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Kind Tree Productions, Inc.

Autism Rocks

aka Autism Rocks   |   Eugene, OR   |  http://www.kindtree.org

Mission

KindTree is dedicated to serving and celebrating people on the Autism Spectrum through art, recreation, and community. With warm hearted whimsy, an open sense of family and a deep level of caring, we reach inside ourselves to embrace our flaws, gather our strengths, and offer our love while reaching out to people with autism spectrum disorders, their families and care givers. Through the power of self-advocacy in an atmosphere of acceptance and respect, autistic and neuro-normal people alike can work toward self-realization.

Notes from the nonprofit

Founded in 1997 by two group home workers determined to remedy their clients’ lack of meaningful activities, KindTree-Autism Rocks provides support, services, and information to empower and improve the quality of life for individuals and families living with autism, and the professionals who serve them. From its inception, this “grass roots” all volunteer nonprofit has maintained its focus on serving and celebrating people on the autism spectrum through art, education, recreation, and community. In the past twenty-five years, KindTree-Autism Rocks has grown, becoming a successful 501(c)(3) nonprofit with a 3,000+ contact list, hundreds of student and community volunteers, and an art program representing dozens of artists from everywhere. We serve another 250 individuals through various community recreation programs, social media and free support groups, provide educational training and support to 100 people annually through our Skill Training for an Independent Living (STiLE) Program.

Ruling year info

1998

President

Michael Omogrosso

Main address

PO Box 40847

Eugene, OR 97404 USA

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EIN

93-1232245

NTEE code info

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (P12)

Autism (G84)

Other Art, Culture, Humanities Organizations/Services N.E.C. (A99)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

1. KindTree seeks to address the frequent experience of isolation for persons with autism, their families and caregivers by providing a community of supporters who celebrate their strengths and provide opportunities for connection. 2. This community of supporters and the events we develop will provide a safe space for people on the spectrum to truly become themselves and to live with self confidence. 3. Advocate for the Autism Community in the greater community to develop not just awareness but acceptance that will open up opportunities for connection, employment, and access to community events.

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?

KindTree Friends and Family Camp

Autism Camp/Retreat - 125 guests
An annual four-day outdoor camp located in the scenic woods near Florence, Oregon with lake swimming, meals, activities, and supported community building for people experiencing autism of all ages, including their caregivers and family members. This is a mostly outdoor, camping event with limited cabin availability. The retreat is designed around the needs of those living with autism. The retreat is a time for rejuvenation and solidarity. Autists are accepted and enjoyed for themselves. Our campers say "This is some of the greatest autistic fun there is."

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities
Families

Art Program:

 

Artists Scholarships, Marketing, Profit Sharing, Framing Services, ZGallery Displays, Online, Retail and Festival Sales.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Adults

The KindTree-Autism Rocks Skills Training for an Independent living Experience program (STiLE), functions as an educational program for youth and adults 11 years and older with autism and others with developmental/intellectual disabilities. Established in 2013 to meet a service gap for adults living with autism in our community, the mission has been to provide skill training to encourage community engagement, independence, productivity, creative expression, health, work readiness and independent living. Our goal is to enhance the quality of life, with service and celebration, of individuals with disabilities through advocacy, art, education, recreation and community participation.

Population(s) Served
People with intellectual disabilities
Adults

Through support groups for peers and parents in multiple locations, a popular volunteer program for Camp and our other programs, and social events engaging all the community, we create successful interactions between the people we serve and our surrounding community members, improving self confidence and acceptance for everyone.

Population(s) Served
Adults
People with intellectual disabilities

Peer Support Group: 90 minutes free and facilitated monthly meeting where participants discuss personal issues and develop friendships.
Social Skills Group: Free meetings on the odd month to talk about social skills and choose a location for an outing to practice them, scheduled for even months.
Friday Social: An free 2 hour online gathering just to socialize, with participants from all over the world. Currently happening nearly every month.
Artist Guild: Free monthly meetings for the 100 or so members of our Artist Guild featuring guest artists or supporters designed to provide professional support, peer interaction and use of our marketing program.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities
Artists and performers

Where we work

Awards

Thanks to You Award 2022

The Taubert Memorial Foundation

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

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

KindTree works to build a strong community for people with autism, their friends, families and caregivers. KindTree provides recreation, advocacy, skill building and social connection. KindTree accepts and celebrates people with autism.

KindTree offers a unique annual family camp welcoming all ages and abilities to provide a safe, fun outdoor environment of acceptance. KindTree connects people with autism to local resources through the Advocacy program and our monthly e-newsletter. KindTree offers year-round skills building and training programs (STiLE) to bring people with autism together to learn and grow. KindTree's Art Program showcases artists with autism through displays and marketing of original works and their reprints. KindTree offers free support groups that engage people on the spectrum in a respectful and open way. KindTree holds an annual fundraisers and community events with music and participant involvement. KindTree connects individuals through their Facebook page and maintains a community calendar of events on their website, www.kindtree.org.

KindTree has a solid volunteer base of 30 to 75 individuals and a donor base of more than 2000. KindTree's Board is a governing, fundraising and active board of up to 15 advocates. KindTree receives repeated grant funding and support from local art and autism organizations and grantmakers both regional and national, and augments resources with annual fundraising events.

KindTree has become an integrated and unique part of our local disability community and continues to expand the skills training programs of STiLE and the collaboration of our organization with local and regional autism advocacy groups.

Financials

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Operations

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

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Kind Tree Productions, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 12/01/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Micahel Omogrosso

Heather Swaney

WhiteBird Clinic

Leslie Gilbert

Lane Co. DD Services

Tim Mueller

GreyWolf Projects

Luca Kline

Student

Susan Regnarus

Retired

Nicole Sharette

Personal Support Contractor

Chrissy Peirsol

Personal Support Contractor

Michael Omogrosso

University fo Oregon

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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 7/24/2020

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
Multi-Racial/Multi-Ethnic (2+ races/ethnicities)
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 07/24/2020

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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 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 have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • 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.