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Completely KIDS

Creating Community for Kids and Families

Omaha, NE   |  https://www.completelykids.org

Mission

Vision: Completely KIDS ensures that our families have access to the knowledge and skills necessary to break the cycle of poverty. Mission: Completely KIDS educates and empowers kids and families to create a safe, healthy, successful and connected community.

Ruling year info

2011

Chief Executive Officer

Carla Rizzo

Main address

2566 St Marys Ave

Omaha, NE 68105 USA

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EIN

27-5111197

NTEE code info

Youth Development Programs (O50)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Completely KIDS is working to tackle intergenerational poverty, a barrier to the success of children and families. Poverty, which can occur due to a variety of reasons or life circumstances, is simply not having enough money to meet basic needs like food, shelter, water and clothing. Research shows that growing up in poverty can have a significant impact on a child’s cognitive development, emotional well-being and physical health, thus impacting his or her ability to be successful. Completely KIDS steps in to provide the same educational and life opportunities as those not living in poverty. We connect them to resources for mental and physical health, and basic needs. Most importantly, we empower families with knowledge and skills to break the cycle themselves.

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?

Weekend Food Program

Bags of food are distributed to hundreds of kids each week to address childhood hunger in our community. The food is sent home on Thursday and Friday afternoons during the after-school program.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people

Through partnerships with area schools, homeless shelters and community-based organizations, we provide a safe, academically supportive and enriching environment in our after-school program. We offer a hands-on curriculum with emphasis on reading, STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), art, music, physical health and classroom readiness. Classroom readiness prepares preschool-level children for a successful transition into school.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people

Completely KIDS offers leadership and workforce development opportunities to alumni of our program. Participants gain valuable skills and knowledge via workshops, mentoring and paid employment.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Economically disadvantaged people

We believe that for a child to be successful, his or her parent must also be equipped with the tools and resources necessary to overcome any barriers one might face. Thus, we provide adult education that focuses on literacy, educational support and employment skills, as well as opportunities for parents and children to engage with each other. Mental health services and basic needs are also provided for our families.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

External assessments

Evaluated via the Impact Genome Project (2019)

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 ultimate programmatic goal is to effectively prepare children and their families to be successful. In order to meet that goal, we've set several departmental goals to support our programmatic efforts. Completely KIDS:

a. Will have the funding necessary to support its programmatic efforts.
b. Will provide sustainable services for children and families.
c. Is committed to attracting, developing, utilizing and retaining talented and competent staff.
d. Will advance our mission and vision through its communication and marketing efforts.

Our strategies for meeting the previously mentioned goals include continually assessing opportunities for expansion and increasing services for our children and families. Financial stewardship is important to Completely KIDS, so we regularly seek new revenue sources and opportunities to grow our revenue as our programs grow. This includes aligning volunteers and in-kind donations to our needs as an agency to help reduce costs. In our commitment to these goals, our communications and marketing efforts are meant to advance the agency's mission and support development and fundraising initiatives by creating awareness and increasing engagement with Completely KIDS.

Our organization's capabilities for meeting agency goals include financial stewardship, longevity of our staff, presence in our community and a strong donor base. Our current operating reserve is 9 months and we have no debt as an agency. More than 50% of our full-time staff have been employed 3 or more years while 30% of our full-time staff have been employed 6 or more years. The total length of employment for our leadership team is equivalent to 70 years at Completely KIDS. Completely KIDS has a strong presence in our community as we have existed since 1920, first as part of a national club program for youth, and more recently, as an independent nonprofit organization serving children and families. Finally, we have a generous community that is invested in our mission. Individual donors contribute to the largest portion of our budget.

Completely KIDS recently underwent a more than $10 million renovation and expansion of its headquarters on 26th St. and St. Mary's Ave. The capital campaign was known as "Completely KIDS 2.0: Taking Services for Kids and Families to the Next Level." The renovation and expansion has allowed Completely KIDS to serve additional kids and families as well as provide new opportunities like the Teaching Kitchen, Homework Diner, gym space, increased adult education and Saturday programming for kids and adults. Additionally, we are following a three-year plan to expand the Weekend Food Program to kids in all of our after-school programs. By August 2021, we plan to serve more than 960 kids with weekend food distribution.

In 2020, Completely KIDS celebrated 100 years of operation, serving kids and families through the decades.

Financials

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Operations

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

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Completely KIDS

Board of directors
as of 02/20/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Patrick Groves

Valmont

Term: 2016 - 2023

Kevin Lewis

Hudl

Dan Weidner

Koley Jessen

Dan Gomez

First Interstate Bank

Mark Martinez

Community Volunteer

Brandy Moyer

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Meghan O'Connell

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Marcie Peterson

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Whitney Baker

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Pam Bourne

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Johnny Dunn

Koley Jessen

Nicole Evans

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Matthew Gorman

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Cheney Holmes

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Molly Huyck

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Danielle Johnson

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Debbie Newkirk

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Carla Patton-Ochsner

Community Volunteer

Tim Waggoner

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Lina Stover

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Mary Redli

Community Volunteer

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/13/2024

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/10/2020

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Data
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.