HopeKids, Kansas City Chapter
PO Box 901298
Kansas City MO 64190
One of our HopeKids KC families enjoying a Sporting KC game!
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 372-0311
Mission Statement
VISION: To restore hope and transform the lives of children with life-threatening medical conditions, their families and the communities in which we serve.
 
MISSION: HopeKids provides ongoing events, activities and a powerful, unique support community for families who have a child with cancer or some other life-threatening medical condition. We surround these remarkable children and their families with the message that hope can be a powerful medicine.
 
OUR GUIDING PRINCIPLES:
  • Our vision, mission and motivation are driven by our desire to serve in the name of Jesus Christ in response to and out of our gratitude to God. (Colossians 3:17) It is through God’s love and the eternal hope we find in Jesus that we want to love and offer hope to those in need.
  • We cling to the promise that “Hope does not disappoint.” (Romans 5:5) We also believe that hope comes from God, and provides joy and peace in a way that nothing else can. These biblical truths form our belief that hope is a powerful medicine, and all our activities, resources, and time are to be directed to restoring hope for the future to the children and families we serve.
  • We strive to promote integrity, honesty, and openness in the manner in which we conduct our daily financial and management operations. We will be good stewards of all resources that God has blessed us with.
  • The HopeKids program is open to all children with life-threatening medical conditions and their families without regard to religion, background, race, or ethnicity.
  • HopeKids welcomes supporters and volunteers who recognize and are willing to serve within our guiding principles.
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Kerrie Bryant
Board Chair Mr. Dave Osgood
Board Chair Company Affiliation President, Focus Performance Systems, Inc.
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2001
Financial Summary
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Statements
Mission Statement
VISION: To restore hope and transform the lives of children with life-threatening medical conditions, their families and the communities in which we serve.
 
MISSION: HopeKids provides ongoing events, activities and a powerful, unique support community for families who have a child with cancer or some other life-threatening medical condition. We surround these remarkable children and their families with the message that hope can be a powerful medicine.
 
OUR GUIDING PRINCIPLES:
  • Our vision, mission and motivation are driven by our desire to serve in the name of Jesus Christ in response to and out of our gratitude to God. (Colossians 3:17) It is through God’s love and the eternal hope we find in Jesus that we want to love and offer hope to those in need.
  • We cling to the promise that “Hope does not disappoint.” (Romans 5:5) We also believe that hope comes from God, and provides joy and peace in a way that nothing else can. These biblical truths form our belief that hope is a powerful medicine, and all our activities, resources, and time are to be directed to restoring hope for the future to the children and families we serve.
  • We strive to promote integrity, honesty, and openness in the manner in which we conduct our daily financial and management operations. We will be good stewards of all resources that God has blessed us with.
  • The HopeKids program is open to all children with life-threatening medical conditions and their families without regard to religion, background, race, or ethnicity.
  • HopeKids welcomes supporters and volunteers who recognize and are willing to serve within our guiding principles.
Background Statement
HISTORY:
  • September 2001- HopeKids was founded in Phoenix, Arizona
  • November 2006- Minnesota Chapter Established
  • May 2013- North Texas Chapter Established
  • February 2016- Colorado Chapter Established
  • March 2017- Kansas City Chapter Established
Why HopeKids? Each year in the United States, approximately 500,000 children cope with life threatening medical conditions. These conditions affect the entire family with more than half of parents suffering from acute stress disorders and 80% of siblings having elevated levels of posttraumatic stress. In addition, illnesses contribute to over 62% of bankruptcy filings each year. More than $800 million is spent on medical research annually to find cures for cancer or other diseases, but these families need support now. Numerous studies show that hope can increase one’s overall ability to cope and that familial support in chronically ill children is vital. HopeKids understands we are not a cure for these illnesses, but we believe HOPE is a powerful medicine. References available at www.HopeKids.org/WhyHopeKids.
Our programs focus on five main areas if impact:
  • HOPE AND ANTICIPATION: We offer an ongoing calendar of events to keep the children and their families focused on the future rather than dwelling on what they are dealing with now.
  • FAMILY FOCUS: Our events bring families together in supportive activities when circumstances threaten to rip them apart. Our events offer fun for all family members, allowing them to spend much needed time together.
  • COMMUNITY AND SUPPORTIVE RELATIONSHIPS: We build programs that draw many families together. We provide a unique, supportive and recreational environment for connection, sharing and encouragement.
  • SAFETY AND ACCEPTANCE: In our supportive peer community no child is the only one wearing a mask, is bald or using a wheelchair. At HopeKids, everyone is accepted and everyone belongs.
  • ECONOMIC SUPPORT: All our events are pre-organized and available free of charge to the whole family.
Impact Statement
In launching our Kansas City Chapter, we have identified several focus areas to help us exceed our goals in year one.
  • Enroll and serve as many families as possible, goal of 120+ families
  • Secure 25+ event partners
  • Recruit 20+ new volunteers
  • Create impactful, long-term relationships with event partners and corporate supporters
  • Establish state board with representation from both Kansas and Missouri
The numbers outlined below from our other four chapters showcase the impact HopeKids is having in reference to the amount of families we are serving, the events and opportunities we are providing our families with as well as the total number of people we are reaching. We embrace the fact that every family structure looks different and we pride ourselves on being inclusive to family members such as siblings, grandparents or whoever else may be taking care of a HopeKids child and/or their siblings.
2016 NATIONAL PROGRAM STATISTICS:
  • Arizona- 1,265 families served - 410 events provided – 24,369 total attendance
  • Colorado - 175 families served - 131 events provided – 3,695 total attendance
  • Minnesota -1,179 families served - 450 events provided – 20,443 total attendance
  • North Texas - 652 families served - 312 events provided – 11,041 total attendance
We are very proud to have opened two new chapters in 13 months (Denver and Kansas City). 
 
 
Needs Statement
  • VOLUNTEERS- We provide tangible, hands-on ways to get involved with HopeKids as a funder, volunteer, and event partner. From greeting families at a pre-planned event to a company hosting and planning an event for us, there are many ways to get involved with HopeKids to experience the impact of our program firsthand.
  • AWARENESS- We are actively working with Children’s Mercy, The University of Kansas Hospital and other local organizations to bring awareness to HopeKids and ensure families in our community are able to apply and take advantage of the programs HopeKids offers.
  • EVENT PARTNERS- We aim to keep a full calendar of events, large and small that appeal to all different audiences and ages. From hosting a family of 4 to a group of 400, we would be honored to bring our HopeKids families to your venue and provide them with a unique, family experience.
  • STATE BOARD- We are actively seeking passionate individuals to join our local board, which will include individuals from both Kansas and Missouri.
  • FUNDING- We want to actively start cultivating relationships to grow HopeKids Kansas City financially. All of our events are offered at no cost to our families. A significant percentage of our families are in the low to moderate income level range, especially after being impacted by overwhelming medical expenses.
Service Categories
Patient & Family Support
Children's and Youth Services
Areas of Service
MO
KS
AZ
CO
MN
TX
HopeKids Kansas City serves families across Kansas and Missouri. However, we also have families from Iowa, Nebraska and Oklahoma who may be traveling to Kansas City for medical treatment who can also be a part of our program. 
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement
In recent years, the measured impact of our program as well as the efficiency in which we operate our program has increased substantially as we have opened new chapters and continued to grow our existing chapters. We intentionally measure our outcomes and overall program operation, learn from those results, and determine new or better ways to better serve our families and improve our delivery model.
 
We continue to look for new opportunities where technology can help us become the best community partner through custom-built software used to deliver our program. We also look for new and creative ways to engage volunteer support. These things help us continue to grow our capacity while maintaining our efficient staffing structure, which enables us to achieve our programmatic successes with maximum effectiveness.
 
Our biggest challenge is to ensure that, as we grow, we continue to maintain our strong culture and look after our employees in a way that enables HopeKids to remain an organization where people want to work. Employee longevity increases continuity in our program delivery and donor relations, which our supporters deserve.
From our Board Chair:
 
“I choose to serve as a HopeKids volunteer because I know firsthand how a life threatening illness can throw your world into a tailspin. At age 28, I was diagnosed with Stage 4 Lymphoma. After 10 months of treatment, which included surgery, chemo and radiation, I was declared ‘cancer free’. Now, 33 years later, I am still grateful each day for the blessing of a healthy body."
 
“Looking back, I realized how difficult my diagnosis was for my family. We lived not only with the disease, but also had to cope with how it totally consumed our lives during that period. Any break from the weekly grind of treatments, side effects, tests, appointments and consultations was welcomed."
 
“That’s why HopeKids is so important. Through our programs and services, we offer families a respite from this grind – a situation made even worse because children are the patients. And by doing this, we become partners in hope with each of our HopeKids families. This is a responsibility that each one of our employees and volunteers is privileged to accept.”
 
Dave Osgood, Chairman of the Board
President, Focus Performance Systems, Inc.- Minneapolis, MN
Programs
Description
HopeKids provides ongoing events and activities for families who have a child with a life-threatening medical condition. Each month we schedule a variety of sporting events, live entertainment, museum visits or other types of fun activities for the whole family. We focus on five research-driven impact areas to ease the journey for families who are walking through the hardest time in their lives: Hope and Anticipation to keep kids looking forward to the next fun event around the corner.
  • Family-Focused events bring the family together and prevent siblings from being unintentionally overlooked.
  • Community and Support fosters lasting support among people who share similar challenges.
  • Safety and Acceptance through HopeKids’ supportive peer community where no child is the only one wearing a mask or using a wheelchair.
  • Economic Support through free events because all families are seriously impacted by overwhelming medical costs.
Category Health Care, General/Other Patient & Family Support
Population Served Families, ,
Short-Term Success The smiles, the photos, the cards and the thank you’s our event partners and staff receive remind us everyday that our work is both needed and appreciated. One of the events we try to host annually is a family portrait day, HopeKids mom Shannon recently said, “Thanks HopeKids! We haven't had family photos in over 4 years!!” Something that may seem so small to one family, getting their family pictures taken, is a much larger challenge for the families we serve. Instead, we get to help capture precious family photos that they can share with family and friends, and cherish for a lifetime.
Long-Term Success Long term we want our HopeKids families to always have something on their calendars to look forward to. All of our HopeKids families are at different stages in their courageous fights against life-threatening medical conditions (from diagnosis, to treatment, relapses, remission and even the loss of a child). We want them to build relationships with other like-minded families who truly understand their daily struggles and be able to provide hope and support for one another. Many of our families build strong bonds while meeting at HopeKids events, these experiences translate into friendships and relationships that grow outside of the program. Kids have other kids to play with, siblings have other siblings who understand how they are feeling, parents have hope meeting other families whose child may have the same, or a similar, medical condition.
Program Success Monitored By Following most HopeKids events, we send out post event surveys (called scorecards) to gauge the impact of our events. We want to ensure that our families are making memories, meeting other families and are excited about the events on the calendar. Based off the feedback we receive from families, we are able to make adjustments where needed to ensure everything we do is in the best interest of the families we serve. We are fortunate to have a HopeKids father who custom built our software program allowing us to communicate efficiently and effectively. For example, if an area sports team has a surplus of tickets to a game the next day, in less than 5 minutes we can have the event uploaded into our event calendar and every family will receive an email and text message to let them know it’s been added. Sometimes these last minute events are just what a family needs as their situation may have changed and they really need a special experience to look forward to.
Examples of Program Success
  • 99% HopeKids provided the opportunity for their family to spend more positive time together.
  • 91% HopeKids made a positive impact on communication in their family.
  • 94% HopeKids has strengthened their family’s relationship.
  • 97% The HopeKids environment offered their family a sense of safety and not always available elsewhere.
  • 97% HopeKids provided opportunities that would be difficult to access otherwise because of medical-related financial challenges.
  • “It was priceless to sit for an hour and a half and watch my kid laugh at our first HopeKids event, Peter Rabbit. Christopher didn’t worry about anything, and nothing was hurting him.” –Kaylene, Christopher’s mom
  • “For years we felt like we were alone. Now we attend events and connect with other families who share our struggles.” – Aran, Issac’s dad
  • “Have not laughed like that in a while! Thank you HopeKids for a couple of hours to focus on laughter! What a blessing to be surrounded by all the families today.” HopeKids mom Jessica
Description
Our HopeCommunity program intentionally builds intimate events to bring together families who are struggling with similar diagnoses or live in proximity to each other. These events focus on providing opportunities for families to deepen relationships and build a strong support network at a time when they need it most. Support, love, and encouragement are all necessary for families who have a child with cancer or some other life-threatening medical condition. Our community of children and their families get to know each other, encourage, and support each other. We have children who are newly diagnosed, children who are in the midst of difficult treatment, and children who are healed and now healthy.
One of the most inspiring moments is when a child who has just been diagnosed with a particular condition meets a child who has been healed from that same condition. You can almost see their hope restored as they realize that this is a battle they can win.
Category Health Care, General/Other Patient & Family Support
Population Served Families, ,
Short-Term Success
HopeKids maintains a private forum for our HopeKids families to have a safe and secure location to share their happy days, stressful days, questions to like minded parents, request for support and share their photos and memories from HopeKids events. The testaments these families write after getting to meet other like-minded families at our events are truly touching. To protect the privacy of our families, we’ve summarized a few of the most common things we hear post-HopeKids event. “It’s so nice to be around other families who just get it, who know our struggles and understand what it’s like to actually go out together as a family.” “Getting up and going to a movie is easy for the typical family, for us, it’s a process, but when we get there and see so many other families who are like us, it’s refreshing, enjoying a fun, free movie with our family. We are so thankful for HopeKids and their event partners for allowing us to feel normal, in a safe, judgment-free environment.”
Long-Term Success
The goal of every HopeKids event is to ensure that we are being very intentional, especially with our HopeKids Community events. We don’t want to put just any event on the calendar, we want to put events on the calendar that really forge friendships, relationships and hope that these families are not going through this battle alone. We want all HopeKids families to be surrounded by people who are thinking about them constantly, be it other families, HopeKids staff, volunteers, donors, event partners, board members, etc. Everyone involved with HopeKids plays an important role in encouraging these families that hope really is a powerful medicine.
Program Success Monitored By When we get like minded families together at a HopeKids event and then we see them scheduling play dates, family cookouts or even spending time together while undergoing medical treatments, we know our programs are creating a network of hope and support we pride ourselves on. We often see our volunteers and families becoming close friends too, the pictures they share on social media, the stories they tell our staff, it is amazing the impact that our families and volunteers have on each other. Our post-event scorecards also allow us to continually improve on the events we offer our families and constantly allow us to get better, find new events, opportunities and resources that our families can benefit from.
Examples of Program Success
  • “We are so blessed to be part of the HopeKids family, they have been there for us when we couldn't see the light at the end of the tunnel. When things were so rough and spirits were low the events HopeKids provided and continues to provide for us has brought so much joy to our family. Thank you HopeKids!!” HopeKids mom Veronica
  • “Thank you for the opportunity to see the Smurfs. It was our first time at Alamo Draft House but won't be our last. The kids had a blast!” HopeKids mom Heather
  • “Thank you for the movie night! My kids had such a good time they have asked when the next movie night is happening and if all the same kids will be there to play with.” HopeKids mom Deanne
  • “We love HopeKids and all the wonderful opportunities it has allowed our family to partake in over the past couple of years! Thank you to all the volunteers and staff for planning such wonderful events!” HopeKids mom Shelley
CEO Comments

From our Board Chair: “I choose to serve as a HopeKids volunteer because I know firsthand how a life threatening illness can throw your world into a tailspin. At age 28, I was diagnosed with Stage 4 Lymphoma. After 10 months of treatment, which included surgery, chemo and radiation, I was declared ‘cancer free’. Now, 33 years later, I am still grateful each day for the blessing of a healthy body.

“Looking back, I realized how difficult my diagnosis was for my family. We lived not only with the disease, but also had to cope with how it totally consumed our lives during that period. Any break from the weekly grind of treatments, side effects, tests, appointments and consultations was welcomed.

“That’s why HopeKids is so important. Through our programs and services, we offer families a respite from this grind – a situation made even worse because children are the patients. And by doing this, we become partners in hope with each of our HopeKids families. This is a responsibility that each one of our employees and volunteers is privileged to accept.”

Dave Osgood, Chairman of the Board

President, Focus Performance Systems, Inc.- Minneapolis, MN
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Ms. Kerrie Bryant
Term Start Mar 2017
Experience
Kerrie is a Texas native who first served as a volunteer for the HopeKids North Texas chapter. After eight years in professional sports at the Kansas City Chiefs and Dallas Cowboys, Kerrie felt she was being called to do more to help others. When Kansas City was chosen as a new location for HopeKids, Kerrie jumped at the opportunity to serve as the Executive Director and help bring hope to families in Kansas City.
 
Kerrie attended Tarleton State University where she was a member of the coed cheer team while earning a Masters in Business Management and Leadership and Bachelors in Business Administrative Systems. Outside of work, Kerrie loves to travel, play golf and tennis, fish, go to the lake, or do anything outdoors! Kerrie always has a smile on her face and is excited to share her passion for helping others with the greater Kansas City area.
Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start 0
Compensation Last Year
Senior Staff
Title Program Manager
Experience/Biography Lauren graduated from Kansas State University in 2004 and married her husband, Tyler, shortly after. They moved to Cedar Falls, Iowa, where Lauren started her career in marketing and public relations. A few years later, Lauren and Tyler returned to Kansas City where she began non-profit event planning work at the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). In her 8 years with JDRF, Lauren served many roles from managing events such as the Walk to Cure Diabetes and the Dream Gala, to fundraising and family outreach.
Staff
Paid Full-Time Staff 2
Paid Part-Time Staff 0
Volunteers 7
Paid Contractors 0
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
External Assessment and Accreditations
Assessment/AccreditationYear
Charity Navigator2016
Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA)2016
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Dave Osgood
Company Affiliation President, Focus Performance Systems, Inc.
Term May 2014 to May 2017
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Mrs. Markie Campfield Children's Mercy Hospital
Dr. Stacy Farr University of Missouri- Kansas City
Mr. John Jacobs JE Dunn Construction
Mr. Matt Johnston Maxim Healthcare Services
Mrs. Amanda Walker Heritage Biologics
Mrs. Judy Yi Polsinelli
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
Caucasian 5
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 2
Female 4
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 100%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 6
CEO Comments HopeKids has both a National Board in addition to a State Board. Listed above are those that represent Kansas City in either capacity. You can view our complete National Board list at https://www.hopekids.org/about/our-staff-board/ and you can view the state board list at https://www.hopekids.org/kansas-city-chapter/. 
Financials
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2017
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2017
Projected Revenue $3,874,000
Projected Expenses $4,010,000
Audit Documents
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2014, 2013, 2012: Financial data reported using the national organization's Form 990.
  • Foundation/corporate revenue line item may include contributions from individuals.
Detailed Financials
 
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201420132012
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$1,110,050$888,147$750,409
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Federal------
State------
Local------
Unspecified$0$0$0
Individual Contributions------
$0$0$0
$6,109$3,490$1,161
Investment Income, Net of Losses$1,234$1,228$76
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$241,554$160,108$150,652
Revenue In-Kind$1,533,549$1,155,439$954,192
Other$2,081$4,259$420
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201420132012
Program Expense$2,283,634$1,835,659$1,384,079
Administration Expense$144,850$77,620$66,742
Fundraising Expense$117,216$133,990$89,483
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.141.081.21
Program Expense/Total Expenses90%90%90%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue9%13%10%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201420132012
Total Assets$1,289,258$942,843$752,255
Current Assets$1,264,734$900,340$719,501
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$15,486$17,948$13,413
Total Net Assets$1,273,772$924,895$738,842
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities81.6750.1653.64
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201420132012
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 HopeKids, Kansas City Chapter
Address PO Box 901298
Kansas City, MO 64190
Primary Phone (816) 372-0311
Contact Email info@hopekids.org
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Kerrie Bryant
Board Chair Mr. Dave Osgood
Board Chair Company Affiliation President, Focus Performance Systems, Inc.
Year of Incorporation 2001