Caring for Kids Network Inc.
9500 Wornall
Kansas City MO 64114
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (913) 645-9021
Mission Statement
Mobilizing sustainable, transformative community school partnerships that inspire hope and prepare children to impact their world. We primarily work in schools with under-served children. Districts currently served in Missouri - Kansas City Public Schools; Raytown Quality Schools; Hickman Mills C-1; Center. Districts currently served in Kansas: Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools; Shawnee Mission; Olathe.
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Nancy Mitchell
Board Chair Rev. Gary Schmitz
Board Chair Company Affiliation Citywide Prayer Movement
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2013
Financial Summary
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Statements
Mission Statement
Mobilizing sustainable, transformative community school partnerships that inspire hope and prepare children to impact their world. We primarily work in schools with under-served children. Districts currently served in Missouri - Kansas City Public Schools; Raytown Quality Schools; Hickman Mills C-1; Center. Districts currently served in Kansas: Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools; Shawnee Mission; Olathe.
Background Statement
The economic downturn in 2008 impacted school budgets and consequently, resources. The combination of increasing needs within the public schools and shrinking resources created a unique opportunity for the community to play a significant role. Additionally, in 2013 YouthFriends (a valued youth mentorship initiative) notified the districts that the services they provided districts would end on May 31 due to financial strain.
 
Caring for Kids was developed to answer a problem the schools faced to bring the resources and volunteers of potential community partners to help their schools succeed in their goals to prepare children for the future. We designed a process to engage community organizations in partnership to collectively impact schools. Although partnerships can and do happen organically, Caring for Kids identified an opportunity to facilitate and leverage effective partnerships in collaboration with the school districts.
 
We started in the Olathe School District prior to becoming an official organization where we helped 36 schools engage one faith partner and one business partner. We officially launched as a nonprofit organization in August of 2013. We added the Shawnee Mission School District; Kansas City, Kansas; and Kansas City, Missouri in our first full year. In 2014-15 we added Raytown and Hickman Mills. In 2015-16 we added Center.
 
There is great potential for collective impact citywide through the development of a backbone organization that continues to develop and nurture school/church partnerships. 
Impact Statement

Since 2013:

106 Schools
318 Community partners engaged through the Caring for Kids process: 185 churches, 75 businesses, 59 civic organizations-
  • Mobilized 1,181 volunteers
  • Completed 1,115 projects to support principals' goals
  • $464,388 invested by partners in schools (donations and cash contributions)
2016-17 School year
  • Four new school partnerships
  • 275 new mentors engaged
  • 447 projects completed
  • New Partnership Director hired for Kansas City Public Schools
Goals for 2017-18 
  • Launch 10 new schools
  • Engage 40 new organizations
  • Mobilize 400 volunteers
  • Engage in collaborative work with UMKC to develop metrics and tools to measure the impact of Caring for Kids process and partnership goals
Needs Statement
1. Need to develop metrics and measurement tools for impact of our four-step process. We measure outcomes but have prioritized targeting and measuring impact. Since our program is an engagement and collaborative process, that is contextually applied in the individual school setting, there are many variables leading to impact on school goals. We are in the initial stages of working toward a collaborative with UMKC researchers in education to help us target the best metrics for our process. We will need to raise funding for this important project. 
 
2. In our business plan we committed to serving the school by engaging the community to bring resources and volunteers to goals of the school without a personal agenda. We do not charge schools or community partners for our service. We believe Kansas City is filled with great organizations and volunteers who want to serve children in need as volunteers. They simply need on ramps, opportunity and training. Our vision is to engage organizations and their volunteers into service through relationship building and facilitating collaboration in each school. After three years of our support, the ultimate goal is to build a partnership that will last and not be contingent on receiving our support. As a result, we raise our funding independent of districts or partners. We are working on a sustainable funding model to help our team continue well into the future to serve more schools and more districts and help more students and families.
 
3. We are working on a five year strategic plan. Our goal is to set up the organization for long term success and impact on the community. We would like to begin gathering information on the long term impact of school - community engagement on the neighborhood that surrounds the school.  
Service Categories
Children's and Youth Services
Areas of Service
KS - Johnson County
KS - Wyandotte County
KS - Wyandotte County Urban Core
MO - Clay County
MO - Jackson County
MO - Jackson County Urban Core
MO - Platte County
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement
Board Chairman Statement from Pastor Gary Schmitz: As a pastor and community leader serving in a metro wide movement we began to discover the enormous challenges children living in poverty face in order to get an education. School principals, administrators and teachers are encountering unprecedented pressures and obstacles as they try to provide quality education in under resourced schools and neighborhoods. Many children living in a cycle of poverty lose hope for their future, many drop out of school, all of which tends toward high rates of incarceration, crime, drugs, etc.
 
As a volunteer first grade mentor in a Title One school with high poverty I witnessed first-hand these challenges and also experienced the impact that one caring adult can have on a child.
 
The dream of Caring for Kids is to help every child in our city to be whole, healthy and able to get a good education and fulfill their dreams of a great future. Our organization helps bring a caring community (churches, businesses, etc.) to serve together to help neighborhood schools meet their goals and to help vulnerable children flourish and get a quality education.
The neighborhoods and communities of the 7 school districts we serve are very complex and diverse thus we have built a very diverse Board of Directors from the business community, school district leaders and the faith community who are all deeply committed to mobilizing community partners to serve these schools in order to see under resourced children get an excellent education. These are very competent men and women of integrity and service. Our Board of Directors is very committed to help the amazing Caring for Kids executive director and staff be successful as we serve children and schools across the city.
Programs
Description
The Caring for Kids primary program is the facilitation of a four-step connection process to bring the needs of the school and the resources of surrounding community organizations together.
  • PREPARATION - We roll out our connection process in phases with 6-8 schools in each phase. The superintendent and leadership team identify the schools for each phase. We develop on-ramps for easy engagement and plan events to envision and connect the community.
  • ROUNDTABLE CONNECTION EVENT - For each phase, we bring all of the targeted school principals and partners together at a roundtable event. The principal brings the needs of the school to share with their partners. Caring for Kids facilitates the collaboration process.
  • ACTION PLAN - Once needs are identified, a simple action plan is created to bring partner resources and volunteers to the needs.
  • SUSTAINABILITY - Ongoing feedback, evaluation and celebration are all part of sustainable partnerships. Caring for Kids offers tools, coaching and special events.
Category Human Services, General/Other Children & Youth Services
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years), ,
Short-Term Success
Initial success measured by the following:
  1. Two faith organizations, one business and/or one civic group engaged with a school.
  2. At least three projects developed (one collaborative with all partners) to meet needs identified by the school completed.
  3. Volunteers screened and assigned to students.
  4. Relationships develop with commitment to the shared goals and success demonstrated by meeting attendance and follow through.
Long-Term Success
Our goal is to build sustainable community partnerships that bring long-term support to our under-resourced schools to help them achieve their goals and prepare children to impact their world.
Relationship is key to our success. We work hard to facilitate relationship and mutual ownership for success. One benchmark of health is when partners we initially engaged, invite other organizations in the community to serve with them.
We are working on a tool to measure qualitative changes like hope in teachers and students. Some of the ways partners help are: providing resources, classroom support, enrichment opportunities, mentors/tutors, event and family engagement support.
Ultimately, when schools achieve their goals, we succeed by providing the support needed through the partnerships.
Program Success Monitored By
It is difficult to isolate the impact of our partnerships on the school goals since there are so many variables contributing to school outcomes, including student mobility.
The districts measure our success by the volunteers engaged and number of projects completed. The research indicates that when obstacles are removed, students are resourced and volunteers are engaged, the schools are better able to achieve success with their goals. We see impact on school goals through the provision of resources and volunteers.
Examples of Program Success
Superintendent Dr. Allan Markley, Raytown
The Caring for Kids partnership has opened up our relationship with our community. The message has been, “Come in and help students grow” and our community accepted the invitation. Churches, businesses, small groups and individuals are literally flooding our schools with their presence.
Ruskin HS
Two years ago, the valedictorian at Ruskin High School said to her fellow students, “We made it, we made it – in spite of a community that counted us out.” The following year a new principal took leadership and asked Caring for Kids to engage community partners with the school. Through exceptional leadership she laid out a plan to move toward a culture change in the school including community involvement. She wanted students to know that the community not only cares but believes they have a great future. The school saw many key indicators for improvement including a decrease in behavior incidents by 90% and an increase of 8% in the graduation rate.
CEO Comments
Our program is our process and is executed by a highly committed staff. My favorite thing we do every year is to provide a kickoff luncheon or breakfast in every district.  We bring all of the principals and partners together in a roundtable format. The Superintendent will speak about the theme for the year,  we celebrate, share stories of impact, and provide a brief training. Then all of the partnerships have a chance to work on their action plans. I continually invite people to actually witness the energy and the heart of Kansas City people working together to help children through school partnerships. If you are interested, please contact me about upcoming events.  
Nancy Mitchell, Executive Director
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Ms. Nancy Mitchell
Term Start Sept 2015
Compensation $0 - $50,000
Experience
Nancy is the Executive Director for Caring for Kids. She graduated from Creighton University in Social Work and worked in community mental health. She always had a passion for all children to have opportunity to have hope and pursue their dreams. She worked for the Olathe School District and later joined Indian Creek Community Church staff as the Executive Assistant and Project Manager to the Lead Pastor. She serves on the Governance Board at Indian Creek Community Church, Citywide Prayer of KC, and the India Gospel League of NA. Nancy was part of the original design team for Caring for Kids and previously served as Director of Operations. Nancy and her husband Bob Mitchell have been married 43 years. They have two grown children and 13 grandchildren.
Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start 0
Compensation Last Year
Senior Staff
Title Partnership and Equipping Director
Title Partnership Director
Title
Experience/Biography Applied Organizational Leadership  B.A.
Staff
Paid Full-Time Staff 2
Paid Part-Time Staff 3
Volunteers 3
Paid Contractors 1
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Quarterly
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 Under Development
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy No
Collaborations
Avenue of Life - Homeless Initiative
Olathe School District, KCPS, KCKPS, Hickman Mills Schools, Raytown Quality Schools, Center School District, Shawnee Mission School District
Citywide Prayer
Awards
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
Outstanding Community Service AwardUSCAA - Missouri Community Action Network2016
Board Chair
Board Chair Rev. Gary Schmitz
Company Affiliation Citywide Prayer Movement
Term Sept 2016 to Aug 2019
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Mr. Rick Boxx Integrity Resource Center, Inc.
Rev. Phil Kreiling 411 Impact
Ms. Nancy Mitchell Caring for Kids Network
Dr. Anthony Moore Raytown School District
Mr. Glen Posladek A.B. May Company, Inc.
Rev. Gary Schmitz Citywide Prayer Movement
Rev. Henry Walsh High Aspirations
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 5
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 6
Female 1
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 86%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 43%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Advisory Board Members
NameAffiliation
Tom Bassford Significant Matters
Jeff Jenkins 9Round Fitness Franchise Owner
Financials
Fiscal Year Start July 01, 2017
Fiscal Year End June 30, 2018
Projected Revenue $180,000
Projected Expenses $150,000
Foundation Comments
  • FYE 6/30/2016, 2015, 2014: Financial data reported using the IRS Form 990.
  • Foundation/corporate revenue line item may include contributions from individuals.
Detailed Financials
 
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$127,490$135,748$126,177
Administration Expense$0$0$0
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0----
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.900.981.24
Program Expense/Total Expenses100%100%100%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$14,571$27,983$29,923
Current Assets$13,389$26,801$28,741
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$247$0
Total Net Assets$14,571$27,736$29,923
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities--108.51--
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
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 Comments We are in process with a financial review. 
Organization Name Caring for Kids Network Inc.
Address 9500 Wornall
Kansas City, MO 64114
Primary Phone (913) 645-9021
Contact Email info@caringforkidskc.org
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Nancy Mitchell
Board Chair Rev. Gary Schmitz
Board Chair Company Affiliation Citywide Prayer Movement
Year of Incorporation 2013