TYLER ROBINSON FOUNDATION INC

#slaycancerwithdragons

aka TRF   |   Las Vegas, NV   |  www.trf.org

Mission

The mission of The Tyler Robinson Foundation, Imagine Dragons' nonprofit, is to strengthen families financially and emotionally as they cope with the tragedy of a pediatric cancer diagnosis by providing grants specifically to offset out-of-pocket life expenses.

Ruling year info

2013

Executive Director

Ms. Kim Gradisher

Main address

823 S. Las Vegas Blvd., Suite 220, Mailbox 7

Las Vegas, NV 89101 USA

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EIN

46-2570835

NTEE code info

Cancer (G30)

Pediatrics (G98)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (G12)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

According to a study published in Pediatric Blood & Cancer, nearly one in three families is unable to meet their basic needs while a child is in treatment for cancer. When a child is diagnosed with cancer, parents need to reevaluate childcare, careers, and finances in order to provide the best possible care for their child. They are forced to focus on financial issues that may arise when a parent needs to work less or quit a job to provide care and travel for their child's treatment. Financial pressures, paired with the emotional distress of such a tragic diagnosis affect almost every pediatric cancer family and we are working to reduce these pressures in any way we can.

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?

Family Triage

Grants up to $19,000 to assist in paying those day to day costs (mortgage, car payments, utilities) which take a second priority to caring for a child with pediatric cancer.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

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 people on the organization's email list

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of Facebook followers

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Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of families served

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

People with physical disabilities, People with other disabilities, Chronically ill people, Terminally ill people, Family relationships

Related Program

Family Triage

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

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.

TRF’s mission is to assist families whose children have been diagnosed with pediatric cancer through financial assistance and professional financial expertise, as well as emotional and social support. We want to ensure that insecurity in housing, utilities, and medical travel is not part of our families' cancer journeys, and that hope, great memories, and fun experiences will balance the hard times. Parents dealing with a tragic pediatric cancer diagnosis should be able to focus on their families rather than financial issues, and we aim to help them do just this.

TRF provides monetary support in the form of grants for families who are unable to afford essential household expenses while caring for their child. TRF Families receive grants ranging from $12,000 to $36,000 combined with a volunteer financial advisor which helps both the family and TRF allocate each dollar the best possible way. Grants cover everyday expenses that become a challenge when a child has cancer, including mortgage, rent, automobile payments, and medical-related travel. If needed, families can utilize a portion of their grant to assist with tutoring and other educational needs for their child. Our grants include a Financial Relief Grant for families who have suffered financial hardship as a result of a pediatric cancer diagnosis, Travel Grants to cover hotel and travel expenses for treatments, and Family Fun Grants Through our grants, families are able to focus on their families and children rather than the financial pressures that typically ensue when a child is diagnosed with cancer.

The Tyler Robinson Foundation is partnered with 53 children’s hospitals across the United States and several parts of Canada. We also have one partner hospital in each of the following countries: Czech Republic, Germany, Malaysia, Mexico, and Spain. Through these partnerships, families are recommended by their social worker to apply to our program.

Our organization is able to provide grants to our family through funding from various sources, including our Team TRF school fundraising program, Ambassador program, and our annual gala.

TRF has helped over 1,500 families through our high-level grants program. This year, we will be serving more than 100 families, not including our gift card drive which helps more than 400 families per year. We are proud to say that .85 cents of every dollar goes directly to our families. We plan on continuing to spread the TRF mission and provide grants to even more families at our partner hospitals.

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?

    TRF’s mission is to assist families whose children have been diagnosed with pediatric cancer through financial assistance and professional financial expertise, as well as emotional and social support. We offer a leg-up to families who are dealing with a tragic diagnosis to ensure that insecurity in housing, utilities, and medical travel is not part of their cancer journey, and that hope, great memories, and fun experiences will balance the hard times.

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

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Case management notes,

  • 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, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    In 2021, we expanded our Family Financial Grant program with our Uber Eats Program in response to requests from families we serve regarding increased need for funds for groceries and food. We provide now our families with monthly Uber Eats credit so they can purchase meals and groceries for their families throughout the month.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • 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 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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TYLER ROBINSON FOUNDATION INC

Board of directors
as of 7/21/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Jennifer Carleton


Board co-chair

Mac Reynolds

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 7/21/2021,

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 07/21/2021

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 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.