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Knots of Love, Inc.

 2973 Harbor Blvd., Suite 822
 Costa Mesa, CA 92626
[P] (949) 903-3738
[F] --
www.knotsoflove.org
[email protected]
Christine Fabiani
FOUNDED: 2007
INCORPORATED: 2007
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Organization DBA --
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years No
Employer Identification Number 35-2345369 00000

Summary


Mission StatementMORE »

Our mission at Knots of Love is to warm the hearts and heads of those experiencing traumatic hair loss. Our volunteers lovingly hand-knit and crochet caps for those struggling with treatment-induced hair loss and tiny Neonatal blankets for fragile new lives in incubators. We want our caps and blankets to be a constant reminder to the patient and their loved ones that they are not alone. Our creations are distributed free of charge to hospitals and treatment centers throughout the country.

Mission Statement

Our mission at Knots of Love is to warm the hearts and heads of those experiencing traumatic hair loss. Our volunteers lovingly hand-knit and crochet caps for those struggling with treatment-induced hair loss and tiny Neonatal blankets for fragile new lives in incubators. We want our caps and blankets to be a constant reminder to the patient and their loved ones that they are not alone. Our creations are distributed free of charge to hospitals and treatment centers throughout the country.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year 2018
Projected Expenses $491,185.00
Projected Revenue $478,855.00

ProgramsMORE »

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Overview


Mission Statement

Our mission at Knots of Love is to warm the hearts and heads of those experiencing traumatic hair loss. Our volunteers lovingly hand-knit and crochet caps for those struggling with treatment-induced hair loss and tiny Neonatal blankets for fragile new lives in incubators. We want our caps and blankets to be a constant reminder to the patient and their loved ones that they are not alone. Our creations are distributed free of charge to hospitals and treatment centers throughout the country.

Background Statement

Our Story:
My grandmother taught me how to crochet when I was six years old. As I got older, school and then a family preoccupied my time and crocheting fell by the wayside. After raising two sons I finally had some time to myself and picked up a crochet hook.  I made scarves and afghans for everyone I knew – and not everyone in southern California needs a scarf or afghan! One of my sons asked me to make him a cap but he was insistent so I agreed to give it a try. That initial cap would have fit a bowling ball! But I kept at it and figured it out and before long one cap turned into 20 caps. Both of my sons and all of their friends became cap recipients. I kept making those caps and wondered what in the world I was going to do with them. A dear friend who is a 23-year cancer survivor saw one of the caps and remarked how much she would have liked a cap when she was going through her chemotherapy treatments. The cap would have kept her head warm in the cold treatment rooms and it would have been soft and comfortable to slip on after a long day of wearing a wig. After some research I realized there was a tremendous need for chemo caps, and thus Knots-of-Love was born on June 24, 2007. Knots of Love’s primary goal is to brighten the lives of those in need with kindness and love. All Knots of Love creations are given free of charge to people who are battling cancer or other life-threatening illnesses or injuries. Making caps and brightening the lives of people who are suffering from the ravages of cancer is such a small thing to do, but the results have made a big impact on the patients. The number of treatment centers we send caps to has grown tremendously in two years, and I am contacted daily by medical institutions from coast to coast for caps. People of all ages are in need of love, kindness and support as they wage the fight of their lives. Knots of Love brings together patients, volunteers and families. Our organization equally helps those making the caps and the patients who receive them. As the founder of this non-profit organization, I have seen the tears of joy when patients are handed a cap made from Knots of Love. It puts a smile on their faces and the wind in my sails. Knots of Love has grown beyond anything I ever envisioned, thanks to donors and the legion of volunteers who spend their time and money to make the caps. I am committed to expanding our efforts so we can reach even more patients in cancer treatment centers and, new for 2010, patients in brain surgery centers

Impact Statement

Warming Hearts and Heads One Cap at a Time!
Donating in excess of 300,00 caps.
Adding veterans' hospitals to comfort our brave warriors.
Including blankets for sick babies in Neonatal Intensive Care Units across the country to our mission of warming hearts.

Needs Statement

Funding.  Knots of Love is 100% funded by donations.  
98 percent of your donation directly benefits someone in need. Only 2 percent is allocated to cover administration costs. 
Grant Writers 
Office help 
Cap making volunteers
 
 

CEO Statement

"I am constantly amazed about how the word is spreading about our charity. I began humbly making a cap or 2 to donate, and we are now sending more than 4,000 a month, across the United States! We could send more caps if we had them, and Mr. Smith's kind donation has the potential to make that a reality."
How we make a difference:
 
Warmth:  Caps help keep patients warm in the chilly treatment rooms.
Comfort:  Heads become sore after a long day of wearing a wig, and some chemotherapy drugs cause heads to become tender.  Caps provide respite and comfort, like a cozy pair of slippers or a soft robe.
 
Dignity:  The loss of hair can be traumatic for patients, resulting in embarrassment and seclusion.  Caps provide a fashionable way to cover hair loss and help to restore self-esteem.
Need: many organizations make caps for newborn babies and Childrens' Hospitals but there is a great need for attention to medically-induced baldness in adults.
 
Hospitals
 
 
 

Board Chair Statement

The number of photos, hugs, heart-felt thank you notes, individual requests, and communiques from cancer centers would confirm how well our program works. Requests for caps from nation-wide facilities further attests to the fact that there is a vast need remaining to be filled.

Christine M. Fabiani


Other Ways to Donate/Volunteer

Planned Giving allows you to create a legacy and is a most appreciated way to support the work of Knots of Love. Often with positive tax and estate advantages, a donor can arrange transfer of a variety of assets, including cash gifts, stocks, real estate, life insurance assets and other investment instruments. If you have already named Knots of Love in your will or trust we thank you sincerely. Cash Donations  Check DonationKnots of Love, Inc2973 Harbor Blvd. #822Costa Mesa, CA 92626  Make an "In Memory" Donation for a relative or friend Make an "In Honor of" Donation  Recruit cap makers in your community  Donate Your Time and Talent and Make CapsIf you’re a knitter or crocheter, a novice or someone picking up the needles or hooks after a prolonged absence, we need you! Be sure to use yarns from our approved list, and make sure your caps meet the criteria on our Guidelines page. When you have your cap creations finished, check out our Cap Donation page for further instructions.      

Geographic Area Served

Internationally
Our organization is based in Southern California, but we send caps and blankets to all 50 states. We have sent packages to other countries, but we  primarily serve the United States. Most deliveries are made by UPS. but those facilities which are local get a personal hand-delivery and service visit. One of our Board members took a road trip across country. Along the way, she made personal contact with several hospitals or cancer centers which receive our caps. That trip meant a great deal to both the member and the centers. As founder, I (Christine) try to make as many road trips to facilities in neighboring states as possible.

Organization Categories

  1. Health Care - Health Support
  2. Health Care - Patient & Family Support
  3. Health Care - Hospitals

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Programs


Knots of Love

  • Hand-knitting or crocheting caps a distributing them, free of charge, to Cancer Patients nationwide.
  • Hand-knitting or crocheting blankets and distributing them, free of charge, to Neonatal Intensive Care Units nationwide.
Budget  $10.00 per cap
Category  Human Services, General/Other Personal Goods & Services
Population Served Adults Adolescents Only (13-19 years) Infants to Preschool (under age 5)
Program Short-Term Success  We will continue touching the lives of anyone who has lost their hair for any medical reason by gifting them a hand-made cap.
Program Long-Term Success  We will continue making caps until there is a cure!
Program Success Monitored By  We’ve receive requests daily from Cancer Centers, friends and family members of patients, and patients themselves asking for our caps.  These requests come from all ages and walks of life across the country.
Examples of Program Success 
I believe these comments speak for themselves:
From the hearts of patients:
"I got my hat during my treatment, and haven't taken it off since..."
 
“I am a breast cancer patient, who is also a paraplegic. It is so wonderful to know there are such caring and compassionate people out there, loving us, on beanie at a time.”

“I wish to thank my “angels with magic fingers” for helping me with head coverings during the two times I’ve lost my hair!”

“I just took my first bald walk around the chemo floor and spied your great hats. I am so touched! Sometime it really is the small things that make your day. Thanks to all your volunteers.”

"I wore Knots of Love hats through my treatment and it really made the days brighter. It's so amazing someone made this for me, who doesn't even know me. "

“Thank you so much for your gift of love and support.”

“Knots of Love made me feel pretty for the first time since I was diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer. I walk around the house singing, "I feel pretty oh so pretty.”

What touches me most is people who I will never know who care enough to take the time to make me something that makes me feel better. Because my head is warm and I look cute. I need to look cute now; it’s good for my heart.

“The hats are a big hug on my head. They bring color to my face and make you feel pretty when you are going through tough times.”

From Hospitals:

“I wish you could have seen their faces and heard the oohs and aahs as they looked through the hats and chose the ones they liked. You bring joy and comfort to wonderful brave people who are fighting for their lives.”

“No greater expression of caring and concern can be found than in the selfless extension of time and donations you have provided. Please accept our heartfelt thanks for “serving those who served.”

“We commend you for including our patients in your distribution. The commitment you have shown to our Veteran patients demonstrates your concern for America’s heroes.”
 

Management


CEO/Executive Director Ms. Christine Fabiani
CEO Term Start June 2007
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience
President of The Adoption Guild of Southern Orange County 2005 to 2007 

Former CEOs and Terms

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Senior Staff

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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

Advisory Board

Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 1
Number of Part Time Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 1,000
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % --
Staff Professional Development Yes

Staff Demographics

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

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 1
Management Succession Plan Yes
Organization Policies And Procedures Yes
Business Continuity of Operations Plan No

Risk Management Provisions

Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes

Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? Yes
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Quarterly
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency No N/A
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency N/A N/A

Government Licenses

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CEO Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Governance


Board Chair Ms Christine Fabiani
Board Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Chair Term June 2007 -
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Ms. Alie Stone -- 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
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Board Demographics

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

Board Information

Board Term Lengths --
Board Term Limits --
Board Meeting Attendance % 100%
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 1%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 3%
Board Orientation Yes

CEO Comments

Not only do our recipients get the chance to feel the love and caring of another human being, but our gift brings a sense of purpose to the lives of the knitters.

Foundation Comments

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Standing Committees

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Financials


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2018 to Dec 31, 2018
Projected Revenue $478,855.00
Projected Expenses $491,185.00
Form 990s

2016 KOL 990 2016

2015 KOL 990 2015

2014 KOL 990 2014

2013 KOL 990 2013

Audit Documents --
IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Total Revenue $403,585 $410,044 $406,305
Total Expenses $410,032 $402,913 $412,180

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Revenue By Revenue Source
Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$162,038 $156,193 $399,030
Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- -- $0
Individual Contributions -- -- --
Indirect Public Support -- -- $0
Earned Revenue $1,151 $6,527 $566
Investment Income, Net of Losses $-903 $1 $7
Membership Dues -- -- $0
Special Events $4,498 -- $0
Revenue In-Kind $236,801 $247,323 $273,951
Other -- -- $6,702

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Expense By Type
Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Program Expense $370,867 $350,909 $341,222
Administration Expense $14,000 $19,776 $16,013
Fundraising Expense $25,165 $32,228 $54,945
Payments to Affiliates -- -- $0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 0.98 1.02 0.99
Program Expense/Total Expenses 90% 87% 83%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 15% 21% 14%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Total Assets $38,509 $44,187 $37,043
Current Assets $36,624 $41,676 $34,521
Long-Term Liabilities -- $1,899 $0
Current Liabilities $2,668 $1,899 $1,886
Total Net Assets $35,841 $42,288 $35,157

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 13.73 21.95 18.30

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 4% 0%
Endowment Value --
Spending Policy N/A
Percentage(If selected) --
Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Purpose --
Campaign Goal --
Capital Campaign Dates -
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount --
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? --

CEO 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.

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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