Human Services

BAIRFIND FOUNDATION INC

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

Jacksonville, FL   |  www.bairfind.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

Dennis Bair, the Founder of Bairfind and a former minor league pitcher with the Chicago Cubs, spent many years in baseball stadiums, and realized how powerful these venues could be in the search missing kids.

This holds true in the statement of Minor League Baseball President and CEO Pat O'Conner, "We welcome the BairFind Foundation to the MiLB family as a Homegrown Charity Partner and with the assistance of our clubs and fans, hope to play a small part in bringing more children home to their families".

It is an honor to raise awareness for missing children and their families in partnership with professional sports leagues and supporting communities across the country dealing with this growing societal issue.

Thank you for taking time to learn more about BairFind and we hope that you are inspired to join the search for America's missing children with us.

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

Cause area (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 and remain unfound. Their profiles fade from the news and leads dry up. When the public stops looking, the chance of recovering a missing child decreases substantially. 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.

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?

National Concourse Sign Project

In baseball, the benchmark for an all-star season is 100 RBIs. When runners are in scoring position, a player steps up to the plate, rises to the challenge and brings them home. When a child goes missing, it is much the same - people need to rise to the challenge to bring that child safely home. BairFind is up to the challenge of finding missing children by being the first to set a goal, and raising awareness to bring missing children safely home from around the country. We do this by bringing awareness to the public about missing children in their area. Through our programs with professional sports teams, standing with the families of missing children, and utilizing contacts with the media, we have brought children safely home. With growing support for our organization, we will continue our efforts. The BairFind Foundation partners with professional sports teams in the search for missing children by placing large signs in stadiums on the concourse featuring profiles of the area's missing children. Hundreds of thousands of fans in a family-friendly environment see the profiles daily. BairFind is an Official "Homegrown" Charity partner of Minor League Baseball. BairFind also expanded to the National Basketball Association with the Indiana Pacers and its G-League Affiliate, the Fort Wayne Mad Ants.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth (0-19 years)
Budget
$500,000

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 him to launch the BairFind Club during his sophomore year. In 2018, Udell started the first BairFind Club at his high school. The Ponte Vedra High School Sharks Baseball coach stepped up to be Club sponsor. The Club holds meetings, displays a sign of local missing children and provides volunteer and leadership opportunities for students. The Club plans and hosts events for students, the school and the public to raise awareness of missing children and funds. In 2020, the Ponte Vedra High School BairFind Club has now grown to over 100 members. The Club has created a template and Udell has worked with students in other high schools who have assumed leadership roles and established a BairFind Club in their high schools. Those schools include Titusville High School and Nease High School in Florida. The vision for the BairFind High School Club is to continue to expand in Florida and branch out to schools in other states.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth (0-19 years)

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.

Number of missing children profiled

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

Children and youth (0-19 years)

Related Program

National Concourse 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 BairFind signs in sports stadiums.

Number of stadiums participating in program

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

Children and youth (0-19 years)

Related Program

National Concourse Sign Project

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Number of Minor League Baseball Clubs that participate in the BairFind program.

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 (0-19 years)

Related Program

National Concourse 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 (0-19 years)

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 BairFind Clubs in high schools.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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?

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. 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.

The BairFind Foundation partners with professional sports teams and corporate sponsors to place signage in sports venues 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. As of 2016, BairFind is 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. As of 2017 we have partnered with the NBA Indiana Pacers and their G-League Affiliate Fort Wayne Mad Ants. 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. AS of 2015, BairFind Foundation was recognized by Minor League Baseball as an "Official 'Homegrown' Charity Partner. Now in our 5th year we have developed relationships with 160 clubs across the country. BairFind represents the annual Winter Baseball Meetings to report results to MiLB Leadership and develop plans for the upcoming season. In 2016, a technology infrastructure was built in cooperation with two Information Technology companies, each offering differing capabilities. One database helps meet the needs of the organization through document and significant data storage which impacts efficiency and efficacy of operations. Another database creates a record keeping system and will provide future analytics capability important to program operations, growth and expansion opportunities.

Our progress is directly measurable based upon several indicators. These include participating stadiums, number of profiles of missing children disseminated and number of missing children reported found. Our statistics and results are reported by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC). Annual attendance at baseball stadiums and other stadiums is reported and published by the professional sports leagues. We regularly monitor program and financial key indicators. Testimonials come from our MiLB executives, Club leadership and front office personnel and we actively work with them to identify opportunities to improve program efficacy and efficiency. BairFind welcomes volunteers and we believe that we provide a means for others to do a good deed.

The continued expansion of the concourse sign program and Minor League Baseball announcing BairFind as an Official Charity Partner in 2016 is truly a significant milestone in the organization's development. 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. 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 their 2015, NYT Bestseller "Hope: A Memoir of Survival in Cleveland" Gina Dejesus and Amanda Berry express their thank you to Dennis Bair and The BairFind Foundation for supporting their families and raising awareness during their time in captivity.

Financials

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Operations

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

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BAIRFIND FOUNDATION INC

Board of directors
as of 4/26/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

James DePasquale

Rocky Bleier

Motivational Speaker and Former Pittsburgh Steeler

Scott Seabol

Yankees Coaching Staff and Former Major League Baseball Player

Dennis Esken

Sports Memorabilia Authenticator and Foremost Baseball Glove Expert

David Weitz

Matrix Solutions

Ryan Ellis

New York Mets Coaching Staff and Former Minor League Baseball Player

Mark Eckels

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

Small Business Development Center at University of North Florida

Larry Lebowitz

Cohen & Grigsby, P.C.

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 ? 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? Yes

Keywords

Finding Missing Children, Sports Marketing, Supporting Families, Minor League Baseball