Kind To Kids Foundation

A future for every child

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

Mission

Mission Kind to Kids Foundation believes that every child deserves a bright future. We deliver education, advocacy and guidance to children in foster care, poverty and at-risk with case management education services and resources to give children the support they need to succeed in life. Since our founding in 2008, we have served over 17,000 children in need.

Notes from the nonprofit

Kind to Kids Foundation delvers excellence in programming for our community's most vulnerable children who are victims of child abuse and neglect, poverty, and at-risk youth. The organization delivers results - 100% of foster teens on our UGrad Academy graduate from high school compared to a national average of only 56%. Our program helps the teens to go on to college and career and become productive citizens in society with employment. Our staff are highly trained and deliver trauma informed services in a professional, competent and compassionate manner. Through our UGrad Academy and Help-A-Kid support services, children get the support, guidance and skills to overcome trauma and succeed in life. Every child deserves a bright future.

Ruling year info

2011

President and Founder

Ms. Caroline Jones

Main address

100 West 10TH St, Suite 606

Wilmington, DE 19801 USA

Show more contact info

EIN

80-0641000

NTEE code info

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Foster Care (P32)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Sign in or create an account to view Form(s) 990 for 2020, 2019 and 2018.
Register now

Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

This profile needs more info.

If it is your nonprofit, add a problem overview.

Login and update

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?

UGrad Academy by Kind to Kids Foundation

Our UGRAD Academy, a program of excellence, delivers outstanding academic outcomes for children in foster care, with a 98% high school graduation rate compared to the national average of 56%. UGrad Academy is a case management program to help students succeed in school and succeed beyond. The program helps children from third grade through college to succeed in school. Students are paired with a highly trained, trauma informed education advocate who meets with them biweekly. The advocate serves in the best interest of the child and works with their school and team of support to remove educational barriers, provide academic resources and emotional support and guidance.

Kind to Kids Foundation delivers education, guidance and advocacy to children in foster care, poverty and at-risk youth. Since we began, we have served 17,000 children in foster care and poverty. We brighten their lives with educational programs, support services and life opportunities to help them succeed.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Ethnic and racial groups
At-risk youth
Economically disadvantaged people
Victims and oppressed people

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. Only 56% of foster teens graduate from high school. Without a high school degree, employment or support systems, many will have poor outcomes - living lives of extreme poverty, homelessness and hardship. LifeSkills changes these outcomes by teaching socio emotional skills to overcome trauma, and practical skills for life such as employment, budgeting, relationships, self care, stress management, drug prevention, etc.

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

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Ethnic and racial groups
Victims and oppressed people
Economically disadvantaged people
At-risk youth

My Blue Duffel
Imagine that you are a child who was beaten, abused or neglected and had to be placed in a new home with new people and new rules and your belongings are placed in a trash bag. To help a child cope during this painful time, Kind to Kids provides children entering foster care with a beautiful new duffel bag along with a comforting book, stuffed animal and life's necessities.

Birthday Wish and Holiday Kindness
Imagine how a foster child feels when they are told there is no birthday or holiday toys and books. Often foster families face financial hardships and their income is used to pay for necessities 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 difference. Kind to Kids ensures that foster children receive new toys and books for their birthday and at the holiday season.  We make dreams come true and bring happiness to foster children .

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Ethnic and racial groups
At-risk youth
Economically disadvantaged people
Victims and oppressed people

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

United Way Affiliate Agency 4164075 2022

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

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

Children and youth, Ethnic and racial groups, Economically disadvantaged people, At-risk youth, Victims and oppressed people

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Kind to Kids Foundation's serves children in foster care - victims of abuse and neglect. We also serve children in poverty and at-risk youth with education and support services for success in life.

Number of clients participating in educational programs

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

Children and youth, Economically disadvantaged people, At-risk youth, Victims and oppressed people, Ethnic and racial groups

Related Program

LifeSkills Programs

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Kind to Kids' UGrad Academy and LifeSkills Education Programs: Programs of excellence - educating children in foster care and helping them to overcome trauma to succeed in life.

Number of new organizations signing on as collaborators

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

Children and youth, Ethnic and racial groups, Economically disadvantaged people, At-risk youth, Victims and oppressed people

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

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.

Number of students showing improvement in test scores

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

Ethnic and racial groups, At-risk youth, Victims and oppressed people, Economically disadvantaged people, Children and youth

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

UGrad Academy, the organization's Program of Excellence for children in foster care, achieves a 100% high school graduation rate for foster youth. The program serves children in third grade to college

Number of program participants who receive a secondary school diploma or GED

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

Children and youth, Ethnic and racial groups, At-risk youth, Economically disadvantaged people, Victims and oppressed people

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

UGrad Academy achieved 100% high school graduation rate for foster youth compared to the national rate of 56%. Each year our seniors graduate to college or career. Every child deserves a bright future

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn more about Sustainable Development Goals.

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.

Kind to Kids Foundation believes that every child deserves a bright future. Our mission is to improve the lives of children in foster care, poverty and at-risk youth through education and support services.

Our signature UGrad Academy, a Case Management Program of Excellence, delivers advocacy, resources and guidance that enable children in foster care to succeed with their education. For the past three years, the program has achieved a 98% high school graduation rate for foster youth compared to a national average of 56%. Established in 2018, with 5 youth, the program has expanded to serve 60 children from third grade to college. Our goal is to expand the program each year to serve more children in foster care so that they may succeed in life. We have consistently met and exceeded UGrad Academy annual program expansion goals .

Children in need learn important decision making and socio-emotional skills with our LifeSkills Education Programs, and they receive wonderful life opportunities and support services to help them through difficult times with our My Blue Duffel emergency care kits, and Help-A-Kid Programs. Our goal is to sustain these programs in order 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. We have consistently met annual program goals.

Kind to Kids Foundation's primary sustainable development goal is to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for children in foster care.

Kind to Kids Foundation will expand our UGrad Academy and LifeSkills education programs to increase the number of foster children served. Funding through federal, state, corporate, government and individual support will provide the financial stability needed to support the organization and programs. Programmatic development strategies are outlined to expand the educational programs and services.

With a thoughtful and detailed strategic plan of implementation, the organization has consistently met and exceeded goals.

In addition, our Help-A-Kid services will also expand to reach more children through community donations and corporate support. My Blue Duffel campaign will expand to serve children in foster care and poverty who have experienced trauma with emergency care kits as they enter the system.

Kind to Kids Foundation obtains funding from federal, state and local government, corporations and business organizations, along with individual donor support. Our responsible and effective financial and accounting practices enable our strong financial foundation. We are grateful for strong community support for our services that serve children in need. Kind to Kids also has a broad base of support from from state legislators and community leaders. The organization's successful outcomes and programs are consistently featured on statewide news outlets, print and social media.

To date, Kind to Kids Foundation has served and enriched the lives of over 17,000 children in need. UGrad Academy, the organizations signature Program of Excellence, obtains a high school graduation rate of 98% for teens in foster care compared to the national average of 56% and the state's average of 53%. The program began in 2018 with five students and currently served over 60 students. The program helps youth aging out of foster care to successfully transition to young adulthood with college education and employment.

Our LifeSkills education program has educated over 400 children in foster care, poverty and at-risk with socio-emotional skills to overcome trauma and succeed in life.

Kind to Kids Foundation has distributed over 20,500 books, 14,000 toys, and 2,500 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 by providing life opportunities they could not otherwise attend.

The organization has consistently expanded its strong financial base, with increased federal and state government, corporate and donor support. Kind to Kids has grown its partnerships within the community while maintaining mutually-beneficial relationships with current community partners. This allows the organization to improve lives of more children in need. Every child deserves a bright future.

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?

    Kind to Kids Foundation serves children in foster care, poverty and at-risk youth. At each class session, we obtain an evaluation to determine practical skill acquisition. In addition, monthly youth group meetings are conducted with the youth we serve, in which feedback in obtained both qualitatively via surveys and quantitatively by personal interaction and responses. This information that helps to inform our programs and services.

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

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Case management notes, Community meetings/Town halls, Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees,

  • 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 inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, 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?

    Our UGrad Academy created more intensive and supportive services for foster students who are seniors in high school after graduating seniors shared how their senior year of high school was overwhelming and too stressful.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

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

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

    Yes, asking for information from the foster students we serve has created a more constructive and productive relationship with them. Often in a world where they feel unseen and unheard, the students feel like they are listened to and the services we provide are very helpful to them. Once established, the process facilitates ongoing dialog and healthy relationships.

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

    We don’t use any of these practices,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

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

Financials

Kind To Kids Foundation
lock

Unlock financial insights by subscribing to our monthly plan.

Subscribe

Unlock nonprofit financial insights that will help you make more informed decisions. Try our monthly plan today.

  • Analyze a variety of pre-calculated financial metrics
  • Access beautifully interactive analysis and comparison tools
  • Compare nonprofit financials to similar organizations

Want to see how you can enhance your nonprofit research and unlock more insights?
Learn more about GuideStar Pro.

Operations

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

lock

Connect with nonprofit leaders

Subscribe

Build relationships with key people who manage and lead nonprofit organizations with GuideStar Pro. Try a low commitment monthly plan today.

  • Analyze a variety of pre-calculated financial metrics
  • Access beautifully interactive analysis and comparison tools
  • Compare nonprofit financials to similar organizations

Want to see how you can enhance your nonprofit research and unlock more insights? Learn More about GuideStar Pro.

lock

Connect with nonprofit leaders

Subscribe

Build relationships with key people who manage and lead nonprofit organizations with GuideStar Pro. Try a low commitment monthly plan today.

  • Analyze a variety of pre-calculated financial metrics
  • Access beautifully interactive analysis and comparison tools
  • Compare nonprofit financials to similar organizations

Want to see how you can enhance your nonprofit research and unlock more insights? Learn More about GuideStar Pro.

Kind To Kids Foundation

Board of directors
as of 07/29/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Paula Swain

Incyte

Sherry Dorsey

City Councilwoman

Erik Raser-Schramm

Principal, Twelve Seven Group

David Arthur

Assistant Athetic Director, University of Delaware

Caroline Jones

President, Kind to Kids Foundation

Mark Jones

Physician, Christiana Care

Maria Matos

Executive Director, Latin American Community Center

Maurice Pritchett

CEO, Pritchett Associates

Sally Gore

Philanthropist

Scott Burris Burris

HR Consultant, Capital One

Maryanne Murray

Grisham Health Services

Laura Lubin Rossi

JP Morgan Chase

Laurie Jacobs

Delaware State Housing Authority

Paula Swain

Incyte

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

GuideStar worked with BoardSource, the national leader in nonprofit board leadership and governance, to create this section.

  • 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 7/29/2022

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
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

We do not display disability information for organizations with fewer than 15 staff.

Equity strategies

Last updated: 07/27/2022

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 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 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 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 measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • 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.