Imajine That is proud to be honored at the first-annual B Corporation Best for the World Celebration & Awards Ceremony on September 8 2016, in partnership with the University of California, Berkeley’s Haas Business School.
Imajine That scored in the top 10 percent of all B Corporations in Community, Customer, and Overall Impact and is recognized as an exceptional performer in a global community of incredible businesses.
Susan Leger-Ferraro, Imajine That’s Founder and CEO, was present to receive the award and celebrate with fellow B Corporations across the world. “The virtues, ideals and practical model that supports an organization in practicing social and environmental stewardship by being a B Corp is amazing. It’s a road map to transform humanity!” said Susan Leger-Ferraro.
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Imajine That | Interactive children’s museum | Boston
The echoing hallways of traditional museums are a far cry from the vast educational program at Imajine That, a 12,000-square-foot museum in Boston where kids scramble through a huge dinosaur climbing structure, families play-shop in a mini-Whole Foods Market, and visitors learn how to write computer code from a robot.
CEO Susan Leger-Ferraro raises funding in conjunction with educators from sources such as the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation. So far the business has raised more than $40 million in grants from philanthropies and corporate sponsors. Whole Foods Market, for example, pays for the mock grocery store and its upkeep. Fees for admission, special events, educational programs and teacher training contribute to the company’s bottom line.
The museum is among Boston’s Top 50 Fastest-Growing Companies in 2016 with additional revenues from reduced-price books, low-cost science and technology classes, and after-school programs held off-site at local schools.
For the past 10 years, Imajine That has been committed to high standards of social and environmental performance and was certified at a B Corporation in November 2015. The certification received a truly impressive score of 163.4 is well above the average certification score of 95.
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About Imajine That
Imajine That is passionate about growing children, families and educators — as well as the best possible ecosystems for this growth. Imajine That operates an innovative, interactive children’s Museum and early childhood programs, via Imajine That University, in Lawrence. In addition, Imajine That provides extended learning after school programming to 14 classrooms in the Boston Public Schools and is also recognized as a leader in the development and training of Massachusetts Early Education Professionals.