Human Services

Let's Help Kids

aka LHK   |   Arnold, MD   |  http://www.letshelpkids.org
This organization has not appeared on the IRS Business Master File in a number of months. It may have merged with another organization or ceased operations.

Mission

Providing small gifts and fun experiences to children in financially stressed situations. Even better? Teaching other children to think about others and learn to be philanthropic. Pay it forward!

Ruling year info

2010

Executive Director

Merle Phillips

Main address

PO Box 832

Arnold, MD 21012 USA

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EIN

27-1645119

Cause area (NTEE code) info

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Youth Community Service Clubs (O51)

IRS filing requirement

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

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Programs and results

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Birthday Gifts

We provide small birthday gifts (customized to the child's interests when possible) to children living in a shelter or transitional housing program.

Population(s) Served
K-12 (5-19 years)
Budget
$10,000

We provide scholarships for summer camp for financially disadvantaged children.

Population(s) Served
K-12 (5-19 years)
Budget
$15,000

Educational program to teach children how to raise and/or put aside money to help others and how to implement.

Population(s) Served
K-12 (5-19 years)
Budget
$10,000

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

K-12 (5-19 years)

Related Program

Summer Camp

Context Notes

Weeks of camp scholarships given to underprivileged elementary aged kids

Number of youth who volunteer/participate in community service

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

K-12 (5-19 years)

Related Program

Bucket Brigade Clubs

Context Notes

These are kids who chose to volunteer their time to support our programs and events. We are relatively small and this represents a huge growth year over year.

Charting impact

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

We are aiming to accomplish to major goals:<br/><br/>First, to bring happiness and a little bit of "normalcy" to children's lives. It is the simple things such as going to a movie or the pool, having a Halloween costume or bicycle, that makes a child feel "normal" like their peers. It takes away the stigma of being poor or homeless... at least for a little while.<br/><br/>Second, we are also driving the education of children in how to be aware of those in need and how to help. Children should know that they are never too young to make a difference. We show them how.

Our happiness goal is executed through basic fundraising and individualized gift/experience giving. We select kids through case workers and teachers and other third party contacts. We then provide a little bit of happiness to bring a smile to their face.<br/><br/>The education goal is achieved in several ways:<br/>- We demonstrate to other kids how Rachel started her non-profit and what she does through speaking engagements and media interviews.<br/>- We are developing a curriculum to be used by after school groups and clubs to develop their own effort to give back.<br/>- We are preparing a program to be used by corporations for their employees and their families to learn about giving back and to execute on a specific program together.

We have a small army of volunteers to raise funds and to execute on gift/experience purchase and distribution.<br/><br/>We have begun the curriculum development and are currently writing an RFP for a professional consultant to help us to finalize it.

We will measure our progress both by individual kids helped as well as by the number of kids reached via our educational programs.. particularly those that push ahead and execute on our teaching.

We have established a solid referral network with local schools and non-profits in VA, MD, and DC in order to reach the kids who need that smile most.<br/><br/>We still need to complete the educational curriculum. We have taken it as far as we can with our volunteer resources. It's time for professionals.

Financials

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Let's Help Kids

Board of directors
as of 8/3/2017
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Jen Sterling

Red Thinking LLC

Term: 2009 -

Jen Sterling

Red Thinking LLC

James Bogart

The Bogart Group

Steven Kelley

Opal Investment Group

Lana Manitta

RRBMD&K, LLP

Amy Zydel

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Jenny Shtipelman

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Tae Crotty

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Bill Thompson

Redhorse Corporation

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 ? 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? 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? No

Keywords

kids, happiness, gifts, filling buckets, empathy