Camps for Kids
5913 Woodson Road
Suite 211
Mission KS 66202
“I can see what other kids have gone through and how they survived. It helps me get through & conquer. We are all survivors. That’s a gift.”-
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 8396494
Mission Statement
The mission of Camps For Kids is to assure that no Kansas City area child will be turned away from summer camp because of low income or physical or developmental disability. The organization was founded by Marjorie Powell Allen in 1981 after the Federal government discontinued a program providing summer camp to children with disabilities or need at no cost to their families.
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Regina A Weir
Board Chair Ms. Stacey Deere
Board Chair Company Affiliation Shook, Hardy & Bacon, LLP
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1980
Former Names
The Camping Connection
Volunteer Opportunities
Ways to donate, support, or volunteer

The mission of Camps For Kids is to work to assure that no Kansas City area child will be turned away from summer camp because of low income or physical or developmental disability.

To donate please go to our website; www.campsforkids.org, and use your credit card or PayPal account or send a check made out to Camps For Kids at:   

                                                                                                                                                                      Camps For Kids

                                      5913 Woodson, Suite 211

                                      Mission, KS 66202.

Financial Summary
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Source: IRS Form 990

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Statements
Mission Statement The mission of Camps For Kids is to assure that no Kansas City area child will be turned away from summer camp because of low income or physical or developmental disability. The organization was founded by Marjorie Powell Allen in 1981 after the Federal government discontinued a program providing summer camp to children with disabilities or need at no cost to their families.
Background Statement

C4K was founded by Marjorie Powell Allen in 1981 after the Federal government discontinued a program providing summer camp to children with disabilities or need at no cost to their families. 

In 2006 The Hallmark Corporate Foundation brought the Summer Dreams idea to Kansas City. Camps For Kids was selected as the lead agency for Kansas City’s Summer Dreams based on its 25 years of experience in assisting medically and financially disadvantaged campers.

Still true today, it is difficult for many families with children who have physical or developmental issues or who are low-income to afford the cost of camp. C4K believes that camp offers opportunities for children to enjoy a sense of independence, meet and make new friends, develop new skills, and participate in programs not otherwise available; all while helping to bridge the summer learning gap. As a camper and a parent commented:

"At camp, I feel like a normal kid and can do everything a normal kid can do, just different, and make friends". a camper

"Thank you for this amazing gift. My son would never have been able to attend camp this year without your help. He learned so much and had so much fun he can’t wait for school so he can show off all his new knowledge!" – a parent

Camps in the network have a specific focus, many related to children’s health and the arts including: chronic kidney disease, autism spectrum disorders, spina bifida, cancer, foster care children, bereavement therapy neuromuscular diseases, diabetes, developmental challenges, congenital heart disease, mixed media art, and dance. Many camps have small staffs and utilize volunteers to conduct activities. Their focus is on providing outstanding camping experiences for the children. Few have dedicated personnel with time to raise funds to support the camp’s programs. The support of C4K Matching Funds Program is critical to the continued operation and success of many camps.

Camp is an opportunity for kids to explore the outdoors, build confidence and nurture their social and emotional well-being, and bridges the learning gap between school years. Educators, child experts, and parents have always known that children benefit from summer camp experiences, but for kids with physical or developmental challenges, or financial need, the opportunities to experience summer camps are limited.

 “I can see what other kids have gone through and how they survived. It helps me get through & conquer. We are all survivors. That’s a gift.”


 

Impact Statement

In 2018 the Matching Funds Program provided $170,000 to 20 camps, directly enabling 3,579 underprivileged and special needs children to attend camp. The fundraising generated by our Program was essential to the continued operation for many camps in our network.

 “Without the support of Camps For Kids CHD Families would be unable to provide a free medically supervised summer camp for kids with Congenital Heart Defects.” -Camp Director

The matching funds program is a collaborative effort by area supporters to encourage donations to camp programs for children, who have special medical, emotional or financial needs. The underlying goal for the program is to help camps have the funds to assure that children will not be denied the camping experience because of low income or financial/medical disadvantage.

 The matching funds program is a unique opportunity for camps to double their fundraising efforts, leveraging both their donor’s gifts and staff/volunteer time. C4K is not aware of any other organization providing this type of support to assure that no Kansas City area child will be turned away from camp. 100% of the financial support provided to our camps is directed to campers from the Kansas City metropolitan area.

 C4K’s 2020 goals include: (1) providing $175,000 in matching funds to our network camps; (2) raising an additional expected $200,000 in camp-designated donations for the camps, (3) vetting/evaluating participating camps while promoting their work and encouraging support for all network camps, and (4) increasing each of the camps visibility in the community to current and future donors by:

  • Providing new ideas by bringing camp directors together as a “think tank”, to discuss new and untried solutions to areas of interest/concern.
  • Providing opportunities for community organizations to learn more about the camps.
  • Increasing camp volunteer participation through C4K community outreach.
  • Improving C4K and the camps social/digital media platforms.
Needs Statement
For 2020, the Board of Directors of C4K has approved $175,000 in funds for the Matching Funds Program to impact the camps in its network. There are twenty non-profit camps this camping season which have been allocated funds from the Matching Funds Program. It is expected that over 3500 underprivileged and special needs children and youth from the Kansas City Metropolitan area will impacted through access to the camps.

C4K most pressing need is to continue to raise funds to support CFK and our Matching Funds Program. These funds will provide vital support for sustaining our programs, which include: (1) providing $175,000 in matching funds to our twenty network camps; (2) raising an additional expected $200,000 in camp-designated donations for the camps, and (3) vetting/evaluating participating camps while promoting their work and encouraging support for our network camps.

Service Categories
Children's and Youth Services
Areas of Service
MO - Jackson County
MO - Clay County
MO - Platte County
KS - Wyandotte County
KS - Johnson County
Geographic Area Served Narrative 100% of the financial support provided by C4K to the network camps is directed to campers from the Kansas City area.
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement
Camps For Kids President Stacey Deere commented in her Annual Appeal letter that “Growing up, I didn’t really have (or enjoy) a lot of camping experiences. Truthfully, I wasn’t much for the outdoors. If there was one mosquito within a thousand miles of me, it would find me and bite me. And, if there were a thousand mosquitoes within one mile of me, well, they’d all find me too.
 
The mosquito thing hasn’t changed, but today I love every minute I spend visiting the 20 camps in our network. Today, I get to experience camp through the eyes and smiles of some of Kansas City’s most special kids. Kids who, without you, might not get to experience camp at all. They tell us about riding horses, learning to dance, going swimming and fishing, flying on a zipline, and creating art. Stories about the joys and wonders of camp. Stories about just getting to be a kid. Their parents tell us stories too:

“I cried leaving her, but not for the reason I thought I would be crying at drop off. I cried because I had a place to leave my child that I felt she fit in and I felt good about…in our world that just doesn’t happen often. This camp has been a blessing and I thank you so much…”
 
Research by the American Camping Association also tells a story. That research confirms that camps are potent fun. And, more importantly, that camp helps children grow in self-esteem, independence, leadership, friendship skills, adventure-seeking, environmental awareness, and healthy decision-making. Simply put, camp is impactful.
Programs
Description
C4K’s matching funds program is a unique opportunity for camps to effectively double their fundraising efforts, leveraging both their donor’s gifts and staff/volunteer time. C4K is not aware of any other organization providing this type of support to help assure that no Kansas City area child will be turned away from camp. 100% of the financial support provided to the Network camps is directed to campers from the Kansas City area.
 
The matching funds program is a collaborative effort by area supporters to encourage donations to camp programs for children, with special needs. The objective of the program is to match an agreed-upon amount of funds raised by the participating camps between April 1 and July 31 each year. Each camp is approved for a certain amount of its fundraising to be matched. The underlying goal for the program is to help camps have the funds to assure that children will not be denied the camping experience because of low income/developmental/physical challenges.
Program Budget $170,000.00
Category Human Services, General/Other Children & Youth Services
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success C4K works year-round to raise funds for the network of camps. In 2018 these funds will provide vital support for sustaining our programs, which include: (1) providing $170,000 - $200,000 in matching funds to our twenty network camps; (2) raising an additional expected $200,000 in camp-designated donations for the camps, and (3) vetting/evaluating participating camps while promoting their work and encouraging support for our network camps. The fundraising generated by our match program was essential to the continued operation of many of the special needs camps in our network.
Long-Term Success
In 2017, the camp network raised $185,431, $170,000 qualified for matching funds. The importance of doubling donations is an incentive for donors and our camps report that it is vital to their fundraising efforts.
 
Supporters value C4K for its service in vetting the camps. These efforts help assure prospective donors of the camps' authenticity and competence, further motivating them to contribute.
 
The following details the success of the program in 2017; it is expected and hoped that even more children will benefit in 2018 because of the matching funds available to camps. For 2018, the Board of Directors of C4K has again approved $170,000 matching funds.
 
The following information details the success in 2017:
  • Number of Children able to attend camp: 3,520
  • Medically disadvantaged children: 1,824(54%)
  • Financially disadvantaged children: 2,357(66%)
(some children are counted in both categories)
Program Success Monitored By
We use a multi-factorial approach to program measurement and evaluation, using testimonials from campers/camp parents and feedback from camp directors, a program evaluation report every year and camp visits conducted by the executive director and members of the Board.
  • Testimonials/Feedback from Camp Directors
  • Program Evaluation Report: Each camp is required to submit a report at the end of the camping season that evaluates how the program worked by whether they were able to attract new donors, increase support and overall raise awareness.
  • Measuring impact among camp network: a variety of metrics are compiled to measure the impact of the program, which then are given to the Board. By reporting the number of children served, how many were medically or financially in need, the percentage of racial demographics, how many new donors and new funds were received, a comparison of the number of children and percent of needy children served over the past four years. The following three measurements will be used to track the progress and results of the program.
Examples of Program Success
“Without the support of Camps for Kids and the matching fund, CHD Families would be unable to provide a free medically supervised summer camp for kids with Congenital Heart Defects.” – Camp Director

“Camp has been WONDERFUL. I cried leaving her, but not for the reason I thought I would be crying at drop off. I cried because I had a place to leave my child that I felt she fit in and I felt good about….in our world that just doesn’t happen often. This camp has been a blessing and I thank you so much for the time, energy, stress and love you put into making it ALL that it is to so many!!!!" - Parent

"At camp, I feel like a normal kid. Some kids don't get to go outside because our parents are just working too much. At home, I'm just watching TV all day. I don't want to get too old to come to camp." - Camper
“We have campers who are already talking about coming back to camp when they are older and becoming camp counselors. I’d say that’s life-changing impact right there!” – Camp Director
CEO Comments
Visiting the camps in the Camps for Kids network each summer is a privilege. Having the opportunity to meet the kids, the camp staff, and volunteers who bring the camping experience alive is awe-inspiring. Sights to see can include a birthday party for all, line dance to end lunch, canoe ride, mud-slide, rope-climb-swing-rappel, dress-up dance (in wheel chairs), nature hike, horses, archery, sports, swimming, arts and crafts, collecting bugs, catching fish and throwing them back -- and the happy faces that get to do it all.
 
There is one other experience that might be the most moving and important of all -- seeing children meet other kids that have the same illness or disability. They find themselves within a group of "themselves" whether in a wheel chair, needing daily dialysis, taking chemo for cancer , taking treatment for heart, diabetes, and developing life-long friends whom they will never forget.
 
The following was written by campers and demonstrates the impact camping experience has for them:
 
"When I'm at camp, I feel like a normal kid. I don't want to get too old to come to camp” – a camper

“I can see what other kids have gone through and how they survived. It helps me get through & conquer. We are all survivors. That’s a gift.”
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Ms. Regina A Weir
Term Start Mar 2017
Experience The Executive Director has a strong and extensive background in the Kansas City non-profit community regarding the health and welfare of all members of our community but especially disenfranchised populations, specifically children and youth.
Co-CEO/Executive Director
Co-CEO/Executive Director Camps for Kids
Former CEOs
NameTerm
Mr. Ray A. Delia2010 - 2015
Mr. Steve McCueMay 2005 - Oct 2010
Staff
Paid Full-Time Staff 1
Paid Contractors 0
Volunteers 25
Retention Rate 100%
Staff Diversity (Ethnicity)
Caucasian 1
Staff Diversity (Gender)
Female 1
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior 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 No
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Collaborations
Camps For Kids will serve a network of 20 camps with close to 4,000 Kansas City children and youth with disabilities or in financial need.
  • Friends of Alvin Ailey Camp
  • Camps Carousel and Camp Erin
  • Camp Encourage
  • Camp MITIOG
  • Camp Oasis
  • Camp Planet D
  • Camp Quality
  • Camp WIN
  • Joshua Center Camp
  • Mattie Rhodes Center
  • Camp Milton
  • Royal Family Kids Camp
  • Whatsoever Community Center
  • Wildwood Outdoor Education Center
  • Camp Shakespeare
  • CHD Families Camp Systole
  • Camp Hope
  • Heartland Therapeutic Riding Camp
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? No
Board Chair
Board Chair Ms. Stacey Deere
Company Affiliation Shook, Hardy & Bacon, LLP
Term Jan 2018 to Jan 2020
Email SDEERE@shb.com
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Mr. Spencer DeanSpring Venture Group
Ms. Stacey DeereShook, Hardy & Bacon, LLP
Mr. Darryl MattoxGragg Advertising
Mr. Christopher McQueenTPP Certified Public Accountants, LLC
Mr. Brad I. PearsonDeSimone Pearson, LC
Mr. Peter E. PowellPHR Holdings, LLC
Ms. Celtina ReinertQueen's Price Chopper
Ms. Dianne RyanCommunity Volunteer
Mr. David SenterVeterinary Allergy and Dermatology Clinic, LLC
Mr. Randy SpectorKS Gas Service
Mr. Steven J. StreenLaw PC
Mr. Patrick WhiteKPMG
Mr. Doug WrightUniversity of Kansas
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 13
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 10
Female 3
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 3
Board Meeting Attendance % 50%
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 11
Standing Committees
Advisory Board / Advisory Council
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Executive
Finance
Nominating
Advisory Board Members
NameAffiliation
Ms. Angela Andresen-SmartHall Family Foundation
Ms. Bunni CopakenCopaken White Blitt
Ms. Debbie Sosland-EdelmanSosland Foundation
Ms. Carey WilkersonH&R Block Foundation
CEO Comments

Camps For Kids Board of Directors is composed of a maximum of 29 members. The most important qualification for our volunteer leadership is dedication to the Camps For Kids mission. In addition, board members are selected to be representative of the community we serve, to bring their professional expertise to bear on our work and to connect Camps For Kids with both the financial and human resources necessary to facilitate the organization’s growth. Perhaps the most important part of our strategic planning process has been a restructuring of the board in order to clarify responsibilities with regard to key stakeholders and functions: fund development (individuals, corporations, foundations and special events), camp allocations and grant administration. Consequently, each board member should be involved in overseeing clear goals and measurable outcomes. Since Camps For Kids employs only one staff person, it is essential that the board be dynamic in its planning and active in the daily operation. 

Financials
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2018
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2018
Projected Revenue $535,000
Projected Expenses $495,000
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2017, 2016, 2015: Financial data reported using the IRS Form 990.
  • Foundations/corporate revenue line item may include contributions from individuals.
Detailed Financials
 
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$173,146$217,563$205,789
Administration Expense$34,493$32,540$36,344
Fundraising Expense$6,369$6,529$6,195
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.160.851.39
Program Expense/Total Expenses81%85%83%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$210,505$171,362$206,647
Current Assets$210,505$169,669$206,647
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$7,790$3,928$1,473
Total Net Assets$202,715$167,434$205,174
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities27.0243.19140.29
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
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years No
Organization Comments
Camps For Kids regularly receives contributions where the donor has designated that the gift is for a specific camp in the Camps For Kids Network.  These amounts are included in our financial statements as campaign efforts.  They do not appear in the company's 990.
 
While these funds are deducted prior to reporting of total revenues, we believe that Camps For Kids plays an integral role in raising these funds.  In addition to the current fundraising efforts of the organization and the Board, as well as the generous foundation support the company has received over the years, we recognize the importance of expanding the foundation base from which we draw support.
Other Documents
Camps For Kids Annual Report2017View
Camps For Kids Annual Report2016View
Conflict of Interest Policy2015View
Camps For Kids Annual Report2015View
Newsletter September 20142014View
Newsletter April 20132013View
Newsletter August 20132013View
Newsletter October 20132013View
Camp Anecdotes 20132013View
Camps For Kids Annual Report2013View
Camps For Kids Annual Report2012View
Newsletter December 20122012View
Camps For Kids Annual Report2011View
Camps for Kids Annual Report2010View
Organization Name Camps for Kids
Address 5913 Woodson Road
Suite 211
Mission, KS 66202
Primary Phone (816) 8396494
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Regina A Weir
Board Chair Ms. Stacey Deere
Board Chair Company Affiliation Shook, Hardy & Bacon, LLP
Year of Incorporation 1980
Former Names
The Camping Connection