Gabby Krause Foundation, dba Bags of Fun Kansas City
4118 Baltimore Ave.
Kansas City MO 64111
Mission Statement
Our mission is to make a difference in the lives of children and their families when faced with fighting cancer and other long term life threatening illnesses.  We do this by our signature program:  delivering bags of fun to them.  A bag of fun is a brightly colored, high quality backpack filled to the brim with toys and games picked specifically for each child based on their interests, developmental needs, and treatment.  Each bag of fun brings hours of laughter, engagement, and the naturopathic power of play to these children.  
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Louisa Weinrich
Board Chair Mr Jeff John
Board Chair Company Affiliation American Century Investments
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2005
Volunteer Opportunities
Ways to donate, support, or volunteer Donations can be mailed in the form of a check or on our website by clicking the donate button by using a credit card.  We hand pick our toys specifically for each bag of fun so we do not take donations of toys, however are always looking for in kind donations for our annual fundraiser.  Those can be mailed or by calling our director for pick up.  People of all ages can support our program by sponsoring a specific bag of fun or by hosting a party with a purpose to raise funds for a bag of fun.  Children can host their birthday party for bags of fun.  We are always looking for volunteers to help with our program as well.  Volunteers will need to go through a one hour in house training.  High school students wishing to do their service projects with us must contact the director.
Financial Summary
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Statements
Mission Statement Our mission is to make a difference in the lives of children and their families when faced with fighting cancer and other long term life threatening illnesses.  We do this by our signature program:  delivering bags of fun to them.  A bag of fun is a brightly colored, high quality backpack filled to the brim with toys and games picked specifically for each child based on their interests, developmental needs, and treatment.  Each bag of fun brings hours of laughter, engagement, and the naturopathic power of play to these children.  
Background Statement Our organization began in 2005 as a mother's wish to honor her daughter's last wish:  that every child have a bag of fun like she did.  Gabby Krause was a precocious, amazing young lady who loved laughing, telling silly jokes, coke slurpees, and playing with her "bag of fun" while in treatment for brain cancer.  Before she passed away at the age of 6, she told her mom that all of her new friends in the hospital needed a bag of fun like she had.  Thus the foundation was born.  Since then, the original Bags of Fun in Denver has expanded to include Indianapolis, Kansas City, and San Fransisco.  In 2019 Fort Lauderdale and Omaha will also be added.  Each new community has started because of the impact Gabby and her wish has made on a community.  

We in KC are family friends of the Krause family and are honored to carry on Gabby's legacy.  To date over 10,000 bags of fun have been delivered to children in the fight of their lives, and over 1200 to children either from the Kc area no matter where they are being treated, or children being treated in the KC area no matter where they are from.  
Impact Statement
We are most proud of the way we have continued to maintain the quality of our product while expanding our program to include those pediatric populations that have been identified by hospital personnel as those who would benefit from our program.  We continue to offer a bag of fun worth $400 which is highly personalized to each patient as well as full of educational, engaging, and popular items.  We have completed our first Impact Report with glowing reports from hospital staff, families, and recipients of our program.  
 
Goals for the future include continuing to expand to include every pediatric population that could benefit from our program, increasing funding from grants and corporate sponsorships, and continuing to strengthen our local partnerships.  We also seek to overhaul our website and train our volunteers in our new donor management software so that we can continue to use it to its maximum potential.   
Needs Statement
Funding continues to be our top priority as our annual budget has grown from $20K our first year to now just above $200K.  We offer corporate and private donors the chance to partner with us in direct sponsorship of our program.  This offers them the chance to see first hand the difference their funding makes and interact with our program recipients on a regular basis.  As time passes inflation continues to raise costs of program materials:  toys, backpacks, electronics.  We continue to seek partnerships on a national as well as local level to help counteract inflation of product.  
 
In 2018 we will spend 85% of our budget in program costs: purchasing toys, backpacks, and electronics for the bags of fun.    
Service Categories
Pediatrics
Youth Development Programs
Patient & Family Support
Areas of Service
MO
Geographic Area Served Narrative While our office is located in Kansas City, Missouri; we serve any pediatric patient that is identified by either the University of Kansas Hospital or Children's Mercy Hospital as meeting the "long term, life threatening" criteria.  These children while mostly from the Kansas City area have also been from all over the Midwest as well as other countries.  We also serve patients from the KC area who meet our criteria no matter where they are being treated.  We also have a sub group in Springfield, Missouri of patients from that area who are being treated at Mercy Kids Hospital and Cox in Springfield.  
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement Our organization does an exceptional job of working within the framework of today's health care system and HIPPA laws, while keeping the children it serves and their healing as a primary focus.  These children are often traumatized, isolated, and separated from family members by their treatment and what it entails.  I have seen first hand how the power of play- which is what is inside each and every bag of fun- can make a difference in the outlook, engagement, and overall disposition of a child.  It can turn a hospital room into a place of magic and the adult world of the hospital into a place where laughter, joy, and healing can occur.  The main challenge this organization faces each year is being able to raise the funds necessary to continue expansion to include each pediatric population that would benefit from their program.  We work closely with the Child Life and other staff at each hospital to continue to streamline our process and evaluate the impact of our program.  Our goal is to ultimately deliver a bag of fun to every child who could benefit from receiving one.  
Programs
Description This is our signature program.  It is our only program.  We deliver bags of fun to children who are faced with fighting cancer and other long term life threatening illnesses.  To date we serve these pediatric populations:  cancer, sickle cell anemia, patients listed for solid organ (heart, liver, kidney) transplant, patients on dialysis, chronic cystic fibrosis patients, and patients in neuro rehab treatment from either a traumatic brain injury or loss of limb from active treatment.  
Program Budget $145,000.00
Category Health Care, General/Other Inpatient/Hospital Care
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success Immediate outcomes of our program include the value seen first hand by volunteer, staff, and medical personnel during the recipients active treatment.  
Long-Term Success We continue to work with hospital personnel and the child life department to make sure our program continues to impact our patients during active treatment by distracting them, engaging them in developmentally appropriate activities, and encouraging them to play.
Program Success Monitored By
Our program success is monitored and evaluated by Child Life staff, hospital staff, medical personnel, and program volunteers.  We also report to a local board of directors as well as a national board and staff.
 
Examples of Program Success
Feedback from a Child Life Specialist at a local hospital:
"I just wanted to pass along some positive feedback about Bags of Fun. I recently facilitated siblings visiting a patient that they had not been able to see for over a month and the patient had significant neurological impairments since the siblings had last seen the patient. The patient’s mother handed the siblings their Bag of Fun and they instantly started going through the bag in the patient’s room, so excited about all of their new things. It was so great that they were recognized and acknowledged as part of the patient’s experience, but what I didn’t expect was how instrumental the Bags of Fun items were in a successful and meaningful visit for the patient and siblings. The items helped “break the ice” between the siblings and the patient as the siblings initially weren’t quite sure how to interact with their sibling that now looked and acted differently. They all started playing with the whoopee cushion which lead to endless smiles and laughter, eased the vibe in the room and helped the siblings interact more comfortably with the patient. The items also helped keep the youngest sibling occupied during a long visit.
It was so great to see first-hand what an impact the Bags of Fun program had on this family and specifically the siblings’ visit!"
CEO Comments We do one thing and do it well.  Hours of research and practical application has gone into the formula for our program.  We offer each patient a highly personal and individualized experience which will bring them hours of the therapeutic power of play.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Louisa Weinrich
Term Start Apr 2011
Staff
Paid Full-Time Staff 1
Paid Contractors 1
Volunteers 6
Staff Diversity (Ethnicity)
Caucasian 1
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
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr Jeff John
Company Affiliation American Century Investments
Term Jan 2018 to Jan 2021
Email jeff_john@americancentury.com
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Jerry AnselmoBMA Foundation
Brandon BuddIntellicents
Jeff John
Roberta KrausBrookside Real Estate
Erin O'RourkeRecharge Ranch owner/breeder
Susan RhynerJohn A Marshall Company
Leslie SobekMix It Up
Tim VieraKC Mavericks
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
Caucasian 4
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 1
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 4
Female 4
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 90%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Under Development
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Under Development
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 80%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 20%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 6
Advisory Board Members
NameAffiliation
Tammy KrauseBags of Fun National Office
Financials
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2018
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2018
Projected Revenue $212,000
Projected Expenses $206,000
Foundation Comments
  • FYE 2017, 2016, 2015: Financial data reported using IRS Form 990 for national organization.
  • Foundation/corporate revenue line item includes contributions from individuals. 
Detailed Financials
 
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$519,596$434,268$340,673
Administration Expense$86,374$63,564$68,919
Fundraising Expense$31,915$19,852$18,930
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.291.301.29
Program Expense/Total Expenses81%84%79%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$759,824$591,798$438,432
Current Assets$483,917$441,572$399,805
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$15,176$12,867$12,665
Total Net Assets$744,648$578,931$425,767
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities31.8934.3231.57
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201720162015
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
Other Documents
Organization Name Gabby Krause Foundation, dba Bags of Fun Kansas City
Address 4118 Baltimore Ave.
Kansas City, MO 64111
Primary Phone (816) 304-2327
CEO/Executive Director Louisa Weinrich
Board Chair Mr Jeff John
Board Chair Company Affiliation American Century Investments
Year of Incorporation 2005