KIDS MATTER INC.

Because every child needs someone in their corner.

MILWAUKEE, WI   |  http://www.kidsmatterinc.org

Mission

KIDS MATTER INC. helps abused and neglected children heal and thrive, brings volunteer energy and community support to foster and kinship children, and applies lessons learned from helping children heal to preventing further child abuse.

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Ruling year info

2000

Executive Director

Susan Conwell J.D.

Main address

1850 N MARTIN LUTHER KING DR STE 202

MILWAUKEE, WI 53212 USA

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EIN

39-1988488

NTEE code info

Legal Services (I80)

Protection Against and Prevention of Neglect, Abuse, Exploitation (I70)

Other Youth Development N.E.C. (O99)

IRS filing requirement

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Programs and results

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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?

Court Appointed Special Advocate Volunteers

Milwaukee's Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program is wholly managed by KIDS MATTER INC. Each year, hundreds of children victimized by abuse or neglect are assigned a CASA program volunteer by a judge to advocate for the children's best interests in obtaining a safe, permanent home or to transition to independent living as they reach the age of 18 and leave the care and protection of the state.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

TF-CBT is a nationally developed, proven method for working with child trauma victims to help them understand and manage the impacts of significant negative life experiences in order to have healthier, happier childhoods.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

The Fostering Healing program helps child crime victims including children who have experienced abuse, domestic violence, sexual assault or who are survivors of the homicide of a parent. The Family Connections program provides family support and child abuse prevention to extended kin caregivers. KIDS MATTER INC. has a multidisciplinary team to provide trauma support, safety planning, in-home visits, legal and other support to over 1,000 children and families annually.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Caregivers

Where we work

Awards

Support and Empowerment of Children in Our Community 2018

Guardians of the Children - HAWG City Chapter

Solid Foundation for Inclusion Certification 2021

HRC Foundation "All Children - All Families"

Affiliations & memberships

National CASA Association 2020

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 children served

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

Family relationships

Related Program

Fostering Healing

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Number of unique children served by all programs of the organization with at least one service.

Estimated dollar value of clothing and household goods donations

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

Family relationships

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Donated goods including school supplies, clothing, toys, computers, hygiene items, birthday and holiday gifts.

Hours of volunteer service

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

Family relationships

Related Program

Court Appointed Special Advocate Volunteers

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Trained community members serve as Court Appointed Special Advocate volunteers; numerous civic, faith, school, and corporate groups conduct drives; an annual event committee; BOD, etc.

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 goals are for every child to have a a safe, stable, and loving home with a nurturing family. Our focus is on the children being raised by someone other than a parent through no fault of their own, but for whom outcomes can be poor without intervention from a multi-disciplinary team motivated solely by the child's best interests.

Through our signature programs: CASA volunteers, Fostering Healing, and Fostering Hope -- we address the wide variety of needs of our kids.

KIDS MATTER is fortunate to have an unparalleled team of experts in law, social work, trauma therapy, nonprofit management, and fund development with decades of experience in advocating for children in kinship and foster care.

The list of awards and recognition, as well as the opportunities for our team to teach other providers through published articles, conference workshops, and one-on-one conversations inevitably leads one to a firm conclusion that KIDS MATTER is a national leader in serving vulnerable youth. As long as child abuse and neglect exist, KIDS MATTER will continue its work as 'Champions for Children(TM).'

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 demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Children being raised by someone other than a parent through formal foster care and informal families. Caregivers who protect and provide for the children we serve.

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

    Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Case management notes, Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees, Program Volunteer Reports,

  • 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 inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    Feedback from our relative caregivers in 2019 resulted in the establishment of both a monthly in-person and ongoing online "Grandparent Support Group" to allow these individuals to learn and share information about available community resources and their collective experiences raising grandchildren.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, General Public via Social Media,etc.,

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

    We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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Operations

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

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KIDS MATTER INC.

Board of directors
as of 8/24/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Sibylle Tasker, J.D.

Tom Frenn, J.D.

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 08/24/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 08/24/2021

Policies and practices developed in partnership with Equity in the Center, a project that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems within the social sector to increase racial equity. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • 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 disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
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 have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • 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.