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Jessie Rees Foundation

Never Ever Give Up!

aka Jessie Rees Foundation: Never Ever Give Up   |   Irvine, CA   |  www.negu.org

Mission

Our mission is to ensure every kid fighting cancer has the support to Never Ever Give Up by CONNECTING with their family, bringing AWARENESS to their story, providing them helpful RESOURCES and sending them continuous doses of ENCOURAGEMENT throughout their journey.

Ruling year info

2011

co-founder

Erik Rees

Main address

9 Studebaker

Irvine, CA 92618 USA

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EIN

45-1836440

NTEE code info

Cancer (G30)

Patient Services - Entertainment, Recreation (E86)

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The problem we aim to solve is to provide continual engagement to kids and families impacted by childhood cancer around the world. Over 400,000 children are diagnosed each year worldwide, and we strive every day to reach them and encourage them to Never Ever Give Up!

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?

Support Kids, Sibs and Parents to NEGU

A wide variety of resources and services to encourage kids to Never Ever Give Up that include: JoyJars, room makeovers, breakaway adventures, financial support, games, downloads and other NEGU gear.

Population(s) Served
People with diseases and illnesses

Where we work

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 families served in cancer treatment

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

Children and youth

Related Program

Support Kids, Sibs and Parents to NEGU

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Distribution of JoyJars to kids fighting cancer. Please note that 2020 and 2021 was impacted by COVID.

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 annual goals every year is to reach and resource more children and families impacted by childhood cancer. While we celebrate we have sent out over 475,000 JoyJars to kids fighting cancer and build supportive relationships with many of them, we can stop because cancer hasn't stopped. Over 400,000 innocent children are diagnosed every year around the world and our 2030 goal is to building distribution partnerships with every children's hospital in the world by 2025 so anyone needing JoyJars can order and receive them in a timely manner.

We partner with over 270 children's hospitals, 175 Ronald McDonald Houses and 118 camps to reach kids. Once the relationship starts between us and a child/family we provide monthly boosts of encourage and support to the child, their siblings and their parents. In addition, daily doses of video encouragement through our smart phone app, iNEGU.

We have sent over 475,000 JoyJars to children fighting cancer since 2011 and have build supportive relationships with many across the United States. We feel our method and model is working and allowing us to support these innocent children and families.

We have sent out over 475,000 JoyJars to kids fighting caner in all 50 states and 50 countries. We still have thousands of children to reach, which increases daily by 1,000 of innocent children.

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.
  • 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 identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, 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 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, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • 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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Jessie Rees Foundation

Board of directors
as of 02/19/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Erik Baker

Chick-fil-A

Term: 2023 - 2025

Erik Rees

Jessie Rees Foundation

Marilyn Henley

Hard Hatt, Inc.

Kim Eilber

PNC Bank

Layne Lawson

Clear Channel Media

Gary Mazzone

Elite Global

Erik Baker

Chick-fil-A

Vincent Cook

ConcertoCare

Chris March

Cherry Tree Capital

Ryan Sauers

Sauers-Lopez Construction

Jared Bonneville

UPS

Jennifer Olson

Apriem Advisors

Chad Shaw

MST Financial

Gordon MacLean

RJI International CPA's

John Stratman

Kaiser Permanente

Dr. Bart Asner

Retired

Eric Estrella

SBI Global

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 2/19/2024

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

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

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/19/2024

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 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.
  • 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 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 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.