Human Services

HopeKids Inc

Hope is a powerful medicine!

Scottsdale, AZ   |  www.hopekids.org

Mission

HopeKids provides FREE ongoing events, activities, and a powerful, unique support community for families who have a child (ages 0-18) diagnosed with cancer or other life-threatening medical condition. We surround these children and families with the message that "HOPE can be a Powerful Medicine".

Ruling year info

2002

President

Ms. Josh Taylor

Main address

PO Box 28471

Scottsdale, AZ 85255 USA

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Formerly known as

A Hand of Hope, Inc.

EIN

86-1042378

Cause area (NTEE code) info

Family Services (P40)

Family Services (P40)

Human Service Organizations (P20)

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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?

HopeDay Program

HopeKids provides ongoing events and activities for families who have a child with cancer or other life-threatening medical condition. Each month we schedule a variety of sporting events, live entertainment, museum visits or other types of fun activities for the whole family.  We focus on five research-driven impact area to ease the journey for families who are walking through the hardest time in their lives.  Hope and Anticipation to keep kids looking forward to the next fun event; Family-Focused events bring the family together and prevent siblings from being unintentionally overlooked; Community and Support fosters lasting support among people who share similar challenges; Safety and Acceptance through HopeKids' safe and supportive peer community focused on inclusion; and Economic Support through free events because all families are seriously impacted by overwhelming medical costs.

Population(s) Served
Families
People with diseases and illnesses

Our HopeCommunity Program intentionally builds intimate events to bring together families who are struggling with similar diagnoses, have suffered a loss, or live in proximity to each other. These events focus on providing opportunities for families to deepen relationships and build a strong support network at a time when they need it most.  Support, love, and encouragement are all necessary for families who have a child with cancer or other life-threatening medical condition. Our community of children and their families get to know each other, encourage, and support one another. We have children who are newly diagnosed, children who are in the midst of difficult treatment, and children who are post-treatment and now healthy. One of the most inspiring moments is when a child who has just been diagnosed with a particular condition meets another child who is now healthy and post-treatment for the same condition. You can almost see their hope restored as they realize this is a battle they can win.

Population(s) Served
Families
People with diseases and illnesses

Where we work

Accreditations

Charity Navigator 2018

Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA) 2018

Awards

Affiliations & memberships

Center for Nonprofit Management (Nashville) 2019

CABLE 2019

Center for Nonprofit Management CEO Network 2019

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 families served

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

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

2019 - Arizona - 1,497, Colorado 693, Kansas City 416, Minnesota - 1,419, North Texas - 1,067, Middle Tennessee - 94

Number of Program events conducted

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

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

2019 Arizona - 579, Colorado 360, Kansas City 392, Minnesota - 550, North Texas - 415, Middle Tennessee - 62

Number of Program event attendees

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

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

2019 - Arizona 26,052,, Colorado 11,827, Kansas City 12,189, Minnesota 22,456, North Texas 12,916, Middle Tennessee - 774

Number of new families enrolled

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

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

2019 - Arizona 173, Colorado 132, Kanas City 134, Minnesota 189, North Texas 203, Middle Tennessee - 94

Program participation has given an increased sense of hope

This metric is no longer tracked.
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Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The percentage of families that strongly agreed or agreed that they have an increased sense of hope as a result of participating in our HopeDay Program.

Program provides a safe and accepting environment

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

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The percentage of families that strongly agreed or agreed that our HopeDay Program provides an environment where their HopeKid is accepted for who they are.

Program participation has encouraged family to connect with each other in a way they had not prior to HopeKids

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

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The percentage of families that agreed/strongly agreed that by participating in our HopeDay Program they were encouraged to connect with each other in a way that they had not prior to HopeKids

Program participation creates an positive outlook on the future

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

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The percentage of families that strongly agreed or agreed that participation in the HopeDay Program has created a positive outlook on the future for their HopeKid.

Program provides opportunities that would be difficult to access due to the financial challenges resulting from child's medical condition

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

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The percentage of families that strongly agreed or agreed that participating in our HopeDay Program provides them opportunities difficult to access due to financial challenges.

Program participation has allowed the development of relationships and support with other families that share similar challenges

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

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The percentage of families that strongly agreed or agreed that they developed relationships and support with other families that share similar challenges by participating in our HopeDay Program.

Program allowed family to spend more positive time together

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

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The percentage of families that strongly agreed or agreed that by participating in our HopeDay Program they were able to spend more positive time together.

Program has increased the amount of time my whole family spends together

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

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The percentage of families that strongly agreed or agreed that by participating in our HopeDay Program their family has increased the amount of time their whole family spends together.

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?

To restore hope and transform the lives of children with life-threatening medical conditions, their families and the communities in which we serve. Our expected outcomes as a result of our work are:<br/><br/>HOPE AND ANTICIPATION: Our kids will be focused on the future, looking forward to the next fun event, rather than dwelling on what they are dealing with in the present. Studies reveal that hope and anticipation directly impact health and well-being. One study published in the Journal of the National Medical Association found that “Hope..can increase one's overall ability to cope with stress by reducing fears and anxieties..."<br/> <br/>FAMILY FOCUS: All of our events are focused on the whole family to prevent siblings from being unintentionally overlooked. We will bring families together in supportive activities when circumstances threaten to rip them apart. <br/><br/>University of Michigan published an article stating, “Maintaining your commitment to your family and getting support from each other...is...even more important! Spend time together that is not focused on the illness...[S]chedule family time, including one-on-one time for parents and parent-child dates,' as well as whole family activities."<br/><br/>COMMUNITY AND SUPPORT: HopeKids builds programs that draw families together. We will provide them with a unique, supportive and recreational environment for connection, sharing and encouragement. Our program fosters lasting friendships and support among people who share similar challenges.<br/><br/>It is well documented that people need community to thrive. One example is a study published in the Health Science Journal, “Social support is a very important factor in the confrontation of chronic illness. Children who are the recipients of support by parents and peers present considerably more improved capacities to adapt and show fewer behavioral problems compared to children that have only marginal sources of support."<br/><br/>SAFETY AND ACCEPTANCE: Within the HopeKids program no child is the only one wearing a mask or using a wheelchair. No one is stared at because she is bald, or because he has a feeding tube, because all HopeKids face these types of challenges. At HopeKids, everyone will feel like they belong. <br/><br/>Studies have shown that acceptance and safety are basic needs. University of Michigan Health System cite a study that said, “Children need to feel like they belong. Their peer relationships are an important arena for them to do this. Try to help your child find interests and activities that provide opportunities to connect with other kids with similar illnesses." <br/><br/>ECONOMIC SUPPORT: All of our events are offered at no cost to our families. A significant percentage of our families are in the low to moderate-income range. But sadly, all families who have a child with a life-threatening illness are seriously impacted by overwhelming medical costs. That financial stress can be debilitating.

The most powerful aspect of our work is our HopeDay Program of Events. We have events on the calendar for our HopeKids and their families each and every week so they can look forward to the future with renewed hope and excitement.<br/><br/>HopeKids believes that by bringing joy to these inspiring children and their families through an ongoing calendar of events we can help cultivate hope, acceptance and most importantly the will to live. All of these events are fun and exciting, and promote a deepening of relationships and friendships. In some cases, they provide a return to normalcy to a family facing a fragile and uncertain future. For others, they provide a much needed relief during a stressful and often scary time. For all, they are surrounded by families who understand the journey that they are on.<br/><br/>Our goal is to create a constant state of anticipation, of looking forward to the future with excitement and hope. Simply put, we want to give the child another reason to fight, another reason to want to live while the medicine and treatments are given the time needed to heal what is making them sick.<br/><br/>We believe that hope is a powerful medicine!

Each chapter of HopeKids has staff of two or three dedicated and passionate people. They are called and committed to our mission and that shows in their work and love of the families we serve.<br/><br/>Our event partners are critical in enabling us to make hundreds of events available to our families in each chapter each year. They generously donate in excess of $1million in-kind value that allows every dollar of cash we spend to go out to the families in $2 of actual value. Our event partners enable us to keep our cash expenses to an absolute minimum.<br/><br/>With only two or three staff in each chapter we rely very heavily on volunteers to be able to provide the hundreds of events that we do each year. Volunteers are critical to our success and help us achieve our mission as efficiently and effectively manner as possible.<br/><br/>Our efficiencies allow us to be able to provide an unlimited calendar of free events for an entire year to one family for just $360.

We survey the families that we serve to ensure we were meeting our goals. According to our most recent survey, HopeKids families indicated the following:<br/><br/>99% HopeKids events provided hope and anticipation for their family.<br/>99% HopeKids provided the opportunity for their family to spend more positive time together.<br/>97% The HopeKids environment offered their family a sense of safety and opportunity not always available elsewhere.<br/>97% HopeKids provided opportunities that would be difficult to access otherwise because of medical-related financial challenges.<br/><br/>Based on the research in the peer reviewed journal information cited earlier and coupled with these survey responses we are restoring hope and transforming the lives of the families that we serve.

Since late 2006 HopeKids has expanded from Arizona into Minnesota, North Texas, Colorado, Kansas City and Middle Tennesee. We have grown from serving 250 families in 2006 to now serving over 5,000 families. Our goals, strategies, capabilities and indicators show us that we are making progress to restore hope and transform the lives of children with life-threatening medical conditions, their families and the communities in which we serve We look forward to bringing HopeKids to even more communities in the future and sharing with them the message that hope is a powerful medicine.

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.
  • How is the organization collecting feedback?

    We regularly collect feedback through: electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person).

  • How is the organization using feedback?

    We use feedback to: 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.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    We share feedback with: the people we serve, our staff, our board, our funders, our community partners.

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to: we don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback.

  • What significant change resulted from feedback

    The creation of our HopeCommunity Program was in response to survey feedback from the families we serve.

Financials

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HopeKids Inc

Board of directors
as of 7/7/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Steve Whiteman

Dave Osgood

Angelique Waddell

Joe Birkholz

John Jacobs

Josh Taylor

HopeKids, Inc.

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? Yes

Keywords

cancer, childhood cancer, medical, cancer families, children