Joe Joe Bear Foundation

Comforting kids one bear at a time

aka Joe Joe Bear Foundation   |   Katy, TX   |  www.joejoebear.org

Mission

Around the clock comfort is offered to children in the form of a teddy bear; educational resources and support for their family to get information they need during the challenging time of caring for their sick child.

Ruling year info

2009

Executive Director

Jeanette Maurer

Main address

1846 Snake River Rd. Ste B Ste B

Katy, TX 77449 USA

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EIN

26-4779761

NTEE code info

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Joe Joe Bear Foundation provides children with life threatening illnesses teddy bears. Since 2009 the foundation has gifted over 40,000 bears to children with a life threatening illness. Many people donate money to cancer research but not to the emotional well being of the patient. A Study by VU University has shown that hugging an inanimate object like a teddy bear can reduces fear and anxiety and allows the body to focus on healing. The Foundation, in 2019 partnered with Texas Children’s Hospital to create an online Resource Center for families navigating the difficulties of being critically ill, raising a sick child or mourning the loss of a child. Hospital staff and volunteers are sharing this online resource in with the families to assist them in getting information they need. Affiliate hospitals across the country have utilized the program, and since 2019, the education program has served more than 20,000 families. The foundation is not aware of any similar online.

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?

Teddy Bears

The Joe Joe Bear Foundation is a Texas-based non-profit organization focused on delivering around the clock comfort for children facing life threatening illness by providing them with new teddy bears. The Foundation provides teddy bears to 10 Greater Houston area hospitals and hospices. In the past 12 years over 36,000 bears have been given to critically ill children.

Population(s) Served

Providing educational resources for parents and caregivers. It has all the information parents are looking for in one place online. There is information also for the child and siblings.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Caregivers

Joe Joe Bear Foundation provides an online support group for parents and caregivers so they can talk to other parents about hat they are going through. The group is moderated by a licensed Counselor.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Parents
Children and youth
Parents

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Average number of service recipients per month

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

Children and youth

Related Program

Teddy Bears

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Each month hospitals on a list are given a set number of bears for the sick children. The goal is to keep adding more hospitals and providing more bears.

The number of Teddy Bears given to children each year.

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

Children and youth

Related Program

Teddy Bears

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This is the total number of bears given and children served each year.

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 is to provide comfort to as many children as possible and provide a friend for them by gifting these critically ill children a new teddy bear.

Provide educational resources through the online platform for families nationwide. Currently 2,500 caregivers utilize the website each month and plan to increase that number exponentially.

Offer online support for the families so the parents can reduce their stress while taking care of their sick child.

Increase the foundations presents on social media, writing more grants, increasing the number of recurring donations monthly and having more profitable fundraisers.

The foundation is increasing the size of the board of directors and adding more people to committees and expanding the dynamics and skills of everyone involved. By doing this the foundation will be able to meet and exceed our current goals for 2022.

The number one goal since inception was to be able to have our own bears made with a tee shirt to give to the kids. In 2016 we met that goal and were able to purchase 5,000 bear with tee shirts and tagged with our special message. Since 2009over 40,000 bears have been given to critically ill children.
The Foundation added an Educational Resource Center on the website for the parents and caregivers. The foundation partnered with Texas Children's Hospital to create this program.
In December of 2020 an online Support Group was added for patents to get the support they need.

The future plans are to keep expanding the current programs. Keep listening to the families and adding more programs as needed. Plans to expand out of Texas and across the county.

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 shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    Programs were added

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our board,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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Operations

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

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Joe Joe Bear Foundation

Board of directors
as of 03/29/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Clint Brinkley

Albert Maurer

Bob McAuliffe

Tayler Whitehead

Jeanette Maurer

Joe Joe Bear Foundation

John Casidy

Terra Fontenote-Beard

Steven Walton

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 3/29/2022

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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

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability