Public, Society Benefit

Kids In Danger

aka KID   |   Chicago, IL   |  www.kidsindanger.org

Mission

Kids In Danger (KID) was founded in 1998 by Linda Ginzel and Boaz Keysar following the death of their son in a recalled portable crib. KID is a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting children by fighting for product safety. Our mission is to save lives by enhancing transparency and accountability through safer product development, better education and stronger advocacy for children. Children's products injure more that 81,000 children annually according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), some fatally. KID disseminates lifesaving information about product safety to consumers, while working to ensure that dangerous products do not reach the marketplace to begin with.

Ruling year info

1998

Principal Officer

Nancy Cowles

Main address

116 W Illinois Ste 4E

Chicago, IL 60654 USA

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EIN

36-4234906

Cause area (NTEE code) info

Consumer Protection and Safety (W90)

Safety Education (M40)

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

As parents and caregivers, we do all we can to keep our children safe. But hidden hazards in some products can injure or kill children despite parents/caregivers best efforts. KID believes that children's products should be tested for safety to strong standards before they reach our homes and hazards in products such as window blinds, tipping furniture, powerful magnets and others should be designed out of products.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Advocacy

KID works with policymakers on legislative and regulatory changes to protect children from dangerous products. KID believes all children's products should be tested for safety before they are sold. We work with the Consumer Product Safety Commission, Attorney Generals' offices in several states and other regulators to encourage improved product safety. Our KID Action Team responds when there is a safety issue that must be addressed.

Population(s) Served
Parents
Infants to preschool (under age 5)

Safe from the Start is KID's program to provide education to parents and caregivers about children's product safety. Through presentations, workshops, materials and our online presence, this program gives parents and caregivers the tools they need to keep children safe.

Population(s) Served
Infants to preschool (under age 5)
Families
Budget
$60,000

Grandparents are the teachers, caregivers and pillars of any family. For all these reasons, it’s crucial for them to have information on children’s product safety to protect the children under their care. In 2009, KID launched The Debby Sayah Grandparent Outreach Project to provide lifesaving product safety information that is specifically targeted to the needs of this essential population of caregivers. The program is named in memory of Deborah R. Sayah, mother to KID board member Judy Sage. Debby was a wonderful grandma who was passionately devoted to her grandchildren. Her grandson, Andy, suffocated on a foam sleep positioner in 2001. This program is the legacy of Andy and all of the children who’ve been injured or killed by unsafe children’s products. Through The Debby Sayah Grandparent Outreach Project, KID brings our workshop, Don’t Learn About Recalls from your Grandchild, to a range of grandparent events including caregiver support groups, community meetings and special celebrations, such as our Grandparents’ Day events.To disseminate KID’s safety resources, we participate in safety and health events year-round.

Population(s) Served
Aging, elderly, senior citizens
Families

Kids in Danger has designed the Teach Early Safety Testing (TEST) Program to promote the development of safe products by integrating children’s product safety, standards, and testing practices into the engineering curriculum. TEST allows students to examine product design from a unique perspective and redesign various children’s products with an emphasis on user safety first and foremost. Our curriculum materials have been integrated into the curriculum at many other programs.
The TEST objectives are to introduce undergraduate engineering students to design safety concepts. Examples from past incidents or recalls, illustrate design flaws that have led to serious injury or even death. In the classroom or workshop setting, KID engages through materials related to key design and engineering concepts with real life examples. Students start thinking in new ways about consumer needs and desires for a product and the foreseeable uses of a product. The student design teams are able to review a recalled product, an incident report or a pattern of incidents and make design changes to produce a safer product.

Population(s) Served
Students

Where we work

Awards

Chairman's Circle of Commendation Award 2011

Consumer Product Safety Commission

Community Champion Award 2010

Civil Justice Foundation

President's Service Award 2000

US Government Office of the President of the United States

Raising A Ruckus Activist Award 2005

Working Mother Magazine

Allstate Safety Leadership Award 1998

Allstate Insurance

Affiliations & memberships

Association of Fundraising Professionals - Member 2012

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Charting impact

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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

Ultimately, we would like to see no injuries or death to children as a result of unsafe children’s products. This is a lofty goal, but we work each day with the intention of seeing this goal realized. In the past 20 years, KID has set the stage for a future free from product related injuries and deaths. Just a year after KID founding, the city of Chicago passed an ordinance to prevent the sale of recalled products. We then drafted and shepherded the nation’s most comprehensive statewide legislation on children’s product safety, the Illinois Children’s Product Safety Act through the Illinois legislature. Since 1998, we have worked to pass that law which has been adopted in 10 other states to date. Then in 2008, there was the groundbreaking Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act. KID was deeply involved in CPSIA’s passage and the provisions of Danny’s Law that are currently overhauling children’s product safety oversight. Our advocacy is one major component of our multi-pronged effort to achieve our goal of an injury and death free environment for children.

Our strategy to achieve this goal is a three pronged effort. In addition to our advocacy work, KID generates awareness and facilitates education of child product safety ideas. We attend community events in a variety of locations to get the word out to parents and caregivers about unsafe products and provide them with resources to keep their children safe. Additionally, we interact with parents and caregivers regularly; sending educational publications such as a monthly email alert and bi- annual newsletter. Further, we partner with online parenting and grand parenting communities and serve as a safety resource for thousands of additional parents and grandparents. This is in addition to our own online community, which is updated daily with the latest recalls and product safety news. Finally, we have provided millions of caregivers and parents with the tools they need to keep their children safe through our safety workshop, Creating safe environments for children<br/><br/>Through this combination of education, awareness, and advocacy we have been able to make a lasting impact on the child product safety landscape. While much as been accomplished in this past 15 years, much more work needs to get done in order to accomplish an injury and death free environment for children.

As the only non-profit organization dedicated to improving the safety of children's products, KID and its supporters work tirelessly to keep kids safe. KID is able to work effectively within the constraints of its shoestring budget with a small but dedicated workforce of three full-time staff members, including Executive Director Nancy Cowles, Program Director Laura Nikolovska, and Director of Development Karen Yellen Dillon. KID is governed by a 13-member board of directors with four additional advisory board members. Joining these efforts are four part-time student interns, eight regularly scheduled volunteers and numerous seasonal volunteers who combined volunteered 2142 hours in 2013. <br/><br/>Generous individual and corporate donors support KID's ongoing efforts by providing the funds to publish educational materials, further outreach with workshops and caregiver trainings and more. In fiscal year 2013, individuals accounted for 69% of the sources of support for KID, followed by corporations at 24% and foundation support at 7%. With the help of these donations, grants, matching gifts, and in-kind donations, KID is able to focus on programming, with 85% of FY2013 expenses allocated to this area. Since its founding in 1998, KID has had individual donors representing 41 states and the District of Columbia. <br/><br/>For over fifteen years, KID has worked to connect with local and national safety alliances, community leaders, and family networks to spread its lifesaving message. Partnerships with organizations such as Chicago's Neighborhood Parents Network, Grandparents Raising Grandchildren, Parent Tested Parent Approved and many more have been instrumental in reaching a larger network of families and caregivers. In the future, KID hopes to develop further connections with similar organizations and alliances to promote injury prevention.<br/><br/>KID increases awareness of child product safety issues and dangerous recalls through a number of mediums. KID supporters can stay updated on current safety information via various social media outlets, KID's website and frequently updated blog, monthly e-mail reports, and newsletters that reach an audience of over 3,000 supporters. Our Safe from the Start program provides local workshops for parents, grandparents, and childcare providers in the community, and KID is frequently featured as a panelist at national conferences that focus on product safety and injury prevention. KID advocates to improve child product safety standards and strengthen outreach efforts on a local, regional and national level, ensuring more families and caregivers have access to important safety information.

Since our goal is to eliminate injury or death as a result of unsafe children’s products, progress is hard to measure because there is no way to measure nonevents like an injury avoided. However, there are substantive measures and goalposts that demonstrate the widespread dissemination and use of KID’s product safety resources by parents and caregivers, and the achievement of our other organizational objectives. For our educational programs, material inventories reflect the extent of our outreach in local communities and can be used to monitor our short term success. Likewise, increased material orders and the number of recipients of our monthly email alerts and bi-annual newsletter reflects an increase in the number of parents who are receiving information about children’s products safety and help us monitor the long term impact of our mission. KID also uses both qualitative and quantitative measurements to evaluate the progress of our efforts. To improve programs and services and to more accurately target populations in need, we use qualitative measurements such as interviews and surveys to gauge a need for our programs and obtain post-program feedback from healthcare professionals, childcare providers, parents and consumer safety organizations. For example, in July 2013 we hosted focus groups made up for parents and grandparent caregivers to solicit feedback on our educational materials as part of a larger project to overhaul these materials to better meet user needs. Feedback from these and other surveys has been extremely valuable in the past, allowing us to incorporate suggestions and make adjustments and improvements accordingly. Further, we collaborated with University of Chicago Booth School of Business graduate students to develop new evaluation tools that allow us better analyze the impact of our safety outreach and make improvements as needed. We look forward to implementing these improvements in the project over the coming year.

As mentioned, major state and federal legislation concerning children’s product safety has been passed since KID’s creation in 1998. One of our most significant accomplishments was the passage of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA). As a result of this legislation, cribs made for our youngest children have to meet the strongest safety standards in the world. There is no doubt that countless lives of children have been saved from death and injury as a result of this landmark legislation, a section of which was named in honor of KID’s founder’s son, Danny Keysar. We consider this to be a major accomplishment of the organization and as a result new legislation has been created to spur the development of tougher safety standards for other children’s products including play yards and bassinets. Currently, there are 25 categories of children’s products ID'ed by the CPSC. Twenty-two have mandatory safety standards thanks in large parts to KID’s efforts. Three additional products currently don’t have safety standards, and KID works each day to see this changed as well as cover new products as they enter the market.

Financials

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Kids In Danger

Board of directors
as of 5/12/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Linda Ginzel

Clinical professor of managerial psychology at The University of Chicago Graduate School of Business

Linda Ginzel

Clinical professor of managerial psychology at The University of Chicago Graduate School of Business

Robert Tanz

Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Judy Sage

Real Simple Magazine

Shawn Kasserman

Corboy & Demetrio

Lisa Turano Solano

Turano Baking Company

Steven Swibel

Dykema Gossett PLLC

Boaz Keysar

University of Chicago

Leslie Batterson

AON Global Risk Consulting

Geoffrey Phillips

GATX Corporation

Julius Rhodes

mpr group

Karen Sheehan

Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Kristina Paschall

Ingredion

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? No
  • 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? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Keywords

children, health, safety, products, recall, kids, danger, educate, promote, advocate, parents, caregivers, childcare, community, public, health care programs, crib, nursery, safe sleep, grandparents