Variety The Children's Charity of Illinois

Helping ALL kids be active, be social, belong

Downers Grove, IL   |  www.varietyofillinois.org

Mission

Improve the quality of life for children with disabilities by providing the equipment and experiences needed to reach their highest potential.

Ruling year info

1980

Executive Director

Ms. Angelique Barthel

Main address

603 Rogers St.

Downers Grove, IL 60515 USA

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Formerly known as

Variety Club Children's Charities

EIN

36-1908475

NTEE code info

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (O12)

Patient Services - Entertainment, Recreation (E86)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Variety the Children's Charity of Illinois is working to improve the quality of life for children with disabilities by providing the equipment insurance doesn’t pay for along with fun family and peer activities that will help them reach their highest potential and enjoy the experiences of childhood.

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?

Variety at Play

“Variety at Play” is committed to improving the overall quality of life for children/youth with physical and intellectual disabilities and their families. The program is based on the understanding that all children are not the same but should have the same opportunities. Our experiences and events are focused not on the disability but rather typical family activities experienced together. The child with a disability is provided the psychological benefits of a sense of belonging and socialization rather than watching from the sidelines. As a result family bonds can be strengthened and lifelong memories created.
Additionally, the activities provide an opportunity for the families to understand they are not alone in this situation. Many families have come together as a community network offering each other support and friendship outside Variety activities.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

“Kids on the Go” provides funding for mobility and other enabling equipment not covered by insurance and often cost-prohibitive for families. Examples of funded equipment include adaptive bicycles, wheelchairs, strollers, walkers, standers, gait trainers and positioning devices.
70% of our requests are for adaptive bicycles and sports wheelchairs. The basic cost of an adaptive bike is $3,000 -$3,500 and $2,500 - $5,000 for a sports wheelchair. All children deserve to experience one of the biggest joys of childhood – riding a bike with their friends. To answer this need, we have developed the “Build A Bike” Program. Working as a team a group of individuals join their individual resources to purchase the basic bike ($2,000) and the customized equipment requirements that range in price from $50 - $500 each. Upon completion, a child is identified and the team is invited to the presentation of the bike.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
People with disabilities

"Live to Achieve” Program is a groundbreaking grant program, established in 2012, that enables children and young adults with physical disabilities in Illinois to pursue their dreams of participation in sports activities at both recreational and elite levels. The program provides grants of up to $1,000 to eligible applicants. Applicants are eligible to receive one grant per calendar year. Our grants have supported attendance at wheelchair basketball camps and training for several Paralympians.

The first recipient of this award, Hailey Danisewicz, a Northwestern University alumnus, won a Silver Medal at the Rio Paralympics in the triathlon.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
People with disabilities

Variety of IL’s “Adapt My World” program provides communication and non-mobility items that improves quality of life but that insurance does not cover. Literally anything that helps a child “adapt the world” around them from iPads with specialized software that allows non-verbal children to clearly communicate, to hygiene chairs that allow for a child to toilet independently to care packages delivered to homes during the pandemic that included disinfectant sprays, sanitizers, paper goods and other items specifically needed by request, provided at no cost to families who regularly use these items for in-home health care of immunocompromised children with disabilities who were affected more greatly by the public shortages than a typical family might have been.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
People with disabilities

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Financials

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Variety The Children's Charity of Illinois

Board of directors
as of 02/19/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Kelly Reynolds

Mark Mazrimas

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Dan Loch

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Anna Kulvik

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Saba Haider

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Albert Shelton

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Barb Gueno

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Venisha White-Johnson

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Sarah Chavez

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 ? 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 1/25/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

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