MILL VALLEY SCHOOLS COMMUNITY FOUNDATION dba Kiddo!

aka Kiddo!   |   Mill Valley, CA   |  https://www.kiddo.org

Mission

Mill Valley Schools Community Foundation, dba Kiddo!, founded in 1982, raises funds for educational programs for the public schools in Mill Valley which include five elementary schools and one middle school.

Ruling year info

1983

Executive Director

Bill Lampl

Main address

409 Sycamore Avenue

Mill Valley, CA 94941 USA

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EIN

94-2848305

NTEE code info

Single Organization Support (W11)

Arts Education/Schools (A25)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Due to dramatic state budget cuts from our school district's budget, Kiddo! works every year to raise the funds needed to ensure that all of the children in our school district receive a well-rounded education.

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?

Music

Kiddo! provides a music program for every child in the Mill Valley School District.  Music offerings include clasrroom music (K-5th grade), chorus (3rd - 8th grade), orchestra (4th - 8th grade) and band (5th - 8th grade).

Population(s) Served
Adults

Kiddo! funds classroom arts programs for every child in the Mill Valley School District

Population(s) Served
Adults

Kiddo! provides opportunities for students to participate in: drama in grades 2, 5, and 6 - 8; dance in kindergarten, and  4, 5 and 6 - 8; ad poetry in grades 1, 4, 5, and 6.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Kiddo! provides $17,000 for small grants to teachers and schools for innovative projects.  Selections are made by a committee comprised of teachers.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Kiddo! supports district technology support staff, classroom and library aides.

Population(s) Served
Adults

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.

Percentage of families participating in Kiddo!'s annual fundraiaisng campaign

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

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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

Our children are a community treasure. Our vision is to inspire children to reach their full potential by funding arts education and other vital programs.As concerned citizens, committed parents and advocates for educational excellence, we raise funds, gather resources and act as a catalyst to involve the community in supporting public education.

Kiddo!'s core purpose is to provide funding for comprehensive arts programs in vocal and instrumental music, visual art, dance, drama and poetry for children in the Mill Valley School District. In collaboration with the school district, Kiddo! also supports other vital programs that benefit the needs of all students. Kiddo! serves as the Mill Valley School District's primary nonprofit fundraising organization, is accountable to donors, and adheres to the core values of equity, responsibility and quality as the guiding criteria for all recommendations, decisions and policies.

The 30 member, parent volunteer, Board of Directors (including the Superintendent, Director of Curriculum and Instruction, a member of the School Board, and a school principal) meets monthly. In addition, committee meetings take place regularly to plan, review, and evaluate financials, communications, and fundraising strategies (including direct mail, email, social media, and event planning).

Since our inception in 1982, thanks to broad-based support from our community (including district parents, grandparents, businesses, matching companies, alumni families, community members, and foundations) Kiddo! has met its financial goals every year. In doing so, Kiddo! has been able to provide funding for comprehensive arts programs in vocal and instrumental music, visual art, dance, drama, poetry, PE, classroom and library aides, technology instruction, and other vital programs that benefit all children in the Mill Valley School District. We will continue to collaborate with the district to help provide support for these programs as well as try to grow our Kiddo! Endowment with the aim of providing a perpetual source of secure funding for Kiddo! programs.

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 demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Kindergarten through eighth grade students in the Mill Valley School District

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

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

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

    To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    re-designed website

  • 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?

    Feedback from constituents has helped structure our allocations policy

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

    We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

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

Financials

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Operations

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

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MILL VALLEY SCHOOLS COMMUNITY FOUNDATION dba Kiddo!

Board of directors
as of 10/7/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Caitlin Smith

no affiliation

Term: 2017 - 2020

Caitlin Weil-Smith

no affliation

Cari Dauphinais

Lucinda Macdonell

Ted Chin

Maureen Behrs

Becky Cover

Ed Moselle

Libby Mitchell

Christie Michaels

Adrienne Richter

Elaine Wilkinson

Michele Kuhns

Hallie Marshall

Aly Cohen

Amanda Reeves

Lisa Katz

Cara Douglass

Clair Leimsieder

Maeve Rossington

Shana Stewart

Chris Hill

Tiffany Yelverton

Board leadership practices

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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? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No