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Kristie's Foundation

 1570 E. Edinger Ave, Unit 8
 Santa Ana, CA 92705
[P] (714) 625-3364
[F] --
www.kristies.org
[email protected]
Laurie Kotas
FOUNDED: 2003
INCORPORATED: 2003
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Organization DBA Kristie's
Former Names Wishland (2003)
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years No
Employer Identification Number 20-0224183 00000

Summary


Mission StatementMORE »

Kristie's Foundation provides assistance, support and cherished moments to critically ill children and their families. Our focus is on end-of-life care for children and support for the family that loves them.

Mission Statement

Kristie's Foundation provides assistance, support and cherished moments to critically ill children and their families. Our focus is on end-of-life care for children and support for the family that loves them.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year 2019
Projected Expenses $220,000.00
Projected Revenue $220,000.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Family Support
  • Comfort Care

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Overview


Mission Statement

Kristie's Foundation provides assistance, support and cherished moments to critically ill children and their families. Our focus is on end-of-life care for children and support for the family that loves them.

Background Statement

Kristie's Foundation was started by Laurie Kotas, a mother that lost her daughter Kristie, to Leukemia, when she was just 7 years old. As a grief specialist and Certified Hospice Manager, Laurie's passion is helping other families dealing with having a critically ill child and is facing the possibility of losing that child.

Impact Statement

Kristie's has had many accomplishments this past year.  One of our biggest accomplishments is that we recently paid off all of our debt.  We had been carrying debt since 2008 when one of our largest donors was unable to continue supporting us.  Another accomplishment is that we have hired a nurse and grief specialist and  kicked off our Comfort Care Program that many in the health care community desperately asked for .  
 
Kristie's Foundation's big dream is to open the first "family" end-of-life care facility in the nation! We are looking for "investors" that want to join us on this mission! It will be a very special place for young adults, young families and children when faced with a terminal illness. 
 

Needs Statement

50,000 children die every year in the US.  Very few of these children have hospice support available to them or adequate end-of-life care. Kristie's fills a gap in care for the children and their families. 
What Kristie's needs most, are partners and investors that want to join us on our mission to change this.  In 2018 we need to raise $250,000 for our programs and operating expenses. 
 
Kristie's also needs compassionate, and loving volunteers to help us with hospital respite, office support, hospice volunteers, warehouse help, house cleaners and more. 

CEO Statement

As a mother that lost her child to cancer, I find it difficult to understand that hospice and end-of-life care is not readily available to terminally ill children in our country. My life's mission is to help change this so no other family has to experience what I went through. Kristie's Foundation plays a vital role in the lives of these families and is at the forefront in this change. 

Board Chair Statement

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Other Ways to Donate/Volunteer

All donations are greatly appreciated! You can donate by mailing a check, provide an in-kind donation, host a fundraiser or friendraiser, join our monthly giving club, get your employer involved, leave a legacy, and donate items for our Ebay program. Volunteers are always needed to help us both with the children and their families and behind the scenes. Please call us for volunteer opportunities.

Geographic Area Served

In a specific U.S. city, cities, state(s) and/or region.
Other
We provide support and services throughout Southern California. 

Organization Categories

  1. Health Care - Health Support
  2. Mental Health & Crisis Intervention - Counseling
  3. Health Care - Home Health Care

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Programs


Family Support

For families who have a child with a poor prognosis and whose lives have been turned upside down by this crisis. We provide as much as possible, from fun family activities, emergency financial assistance for essential needs to emotional support for the entire family through specially trained staff and volunteers. We wrap our arms around these families to help them with many unique needs.

    -Resources for emergency housing, counseling, family therapy, home repairs and more
    -Emergency funds for groceries, gas and special needs
    -Fun family activities (quarterly) – Days at the park, theme parks, sports/special events and more!!!
    -Assistance with funeral arrangements and expenses (Kristie’s has arranged special fees at many funeral homes)

    -Parent to parent support (well healed bereaved parents supporting other parents)
    - Hospital visits & in-patient respite care
    -24/7 crisis support
    -Palliative Care Support

Budget  $128,000.00
Category  Human Services, General/Other Children & Youth Services
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Families At-Risk Populations
Program Short-Term Success  With the diagnosis of a pediatric life threatening illness and a poor prognosis, comes chaos and upheaval of every aspect of the family unit.  As though the stresses of long hospital stays and agonizing treatments aren't enough, in the blink of an eye, what once was easy and effortless becomes impossible.  With mounting medical and pharmaceutical bills and extensive traveling back and forth for treatments, many families have trouble making ends meet.  Kristie's Foundation is successful when we are able to soften the families journey and help them with some of their special needs.
Program Long-Term Success  The long-term success of this program will be when all families are assisted for all their special needs.  Having enough funds to help families with  more of their essential needs, funeral expenses and hiring more grief specialists for better bereavement and crisis support.
Program Success Monitored By  Measuring the success of our programs are done in 3 ways.  First, we track the number of families requesting services and support.  We also ask the family to fill out a questionnaire that asks what Kristie's is doing right and how we can do better.  We also keep in close contact with our healthcare partners asking for feedback whenever possible.  Together, these help us monitor the success of our programs.
Examples of Program Success  Our families can say it best:

Comfort Care

 This program was initiated in 2012 after receiving many requests from both families and children's Palliative Care Teams.  Many hospitals and  hospices have cut their home health programs for children due to budget cuts and Kristie's knows how valuable and necessary this service is to families that are at home with a child facing their final days.  Also, end-of-life care for children is scarce or completely unavailable in  many areas of Southern California.
 
Kristie's Comfort Care Program offers non-medical support utilizing licenses nurse aides and grief specialists.  At this point in a child's illness, Kristie's families are overwhelmed and usually have very limited resources.  Nurse aides will help bath, feed and care for the child and our grief specialists will help the family emotionally.  Kristie's also helps secure volunteers to clean homes and provide meals so parents can focus on being parents and spending precious time with their child. 
Budget  $86,000.00
Category  Health Care, General/Other Hospice Care
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Families At-Risk Populations
Program Short-Term Success  Our short term success is when every family with a terminally ill child in Southern California has adequate end-of-life care and support for their child and family.
Program Long-Term Success  The long-term success of this program will be when all children have adequate end-of-life care and their families have the support they need to be able to carry on with their lives.
Program Success Monitored By  This program will be monitored by tracking the number of families requesting services and support, by having the families fill out questionnaires, and keeping the lines of communication open with our healthcare partners.  Together, these help us monitor the success of our programs.
Examples of Program Success  Kristie's Comfort Care Program is our newest program.  We anticipate incredible success with this program.  Hospitals and Palliative Care teams are so excited that Kristie's will be able to fill a gap in care for these families.

Management


CEO/Executive Director Mrs. Laurie Kotas
CEO Term Start Sept 2003
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience Laurie Kotas has been a passionate community leader in pediatric palliative care and changing the way we care for dying children since 1985 when her child passed away from leukemia. She is a Certified grief specialist and Certified Hospice Manager and works tirelesly for the children and their families.
 

Former CEOs and Terms

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Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Sara Chapman R.N. Director of Comfort Care Sara has an extensive background in Pediatric Intensive Care and Neonatal Intensive Care.  Sara brings her love of caring for these children to Kristie's along with her amazing zest for life.  She is dedicated, compassionate and has a passion for Kristie's mission. 

Awards

Award Awarding Organization Year
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Affiliations

Affiliation Year
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External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
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Collaborations

Kristie's Foundation collaborates with all the Children's Hospitals and Palliative Care Teams in Southern California. Collaboration is essential in providing continuum of care for the children and support for the family.

Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 1
Number of Part Time Staff 2
Number of Volunteers 50
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % 75%
Staff Professional Development Yes

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 3
Hispanic/Latino: 1
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 4
Male: 0
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has Strategic Plan? No
Years Strategic Plan Considers 3
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Organization Policies And Procedures Yes
Business Continuity of Operations Plan No

Risk Management Provisions

Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes

Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? Yes
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Quarterly
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Quarterly

Government Licenses

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CEO Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Governance


Board Chair Kevin Stolpe
Board Chair Company Affiliation Get Sauced
Board Chair Term Aug 2016 - July 2019
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Rich Bravo Dubdirect biz.com Voting
Mary Hyatt Hyatt Enterprises Voting
Laurie Kotas Kristie's Foundation Voting
Faith Montes Union Bank Voting
Kevin Stolpe Get Sauced Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Additional Board Members and Affiliations

Name Company Affiliations Status
Marissa DeGenaro Bereaved Parent NonVoting

Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 1
Caucasian: 3
Hispanic/Latino: 2
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 3
Male: 2
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 80%
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 100%
Board Orientation Yes

CEO Comments

Kristie's Board of Directors is an active working Board. We rely greatly on each member to participate and commit to the Foundation for one full year.

Foundation Comments

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Standing Committees

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Financials


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2017 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Fiscal Year Aug 01, 2018 to July 31, 2019
Projected Revenue $220,000.00
Projected Expenses $220,000.00
Form 990s

2017 Form 990

2016 Form 990

2015 Form 990

2014 990's

2013 Form 990

2012 Form 990

2011 Form 990

Audit Documents

2013 Audited Financials

2012 Audited Financials

IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Total Revenue $164,708 $227,222 $164,428
Total Expenses $159,878 $215,021 $148,868

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Revenue By Revenue Source
Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$73,108 $227,200 $159,975
Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- $0 $0
Individual Contributions -- -- --
Indirect Public Support -- $0 $0
Earned Revenue -- $0 $0
Investment Income, Net of Losses -- $0 $0
Membership Dues -- $0 $0
Special Events -- $0 $0
Revenue In-Kind $91,600 $91,800 $75,500
Other -- $22 $4,453

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Expense By Type
Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Program Expense $140,578 $188,746 $131,458
Administration Expense $19,300 $26,275 $17,410
Fundraising Expense -- $0 $0
Payments to Affiliates -- $0 $0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.03 1.06 1.10
Program Expense/Total Expenses 88% 88% 88%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 0% 0% 0%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Total Assets $51,277 $43,647 $36,759
Current Assets $49,420 $23,787 $19,899
Long-Term Liabilities -- $0 $0
Current Liabilities $900 $3,100 $8,413
Total Net Assets $50,377 $40,547 $28,346

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 54.91 7.67 2.37

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 0% 0%
Endowment Value --
Spending Policy N/A
Percentage(If selected) --
Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Purpose To raise funds to open Kristie's Place. The first "family" hospice nationwide for terminally ill children and young adults with children.
Campaign Goal --
Capital Campaign Dates -
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount --
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes

CEO Comments

Kristie's Foundation was hit hard by the economic crisis. Our income went from $600,000 to just over $200,000 in 4 years due to many of our Corporate supporters closing or they not able to donate. We have tightened our belts, paid off all of our debt, revamped our programs and are hopefull that 2018/19 will be a much better year financially for us.  Kristie's Foundation's programs are much more focused on end-of-life and we are able to provide more comprehensive support for the children and families. 

Foundation Comments

Summary financial data is per the Form 990s and consultation with the organization. Foundation/corporate and individual contributions are combined under Foundation and Corporation Contributions.

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