  • Pencils
  • Book covers (40)
  • Tissues (20 boxes)
  • Furniture polish (5 cans)
  • Windex (10 bottles)
  • Lysol disinfectant (20 cans)
  • Sandwich bags
  • Napkins
  • Fresh fruit: apples, oranges
  • Band aids (all sizes)
  • Neosporin, peroxide, sterilizing alcohol
  • Ice Bags
  • Safety gloves


Fine & Performing Arts Programs

  • Kiln
  • Printmaking supplies (linoleum blocks, linoleum cutter, printer ink)
  • Clay & clay tools
  • Pottery wheels
  • Canvas boards and pre-primed stretched canvases
  • Acrylic paints & brushes
  • Watercolor sets and paper
  • Chalk pastel sets and crayon sets
  • Charcoal paper
  • Sketch pads
  • Poster board and construction paper
  • Oil pastels
  • Scratchboards and etching tools
  • Frames for student artwork
  • Compressed charcoal (3 boxes)
  • Premium student 12”x18” drawing paper
  • Vine charcoal (4 boxes)
  • Kneaded erasers  (20)
  • Sumi ink (1-qt.)
  • Boku-undo colored inks
  • Bamboo brush sets (6)
  • Micron pen sets (3)
  • Eraser pens (6)
  • Oil of wintergreen
  • Citrasolv concentrate
  • Book-binding thread
  • Wide-eye sewing needle
  • Corrugated cardboard
  • Xacto utility knives (8)
  • Oven-bake clay (5 – 4lb. packages)
  • Hot glue sticks
  • Muslin (4 yards)
  • Bags cotton
  • Slide projector
  • Nikon Coolpix L26
  • Epson WF-7010 refurbished inkjet printer (w/ inks)
  • Epson luster photo paper (100 sheets)
  • White cardstock paper (250 sheets)
  • Student band instruments (flutes, saxophones, clarinets, keyboards, trumpets, etc.)
  • Acoustic and electric guitar amplifiers
  • XLR cables


AfterSchool Programs & Summer Camps

  • Board games
  • Sports and fitness equipment
  • Art supplies
  • Dictionaries and books


  • Sleeping bags
  • Two-person tents
  • Gift cards to: Eastern Mountain Sports, LL Bean, and REI
  • Roll-up pads for backpacking
  • Kayak trailer with 6 or 8 racks
  • Handheld GPS units
  • Men's and women's hiking boots
  • Life jackets
  • Rain suits and jackets
  • Backpacks

Wellness Center

  • AED (automatic external defibrillator)

WorkGroup/Operations Program

  • Commercial grade vacuum cleaners (3)
  • HVAC fliters: (18) 20x25, (60) 16x25, (66) 16x20, (6) 24x24, (18) 14x25
  • Gift cards to: WB Mason, Staples, Home Depot, Lowes or a local hardware store
  • Gas leaf blower
  • Weed whacker (gas or electric)
  • Lawn mower
  • Hand truck (large enough to move refrigerators) 
  • Gas powered chain saw (18" or greater)
  • Gas powered snow blower
  • Bags of salt for ice melting
  • Gardening tools
  • Laptop and desktop computers 
  • Portable thumb drives
  • Computer mice
  • New computer routers and switches (call for details)
  • Surge protector power strips

Intern Program

  • Twin size mattresses
  • Metal bunkbeds
  • Bedroom furniture
  • Living room furniture
  • Vacuum cleaners
  • Fans
  • Lamps

UrbanPromise Student Center

  • Refrigerator (W 37" x H 69")
  • Kitchen equipment (pots, pans, silverware, etc.)
  • Video projector with DVD and computer connection

UrbanPromise College Students

  • Lap tops
  • Thumb drives
  • Printers
  • Mini-refrigerators
  • Microwaves


Budget Reduction List

The following in-kind gifts and services would dramatically reduce our budget, allowing more of our dollars to provide for our programs and youth.

Need Description Annual Cost to UrbanPromise
Internet service UrbanPromise has six after-school program locations, two schools, and four intern houses which require Internet service. Currently, half of these locations are without Internet service due to cost. N / A
HVAC filters  To maintain proper air quality for our children and employees as well as maintaining heating and air conditioning equipment, it is recommended that we replace our HVAC filters every 4 to 8 weeks.  We have a total of 28 filters that need to be replaced on this regular basis. $2,000
Laptop and desktop computers (preferably Macintosh), iPads, and printers All computers and related equipment have been donated. UrbanPromise would like to offer youth access to more updated and diverse technology to better prepare them for college and the professional world. N / A
Meals/groceries for 70 college- aged interns Three meals a day, seven days a week are provided to 20 summer interns and 50 academic year interns. $75,000
Meals/snacks for youth UrbanPromise provides evening meals for teens, healthy snacks for after- school program children, and youth during trips. In kind gifts could include: food items, grocery store vouchers, and restaurant gift cards. N / A
Gas to fuel vehicles UrbanPromise vehicles are used to transport youth from school to program(s) and home and on special trips/events. $24,000
Vehicle repairs UrbanPromise buses and vans receive heavy wear and tear due to daily usage and poor Camden city road conditions. $27,000
Printing & duplications (including copier maintenance) UrbanPromise schools and after school programs develop a significant amount of their own curricula and supplements, which require daily copying. Urban- Promise also utilizes professional printing for marketing materials. $30,000
Building repairs UrbanPromise takes preventive measures to ensure building upkeep (i.e. plumbing, HVAC, gutter and roofing repairs); however, additional renovations and replacements are necessary. $20,000 - $30,000
Frequent flyer miles UrbanPromise StreetLeaders (teen employees) participate in mission trips throughout the country and world (i.e. to New Orleans and Honduras). Fre- quent flyer miles would help cut own on travel costs. N / A
Vacation homes / getaways for staff UrbanPromise staff work long hours with limited pay so that resources can be utilized for programming and the betterment of our youth. We would like to offer them benefits such as access to vacation homes and travel opportunities. N / A
Office supplies and resources UrbanPromise utilizes resources (i.e. copy paper, janitorial supplies, water coolers) to support 200 full-time, K-12 students as well as another 300+ after- school program youth daily. $21,000
Landscaping services UrbanPromise volunteer work groups provide upkeep for our campus, which includes seven buildings. Professional landscaping services would help with long-term care and sustainability of our grounds. N / A
Academic curricula UrbanPromise is constantly strengthening academic curricula for both schools (K-8; 9-12) as well as our after-school programs. $50,000
College scholarships Popular colleges/universities among our youth: Rutgers University, Rowan University, Farleigh Dickinson University, and Art Institute of Philadelphia. $50,000
Counseling/therapy Partially provided by: Volunteers and local agencies such as Center for Family Services and Hispanic Family Center. N / A
Chef/food preparation for banquet and other special events Partially provided by: Tortilla Press and Georgetti’s Catering N / A
Pest exterminations Partially provided by: Ehrlich Pest Control N / A
Legal/pro-bono work Provided by: Ballard Spahr N / A
Full/part-time special education teacher or aide UrbanPromise currently utilizes Title I services through the Camden School District; however such services do not provide us with adequate access to special education teachers and aides for students with learning disabilities. N / A
Kitchen equipment UrbanPromise would like to equip our kitchen with the following: stainless steel worktables, wire shelf unit(s), bowl and hand sinks, reach-in refrigerator and freezer, commercial range hood w/ansul system, and waste receptacle(s). Partially provided by: Campbell Soup Company N / A