Passion 4 K.I.D.S.

Encinitas, CA   |  www.passion4kids.org

Mission

""To dedicate ourselves to glorify and honor God for His many blessings to us by making a difference in the lives of the most vulnerable and precious of His creation - children"" Passion 4 K.I.D.S. (Kids In Desperate Situations) is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization dealing with homeless, neglected, abandoned, abused and underprivileged children of any race, color and creed as well as children in emergency situations. These are the ""forgotten"" children whose young lives have been turned upside down that fall through the cracks with little or no insurance or government programs available to help them. Truly nothing brings us greater joy than to put a smile on their faces and try to lighten their load. Our help wears many faces, depending on each child's individual circumstances. Because of our founder,Charles' background having been raised in a state run orphanage in Amsterdam, Holland during WWII, enduring abuse of every kind and surviving on flower bulbs, he started Passion 4 K.I.D.S. in 1986. When he met his bride in 2001 in San Diego, together with his wife Linda, they developed the charity into a more active organization. With Linda being a mentor for the San Diego County Foster Youth Program, Charles' and Linda's love for children makes it a perfect fit to expand their meaningful humanitarian mission.Charles and Linda believe in having a very hands on approach both in the day to day operations of the charity as well as the lives of the children they work with. Passion 4 K.I.D.S. donates Passion 4 Life liquid vitamins to quadriplegic, autistic and ADD/ADHD children who can't afford it. Linda also mentors foster youth in San Diego and, together with Charles, spends many weekends taking these children on fun one-on-one outings so they can bring joy, love and stability to these turbulent young lives. They build lasting relationships with the children which continue long after the children leave the Foster Youth Program. In addition, Passion 4 K.I.D.S. raises funds for children in acute, life-threatening situations.100% of your donation goes directly to the children. There are NO salaries taken out.

Ruling year info

2016

Principal Officer

Linda Van Kessler

Co Principal Officer

Charles Van Kessler

Main address

1345 Encinitas Boulevard, #736

Encinitas, CA 92024 USA

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EIN

20-3393605

NTEE code info

Raising & Fund Distribution (Oun)

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

Raising & Fund Distribution (Oun)

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Our programs

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Providing handicapped accessible vans to children

Because most children that come to us have a catastrophic event in their life that causes the family to struggle financially and requires a very specific mode of transporation now for that child, we try to provide handicapped accessible vans to these families to get the children to doctors' appointments, hospital visits, etc. Each van is very costly and most families are prohibited with their funds from purchasing this very basic piece of equipment they need. We are finding this to be a very real and large need for our charity to fund.

Population(s) Served

Many of the children we are honored to serve require long-term medical treatment, therapy, medication, etc. that is not covered by insurance. This program allows them to continue this critical phase of their recovery.

Population(s) Served

We are often asked to assist with the remodeling of a home to make it handicapped accessible. While we can at times get volunteer labor, the cost of goods as well as for specialized tradesmen adds up very quickly. Without these changes, getting the child in and out of the home is difficult at best and dangerous at the worst.

Population(s) Served

Often the family income is reduced to one salary when one of the parents become a full-time caregiver to a sick or disabled child. Additionally, due to increasing medical costs and reduced insurance payments for many of these children, the families are often thrust into poverty in order to keep their child alive. We often step in with basic needs of food, water and clothing.

Population(s) Served

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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We aim to provide love, compassion and support to children who, through no fault of their own, find themselves in desperate situations. We never want to turn any child away for lack of resources.

We are blessed to receive a great deal of media attention, even nationally, which assists us with both fundraising as well as bringing additional children to us that need help. We are also expanding to reach out to corporate sponsors who will support us on an annual basis.

Our capabilities are endless. We never let anything stop us from finding a solution - even if it is a situation we have never encountered before.

Our progress is ongoing but sure. We truly always find a way to make things happen for "our" kids.

Financials

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Passion 4 K.I.D.S.

Board of directors
as of 10/27/2022
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Board chair

Karel Van Kessler

Karel Van Kessler

Timothy O'Neill

Raymond Van Grouw

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? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • 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? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

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White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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