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The KaBOOM! Team

At KaBOOM!, our offices are purple, our desks are cluttered with toys, and our minds are filled with visions of great community-built playspaces. To meet our staff, click on each of the department headings to the right.

2014 KaBOOM! Staff

KaBOOM! awards

  • 50 Best Nonprofits to Work For – The NonProfit Times (2013)
  • 50 Best Nonprofits to Work For – The NonProfit Times (2011)
  • 50 Best Nonprofits to Work For – The NonProfit Times (2010)
  • Golden Halo Award – Cause Marketing Forum (2006)
  • Director’s Award – Committee to Encourage Corporate Philanthropy (2006)
  • Nonprofit Innovation Award – Amazon.com (2005)
  • Best Association/non-profit – PR NEWS Corporate Social Responsibility Awards (2005)
  • Social Capitalist Award – Fast Company magazine (2003)
  • One of America's Best Charities – Worth magazine (2002)
  • Chairman's Commendation – U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (2001)
  • Special Innovation Award – Peter F. Drucker Foundation (2000)

Darell Hammond - Awards and recognitions

  • Lewis Hine Distinguished Service Award – National Child Labor Committee (2012)
  • U.S. Social Entrepreneur of the Year – Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship (2011)
  • Impact 30 Social Entrepreneurs – Forbes (2011)
  • Health Hero – WebMD (2011)
  • Upstander! Award – Facing History & Ourselves (2011)
  • Social Entrepreneurship Award and Honorary Degree – Stevenson University (2011)
  • 40 Under 40 award – Washington Business Journal (2010)
  • American Express NGen Leadership Award – Independent Sector (2010)
  • Lifetime Achievement Award – President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition (2010)
  • NYU Stern’s Satter Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award (2008)
  • Jefferson Award for Greatest Public Service Benefiting the Disadvantaged (2008)
  • Honorary Doctoral Degree – Ripon College (2008)
  • Children's Mental Health Award – NARSAD (2007)
  • President's Volunteer Service Award (2004)
  • Power and Influence Top 50 – The NonProfit Times (2004)
  • Washingtonian of the Year – Washingtonian magazine (2003)
  • Fellow – Ashoka: Innovators for the Public (2003)
  • 40 under 40 – Crain's Chicago Business (2000)
  • Making a Difference Award – Diet Coke (1999)