PLATINUM2024

KIDS MATTER INTERNATIONAL

Today's Kids Tomorrow's Future

aka Kids Matter   |   Grapevine, TX   |  www.kidsmatterinternational.org

Mission

Our mission is to help children in need by providing free programs that empower them and enhance their lives. We serve school-age children who live at or below the poverty level.

Notes from the nonprofit

Kids Matter International is proud to be named as one of the top non-profit organizations to volunteer for 2021 by Community Impact Newspaper. https://communityimpact.com/dallas-fort-worth/grapevine-colleyville-southlake/nonprofit/2021/11/29/volunteer-guide-11-ways-to-give-back-in-grapevine-colleyville-and-southlake/

Ruling year info

2008

President

Marti A. Conner

Main address

351 E Hudgins Street Suite 113

Grapevine, TX 76051 USA

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EIN

26-0405276

NTEE code info

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

International Educational Development (Q34)

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

>Research on brain development indicates that the stress caused by poverty can impair children’s cognitive development. Lack of food and the very basics of everyday living cause the highest levels of stress. > Kids in their teens who live in poverty are seven times more likely to drop out of school than higher income families. > Among low-income children in the third grade, only 1 in 5 read at a proficient level as compared to over 50% of high-income children. This gap widens when kids do not have access to age-appropriate books or high-quality learning experiences. >Low- income children lose as much as three months of reading comprehension skills over the summer months when they are not attending school. By offering programs to low-income children that address their daily basic needs such as food, clothing, shoes and helping them with reading and comprehension skills, we want to break the cycle of poverty.

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?

Around the Block

Around the Block is our annual clothing event that provides new clothes, shoes, a backpack with a book to each qualifying child who participates. Every year, 1,500 - 2,000 children are served.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Kids Matter provides a free book to thousands of children throughout the country. Volunteers read to and with each child with focus on reading improvement and comprehension. The child is then given their choice of book to take home. Over 20,000 books are distributed annually.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Kids Matter is dedicated to remaining a dependable source for the 23 children, ages 3 to 16. The children receive nourishing and healthy meals, clothing, emotional support, and caring attention from a staff dedicated to their protection, health, and well-being. With financial assistance from Kids Matter, a new housing facility with a computer room was built and opened in 2012. Throughout the years, KMI has been able to send extra support whenever it is needed, such as providing funds to host vacation bible school and holiday celebrations for all the children.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work

Awards

Best Charity To Volunteer in DFW 2021

Community Impact

Affiliations & memberships

Community Impact Newspaper Awards Kids Matter Top Non-Profit Organization for Volunteer Opportunitie 2021

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 clients served

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

Children and youth

Related Program

Around the Block

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The number of children served each years depends on funds raised. By maintaining Platinum level status, we will be able to apply for more grants and seek more corporate funding.

Number of books distributed

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

Children and youth

Related Program

Ramp-Up Reading

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Distribution of books to kids in Title I schools (meal program) was impacted by the pandemic and the fact that schools were closed.

Number of volunteers

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

Children and youth

Related Program

Ramp-Up Reading

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The pandemic affected this metric as some events were cancelled.

Number of youth who volunteer/participate in community service

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

Children and youth

Related Program

Around the Block

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Pandemic impacted numbers of Youth volunteers (13 - 18 yrs). They typically come from a variety of organizations to include: sororities, fraternities, SASO girls, SASO boys, etc.

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.

Provide programs and services to break the cycle of poverty among the youth that we serve. Through two core programs, we address the basic needs of daily living: clothing, food, shoes, etc. Our Ramp Up Reading Program addresses one of the key reasons that children remain in poverty---inability to read or comprehend what they are reading.

AROUND THE BLOCK (CLOTHING PROGRAM):
1. Annually, we conduct 3 events. By increasing the number of events in other communities, we can serve more children. Goal: Add 1 - 2 additional events each year. Every year, serve a minimum of 2,000 children living in poverty.
2. Raise funds to increase the number of children served by 10 - 15% each year. Each child receives a $100 Kohl's shopping voucher which enables them to purchase $250 - $300 in new clothing and shoes; in addition, Kids Matter International provides backpacks, books, and food, at each event.

RAMP UP READING:
1. Grow our volunteer base dedicated to improving literacy from 1,400 to an additional 30- 50 each year.
2. Grow volunteer base involved in the Homework Buddy Program
2. Identify sustainable funding via a corporation or foundation grant to pay for the over 20,000 books distributed each year.
3. Work with an elementary schools to pilot an after hours literacy improvement program utilizing volunteers to engage students via events such as "Reading-Bees", acting out characters in books, etc.

Kids Matter is heavily dependent on its volunteer board of directors, a strong volunteer core, and community/corporate support to further its mission of caring for children in need. Fundraising efforts are focuses on covering costs associated with the various programs offered by Kids Matter International.

Kids Matter International has a program manager on staff who works closely with area school counselors, women's shelters, orphanages, foster homes, and other agencies serving families to insure that those in the most dire need of help are referred to Kids Matter International.

Over the last years:

14,800 children have been clothed and shoes provided

120,000+ books have been distributed

28,600 backpacks have been distributed

11,800 shoes provided

Countless meals, and food baskets, and Christmas baskets have been provided annually to thousands of children.

Bike giveaway events

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 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 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 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

Financials

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Operations

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

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KIDS MATTER INTERNATIONAL

Board of directors
as of 01/16/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mr. William Sandlin

Sandlin Capital

Term: 2019 - 2025


Board co-chair

Mr. Tim McLarty

KOHL'S Department Stores

Term: 2020 - 2025

Tim McLarty

Kohl's Department Stores

Rebecca Langston

Attorney

Shawn Horne

Horne Consultants

Tony McGuire

IT

Amy Lepp

Excel Title

Lisa Harrington

Abiding Strategy

Victoria Meagher

Carter DeLuca

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

GuideStar worked with BoardSource, the national leader in nonprofit board leadership and governance, to create this section.

  • 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? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/15/2023

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
Hispanic/Latino/Latina/Latinx
Gender identity
Female
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 07/01/2020

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 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.
Policies and processes
  • 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 have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • 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.