EIN 45-2682632

Leveling the Playing Field

IRS 501(c) type
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Leveling the Playing Field provides underprivileged children with free sports equipment, giving them the opportunity to enjoy the mental and physical benefits of youth sports participation. The organization collects most of its equipment through a donation program that brings in used and excess sporting goods from individual donors, as well as through partnerships with companies and schools serving low-income communities. The organization is located in Silver Spring, MD.
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Program areas at Leveling the Playing Field

Collection and distribution program:the majority of the equipment in our warehouse is a result of our collection program that brings in donated sporting goods from individual donors. Below are the main avenues that equipment reached our warehouse through the collection program:-everyday people come to our warehouse to drop off equipment from their home. It ranges from a bag of gear to a full suv full of equipment.-we run collection drives during most weekends in the fall & spring. We partner with sports leagues, tournaments, school events, neighborhood events and other community events where we feel we can bring in a lot of donated equipment.-we have a large volunteer collection program where the community runs their own drives to benefit our mission. These often include eagle scout projects and mitzvah projects.-we have bins located throughout the community at local parks, ice rinks, sports goods stores, fitness centers and other venues.we also receive equipment from manufacturers such as under armour and stx. These are typically items the companies are looking to liquidate and write off. In addition to the manufacturers and some sports goods stores liquidating to us, we also receive equipment from professional sports teams and collegiate athletic departments throughout the year. Volunteers work in the warehouse to collect, sort, and inventory the donations. Most of these volunteers are in middle or high school, but we also regularly see corporate groups and college students. In a non-covid year, we will see about 1,000 volunteers per year in the warehouse. We typically distribute about $1.5m worth of equipment to around 400 programs annually. On average the breakdown looks like 50% schools, 35% youth development/after school programs and 15% pure sports teams and leagues. To receive equipment from us, programs have to submit an equipment request form and then conduct either a site visit or interview with our staff. Once approved, we invite programs to visit our warehouse as many times as they need without ever having to reapply. Some programs come once or twice a year and others we see literally every few weeks throughout the year.certain surplus items or items that are not size appropriate for the kids we serve are sold online or directly to a sporting goods consignment store such as play-it-again sports. We call with the gear 4 good program, however, it is not a standalone program, it's all part of the collection and distribution of sprots equipment.

Grants made by Leveling the Playing Field

GranteeGrant descriptionAmount
100 Black Men Of Prince Georges CountyProvide Underprivileged Children the Opportunity To Enjoy Athletic Involvement$0
Washington DC Police FoundationProvide Underprivileged Children the Opportunity To Enjoy Athletic Involvement$0
Grind Hard Enrichment Program CorpProvide Underprivileged Children the Opportunity To Enjoy Athletic Involvement$0
...and 68 more grants made totalling $0

Who funds Leveling the Playing Field

Grants from foundations and other nonprofits
Network for GoodUnrestricted$77,589
Schwab Charitable FundHuman Services$72,900
Bender FoundationGeneral Operating Support$50,000
...and 29 more grants received totalling $483,527

Personnel at Leveling the Playing Field

Max LevittExecutive Director$102,274
Willie TateTreasurer$0
Jaclyn MahoneySecretary$0
Matt MenashesVice Chair$0
Tracy ScarrowChair$0
...and 4 more key personnel

Financials for Leveling the Playing Field

RevenuesFYE 12/2022
Total grants, contributions, etc.$4,928,555
Program services$282,547
Investment income and dividends$0
Tax-exempt bond proceeds$0
Royalty revenue$0
Net rental income$0
Net gain from sale of non-inventory assets$0
Net income from fundraising events$0
Net income from gaming activities$0
Net income from sales of inventory$0
Miscellaneous revenues$0
Total revenues$5,211,102

Form 990s for Leveling the Playing Field

Fiscal year endingDate received by IRSFormPDF link
2022-122023-10-19990View PDF
2021-122022-07-12990View PDF
2020-122021-11-10990View PDF
2019-122021-01-21990View PDF
2018-122019-10-16990View PDF
...and 5 more Form 990s

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Data update history
February 4, 2024
Received grants
Identified 16 new grant, including a grant for $50,000 from Bender Foundation
November 27, 2023
Posted financials
Added Form 990 for fiscal year 2022
October 25, 2023
Received grants
Identified 13 new grant, including a grant for $70,379 from Monumental Sports and Entertainment Foundation
July 16, 2023
Posted financials
Added Form 990 for fiscal year 2021
June 14, 2023
Posted financials
Added Form 990 for fiscal year 2020
Nonprofit Types
Amateur sports clubsSports organizationsCharities
Human servicesSports
Receives government fundingCommunity engagement / volunteeringTax deductible donations
General information
9170 Brookville Rd
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Metro area
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
Montgomery County, MD
Website URL
(301) 844-5620
IRS details
Fiscal year end
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Form 990
Year formed
Eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions (Pub 78)
NTEE code, primary
N65: Football Clubs, Leagues
NAICS code, primary
7113: Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events
Parent/child status
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