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KIDVANTAGE

Building a Foundation for Every Kid's Future

Issaquah, WA   |  www.KidVantageNW.org

Mission

Vision: We imagine a world where all children are healthy, safe, and prepared to build their own futures. Mission: KidVantage helps kids reach their full potential tomorrow by meeting basic needs today.

Ruling year info

1994

Executive Director

Mr. Jack Edgerton

Main address

PO Box 712

Issaquah, WA 98027 USA

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Formerly known as

EASTSIDE BABY CORNER

EIN

91-1617032

NTEE code info

Family Services (P40)

Human Service Organizations (P20)

Emergency Assistance (Food, Clothing, Cash) (P60)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

It is our mission to help kids reach their full potential tomorrow by meeting basic needs today. KidVantage is here because too many children in this region don't have access to the basic health, safety, and care goods they need as they grow. Poverty itself is a determinant of health because of its adverse effect on the family. Significant stress from ongoing hardships disrupts the biological foundations of learning, behavior, and health, with lifelong consequences. Families in poverty struggle with a wide range of challenges that can contribute to health and education disparities. Research and direct experience tell us that the stress of living without enough food, loss of home or not being able to make ends meet exacts a terrible toll on both caregivers and children. One key change is relieving stress by filling basic needs; another is reducing the overload created by hard-to-access services.

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?

Strong Foundations for All Children

KidVantage strengthens families, builds resiliency in children, reduces inequities, and creates stronger communities. We do this by providing tangible support for families in times of need. The safety, health & development goods provided by KidVantage--from diapers to deodorant--reduces damaging stress for both children and their family caregiver. In the central Puget Sound region, partners ( 80+ agencies) who directly assist children and their caregivers are also supported. Receiving supplies through us assists them in program delivery, keeping families more engaged and for longer periods of time. Through this network of programs, more than 2000 (unduplicated) children, ages birth through 12, each month get the essentials they need to thrive. We are not only an organization that helps kids—it’s an organization where you can help kids. Community members donate new or gently-used clothes, baby gear, toys, and basics, and donate more than 20,000 hours annually across all 4 Hubs.

Population(s) Served
Non-adult children
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

National Diaper Bank Network 2022

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Percentage of service partner providers who report that receiving tangible health, safety, and care goods helps their families become equipped to handle their stressful situations better

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

Children and youth, Economically disadvantaged people, Immigrants and migrants

Related Program

Strong Foundations for All Children

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of care packages delivered

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

Strong Foundations for All Children

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

These are the number of orders of health, safety, and care goods prepared and distributed to children and families through a network of 80+ service providers in central Puget Sound, Washington.

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.

KidVantage services address the stresses of poverty by providing concrete assistance at no cost and with no strings attached. Our goals are that Agency Partners, Programs & Providers can focus on using their resources and expertise to support and build trust with families while delivering a broad spectrum of health & social services to clients; and that kids have their nutrition, health, safety, and developmental needs met. Tangible support promotes and protects developing minds and bodies. Families are able to be more successful in the program they are participating in; concrete support helps families build on their own strengths to develop their core capabilities. This enables families to better ensure the safety and well-being of their children with basic needs met, and stress reduced. Kids & Families have reduced risk from stress, increased protective factors, increased nutrition & health, safer kids, improved ability to learn, and reduced child abuse & neglect. Our guiding overall goal is to strengthen families, build resilient kids, reduce inequity, and contribute to a stronger community.

Through partnerships with health and human service organizations, early learning programs, schools, and food banks, we provide basic essential goods to approximately 15,000s children aged 0 through age12 each year. KidVantage distributes diapers, formula, car seats, baby food, clothes, shoes, school supplies, and thousands of other items within 6 days of a request to families and caregivers experiencing economic challenges, homelessness, or family disruption. In 2022, KidVantage supplied 176,587 orders of essential goods, including more than 1.9m diapers. We support more than 280 family-service sites and programs within 80+ partner agencies that directly assist children and family caregivers participating in their programs. Through this network of programs, children and expectant mothers each week get tangible health, safety, and care support through one of KidVantage's four Hubs across central Puget Sound. Bringing a family concrete assistance helps providers build trust with families, opens up communication and pathways to additional services, and can improve the level and length of engagement with the agency. It saves money and time for many agency partners so resources can be directed toward their mission. Parents and caregivers already participating in a program have more reliable access to concrete support for their children, providing a crucial protective factor for families so they can be more successful in the program they are participating in, learning to build on their own strengths through supportive services/interventions and are most apt to be receiving additional protective support such as housing or social networks. In conjunction with the services provided by KidVantage's partners, the supplying of vital basic goods can contribute to an improvement in the biological and relational health of the family. Having diapers or food or clothes in hand helps to mitigate the chronic stress of poverty. - children are at less risk (including child abuse & neglect), with increased social/emotional competence and cognitive development and improved health outcomes so that kids can reach their potential, supported by their family and community. Programs can more effectively deliver needed health and social services to clients.
An additional community benefit of KidVantage is bringing together people as volunteers or donors. Approximately 2,000 volunteer hours are donated each month for collecting goods, sorting, and packaging orders. Many people can be a part of the work of KidVantage, actively taking responsibility for others, and for their community. They build social connections and networks and provide concrete assistance to families increasing the health of the community, and benefitting everyone, including volunteers, in-kind donors, providers, end-users, other stakeholders, and the community as a whole.

For 33 years, KidVantage (formerly EBC – Eastside Baby Corner) has been responding to the emergent and ongoing needs of families living in poverty or crisis. KidVantage specializes in providing concrete goods in times of need that children need for safety and healthy development, and family caregivers need to care for their children. As a nexus point between 80+ agencies in a 5-county area, KidVantage’s expertise lies in procuring goods, efficient distribution of goods, and as a connector. KidVantage connects with the community, inviting community members to help one another by giving their goods, time, or money. Schools, human service organizations, and medical providers are networked together through KidVantage. A professional and highly trained staff and an engaged Board of Directors are the backbone of the operation. KidVantage has a strong and tested infrastructure. We are able to process thousands of requests each week through a sophisticated online ordering system. KidVantage is a member of national networks, such as the National Diaper Bank Network and Baby2Baby, providing access to resources of goods and assistance. Our team works locally and nationally in purchasing goods in large quantities.
KidVantage uses a poverty reduction framework to reduce community, income and/or societal inequities. Supported by the 10-year Strategic Plan, the strategic direction aligns with the Theory of Change through:
• Engaging & informing the Community through volunteering, donating goods, and financial support.
• Procuring & providing tangible basic needs.
• Supporting Agency partners, programs & providers so they may concentrate their resources & expertise on supporting & building trust with families.
• And as a result:
• Children and families experiencing poverty and/or crisis.
• Families want to participate longer and become more successful in programs.
• Kids have their nutrition, health, safety & developmental needs met.
• Kids & families reduce their risk from stress, increase protective factors, and improve their nutrition & health.
EBC is a Level 2 provider of HealthierHere, a Washington nonprofit that works to reduce the social determinants of health and is a receiptant of funding through King County's Best Starts for Kids.

Since 2019, the KidVantage partner network has grown by 50% in response to the changing and growing needs of families in the greater Puget Sound, Washington region. The trends first seen in 2020 have continued over time, with more new recipients than ever (up 54% last year) and sustained needs. In 2022, KidVantage assisted 11,907 households (unduplicated), providing more than 5 million items, and did so with a 97.21 fulfillment rate. The north King County/south Snohomish hub was moved from Kenmore to a much bigger facility in Shoreline in 2022, and a pilot mini-hub was opened in Kent to service south King County and Pierce County partners. The additional locations, coupled with mobile distribution and community resource programs improve equity in access by reducing barriers for partner providers.

KidVantage was born in 1990 as Eastside Baby Corner when Karen Ridlon, a local pediatric nurse practitioner, became concerned about the large numbers of babies in her practice beginning life without adequate food, clothing, beds, or safety equipment. Since 2008, KidVantage has successfully transitioned from an all-volunteer, founder-led organization into a sustainable organization with a governing board and hiring professional staff. At the same time, KidVantage has doubled the number of children helped each year and more than doubled the number of goods given annually. In our continuing efforts to reach MORE kids, KidVantage expanded our service area by merging Northshore Baby Corner into EBC in 2015, creating the EBC - Northshore Hub, and by opening the EBC-West Sound Hub, in April 2016. (The Northshore location moved to Shoreline in 2022.)

KidVantage works from a program framework to organize & support the strategic direction, addressing each of our distinct yet overlapping areas: Starting Out Right (maternal and infant health and well-being), Safe Kids & Families (training and supplies for transportation/sleep/home & outdoor safety, and Strong Foundations for Every Kid (ready for school, ready to learn, healthy play).

Financials

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Operations

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

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KIDVANTAGE

Board of directors
as of 04/28/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Judy Gowdy

President, J.C. Interiors, Inc.

Term: 2018 - 2024

Karen Ridlon

KidVantage

Andrew Symons

Inslee, Best

Judy Gowdy

J.C. Interiors

Diann Strom

Puget Sound Energy

Diane Kuslich

Microsoft

Nora Pardo

UW Medicine

Alexandra Chasin

SAP Concur

Susan Corning

Amazon

Cynthia Hwang

JP Morgan

DeAnne Dodson

Symetra

Whitney Reparuk

Amazon

Kerry Robinson

Davis Wright Tremaine, Retired

Michelle Steffin

Tattooed Chef

Laura Larson

T-Mobile

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

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 9/23/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or other sexual orientations in the LGBTQIA+ community
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 09/23/2022

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 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 seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • 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.