TNK Children’s Foundation
PO Box 5
Liberty MO 64069
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 377-7020
Mission Statement
“Providing a strong foundation of support for parents caring for children with cancer and other blood diseases.” TNK Children’s Foundation provides families with support during a time of uncertainty, worry and fear. We do this by providing practical essentials to families whose children are receiving cancer treatment and follow up care. These parents drop everything and dedicate themselves to battle for their children’s lives. A parent’s strength is always vital in every aspect of routine family life. Every parent needs additional help and support when the family faces the over-whelming stress of caring for a critically ill child. TNKCF provides support for families during these crucial times, making many services available to these families. TNKCF provides groceries, chef prepared meals, a support system for the family, activities oriented for the entire family, other daily necessities (home repairs, lawn care, etc.). TNKCF also helps identify other community resources that offer related services needed by many of these families.
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Staci Upham-Tubbs
Board Chair Ms. Staci Upham-Tubbs
Board Chair Company Affiliation Co-Founder of TNKCF
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2013
Financial Summary
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Mission Statement
“Providing a strong foundation of support for parents caring for children with cancer and other blood diseases.” TNK Children’s Foundation provides families with support during a time of uncertainty, worry and fear. We do this by providing practical essentials to families whose children are receiving cancer treatment and follow up care. These parents drop everything and dedicate themselves to battle for their children’s lives. A parent’s strength is always vital in every aspect of routine family life. Every parent needs additional help and support when the family faces the over-whelming stress of caring for a critically ill child. TNKCF provides support for families during these crucial times, making many services available to these families. TNKCF provides groceries, chef prepared meals, a support system for the family, activities oriented for the entire family, other daily necessities (home repairs, lawn care, etc.). TNKCF also helps identify other community resources that offer related services needed by many of these families.
Background Statement
TNK Children’s Foundation was established in 2013 to help families of young cancer patients with the everyday activities that are necessary for the rest of the family to maintain a normal routine.
 
TNKCF founder, Staci Upham-Tubbs has personally experienced the same challenges as many of these families. She knew the importance of keeping your family functioning while facing the daunting task of care and treatment of a child who experienced that diagnosis of cancer and related health issues.
 
After a 13 year journey of caring for her children and still making family life as normal as possible, Staci’s personal passion for helping families in similar situations led to the start of TNK Children’s Foundation.
 
We currently serve families of children receiving outpatient treatment for cancer or other blood related diseases at local hospitals. Our primary goal is to give these families more time to focus on their family time, which is a precious commodity - especially for those facing a life-threatening illness. Because each family's needs are different, TNKCF provides a wide range of services including cooked meals, groceries, housecleaning, gas cards, fun family time, identification of resources and support groups. During the initial consultation, an assessment of the family and their particular needs are determined to ensure TNKCF provides or identifies both immediate and long-term priorities to help keep the family stable, functioning and intact. While many families are provided with information about TNKCF when they begin treatment, they are also referred to us via social media and other websites that provide resources for families with pediatric cancer patients.
Impact Statement
During the past year TNKCF –
 
  • Moved on March 1, 2016 to a new location in downtown Kansas City, closer to local hospitals where a majority of kids we serve are hospitalized or treated.
  • Provided over $19,000 worth of services and groceries in 2015.
  • Provided Christmas to 5 families who otherwise couldn’t afford Christmas for their children.
  • Provided over 520 hours of emotional support and counseling.
 
TNKCF Goals for the current year –
 
  • Expand programming at our new Family Center to include counseling, advocacy, arts and crafts, and provide additional services for the family at home.
  • Increase efforts for stronger Board development.
  • Increase the number of on-going corporate sponsors.
  • Improve public awareness of TNKCF through increased marketing and publicity.
Needs Statement
TNKCF continues to strive to meet the needs of a growing number of families since our start in 2013.  The most urgent needs for our organization include the following:
 
  1. Donations of meals, restaurant gift cards, groceries, gas cards for transportation for the families
  2. Financial assistance – monetary donations from individuals and organizations, increased number of corporations providing on-going support, and increased number of sponsored events to publicize and support the efforts of TNKCF
  3. Additional volunteers to assist with the programs we offer. We’d really appreciate volunteers who have experience in clerical work, volunteer coordination, marketing assistance (develop marketing materials and an on-line presence for TNKCF)
  4. Additional on-going funding to support paid staff, who would coordinate additional services for families, instead of seeking volunteers for many projects. Paid staff in the areas of family support coordinators, accounting, marketing, and clerical work would be very beneficial. We’d like to add our own in-house chef to prepare healthy meals for our families.
  5. Ultimately we would want our own building instead of renting space. TNKCF would have the ability to expand with additional programs and services, and continually increase the number of families served.
Service Categories
Cancer
Children's and Youth Services
Areas of Service
MO - Jackson County
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement
Purely looking at statistics, we know that we have not even begun to meet the needs of families who are faced with the crisis of a critically ill child in the family. Every day nationwide 46 children are diagnosed with cancer, and the average age is 6 years old. One of the largest cancer treatment centers for children in the United States is in Kansas City and diagnoses 185 children with cancer related illnesses each year. Over 2000 children in the Kansas City area are already in cancer treatment.
 
TNKCF offers very unique services not readily available to families of these patients by any other organization in the Kansas City area. We have seen amazing growth since TNCKFstarted in 2013. We know that as families of pediatric cancer patients become aware of TNKCF, there will be a dramatic increase in the requests for our services.
 
TNKCF started as a small organization which we operated out of our home, and we delivered all of our groceries and meals. I am very proud that we were able to move to a larger base of operations at a new location in March 2015. We are literally blocks away from a local pediatric hospital, which is a huge asset to families who struggle with meeting schedules of everyone in the family. Even 10 or 15 minutes of extra drive time to pick up bagged groceries or attend our nutrition classes would limit their ability to meet all of the responsibilities that that they face during this time of family crisis.
 
 
Our challenges right now –
 
  • Our big goal is expanding community awareness. We must expand our marketing and PR efforts. This would dramatically increase community support and financial contributions. That of course would benefit all of the goals listed in our Needs Statement. Increased corporate support, as well as contributions from individuals and organizations would greatly benefit our growing demands for “Meals and Groceries” and many other programs at TNKCF.
  • The need for a paid Family Support Coordinator will be a necessity as we continue to grow and develop our programs. We really need a chef on-site to provide the nutritional meals to meet the individual needs of each patient and the families.
  • We truly need our own building to expand all of our services and be able to increase the number of families we serve.
 
As you can tell from the history section of this profile, TNKCF is my personal passion. We know the demand for such services is increasing. I want TNKCF to serve as many families as possible.
Programs
Description
TNKCF’s Family Bonding program is designed to allow our families an opportunity to relax, bond and enjoy an experience or activity that is totally unrelated to current medical challenges.
 
Planned activities are often geared towards the siblings who frequently experience depression, isolation and anger once their brother or sister is diagnosed, and mom and dad are gone so much.
 
The large group settings are designed to help the families form friendships and to connect with others that are on the same journey. As a group, the families can celebrate healthy prognosis, support each other in time of crisis, and share resources and information. The activities for each individual family help them strengthen their bonds by learning to re-connect and communicate.
 
Some of the activities planned include: large group cookouts, swimming and movie passes, trips to area museums, children’s theatre, and sporting events.
Category Human Services, General/Other Family-Based Services
Population Served People/Families of People with Cancer, ,
Short-Term Success
The immediate goal of the Family Bonding Program is to develop or re-establish good communication between all family members.
  • By reconnecting the families, the siblings are able to express their feelings and see that they are just as important to their parents as the child who is critically ill.
  • Through these activities, each member of the family has an opportunity to feel valued, heard and important during the current medical situation in the family.
  • They renew & regain respect for each other and understand how valued each member is to the family unit not just the critically ill child.
  • We continually receive “testimonials” from family members expressing how important these activities are to all members of the family.
Long-Term Success
There is often a feeling of “disconnect” between parents, siblings and the child being treated during time of emotional and medical crisis.
  • TNKCF helps them develop good communication skills and realize the value of each family member.
  • Our goal is that these will be life-long skills and attitudes, and values that they will continue to develop, regardless of the immediate medical crisis in the family.
  • In addition, parent-child classes and workshops that explore healthy cooking, gardening, and fitness will be offered as space becomes available. We strive to teach that these are also life-long skills that will benefit everyone in the family.
  • A goal at TNKCF would be to develop “disease specific” support groups. While our families benefit from the group support sessions at TNKCF, they are currently a “conglomeration” of families of children with a variety of diagnosis. We want to offer specialized support for a variety of illnesses.
Program Success Monitored By
TNKCF is especially interested in understanding the willingness and capability of our families to engage in both large group and individual family activities through this new program.
 
Surveys and feedback indicators will determine:
  1. Types of activities to offer
  2. Interest of families to engage with other program participants
  3. Success of an activity or experience
  4. How frequently the Family Bonding activities are desired. There is a wide variation in how each family reacts to and cares for their critically ill child. TNKCF is acutely aware that the program needs to be flexible and sensitive in its approach and evaluation.
 
Our Family Support Coordinators stay in contact with each family through phone calls and/or meetings. A quarterly online satisfaction survey is completed by families for at least three months. TNKCF will then evaluate the effectiveness of the services offered. Services may be added, revised or customized based on the feedback gathered.
Examples of Program Success
Heidi wrote: “We loved our "Envelopes of Family Fun"! The kids are excited about Olive Garden – one of their favorites and we don’t go often. Isaac loved his gift with an AMC Movie Gift Card and Pizza Street Gift Cards! It is so important that siblings of children with cancer don't feel left out/forgotten. He’s ready for Mommy/Son Fun Night!"
 
Deborah wrote: "So grateful to TNKCF for blessing our children and our family at the hospital today. Gabriel was so happy to receive a gift, it made his day......and ours. It's been rough - it was just what we needed. Love you guys! I was reading from the "peace" book for me tonight. I needed the book, those words and you today. Always, always know that what you do means the world to people…especially me! Love you lady”
 
Crystelle wrote: “Gosh that was absolutely amazing and well needed! Thank you so much to TNKCF and the beautiful ladies who donate their time to make us cancer moms feel less stressed and more happy and hopeful! Love you all!”
Description
Parents often have to decide whether to buy nutritious food choices for the child and family, or pay for the increasing costs associated with treatment.
Our “Meals and Groceries” program is a two-tiered support system. The program addresses the need for food on treatment days as well as developing long-term healthy eating habits.
 
Families receive prepared meals or gift cards on the days they have treatment sessions over five hours. There is little energy to prepare wholesome, healthy meals on these days, so this is a great service.
 
Staggering medical expenses cause financial hardship for most of our families, so there is little money or time to shop for groceries that include a variety of healthy foods, especially fruits and vegetables. TNKCF’s “grocery bags” include basic foods, and a large amount of fresh produce from local farmers as seasonally appropriate.
 
In addition to meals and groceries, families will have access to information on how to develop healthy eating lifestyles.
Category Human Services, General/Other Family-Based Services
Population Served People/Families of People with Cancer, ,
Short-Term Success
  • TNKCF enables parents to devote their full attention to the care of their child instead of worrying about routine duties of a normal day like grocery shopping and meal preparation.
  • Treatment sessions that last over five hours are draining for both the sick child and their families Parents are totally focused on the care of that child while knowing they need to make life as normal as possible for other siblings. TNKCF continually strives to help in as many aspects of their daily lives as possible.
  • This TNKCF program ensures each family is eating regularly, despite the stressful conditions that they face.
  • Unfortunately without support many families will turn to mainly cheap high-sugar, high-calorie, processed and fast foods. The Meals and Groceries program will provide nutritional options, so that the parents and other siblings, as well as the patients, stay as healthy as possible during the treatment schedule.
Long-Term Success
  • TNKCF wants every family to have successful outcomes for the treatment of the sick child. By alleviating as many stress factors as possible during treatment schedule, the entire family will remain whole, healthy and intact during the entire treatment process.
  • Through the nutrition information shared, they will develop life-long skills pertaining to the appropriate preparation of food to maximize nutritional value and the role food plays in combating disease.
  • TNKCF provides much needed options and education about healthy eating habits, meal suggestions and strategies for improving the entire family’s health for the present and the future.
Program Success Monitored By
Program Goals:
  1. Weekly meals for all families with 5-hr or longer outpatient treatment appointments
  2. Monthly groceries provided to all families we serve.
  3. Healthy cooking strategies and meal plans for 40 families currently served.
 
TNKCF provides wholesome, healthy and complete meals to help our families stay intact and healthy in their role as caregivers.
 
 
Evaluation:
  • The Family Support Coordinator is assigned to gather pertinent information about the family and their child who has been diagnosed with cancer. They also assess what additional services are needed to assist with stress reduction.
  • Our Family Support Coordinators stay in contact with each family in weekday phone calls and/or meetings.
  • A quarterly online satisfaction survey is completed by families receiving services for at least three months. All information gathered will allow TNKCF to evaluate the effectiveness of the services offered. Services may be added, revised or customized based on the feedback gathered.
Examples of Program Success
Deborah wrote: “Thank you so much TNK for our delicious deli sandwiches and wraps, we enjoyed them! So helpful given the circumstances. This mommy sure enjoyed her massage yesterday too. Thank you for blessing our families! And I treated myself to one of those yummy chocolate donuts lol!”
 
Brandy wrote: “Staci and TNKCF really are angels. So grateful for them and everything they do. It's wonderful at the end of a long clinic day to not have to cook dinner! Such a big relief because we all know how exhausting clinic days can be. Staci Upham-Tubbs and TNKCF have been great to us. We are also set for a house cleaning next week. I can't wait! I always feel behind on the house chores! Such a big relief.”
 
Bambi wrote: "Sometimes our daily struggles are too hard to actually voice. Sometimes we try to go at it alone, wondering if relief will come. And then God sends angels, here on earth, to lighten our load. So humbled. Thank you to TNK Children’s Foundation for blessing our family today.”
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Ms. Staci Upham-Tubbs
Term Start Mar 2013
Experience
Staci Upham-Tubbs is the co-founder of TNKCF. She currently serves as Executive Director as well as Chairman of the Board.  Staci has always been an entrepreneur at heart. She has degrees in marketing management and computer technology.
 
Previously Staci was the Founder/CEO of Beads of Hope. She was responsible for the development of the direct sales company, recruited and trained sales consultants handled all accounting and finances, marketing, and inventory functions.
 
Staci received the Humanitarian Award from the UMKC Dental Association for commitment to community service and advocacy of Childhood Cancer. She served as a past Ambassador of the Northland Career Center. Staci has been active at the Vineyard KC North Church, and coordinated volunteers for their Angel Food Ministries. She is the past VP of the Sterling Guild of Greater Kansas City and an active committee member in Boy Scouts of America (both of her sons achieved Eagle Scout ranking before 16 years of age).
Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start
Compensation Last Year
Staff
Paid Full-Time Staff 0
Paid Part-Time Staff 0
Volunteers 35
Paid Contractors 0
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Under Development
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Under Development
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Board Chair
Board Chair Ms. Staci Upham-Tubbs
Company Affiliation Co-Founder of TNKCF
Term Mar 2013 to Dec 2016
Email tnkchildrensfoundation@gmail.com
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Mr. James Fisher Kauffman Foundation
Ms Jennifer McLaughlin Thrivent Finacial
Mr. Michael Slavin Corporate Chef Applebee's
Ms. Staci Upham-Tubbs Co-Founder of TNKCF
Mrs. Heidi Van Hook First family assisted by TNKCF
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 5
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 2
Female 3
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Written Board Selection Criteria? Under Development
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 12
Financials
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2016
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2016
Projected Revenue $259,500
Projected Expenses $257,504
Form 990s
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2015, 2014: Financial data reported using IRS Form 990-EZ.
  • Foundation/corporate revenue line item may include contributions from individuals.
  • For FY 2014, the 990-EZ states Part 3, Line 32 as $28,392 which includes $7,140 of donated services which are not reported as expenses per the IRS on Line 17.  They should not have been reported on line 32 – line 32 should have reported 21,252 per TNK Children's Foundation Accounting Representative.
Detailed Financials
 
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$52,479$21,252--
Administration Expense$9,775$5,839--
Fundraising Expense$0$0--
Payments to Affiliates$0$0--
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.522.25--
Program Expense/Total Expenses84%78%--
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%--
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$68,115$35,487--
Current Assets$51,759$35,487--
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0--
Current Liabilities$0$0--
Total Net Assets$68,115$35,487--
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%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? No
Organization Name TNK Children’s Foundation
Address PO Box 5
Liberty, MO 64069
Primary Phone (816) 377-7020
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Staci Upham-Tubbs
Board Chair Ms. Staci Upham-Tubbs
Board Chair Company Affiliation Co-Founder of TNKCF
Year of Incorporation 2013