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Playing 4 Hope

An Organization Built on Hope

aka Playing For Hope, Inc.   |   COLUMBIA, MO   |  http://www.playing4hope.org

Mission

Playing 4 Hope is a non-profit organization that provides an outlet of hope for children who are in the hospital due to disability, illness or disease. We believe that a hopeful child can heal more quickly. Playing 4 Hope focuses on giving back to both the children and the community they live in. By connecting a child with a collegiate athlete from the community, we lay the foundation for an everlasting relationship that is built on inspiration. Together with hope, they both can win.

Ruling year info

2020

President

Brian Thomas

Main address

PO BOX 10156

COLUMBIA, MO 65205 USA

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EIN

81-2576072

NTEE code info

Health Support Services (E60)

IRS filing requirement

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

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Hospital Visits

Playing 4 Hope was founded to make a difference in the lives of children who suffer from disability, illness, or disease. We do this by pairing a patient at MU Children's Hospital with an athlete from the University of Missouri.

​At every visit, the child is brought a personalized video message from the athlete they are paired with. The visit from the athlete serves to remind the child of the strength they possess and to encourage them to keep pushing forward through whatever adversity they may be facing. The child and their family also receive a gift basket from our sponsors and wristbands from Playing 4 Hope to match the one the athlete is wearing. The wristband symbolizes a special bond between the two and lets the child know that athlete has dedicated their game, and their fight, to them.

During the football season we provide all patients, families, and staff on the pediatric floors with the essentials of a tailgate. This includes food, beverages, backyard games, and more.

Population(s) Served
People with diseases and illnesses
People with disabilities

Thousands of children in Missouri do not have access to basic necessities such as adequate winter clothing, shoes, and school supplies. We believe every child should have equal access to these needs and should know that they are not alone. We want to provide such needs while fostering hope, encouragement, and inspiration in our communities’ underserved youth.

Mizzou athletes are teaming up with Playing 4 Hope to raise funds and deliver necessities to kids in need at grade schools throughout Missouri. The athletes will also share personal stories of perseverance and working through adversity at school sponsored events. With the massive uptick in adolescent suicide, a major focus of our message is on mental health awareness and anti-bullying.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Children
Preteens
At-risk youth

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Financials

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

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Playing 4 Hope

Board of directors
as of 09/21/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Brian Thomas

Playing 4 Hope

Term: 2018 -

Bri Thomas

Andy Behrmann

Kristen Reese

Micaela Kemerling

Ashwin Garlapaty

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 ? Not applicable
  • 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? Not applicable
  • 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? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 9/21/2023

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
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability