Kingdom Kidz Inc

Education Through Puppetry

WATSONTOWN, PA   |  www.hiskingdomkidz.org

Mission

To present Quality Programs through Excellent Puppetry while changing lives one person at a time

Notes from the nonprofit

Our organization continues to grow in popularity. Requests for our programs increase because we present quality programs using excellent puppetry and message. As we look to the future, the expansion of our building and renovations will draw people to the state-of-the-art Creative Arts Center and our Educational Wing where various aspects of puppetry can be learned and individuals create their own puppets. There will be a "hands-on" experience for each person visiting no matter what their age.

Ruling year info

2010

General Manager

Lisa Derr

Founder/Fundraising Chair

Donna Lee McMullen Bridge

Main address

PO BOX 23 11 E. Third St.

WATSONTOWN, PA 17777 USA

Show more contact info

EIN

26-3756792

NTEE code info

Religion Related, Spiritual Development N.E.C. (X99)

Arts Education/Schools (A25)

Religious Leadership, Youth Development (O55)

IRS filing requirement

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

Sign in or create an account to view Form(s) 990 for 2019, 2018 and 2017.
Register now

Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

In order for people ( children, youth, adults, and senior citizens) to understand that they have value and worth, we present to them educational concepts in various venues ( religious and nonreligious) through the use of puppets, props, songs, skits and/or involvement of a team so they are presented a positive message that "YOU MATTER". These messages touch them emotionally, psychologically, mentally, physically and spiritually. The audience and the team become involved with auditory, visual and kinesthetic learning.

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?

Character Counts (Educational)

Through skits and songs children, youth and adults learn what makes good character.
Our thoughts become our words. Words become our actions. Actions become habits. Our habits become our character. Our character becomes our destiny.
It presents positive concepts with anti-bullying education.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Seniors

The audience learns that reading is necessary and fun.
The following concepts are taught:
Reading introduces us to Friends.
Reading can be Fantasy.
Reading takes us to Faraway Places.
Reading is Fun.

Population(s) Served
Infants and toddlers
Families

Through music, puppets and props the audience is engaged in learning about various aspects of safety. The following concepts are taught:
Stay away from strangers.
A buddy system is the way to go.
9-1-1
Stop-Drop-Roll
Crawl low in smoke
Riding on the bus

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Families

Puppets lead and engage the audience in exercises and skits so that the participants become active. Songs, props, jump ropes, balls, hula hoops, and chairs become part of the activities as the puppets encourage participation

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

A non-smoking true story about a middle school athlete who takes one cigarette and becomes "hooked". She learns the facts about how addictive smoking/tobacco can be. Her friends and little sister try to persuade her to stop. When it affects her athletic dreams, she realizes she has a problem.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents

A steer introduces the audiences to the various distractions, not just cell phones, that could cause an auto accident. Scenery includes a large car and a large living room scene. Students receive glow in the dark bracelets with the concepts written on them that they have learned. They are asked to consider signing a pledge not to be a distraction in the car.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Families

Through puppetry and props the audience is engaged in songs, stories, Scripture and various media to educate them. Various venues as churches, retirement/senior living facilities, carnivals, Christian schools, VA hospitals, Police Night Out events and other outdoor events

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Awards

Business of the Year 2010

Central PA Chamber of Commerce

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Total number of off-site performances held

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

Religious groups, Social and economic status, Parents, Age groups

Related Program

Church services, worship, children's programs, special holidays

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total cost of work acquired this year (in dollars)

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

Age groups, Family relationships, Religious groups, Social and economic status

Related Program

Church services, worship, children's programs, special holidays

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total number of open rehearsals

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

Age groups

Related Program

Church services, worship, children's programs, special holidays

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total number of guided tours given

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

Age groups

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of press articles published

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

Age groups

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Monthly press releases submitted to multiple media.

Number of facilities improved

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

Age groups

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Purchased building in 2015 and are adding improvements and renovations yearly.

Number of pre-recorded hours of broadcast

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

Age groups

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

2 hours weekly on average

Number of public events held to further mission

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

Age groups, Family relationships, Religious groups, Social and economic status

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This includes puppet dinner theaters, festivals, Police Night Out, parades, street fairs, nursing home facilities, churches, Vacation Bible Schools

Average number of dollars per person served

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

Age groups, Family relationships, Social and economic status, Religious groups

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Increased cost of new equipment, supplies, travel expense and staff salary.

Number of phone calls/inquiries

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

Age groups, Family relationships, Religious groups, Social and economic status

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This includes calls to our office, as well as, calls made by our Program Director.

Number of participants who would recommend program to others

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

Age groups, Family relationships, Religious groups, Social and economic status

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This is based on our new return form with a statement from the organizer of the event/program followed by a phone call by our Program Director.

Number of new programs/program sites

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

Age groups, Family relationships, Religious groups, Social and economic status

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Each program is written and geared to the audience that we have been asked to present to. There are some programs which are repeated such as Vacation Bible Schools throughout the summers.

Number of volunteers

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

Age groups, Family relationships, Religious groups, Social and economic status

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

As we continue to grow and use the building, more volunteers are needed.

Number of clients served

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

Age groups, Family relationships, Religious groups, Social and economic status

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Our clients represent the audiences at our programs. The number will vary at each performance and the venue.

Number of customers reporting satisfaction with program

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

Age groups, Family relationships, Religious groups, Social and economic status

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This is measured through verbal satisfaction at the program, notes received following the program and an evaluation form sent to the contact person.

Number of returning volunteers

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

Age groups, Family relationships, Religious groups, Social and economic status

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Hours of volunteer service

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

Age groups, Family relationships, Religious groups, Social and economic status

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This will vary as per need for programs, designing props and involvement in the programs. Puppeteers, props, sound volunteers per program.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn more about Sustainable Development Goals.

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.

Through our core values we aim to establish a culture that exemplifies the following:
1. Integrity: possess honesty and uncompromising morals.
2. Excellence: pursue surpassing ordinary standards.
3. Creativity: foster an atmosphere that allows others to dream.
4. Insight: consistently do the wise thing-bring wisdom to every situation.
5. Vision- move toward a preferred future with little deviation.
6. Bravery- Take a posture of unrelenting boldness.
7. Discipline- exercise a commitment to a purpose.
8. Authenticity- represent yourself in a genuine nature.
9. People First- focus on individuals over numbers.
10. Simplicity- bring clarity to the complex.
11. Beyond you- leverage influence for the sake of others.
12. Culture- Be the architect of the conditions to win.

All of these are displayed in the hall of our educational wing at the Puppet HOME.

Our strategies to accomplish this culture are:
1. Provide an environment/atmosphere where each individual can use their gifts and talents to present programs.
2. Provide an environment/atmosphere where each individual can be creative and accepted as they present their ideas and suggestions in a team setting.
3. Provide an environment/atmosphere where the opportunity to achieve a "finished product" in the programs which they wrote, shared their ideas and developed the theme are presented.
4. Provide an opportunity for each individual to have "ownership" as a team member.
5. Provide an opportunity for artistic ability to be developed and displayed.
6. Provide an opportunity for leadership skills to be developed.
7. Provide a mentoring program under trained, excellent leaders.

As an organization we have spent 20 years securing supplies, puppets, equipment and finally a building to house everything we need to present quality programs through excellent puppetry.

We have 3 trained staff persons who are willing to teach, as well as, learn the art of puppetry, sound, video production, team building, and leadership skills.

Each year we present over 150 programs in various venues to different ages in our area and beyond the state borders to show people that they MATTER. Traveling over 10,000 miles a year has allowed us to reach a variety of people in various venues.

Our building is in the process of being renovated to establish a quality educational, learning experience for those who want to learn puppetry, sound techniques, team involvement, and creative artistry.

Development of an online production using "character voices" that reaches across many continents.

In 20 years we have become a "by word" in the Greater Susquehanna Valley community with many people of all ages calling us "our own Sesame Street". Growing to be a recognized puppet organization that is returning to venues year after year because of our commitment to integrity and quality craftmanship with excellence has shown that people value our presentations and that message is a positive one.

Encouragement notes continue to arrive weekly telling us what people have learned, how they have changed their perspective and what they are doing differently. During the COVID-19 pandemic, all of our programs and fundraisers were canceled. However, we began presenting nightly virtual programs on a variety of topics. These will continue after the pandemic is over.

The renovating of a sanctuary into a state-of-the art Creative Arts Center where volunteers of all ages can participate in the quality programs of puppetry, learn the art of constructing (puppets, scenery, and props), audio technical skills, team building, and offering their ideas with acceptance are in the works now.

Audiences are remarking about the growth and quality of our programs now. With them attending programs in the future they will experience exciting and innovated puppet presentations with a positive message using state-of-the-art lighting, sound and visual projection to present a positive message so that they leave knowing that they MATTER.

In 20 years we have grown from a troupe of 5 and a small stage to over 100 volunteers doing various skills :
1. To make the quality programs using excellent puppetry possible.
2. Preparing the building for an educational outreach to make, teach, and take home what students have learned.
3. Conducted puppet camps where children learned how to construct puppets, present them, and work as a team to produce a program to an audience.
4. To have a cast produce a series of programs online to be heard around the world.

As donations are received and grants written, changes will continue to move the Puppet HOME into a "household" word for families. Our outreach has already become that. We are excited to move to a new level at the Puppet HOME and in the community at large.

Financials

Kingdom Kidz Inc
lock

Unlock financial insights by subscribing to our monthly plan.

Subscribe

Unlock nonprofit financial insights that will help you make more informed decisions. Try our monthly plan today.

  • Analyze a variety of pre-calculated financial metrics
  • Access beautifully interactive analysis and comparison tools
  • Compare nonprofit financials to similar organizations

Want to see how you can enhance your nonprofit research and unlock more insights?
Learn more about GuideStar Pro.

Operations

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

lock

Connect with nonprofit leaders

Subscribe

Build relationships with key people who manage and lead nonprofit organizations with GuideStar Pro. Try a low commitment monthly plan today.

  • Analyze a variety of pre-calculated financial metrics
  • Access beautifully interactive analysis and comparison tools
  • Compare nonprofit financials to similar organizations

Want to see how you can enhance your nonprofit research and unlock more insights? Learn More about GuideStar Pro.

lock

Connect with nonprofit leaders

Subscribe

Build relationships with key people who manage and lead nonprofit organizations with GuideStar Pro. Try a low commitment monthly plan today.

  • Analyze a variety of pre-calculated financial metrics
  • Access beautifully interactive analysis and comparison tools
  • Compare nonprofit financials to similar organizations

Want to see how you can enhance your nonprofit research and unlock more insights? Learn More about GuideStar Pro.

Kingdom Kidz Inc

Board of directors
as of 2/16/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Tedd Brungard

Ritz-Craft Homes

Term: 2018 - 2022


Board co-chair

Robert Gelnett

Gelnett Associates

Term: 2018 - 2022

Donna Bridge

Kingdom Kidz Inc.

Lisa Derr

Kingdom Kidz Inc.

Douglas Bridge

Kingdom Kidz Inc.

Tedd Brungard

Ritz Craft Homes

Robert Gelnett

Gelnett & Associates

William Wilhelm

Sunbury Christian School

Duane Russell

Caz Russell Interactive Workshops

John Peachey

Muddy Run Transport

Robert Hanford

Crossroads Logistics Inc

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? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/02/2020

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

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

No data

Disability

We do not display disability information for organizations with fewer than 15 staff.

Equity strategies

Last updated: 11/02/2020

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 disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • 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 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.