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Kids Konnected

 26071 Merit Circle, #103
 Laguna Hills, CA 92653
[P] (949) 582-5443
[F] (949) 582-3989
www.kidskonnected.org
[email protected]ed.org
Mandy McGowen
FOUNDED: 1993
INCORPORATED: 1997
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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 33-0754654 00000

Summary


Mission StatementMORE »

At Kids Konnected, we know that cancer affects the entire family. Each of your children will experience your diagnosis in a different way and with different feelings. Cancer is not an easy subject to talk about and many parents try to avoid the topic in fear that they will scare their children.
At Kids Konnected, our approach is to provide a supportive environment to the children so that they can share their feelings alongside other children going through the same thing. We provide free services such as support groups, summer camps, education, and fun events that allow the children to have a break from their parents cancer diagnosis.

Mission Statement

At Kids Konnected, we know that cancer affects the entire family. Each of your children will experience your diagnosis in a different way and with different feelings. Cancer is not an easy subject to talk about and many parents try to avoid the topic in fear that they will scare their children.
At Kids Konnected, our approach is to provide a supportive environment to the children so that they can share their feelings alongside other children going through the same thing. We provide free services such as support groups, summer camps, education, and fun events that allow the children to have a break from their parents cancer diagnosis.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year 2017
Projected Expenses $279,790.00
Projected Revenue $279,790.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Support Groups
  • Camp
  • Youth Leadership
  • Family Events

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

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Overview


Mission Statement

At Kids Konnected, we know that cancer affects the entire family. Each of your children will experience your diagnosis in a different way and with different feelings. Cancer is not an easy subject to talk about and many parents try to avoid the topic in fear that they will scare their children.
At Kids Konnected, our approach is to provide a supportive environment to the children so that they can share their feelings alongside other children going through the same thing. We provide free services such as support groups, summer camps, education, and fun events that allow the children to have a break from their parents cancer diagnosis.

Background Statement

Kids Konnected was developed on the premise that when a parent gets cancer, the entire family is affected and the needs of the children must be addressed. Our programs started in California and soon spread nationwide.  Eleven year old Jon Wagner-Holtz established kids Konnected in 1993 after his mother was diagnosed with breast cancer, Jon felt alone with his feelings, his friends didn’t understand, and he really wanted to talk to another kids who might be going through the same experience.  Jon approached the Orange County, California Race for the Cure, a part of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation, who granted him $250 to start a brand new phone connection, Jon’s own Hot Line, with other kids in his community.We were originally known as the Komen Kids, Kids Konnected grew quickly and was granted a 501c3 non-profit corporation status in 1997.  Kids Konnected became it’s own non-profit corporation to better facilitate growth. Jon says, “The success of a program lies in the tears of a child being wiped away by a caring friend and in the quiet ‘Thanks’ of a sick parent that can worry less about the emotional stress their illness has on their children.” Kids helping Kids is what we’re all about. Because of our “Konnection” you don’t have to be alone anymore.

Kids Konnected’s corporate office is located at 26071 Merit Circle Suite 103, Laguna Hills, California  92658.   Our phone is 949-582-5443, and our email is [email protected]

Kids Konnected is supported by the generous gifts from corporations, foundations and individuals.  We receive no county, state or federal funding and our board of trustees are non-compensated.

Kids Konnected strives to spread our support groups to new communities every year. 


Impact Statement

Over 20 years Kids Konnected has been able to reach:

  • 6,000 Families Nation Wide through our "Hope the Bear" Cancer Resource Package.
  • 8,250 Children have received their own "Hope" teddy bear to help them cope with their parent's cancer or the loss of their parent.
  • 3,000 Teens have received books and support materials to help them navigate their parent's cancer, or the loss of their parent, during this important stage of life.
  • 2,400 Children and Teens have gotten a break from cancer, and the opportunity to just be a kid, through our therapeutic summer camp program.
  • 25,000 Children and Teens have received much needed friendship and understanding through our support groups.

The goal for Kids Konnected in 2016 is to build more social and support programs for kids and teens who have a parent with cancer or have lost a parent to cancer. The organization is looking to add more staff to support Kids Konnected's impact in the local community! 

 
 

Needs Statement

Top 5 Most Pressing Needs for Kids Konnected
 
1. Funding for Programs and Services $150,000
2. Staff to support Kids Konnected $35,000
3. Technology and Website $15,000
4. Supplies $5,000
5. Space for Support Groups to be Held $35,000
 

CEO Statement

According to the California Cancer Registry, approximately 12,000 new cases of cancer are diagnosed in Orange County each year. Hundreds of these younger survivors are raising young children and teenagers who are particularly vulnerable to the stresses and anxieties of a parent’s illness.  Our target population is the families of these cancer victims. Children and teens face psychological, physiological and academic pressures, all of which are complicated by a parent’s diagnosis of cancer. It is common for children and teens with a parent going through cancer treatment to develop a diagnosis of a major depression episode or generalized anxiety.Though young people demonstrate amazing fortitude in coping with complex life issues, there are warning signs that our therapists review: 

  • Showing symptoms of chronic depression: sleeping difficulties, restlessness and low self-esteem
  • Experiencing academic failureor indifference to school-related activities
  • Deteriorating relationshipswith family and friends
  • Risk-taking behaviorssuch as drug or alcohol abuse, fighting, sexual experimentation
  • Denying painwhile at the same time acting overly strong or mature
  • Considering suicidal thought or plans
Kids Konnected is serving an otherwise overlooked population suffering from the effects of cancer.  Some support systems in the area focus solely on adult co-survivors. Others focus on children, but only for bereavement counseling. By offering therapeutic support services at no cost, Kids Konnected is serving those with low-moderate income who would likely not be able to afford private therapy for their children. Kids Konnected services for children, teens and parents affected by cancer are always free of charge and therefore address the support service needs of those in low-income populations, individuals who are uninsured or under-insured (thereby receiving little or no mental health coverage) and those near poverty level. We serve families with any type of cancer, whether it is the mother or the father with the disease.    

Board Chair Statement

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Other Ways to Donate/Volunteer

Join Giving Hearts, our monthly donor club, and help kids with parents affected by cancer find free psycho-social support from a licensed therapist and friendship and support from peers who understand what they are going through. http://kidskonnected.org/giving-hearts/
 
Volunteer with Kids Konnected. From fundraising events, to community building activities, to care package decorating, we need all kinds of help at Kids Konnected. Email us at [email protected] to find out how you can volunteer.  

Geographic Area Served

Central Orange County
West Orange County
South Orange County
North Orange County

Kids Konnected operates support groups in Los Angeles, Pasadena, Brea, Santa Ana, Irvine, Laguna Hills, Temecula, and San Diego, CA and Las Vegas, NV. See our full support group schedule and information about partner groups across the US on our website: http://kidskonnected.org/support-groups/

Organization Categories

  1. Mental Health & Crisis Intervention - Counseling
  2. Human Services - Children's and Youth Services
  3. Diseases Disorders & Medical Disciplines - Cancer

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Programs


Support Groups

Support Groups: Children and teens face psychological, physiological and academic pressures, all of which are complicated by a parent's diagnosis of cancer.lt is common for children and teens with a parent going through cancer treatment to develop a diagnosis of a major depression episode or generalized anxiety. Children need age-appropriate education, comfort, and guidance to address these damaging behaviors, without the barriers of high-cost private therapy. Kids Konnected addresses this need through our bi-monthly Support Group program. ln this program, kids meet face to face in age-specific, groups to discuss how a parent's cancer is impacting their lives.The group atmosphere is conducive to healing, as the children share in one another's strength and in turn realize their own strength. Groups are facilitated by licensed professional therapists and assisted by our Youth Leaders. While the children are in their group, the parents convene for their own session,which is also facilitated by a licensed professional therapist. The coping skills learned here not only guide the children through a family's cancer crisis, but also serve the children as they mature and face other types of life problems. 

Budget  $157,000.00
Category  Youth Development, General/Other Youth Development, General/Other
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years)
Program Short-Term Success  Program Evaluation:  Our goal is to minimize the negative effects and assist the children to experience positive growth from their experience.  Kids Konnected mitigates the risk of the health crisis from becoming an emotional crisis with potentially long-lasting scars for the children’s well-being.Kids Konnected conducts a formative evaluation of its program. The data source survey evaluates multiple metrics which quantify a percent change in such indicators as: depressive symptoms, anxiety symptoms, and family communications. For example, one metric, the “Depression Inventory” may indicate a decrease of up to 40% in depressive symptoms including feelings of sadness, discouragement, low self-esteem, and loss of interest in life.    
Program Long-Term Success 

Positive Community Outcomes: Kids Konnected conducts a formative evaluation on a quarterly basis. Data collection consists of the children, parents and therapists participating in the support group completing a comprehensive survey regarding the effectiveness of the session. The data source surveys are compiled and evaluated by our Director of Clinical Services. The data source survey evaluates multiple metrics which quantify a percent change in such indicators as: depressive symptoms, anxiety symptoms, and family communications. For example, one metric, the “Depression Inventory” may indicate a decrease of up to 40% in depressive symptoms including feelings of sadness, discouragement, low self-esteem, and loss of interest in life. The following outcomes are examined quarterly to determine Impact Assessment:

  • Improvement in mood. For example, less depressive symptoms, less anxiety.
  • Improvement in behaviors at home: less anger outbursts, less oppositional behavior.
  • Improvement in behaviors in school:no school phobia, no significant drop in grades.
  • Increase in openness to discuss feelings. Better family communication.
  • Improved parent/child relationship,improved cohesion of family.

The coping skills learned here not only guide the children through a family’s cancer crisis, but also serve the children as they mature and face other types of life problems. 

Program Success Monitored By  Kids Konnected conducts a formative evaluation on a quarterly basis. Data collection consists of the children, parents and therapists participating in the support group completing a comprehensive survey regarding the effectiveness of the session. The data source surveys are evaluated by our Director of Clinical Services. The data source survey evaluates multiple metrics which quantify a percent change in such indicators as: depressive symptoms, anxiety symptoms, and family communications.     
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Camp

Summer Camp Program:  Summer Camp brings together children and teens from across the country, but primarily from our core presence in Orange County. Kids Konnected offers several age specific camp programs, from the Ropes Challenge Course to educational tours for the younger kids to serious challenges for teens. We can teach new skills, confidence and teamwork. Most importantly, you can go to camp and be a kid! All camps are fully accredited and chaperoned by caring adult volunteers. 

While camp provides children a chance for fun and support, it also provides a recuperative respite for the parent with cancer.  For example, some parents schedule surgeries during the days their children are away at camp so that the children are not fearful seeing the parent in the hospital and also so the parent can better focus on post-operative recovery.  Due to financial devastation from cancer, most of our families cannot afford vacations or even day camps for their kids.  Some families are able to pay a portion of the cost for camp, but most are not financially able; Kids Konnected relies on philanthropic support to cover the camp expense for the majority of kids who would otherwise not have the opportunity to attend.  Due to the parent’s illness, they are limited in what they are able to do with their kids, which leaves most of our kids home watching television, feeling lonely and bored.


 

Budget  $38,000.00
Category  Youth Development, General/Other Youth Development, General/Other
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years)
Program Short-Term Success 

·     Objective 1: Provide a resource for education and counseling to a cumulative number of 320 children, teens, and parents at the three Orange County support group locations

·     Objective 2: Reduce feelings of isolation by providing a bi-monthly forum to share experiences, including the effects of a parent's cancer diagnosis or death

·     Objective 3: Reduce the negative psychological effects, such as depression and anxiety that families experience due to a cancer diagnosis or death

Program Long-Term Success 

Positive Community Outcomes: Kids Konnected conducts a formative evaluation on a quarterly basis. Data collection consists of the children, parents and therapists participating in the support group completing a comprehensive survey regarding the effectiveness of the session. The data source surveys are compiled and evaluated by our Director of Clinical Services. The data source survey evaluates multiple metrics which quantify a percent change in such indicators as: depressive symptoms, anxiety symptoms, and family communications. For example, one metric, the “Depression Inventory” may indicate a decrease of up to 40% in depressive symptoms including feelings of sadness, discouragement, low self-esteem, and loss of interest in life. The following outcomes are examined quarterly to determine Impact Assessment:

  • Improvement in mood. For example, less depressive symptoms, less anxiety.
  • Improvement in behaviors at home: less anger outbursts, less oppositional behavior.
  • Improvement in behaviors in school:no school phobia, no significant drop in grades.
  • Increase in openness to discuss feelings. Better family communication.
  • Improved parent/child relationship,improved cohesion of family.
The coping skills learned here not only guide the children through a family’s cancer crisis, but also serve the children as they mature and face other types of life problems. 
Program Success Monitored By  Program Evaluation:  Our goal is to minimize the negative effects and assist the children to experience positive growth from their experience.  Kids Konnected mitigates the risk of the health crisis from becoming an emotional crisis with potentially long-lasting scars for the children’s well-being.Kids Konnected conducts a formative evaluation of its program. The data source survey evaluates multiple metrics which quantify a percent change in such indicators as: depressive symptoms, anxiety symptoms, and family communications. For example, one metric, the “Depression Inventory” may indicate a decrease of up to 40% in depressive symptoms including feelings of sadness, discouragement, low self-esteem, and loss of interest in life. 
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Youth Leadership

Kids Konnected participants who attended services for a year or longer are invited to join the Youth Leadership Program. Youth Leaders epitomize Kids Konnected's mission of kids helping kids and serve as volunteers and mentors in the organization. All youth leaders attended a weekend training retreat and camp counselor training session, serve as counselors at Jr. Camp, mentor younger partcipants and assist therapists at support group meetings, engage in community service efforts, and act as ambassadors for Kids Konnected. This program is an opportunity for youth to give back to the cancer support community.  
Budget  $12,500.00
Category  Youth Development, General/Other Youth Leadership
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years) People/Families of People with Cancer
Program Short-Term Success  The 2016 Youth Leader Program will engage 20 participants in a training retreat, training day, community service project, as volunteers at 4 family events, and 2 social meet-ups throughout the year. 
Program Long-Term Success  85% of all youth leaders will go on to utilize leadership skills learned through the program in their future careers. 
Program Success Monitored By  The success of this program will be monitored by the program manager and executive director through formal and informal evaluations throughout the year. 
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Family Events

Family Events aim to bring families affected by a parent or caregiver’s cancer together for fun and free social events. Meet other families who understand what you’re going through, learn more about available support services, and have a good time! Past events include family cooking classes, beach BBQs, sporting events, San Diego Zoo trips, and our Annual Holiday Party. 
Budget  $15,000.00
Category  Human Services, General/Other Family-Based Services
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Adults
Program Short-Term Success  90% of families enjoy at engaging with other families affected by cancer at family events. 
Program Long-Term Success  90% of participants that attend family events begin to or continue to participate in support group after attending family events. 
Program Success Monitored By  Attendance and follow-up attendance at other Kids Konnected services. 
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Management


CEO/Executive Director Mandy McGowen
CEO Term Start Jan 2014
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience --

Former CEOs and Terms

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Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
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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

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Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 2
Number of Part Time Staff 8
Number of Volunteers 85
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % --
Staff Professional Development Yes

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander: --
Caucasian: 6
Hispanic/Latino: 3
Native American/American Indian: --
Other: --
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 1
Male: 9
Not Specified --

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 5
Management Succession Plan Yes
Organization Policies And Procedures Yes
Business Continuity of Operations Plan Yes

Risk Management Provisions

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

Reporting and Evaluations

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

Government Licenses

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CEO Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Governance


Board Chair Michael DeFries MBA
Board Chair Company Affiliation Manager of Financial Planning & Analysis, Revenue, Masimo, Irvine, CA
Board Chair Term Jan 2014 -
Board Co-Chair Bruce Lipian
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation StoneCreek Capital
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Gino Aielli Ytel Voting
Omid Aslani Hire Right Voting
Rohn Crabtree Vistage --
Lisa Curcio M.D. Breastlink --
Erin DeFries Fullerton Union High School --
Andrea Ells RN Hoag Hospital Voting
Nicole Healy Conference Director, Videonomics, Orange County, CA Voting
Mike Hu M.D. -- --
Stuart Nagasawa M.D. Medical Oncology, Internal Medicine Voting
Donald Oliver MBA Director of Financial Planning & Analysis, Hireright Inc., Irvine, CA Voting
Shirley Ritchie -- --
Scott Robinson Grant Thorton LLP --
Caryn Siebert -- --
Jeremy Walker VMA Media 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: 3
Caucasian: 10
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 1
Gender Female: 6
Male: 8
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 5
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

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Foundation Comments

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Standing Committees

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Financials


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2017 to Dec 31, 2017
Projected Revenue $279,790.00
Projected Expenses $279,790.00
Form 990s

2015 Form 990

2014 990

2013 990

2012 Form 990

2011 Form 990

Audit Documents --
IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Total Revenue $217,331 $306,395 $295,664
Total Expenses $208,844 $291,866 $325,013

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Revenue By Revenue Source
Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$103,500 $0 $130,244
Government Contributions $0 $112,152 $0
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified $0 $112,152 $0
Individual Contributions -- -- --
Indirect Public Support $0 $0 $0
Earned Revenue $4,113 $83,872 $0
Investment Income, Net of Losses $0 $0 $0
Membership Dues $0 $0 $0
Special Events $109,718 $110,371 $165,420
Revenue In-Kind $0 $0 $123,454
Other $0 $0 $0

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Expense By Type
Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Program Expense $147,282 $221,570 $239,873
Administration Expense $14,853 $16,702 $38,821
Fundraising Expense $46,709 $53,594 $46,319
Payments to Affiliates $0 $0 $0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.04 1.05 0.91
Program Expense/Total Expenses 71% 76% 74%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 22% 24% 16%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Total Assets $37,086 $28,611 $14,082
Current Assets $37,086 $28,611 $14,082
Long-Term Liabilities $0 $0 $0
Current Liabilities $0 $0 $0
Total Net Assets $37,086 $28,611 $14,082

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities inf inf inf

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
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 --
Campaign Goal --
Capital Campaign Dates -
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount --
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? --

CEO Comments

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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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