HOLIDAY HEROES FOUNDATION

Holiday Heroes hosts parties for sick children to take their minds off of the pain, anxiety and stresses of being hospitalized.

aka The Holiday Heroes   |   Chicago, IL   |  www.holiday-heroes.org

Mission

Creating parties that bring joy and normalcy to children in long-term hospital care.

Ruling year info

2009

Executive Director

Mike Jostes

Main address

301 W. Grand Ave #336

Chicago, IL 60654 USA

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EIN

61-1586696

NTEE code info

Patient Services - Entertainment, Recreation (E86)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Children and their families coping with serious illnesses and extensive hospitalizations face challenges beyond medical treatment. The child must deal with fear and anxiety, loneliness and boredom. The family must juggle everyday needs with the extraordinary challenge of supporting a hospitalized child. These pressures place families at risk—struggling to cope and stay together—and often impede the child's mental and emotional development. Holiday Heroes answers these problems through holiday and/or seasonal “parties" and creative activities for hospitalized children and their families. Far more than mere entertainment, these play and recreational activities foster learning, mastery of new experiences, skill development and self-expression. Certain types of play, such as “diversional / recreational play, provided by Holiday Heroes are recognized as therapeutic, giving children the opportunity to explore, express, and process their healthcare experiences.

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?

Hospital Party

We partner with 15 hospitals to plan parties for chronically, critically, and terminally ill children. They have the option of doing 4 parties at each hospital a year. We provide each patient with a craft kit box at the party. We provide a gift a couple times a year, lunch for the family at each party. We have themed characters that come help entertain the children.

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 programs documented

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

Children and youth

Related Program

Hospital Party

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of hospital parties 2020 - due to COVID we weren't able to have in person parties but still delivered a virtual experience and activity boxes

Number of overall donors

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

Adults

Type of Metric

Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of donors in CRM

Number of organizational partners

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

Hospital Party

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of hospital partners

Number of participants engaged in programs

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

Children and youth

Related Program

Hospital Party

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of children served

Number of families served

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

Children and youth, Caregivers, Families

Related Program

Hospital Party

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of children, siblings and caregivers served

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 primary goal is to alleviate stresses faced by hospitalized children, their families, and caregivers. Through well-structured and recreational/craft activities—often themed to holidays—our program will deliver significant benefits. Immediate impact will include:
• Bringing joy to hospitalized children in ways that encourage healthy social development and better recovery on occasion.
• Providing a fun way children to play, make art, be distracted from critical, terminal, or chronic illness and have a “normal day."
• Providing critically needed developmental engagement and creative learning. As well as, social interaction are keys in developing emotionally and mentally.

Both individual families and communities will see lasting benefits such as:
• Shaping “healing" moments for families under extreme stress
• Helping children and families weather medical crises with support beyond medical intervention.
• Engaging community members as volunteers.

In all cases The Holiday Heroes staff work closely with child life coordinators at the medical institutions to plan events that will meet the therapeutic and recreational needs of the pediatric patients they serve. These members of the hospital staff also help to coordinate the distribution and collection of confidential program evaluation surveys, which enable Holiday Heroes to measure the effectiveness and impact of the program.

To measure the impact of the program, the organization will collect impact data using post-party surveys/questionnaires. These surveys will ask patients and parents to rate their experience. We will also survey staff to obtain their assessment of the impact they see in their patients.

We have developed a program where we work with the child life specialist in the hospitals to be a support and fill the need. We train our volunteers to go into the hospital settings and be self starts. They understand how to interact with the children in a way that uplifts them and helps them come away from the party feeling refreshed and happy. We have a great support system in the communities we serve. We have people and organizations reaching out weekly wanted to help us complete the mission.

Since 2016 we have grown from 9 hospital partners in Chicagoland to 15 and have one hospital partner in Los Angeles. We hope to continue to grow on the West Coast and to the East Coast. We would love to have Holiday Heroes program in every hospital that serves critically, chronically, and terminally ill children.

We are having request come in monthly, and sometimes weekly to work with companies, schools and other organizations that want to do community outreach. This helps The Holiday Heroes mission extend to more communities. It helps us raise money to serve more children and get volunteers to the parties.

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.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Pediatric Patients, their families and hospital staff.

  • 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 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,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We added an interactive gaming program so that the patients can connect to others throughout a hospital setting. This was given as feedback from one of our constituents and we acted on it immediately.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    It builds trust and allows for more open communication. It also helps us build a stronger connection with our constituents because they know that we are listening and learning from THEM.

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

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, 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 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?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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HOLIDAY HEROES FOUNDATION

Board of directors
as of 1/11/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Josh Spencer

Holland & Knight

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 09/16/2021

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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

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