BAIRFIND FOUNDATION INC

Generating leads and tips for American's missing children using the power of sports marketing.

aka The Missing Child Project   |   Jacksonville, FL   |  www.themissingchildproject.org

Mission

The mission of the BairFind Foundation is to generate leads and tips in the search for American's missing children. BairFind produces signs for sports stadiums, arenas and other venues that feature photos of each city's missing children, reaching millions of people and greatly increasing the chances that featured children will be safely located. Families of missing children report that their ability to keep photos of their kids in public view, and the expense related to that, is one of their greatest challenges. BairFind places photos of missing children in high traffic areas at no cost to the families.

Notes from the nonprofit

I started this effort years ago when I was a baseball pitcher in the minor leagues, throwing the ball as hard as I could and working my way up through the Chicago Cubs’ farm system to Wrigley Field. One off-season, I watched a documentary about parent’s effort to spread the word about their missing daughter. I realized the stadiums in which we played weren’t just filled with sports fans–these were the teachers, families, classmates, and friends of missing children that would readily join in the search if they could. That moment inspired me to start The BairFind Foundation, which has now become known as The Missing Child Project. Since that day, we’ve partnered with Minor League Baseball placing photos of thousands of our nation’s missing kids in front of tens of millions of Americans in stadiums and arenas across the country at no cost to the families. We have expanded our program to include anyone who wants to join the search and we hope that you will join us. - Founder, Dennis Bair

Ruling year info

2014

Founder, and Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Dennis Bair

Business Manager

Mrs. Ellen Sullivan

Main address

8777 San Jose Boulevard Suite 803

Jacksonville, FL 32217 USA

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EIN

27-4251428

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

Every year, thousands of children go missing. Their profiles quickly fade from the news and leads dry up. When the public stops looking, the chance of recovering a missing child decreases substantially. That’s why it’s our mission to keep their profiles in public view at no cost to families, engage youth and tell a story of hope to bring children home. We’ve partnered with Minor League Baseball to place photos of thousands of our nation’s missing kids in front of literally tens of millions of Americans in stadiums and arenas across the country at no cost to the families. We have recently expanded our program to include high school clubs, with our stadium signs placed in schools and students earning volunteer hours to join the search via social media and in their communities.

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?

The Missing Child Sign Project

BairFind and the Missing Child Project is doing something the families of missing children cannot do for themselves, and at no cost to the families. In partnership with professional sports teams, stadiums, arenas and businesses, we place attractive signs featuring profiles of the area's missing children. The signs are placed in highly trafficked public spaces to be seen by hundreds of thousands of people in a family-friendly environment. Every glance at one of these photos is another opportunity for a child to be reunited with his or her family. That’s why it’s our mission to keep their profiles in public view at no cost to families, engage youth and tell a story of hope to bring children home. When a child has been recovered, we notify the distribution partner to place a found sticker over the profile. This serves as strong reinforcement that there is hope for a missing child to return home.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

In 2017, Ponte Vedra High School freshman Corey Udell met two families with missing children while he volunteered at an event for the BairFind Foundation. Dennis Bair, founder of BairFind and his middle school baseball coach, had invited him to attend. The experience had such an impact that it inspired Udell to start a " BairFind Club" at high school. The Club holds meetings, displays a sign of local missing children and provides volunteer and leadership opportunities for students. The students plan and hosts events for the student body, the school and the public to raise awareness of missing children. Other schools are adopting the club program.

In 2022, BairFind launched The Missing Child Project to give everyone an opportunity to join in the search for missing children. The Missing Child Project Club (The MCP Club) is now a turnkey program that engages youth in leadership and volunteerism while learning about the growing societal issue of missing children.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work

Awards

Presidential Citation Award 2016

Minor League Baseball

Affiliations & memberships

Official Charity Partner of Minor League Baseball 2016

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 missing children profiled

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

Children and youth

Related Program

The Missing Child Sign Project

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Profiles of missing children are displayed on signs in stadiums, arenas and other venues.

Number of MiLB Team Partners

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

Children and youth

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Number of distribution partners that display profiles of area missing children.

Number of missing children who were profiled and have been located

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

Children and youth

Related Program

The Missing Child Sign Project

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of missing children whose profiles have been featured and reported to be located. This number is reported by a third party.

Number of volunteer hours

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

Children and youth

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

No longer tracking this metric.

Number of High School Clubs

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This metric measures the number of high school club programs.

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 goal is to be a nationally recognized leader in generating leads and tips in the search for missing children using the power of sports marketing and engaging youth. We aim to get as many views as possible on profiles of missing children in cities and communities across the country, and thereby increase the chances that the children will be safely located.

In 2022, BairFind launched The Missing Child Project to give everyone an opportunity to join in the search for missing children. The Missing Child Project Club (The MCP Club) is a way for students to join the search in their area. The MCP Club model engages youth in leadership and volunteerism while learning about the growing societal issue of missing children.

The BairFind Foundation partners with professional sports teams and corporate sponsors to place signage in sports venues and businesses in cities and communities across the country. We raise awareness of that areas missing children using the power of sports marketing to reach millions of people in a family-friendly environment.

In 2016, BairFind became an Official Charity Partner of Minor League Baseball (MiLB) with a special designation of "Homegrown" due to the Founder's roots in Minor League Baseball. In partnership with MiLB, BairFind places photos of hundreds of our nation's missing kids in front of literally tens of millions of Americans in stadiums and arenas across the country at no cost to the families. Every glance at one of these photos is another opportunity for a child to be reunited with his or her family. When a child is recovered, we notify the distribution partner and a found sticker is placed over the profile. This reinforces to the public that there is hope that a missing child can be found.

In 2022, BairFind launched The Missing Child Project to give everyone an opportunity to join in the search for missing children. The Missing Child Project Club (The MCP Club) is a way for students to join the search in their area. The MCP Club model engages youth in leadership and volunteerism while learning about the growing societal issue of missing children.

We use social media as a distribution method for the sign graphics to help further raise awareness for missing children as well as to celebrate that missing children are found.

We have a family member of a missing child as a member of our Board to continue to diversify our understanding. The Board member is the aunt of a boy who went missing 15 years ago outside of his school with a friend.

In a unique partnership with Minor League Baseball teams and other professional sports, we place high-definition signs in stadiums featuring each area's missing children. In 2016, BairFind was recognized by Minor League Baseball as an "Official 'Homegrown' Charity Partner which fueled a nationwide relationship and expansion with the sports teams in communities across America.

In 2022, we embarked on a rebranding called The Missing Child Project to give everyone an opportunity to join in the search for missing children. The original branding was focused on a sports image and the rebranding includes a new logo and images to appeal to the broader public. It represents an updated image. A new website was launched in April with new capabilities and programs, including a turnkey program for students to get involved.

The Missing Child Project Club (The MCP Club) is a way for students to join the search in their area. The MCP Club model engages youth in leadership and volunteerism while learning about the growing societal issue of missing children.



The expansion of the concourse sign program and Minor League Baseball announcing BairFind as an Official Charity Partner in 2016 was a significant milestone in the organization's development. It fueled a nationwide expansion and created relationships in communities across the country. Signs featuring area missing children were seen by millions of people in ballparks across the country.

Earned national and local media coverage become an additional platform to remind the public about missing children on a broad spectrum as a societal issue and at the local community level as to individual children who are missing.

BairFind was awarded the Presidential Citation Award from MiLB President Pat O'Conner at the 2016 Baseball Winter Meetings which was a significant honor. Our program success factors are measurable and reported by third parties.

Expansion into another professional sports leagues - the NBA - Development League with the Ft. Wayne Mad Ants is a significant step forward, and in 2017 that led to the NBA's Indiana Pacers adopting our program by placing our signage in their arena - Banker's Life Fieldhouse - displaying profiles of Indiana's missing children to thousands of fans each game.

Numerous awards and recognition were provided by national and local communities. In 2017, BairFind was honored as a Classy Top 100 Non-profit and Social Entrepreneur Enterprise. We were awarded the titles of “Bold City's Best" nonprofit by the readers of The Florida Times-Union (Jacksonville) newspaper, and “#1 Charity and #1 Nonprofit in the 904" (area code) by Jacksonville's VOID Magazine. In 2016, the Jacksonville City Council passed a Resolution "Honoring and Commending Dennis Bair and The BairFind Foundation for their tireless efforts to find and rescue children". In 2012, the City of Pittsburgh honored BairFind with a Proclamation of BairFind "Bring Home 100 Day".

In 2019, the first "BairFind Club was created to educate and engage students in the search for missing children.
Other clubs began in Florida with interest in other states. As a result, we have created a turnkey program for students to start their own clubs. Students gain leadership skills and volunteer hours which learning about the growing societal issue of missing children.

During the pandemic in 2020, our progress was impacted as our distribution partners were closed down. In 2021, we sustained continued impact as our distribution partners were building back, yet still not fully operational due to pandemic effects. In 2022, we continue to gain momentum and our rebranding effort opens up new avenues for distribution of profiles. The work is as important as ever as the pandemic as the number of missing children reported has more than doubled in every state in the nation.

Financials

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BAIRFIND FOUNDATION INC

Board of directors
as of 04/24/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

David Weitz

Rocky Bleier

Honorary Board Member Motivational Speaker and Former Pittsburgh Steeler

Scott Seabol

Yankees Coaching Staff and Former Major League Baseball Player

Dennis Esken

Honorary Board Member Sports Memorabilia Authenticator and Foremost Baseball Glove Expert

David Weitz

Matrix Solutions

Mark Eckels

Honorary Board Member Confluence Financial Partners

Meyer Grinberg

Park Avenue Securities and Former President Board of Directors, Pittsburgh Marathon

Angela Campbell

Bailey Publishing - Financial News and Daily Record and Family Member of Missing Child

Kevin Monahan

Honorary Board Retired, SBDC at UNF

Larry Lebowitz

Cohen & Grigsby, P.C.

James DePasquale

Honorary Board Member Past President

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
  • 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 4/23/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data