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Miracles for Kids

Miracles for Kids helps families with critically-ill children battle bankruptcy, homelessness, hunger and depression so they can concentrate on what’s most important – fighting for their child’s life.

aka Miracles for Kids   |   Irvine, CA   |  www.miraclesforkids.org

Mission

Miracles for Kids’ mission is to improve the lives of critically-ill children and their families in need. To achieve this, the Irvine-based nonprofit is dedicated to helping underserved families battle bankruptcy, homelessness, hunger and depression so they can focus on what matters most – fighting for their child’s life. Services provided help create stability when families are crumbling from the financial and emotional devastation of fighting for their child’s life.

Ruling year info

2002

CEO & Co-Founder

Mrs. Autumn Strier

Main address

17848 Sky Park Circle, Suite C

Irvine, CA 92614 USA

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EIN

91-2160616

NTEE code info

Family Services (P40)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

A real, but often not discussed, side effect of a life-threatening illness is financial toxicity endured by the family unit. Low-income families often choose low-cost health care plans and are later faced with skyrocketing out-of-pocket costs when tragedy hits. Families who are fortunate enough to have a low deductible and out-of-pocket maximum health plan still carry the burden of nonmedical expenses, such as: wage impact due to long hospital stays, loss of employment, travel and lodging expenses, and high-cost medical equipment. As a result, most low-income families with a critically-ill child are left with little or no funds to cover necessities like food, clothing, and rent. Often times, parents, one or both, are forced to quit their employment to provide the constant care required by the critically-ill children – leading to a financial crisis. While the team at Miracles for Kids does not consist of medical professionals, its programs offer financial and emotional support.

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?

Housing Program

Families in crisis can easily become overwhelmed by expensive housing costs, to help relive that burden Miracles for Kids’ Housing Program provides subsidized housing for up to 12 families in extreme risk of homelessness and in need of a safe and supportive environment. The apartment complex, named Miracle Manor, is conveniently located within walking distance to CHOC Children’s. This program focuses on stabilizing families and preparing them to re-enter the community by equipping them with the tools and resources needed to secure housing on their own and improve their financial health. Families at Miracle Manor receive additional support from their case workers through wrap-around services that provide financial literacy workshops, tutoring sessions, and mental health support.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Families

To keep the water running and the lights on, the Bill Pay Program pays between $300 - $500 in approved monthly bills for families struggling to make ends meet.

Population(s) Served

When a child is critically ill, it affects the entire family. To address this traumatic situation, Miracles for Kids provides a holistic approach to healing families, from counseling to outdoor activities, such as the summer Surf and Paddle Camp. Mental health services, educational sessions, and outdoor wellness activities help families better cope with the trauma and stress associated with life-threatening diseases.

Population(s) Served

Getting basic necessities can be a challenge for families in crisis. To stretch already scarce budgets – food, home goods, clothing, and other basic needs items are provided to families through the Basket of Miracles and Kindness Box of Miracles programs. These packages go out every month to provide not only essentials, but school supplies and even toys and fun activities for the children to ease the pressure at home.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Families
Economically disadvantaged people
Families
Economically disadvantaged people
Families

Where we work

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
Population(s) Served

Families, Economically disadvantaged people

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

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.

In order to fulfill its mission, Miracles for Kids' programming focuses on three main objectives: (1) to be a core solution to the families non-medical needs and effect immediate change by operating programs that assist critically-ill children, and their low-income families, with the financial aid and other support necessary to face daily emotional and economic struggles; (2) to provide wellness solutions to families by offering a myriad of health and wellness programs aimed at keeping Bill Pay Program children and families physically, mentally and emotionally strong; and (3) to make an ongoing impact by serving as an advocate and resource in the community for critically-ill children and their families.

Miracles for Kids is successful in meeting the financial needs of a critically under-served population of children in Southern California who are affected by cancer, blood-based diseases, organ diseases/defects, and orphan diseases. Orphan diseases are classified as rare and affect fewer than 200,000 Americans. There is a lack of community support for this demographic and Miracles for Kids has made a tangible impact by providing critically needed financial and emotional support to this population.

Miracles for Kids’ strives to align with social workers at children’s hospitals to ensure low-income families with a critically-ill child are made aware of the organization as a resource. As Miracles for Kids’ capabilities have grown, the hospitals serviced now includes CHOC Children’s, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital, and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital.

Miracles for Kids operates four core programs that together fulfill the organization's goal of providing solutions to meet low-income families basic needs and provide year-round support: (1) Bill Pay Program - provides monthly financial aid to low-income families who, as a result of their critically-ill child, struggle to fulfill basic financial obligations such as rent/mortgage, healthy food, transportation and medical insurance payments; (2) Housing Program – Miracle Manor provides subsidized housing for up to 12 families in extreme risk of homelessness and in need of a safe and supportive environment; (3) Wellness Program - helps families better cope with the trauma and stress associated with life-threatening diseases through mental health services, educational sessions, and outdoor wellness activities; (4) Basic Needs Program - provides healthy food, household supplies, basic necessities, and more to families in need.

Miracles for Kids has assisted 1000+ families with critically-ill children throughout Southern California. In 2020, the Wellness Program expanded by 36% to help 151 individuals better cope with the trauma and stress associated with life-threatening diseases through therapy and wellness activities.

The organization plans on continuing to step up to meet the needs of those they serve by: (1) reducing the waitlist of low-income families in need of basic needs and support services; (2) expanding core stability programs with a specific focus on mental health and family stability; (3) increasing community and corporate support through newly launched giving circle and expanded corporate partnership programs.

Financials

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Miracles for Kids

Board of directors
as of 01/17/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Ken Cruse

Paula Ansara-Wilhelm

Curtis Green

David Heil

Michael Meyer

Moni Mosharaf

Bob Rovzar

Jordy Spiegel

Gary Standel

Autumn Strier

Tom Swanecamp

Ken Cruse

Jason Pendergist

Perry Viscounty

Tyler Leeson

Kevin DeAllen

Norm Christensen

Noel Wickwar

King Nelson

Rasheed Muhammad

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 1/16/2024

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

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 09/16/2019

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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.