The Mustard Seed Of Central Florida, Inc.
12 Mustard Seed Lane
Orlando FL 32810
Contact Information
Address 12 Mustard Seed Lane
Orlando, FL 32810
Phone (407) 875-2040
Fax (407) 875-3413
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Can you imagine a child sleeping on the floor every night? Beds For Kids gives children a bed to call their own.

The mission of The Mustard Seed is to help rebuild the lives of families and individuals who have suffered disaster or personal tragedy by providing household furnishings and clothing while being environmentally responsible to our community. 

CEO/Executive Director Kathy Baldwin
Board Chair Mr. Joe Mowery
Board Chair Company Affiliation Hylant Insurance
IRS Ruling Year 1988
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expense Bar Graph
Projected Revenue $1,338,620.00
Projected Expenses $1,338,620.00

The mission of The Mustard Seed is to help rebuild the lives of families and individuals who have suffered disaster or personal tragedy by providing household furnishings and clothing while being environmentally responsible to our community. 

The Mustard Seed is a crisis social service agency. As the only furniture and clothing bank in Central Florida, we are a critical resource to the Orlando area. Last year, The Mustard Seed served 1,404 families with furniture. That translates to 3,632 individuals, of which 1,840 were children. We provide home essentials to promote socio-economic independence as demonstrated by pre/post survey results.
  • We experienced a 2 % growth of people served last year.
  • We anticipate a 10% growth because of homeless commissions support of permanent housing for the homeless. 
We partner with 150 community agencies, churches and social workers who refer clients to us. These agencies qualify our clients by inspecting their home and evaluating the stability of their incomes. All of these stipulations offer us the ability to ensure that our services are being provided to those around us that truly need our help.
  • 91% of our clients live well below the federal income poverty line and would never be able to afford home furnishings on their own.
  • We expect to increase community partnerships by 10% this year.
With the addition of an entire recycling department, The Mustard Seed is becoming self-sustaining that uses and re-uses almost every item that is donated. We have increased the number of items that circulate through our facility by accepting most household items. We are also able to put the unusable items to use through their individual parts such as: metals, woods, plastics, foam, and fabric. In this way, The Mustard Seed continues to help our clients while being environmentally responsible.
  • The Recycling Center deconstructed 16,657 mattresses & box springs, a 6% increase from the previous year.
  • We are on track to increase mattress deconstruction by 20%.
  • Last year 4,781 volunteers donated 16,424 hours to sort donations, haul furniture, and become mattress warriors for our recycling program. This equals $361,328 in donated time.
  • We plan for a 2% increase in volunteerism this year.
Independent Research has been conducted on this organization's theory of change or program effectiveness? No
1. Financial Donations - Our cutting-edge recycling center, program fees and the Seed Boutique cover 30% of our operating costs. Still, we cannot serve our distressed neighbors without generating the remaining 70% from individuals, corporations and foundations.
2. Furniture - To meet the current client demand, the Mustard Seed requires a minimum of 360 donated beds and dressers, and 120 sofas, coffee tables, and dining tables and chairs each and every month.
3. Clothing - The Mustard Seed currently distributes over 650 pounds of clothing to the less fortunate through our clothing bank per month. Further, sales of clothing through the Seed Boutique Thrift Store represent an important part of our income. Clothing rejected by the general public and our clothing program clients are recycled to preserve our environment and generate income as well.
4.  Volunteers - The Mustard Seed relies on 100-150 volunteers per week to help with the success of our furniture program, Seed Boutique and the recycling center. Our agency accepts school, church, and court ordered community service hours. 
5.  Board & Committee Members - The Mustard Seed has recently added 8 new board members bringing the total to 15 Board of Directors.   

The idea of The Mustard Seed began with Carol Kane who volunteered in homeless shelters in the 1980's. She realized that even when a family received an affordable apartment, they often had no resources to create a home in that empty space. She saw children who had to sleep on the floor and eat standing up at the kitchen counter, and she witnessed mothers who had to heat food in a can because they had no pots and pans.

She started small, operating out of her garage and seeking the help of her family and friends. She expected to help perhaps one family a month. Two years later, in 1986, she moved her overflowing inventory to a small leased industrial space in Longwood. This soon expanded into two additional adjacent warehouse spaces. She realized she would need more help and a formal structure if her project was to continue growing. In June of 1988, The Mustard Seed of Longwood, Inc. was chartered as a non-profit organization receiving its 501(c)(3) status in November 1988. That name changed to The Mustard Seed of Central Florida to reflect the growth of services to a larger community. In 1991, the organization blossomed receiving a donated parcel of land in Eatonville, $300,000 from the United Way, and in-kind labor, material and construction from many generous businesses in our community. Today we are fortunate to have a 20,000 square foot warehouse for our programs.

Today’s Mustard Seed continues to serve over 1,400 families a year utilizing donated furniture, household items and clothing from our community, items that would have otherwise ended up in the landfill. The recycling projects contribute to the triple bottom line: first helping the environment by saving over 1,964,000 cubic feet of waste from landfills, secondly creating additional line item of revenue that will in turn help families right here in our community. Finally, the recycling program helps to provide usable beds for low income families.
CEO Statement

The Mustard Seed recently experienced exponential growth that has considerably enhanced the efficiency and productivity of our endeavors. There is a new face at The Mustard Seed, and we could not be more elated with what is to come. We have increased our involvement in numerous different aspects of improving the welfare and well-being of the community.

The Mustard Seed distributes an average of 500 pieces of furniture and other household items per week.  However, the most important thing we give to our clients is not tangible; we give away the assurance that someone cares enough to help, all while being treated with dignity and respect. This is only possible with the collective efforts and support of our corporate sponsors, foundations, private donors, hardworking volunteers, and dedicated staff that encourages our clients along the way as they make a new beginning in their lives. 

The Mustard Seed has been on a mission to be good stewards of our environment and community since 1984. We provide families and individuals throughout Central Florida the resources they need to regain stability by providing basic necessities like clothing, furniture, books, and household items donated by the public. Now in 2017 as we continue our core mission to provide furniture and clothing to those who want to rebuild their lives, we also are establishing a solid reputation as a nonprofit green recycler.

Since we began The Mustard Seed’s recycling programs, we have been recognized as an entrepreneurial nonprofit making a name for ourselves both statewide and nationally.The Mustard Seed’s mattress recycling program offers employment opportunities for people deemed unemployable and provides on the job training so they may achieve self-sufficiency and become contributing members of society. 
The Mustard Seed is thrilled to share our mission with you, and we are so grateful for your support of our work and your consideration in allowing us to continue our program in the community. 
Kathy Baldwin
Executive Director
Board Chair Statement

We have a tendency to forget that adversity can strike at any time, and, to any one of us. Many of us have experienced challenging times and needed the help of others to overcome personal tragedy or disaster. Over the years, the Mustard Seed has strived to provide help to thousands of families, individuals, and veterans living in the Central Florida Community, in the form of a hand up, not a hand out.

I’m sure you agree with me that no child should be without a bed to sleep on, shoes to wear, a book to read, or a toy to play with. The opportunity to help others is simple; it just takes a few minutes to donate the things you no longer use. We can all help make the world a better place by simply donating to an organization that provides vital resources, such as clothes and furnishings, to those in our community who are working to rebuild their lives.
Joe Mowery, Hylant
Mustard Seed Board Chairman
CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments
The Mustard Seed is the ONLY furniture and clothing bank in Central Florida.  The Mustard Seed is a local nonprofit. There are many nonprofit Thrift stores that use the proceeds of their sales for overhead, but The Mustard Seed is the ONLY organization that gives referred clients furniture.  We do not sell furniture.   
NTEE Information
Primary Organization Type Human Services
Primary Organization SubType Emergency Assistance (Food, Clothing, Cash)
Secondary Organization Type Environment
Secondary Organiztion SubType Recycling
Tertiary Organization Type Public & Societal Benefit
Tertiary Organization SubType Public & Societal Benefit NEC
Areas Served
Geographic Areas Served
FL - Orange
FL - Seminole
FL - Osceola
Primarily we serve families residing in the Central Florida Tri-County area, but our services are available to any family in Florida who meets our basic requirements.
HelpWhat is the organization aiming to accomplish? This is the organization's ultimate goal for intended impact. The Mustard Seed has been a crisis social service nonprofit agency for 30 years and the only furniture and clothing bank in Central Florida. We focus on helping families by giving a “hand up” not a "hand out" by providing the basic necessities that make a house a home. From beds, to tables, to linens, dishes and decor, we help rebuild lives so people can regain a sense of self worth and stability. Of the 3,632 clients assisted with furniture and clothing in 2016-2017, more than 1,800 were children. We serve returning veterans, domestic abuse victims, drug rehab recoveries, homeless transitions, fire and natural disaster victims, medical hardships and the economically disadvantaged referred by over 150 partnering agencies.
In 2016, we developed new corporate and foundation relationships, and we continue to steward new and existing support to diversify funding sources to The Mustard Seed.  The Mustard Seed has a 20,000 square-foot facility to store items that can be distributed to other nonprofits in the area. We have collaborated with hundreds of agencies, nonprofits and churches that prequalify our clients, and we plan to host a referring agency symposium in the Spring to expand those relationships within the community.  The Mustard Seed is a vital resource for the community and the nonprofit sector in Central Florida.
Our goals for 2017-2018 include renewing community awareness of our organization, cultivating relations with mission specific industries, and improving the referring agency instructional guide. These goals will allow our organization to help more clients to establish a stable home environment.
The future vision for The Mustard Seed includes increasing the capacity of the recycling center.  The revenue generated by deconstructing mattresses will help the agency become self-sufficient.  This endeavor will include a capital campaign in the near future.  
HelpWhat are the organization's strategies for its stated long-term goals?
The Executive Director is meeting with community leaders who are well connected and willing to promote The Mustard Seed's mission to search for investors to grow the operations. Our strategies to accomplish  our goals are below:
  • Establish alliances with companies for funds, furniture, products, goods, in-kind services, sponsorships and volunteers
  • Assign the development staff person to maintain a database that can be sorted by company to determine the corporate involvement and impact on The Mustard Seed operation and clients served
  • Create goals for the Board of Directors to take action in the area of fiscal management and fundraising
  • Cultivate a Board contact list of a total of 100 individuals and 10 corporate contacts for peer-to-peer asks
  • Identify one (1) company per month for a "Junk In the Trunk" event. Board members to attend and/or ask for a corporate monetary contribution for the pickup
  • Thank monetary donors via phone and letters for their contribution
  • Obtain one (1) live auction item for special events per Board member 
  • Feature work force opportunities by hiring individuals with undesirable credentials and training them with transferable job skills to become participating members of society
  • Expand community awareness strategies to include promotion through all medias, events, networking and advertising
The Mustard Seed purchased a new database, Donor Perfect, to analyze the existing donors and manage fundraising solutions
The Development & Marketing Manager has prepared a Marketing Plan, Development Plan & Outreach Plan (See "Other Documents"  and "Management" tabs). 
We have established and maintained three months of reserve funds. 
The Operations Committee is developing a Business Continuity Plan that will include Emergency and Disaster plans. 
HelpWhat are the organization’s capabilities for doing this? What resources, capacities, and connections support its progress towards long-term goals?

The Mustard Seed is led by a visionary Executive Director with keen management and business knowledge. The leadership team (Office Manager, Marketing Manager, and Operations Manager) are experts in their field.

Similarly, our Board of Directors are determined and passionate about furthering the mission of The Mustard Seed. Their executive leadership and connections within the community positions The Mustard Seed for positive growth to serve more families.

The Mustard Seed is grateful for the 5,400 volunteers that provide us with a sustainable labor force. Our volunteers are managed by a competent impassioned Volunteer Coordinator  who actively recruits, trains, and recognizes the work and efforts of our volunteers. Volunteers come from five primary categories: individuals, groups from colleges and universities, groups from service/religious clubs, high school groups, and corporations.

The newly reassigned referral coordinator works closely with the referring agencies. By improving the instructional guide for the 150 community agencies, the outside social workers will be better informed how to conduct a home visit to determine the needs of the client. Improving communications with the referring agencies facilitate stronger collaborations and partnerships making clients aware of our service to them. 

Staff members are dedicated, compassionate professionals who seek to serve families and individuals who are rebuilding their lives. The staff's passion, professionalism, and positivity have been noted with 100% of customer survey responses stating that they are very satisfied with both the office and furniture delivery's performance.

It is important to note that all the furniture that we provide to families and individuals are generously donated from our community including individuals and corporations. We own 2 large delivery trucks that pick-up donated furniture and clothing every day from Orange, Seminole, and Osceola Counties. This avenue for in-kind contributions builds the foundation for future financial support.

Finally, we own a 20,000 square-foot facility that is sufficiently equipped to store furniture and clothing, as well as house our recycling program. 
HelpHow will the organization know if it is making progress? What are the key qualitative and quantitative indicators against which the organization assesses its progress toward its intended impact?
Below are indicators that reflect The Mustard Seed's anticipated progress for program outcomes for fiscal year 2017-2018:

  • Due to hurricanes Irma and Maria, 10% increase in clients served. Additionally, we are also expecting this increase due to local government's new commitment to provide supportive permanent housing to the homeless.
  • 10% increase in homeless transitions served. This is directly related to the increase to reduce homelessness in Orange County. Demographic information is collected for each client in order to track and analyze trends in quarterly reports.
  • 10% increase in community partners. We expect an increase due to our efforts to collaborate with more social service agencies. The Mustard Seed trains partnering agencies how to refer clients and stays in constant communication with referral specialists. Our Spring assembly to attract and inform referral agencies is also expected to draw an increase in partnerships. 
  • 10% increase in mattress recycling. We have established relationships and working agreements with all 23 Walt Disney World Resorts, Original Mattress Factory, IKEA and Waste Management to supply the necessary mattresses and box springs for clients and recycling. We track the companies ROI to deconstruct mattresses. 
  • At least 90% of our clients improve in socio-economic categories after receiving services from The Mustard Seed. Every client receives a pre and post survey. The post survey is administered every 6 months after receiving furniture to determine the clients' progress
  • 3% increase in volunteers. This is related to volunteer retention and increased speaking engagements. 
The next set of indicators anticipate the growth in development, marketing, and business operations.
  • 15% increase in engagement. The Mustard Seed will follow a multi-media and multi-channel development and marketing plan to create more social awareness in the community about what service we provide triggering more knowledge about our work, more clients, donations of furniture, clothing and monetary contributions.
  • 3% increase in new donors (in-kind and corporate). This plan will also trigger industry specific companies to become more familiar with the mission of The Mustard Seed; therefore, generating financial and furniture contributions as well as volunteer opportunities for board level and team building.
  • 5% increase in individual contributions. This will come from our enhanced efforts to cultivate, solicit, and steward new and existing donors.
  • 25% increase in board development. This measure will come from augmented interest in our work and the current board's skill in recruiting new and diversified talent.
HelpWhat has and hasn’t been accomplished so far?
The Mustard Seed is proud of the progress we have made to help families and individuals rebuild their lives with dignity and hope while being environmentally responsible to our community.
In one sense, the expected outcome of The Mustard Seed’s services is simply that families, who were struggling to establish a home in the aftermath of abuse, disaster, or personal tragedy, now have some of the things they need to make an empty space into a functional home. Their kitchen is stocked with dishes, a few pots and pans, and a central location for the family to gather and eat at. Children have a clean bed to sleep in and a desk at which to do homework. They now have a sofa to relax on at the end of the working day. The children are also no longer embarrassed to bring their friends home to play. 
Since 2011, The Mustard Seed Recycle program deconstructed over 90,000 mattresses saving nearly
2 million cubic feet of landfill space, reducing dump expenses and protecting our environment. The recycling program produced bales of toppers, foam, shredded metal and mulched wood generating income to fund the furniture and clothing program. 
In 2015, we purchased a 12-passenger van so we could pick up volunteers at the Dismiss Charities and A.N.C.H.O.R programs.  In 2017, we purchased two new box trucks so now we have a total of three box trucks to make deliveries and pick up donations. In addition, we have increased our staff both in-house, as well as through cooperation with the Workforce of Central Florida Re-employment Connection and Public Allies program.
Our in-kind donors have increased significantly because of our efforts to solicit for services needed to maintain operations. In past, our furniture donors had to wait several weeks before we could schedule their furniture pickup. With the addition of another box truck, we are able to serve more families a week because of the influx of furniture collected from the community. The amount of furniture dictates the number of clients served.
Most importantly, The Mustard Seed believes that there is another, more subtle outcome. For families who have nothing, the obstacles to acquiring the needs of life – from kitchen tools to living room furniture to a conviction of one’s worth – can be overwhelming. The assistance provided by The Mustard Seed truly does open a door to the future, a future less bleak than it would otherwise be. The Mustard Seed’s ultimate goal is to help individuals and families in crisis to achieve self-sufficiency and become contributing members of the community. 

We provide our clients with furniture and household necessities that may include a sofa, beds, a table, chairs, a dresser or shelves depending on the family size and based on availability. Lamps, linens dishes and flatware are provided when available. However, a family can only receive furniture from The Mustard Seed once in a lifetime except in special circumstances such as uninsured fire or flood.

All furniture distributed is donated from the community. Our furniture trucks pick up donations every day from the tri-county areas. We are always in need of tables, chairs, dressers, linens, and dishes. All furniture is secured and allocated to clients. We never sell our furniture.  

Any of our Central Florida neighbors in need of furniture assistance through the furniture program must obtain a referral from an authorized Mustard Seed Referring Agency. We work with over 150 community partners who make home visits to asses our clients' needs. All clients must bring everything on the Client Checklist.

Population Served Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Short Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe near term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. This may represent immediate outcomes occurring as a result of the end of a session or service.
The furniture program provides 6 families per day with all the furniture and household basics needed to establish a home environment.  Thirty families per week need assistance from our organization.  We furnish at least 120 homes, utilizing 20,000 pieces of furniture per month. The Mustard Seed's furniture program provides the foundation to begin rebuilding people's lives.
Since its inception, The Mustard Seed has provided assistance to more than 40,000 families and has distributed furniture, household goods and clothing valued at more than $50 million. Of the families surveyed, 95% rated The Mustard Seed services as very critical to their eventual success.  Similary, 93% of the children who participated in our programs behavior and/or grades in school improved.
Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state.
The Mustard Seed receives client referrals from 150+ community service agencies and churches including Coalition for the Homeless, domestic violence shelters, Department of Children and Families, American Red Cross, returning veterans, FEMA and Salvation Army. Our clients are very diverse and come from all walks of life; domestic violence, homelessness, elderly, disabled, HIV/AIDS, uninsured victims of hurricane, tornado, fire, flood or simply the working poor.

All children need a home environment that offers at least the basics to instill a sense of safety and security. Studies on child development demonstrate the importance of a stable home environment.
The Mustard Seed's vision is that the provision of basic household furniture may set the stage for individuals to achieve restored
dignity and self-esteem, enabling them to move ahead and take control of their futures.
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact. We are able to document the number of clients served, the pieces they are given, the demographics we serve, as well as other pertinent details that measure the success of the program quantitatively. Clients are asked to complete a pre-survey regarding what led them to our organization for service and a post-survey is conducted to determine how the services changed their families lives.
Examples of SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success.

Charlie, an Iraq veteran, came to TMS in dire need of furniture.  He and his wife were expecting a baby after he returned from his service. They got into a car accident when his wife was 30 weeks pregnant, and she went on full-time bed rest. When Aurora arrived, they were evicted for violating the terms of their lease by having a child in the household. They became homeless and found a cheap rental.

We gifted them a swing and stroller. They declined saying that it took 3 hours and 3 buses to go 5 miles. We drove them home. They only had two folding chairs, a TV on on an upside-down broken fish tank and blankets. TMS truck was scheduled to deliver an entire household of furniture, beds, linens, and basic housewares the following day. Our organization provided them with a defining moment of hope. 

    Accomplishments in 2016-2017
  • 1,404 families received furniture and clothing; 3,632 individuals
  • Total number of children served was 1,840 and 243 veterans 
  • Distributed furniture and household goods valued at $329,545 

Twice a month families and individuals can shop at The Seed Boutique for 3 Tops, 3 Bottoms, 1 Pair of Shoes, 3 Undergarments (bras, underwear, socks or pajamas), 3 Misc. Accessories (belts, hats, scarves, jewelry), 1 Handbag or Backpack, dress or suit counts as 1 top and 1 bottom. The price is $12 for adults, $7 for 65 and older, and $5 for children. Individuals do not need to obtain a referral for this service, but need to show proof of assistance such as free/reduced lunch, WIC, TANF, SNAP or Medicaid, etc. Clothing clients need to complete a clothing application using a government issued ID, the ID of the other adults (18 and Up) and Birth Certificates for children.

Population Served Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Short Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe near term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. This may represent immediate outcomes occurring as a result of the end of a session or service.
We provide clothing to approximately 56 families per month. When our clients are dressed appropriately for their life's advances, they are confident and able to to succeed. Children are not distracted by their clothing and are able to focus on academics while in school. 
In the 2016-2017 year, 670 individuals received clothing items valued at $64,360.
Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state.
The Mustard Seed provided clothing to 670 individuals in the 2016-2017 fiscal year.
  • 45% were single parents with children
  • 91% of the households were under the 200% poverty level
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact. We asked each client to complete a survey; periodically clients are called by volunteers and verbally surveyed regarding the services they received and impact it has had on their lives.
Examples of SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success.

*Providing up to date or current styles of clothing to single mothers for her school age children so they are not embarrassed to attend school
*Providing clothing to high school students who are receiving detention for being out of dress code
*Providing wedding dresses to our veterans and prom dresses to the high school students
*Providing business suits to men and women to prepare for a job interview
*Providing church outfits for senior citizens
*Providing funeral clothes for people to be buried in with dignity
There are many benefits to the Mattress Recycling program. First, it enables a steady supply of usable mattresses for our clients. The unusable mattresses can be recycled down to their most basic parts. Mechanical systems break mattresses and box springs down separating out these parts to ready them for recycling.
Since 2011, The Mustard Seed Recycle program deconstructed over 80,000 mattresses saving over 1,600,000 cubic feet of landfill space, reducing dump expenses and protecting our environment. This recycling produced bales of toppers, foam, shredable metal and mulched wood generating income to fund the furniture and clothing program.

The Mustard Seed’s Mattress Recycling Program also has the potential to train workers, help them develop skills, and create new jobs, which would contribute to a growing green economy in Florida.

Population Served Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
At-Risk Populations
Short Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe near term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. This may represent immediate outcomes occurring as a result of the end of a session or service.
Since 2011, The Mustard Seed has recycled over 90,000 mattresses.  Through partnering with local hotels, mattress companies, and furniture stores we are in the process of ensuring a constant supply of clean mattresses for our clients and diverting dirty/unusable mattresses from our landfills.  As the program progresses we have created 11 jobs for Central Floridians with undesirable backgrounds.  We need the communities help to ensure we can create not only a sustainable environment but also sustainable jobs for Central Florida.
Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state.

Forty million mattresses in the US end up in landfills annually. This poses great hazards to the environment and people. They cannot decompose, and they create flammable air pockets jeopardizing equipment and putting operators at risk. 

Only a handful of organizations recycle mattresses in the United States. We are the only nonprofit in Florida to recycle them. This positions The Mustard Seed as a resource, solution and leader in mattress recycling. We recognize and meet the demand to be environmental stewards, leading by example. We keep mattresses out of the landfill by deconstructing them into core components to be re-used and recycled.

The Mustard Seed received The Sustainable Florida – 2014 Best Practice Award for outstanding achievements and excellence in helping to create a sustainable economic, environmental and social future for Florida.

Of the 7,200 nonprofits in Central Florida, The Mustard Seed is 1 of 27 that has self-sustaining revenue through social enterprise.

Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact.
The Mustard Seed maintains a strong relationships with Ikea, Original Mattress, Disney Resorts, Goodwill, and several cruise lines. We receive a constant supply of mattresses to either give to clients or recycle. 
The Executive Director, the Office Manager, and the Operations Manager coordinate the logistics including timing, cost, and delivery to our warehouse.
Everyday, we keep an inventory list of all mattresses that enter our facility. It is then documented digitally. We also keep an inventory of every piece that is deconstructed including padding, metal, and wood pieces. This inventory tracking allows for The Mustard Seed to track ROI of the process.
Examples of SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success.
  • Last year we recycled 16,657 mattresses, a 10 % increase from 2015. 
  • Since 2011, we saved 1,946,000 cubic square feet of landfill space.
CEO Comments
In 2013 the Central Florida Commission on Homelessness reported:
1,577 chronically homeless of which included 564 veterans. There were 13,000 students attending Public Schools who were considered homeless. Nearly 4,000 families "double up" a tactic of living with family or friends on couches or spare rooms.
The Furniture program has seen a significant increase in families being placed in Rapid Re-housing or Permanent Supportive Housing and are in need of furniture. This requires more furniture as each family receives 14 - 16 pieces of furniture including housewares, linens and small appliances. It is even more imperative that we partner with hotels.  The Mustard Seed is a member of Central Florida Hotel & Lodging Association. 
As a nonprofit organization, it is vital that we generate 250 volunteers per month to help with the furniture warehouse, sorting of clothing, recycling labor, facility maintenance, office data entry and fundraising initiatives.
Our staff and volunteers are our most valuable resource.     
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Joe Mowery
Company Affiliation Hylant Insurance
Term June 2014 to June 2020
Board Co-Chair
Board Co-Chair Mr. Wil Price
Company Affiliation Central Florida Fair
Term Start July 2015 July 2018
Board Members
NameCompany AffiliationsStatusCertificate*
Mr Bruce Ambrose RetiredVotingNo
Mr. Oscar Bowen Exit RealtyVotingNo
Mr Michael Brodsky AmeripriseVotingNo
Ms. Jennifer Cain LSQVotingNo
Mr. Tim Hanley CFO For HireVotingNo
Mrs. Lauren Johansson Baker LawVotingNo
Ms. Maria Martinez Rollins CollegeVotingYes
Mr Joe Mowery Hylant InsuranceVotingNo
Mr. William Price Central Florida FairVotingNo
Mr. Gary Rall Wyndham Vacation OwnershipVotingNo
Mr Michael Sanguine Sissines BusinessVotingNo
Mr. Jim Schreiber IBMVotingNo
Ms. Cheryl Smith Cox MediaVotingNo
Ms. Dana Wilkin RetiredVotingNo
Mrs Meredith Zornek Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed, PAVoting
*This individual has been awarded a Certificate in Orientation to Board Service by the Edyth Bush Institute for Philanthropy & Nonprofit Leadership at Rollins College,
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Ethnicity
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 13
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Other (if specified) 0
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 90%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Standing Committees
Standing Committees
Committee Name
Board Governance
Board Development / Board Orientation
Strategic Planning / Strategic Direction
Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
CEO Comments
The Board of The Mustard Seed of Central Florida participated in Nonprofit Board Service training through the Edyth Bush Institute .
The Mustard Seed board of directors is evolving into a progressive team of performers to grow the organization according to mission. 
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Kathy Baldwin
Term Start Feb 2013

Kathy joined The Mustard Seed of Central Florida as the Executive Director in February of 2013. Her passion to help is evident in her desire to make a difference in the community.

In 2011 – 2012 she became a part of the Heart of Florida United Way Resource Development Department overseeing the nonprofit agencies campaigns. She co-founded The Gift of Swimming with Joy McGinty in 2002 and as the Executive Director she collaborated with the medical field, government entities, community leaders, individuals, corporations and other nonprofits to raise awareness and funds for underprivileged and children with special needs.

Kathy’s background includes 25 years of experience in business with emphasis in sales and marketing, education, fundraising, event planning, management and leadership. She received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Marketing from Metropolitan State University of St. Paul, Minnesota. She has extensive studies in Nonprofit Fundraising, Management and Leadership. She has resided in Orlando since 1986.
CEO Salary Range $50,001 - $75,000
Former CEOs
Former CEOs
Ms. Michelle Lyles Aug 2009Jan 2012
Number of Full Time Staff 18
Number of Part Time Staff 2
Number of Volunteers 4781
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate 75%
Senior Staff
Title Office manager/HR

Alex joined The Mustard Seed in 2011 after 10 years as the Security Officer of Manheim Orlando. She was born and raised in Australia. She moved to The United States in 1998. She has a lifetime of public service and commitment to the needy. She grew up volunteering for the Salvation Army and in a drug rehabilitation center.

Alex received an HR certification from Universal Class Inc in 2013 and is a certified Notary of the Public. Her dedication to the community and profound desire to help others is expressed every day in her work at The Mustard Seed.
Title Operations Manager
Frank joined The Mustard Seed team in 2014 as a Recycling Associate.  He had 15 years experience at Sysco Companies. Frank has worked extremely hard to make the Recycling Center profitable and taken over warehouse responsibilities. In 2015, Frank was promoted to Operations Manager.  
Organization has Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 5
Date Strategic Plan Adopted July 2015
Management Succession Plan No
Organization Policies And Procedures Yes
The Mustard Seed is the Central Florida hub for donations from K.I.D.S., Burlington, Gymboree, Calvin Klein, Ikea and Disney Lost & Found.  Our organization delivers the items according to the demographics of each agency in the area.
Mustard Seed clients are referred by community resource agencies and churches which include Supportive Services Veterans & Families, American Red Cross, United Way, FEMA, DCF, abuse shelters, and homeless shelters. Our current collaborations with other local charities include:
Christian Service Center: provided two new sectional sofa sets for their Fresh Start transitional program.
Coalition for the Homeless: gave warm blankets and comforters for their emergency shelter.
Door of Dreams: provided furniture, mattresses, and other household items to equip 23 rooms at their transitional housing facility.

Federal Conference of Seventh Day Adventists, First Community Pentecostal, Jesus the Light of Life Ministries, Operational Provision: provide continuous surplus clothing on a weekly basis to each of these organizations for Caribbean and local distribution.

Jones High School Tiger’s Den: provided winter coats and jackets during the winter extreme cold snap in January 2010.

Mark Street Senior Center: provided two boxes of children’s educational DVDs for Santa.

Pact of Faith Community Center: provided waiting room and office furniture.
Rescue Outreach Mission: provided winter blankets at the onset of winter, and several cartons of food for their feeding program; supplied furniture to their women's transitional housing facility and forwards any information of food sources, grants and seminars regarding food programs. 

United Global Outreach: provided educational DVD’s, CD’s and other items for the Orange County Academy under their umbrella; will be giving Easter baskets and all our surplus household donations to The Bithlo Community Free Garage Sale. We are working to let the community know of our partnership and collaboration to help individuals in East Orlando.

Winter Park Day Nursery: donated diapers and strollers for distrbution.
Center for Women:  Donated strollers for distribution
AwardAwarding OrganizationYear
Best Charitable OrganizationOrlando Weekly Publication2010
Recipient of Field Giving ProgramThe Hartford2010
Magic MakerOrlando Magic2010
Recipient, Lighthouse ProjectBB&T2010
Case study and conference participationNon Profit Leadership Alliance2011
Public Service Award nomineeCentral Florida ASPA2011
Sustainable Florida Best Practice FinalistThe Collins Center for Public Policy2011
Best Practice Award for outstanding achievements and excellent in helping to create a sustainable economic, environmental and social future for Florida.Sustainable Florida2014
Number 1 Recycler of the YearCascade Alliance2015
CEO Comments
In 2010 we joined the Green Initiative and took our efforts to a whole new level with our recycling programs. We now offer ways for local businesses, hotels and individual donors to recycle and conserve the environment.

It is exciting for us to report that as one of the very few mattress recycling programs in the nation, we have recycled over 90,000 mattresses since inception. In addition to this innovative new program, we continue on in our efforts for conservation by recycling paper, cardboard, metals, and appliances.   These new programs then fund our philanthropic efforts and put The Mustard Seed ahead in its social enterprising ventures. 
The challenge is the fluctuating commodity prices.  Presently, foam and metal are at an all time low.

State Registration Yes
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Expiration Month Apr
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Expiration Year 2018
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start July 01, 2017
Fiscal Year End June 30, 2018
Form 990s
2014990 form
2013990 signature page
2012990 signature page
2010990 signature
2007Form 990
Audit Documents
IRS Letter of Determination
Letter of Determination
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocations
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$857,626--$916,291
Administration Expense$189,810--$144,388
Fundraising Expense$33,829--$42,501
Payments to Affiliates$0----
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.02--1.01
Program Expense/Total Expenses79%--83%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue13%--17%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$1,183,984--$1,064,211
Current Assets$227,798--$73,531
Long-Term Liabilities$166,270--$59,754
Current Liabilities$16,489--$49,692
Total Net Assets$1,001,225--$954,765
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountEarned Revenue $451,183-- --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountRevenue In-Kind $396,381-- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountIndividuals $114,084-- --
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities13.82--1.48
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets14%--6%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
CEO Comments
2017 was the year to review optimization of the space this organization has for furniture, clothing and mattress recycling.  Because of the growth of each of these sectors and needs, the Board of Directors has assigned a task force and special committee to strategize a plan for the future.
Great things to come! 
Foundation Comments
Financial figures taken from 990s.  990s and audits are reconciled.
Foundations, corporations and congregations are included with individual donations as they were not identified in the 990s or audits.
Inkind revenue includes noncash and donated services and materials.
Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster
Notes Programs listed here are those that are only activated during a disaster. Some organizations have unified budgeting and do not budget by program. Because of this, some budget fields may be blank or represent an approximation. Organization describes previous experience during the immediate response, recovery or rebuilding phases following a disaster.
Nonprofit The Mustard Seed Of Central Florida, Inc.
Address 12 Mustard Seed Lane
Orlando, FL 32810
Primary Phone (407) 875-2040
Contact Email
CEO/Executive Director Kathy Baldwin
Board Chair Mr. Joe Mowery
Board Chair Company Affiliation Hylant Insurance
Year of Incorporation 1988