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RODS Heroes

Inspire families to answer the call to adopt a child with Down syndrome or other unique circumstances

aka RODS HEROES   |   Lehi, UT   |  www.rods.org

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Mission

Our Mission Is to Inspire Families to Answer the Call to Adopt a Child with Down Syndrome or other unique circumstances. RODS Heroes is a nonprofit committed to finding a loving home for all children with Down syndrome or other unique circumstances. Through the efforts of our many RODS Heroes and the amazing families who are answering the call to adopt, miracles are transpiring right before our eyes. Children are given a chance to sing the song they are meant to sing. CORE VALUES & BELIEFS 1. Seek Miracles 2. Answer the Call Every Day. 3. Be Unstoppable Advocates. 4. Every Child Deserves to be raised in a loving family. 5. Have a Servant Heart.

Ruling year info

2013

CEO

Brady Murray

Co-Founder

Andrea Murray

Main address

2901 W. BLUE GRASS BLV. Suite 320

Lehi, UT 84043 USA

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Formerly known as

RACING FOR ORPHANS WITH DOWN SYNDROME

EIN

46-1884981

NTEE code info

Human Service Organizations (P20)

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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?

Inspire Families through Advocacy

Through our advocacy efforts RODS Heroes seeks to inspire families to answer the call to adopt a child with Down syndrome or other unique circumstances. We tell the children's stories because we believe that when a child finds their forever family it's like giving a superhero their cape - so they can sing the song they are meant to sing.

Population(s) Served

Heroes Club is a summer running program to help inspire the next generation to enjoy running, learn to be inclusive to others around them, and learn about adoption.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Foster and adoptive children
Orphans
Foster and adoptive parents
Caregivers
Children and youth
Foster and adoptive children
Orphans
Foster and adoptive parents
Caregivers

Cooper's Mission
Cooper Murray, who has Down syndrome, was abandoned on a street corner in a city of 14 million people at 6 months old. His life took a miraculous turn when at four years old he was adopted into a loving family.

Today he is singing the song he is meant to sing by inspiring the world to open their hearts to adoption as he throws the Ceremonial First Pitch at MLB stadiums across the nation.

He and RODS Heroes are on a mission to help 30 orphaned kids with Down syndrome or other unique circumstances find their forever family- one pitch at a time.

Population(s) Served
Ethnic and racial groups
Children and youth
Caregivers
Families
Non-adult children
Ethnic and racial groups
Children and youth
Caregivers
Families
Non-adult children

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 Children with Forever Families

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Inspire Families through Advocacy

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

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.

The mission of RODS Heroes is to inspire families to answer the call to adopt children with Down syndrome or other UNIQUE circumstances. We believe when a child is united with a family, they are able to sing the song they were meant to sing and it is like giving a superhero their cape! Every child deserves a chance and a family. Our organization aims to inspire enough families so that there are no more children waiting for their forever family.

The strategies to make this happen are through three programs. Storytelling, Heroes Club, and Cooper Murray.
1. Storytelling:
The most powerful tool to inspire families to answer the call to adopt. With our valuable adoption agency relationships, we share the stories of waiting children, families in the process of adoption, and children who have found their forever home.
2. Heroes Club
Heroes Club is a summer running program to help inspire the next generation to be the nurturers of the generation to follow by gathering together to run, learn to be inclusive to others around them, and learn about adoption. Heroes Club creates sustainability for RODS Heroes as a growing program that can be implemented in any location worldwide.
3. Team Cooper Murray
Cooper Murray, who has Down syndrome, was abandoned on a street corner in a city of 14 million people at 6 months old. His life took a miraculous turn when at four years old he was adopted into a loving family. Today he is singing the song he is meant to sing by inspiring the world to open their hearts to adoption as he throws the Ceremonial First Pitch at MLB stadiums across the nation. He and RODS Heroes are on a mission to help 30 orphaned kids with Down syndrome or other unique circumstances find their forever family- one pitch at a time.

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 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?

    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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RODS Heroes

Board of directors
as of 10/05/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Brady Murray

Brady Murray

MassMutual

Andrea Murray

Corey Meurer

Janet Russon

Trent Savage

Norm Westervelt

J.W. Davies

Sarah Bullen

Klea Harris

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 4/13/2023

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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

The organization's co-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

No data

Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 04/13/2023

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

Policies and processes
  • 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.