Childrens Oncology Camp Foundation

Live With. Live Beyond.

aka Camp Mak-A-Dream   |   Missoula, MT   |
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Childrens Oncology Camp Foundation

EIN: 81-0472959


Camp Mak-A-Dream empowers survivors and their families to live with and beyond cancer through life-changing Montana experiences where they strengthen life skills, gain resilience and develop lasting relationships.

Ruling year info


Executive Director/CEO

Dr. Kim McKearnan

Main address

PO Box 1450

Missoula, MT 59806 USA

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Subject area info


Diseases and conditions



Population served info

Children and youth


Women and girls


People with diseases and illnesses

NTEE code info

Cancer (G30)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (G01)

Cancer (G30)

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Camp Mak-A-Dream has been nationally recognized for providing meaningful, life-enriching programs to those affected by cancer. This year we expanded our programs to include caregivers. Those caring for someone with cancer face compounding and devastating stress, trauma and emotional turmoil culminating in compassion fatigue. \n\nAs we have witnessed for 25 years, camps are a unique setting in which people with a common experience or perspective can come together with others who inherently understand. They collectively enjoy new adventures, learn a new skill or discover something new about themselves. Through recreational activities, focused small group discussions, professionally facilitated workshops and spontaneous connections with others, participants can create lasting communities of support, develop skills to help manage the physical \u0026 emotional impact of cancer and gain resilience to bolster them in the weeks and months to come.

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?

Kids Camp

Kids Camp is for children who have personally experienced cancer. Often times they miss out on the normal part of being a child and may be more familiar with their hospital than with the playground or their school. This session is designed to let “kids be kids”. Activities are fun-filled, inclusive and adapted to meet the needs of those with different abilities. Camp gives them an opportunity to try new things, feel normal and remember what it is like to be a kid.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Teens with cancer often feel that they are not in control and that most of the important decisions in their lives have been made by others. For many, the trip to Camp is their first time away from the family and friends that have provided them with care and support through their cancer diagnosis. Independence is an essential skill required for those entering adulthood. This camp session is designed to help teens explore who they are, encourage peer bonding and make choices for themselves.

Population(s) Served

Children and teens with a sibling or parent with cancer may be burdened with grief, fear or survivor’s guilt. They may not feel comfortable talking about their needs, worried that they would be contributing to an already stressful situation. Sharing these experiences with peers that truly understand is a reminder that they are not alone. Sessions for siblings are designed to provide opportunities for participants to explore and share feelings about their experience with cancer.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Young adults attending camp are not only facing the normal challenges that come with adulthood but the additional challenges that come with having had cancer. These sessions provide opportunities to share experiences and resources, in addition to addressing real-life issues like the financial impact of cancer, fertility and sexuality issues and the importance of self-care. Each individual attending the young adult conference comes with a different set of goals and expectations, therefore, everything is optional. This program is designed to provide information, respite and adventure so that participants can choose which sessions will help them to get what they need from their week at camp.

Population(s) Served
People with diseases and illnesses

Brain tumor survivors often face long-term effects of both their disease and its treatment, which may include vision or hearing loss, impulse control, cognitive delay, or a loss of affect. Many feel socially isolated and struggle finding employment or the accommodations they need at school. Our Heads Up Conferences are unique experiences designed to help brain tumor survivors develop skills and link them to resources that can help them achieve their personal goals. Professionals join us for these sessions, offering interactive workshops on a wide range of topics including nutrition, employment issues, exercise and sexuality. Small group chats are scheduled daily and focus on issues impacting the brain tumor survivor community, like bullying, dating, disclosure and depression. In addition to providing these teens and young adults with tangible resources, the Camp experience connects them with a network of continued support that lasts well beyond their week in Montana.

Population(s) Served
People with diseases and illnesses

Women with cancer are often forced to balance their own health care needs with roles as professionals, caregivers, mothers, daughters and wives. During the five day retreats we offer workshops, discussion groups, an off campus field trip, entertainment, other recreational activities enabling them to set aside daily routines, focus on their own needs and develop a core community of support.

Population(s) Served
People with diseases and illnesses
Women and girls

Family Camp is our newest program. This session is geared towards families with a child 12 or younger with cancer. A cancer diagnosis affects more than the person with cancer, it impacts the entire family. This session will allow a family to experience all of the fun that camp has to offer together. Families will have the opportunity to spend quality time with each other and share adventures with other families going through similar journeys.

Population(s) Served
People with diseases and illnesses

Caregivers are often unconditionally devoted to their loved one with cancer and seemingly endlessly empathetic. Although these strong traits often contribute to high quality care of their loved ones, caregivers are extremely vulnerable to compassion fatigue and psychosocial & physical burnout. At this retreat, cancer survivors and their caregivers will learn and explore self-compassion, mindful practices and practical self-care strategies through interactive presentations, contemplative exercises and dialogue. They will have the opportunity to attend Camp together to experience respite, recreation and reconnection aimed at bolstering resilience and strengthening their relationship.

Population(s) Served
People with diseases and illnesses

Where we work


Best Website 2018

Children's Oncology Camping Association International

Affiliations & memberships

Children's Oncology Camping Association International 2023

St. Jude's Children's Hospital 2023

Children's Brain Tumor Foundation 2023

Friends of Camp Mak-A-Dream 2023

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 volunteer health care providers

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

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


Context Notes

We measure this as successful if increasing assuming we also strategically add programs. Some volunteers serve more than one session but are only counted as 1 volunteer.

Number of returning volunteers

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

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


Context Notes

There were 48 returning volunteers and 66 new volunteers in our camp programs in 2022.

Number of camps offered

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

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


Context Notes

In 2022, we returned to in-person programming, but combined some sessions and limited capacity at each session due to COVID mitigation strategies.

Number of children served

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

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


Context Notes

These numbers reflect all of our participants (not including our collaborative family camps).

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.

We aim to be an innovative provider of meaningful experiences for those impacted by cancer. We hope to provide a supportive community in which survivors learn to live with and beyond their cancer diagnosis. We strive to utilize our resources in the most cost-effective manner in order to be able to provide services to as many participants as possible. We want to offer exceptional programs that foster partnerships and future advocates.

In 2020, we had to move to a virtual format due to the COVID pandemic. To create the on-line programming, we followed these guidelines:\n\n\u2022 Provide opportunities for our community to connect despite the pandemic \n\u2022 Welcome and engage new participants and introduce them to a supportive community \n\u2022 Provide respite and joy to survivors and families to help them through these uncertain times\n\u2022 Offer educational workshops to help survivors and families gain strength and resiliency \n\nWe created a detailed strategic plan in 2019 and constantly refer back to that in our staff and board meetings and when setting our yearly organization goals. This plan is firmly built upon our core values of:\nCompassion- We genuinely care for others and promote self-care and wellness for participants, volunteers and staff alike.\nAccountability- We are responsible stewards of all our resources and place the health and safety of our participants above all.\nMutual Respect- We appreciate and value our team and various constituents. We wholeheartedly embrace the diversity we represent. \nPartnership- We are endlessly grateful for our many partnerships with donors, volunteers and other organizations that make Camp possible.

We have 25 years of experience in providing quality programming for those impacted by cancer. We have grown strategically over those years including our newest programs of family camp and caregiver retreats. We have a purpose-built facility (free from debt) that allows us to host inclusive camps and retreats that allow survivors and their families to learn, form lifelong friendships and bolster their resiliency while participating in our carefully crafted, age-appropriate programs and activities. In response to the COVID pandemic in 2020, we created robust, online virtual camps to reach our participants during a time when they were feeling particularly isolated and alone.

We are proud to have provided this experience to more than 8,000 participants from all 50 states and 6 countries in our 25 year history. We are excited about the new platforms we\u0027ve embraced during this difficult year and look forward to incorporating continued virtual experiences in the years to come to reach even more survivors. We look forward to welcoming participants back to an in-person experience when it is safe and prudent to do so including building upon our newest programs, family camp and caregiver retreats. We are developing more wellness programming to help survivors \u0022live beyond\u0022 cancer and exploring additional partnerships as opportunities for collaboration.

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?

    Cancer survivors and their families

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

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    Our newest program, the Caregiver Retreat, was developed based upon participant feedback in some of our other programs. Our adult participants conveyed that they were concerned about their caregiver and/or concerned about how their cancer journey had impacted their relationship with their caregiver.

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

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, 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 demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), 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, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback


Childrens Oncology Camp Foundation
Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2020 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 12.85 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2020 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 8 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2020 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 18% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

Source: IRS Form 990 info

Childrens Oncology Camp Foundation

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Childrens Oncology Camp Foundation

Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

This snapshot of Childrens Oncology Camp Foundation’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $43,313 $69,061 $160,527 $128,165 $304,042
As % of expenses 3.6% 5.4% 12.1% 9.9% 32.1%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation -$189,637 -$160,777 -$77,677 -$118,169 $64,234
As % of expenses -13.1% -10.6% -5.0% -7.6% 5.4%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $1,159,346 $1,576,106 $1,342,630 $1,515,487 $1,165,974
Total revenue, % change over prior year -38.8% 35.9% -14.8% 12.9% -23.1%
Program services revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 4.4% 8.3% 5.1% 4.8% 3.4%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 85.4% 86.2% 87.3% 90.0% 94.4%
Other revenue 10.2% 5.6% 7.6% 5.2% 2.2%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $1,217,786 $1,282,478 $1,322,503 $1,300,621 $948,239
Total expenses, % change over prior year 7.1% 5.3% 3.1% -1.7% -27.1%
Personnel 58.2% 58.6% 56.5% 52.0% 62.8%
Professional fees 1.7% 1.1% 1.3% 1.5% 2.1%
Occupancy 0.4% 0.3% 0.3% 0.3% 0.6%
Interest 0.7% 0.7% 0.3% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 4.2% 0.1%
All other expenses 38.9% 39.3% 41.5% 41.9% 34.5%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Total expenses (after depreciation) $1,450,736 $1,512,316 $1,560,707 $1,546,955 $1,188,047
One month of savings $101,482 $106,873 $110,209 $108,385 $79,020
Debt principal payment $59,647 $121,490 $68,168 $87,605 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $1,611,865 $1,740,679 $1,739,084 $1,742,945 $1,267,067

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Months of cash 7.3 4.8 4.8 3.5 7.5
Months of cash and investments 13.4 11.5 10.6 10.7 18.7
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 4.9 5.4 5.0 4.1 9.2
Balance sheet composition info 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Cash $741,653 $515,245 $525,445 $379,782 $594,470
Investments $615,639 $710,031 $643,973 $779,585 $880,723
Receivables $71,784 $273,989 $2,171 $81,000 $58,500
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $6,808,148 $6,823,827 $6,978,442 $7,125,280 $7,148,174
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 42.9% 44.9% 47.2% 49.6% 52.8%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 5.6% 3.5% 2.8% 1.4% 1.0%
Unrestricted net assets $4,390,278 $4,229,501 $4,151,824 $4,033,655 $4,097,889
Temporarily restricted net assets $376,497 $610,667 $326,467 N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $647,737 $647,737 $647,737 N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $1,024,234 $1,258,404 $974,204 $1,156,539 $1,196,824
Total net assets $5,414,512 $5,487,905 $5,126,028 $5,190,194 $5,294,713

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Material data errors No No No No No


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

Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Executive Director/CEO

Dr. Kim McKearnan

Kim returned to Montana after living abroad with her family in Qatar where she was helping to open a much-needed children's hospital. Kim's education culminated in a PhD in Nursing from the University of Washington and she has more than 25 year of experience in pediatric healthcare starting with bedside clinical care and progressing to organizational leadership positions. Kim has worked in or with non-profit organizations including board membership for many years. She is a Leadership Missoula alumnae and active in many facets of the Missoula community.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

Childrens Oncology Camp Foundation

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Childrens Oncology Camp Foundation

Board of directors
as of 03/17/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board chair

Dan McGee

Building Mind and Body

Term: 2021 - 2024

Andrew Larson

First Security Bank

Laurie Carter

Pediatric Hospitalist, Missoula Pediatric Associates

Blake Underriner

Underriner Motors

Kylie Kretz

PNP, oncology

Keith Fichtner

Edward Jones

Aaron Neilson

Neilson, Swanson, Dietrich Northwest Law Firm

Allie Maffit

Pediatric Oncologist, Logan Health

Jenny Baker

Oncology Pharmacist, Community Medical Center

Laura Churchman


Kelly Scariano

Private Practice, LCSW

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 3/1/2023

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The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 03/01/2023

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  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • 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.