Charlie's House
6324 N Chatham Ave, Suite 223
Kansas City MO 64151
Charlie in his swing
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (913) 375-7123
Mission Statement
Prevent injuries to children in and around the home.
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Jessica Earnshaw
Board Chair Cindy Mense
Board Chair Company Affiliation
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2008
Former Names
The Safety Spot, Inc. dba Charlie's Safe Haven
Financial Summary
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Statements
Mission Statement Prevent injuries to children in and around the home.
Background Statement

On November 1, 2007, Charlie Horn, a 2-year-old Kansas City boy, was killed when he attempted to climb a 30" dresser in his home. Through this tragedy, Charlie's House was born. Charlie’s House is dedicated to preventing injuries to children in and around the home. To achieve our mission, we deliver educational programming on home safety and intend to construct a permanent Safety Demonstration Home, where programming will be tangible and accessible.

At Charlie’s House, we have two core beliefs:

  1. Home safety is attainable for anyone and necessary to everyone.
  2. Maintaining safety is an ongoing process.

Everyone has a Charlie in their lives – someone they long to protect. Charlie’s House addresses an issue that affects every one of us.

Impact Statement
Top accomplishments in the past year include: 
  1. Distribution – In 2016 alone, we distributed more than 65,470 safety items free of charge.  These items include furniture straps, television straps, outlet covers, gun locks, cabinet locks, Charlie's Checklist, Home Safety slides and generic business cards (to send people to our website and social media).   
  2. Educational Website The Charlie’s House website (www.charlieshouse.org) is a tremendous resource for child safety information.  The website offers a printable safety checklist, a virtual house, power point presentations about child safety, monthly safety articles, newsletters, links to social media, links to popular safety articles and information, and much more.  Additionally, visitors to our website can order complimentary safety information and products through our site. 
  3. Physicians Alliance: We have formed relationships with pediatricians and family doctors at Children's Mercy, Shawnee Mission Medical Center, North Kansas City Hospital, HCA hospitals, the Kansas Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics and others in order to create a network to distribute our Charlie's Checklists. 
  4. Partnerships:  Charlie's House has created multiple partnerships to help prevent injuries (or worse) to children in and around the home.  We have partnered with the Consumer Product Safety Commission with their Anchor It and Pool Safety campaigns.  Additionally, we've partnered with Avila University's School of Nursing to created child safety videos that we've launched through the Charlie's House YouTube Channel. 
 
Top goals for the current year include:
  1. Increase the distribution of safety items and home safety educational materials.
  2. Increase awareness of the Charlie’s House brand through social media, website traffic, participation in health fairs, and speaking engagements.
  3. Finalize fundraising for the Safety Demonstration Home.
  4. Increase the size of our database considerably.
Needs Statement
Charlie’s House is in need of the following:
  1. Consistent annual donors.
  2. New grants and sources of revenue.
  3. Financial contributions to the capital campaign.
  4. An inventory of safety materials to distribute to those in need.
  5. An increased network of pediatricians, family doctors and others that care for children.
Service Categories
Safety Education
Consumer Protection
Areas of Service
KS - Wyandotte County
KS - Johnson County
MO - Jackson County
MO - Clay County
MO - Platte County
National
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement
The story of Charlie Horn touched my heart, as I am a Dad. 
 
I wanted to be involved because I didn't want to see this story repeat itself.  As I've continued to dive deeper into the many potential hazards around the home for young children, what has struck me is this: Many (a high percentage) could have been prevented with simple safety measures. 
 
By continuing to fulfill our mission, we can - and we do and we will continue to - genuinely, truly make a difference.  Through a tremendous amount of education, through multiple vehicles, we can prevent injuries to children in and around the home.
 
With the volume of children that are seriously injured every year (and month, week, day), we are able to positively impact thousands of young people.  While we often cite many statistics, which are alarming, we each have our own "Charlie". 
 
For me, his name is Sean.  He is my son. 
Programs
Description
Charlie’s Checklist is a simple list highlighting home-safety improvements caregivers can easily make themselves to make their home as safe as possible.
 
Charlie’s Checklist was developed by experts on our Education Committee, who identified the top five causes of home accidents – burns, falls, choking or suffocation, poisoning, and drowning – then created Charlie’s Checklist to help families and caregivers avoid these most common problems. In addition, the group created a safety presentation which can be customized to audiences as they request assistance.
Category Public Safety, Disaster Services, General/Other Safety Education
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years), ,
Short-Term Success
  1. Charlie’s Checklist will be reviewed/accessed by at least 1,000 people annually through speakers’ bureau presentations and website hits.
  2. Clients who review Charlie’s Checklist will identify at least one step they can take immediately to improve their home safety.
Long-Term Success
We are working toward establishing partnerships with local pediatrician offices. We intend to provide pediatricians with new patient safety kits and direct links to our website from theirs for their patients.
 
Our hope is that ultimately, in-home accidents for children under the age of 18 will decrease in the Kansas City area. The ultimate goal is to eliminate accidental death in the home.
Program Success Monitored By We measure success through the use of pre- and post-tests at presentations and through the number of hits received by our website.
Examples of Program Success Charlie’s Checklist is reviewed quarterly and revised to respond to current issues. Approximately 25,000 Checklists have been distributed since the inception of Charlie’s House at presentations, community outreach events, health fairs, home shows, and back-to-school fairs. 
Description
We have created a three-dimensional virtual safety demonstration home on our website (www.charlieshouse.org), that guests can tour to identify potential accident spots within the home, and find tips, recommendations, and how-to’s on making those spots safer. Our website gives us an unlimited reach to our target audience.
 
Charlie’s Virtual House is managed by the Education Committee, who utilizes information from Charlie’s Checklist to provide the safety content on the Virtual House. Content is reviewed quarterly and the website is updated accordingly. We take the information provided on Charlie’s Virtual House very seriously, as we consider ourselves to be a resource for families with children of all ages – not just small children.
Category Public Safety, Disaster Services, General/Other Safety Education
Population Served Families, ,
Short-Term Success
  1. Charlie’s Virtual House will be reviewed / accessed by at least 1,000 people annually through website hits.
  2. Clients who utilize Charlie’s Virtual House will identify at least one step they can take immediately to improve their home safety.
Long-Term Success Our hope is that ultimately, in-home accidents for children under the age of 18 will decrease in the Kansas City area. The ultimate goal is to eliminate accidental death in the home.
Program Success Monitored By We currently measure success with Charlie’s Virtual House through the number of website hits.
Examples of Program Success
In 2016 the Charlie's House website received over 35,000 page views.
Description
The Physician's Alliance is a program to distribute the Charlie's Checklist (home safety check list) to families via Pediatrician offices in the greater Kansas City area.  To date over 30,000 safety check lists have been distributed all around the metro area with ongoing plans to continue distribution of the information.  The printing and distribution is accomplished in partnership with Children's Mercy Hospital, Shawnee Mission Medical Center, HCA Hospitals, North Kansas City Hospital, the Kansas Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatricians and Pediatricians and Family Doctors throughout the Kansas City metro area. 
Program Budget $10,000.00
Category Public Safety, Disaster Services, General/Other Safety Education
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years), ,
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success
Our initial distribution of 10,000 check lists was accomplished quickly and with the cooperation of the community pediatricians, and we've continued to grow this distribution because we've continued to grow both partnerships and sponsorships.  The goal is to have a sustainable mechanism to provide families with actionable information via their pediatrician or family doctor.
Long-Term Success
Prevent injury to children in and around the home.  This specific program focus is to create a greater awareness and drive traffic to either the web site or ultimately to the permanent safety demonstration house.
Program Success Monitored By
Distribution volume will be monitored on an ongoing basis via reporting by our various partners .  It will be difficult to measure the impact on preventive injuries by this program alone as it is part of a comprehensive education strategy. 
Examples of Program Success
The program was initiated in 2012 and we continue to grow distribution channels and sponsorships (Crowley Furniture, Children's Mercy, and State Farm have continued to support the Physicians Alliance).  And hospitals and Pediatricians are now requesting additional (new) child safety materials for them to distribute.  The relationships are growing, and the program is growing. 
Description Charlie's House helps to fulfill its mission by distributing child safety information and items.  Specifically, we distribute furniture straps, television straps, cabinet locks, outlet covers, Charlie's Checklists and Home Safety Slides.  In 2016 alone, we distributed over 65,000 of the above items, completely on a complimentary basis.  Since inception, Charlie's House has now distributed over 250,000 pieces of child safety information and products.
Program Budget $75,000.00
Category Education, General/Other Education, General/Other
Population Served Families, ,
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success Charlie's House has distributed over 65,000 pieces of safety information and materials (furniture straps, gun locks, television straps, cabinet locks, outlet covers, Charlie's Checklists and Home Safety Slides) in 2016 alone.
Long-Term Success Since inception, Charlie's House has now distributed over 250,000 pieces of child safety information and products/materials.
Program Success Monitored By While it's difficult to track the injuries (or worse) that didn't occur because of our distribution of information and products, we know that tens of thousands of people have been positively impacted by our distribution program. We can also monitor by the decline of ER visits by children due to an injury in or around the home.
Examples of Program Success The notes from parents, grandparents and caregivers of young children keep reminding us of the tremendous impact that we're having.
CEO Comments We are growing the quantity and quality of our programs in which we support our mission.  As we've continued to build relationships, grow our Board, grow our committees and grow our volunteers, our impact has grow considerably.  Whether it's the number of page views on our website, the number of items that we distribute, the number of people impacted through our Physicians Alliance or the number of people that attend our safety presentations or events, our numbers have continued to grow.  As such, we have continued to fulfill our mission (to keep children safe in and around the home) to a great degree.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Jessica Earnshaw
Term Start Jan 2017
Experience
  • Executive Director Institute at Nonprofit Connect.
  • Member of the Junior League of Kansas City, MO for over 12 years.
  • Previously worked for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and Wayside Waifs.
  • Over 10 years of fundraising experience, 3 years of board experience.
Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start 0
Compensation Last Year
Former CEOs
NameTerm
John McCartney -
Annette Teson - Oct 2012
Staff
Paid Full-Time Staff 1
Paid Part-Time Staff 1
Volunteers 55
Paid Contractors 2
Staff Diversity (Ethnicity)
Hispanic/Latino 1
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Bi-Annually
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Yes
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Under Development
Management Succession Plan No
Organization Policy and Procedures No
Nondiscrimination Policy No
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Affiliations
AffiliationYear
AFP (Association of Fundraising Professionals)2017
Board Chair
Board Chair Cindy Mense
Term Jan 2016 to Dec 2017
Email mncmense@gmail.com
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Rynekah Barbour
Diana Beckman Polsinelli
Lynne Bock Community Volunteer
Bob Finuf Children's Mercy Family Health Partners
Sandra Franco
Harvey Grossman MDPediatric Care Specialists
Brett Horn Major Saver (Charlie’s Dad)
Jenny Horn (Charlie’s Mom) Cerner Corporation
Heidi Johnson
Cory LeMoine
Brenda Leppin
Eric Levy
Heather McMichael
Brendan McPherson Polsinelli Shughart
Cindy Mense Children’s Mercy Family Health Partners
Leslie Reardon Commerce Bank
Bob Renton
Katie Schatte Safe Kids Johnson County
Dr. Gabe Schifman
Leah Smith
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 18
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 8
Female 12
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 75%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Under Development
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 11
Standing Committees
Building
Capital Campaign
Executive
Finance
Marketing
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Advisory Board Members
NameAffiliation
Maggie Collins
Dr. Denise Dowd
Christa Dubill
Dr. Milton Fowler
Maureen Huffer
Phyllis Larimore
Jim Rine
Financials
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2017
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2017
Projected Revenue $250,000
Projected Expenses $207,000
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2014, 2013: Financial data reported using the IRS Form 990.
  • FY 2012: Financial data reported using the organization's audited financial statements.  
  • Foundation/corporate revenue line item may include contributions from individuals. 
Detailed Financials
 
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$72,593$48,479$62,285
Administration Expense$65,382$30,319$15,760
Fundraising Expense$41,782$28,695$23,016
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.482.711.47
Program Expense/Total Expenses40%45%62%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue16%10%16%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$1,031,549$925,008$738,554
Current Assets$1,031,125$924,121$736,871
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$35,984$15,422$12,580
Total Net Assets$995,565$909,586$725,974
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities28.6659.9258.57
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? Yes
Campaign Purpose To raise funds to build a permanent safety demonstration house.
Goal $1,100,000.00
Dates May 2011 to Dec 2017
Amount Raised to Date $980,000.00 as of June 2017
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years Yes
Organization Comments Our 2016 990 will be posted at a later time. We plan to do an audit for the 2017 fiscal year.
Organization Name Charlie's House
Address 6324 N Chatham Ave, Suite 223
Kansas City, MO 64151
Primary Phone (913) 375-7123
CEO/Executive Director Jessica Earnshaw
Board Chair Cindy Mense
Year of Incorporation 2008
Former Names
The Safety Spot, Inc. dba Charlie's Safe Haven