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 3000 W MacArthur Blvd, Suite 412
 Santa Ana, CA 92704
[P] (714) 4382494
[F] --
[email protected]
Emily Ferrell
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Organization DBA RFK
Royal Family KIDS
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years No
Employer Identification Number 33-0380021 --


Mission StatementMORE »

Create life-changing moments for children in difficult places.

Mission Statement

Create life-changing moments for children in difficult places.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year 2019
Projected Expenses $1,600,000.00
Projected Revenue $1,600,000.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Regional Ambassadors

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2017 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

For more details regarding the organization's financial information, select the financial tab and review available comments.


Mission Statement

Create life-changing moments for children in difficult places.

Background Statement

In 1990 Wayne left the church position to launch Royal Family Kids’ Camp, Inc. full time. In 2008, the organization expanded to include a school year Club and Mentoring program and changed its name to Royal Family KIDS®.

We enlist and train churches across America each summer on how to launch and sustain their local camps and mentoring clubs. We also provide ongoing support services for existing camps and mentoring clubs.

In 2017 Royal Family KIDS served over 8,600 children in 233 camps in 41 states and 6 international countries. Over 119,000 children have been enrolled in the camps since 1985. 

Wayne and his wife, Diane, have coauthored three books: Unlocking the Secret World, by Tyndale House Publishers (1995); Moments Matter — The Stories of Royal Family Kids’ Camps (2000); and From Despair to an Heir—Healing the Heart of a Child (2008). They wrote a Special Edition 20th Anniversary book—A Week of Memories—A Life of Hope (2010), consisting of testimonials from 20 former campers who have all returned to serve at the camps.

Wayne and Diane feel a profound sense of joy and urgency to reach out to the battered, abused and neglected children of this country. They want to see every foster child, age 6-12, experience a life changing camp and mentoring club. 

Impact Statement

Since 1985 we have mobilized the faith community to confront child abuse. We now have 233 Camps (30 International) and 46 Clubs. We have over 14,000 volunteers who give up a week of vacation, each year, in the cathedral of the outdoors to help America's most vulnerable. Our relational model of care means that we have opportunity to provide mentoring throughout the school year as well.
We have also seen (in 2017 alone):
  • 213 children return to volunteer at Camp or Club as a teen or adult
  • 26 families that have decided to adopt because of Camp or Club
  • 99 family that have decided to foster because of Camp or Club
  • 96 college students that changed their course of study because of Camp or Club 

Needs Statement

Because Royal Family KIDS operates similar to a franchise model, we are constantly in need of new church leadership connections as well as funding in order to complete training of new Camp and Mentoring Club directors.
  • Funding for training materials and annual improvements/editing
  • Introductions to new churches that do not have a RFK camp
  • Introductions to state government officials with an interest in children in foster care
  • Funding for large scale communication efforts
  • Constant prayers for God to use our organization to help reach children in the foster care system

CEO Statement

We believe we can change the face of foster care in the United States - not through systems, politics or programs - but through people. We are looking for people to help us do that through a one week Camp experience and extend that out for a nine month mentoring opportunity. 

Board Chair Statement


Other Ways to Donate/Volunteer

Royal Family KIDS is the nation's leading network of Camps and Mentoring Clubs for children of foster care, ages 6-12. Each Camp and Club is sponsored by a faith based community. Our local chapters always have need for in-kind donations as well as limited availability to volunteer. See for more information.

Geographic Area Served

We are currently serving children in 41 States and 6 Countries. All of our locations are listed on our website;

Organization Categories

  1. Human Services - Foster Care
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Regional Ambassadors

In order to achieve our mission of creating life-changing moments for children of abuse, we are structuring the United States into nine regions (Pacific, Northwest, Southwest, South, Southeast, Mid-Atlantic, New England, Great Lakes, and Midwest) each of which will be managed by a RFK Ambassador. The purpose of this strategy is to serve the most children in foster care age 6-12 through strong regional networks. Each RFK Ambassador will increase awareness of the need by engaging local churches, businesses, communities and individual champions. As a result of this engagement, RFK will enter into regional conversations focused on solutions, identifying, training and equipping the faith community to serve through camps and mentoring clubs and secure financial investments to support the growth.

Budget  $425,000
Category  Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy, General/Other Children's Rights
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years)
Program Short-Term Success 

Short-term success is measured by a minimum of 10% growth in each of our regions annually in the following areas:

Number of children served.
Number of churches serving children in foster care.
Number of volunteers serving at Royal Family KIDS camps and mentoring clubs.
Number of donors partnering with Royal Family KIDS to further the mission in their region.
Program Long-Term Success 

Long-term success means increasing regional relationships resulting in increased regional involvement in serving children in foster care. As a result of increased involvement year over year, we would expect to see; an increase in the number of foster families, an increase in the number of adoptions, an increase in the number higher level learning pertaining to social services and justice, an increase in the number of former foster children who take an active role in finding a solution, an increase in community awareness and action to prevent child abuse and care for the victims and a decrease in human trafficking.

Ultimate success will be achieved when every child in foster care between the ages of 6-12 are able to experience camp and mentoring club. We know this experience will forever change the life trajectory for a significant number of the children.

Program Success Monitored By 

We currently have 4 regions managed by Ambassadors. The total current budget is $200,000. In order to bring on an additional Ambassador to cover a region we need approximately $85,000. If all 9 regions were covered this would result in a budget of approximately $425,000. Every year, each ambassador must write up a report to the program director that shows the total amount of growth gained within that year. The program director then reviews the reports and works with the ambassadors to develope strategic plans for the next year.

Examples of Program Success  --


CEO/Executive Director Chris Carmichael
CEO Term Start Jan 2014
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience --

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
Wayne Tesch June 1990 Dec 2013

Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Tony Choi V.P. of Finance --
Jeff Juhala Vice President of Training --
Kerry Rhodes Director of Outreach --


Award Awarding Organization Year
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Affiliation Year
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External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
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Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 14
Number of Part Time Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 14,000
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % --
Staff Professional Development Yes

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 1
Caucasian: 13
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: --
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 9
Male: 5
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers --
Management Succession Plan Yes
Organization Policies And Procedures Yes
Business Continuity of Operations Plan --

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 Bi-Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually

Government Licenses


CEO Comments


Foundation Comments



Board Chair Lettie Cowie
Board Chair Company Affiliation No Affiliation
Board Chair Term -
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Randy Argue No Affiliation Voting
Rebecca Captain No Affiliation Voting
Lettie Cowie No Affiliation Voting
James Davidson -- Voting
Teddy Fong Community Volunteer Voting
Steve Fryer -- Voting
Don Glacy No Affiliation Voting
Gunnar Gustafson Community Volunteer Voting
Kenneth Huff M.D. Community Volunteer Voting
Mike Lang Community Volunteer Voting
Dan Streit Community Volunteer Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Additional Board Members and Affiliations

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 1
Caucasian: 10
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: --
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 2
Male: 9
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 75%
Written Board Selection Criteria --
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 90%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 30%
Board Orientation No

CEO Comments


Foundation Comments


Standing Committees

  • Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
  • Finance


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2017 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2019 to Dec 31, 2019
Projected Revenue $1,600,000.00
Projected Expenses $1,600,000.00
Form 990s

2017 990

2016 990

2015 990

Audit Documents

2017 Audit

IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Total Revenue $1,861,416 $1,469,694 $1,374,792
Total Expenses $1,810,547 $1,942,039 $1,597,786

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Revenue By Revenue Source
Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$1,247,929 $1,092,183 $873,522
Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- -- $0
Individual Contributions -- -- --
Indirect Public Support -- -- $0
Earned Revenue $197,962 $106,356 $142,700
Investment Income, Net of Losses $35,998 $99,391 $22,708
Membership Dues -- -- $0
Special Events -- -- $-19,918
Revenue In-Kind -- -- $0
Other $379,527 $171,764 $269,346

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Expense By Type
Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Program Expense $1,001,349 $1,085,343 $1,244,557
Administration Expense $809,198 $856,696 $328,360
Fundraising Expense -- -- $24,869
Payments to Affiliates -- -- $0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.03 0.76 0.86
Program Expense/Total Expenses 55% 56% 78%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 0% 0% 3%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Total Assets $2,802,993 $2,657,945 $2,874,629
Current Assets -- -- $339,976
Long-Term Liabilities -- -- $39,903
Current Liabilities $36,147 $29,871 $97,449
Total Net Assets $2,766,846 $2,628,074 $2,737,277

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 0.00 0.00 3.49

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 0% 1%
Endowment Value --
Spending Policy --
Percentage(If selected) --
Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? --
Capital Campaign Purpose --
Campaign Goal --
Capital Campaign Dates -
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount --
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? --

CEO Comments


Foundation Comments

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


Other Documents

No Other Documents currently available.