CJ's Thumbs Up Foundation

Every Day is a Bonus

aka CJSTUF   |   Ashland, VA   |  www.cjstuf.org

Mission

To provide assistance to families of children with chronic and life-threatening illnesses.

Ruling year info

2010

Director of Programs

Roger Reynolds

Managing Director

Rachel Reynolds

Main address

P.O. Box 854

Ashland, VA 23005 USA

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EIN

27-1470541

NTEE code info

Gift Distribution (P58)

Patient Services - Entertainment, Recreation (E86)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

When a child is hospitalized, a family's world is put on hold. When that child needs to be in the hospital for an extended period of time or frequently due to chronic, life threatening illnesses such as cancer, cystic fibrosis, or heart disorders, this can place an extensive burden and stress on any family, regardless of their means. At CJSTUF, our goal is to make Every Day a Bonus for families in challenging situations. We do this mainly by providing a healthy and hearty meal, free of charge, to any family member or caregiver whose child is on the inpatient unit at the two hospitals that we (currently) serve. While this meal provides sustenance, it also provides hope and a tangible sign that someone cares for them.

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?

Financial Assistance Grants

In 2015, the Board elected to formally end the Financial Assistance Grant program. Families in financial need may still be eligible for some funding to pay a specific bill through the Directors Discretionary Fund. Since 2010, we have provided over $140,000 in financial assistance to families of children with chronic and life threatening illnesses.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

The goal of this program is to provide healthy meals and snacks to caregivers of children hospitalized at Children's Hospital of Richmond and at UVA Health Systems in Charlottesville. When we launched this program in 2012, we provided a weekly meal to families at Children's Hospital of Richmond to feed about 100 people. Working with local restaurants, we expanded the program in 2015 to UVA Health Systems as well. Since 2016, we have fed over 10,000 people each year at both hospitals.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

The board has approved $5000 for the Managing Director and Director of Programs to use at their discretion to fund emergency needs as well as grants to families living or served outside of our geographic area.  Referrals are provided by social workers and representatives from local agencies.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work

Awards

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 meals served or provided

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Meal Fairies Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We provide meals weekly at Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU and UVA Children's Hospital to families of hospitalized pediatric patients. We feed about 75-100 people weekly at each hospital.

Total dollars distributed for utilities assistance

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Directors Discretionary Fund

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

We directly pay medical or other related bills for families whose children have been hospitalized for extended periods of time.

Total number of grants awarded

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Financial Assistance Grants

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

From 2010 to 2016, we provided financial assistance grants to families in the Greater Richmond area whose children had experienced extended hospitalizations due to a chronic illness.

Number of products distributed

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Meal Fairies Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

We collect and distribute handmade or store-bought blankets to caregivers while their children are in the hospital.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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.

Our goals are to serve families in their time of need by:
Providing weekly meals at UVA Children's Hospital and Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU. As our organization grows, we would love to extend this service to other Virginia hospitals, particularly teaching hospitals who often serve patients with the most challenging medical needs.

Providing financial support to families upon request through payment of a family bill. This may include rent, utilities, a medical bill, funeral expenses, or another basic need of the family.

Collaboration with local restaurants to provide meals at a reasonable cost ($300 to feed 75-100 people).
Collaboration with local community groups to provide volunteers for our fundraising events.
Deployment of a fund development strategy that will help us raise an endowment; this will keep us financially stable for decades to come, allowing our growing organization to move beyond year-to-year fundraising and strategy.

We are a small organization that runs with a part-time staff and volunteer board, plus additional community volunteers who help us accomplish our goals.

We were established in 2010. Since our founding, we have provided over $140,000 to 300+ families. We have also provided food for over 60,000 people.

Financials

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Operations

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

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CJ's Thumbs Up Foundation

Board of directors
as of 01/16/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Emily Arnold

The Faison Center

Term: 2021 - 2022

Norm Geller

Autism Educational Diagnostics, LLC

Bill Roberts

WHAN/Randolph-Macon College

GeGe Beall

Engaged @Work

Rebecca Wood

Henrico Public Schools

Anthony Keitt

ACES & Shiloh Baptist Church

Molly Sonenklar

Children's Hospital of Richmond

Jame Grant

FoodiO

Aaron Gilley

VCU Health Systems

Michelle Alford

SOAR 365

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 11/28/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, 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

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 12/27/2020

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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.