Kind To Kids Foundation

aka Kind to Kids   |   Wilmington, DE   |  www.kindtokids.org

Mission

Mission

Kind to Kids improves the lives of children in need with education, support, and experiences to prepare them for success in life. Kind to Kids teaches children in foster care, poverty and at-risk youth the vital skills needed for success in life. We also provide critical support services to help the children through difficult times and life opportunities to broaden their horizons.

Beginnings

Kind to Kids began in 2008 when two teen siblings, Chris & Catherine Jones saw empty seats at an area event and realized that each seat was a wasted opportunity for a child in need. The Jones Family began Kind to Kids at that time, expanding it into a successful startup organization. It became became a nonprofit organization in 2011, and continues to help more children with each passing year.

Today

Kind to Kids Foundation became a 501c3 nonprofit public charity in 2011.  We serve children in need throughout the State of Delaware - children who are victims of child abuse, neglect, poverty and at-risk youth. Kind to Kids is one of the most effective, efficient charities - serving over 10,000 children to date at event costs of over $200,000 - with a small, efficient staff, committed board members, and dedicated volunteers.

Funding

Our organization is funded by government, foundations, and corporate support, along with the generous support of individual contributors.

Why we do this...

Kind to Kids Foundation brings hope and joy to a child who has been abused and neglected with no home to call their own, and happiness to a child in poverty. The children are often without the basic skills to get through the difficulties in their young lives. We teach them the skills needed to navigate the world around them and how to achieve success in life. Life Skills education classes prepare teens at risk for the life in the "real world." Foster children "age out" of the system at age 18. Sadly, without the skills in life that many of us take for granted, most of these young adults do not succeed: only 30% graduate from high school, many live in shelters, and many turn to drugs to ease the pain of their circumstances. LifeSkills teaches them the skills needed to be successful in life with workshops on budgeting, education, career, relationships, drug prevention, relationships and more.

The children hear their friends and classmates talk about attending fun events. They dream about what it would be like to go to the latest baseball game, listen to beautiful music, or see an exciting theatrical performance. Through Kind to Kids, the children attend these joyful events and come to understand that they are a person of value and that someone cares. 

Vision

We believe that every child has the right to a bright future. It is our vision that children are prepared for success in life with skills and support. We enrich and expand their lives by helping them understand & experience the world around them and their place in it.

Ruling year info

2011

President and Founder

Ms. Caroline Jones

Main address

100 West 10TH St, Suite 606

Wilmington, DE 19801 USA

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EIN

80-0641000

NTEE code info

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Foster Care (P32)

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Our programs

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Broadening Horizons

Give Happiness

Like Make A Wish, Kind to Kids broadens the minds of children in need by sending them to wonderful events they could not normally attend. We send foster children and children in poverty to child/family friendly recreation, sports, arts, music, cultural & educational events: Sporting events - such as professional basketball, baseball and hockey, theater - like DuPont Theatre, and DE Children's Theatre Productions, Arts - Delaware Arts Museum, Music - Delaware Symphony and Grand Opera House, Culture - African American, Latino, and many other ethnic events throughout the state of Delaware, history - Delaware Museum of Natural History, and History Museum, childrens/teen education and events - Children's Museum, University od Delaware educational & sporting events, etc.

 

Children We Serve

Children are referred by government and state agencies that serve foster children and children in poverty, along with over 40 nonprofit agencies. Foster children are removed from their homes because they were abused or neglected. They struggle to deal with the painful hardships in their lives. Through Kind to Kids, we can show the children the beauty of the world around them - and that they are an important part of this world.

 

Children in foster care and in poverty hear their frineds talk about the latest event, and they dream about what it would be like to attend... Kind to Kids makes these dreams come true.

 

Giving

By donating to Kind to Kids Foundation, donors give happiness, hope and comfort to a child in need. You can show the children that someone cares by donating online at phone (302) 654-5440, or mail : 100 West 10th St, Suite 606, Wilmington, DE 19801. There are many ways to donate... donate funds to a specific services or program - like our Founders Club, make a tribute in someone's name or a memorial in honor of someone. You can also donate tickets to events. Any of these opportunities will help us to brighten the lives of children who are struggling and in need.

 

Partnering

Kind to Kids is grateful for our donors, foundations and corporate partners who make a difference in the lives of children in need. There are many ways to impact the life of a child through the organization - gifting programs, marketing, community events, retail and trade, an dmarket specific opportunities. We would be delighted to talk with you! Call Caroline Jones at (302) 654-5440.

 

Volunteering
Volunteers are an essential part of Kind to Kids Foundation. Our network of generous and compassionate volunteers eanbles Kind to Kids to give children in need the happiness they deserve through our programs. Volunteers make a difference in a number of ways -  special event planning, marketing and public relations, advertising, fundraising, social media, and services in kind. Visit , or call (302) 654-5440.

Population(s) Served

LifeSkills is an innovative program that teaches children in foster care, poverty and at-risk the skills needed for success in life. Foster youth are often moved from home to home and do not have the skills or resources of children from stable homes. Sadly, these teens "age out" of the system at 18 and often fail at adult life. Teens at risk do not know what to do and who to turn for help in the world. Only 30% of foster teens graduate from high school. With no employment or support systems, many will have poor outcomes - living in shelters and lives of extreme poverty and hardship. Skills taught include education, employment, budgeting, relationships, self care, stress management, drug prevention, etc.

Children We Serve

Children are referred by government and state agencies that serve foster children. Foster children are removed from their homes because they were abused or neglected. They struggle to deal with the painful hardships in their lives. Through Kind to Kids, we can show the children the beauty of the world around them - and that they are an important part of this world.

 

Children in foster care dream about what it would be like have a job with a paycheck, get an education, have friends and a nice place to live... Kind to Kids teaches the teens the skills the need to make these dreams come true.

 

Giving

By donating to Kind to Kids Foundation, donors give happiness, hope and comfort to a child in need. You can show the children that someone cares by donating online at phone (302) 654-5440, or mail : 100 West 10th St, Suite 606, Wilmington, DE 19801. There are many ways to donate... donate funds to a specific services or program - like our Founders Club, make a tribute in someone's name or a memorial in honor of someone. You can also donate tickets to events. Any of these opportunities will help us to brighten the lives of children who are struggling and in need.

 

Partnering
Kind to Kids is grateful for our donors, foundations and corporate partners who make a difference in the lives of children in need. There are many ways to impact the life of a child through the organization - gifting programs, marketing, community events, retail and trade, and market specific opportunities. We would be delighted to talk with you! Call Caroline Jones at (302) 654-5440.

 

Volunteering
Volunteers are an essential part of Kind to Kids Foundation. Our network of generous and compassionate volunteers eanbles Kind to Kids to give children in need the happiness they deserve through our programs. Volunteers make a difference in a number of ways -  special event planning, marketing and public relations, advertising, fundraising, social media, and services in kind. Visit , or call (302) 654-5440.

Population(s) Served

When foster children are removed from their homes becausee they have been abused or neglected, their belongings are placed in trash bags. While moving a child into foster care is necessary for their safety – you can imagine how it would feel to be told you must leave home and put your belongings into trash bags. 

The bags send an unspoken message, “this is trash,” at a painful time in a child’s life.Kind to Kids eases that pain by letting the child know that someone cares. Our goal is to provide a beautiful blue duffel bag with resource materials for every child in Delaware's foster care system. Currently there are 800 children foster care - they struggle to adjust to the painful chances in their lives.

You can make a difference...

With your gift, a foster child will receive a beautiful blue duffel bag with a wonderful resource book that tells the child they are loved. Please give today.

You can help a child in need living right here in Delaware. Give a child hope and let them know you care. Kind to Kids’ goal is to provide a duffel bag for each of the 800 children in Delaware’s foster care system.

Population(s) Served

Imagine how a foster child feels when they are told there is no mone for holiday toys or books. Often foster families face financial hardships and their income is used to pay for necesities such as rent, utilities and food. They make difficult decisions about trips outside their home and extras like books and toys. But to a child, that one item can make all the idfference. With your help, every foster child in Delaware will get a new toy and book for the holiday season.  You can make dreams come true and bring happiness to a foster child...

Children We Serve

Children are referred by government and state agencies that serve foster children. Foster children are removed from their homes because they were abused or neglected. They struggle to deal with the painful hardships in their lives. Through Kind to Kids, we can show the children the beauty of the world around them - and that they are an important part of this world.

 

Children in foster care and in poverty hear their friends talk about getting toys and gfifts for the holidys, and they dream about what it would be like... Kind to Kids makes these dreams come true.

 

Giving

By donating to Kind to Kids Foundation, donors give happiness, hope and comfort to a child in need. You can show the children that someone cares by donating online at phone (302) 654-5440, or mail : 100 West 10th St, Suite 606, Wilmington, DE 19801. There are many ways to donate... donate funds to a specific services or program - like our Founders Club, make a tribute in someone's name or a memorial in honor of someone. You can also donate toys and books. Any of these opportunities will help us to brighten the lives of children who are struggling and in need.

 

Partnering

Kind to Kids is grateful for our donors, foundations and corporate partners who make a difference in the lives of children in need. There are many ways to impact the life of a child through the organization - gifting programs, marketing, community events, retail and trade, an dmarket specific opportunities. We would be delighted to talk with you! Call Caroline Jones at (302) 654-5440.

 

Volunteering
Volunteers are an essential part of Kind to Kids Foundation. Our network of generous and compassionate volunteers eanbles Kind to Kids to give children in need the happiness they deserve through our programs. Volunteers make a difference in a number of ways -  special event planning, marketing and public relations, advertising, fundraising, social media, and services in kind. Visit , or call (302) 654-5440.

Population(s) Served

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Affiliations & memberships

Association of Fundraising Professionals - Member 2012

Our results

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Broadening Horizons

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Children in foster care and poverty attend wonderful events they could not normally attend. Through Kind to Kids, a child hears the crack of the bat at their very first professional baseball game...

Number of clients participating in educational programs

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Related Program

LifeSkills Education Program

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LifeSkills Education Programs -Children in foster care, at risk & poverty who benefit from vital topics such decision making, goal setting, healthy relationships, stress & conflict management and more

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Related Program

Give Joy - Holiday Toy and Book Drive

Context Notes

Kind to Kids Foundation collaborates with schools, religious organizations, corporations & groups to provide services to Delaware's most vulnerable children. Community service projects help children.

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

Kind to Kids Foundation's mission is to improve the lives of children in need through education and support services. We believe that each child has the right to a bright future and bring vital skills, hope, and happiness to children who are victims of child abuse, poverty, and at-risk youth. Children in need learn important skills for success from our LifeSkills Education Programs, and receive wonderful life opportunities and support services through difficult times with our Help-A-Kid Programs. Our goal is to enrich the lives of children in need by teaching them skills to become productive in life, supporting them through painful transitions, and helping each child understand their unique gifts and value to the world.

Kind to Kids Foundation's strategies include both fund development and programmatic development in order to expand upon our current programs and support for children in need. We plan to serve more children in need with vital skills in life through the expansion of our LifeSkills education program - developing our lesson plans and increasing the number of children served through corporate, government support.

In addition, our Help-A-Kid services will also expand to reach more children through community donations and corporate support. We plan to serve more children in foster care with emergency care kits as they enter the system through our My Blue Duffel campaign. Through additional outreach efforts, we will continue to develop our additional support programs; Broadening Horizons, Holiday Toy Drive, and Birthday Wish Program.

As a result of the organization's excellent program and service outcomes, Kind to Kids Foundation has obtained significant support from government, corporate and community sources. This has facilitated staffing, with the hiring of additional manager and professional instructors for program expansion. We are grateful for strong community support for our services for children in need. Kind to Kids has received increased support from donors, endorsements and support from state legislators, statewide news outlets, and social media.

To date, Kind to Kids has served and enriched the lives of over 10,000 children in need. We have distributed over 20,000 books, 5,000 toys, and 2,000 My Blue Duffel bags to children in foster care. In addition, $200,000 event dollars have been used to broaden the horizons of children living in poverty and children in foster care. Our LifeSkills education program has educated over 350 students with vital skills for success in life. In the coming years, we plan expand our programs to serve more children. We also plan to gain additional partnerships within the community while maintaining mutually-beneficial relationships with our current community partners. This will allow for the expansion of programs and enhance the lives of even more children in need.

Financials

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Kind To Kids Foundation

Board of directors
as of 8/18/2017
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Board chair

Mr. Thomas Stevenson

Cash Connect, ATM Division of WSFS Bank

Sherry Dorsey Vice Chair

City Councilwoman

Erik Raser-Schramm Secretary

Principal, Twelve Seven Group

David Arthur Member

Assistant Athetic Director, University of Delaware

Caroline Jones Member

President, Kind to Kids Foundation

Mark Jones Member

Physician, Christiana Care

Alfred Lindh Member

Legal Counsel, Family Court of Delaware

Maria Matos Member

Executive Director, Latin American Community Center

Maurice Pritchett Member

CEO, Pritchett Associates

Sally Gore Member

Philanthropist

Scott Burris Burris Treasurer

HR Consultant, Capital One

Maryanne Murray President

Grisham Health Services

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