MENDING KIDS INTERNATIONAL

Critical Surgical Care for Sick Children

aka Mending Kids   |   Los Angeles, CA   |  www.mendingkids.org

Mission

Mending Kids gives sick children life-saving surgical care while advancing education and training towards medical self-sufficiency in their communities. Mending Kids have served children from 68 countries including the United States.

Ruling year info

1993

Executive Director

Ms Isabelle Fox

Main address

21255 Burbank Blvd Suite 120

Los Angeles, CA 91367 USA

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Formerly known as

Healing the Children

EIN

95-4394305

NTEE code info

Health Support Services (E60)

Surgery (G9B)

Community Improvement, Capacity Building N.E.C. (S99)

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Mending Kids is striving to help children in developing countries who are struggling to find surgical care for their medical conditions either because of no available service of specific medical specialty in their country or because of no sufficient resources. In the U.S., Mending Kids is also serving children whose surgical procedures are not covered by their insurances and families who cannot afford their children's surgical cost.

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?

Overseas Surgical Missions

The Overseas Surgical Missions Program targets areas where there is a high concentration of children requiring surgery.  A cardiac surgery on a mission trip will cost roughly $2,500 per child to perform and will keep the child closer to the family and provide other support to families going through the same procedures with their children.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Children with greater surgical needs, requiring more complex care, are flown to the United States for surgery, and provided with a Host Family for the duration of their surgery and recovery period.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Children are sent, accompanied by a family member, to a trusted Mending Kids partner hospital in India, Israel or Canada to receive complex surgical care which is not available to them in their home countries.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Free surgical care is provided to kids from under-served communities across the United States and those who have been denied coverage from the government or insurance companies.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Embedded in all we do, the Training, Research and Innovation department uses research to inform decision-making and program design, advocate for greater prioritization of pediatric care in the global health arena, and strategically plan for the future of Mending Kids.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Families

Where we work

Awards

Top-Rated Nonprofits 2013

Great Nonprofits

Organization of the Year (Medium) 2013

LA Business Journal

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 people trained

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

Adults

Related Program

Training, Research and Innovation

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Mending Kids helps create sustainable surgical systems in low- and middle-income countries by investing in the training and education of local surgeons via one-on-one training mentorships.

Number of clients served

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

Children and youth, Economically disadvantaged people

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Our clients are KIDS around the world! Mending Kids provides critical surgical care to sick kids who would otherwise not have access.

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.

To develop self-sustaining pediatric surgical programs in developing countries where local surgical and support staff are receptive to training and are working with our visiting teams in person, and year round through on-going mission trips and training.

Select lead surgeon to make at least a 5-year commitment to a specific location and lead a team of volunteer surgical personnel to train local surgical and recovery room staff on specialized procedures.

Surgeon travels at least 1X per year with team, develops relationships, determines surgical goals and objectives and performs SWOT analysis of mission and local possibilities. Sets goals for next trip in combination with Mending Kids executive leadership.

Surgeon provides year round support to lead local surgeons who need guidance and advice, and works with them to assess additional requests and resources to add to their training modules, etc.

Mending Kids sends out numerous surgical teams travel to Latin America, Southeast Asia and Africa to ensure that many under-served communities are receiving quality surgical care and are gaining access to training and ongoing support.

Mending Kids is a proud member of the G4 Surgical Alliance, a 60+ member organization of global surgical leaders that together are building a political priority surgical care as part of the global development agenda. We are leading the sub-efforts in pediatric focus and advocacy within the group.

Mending Kids mission and executive staff ensure that lead surgeons and teams are representing credible, teaching medical institutions and have a career path of education and teaching protocols that have already been initiated within their own institution. Mending Kids provides travel logistics and support to mission teams, and those traveling back to the surgical location individually to provide enhanced training. A careful assessment by the surgical team of the local staff is conducted to ensure proper and consistent personnel are available and able to work with the team upon their arrival.

Progress is shown when the local surgeons can take on parts or all of the surgical procedures with our teams watching and not actually scrubbing in. In 2013. 2 of the 6 countries visited by Mending Kids with surgical teams reached a training and trust level where local surgeons took over the procedures with our lead surgeons observing from a short distance and guiding them through conversation and reminders. In 2015, 90% of all surgical missions engage in some form of surgical or recovery training for local surgical staff. The remaining 10% of the surgical missions are taking place in locations where backlog of cases is the most important issue for that country, and therefore because there are no stable surgeons, training is non-existent as of now.

Financials

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Operations

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

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MENDING KIDS INTERNATIONAL

Board of directors
as of 9/7/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Robinson Moore

Julia Hans

Emeritus Founding Board Member

Dorothy Lucey

Former Host of Good Day LA, Fox Channel 11

Lori Beckwith

Carmela de Brouwer

Robinson Moore

Cardconnect

Rana Gebran

New York Life

Robert Bernstein, MD

Shriners Hospital

Allen Churchill

Google

Marty Dietrich

Google

Jason Frischer, MD

Cincinnati Children's Hospital

David Mendelson

Andre Panossian, MD

Pediatric Reconstructive Surgery

Richard Tabura

Greenburg Traurig LLP

Ayal Willner, MD

Southern California Ear Nose and Throat

Evan Zahn, MD

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

Robin Moore

Emeritus Board Member

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 08/30/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Hispanic/Latino/Latina/Latinx
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 08/29/2019

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 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 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 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.