Fleece & Thank You

Make a blanket. Make a video. Make a difference.

aka Fleece and Thank You   |   Farmington Hills, MI   |  http://fleeceandthankyou.org/

Mission

Fleece & Thank You's mission is to provide donors the unique opportunity to give hope and comfort to children who are suffering by creating a fleece blanket and a personalized video message.

Ruling year info

2016

Executive Director

Nicholas Kristock

Main address

24715 Crestview Ct.

Farmington Hills, MI 48335 USA

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EIN

47-5263037

NTEE code info

Arts Service Activities/Organizations (A90)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

IRS filing requirement

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Imagine a hospital room. Dull, white sheets on the bed. Scary beeps and boops of the monitors on the IV pole. A cold, bone-chilling temperature that makes you shiver. It’s a scary environment to think about, and yet, every minute in America, 11 children are admitted into the hospital and face this very intimidating experience. Stripped from their everyday routine of friends, school, sports, and activities, they are scared of the unknown future that will come with an extended hospital stay. Right now, we face a reality that needs our urgent attention: many kids go into the hospital and are met with the scary room we just imagined. They begin their treatments in a fearful atmosphere, and a little voice in their head says, “I am defeated already.” They are in need of comfort. They are in need of warmth. They are in need of hope.

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?

Community Blanket-Making Events

We make blankets and video messages with community groups.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adults

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 served

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

Adults

Related Program

Community Blanket-Making Events

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Each year our goal is to provide comfort and support to the 30,000 kids on average that enter the hospital for treatments.

Number of youth-led community service projects

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

Children and youth

Related Program

Community Blanket-Making Events

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

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.

A colorful, warm piece of hope brightening the room as it waits on the hospital bed for a warrior (the name we call our blanket recipients) to walk in for the start of treatment.

The key to a child conquering the scary hospital environment is to provide them with something bright and comforting to combat the darkness. There is an inspiring power behind starting something off on a good note.

We can provide that motivation to endure long treatments, the kickstart to a successful battle, and the hope that everything is going to be alright.

Our mission is to provide donors the unique opportunity to give comfort and hope to children by creating a fleece blanket and a personalized video message. The healing connection we foster by linking blanket makers to children with illnesses allows us to cheer them on at the starting line of their treatment journey. Children thrive on love and acceptance. The videos that come from every blanket maker are comforting and inspiring to the child as they realize they are not in this alone; there are people on the outside of the hospital walls who care about their fight.

We work with members of the community to make blankets and video messages, and then we deliver that comfort to the hospital. Our goal is a simple one: every child in every hospital bed receiving much-needed hope in the form of a colorful, fleece blanket at the start of treatment. We believe every warrior deserves armor for their battle, and we will continue this work until we guarantee that for every child entering the hospital for inpatient treatments.

Our signature program is our blanket-making event. We host over 400 blanket-making events every year to help us achieve our goal of making 30,000 fleece blankets, one blanket for every child in Michigan that goes into the hospital for inpatient treatments. Through our blanket making program, we are able to service hospitals all across Michigan.

As Fleece & Thank You continues to grow (we grew 566% from year 1 to year 2, and we just to hit our third birthday in October of 2018), we have big plans to continue to improve the hospital atmosphere and treatment journey for our kids in the hospital. We have a vision as strong as they come backed by a grassroots foundation with major momentum.

We are strategically rolling out our vision one step and one program at a time, starting now with blankets, videos, and resource packets and going as far as mobile applications, virtual reality therapy, school curriculums, and in-hospital media services.

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 collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Suggestion box/email,

  • 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 strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We recently met with a retired engineer who provided us with great feedback about our blanket kit process. At Fleece and Thank You, we have an extensive process to cut fleece into our "Blanket Kit's" for supporters. The engineer came up and designed a much more productive way to increase the amount of product we are making in a day. This has significantly increased our production and we are super grateful for this useful feedback.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

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

  • 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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Fleece & Thank You

Board of directors
as of 4/6/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

David Spencer

Independence Innovations

Term: 2020 - 2021

Alissa Crawford

Doeren Mayhew

Paul Davis

Independence Innovations

Edward Nakfoor

Joe Rohatynski

Joe PR

Javous Nicks

Xenith

Sherry Huffman

Former Human Resources for Oakwood Health and Beaumont

Dr Krista Mesi

Pediatric Hospitalist- Ascension St. John Children's Hospital

Lisa Beach

David Spencer

Former President of Walsh College, Owner of Independence Innovations

Denton Farley

Fly Consulting

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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 04/06/2021

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
Male, 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: 04/07/2020

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 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 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 use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • 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.