KESSLER FOUNDATION INC

Changing the lives of people with disabilities

aka Kessler Foundation   |   East Hanover, NJ   |  www.KesslerFoundation.org

Mission

The mission of Kessler Foundation is to improve quality of life for people with disabilities through discovery, innovation, demonstration, application, and dissemination.

Ruling year info

1998

President and CEO

Mr. Rodger DeRose

Main address

120 Eagle Rock Ave Suite 100

East Hanover, NJ 07936 USA

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Formerly known as

The Henry H. Kessler Foundation

KMRREC

EIN

31-1562134

NTEE code info

Neurology, Neuroscience (H96)

Vocational Rehabilitation (includes Job Training and Employment for Disabled and Elderly) (J30)

Brain Disorders (H48)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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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?

Research Program

With the support of our donors, Kessler Foundation drives positive change for people with disabilities. We conduct groundbreaking rehabilitation and disability employment research and fund innovative initiatives to provide access to job opportunities.

Population(s) Served
People with diseases and illnesses
People with physical disabilities

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Kessler Foundation researchers seek new ways to improve mobility and cognition for people with disabilities caused by stroke, multiple sclerosis, brain and spinal cord injury, and chronic neurological and musculoskeletal conditions. Our researchers also investigate how disabilities affect employment and ways to optimize outcomes. We help people regain independence to lead full and productive lives.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees, Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

Financials

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Operations

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

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KESSLER FOUNDATION INC

Board of directors
as of 10/17/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Alexander Giaquinto

Schering-Plough Corp.

Laurence Aronson

Homewatch CareGivers

Janice Beauchamp

Pfizer, Inc.

Michael Davis

Ceres Terminals

Rodger DeRose

Kessler Foundation

Sam Garruto

JH Cohn, LLP

John Germain

NT Hegeman Co., Ltd.

Alexander Giaquinto

Schering-Plough Corp.

David Gibbons

Elberon Development Co.

Terri Goldberg

Dean Janeway

Wakefern Food Corp.

David Legow

Legow Management Company

David Margolis

JP Morgan Securities LLC, Executive Director, Private Bank

Mary Anne McDonald

Visiting Nurse Association Health Group

Deborah Mellen

Mellen Inc.

Mary Rose Migliazza

Axiom

Michael Saffer

Mandelbaum, Salsburg, PC

Ellen Salsburg

Bruce Schnelwar

Smith Management, LLC

David Schonbraun

SL Green Realty Corp.

Saul Simon

Lincoln Financial

C. William Weisser

UBS, formerly PaineWeber

Diane Zezza

Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp.

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STEPHEN SUDOVAR

SGS Associates

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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 10/17/2022

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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

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 10/17/2022

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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 have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • 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.