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WHEELCHAIRS 4 KIDS INC

Dedicated to improving the lives of children with physical; disabilities.

Tarpon Springs, FL   |  www.Wheelchairs4Kids.org

Mission

Wheelchairs 4 Kids is dedicated to improving the lives of children with physical disabilities.

Notes from the nonprofit

Wheelchairs 4 Kids Mission is dedicated to improving the lives of children with physical disabilities. We are very proud of the difference we have made in so many lives.

Ruling year info

2011

Executive Director

Madeline Robinson

Main address

1200 S. Pinellas Ave Suite 3

Tarpon Springs, FL 34689 USA

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EIN

45-1308941

NTEE code info

Ambulatory Health Center, Community Clinic (E32)

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

Human Service Organizations (P20)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Children outgrow their wheelchairs before Medicaid or insurance will approve a new one. Children with physical disabilities are only approved for a new wheelchair every 5 to 7 years regardless of whether their needs change due to progressive diseases. They outgrow their chairs which is not only uncomfortable, but may lead to health issues including scoliosis, respiratory problems or pressure sores. In addition, Medicaid and insurance often do not approve home or vehicle modifications such as ramps, door widening, roll-in showers or vehicle lifts. Wheelchairs 4 Kids provides these needs at no cost to the families. We also have an inclusion program called Wheely Fun Days. Our kids are often not included. They don't get invited to birthday parties or the movies. We take our kids to MLB games, Bucs Training Camp, WWE events as well as on interactive adventures such as Zip-lining, indoor sky-diving and even water-skiing using adaptive equipment.

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?

Wheelchairs and Mobility Aids

PROGRAMS:
Provide wheelchairs, gait trainers, AFO's, Hoyer lifts, etc for children with physical disabilities.    
Make homes accessible for children in wheelchairs.  Install wheelchair ramps in homes as well as other accessible options such as bathroom modification for handicap access, widening doors, etc.
Customize vehicles for wheelchair accessibility.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work

Awards

Proclamation 2011

City of Griffin, GA

Winners Within Us Readers Choice Award 2012

http://winnerswithinus.com/

Key to the City of Tarpon Springs 2012

City of Tarpon Springs

Winners Within Us 2012

Readers Choice Award

Saving One Child at a Time Award 2013

Pepin Academies

Community Hero 2014

Tampa Bay Lightning

Spirit of Humanity Award 2015

DeBartolo Family Foundation

Nonprofit of the Year Finalist 2015

Tampa Bay Business Journal

Nonprofit of the Year 2015

Tarpon Springs Chamber of Commerce

Pioneer Award 2015

Florida JCI Senate

Business of the Year 2016

Tarpon Springs Chamber of Commerce

Chamberlin Scholarship 2016

Association of Fundraising Professionals

Tampa Bay Ethics Award 2018

The University of Tampa Center for Ethics

Finalist 2018

WEDU Be More Awards

Certificate of Congressional Recognition 2019

U.S. Congressman Bilirakis

Hometown Hero 2013

Fox 13

Community Champion 2020

WWE

Everyday Hero 2022

Bay News 9

Non-Profit 2022

One Tampa Bay Award

Best NPO For Empowering Physically Disabled Children & Youth 2023

Acquisition International

Affiliations & memberships

Best NPO For Empowering Physically Disabled Children & Youth 2023

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

Children and youth

Related Program

Wheelchairs and Mobility Aids

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of children who received wheelchairs, home or vehicle modifications or other assistive or therapeutic equipment in calendar year.

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.

GOALS, OBJECTIVES, OUTCOMES AND RESULTS
2022-2023
GOAL: To improve the lives of children with physical disabilities.
OBJECTIVE: To provide 255 children under the age of 21 with wheelchairs, assistive devices, or
home/vehicle modifications by May 31, 2024
OUTCOME: These children and their families will benefit due to the increased comfort, safety, access, transportability and/or physical improvement dependent on the type of assistance we
deliver.

GOAL: To continue inclusion program.
OBJECTIVE: To host a minimum of 15 events (Wheely Fun Days) for the children we serve that will enable them to socialize and interact with each other and able-bodied children by May 31, 2024
OUTCOME: Our kids will benefit socially by meeting other children who face some of the same
issues they face. The able-bodied children will benefit by gaining a better
understanding of the challenges our kids deal with as well as recognize that they all share
some of the same hopes and dreams and have many similar mindsets in relation to pop
culture and play. This program will allow our kids the opportunity to live more fulfilled
lives, learn social skills and thrive. They will know that they are not alone
and despite their physical challenges, they are capable of doing so much more than they
ever imagined.

GOAL: Increase participation in our inclusion program, Wheely Fun Days.
OBJECTIVE: Have at least 250 children with physical disabilities and their families (Estimate 900
people) participate in our inclusion program through at least 15 Wheely Fun Days.
OUTCOME: The children will see that they are not alone and build lasting relationships. They will
also learn that they can do so much more than they ever dreamed possible. The parents
can share their experiences and recommendations as well as find a group of parents that
share the same circumstances and support each other.

GOAL: To increase our visibility.
OBJECTIVE: To have 25 online/newspaper/TV segments about us as well as increase our fans on
Facebook to 6,500 and Instagram to 1000 by May 31, 2024.
OUTCOME: Physical therapists and other caregivers as well as families, vendors and supporters will be more aware of the services we offer which will allow us to help more children. Vendors will see the value of working with us and funders can be confident that their donations are being put to good use. It will also bring awareness to the issues our families deal with every day.

GOAL: To continue to be fiscally responsible.
OBJECTIVE: To maintain our current ratio of over 80% of funding going toward program services.
OUTCOME: Donors can be confident that their donated dollars are being spent where intended

We work with physical therapists, child advocates, organizations, and families to solicit and receive referrals for our services.

Once an application has been accepted we work with wheelchair and other equipment manufacturers and dealers for highly discounted prices. We also contact contractors who will donate or discount their services for home modifications. Next we reach out to that child's community for sponsors or utilize funding from our corporate/community/foundation supporters to assist the child.

We also work closely with sports teams, attractions and corporate sponsors to assist with in-kind gifts for our Wheely Fun Days.

We believe that being fiscally responsible, transparent and accountable builds trust. Donors should feel confident that their funds will be used as intended - to help our kids!

We have 4 events planned and have a monthly recurring gift program called Guardians of the Wheel Kids.

We are also writing more grants and reaching out to more corporations to develop cause marketing initiatives.

We work closely with the families and physical therapists to determine what the best solution is for each child. Our referrals usually come from advocate organizations such as Shriners Hospitals, United Cerebral Palsy, The Spina Bifida Association, Children's Medical Services, etc.

We have been fortunate to partner with several mobility manufacturers and dealers that deeply discount their products and services. We generally get between a 40 -70 % discount on mobility items and usually get free labor from building contractors.

The average value of the equipment or modifications we provide is over $6,000. However, due to the relationships we have forged with manufacturers, distributors and contractors, our average cost to fund one child is approximately $2,500.00, a tremendous savings. All modifications are done by professional contractors who are licensed and insured.

Funding from our corporate/community/foundation grants and sponsorships enables us to continue to help more children each year.

As of 2023, we have assisted over 1400 children with disabilities by providing wheelchairs, home and vehicle modifications, and other assistive and therapeutic devices. Our assistance has allowed these children proper and fitted equipment, accessibility into their own homes and bathrooms, ease of vehicular transportation, and development potential with therapeutic devices. Our assistance has also helped some children finally be able walk! Their families are also benefited by being able to care for their child properly and with greater ease.

We have provided over 100 inclusion days ; "Wheely Fun Days," for our kids such as taking them to activities that we often take for granted as well as some exclusive experiences that will create memories that will last a lifetime and make our kids" the envy of all their peers! . For Wheely Fun Days, our kids have been to Buccaneers Training Camp and WWE events, theyve sailed with Sailability of Tampa Bay and ziplined at Gatorland. Theyve waterskied with the help of Anns Angels Adaptive Waterskiing, and even experienced indoor skydiving at iFly Tampa! All of these activities are designed for our kids to do what they do best be kids!

We are proud of the impact we have made so far. Due to increasing awareness of our services, the requests for our assistance is growing. We are striving to grow with the requests and assist these children as efficiently as possible.

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.
  • 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

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

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback

Financials

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Operations

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

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WHEELCHAIRS 4 KIDS INC

Board of directors
as of 01/18/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Hal Williams

Allstate Insurance

Term: 2016 - 2024


Board co-chair

Tammy Dickman

Artesian Farms

Term: 2020 - 2024

Hal Williams

Allstate Insurance

Susanne Gomez-Barnason

Florida Dept. of Revenue

Dave Wright

Primerica

Kimberly Perry

Kimberly Perry CPA

Terald Hopkins

Ford of New Port Richey

Tammy Dickman

Artesian Farms

David Baxter

Harmar Mobility

Danny Persaud

MidFlorida Armored

David Haass

Elite Insurance Partners

Ray Ferrara

ProVise

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 ? 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? 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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/18/2024

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

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

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

We do not display disability information for organizations with fewer than 15 staff.

Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/18/2024

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • 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 disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • 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 community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • 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.