BREANNA'S GIFT

An arts program for children with cancer and other serious illnesses

Minneapolis, MN   |  https://breannasgift.org/

Mission

Bringing smiles to the faces of children with cancer and other serious illnesses through the magic of the arts.

Notes from the nonprofit

Breanna's Gift would like to thank our many supporters, teachers, volunteers and Board of Directors. Without your special contributions, our art program could not exist. Thank you for being a part of Breanna's Gift. Sincerely, Heather Christopherson, Executive Director & Marsha Ovitz, Founder & Program Director Breanna's Gift

Ruling year info

2008

Founder and Program Director

Ms. Marsha Ovitz

Executive Director

Heather Christopherson

Main address

4046 23rd Avenue South

Minneapolis, MN 55407 USA

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EIN

26-1764747

NTEE code info

Dance (A62)

Music (A68)

Arts Service Activities/Organizations (A90)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Increase the number of children we serve around the country through our Art Takeout and Art Take2 programming. We serve children with cancer and other life-limiting illnesses by bringing them the magic of the arts.

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?

Art Takeout

7 different art classes in a box for children too sick to attend group classes and for children in hospitals where our program is not currently available. Each box contains instructions and all the materials needed to to complete the project. "Make A Drawing,"Make a Sculpture," "Make a Mini Puppet," Make a Watercolor," Make a Sock Puppet,", "Make a Mosaic" and for the adults, "Inside the Lines," an adult coloring book to help take up long hours, days and sometimes months in the hospital.
Art Takeout serves the children in the hospitals that we serve in the cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, as well as, hospitalized children with serious illnesses in Rochester, MN, Orlando, FL, Dallas, TX, Los Angeles, CA, Madison, WI and Richmond, VA.

Population(s) Served
Children

Art Take2 is a library of video arts classes designed to serve seriously ill children who are unable to leave their hospital rooms. Beginning in March of 2020 this included all the hospitalized children that our programs serve due to Covid-19. Art Take2 was introduced in May of 2020. Video classes include dance, visual arts, music and performing arts. They are for seriously ill, hospitalized children in the cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul. They are also sent to children's hospitals in Orlando, FL, Rochester, MN, Dallas, TX, Richmond, VA, Madison, WI and Los Angeles, CA.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Children and youth

Where we work

Awards

11 Who Care 2012

Gannett Foundation

Kelsey Lynn Roberg Award 2013

Ronald McDonald House Charities

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 children participating in the arts program for children with cancer and other serious illnesses

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

Children and youth, People with diseases and illnesses

Related Program

Art Takeout

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Significant increase in the number of children served in 2021 is due to us creating additional programming (videos) that reached more children around the country.

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.

The goal of Breanna's Gift is to reach as many children with cancer and other serious illnesses as possible with our arts program of dance, visual arts, music and performing arts. The classes are taught at health care residences and children's hospitals to provide an opportunity for seriously ill children and their families to step away from the daily routine of a sick child. To provide an opportunity to create and to be able to forget about the IV's, therapies, etc.

Breanna's Gift programming is free to all participants & facilities.
Strategies are to select artist/teachers & volunteers who are creative, gentle spirited & flexible & able to provide opportunities for creativity & can adjust to special needs of children. The kids are taught classes at Ronald McDonald House Charities Upper Midwest, Children's Minnesota in Minneapolis and Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare. Artist/teachers present projects to follow along & do from their hospital rooms via closed circuit programming. Increasing Art Takeout from 8 projects to more. Art Takeout and Art Take2 programming allows us to reach children & their families unable to leave their rooms. Projects and/or videos are also sent to hospitals where our classes are not taught, such as Children's Hospital Los Angeles, Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU, Mayo Eugenio Litta Children's Hospital in Rochester, MN. , Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children in Orlando, FL. Medical City Children's Hospital in Dallas, TX & American Family Children's Hospital in Madison, WI.

Our current staff and funding resources allows us to accomplish our goals. To continue our program and to grow, we look to raise more funds through our annual fundraising event, third party events, grant opportunities and in-kind gifts of goods and services
This will give us the capability of increasing the number of artist/teachers and volunteers that work in our program; thus allowing us the privilege of working with a larger population of children. We will be capable of adding time spent at each location with additional classes on more hospital floors; of partnering with and expanding our presence via hospital closed circuit programming opportunities; offering more variety by partnering with and sponsoring live performances for the children and their families at all of our locations; looking for additional partnering opportunities such as bringing our program to summer camps for children with cancer; and expanding Art Takeout and Art Take2 to more hospitals across the country.

We have been able to make steady progress in all areas of the program. We have increased revenue each year, allowing us to increase our program reach. Over the last year, we have increased our reach by expanding our Art Takeout and Art Take2 programming to three new healthcare facilities: Children's National Hospital in DC, Crescent Cove children's hospice in Brooklyn Park, MN, and Cleveland Clinic.

Financials

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Operations

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

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BREANNA'S GIFT

Board of directors
as of 2/26/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Dave Hecker

Breanna's Gift

Term: 2020 - 2023

Dave Hecker

Breanna's Gift

Tamara Simon

Breanna's Gift

Becky Stander

Breanna's Gift

Shelly Rosett

Breanna's Gift

Alex Murphy

Breanna's Gift

Bridie Musser

Breanna's Gift

Heather Christopherson

Executive DirectorBreanna's Gift

Marsha Ovitz

Founder Breanna's Gift

Nancy Crowe

Breanna's Gift

Meredith St. Pierre

Breanna's Gift

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 12/02/2020

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability