Our Dream Playground
Our new step-by-step project planner offers the money and know-how to make your playground dreams come true.
Tools and Resources
Get funding, learn the nuts and bolts of building a great place to play, and improve your local playground.
Build it with KaBOOM!
Build a great place to play for your community with the help of your neighbors, friends, KaBOOM! and our Funding Partners.
Save Play in Your Community
Get tips, ideas, and inspiration for making your community more playful.
Playful City USA
Our Playful City USA program recognizes cities and towns that embrace play as a priority.
Our collection of books will inspire you to bring more play to your family, neighborhood, and community at large.
What We Do
KaBOOM! is a national nonprofit dedicated to saving play for America’s children.
Who We Are
We are peppy, purple-adorned people who passionately promote the power of play!
Partner With Us
Our partners help us to create new playgrounds and to spread the word about the importance of PLAY.
KaBOOM! Reports and Studies
990 & Audited Financial Statements
For previous years' statements, click here.
KaBOOM! Annual Report (2012)
Previous Annual Reports:
PDF The 2011 KaBOOM! Annual Report (approx. 11 Mb)
PDF The 2010 KaBOOM! Annual Report (approx. 11 Mb)
PDF The 2009 KaBOOM! Annual Report (approx. 6 Mb)
PDF The 2008 KaBOOM! Annual Report (approx. 8 Mb)
Playgrounds that Build Communities (2011)
While KaBOOM! helps communities build playgrounds in a matter of weeks, the impact goes above and beyond a healthy play space for kids. A new Knight Foundation report finds that the projects help volunteers and local organizations cultivate the skills, confidence and inspiration to get more involved in their communities. KaBOOM!: Playgrounds that Build Communities, the first in-depth evaluation on the organization, provides lessons for groups seeking to engage volunteers in community change efforts.
PDF Playgrounds That Build Communities (approx. 1.5 Mb)
Monitor Report (2010)
Released June 2, 2010 by the Monitor Institute, Breaking New Ground: Using the Internet to Scale: A Case History of KaBOOM!, examines the innovation in organizational growth implemented by KaBOOM!. Learn more.
Play Matters (2009)
In municipalities across America, engaged citizens and civic leaders are actively seeking innovative ways to improve the accessibility, quality, and quantity of play and play spaces for children. To help cities build awareness & political capital and develop a policy on play, KaBOOM! identified 12 relevant and innovative best practices in play.
PDF Play Matters - Full Report (approx. 2.5 Mb)
PDF Play Matters - Full Report with Extended Case Studies
(approx. 4 Mb)
Download individual sections of the report
ABCD Impact Study
Beginning in May 2007, KaBOOM! engaged the Asset-Based Community Development Institute (ABCD) of Northwestern University to conduct an evaluation of its Community Build process and the impact the projects are having on local neighborhoods.
PDF Download the executive summary - (approx. 32Kb)
PDF Download the presentation - (approx. 700Kb)