Public, Society Benefit

Friends of Tennessee's Babies with Special Needs

Because Babies Can't Wait

aka FOT Babies   |   Alcoa, TN   |  www.fotbabies.org

Mission

Friends of Tennessee's Babies with Special Needs is an organization working to enhance the potential of infants and young children with disabilities by offering support to their families and the early intervention professionals who serve them.

Ruling year info

1996

Volunteer Executive Director

Dr. Don Thompson Ph.D.

Main address

P.O. Box 544

Alcoa, TN 37701 USA

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Formerly known as

Friends of Tennessee Infant Parent Services

EIN

62-1637324

Cause area (NTEE code) info

Single Organization Support (W11)

Specialized Education Institutions/Schools for Visually or Hearing Impaired, Learning Disabled (B28)

Family Services (P40)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Provide enough diapers for families of young children with special needs who are unable to provide them.

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 support services

Family & community education, adaptive equipment & toys, professional staff support, Early Interventionist awards, bereavement support, scholarships, loaner hearing aids, respite care, learning activities, lending library, training

Population(s) Served
Infants to preschool (under age 5)
Families
Budget
$195,000

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

American Association of Home-Based Early Intervention 1994

SKI*HI Institute (University of Utah) 1973

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 organizational partners

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

People with disabilities

Related Program

Family support services

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

In 2018 we provided 20 events for families, participated in 5 fundraising activities, received 6 grants and as a result collaborated with 88 organizations.

Number of volunteers

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

People with disabilities

Related Program

Family support services

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

In 2018, 250 volunteers helped us with family events. These community members combined to volunteer 400 times for our organization.

Number of members from priority population attending training

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

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We provided training about Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome to 50 early intervention teachers in our district

Number of individuals attending community events or trainings

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

Family support services

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

In 2018 4000 family members attended our family events.

Number of attendees present at rallies/events

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

Families

Related Program

Family support services

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

In 2018 473 children attended our First Friday Date Night Events.

Number of groups/individuals benefiting from tools/resources/education materials provided

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

People with disabilities

Related Program

Family support services

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Families received 754 resources as a result of their request for Family Assistance in the categories of ( oral motor, Care Packages, adaptive equipment, diapers, and childcare, etc))

Charting impact

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

1. Provide free events so that the families of young children with special needs can share fun times with their children and network with other families.<br/>2. Provide a Loaner Hearing Aid Bank so that families may determine the most appropriate hearing aid for their child before making this expensive investment.<br/>3. Provide individual and group respite care to young children with special needs so that their families may receive a much needed break from 24/7 care needed for these children.<br/>4. Provide a resource lending library so that families and the professionals who serve them may have access to information about young children with special needs.<br/>5. Provide emergency assistance to families when there is no other source of support.<br/>6. Provide adaptive equipment (e.g. special spoons, braces) when there is no other source of support<br/>7. Provide bereavement support to families who have experienced the death of a child.<br/>8. Provide training to families of young children with special needs and the professionals who serve them.

1. Assess work hours needed to meet all goals<br/>2. Determine potential members (consider community members)<br/>3. Review request guidebook<br/>4..Assess current needs<br/>5. Identify new Advisory Council members<br/>6. See if we can expand the TJX grant<br/>7. Submit the Wright Foundation grant<br/>8. Raise more money at Jazz Baby<br/>9. Increase Kohls participation<br/>10.Have a Maryville PR event (ribbon cutting, Open Houses)<br/>11.Church networks<br/>12.Participate in Marketing Webinars<br/>13.Review Nancy Schwartz resource materials<br/>14.Grow a Maryville event<br/>15.Add PR resource to Advisory Council (Tammy Hartman)<br/>16.Consider interns<br/>17.Build a volunteer database<br/>18.Incorporate strategies from “To Lead Is To Serve”<br/>19.Survey volunteer focus group<br/>20.Meet with Board to develop Vision Statement<br/>21.Meet with Board Committee to develop S.W.A.T analysis<br/>22. Address Financial Plan<br/>23. Complete self- reflection tool

History of working with families<br/>Commun passion for the families we serve<br/>Comm to the community about what we do<br/>We're approachable<br/>We're timely<br/>We're friendly<br/>We're collaborative<br/>Open to ideas<br/>Don't focus on competition<br/>We have a committed Board<br/>We draw from large geography<br/>Families are our resource<br/>Strong relationship with community based

We use Excel spread sheets to document the number of families participating in events, to track the number of volunteers participating in events, and to track the pattern of donor giving. Each Board of Directors standing committee develops and action plan containing goals and are responsible for reporting progress on a quarterly basis.

Our long term goals to increase the capacity of our organization include:<br/>1. Obtain a permanent office space. (We bought an older home in 2013 and were able to pay off the loan as a cd matured this year).<br/>2. Increase our hours of operation (In 2013 we were able to double our Office Manager's hours so that the office is now open two days per week).<br/>3. Adequately staff our office to increase capacity to meet goals. (Since 2012 we added a part time Director of Programs position. We recently added a part time Financial Manager position).<br/>4. Improve our technology so that we can better network with other staff, colleagues, volunteers, donors and other community partners.<br/>(We recently submitted a grant to reach our goal of networking our operation. We will know the status of our proposal by June 1, 2014).<br/>5. Help to insure the future of our organization by seeking donors willing to establish trusts in our behalf. (We have two donors who have indicated a desire to establish trusts.<br/>6. Create an Advisory Council of Community Partners. (In 2012 we established an Advisory Council that has grown to 22 members). <br/>7. Create a Marketing plan (A new Advisory Council member is recently retired from a PR firm and has volunteered to help us in this area.

Financials

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The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Friends of Tennessee's Babies with Special Needs

Board of directors
as of 11/4/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Terina Bryant

Microsoft

Term: 2017 - 2018


Board co-chair

Mrs Taylor Livingston

Don Thompson

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? No
  • 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

Keywords

babies, baby, special needs, early intervention