Shadow Buddies Foundation
14700 W. 107th Street
Suite 100
Lenexa KS 66215
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (913) 642-4646
Fax 913- 642-4233
Mission Statement
The mission of the Shadow Buddies Foundation is to provide emotional support through education regarding illness, disability, or medical treatments. The foundation accomplishes this mission through unique programs designed to enhance the lives of children and adults while increasing compassion and understanding of others differences. In pursuit of that mission, the foundation will continually raise funds, develop new programs, and build relationships between organizations with complementary goals. It is the ultimate goal of the Shadow Buddies Foundation to continue to develop partnerships that will enable us to donate Shadow Buddies free of charge to hospitals and organizations. Designed to be both comforting and educational, Shadow Buddies provide children with a friend "just like me" capable of fostering compassion and understanding while spanning the gap between treatment and awareness.
The Shadow Buddies Foundation has served over one million children in all 50 states and 19 different countries.
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Marty Postlethwait
Board Chair Mr. Tanner Coble
Board Chair Company Affiliation Renaissance Financial
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1996
Volunteer Opportunities
Do you have Volunteer Opportunities? Yes
Ways to donate, support, or volunteer

 For more than 23 years, The Shadow Buddies Foundation has been offering much-needed emotional support for medically challenged children.  We rely on our volunteers to help us dress, package, and ship the Buddies to the hospital and organizations we partner with throughout the United States and Internationally.  We have many opportunities for serving at any of our fundraising events, or at our headquarters located in Lenexa, Kansas.  Donations can be made by going to www.shadowbuddies.org and click the Donate Now button.

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Statements
Mission Statement
The mission of the Shadow Buddies Foundation is to provide emotional support through education regarding illness, disability, or medical treatments. The foundation accomplishes this mission through unique programs designed to enhance the lives of children and adults while increasing compassion and understanding of others differences. In pursuit of that mission, the foundation will continually raise funds, develop new programs, and build relationships between organizations with complementary goals. It is the ultimate goal of the Shadow Buddies Foundation to continue to develop partnerships that will enable us to donate Shadow Buddies free of charge to hospitals and organizations. Designed to be both comforting and educational, Shadow Buddies provide children with a friend "just like me" capable of fostering compassion and understanding while spanning the gap between treatment and awareness.
The Shadow Buddies Foundation has served over one million children in all 50 states and 19 different countries.
Background Statement

Inspired by her son who wanted a friend “just like me”; Marty Postlethwait founded the Shadow Buddies Foundation in September of 1995. Miles, her son, was born with multiple congenital birth defects that had him in and out of the hospital since he was born. During one of his many hospital stays, Miles told his mom and dad that he wanted a “Buddy” that had defects similar to his that could help ease his feelings of loneliness and fear. So Marty took action and with the help of Miles, developed the first Shadow Buddy. Shadow Buddies are condition specific muslin dolls that provide both educational and emotional support to thousands of chronically ill patients and their families. They chose to call them Shadow Buddies because just like your shadow, these buddies will always be by your side. And what started with 4 Shadow Buddies has now grown to include 28 condition specific buddies that bring smiles to children in all 50 states, 178 hospitals and 19 countries. Each buddy is dressed, packaged and shipped (with love!) from the foundation offices located in Lenexa, Kansas.

Impact Statement
We have provided over ONE MILLION Shadow Buddies to date and continue to support more children each year. We the successful launch of our Super Hero Program two years ago, we have committed to providing medically challenged children being treated in the hospital with a child-sized super hero cape and mask. It's become a trademark for Shadow Buddies letting them do art therapy on their cape giving them extra special powers while healing away from home. We celebrated our 3rd annual Shadow Buddies Shoot for the Kids and was another great day of raising funds for our Superhero Program. This event will continue to grow allowing us to commit to more hospitals that want to implement our Superhero Program. Our golf tournament each year continues to fund 1,000 Summer backpacks to local children attending specialty camps here in Kansas City. We added 3 new hospitals to our Pink Party Program which we serve approximately 10 parties each year.

Our goal is to add new sponsors each year and build a new Young Adult Advisory Board that will support the Shadow Buddies Foundation and all of our endeavors. 
Needs Statement Increase the number of corporate sponsorship for special events and volunteer opportunities. Continue to build and strengthen our Board of Directors to bring more awareness of our foundation and increase the financial commitment to our programs. Our goal is to continue to build our Annual Benefit Dinner so that we may increase the number of Buddies donated to lower income facilities providing support to more pediatric patients and their families. This would include our fund-a-need to fund more Pink Parties for girls and their moms on a national level. The Shadow Buddies "Superhero" Program is growing each year and thanks to our new program "Shoot for the Kids" we have been able to increase funding each year for this program. We deliver our Shadow Buddies dressed in a Super Hero cape and mask and now we have the child size capes and masks for the patients themselves. Backpack Program- Our Golf Classic each year funds Backpacks going to pediatric specialty camps for children with medical issues. Each year we continue to grow and increase funding with a successful golf tournament.
Service Categories
Patient & Family Support
Counseling
Educational Services
Areas of Service
International
National
MO
KS
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement "From our humble beginning in 1995 with four buddies, our family of Shadow Buddies has now grown to more than 28 condition-specific dolls, called ""Buddies"" so boys can relate to them as well. Designed to be a friend "just like me," Shadow Buddies are one-of-a kind educational teaching tools that aid in the healing process of children who are (a) newly diagnosed with a life-threatening illness, (b) medically challenged, (c) dealing with a general illness, or (d) are going through a crisis situation. Children need more than medicine to get well, and Shadow Buddies are the best non-prescription medicine for healing young hearts and minds.

In addition to providing Buddies, the foundation has also created educational programs for children based around the Buddies. These programs include a Shadow Buddy coloring book, creating backpacks for specialty camps, the Rescue Buddy Program for EMT's, and the Know Your Buddy Book, an educational resource guide to help educate children about kids with disabilities. Our newest Buddy, the Preemie Buddy will help thousands of families who experience the birth of a premature baby. We have partnered with Tony Gonzalez for the past 23 years, making an impact on over 80,000 children throughout the United States. Seven years ago, we were honored to welcome the support of Matt Cassel to help continue spreading the word in Kansas City and different cities he plays professional football. We also have enlisted the help from Kansas City Chiefs TE, Travis Kelce, Sporting Kansas City, Royals Charities and the Kansas City Mavericks. Their high-profile presence in our foundation helps us bring additional awareness to our programs nationwide.

We are also proud to be one of the only educational programs that work with hospitals and other organizations to keep the gift of a Shadow Buddy for a lifetime--once the Shadow Buddy is given to a child, it is theirs to keep for a lifetime. Most importantly, our Buddies provide long-term psychological support that acts as a vehicle for education and communication between the caregiver and the patient. Our Buddies are also a conduit for including the entire family in the healing process, which is so valuable in the successful treatment and healing process for children. Shadow Buddies help to focus on medical play therapy, allowing children to take control of their own situation. Once a procedure is demonstrated on the Buddy, children feel that if their Buddy can do it, then they can do it as well. As we celebrate our 23rd anniversary in 2018, we remain committed to raising funds on a national level, thus enabling us to provide Buddies at no cost to our programs throughout the year. We strive to build solid relationships with our sponsors and continue to increase awareness within the many communities we serve. Our passion is to put these Shadow Buddies into the arms of the deserving children who are in need of a friend "just like me."
Programs
Description

 Since 1996, NFL Tight-End Tony Gonzalez has partnered with the Shadow Buddies Foundation and through their combined efforts they have delivered more than 80,000 Tony Gonzalez buddies to children. He also sponsors a “Senior Shadow Buddies” program, which provides Senior Shadow Buddies to residents of nursing homes. To date, more than 8,500 senior buddies have been distributed. The Tony Gonzalez Buddies are all medium skin toned boys dressed in a Shadow Buddies t-shirt with “Gonzalez 88” screened on the back and Atlanta Falcons shorts. The Tony Gonzalez Program reaches beyond donating and delivering Shadow Buddies. Since 2010, Tony’s wife, October has hosted a “Pink Party” at Scottish Rite Children’s Hospital in Atlanta. This memorable day provides mini makeovers to some very special girls who, unfortunately, are hospitalized for various reasons. Each princess gets a manicure, her make-up done, a princess wand, cupcakes, lunch and if they need it, a wig to complete the look! Tony always makes sure he makes a special appearance to make the girls and their families feel extra special!

Since the retirement of Tony Gonzalez playing professional football, we've added other professional Superstars from our community to get involved with Shadow Buddies.  We've enlisted the help of Chiefs Tight-end, Travis Kelce, Matt Besler from Sporting Kansas City, Royals Charities, and the Kansas City Maverick's Hockey Team.  We also have the support of Paul and Amy Goldschmidt from the Arizona Diamondbacks, Texas Rangers, Atlanta Braves and the Baltimore Orioles. 

Program Budget $52,450.00
Category Education, General/Other Educational Programs
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years), Elderly and/or Disabled, Families
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success
Because of Mr. Gonzalez's popularity, he is able to promote awareness of the Shadow Buddies Foundation throughout the United States. Our Shadow Buddies are the backbone of our foundation but our mission has grown to include so much more.  With the addition of more professional athletes, they constantly promote and bring awareness to our Shadow Buddies programs. Adding new teams in different cities is bringing awareness to our many programs.  
Long-Term Success
 As a fan favorite for the Kansas City Chiefs and Atlanta Falcons, Tony Gonzalez is widely known as a high-profile figure across the country. Through his support of our organization, we are able to extend our reach and our publicity to a greater number of children and seniors. Gonzalez's continued support is a part of our foundation's lifeblood, and in conjunction with his special Buddy, his presence brightens the spirits of children and seniors alike.  Since retiring from the NFL, Tony has continued to maintain a place in the spotlight as a sports analyst on different Network channels.
 
Our other celebrities have made such a huge impact as well following the success of Tony Gonzalez.  We've watched eyes light up when children and their families see "That guy who plays sports on TV" walk into their room.  And when they give them a Buddy and sit down and listen to their story, we see, that even for a brief moment, the stress ease from the room.  It's all about giving from the heart and making a difference in the life of a sick child. 
Program Success Monitored By Increases in the number of our Celebrity Buddies each year.
Examples of Program Success
Over the past 23 years, more than 80,000 Tony Gonzalez buddies have been distributed and donated to children and senior citizens. We have added 8 new professional teams throughout the United States and 10 new specific players.
Description

Our goal for the Rescue Buddy program is to provide Shadow Buddies for EMT’s and rescue workers across the nation. Based on the notion that children often see rescue workers as heroes, these Buddies are all about providing calm during the storm. Designed to comfort children in the midst of crisis, our Rescue Buddies are carried on emergency vehicles and provided to children during emergency situations. Each Rescue Buddy comes with a soft blanket for the child, and these Buddies are handed out regardless of whether the child is the the one injured or simply present during an emergency.  EMT's have stated that having the Rescue Buddy gives them a hands-on tool to calm and assess a child's condition. It also helps them stay focused as some EMT's don't work on small children often and when the situation arises, a Buddy helps calm their nerves too.

Program Budget $21,500.00
Category Human Services, General/Other Emergency Assistance
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years), Families, Elderly and/or Disabled
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success

The overwhelming response we've received from area EMS stations and fire departments shows that the Rescue Buddy is quickly becoming a key element in helping the EMS workers deal with children in distress. Some of our emergency teams distribute our Rescue Buddies at a rate of 50 every two weeks.

Long-Term Success It is our long term goal to be able to provide "Rescue Buddies" to EMS Personnel and Emergency Responder's on a national level by 2018. 
Program Success Monitored By We would see the program's success in the number of EMS workers and Rescue workers who would find the that the Rescue Buddy is an invaluable resource for children in crisis. Again, the short-term success of this program has been phenomenal, and the number of Rescue Buddies used each month is staggering.
Examples of Program Success

The community is seeing the benefits of the program, and because of this, we have secured several outside grants to ensure the growth of the Rescue Buddy. The program has been adopted by Johnson County Med-Act and the West L.A. Fire Department. We hope to expand our reach in 2018 and have expanded into Oklahoma City.

Description

Each year, we have a goal of donating at least 1,000 Shadow Buddies Backpacks to pediatric specialty camps throughout the Kansas City metro. Our annual Shadow Buddies Golf Classic, held in May of each year, is our main fundraiser for our Summer Backpack Program.  Shadow Buddies are used at these camps to help ease first day jitters by welcoming the special campers and giving counselors and volunteers something tangible to hand out to nervous kiddos!

 Endorsed by camp counselors and medical professionals at the camps, the Buddies are used to educate children about their medical condition and promote a positive image using play therapy. Shadow Buddies Backpacks are filled with camp goodies, fun activities and of course, a Shadow Buddy! Each child takes their Buddy home and has something to keep for a lifetime and remind them of their fun at camp.

Program Budget $24,500.00
Category Human Services, General/Other Children & Youth Services
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years), Children and Youth (0 - 19 years), Families
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success
Each year the Shadow Buddies Backpack program continues to grow in the Kansas City metro.  The continuous rise in numbers shows us the program is being well received as an important part of specialty camps.  Camper and Counselors talk about their Backpacks and they become a valuable staple to camps each year.
Long-Term Success
To support and educate children attending area specialty camps.  It is our ultimate goal to have the Shadow Buddies backpacks distributed, at no cost, to camps serving medically challenged children throughout the United States. 
Endorsed by camp counselors and nurses at camps, the Buddies are used to teach children about their medical condition and promote a positive image.  Each child takes a Buddy home and has something to share with their family and friends. It becomes a year-long reminder of the new friendships they made at camp. 
Program Success Monitored By

The positive feedback we continue to receive from campers, camp directors and camp volunteers shows us that the program is a huge success.  The families who share their stories with us are priceless.

Examples of Program Success This program increased from 650 in 2005 to 750 in 2007 to 850 in 2008. In 2009, we experienced a slight decrease in the number of backpacks donated to specialty camps. We believe was partly because of the current economic situation as well as the new FDA requirements for children's toys. We were limited in the number of items we were able to purchase for the backpacks, making it more difficult to donate them. However, in 2010 and 2011, we have seen an increase in the number of backpacks requested for kids attending specialty camps. 2012, 2013 and 2014 saw a growing demand for the number of pediatric specialty camps in the Kansas City metro. In 2015 we donated 825 backpacks to we were short of our goal of 1,000 but as of June 2016 we were on track to donate at least 900 backpacks. In 2017, we donated over 1,000 backpacks to children throughout the Kansas City Metropolitan area. We are also looking to expand the program outside of the Kansas City metro to further impact children attending pediatric specialty camps through the United States.
Description Beginning in October of each year we kick off our annual "Holiday Hugs & Toy Drive" Program that provides toys, Shadow Buddies and dinner to hundreds of Kansas City metro families.  We team up with local businesses and restaurants to collect toys for holiday gifts that will be distributed to local families, shelters and like minded non-profits that are passionate about helping children.  As part of the toy and gift distribution, The Shadow Buddies Foundation staff, Board of Directors and volunteers visit a Kansas City shelter to make dinner, hand deliver the toys and spend time with the children and families utilizing  the services of the organization being served.   For the past 3 years our "Holiday Hugs & Toy Drive" Program has impacted the lives of over 1,000 Kansas City families.
Program Budget $24,500.00
Category Human Services, General/Other Holiday Assistance
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years), Elderly and/or Disabled
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success
Annual distribution of toys supporting 1,000 Kansas City Metro families during the holidays. 
Long-Term Success
Thousands of metro families who would otherwise not be able afford gifts will get to celebrate the holidays. We will continue to collaborate with area charities to ensure families receive gifts and food cards each year during the holiday season.  Our goal is to help ensure that families going through medical situations or crisis can provide gifts for their children.  
Program Success Monitored By
With the growth of our Holiday Hugs Program the past three years, we receive new request each year to help support families in need.  We collect gifts and have toy drives for all ages, including young adults.  We set up different toy rooms for organizations that we support and let the parents pick out 3-4 gifts for each child.  
Examples of Program Success Since 2009, the Holiday Hugs program has donated toys to all of the pediatric hospitals in the Kansas City metro. Additionally, our Foundation has partnered with the Ronald McDonald House to facilitate a "shopping spree" for the children in attendance. The children were allowed to select gifts for themselves and for their siblings, and all of the children were given Shadow Buddies. Members of the Shadow Buddies Foundation staff and board of directors then cooked a holiday meal for the families at the Ronald McDonald House, and a portion of that meal was also donated to families with children in the ICU at Children's Mercy. With remaining funds for this program, the foundation donated buddies to children in hospitals across the country. Beginning in 2013 and continuing each year, our staff and board members have planned an evening to deliver toys and serve dinner at reStart Inc., which is a center aimed at ending homelessness in Kansas City.  Each year we focus on collecting toys for several local nonprofits, who came to Shadow Buddies to "shop" for the families that they serve.  We were able to provide gifts for over 1,000 KC families and we hope to increase that number each year. 
Description

The Shadow Buddies "Pink Party" is quickly becoming one of the foundation's favorite programs. Launched in 2010 at Children's Hospital at Scottish Rite, Shadow Buddies, along with Tony Gonzalez's wife, October, hosted a party to pamper the young female patients. The girls, along with their moms, sisters, grandmothers, etc. are treated to an afternoon of princess wands, mini makeovers, manicures, healthy lunch, princess cupcakes and goodie bags filled with all things PINK! In 2014 we expanded the program to KU Medical Center in Kansas City and The Zone at Phoenix Children's Hospital. Several Kansas City Chiefs players’ wives co-hosted the first annual event in Kansas City. Amy Goldschmidt, wife of Arizona Diamondbacks, Paul Goldschmidt, helped us launch the first annual "Pink Party" in Phoenix! In January of 2015, the program once again expanded to the Great Heights Clinic at Children's Mercy Hospital, which is a clinic for girls with Turner Syndrome. We are honored to partner with Sporting Kansas City players’ wives and girlfriends through the Victory Project for the past 4 years.  The Pink Parties have now expanded into 10 different Children's Hospital throughout the United States. 

Program Budget $20,000.00
Category Human Services, General/Other Children & Youth Services
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years), Families
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success The program continues to expand new clinics or hospitals each year.  Every girl deserves to get all prettied up, and Pink Parties ensure illness doesn't get in the way.  Participants get to enjoy a day of pampering complete with fun hair wigs, make-up, and much more for a day they won't forget.  
Long-Term Success Long-term success would be to have the Pink Party held at all 12 Teammates for Kids Child Life Zones as well as at least 10 more hospitals and/or clinics. 
Program Success Monitored By The feedback from the children attending, Child Life Specialist, parents, nurses and the hosts has been very positive.  We know we can continue to grow the program to include all 12 Teammates for Kids Child Life Zones as well as at least 10 new hospitals throughout the United States.  With more and more professional teams getting on board, this is a great way for the wives to be included in community service.  They love spending time with these families and the girls love the fact that these wives take the time to come to the hospital and spend an afternoon with them.  Our parties have increased to 2 parties a month and doing a party for boys - a new Superhero program.  
Examples of Program Success Having individuals and hospitals reaching out to us wanting to host a party.
CEO Comments We are pleased that our support base of volunteers has remained strong and is continuing to grow. Our Shadow Buddies have found their way into camps, schools, hospitals, libraries and even backpacks. We offer such a unique product that we have the opportunity to create and expand on our current programs. With education being a big focus, we are confident that our book program will be in high demand with educators. Our foundation offers support through education and at the same time provides compassion and understanding for children and their families. We are committed to serving all families and to providing access to increase the highest quality of care. When you touch a child's life, you've touched an entire lifetime.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Ms. Marty Postlethwait
Term Start Jan 1995
Experience Marty Postlethwait, creator of Shadow Buddies, has shared her family's personal challenges and story of triumph with families around the world, turning her difficult journey into positive impact for thousands of other families. Postlethwait has appeared on the ABC-TV talk show, "The View," NBC's "Today Show," "Extra," "In-Person with Maureen O'Boyle," to name a few. The Shadow Buddies story has been told in People Magazine, Time, Time for Kids, Women's World, plus 22 U.S. and 5 Canadian Radio Stations. Shadow Buddies have even gone international with a story in Stern Magazine and the Italian edition of Glamour.

Shadow Buddies received the 1998 Client of the Year Award from the National Business Incubation Association. Shadow Buddies was nominated for the prestigious 'Points of Light' Presidential Service Award. In February 2000, Shadow Buddies was named as one of former President George Bush's Daily Points of Light Award 'for acts of generosity and community action.' They have also been nominated for the Kellogg's 2000 Hannah Neil World of Children Award. In March 2001, Postlethwait received a national award through Women's Tylenol "Commitment to Care Awards" for Caring for Children. In a ceremony hosted by The Women's Museum in Dallas, Texas, Postlethwait was recognized for her vision, dedication, and generosity, which earned her recognition in the Womens Museum: An Institute for the Future in association with the Smithsonian Institution.

Postlethwait is a native of Kansas City, where she attend JCCC for a degree in Business Marketing.
Senior Staff
Title Graphic Designer
Title Program Assistant
Title Inventory control & Order Shipment Control
Staff
Paid Full-Time Staff 2
Paid Contractors 0
Volunteers 200
Retention Rate 100%
Staff Diversity (Ethnicity)
Caucasian 3
Native American/American Indian 1
Staff Diversity (Gender)
Female 3
Male 1
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Yes
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Yes
Management Succession Plan Yes
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Collaborations
  • Hollister, Inc.
  • Tony and October Gonzalez
  • Matt & Lauren Cassel
  • Osage Infinity Marketing
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas City
  • People's Bank
  • BTIG
  • Kansas City Chiefs
  • Teva Pharmaceuticals
  • Bacchus Foundation
  • Sporting Kansas City/Victory Project
  • KC Royals Charities
  • Turn The Page Online Marketing
  • Dr. Michael Klein
  • AMC Cares
  • Paul George Foundation
  • Kansas City Mavericks
  • Farmers Bank of Kansas City
  • National Charity League
  • Capitol Federal Foundation and Prime Investments
External Assessment and Accreditations
Assessment/AccreditationYear
National Children's Alliance - Accreditation2000
Awards
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
Influential Woman CEOMidwest CEO Magazine2009
Daily Points of Light AwardDaily Points of Light2000
National Award through Women's Tylenol - "Commitment to Care Awards" for Caring for Children, Dallas, TXWomen's Tylenol - "Commitment to Care Awards"2001
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? No
CEO Comments The Shadow Buddies Foundation has been in existence since 1995, with the mission of providing emotional support through education regarding an illness, disability or medical treatments. Over the years we have created and developed partnerships to fund our programs building community support with stronger corporate commitments. One of our main goals is to continue to increase awareness within the many surrounding communities throughout Kansas City. We have a strong partnership with The Tony Gonzalez Foundation and his commitment to his Shadow Buddies Programs has doubled this past year. He also makes personal contributions securing the ability to fund more programs. Following Gonzalez's trade to the Atlanta Falcons, we developed a relationship with Matt Cassel to continue our partnership with the Chiefs. Cassel has been able to step into Gonzalez's shoes at home in Kansas City, and we are pleased to have Gonzalez's continued support as he branches out for us in Atlanta. We have been able to stay focused on the needs with a dedicated staff and board members who are committed to the success of The Shadow Buddies Foundation. Everyone involved with the Foundation has the compassion and desire to help medically challenged children and adults.
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Tanner Coble
Company Affiliation Renaissance Financial
Term Jan 2017 to Dec 2018
Email tanner.coble@rfconline.com
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Mr. James ButlerWallace, Saunders, Austin, Brown & Enochs, Attorney-at-Law
Mr. Tanner CobleRenaissance Financial
Mr. Tyler CordelHallmark, Inc.
Ms. Jodi GearonPeoples Bank
Mr. Enrique GutierrezTeocali Owner/GM
Mr. Greg HellbuschAxis Constuction Group
Ms. Danielle McMahonHollister, Inc.
Ms. Marty PostlethwaitShadow Buddies Foundation
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 6
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 5
Female 3
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 87%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 8
Standing Committees
Advisory Board / Advisory Council
Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
Community Outreach / Community Relations
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Education
Executive
Finance
Program / Program Planning
Special Events (Golf Tournament, Walk / Run, Silent Auction, Dinner / Gala)
Advisory Board Members
NameAffiliation
Mr. Felix Bax-DreschBaz-Dresch Financial
Mr. Matt CasselKansas City Chiefs
Mr. John CassellStarwood Hotels and Resorts
Mrs. Kim FrancisFerno
Mr. Tony GonzalezHonorary Chair
Mr. Kevin Lyman
Ms. Anne Peterson-BarrowAnne Peterson Productions
Mr. Miles PostlethwaitCo-Founder. Advisor
Mrs. Patty ShermanPatterson Dental
Mr. Ryan SuccopTennessee Titans
CEO Comments

The Shadow Buddies Foundation has been in existence since 1995, with the mission of providing emotional support through education regarding an illness, disability or medical treatments.  For the past 23 years, we have created and developed partnerships to fund our programs building community support with stronger corporate commitments.  Our main goal is to continue to increase awareness within the many surrounding communities throughout Kansas City.  We have had the honor of working with Tony Gonzalez since his rookie year in 1997.  His dedication to Shadow Buddies and passion for educating children is still a priority making a difference in the lives of thousands of children.  He continues to make personal appearances and support our annual events along with other professional athletes here in Kansas City and other cities.

Shadow Buddies is funded by a combination of private donations, event fundraisers, and grants.  Our golf tournament funds our Summer Backpack Program which the demands are growing each year.  The largest fundraiser of the year is our annual benefit dinner and auction which is held in September every year.   We are currently in 178 hospitals, all 50 states and 20 different countries.  In 2015, we reached our goal of delivering 1 million Buddies to date.

The Shadow Buddies Foundation is comprised of a small, core staff that is responsible for ensuring the mission is respected and spread on a national and international level.  The Foundation takes an “all hands on deck” approach along with our Board of Directors.  We all understand the success of the foundation is not built by one individual but the collective collaboration of the key staff and volunteers who are passionate about what the Shadow Buddies Foundation does for children and their families.  

Financials
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2018
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2018
Projected Revenue $525,000
Projected Expenses $509,522
Spending Policy N/A
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2016, 2015, 2014: Financial data reported using IRS Form 990. 
  • Foundation/corporate revenue line items may include contributions from individuals. 
Detailed Financials
 
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$364,538$376,692$370,684
Administration Expense$8,820$8,954$11,651
Fundraising Expense$82,380$59,004$62,794
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.831.040.84
Program Expense/Total Expenses80%85%83%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$114,340$174,368$130,648
Current Assets$29,368$21,305$17,931
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$44,165$28,619$2,950
Total Net Assets$70,175$145,749$127,698
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities0.660.746.08
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountAMC Cares $20,000 -- --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountTeva Pharmaceutical Industries $15,000 -- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountBTIG $11,000 -- --
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years No
Organization Comments The Shadow Buddies Foundation receives nearly two-thirds of its operating income at the Annual Benefit Dinner in September. Our efforts to secure commitments from our Kansas City-based Corporate Sponsors have been successful over the past two years, and we are always in need of new partners to help us expand our reach. We also have a dedicated auction coordinator who handles all the logistics from sponsors to auction items. Another benefit has been partnering with The Tony Gonzalez Foundation for the past 22 years. Gonzalez adopted our Shadow Buddies Program his rookie season, and he is dedicated to the growth of his Shadow Buddies programs and the mission of the Shadow Buddies Foundation. His efforts to raise funds has increased our ability to fund other Shadow Buddies Programs.

Again, we continue our efforts to foster individual and corporate giving while pursuing more grants both locally and nationally. It is a key element to our success to receive consecutive grants from our corporate sponsors. We will strive to take our foundation to the next level by distributing more Shadow Buddies to families in need. We have added 2 new events to our calendar year increasing our funds to donate an additional $28,000 donating more Buddies to medically challenged children in need. 
Other Documents
2016 Sponsorship Opportunities2016View
2015 Annual Report2015View
Organization Name Shadow Buddies Foundation
Address 14700 W. 107th Street
Suite 100
Lenexa, KS 66215
Primary Phone (913) 642-4646
Contact Email marty@shadowbuddies.org
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Marty Postlethwait
Board Chair Mr. Tanner Coble
Board Chair Company Affiliation Renaissance Financial
Year of Incorporation 1996