PLATINUM2023

VERMONTS CAMP TAKUMTA

Serving families impacted by childhood cancer.

South Hero, VT   |  www.takumta.org

Mission

Camp Ta-Kum-Ta provides challenging, extraordinary experiences in a safe and loving environment for children who have or have had cancer and their families. Camp existes for Vermont and Northern New York children (including other out-of-state children who are treated in Vermont), at no cost to their families.

Ruling year info

1999

Executive Director

Dennis DePaul

Main address

PO Box 459

South Hero, VT 05486 USA

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EIN

03-0362578

NTEE code info

Recreational and Sporting Camps (Day, Overnight, etc.) (N20)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Due to the pandemic, our in-person programs had to be suspended and we spent 2020 reinventing them on virtual platforms. 2021 brought us a combination of in-person and virtual programs. In 2022 we will be back to fully in-person programming! COVID-19 presented us with many challenges. Brining our children and their families safely back to Camp is a significant undertaking. We are taking all the proper precautions to ensure their safety.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Summer Program

Our signature program is a week-long summer session where kids partake in traditional camp activities such as swimming, athletics, a ropes course and use their creativity in arts & crafts. Camp Ta-Kum-Ta offers once-in-a-lifetime opportunities such as rock climbing expeditions, hot-air balloon rides, formal dances as well as cruises on beautiful Lake Champlain.

Population(s) Served
People with diseases and illnesses

Our winter weekends are filled with all the fun and friendships of our summer residential program, but are only a weekend long and campers will have the opportunity to try great outdoor activities if they choose. Some of the activities include snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, ice skating and sleigh rides. At winter weekend the campers will have a choice of an indoor and outdoor activity each hour.

Population(s) Served
People with diseases and illnesses

During this weekend, we have great plans for mothers of children who have or have had cancer – we will offer these moms a relaxing weekend which will include spa treatments, relaxation, pampering and discussion sessions. Walks and great food are also on the agenda. Each mother will also receive a special gift, something such as a Camp Ta-Kum-Ta tote bag or a Camp Ta-Kum-Ta spa robe.

Population(s) Served
Parents

This program includes 2 nights in the cabins, lots of fun, games, activities, yummy food, lunch, prizes, new & renewed friendships and lots of opportunity to connect with other siblings.

Population(s) Served
Non-adult children

Camp Ta-Kum-Ta in South Hero, Vermont and Camp Rap-A-Hope in Mobile, Alabama are the first Pediatric oncology camps to create an exchange program. Campers and counselors from Camp Rap-A-Hope come to Vermont and participate in one of our Winter Programs. Camp Ta-Kum-Ta has sent campers and counselors down to Camp Rap-A-Hope for their Teen Weekend which is held in February! Camp Rap-A-Hope has an excellent staff, new art projects and many activities to produce a weekend of fun and memories. This is an excellent way for Camp Ta-Kum-Ta’s campers to experience Camp Rap-A-Hope, create lifelong memories and make new friends.

Population(s) Served
People with diseases and illnesses
Adults

We have our annual Dad’s Weekend. This weekend is being offered free of charge to our dads who have had a child attend our camp. They are brought together to share stories, participate in sports, work on a project and are treated to some incredible food.

Population(s) Served
Parents

Our Halloween party is filled with all the fun and friendships of our other year-round programs, but this event opens Camp Ta-Kum-Ta up to not only the campers but also to their families. This event includes fun, games, great festive food, dancing to our DJ’s great jams, and Trick-or-Treating though the Cabin Village! Our Holiday party allows campers and their families the opportunity to eat festive food, participate in fun activities and try great outdoor activities. Some of the activities include snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, ice skating and sleigh rides.

Population(s) Served
Families
Adults

Where we work

Awards

Camp Spirit Award 2020

COCAI

2021 Best of COCAI - Best Program Video 2021

COCAI

2022 Best of COCA - Best Brochure 2022

COCA

2022 Best of COCA - Best Program (Siblings Weekend) 2022

COCA

Affiliations & memberships

Children's Oncology Camping Association International 2021

Children's Oncology Camping Association 2022

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of campers enrolled

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, Families, Parents, People with diseases and illnesses

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of camps offered

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, Families, Parents, People with diseases and illnesses

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Or primary goal at this time is to bring our children, their families and our outstanding volunteers back safely to in-person programs. This will include significant upgrades to our ventilation systems, testing and PPE protocols.

To provide safe camping experiences for families effected by childhood cancer at no cost to build connection and joy.

Camp Ta-Kum-Ta has a magical facility on the island of South Hero in the middle of Lake Champlain, Vermont where we gather as a community and create intentional space to deepen connection and mend the soul. The cancer journey is ROUGH on the entire family and we aim to allow children to be kids.

After a 37 year history, we have our own property, with incredible facilities and we hope to enhance our programs and offer intentional new ones in the coming years directly connected to our mission.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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VERMONTS CAMP TAKUMTA

Board of directors
as of 02/28/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Rosemary Souza-Botten

Patrick Gallivan

VT Dental Association

Sean Grattan

NBT Bank

Rosemary Souza-Botten

Empire BC

Colin Branon

New England Federal Credit Union

Brian Eagan

Vermont Mutual Insurance Group

Rich Gardner

RE/MAX North Professionals

Mark Mayer

Kittell Branagan & Sargent – Certified Public Accountants

Meaghan Cormier

Hall Communications

Jane Donahue-Davis

Burlington Technical Center

Tom Wyand

Retired

Bob Lawrence

A.N. Deringer, Inc.

Christian Chorba

Monaghan Safar Ducham PLLC

Robin Osborne

Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth

Kristen Dukette

UVM Medical Center

Linda Goodrum

Champlain College

Lindsay Davis-Braun

Educator

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/28/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Multi-Racial/Multi-Ethnic (2+ races/ethnicities)
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or other sexual orientations in the LGBTQIA+ community
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/28/2023

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.