Children's Center for the Visually Impaired (CCVI)
3101 Main Street
Kansas City MO 64111-1921
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 841-2284
Mission Statement
CCVI's mission is to prepare children who are blind or visually impaired, including those with multiple disabilities, to reach their highest potential in the sighted world.
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Nicola Heskett
Board Chair Mr. Brian Kessens
Board Chair Company Affiliation Tortoise Capital Advisors
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1967
Former Names
Children's Special Education Center
Financial Summary
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Statements
Mission Statement CCVI's mission is to prepare children who are blind or visually impaired, including those with multiple disabilities, to reach their highest potential in the sighted world.
Background Statement

CCVI was founded on September 27, 1952, as the Kansas City Nursery School for the Blind, with support from the Junior League of Kansas City, MO, the Kansas City Association for the Blind and the Delta Gamma Alumnae Chapter. The school's name was changed in l982 to the Children's Center for the Visually Impaired. 

The program currently consists of the following: Early Intervention Program, Preschool and Kindergarten, Outreach Services (itinerant and consulting), and Family Support. The Early Intevention Program is the first step in this process. This earliest intervention in the child’s home affords the best opportunity for the child to achieve “typical” developmental milestones, to develop the other senses to accommodate for loss of vision, and to enhance residual vision. Working with the parents, the early intervention teachers and therapists provide the strategies and activities in regularly scheduled home visits that can be practiced daily and generalized to the world beyond. 
 
Preschool and kindergarten classes continue the child’s preparation for entry into the public or private school systems. CCVI has six classrooms, which provide a typical preschool and kindergarten curriculum, but with specialized instruction by a certified Teacher of the Visually Impaired (TVI) in order to accommodate for the child’s lack of vision. Sighted peer models are integrated into every classroom. Speech-language, occupational, physical, and aquatic therapies, braille instruction, orientation and mobility (O&M), deafblind programming, low vision training, assistive technology, and field trips are additional available Center-based services.
 
The Outreach services are primarily for older school-age children attending public, private, charter, parochial, and state schools, which do not have certified TVIs and/or O&M instructors. Services may include assessment and monitoring of functional visual development, developing in-service programs for staff, and support to classroom teachers, aides, and parents. This program fills the gap for students who have returned to their home school districts and face limited services.
 
Family support services include formal social work services and a Parent Group, which meets monthly. This family support group has been in existence since we opened our doors in 1952. The group has guest speakers, fundraising projects, and social gatherings throughout the year; it provides the parents and families with the opportunity to meet one another, support one another, and develop lasting relationships.
Impact Statement

We are so proud of what we have accomplished over the last 65 years of serving blind and visually impaired children.

  • One of our top three accomplishments for 2016-17 was meeting our FY17 budget and providing scholarships of varying amounts to all 294 children we served last year.
  • A second major accomplishment was the continued collaboration with other organizations and businesses in the community to raise awareness, utilize local expertise, and develop broad funding streams. Our staff continues to partner with specialists from Children's Mercy Hospital, in particular, to insure that the medical and educational needs of our families and students are being met.  We also partnered with other non-profit organizations for creative and efficient fundraising.
  • Thirdly, we also continued offering Center-based sessions in music therapy, orientation and mobility, and aquatic therapy for babies and alums as part of our “CCVI University,” which is a program that offers training opportunities for our parents. Most parents have no experience with blindness and desperately need support early in their child’s life and “CCVI University” is designed to help meet this need.  

Our top three goals for CCVI in 2017-18: 
  1. Continue to provide a rich learning environment that is complimented by robust therapeutic support, including musical and aquatic therapy.
  2. Create an array of programming options that allows working families to participate in center-based services.
  3. Optimize all fundraising events and meet our FY 2018 budget.
Needs Statement

Our top five most pressing needs are:

  1. Secure scholarship funding for all of the children - we don't want to turn away any child and family in need of our services (over 52% of our children are considered low income or below the poverty level and the average annual cost per student is over $40,000, with some students having total tuition and therapeutic costs of over $100,000).
  2. Maintain the breadth and depth of our Early Intervention Program because early intervention is so important for a blind or visually impaired child.
  3. Provide rich learning experiences and hands on experiences such as field trips in the community and activities in our sensory garden.
  4. Develop a Transitional Kindergarten Program focused on Kindergarten Readiness, specifically braille/literacy and orientation and mobility skills.
  5. Fund continuing education for staff.
Service Categories
Special Education
Preschools
Eye Diseases, Blindness & Vision Impairment
Areas of Service
MO
KS
MO - Jackson County
MO - Clay County
MO - Platte County
KS - Wyandotte County
KS - Johnson County
MO - Eastern Jackson Co
MO - Jackson County Urban Core
KS - Wyandotte County Urban Core
Our current enrollment comes from more than 39 communities on both sides of the state line; 57% are from Missouri.  Of the enrollment, 50% of the infants and toddlers are female, 50% male.  Caucasians are 61% of the enrollment, African-Americans 15%, Biracial 10%, Hispanics 9%, Asian 3% and Other 2%.  Children come from a wide range of socio-economic backgrounds; 52% of the families served at CCVI are considered low income or below the federal poverty level.   
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement

My involvement with CCVI began fourteen years ago when a colleague asked me to tour CCVI. Once I walked through the doors, witnessed the children and staff working with them, I knew this was a place in which I wanted to invest my time and resources. I had the privilege of serving on the Board of Directors for nine years, including a year as President of the Board. The Board is an outstanding group of professionals who donate countless hours in order to further the mission of CCVI. The Executive Committee of the Board, as well as the respective Board Committees, work very closely with CCVI's Executive Director and the staff to effectively address issues that include financial management, program and personnel policies, strategic planning, and fundraising efforts. 

The Board of Directors is very involved with all of our fundraising events. We are very proud of the fact that 74 cents of every dollar donated to CCVI is invested in programming.  Our signature event is the CCVI Trolley Run. Rain or shine, this 4-mile run/walk annually attracts more than 8,000 participants and is one of the largest timed 4-mile races in the United States.  100 percent of Trolley Run sponsor dollars goes directly to underwriting programming at CCVI.
 
CCVI also has several tremendous auxiliary organizations that support the organization with their fundraising efforts. The 20/20 Club continues to sell two cookbooks that have collectively sold over 27,000 copies. The 20/20 Club  hosted “Spectacle,” which featured an Indie rock band, Darlingside in our Sensory Garden. It was a huge hit! The Delta Gammas annually host an event with a percentage of proceeds going to CCVI. The locals Lions Clubs are also very involved in a variety of events to spread awareness and raise funds for the organization.  All of our auxiliary groups, in addition to their fundraising efforts, provide a wealth of volunteers for CCVI in the classrooms and at our various events. 
 
CCVI serves over 300 children and families each year. CCVI is proud to be accredited by a national accrediting body, the National Accreditation Council for Blind and Low Vision Services (NAC) and we recevied the maximum five year accreditation. CCVI is well known and recognized for its work in the community.
 
Our true success is not limited to the dollars raised, but rather the empowerment of these visually impaired children to reach their highest potential in the sighted world. These achievements are not possible without the tireless efforts of our staff, volunteers, and community partners.
 
Nicola Heskett
Executive Director 
Programs
Description
The Early Intervention Program (EIP) is a comprehensive, individualized educational and therapy program for blind or visually impaired infants from birth to age three and their families. This earliest intervention in the child’s home affords the best opportunity for the child to achieve “typical” developmental milestones, to develop the other senses to accommodate for loss of vision, and to enhance residual vision. Working with the parents, the early intervention teachers and therapists provide the strategies and activities in regularly scheduled home visits that can be practiced daily and generalized to the world beyond. Home visits may be weekly, monthly, or quarterly depending on the needs of the child. Center-based evaluations may also be scheduled so that the infant can be seen by the entire team of teachers, therapists, and social worker. CCVI sends a teacher of the blind and therapists to the homes of over 200 blind babies and toddlers every year in both Missouri and Kansas, within a 150 mile radius of Kansas City. Because CCVI is the only agency providing these services to our community’s youngest blind children, staff traveled over 130,141 miles last year.
 
Program Budget $1,118,461.00
Category Education, General/Other Early Childhood Education
Population Served Infants to Preschool (under age 5), Families,
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success The short-term success of the Early Intervention Program is measured by improvement in the baby's developmental skills (cognitive, socialization, motor, speech, self-help, visual, and vision-specific compensatory skills). The Early Intervention Program also assesses, monitors, and maximizes functional vision. A blind child’s senses of hearing and of touch are not automatically enhanced because the child is blind. These other senses develop optimally only through the systematic program of planned learning experiences that CCVI provides for the visually impaired. But more importantly, vision provides the motivation for typical development. An infant can have difficulty learning to crawl and learning to walk because without visual cues, he is not motivated to reach out and move into a dark world. Clearly, the need for early education is profound and the need for this earliest intervention is critical for optimal development.
Long-Term Success In terms of defining success, CCVI's mission is to help each child reach his or her highest potential in the sighted world. Ultimately, CCVI would like all of its students to realize "success" by becoming independent, self-sufficient, and contributing members of society.
Program Success Monitored By

Each infant and toddler served by CCVI has an Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP). CCVI teachers and therapists develop individualized objectives in developmental domains and vision-specific compensatory skills for the infants on their caseloads. Students are included in the outcomes study if they received services more than once per month. Five goals are set per student in September and reviewed in January and June (two data periods). The Early Intervention Program assesses the progress of an infant's cognitive and socialization skills on the HELP (Hawaii Early Learning Profile) checklist every five months. Compensatory (vision-related) skills are measured through the Oregon Project for Children with Visual Impairments. Observation and record reviews are other means of data collection.

Examples of Program Success In the 2016-17 school year, our performance goal was that 90% of infants and toddlers would demonstrate progress on at least 80% of their developmental goals. We found that 96% of the children demonstrated progress on 80% of their developmental goals.
Description
The Preschool Kindergarten Program is a comprehensive, individualized educational and therapy program for blind or visually impaired children from two to eight years of age. Classes at the Center continue the child’s preparation for entry into the public or private school systems. CCVI has six classrooms, which provide a typical preschool or kindergarten curriculum, but with specialized instruction by a teacher of the visually impaired (TVI) in order to accommodate for the child’s lack of vision.  Speech-language, occupational, physical, and aquatic therapies, braille instruction, orientation and mobility, deafblind programming, low vision training, assistive technology, field trips, and family support services are additional services available. Sighted peer models are also integrated into every classroom at the Center.
Program Budget $1,433,726.00
Category Education, General/Other Early Childhood Education
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years), Families,
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success The short-term success of the Preschool Kindergarten Program is measured by improvement in the child's developmental skills (cognitive, socialization, motor, speech, self-help, visual, and vision-specific compensatory skills) such that the child is ready to move on to the next level of programming at CCVI or to the local public or private school. The Preschool Program also assesses, monitors, and maximizes functional vision. A blind child’s senses of hearing and touch are not automatically enhanced because the child is blind. These other senses develop optimally only through the systematic program of planned learning experiences that CCVI provides for the visually impaired.
Long-Term Success In terms of defining success, CCVI's mission is to help each child reach his or her highest potential in the sighted world. Ultimately, CCVI would like all of its students to realize "success" by becoming independent, self-sufficient, and contributing members of society.
Program Success Monitored By Each child served by CCVI has an Individualized Education Program (IEP) or Individual Goal Plan and is evaluated on a regular basis (Oregon Project for Visually Impaired and Blind Children and Braille Checklist). CCVI’s staff provides progress reports on individual children in the form of quarterly IEP updates; teachers "journal" parents and vice versa on a daily basis. Functional Vision Evaluations are updated. Learning Media Assessments are done to determine whether braille or large print will be used. Baseline data gleaned from this information is used to determine appropriate outcomes for individual children, which are measured and reported annually to the Board of Directors. Outcomes are reviewed annually by a staff committee that tracks performance and areas of need to target.
Examples of Program Success In the 2016-17 school year, our performance goal was that 90% of preschool children will make progress on at least 70% of their benchmarks. We found that 87.5% of the children demonstrated progress on at least 70% of their benchmarks. In the area of braille literacy, 72% of braille students gained at least six new braille skills.
Description

CCVI also provides Outreach (itinerant and consultation) Services where we send a Certified Teacher of the Visually Impaired (TVI) and/or an orientation and mobility instructor to area school districts, charter schools, parochial schools, and state schools. Services may include assessment and monitoring of functional visual development; training on specialized classroom equipment such as closed circuit television, braille equipment, and magnifying devices; developing in-service programs for staff; training of paraprofessionals; and support to classroom teachers, aides, and parents. Frequency and duration of services are determined by each student’s Individualized Education Program (IEP). The Outreach Program fills the gap for students who have returned to their home school after leaving CCVI and face limited resources.

Program Budget $54,000.00
Category Education, General/Other Elementary & Secondary Education
Population Served People/Families with of People with Disabilities, Children and Youth (0 - 19 years), K-12 (5-19 years)
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success Short-term success of the itinerant program is that children receive direct instruction and consultation in their home school districts or in private or state schools by a certified teacher of the blind (TVI) and/or an orientation and mobility instructor. Districts served often have no vision services other than the consulting services from CCVI.  The itinerant teacher assesses the functional vision of children, monitors the needs of students on the caseload, prepares materials (including braille), consults with staff on adapting and modifying instruction, and advocates for the needs of students and families. The orientation and mobility instructor provides instruction in determining where the child is in space and how to move in space. 
Long-Term Success Ultimately, CCVI would like all of its students to realize "success" by becoming independent, self-sufficient, and contributing members of society.
Program Success Monitored By Each child served by CCVI has an individualized education program (IEP) written by the home school district and is evaluated on a regular basis. CCVI’s itinerant teachers of the blind and/or orientation and mobility instructors provide written progress reports on individual children in the form of IEP updates. Because this service is provided in the individual student's home school district on a consultant basis, the school district may track outcomes, but CCVI does not. CCVI's itinerant teachers are part of CCVI's staff and participate in inservices, are supervised/mentored by our Preschool Program Director, and have access to all of CCVI's staff and equipment. This is a much needed service because there are shortages of teachers of the blind and orientation and mobility instructors locally, as well as nationally.
Examples of Program Success The itinerant teacher of the blind and orientation and mobility instructor caseloads are always full because of the shortage locally and nationally. As mentioned above, we do not measure outcomes on these school district students.
CEO Comments

Our biggest challenge is raising the funds necessary to provide all the services each child requires to reach their highest potential in the sighted world.  The window of opportunity is small in terms of child development; milestones missed may never be regained. Every child who receives services from CCVI is the recipient of some amount of scholarship through the school.  The early intervention program in Missouri does not reimburse at a high enough level to cover the costs of CCVI's special instructors and therapists who provide services in the home for our children from birth to age three.  First Steps has not increased its hourly reimbursement rate of $60 since 2008. CCVI's hourly costs are now $209.  This is a significant funding gap that the organization must fill to ensure that children and families receive the services they need in the timeframe they need them.  Due to funding limitations in the state of Kansas, CCVI will no longer receive funding from Infant Toddler Services Johnson County beginning January  2018.  The loss of this partnership could be extremely detrimental to our Kansas children and families who need the support of CCVI in those early years.

CCVI has long operated with the philosophy that we will serve every child who needs our services and not turn any child or family away due to inability to pay.  We have been successful in recruiting and retaining an incredibly talented and committed group of teachers, therapists, teaching assistants, and administrative professionals.  We had a 91% staff retention rate last year.  However, in order to maintain this level of expertise and institutional knowledge, it is imperative that staff be paid competitively and offered meaningful benefits.  A skilled therapist or teacher is the very best educational resource to provide to our students.

Our challenge is to find more and different sources of sustainable revenue to cover the costs of these needed services.

Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Ms. Nicola Heskett
Term Start July 2013
Compensation $100,001 - $125,000
Experience

Nicola Heskett, CCVI’s Executive Director. Nicola was a board member for nine years and served as Board President during the 2010-11 school year. She joined the CCVI staff as Executive Director in July 2013. She has a bachelor of arts and a Juris Doctorate, manages a staff of 70 individuals, and works with a 41-member Board of Directors.

Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start 0
Compensation Last Year
Former CEOs
NameTerm
Ms. Mary Lynne Dolembo Oct 1980 - Aug 2013
Ms. Pam Woodard Aug 1978 - Sept 1980
Senior Staff
Title Social Worker
Experience/Biography Mrs. Lind has a Masters in Social Work and a Masters in Early Childhood Special Education. She has 20 years of experience working with special needs children. She joined the CCVI staff in 1992.
Title Director of Development
Experience/Biography Mrs. Angulo has 15 years of experience in fundraising. She attended Texas Christian University and is a former President of the Junior League of Kansas City, MO. She joined the CCVI staff in 2001.
Title Director of Finance
Title Preschool Kindergarten Program Director
Experience/Biography

Amanda has a master's in Special Education and is a certified teacher of the visually impaired. She has been at CCVI for nine years. She has been an infant teacher, itinerant teacher, and is now our Preschool Kindergarten Program Director. Amanda has also presented locally and at regional conferences.

Title Early Intervention Program Director
Experience/Biography Kim has a Master’s in Early Childhood Special Education and is a certified Teacher of the Visually Impaired and has worked for CCVI for 16 years.
Title
Staff
Paid Full-Time Staff 59
Paid Part-Time Staff 11
Volunteers 900
Paid Contractors 2
Retention Rate 91%
Staff Diversity (Ethnicity)
African American/Black 4
Caucasian 63
Hispanic/Latino 2
Native American/American Indian 1
Staff Diversity (Gender)
Female 68
Male 2
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
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 Yes
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Collaborations
CCVI is part of the Children's Center Campus collaboration/strategic alliance with two other not-for-profit agencies (Ability KC and the YMCA). The three agencies are autonomous, but share a facility in which children with and without disabilities interact daily. CCVI also works with more than 20 school districts and two state schools in Kansas and Missouri.
Affiliations
AffiliationYear
United Way Member Agency1959
External Assessment and Accreditations
Assessment/AccreditationYear
National Accreditation Council for Blind and Low Vision2015
Awards
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
Mid-America Education Hall of FameKansas City KS Community College2001
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? Yes
CEO Comments

Fourteen years ago, I was contacted by a colleague who was rolling off of the Children's Center for the Visually Impaired's Board and asked to consider joining the CCVI Board. Joining the Board was one of the best decisions I have ever made. Every time I walk into CCVI and see one of our students in the hallway or in the classroom or on the playground, I am reminded of the importance of giving my time and resources to make the life of another human being a little bit better through the gift of education and opportunity. The families, children, teachers, therapists, and staff at CCVI are truly some of the most committed, hardworking, inspiring, and talented people I know. The CCVI Board is also a remarkable group of professionals who donate countless hours to ensuring the careful management of the organization. Who would have ever thought that thirteen years later I would be the fourth Executive Director of this amazing agency. 

Our biggest challenge is raising the funds necessary each year to serve all the children who need our services and serving them with the continued high quality of talented teachers and therapists and low ratio of staff to children.  As medicine continues to make advancements in the care of children born at earlier stages of prematurity and children who are born with multiple disabilities, there is a greater number of children who need the services of CCVI.  The eyes are the second to last organ to develop in utero and we continue to see more and more visual impairment concerns with premature babies.  

Blind and visually impaired children, and especially those children with multiple disabilities, require a significant amount of therapeutic support to overcome development delays or to experience educational gains in these early, formative years. 
 
The cost to CCVI this year to provide one hour of therapeutic service to a child is $209.  Reimbursement rates are often significantly below that amount and costs can add up quickly for a family who is privately paying for their child to attend CCVI.  We are committed to our mission of helping every blind and visually impaired child in our community reach their highest potential in the sighted world.  Every year, it is a bigger challenge to raise the funds necessary to meet that need. 

Our mission guides us in all that we do. A person doesn’t know how much he or she will need CCVI until that need arrives. Blindness is a very low incidence disability, but, when it strikes your family, the impact is tremendous. And, the need for CCVI is profound.

Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Brian Kessens
Company Affiliation Tortoise Capital Advisors
Term July 2017 to June 2018
Email bkessens@tortoiseadvisors.com
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Mrs. Stacia Almquist Assurant Employee Benefits
Mrs. Sarah Arkell Community Volunteer
Dawn Bircher O.D.Kansas City Eye Clinic
Michael Cassell M.D.Sabates Eye Centers
Mrs. Lisa Chase Community Volunteer
Mrs. Adrienne Fisher Global Prairie
Mrs. Jenna Franklin Hallmark
Mr. Jeff Franklin J.W. Franklin Co.
Mr. Peter Friedmann Demdaco
Tom Greaves EsquireLathrop & Gage
Beth Haden EsquireBryan Cave
Mrs. Suzy Hall Country Club Trust
Mrs. Katie Hall Community Volunteer
Mr. Chris Hernandez Kansas City Communications Office
Mr. Mike Heule Helix Architecture & Design
Mr. Dan Huesman FedEx Ground
Mr. Matthew Hufft Hufft Projects
Mrs. Jesse Hufft Hufft Projects
Heather Humphrey EsquireKCP&L
Ms. Ashley Hutcheson EsquireBurns & McDonnell
Michael Judy EsquireDysart Taylor Cotter McMonigle & Montemore
Ms. Molly Kerr MOBANK Private Wealth
Mr. Brian Kessens Tortoise Capital Advisors
Mrs. Leslie Wornall Kostner Lockton Companies
Mr. Matt Linski Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Mr. Robbie Makinen Jackson County
Mrs. Shelly Marsh Community Volunteer
Karen McLeese EsquireCBIZ Benefits and Insurance
Mrs. Courtney Moilanen Durrie Vision
Chris Nease EsquireShook, Hardy& Bacon
Mrs. Angie Nease Community Volunteer
Jessica Nichols O.D.Fairway Eye Center
Johann Ohly M.D.Kansas City Eye Clinic
Mr. David Olson Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City
Mrs. Cathy Rayfield US General Services Administration
Ms. Madeline Romious AT & T
Mrs. Rachel Schaumburg Community Volunteer
Mrs. Caryll Schultz Community Volunteer
Mrs. Marny Sherman Community Volunteer
Erin Stahl M.D.Children's Mercy Hospital
Mrs. Carmen Thum Community Volunteer
Mr. Bob Vansickle Retired
Mr. Trey Williams VML
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
Caucasian 39
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 16
Female 27
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 60%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 67%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 5
Standing Committees
Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Executive
Finance
Human Resources / Personnel
Marketing
Nominating
Program / Program Planning
Advisory Board Members
NameAffiliation
Mr. Nelson Auer Retired
Mrs. Linda Baker Nobles Community Volunteer
Mr. David Barker Retired
Mr. David Bernstein Beauty Brands
Mr. Wally Brockhoff Attorney
Mrs. Rose Bryant Community Volunteer
Mr. J. Grant Burcham Missouri Bank
Mrs. Laura Chisholm
Mrs. Sally Cobb Community Volunteer
Mrs. Linda Cook Community Volunteer
Melanie Crandle O.D.NOVA Southeastern University College of Optometry
Mr. Forbes Cross Trezomare
Mrs. Jill Dean Community Volunteer
Mrs. Jenny DeVry Community Volunteer
Ms. Mary Lynne Dolembo
Mr. David Embry SelectQuote
Mr. William Frick Retired
Mr. Bill George Jr.KCI Shuttle
Mr. Max Goldman Management Services, LLC
Mrs. Pam Gyllenborg Prudential Real Estate
Mr. David E. Hall Hallmark Cards
Mrs. Marlys Haverty Community Volunteer
Mrs. Becky Johnson Community Volunteer
Mrs. Marianne Kilroy Community Volunteer
Mr. Charles Koester Jr.Business Owner
Mr. John Lathrop
Mrs. Kay Lutjen Patterson Community Volunteer
Mrs. Judy Miller Community Volunteer
Mr. Richard Miller Attorney
Adam Moore Moore Law Firm
Mr. Dale Moorman Retired
Mrs. Barbara Nelson Community Volunteer
Mrs. Linda Nocita Community Volunteer
Mrs. Betsy Piebenga Community Volunteer
Mr. Robert Puff Retired
Mrs. Sandra Reidy Community Volunteer
Mrs. Carolyn Reintjes Community Volunteer
Mr. Robert Reintjes Sr.GEO P. Reintjes
Mrs. Maryanne Roepke Retired
Mr. Rob Rogers
Mr. George Satterlee Missouri Bank and Trust
Mrs. Ela Shacklett Community Volunteer
Mr. Stu Stram National Golf Club
Mr. Kent Sullivan Attorney
Mrs. Helen Taliaferro Community Volunteer
Mr. Richard Thode PricewaterhouseCoopers
Mrs. Carmen Thum
Mrs. Liz Uhlmann Community Volunteer
Mrs. Addie Ward Community Volunteer
Mr. William Waugh IIIRetired
Mr. Henry Werner Retired
Mr. David Westbrook Children's Mercy Hospital
Mr. Kip Wiggins Attorney
Mr. Phil Witt Fox 4
Mrs. Pam Woodard Community Volunteer
Mr. John C. Wurst Henry Wurst Company
CEO Comments

CCVI is fortunate to have engaged, dedicated and loyal individuals on our Board of Directors, Advisory Board, CCVI's 20/20 Club, Parent Group, volunteers, and staff. We, as a staff, could never accomplish what we do without these wonderful individuals.

Financials
Fiscal Year Start Aug 01, 2017
Fiscal Year End July 31, 2018
Projected Revenue $4,177,406
Projected Expenses $4,205,615
Endowment Value $9,118,994
Spending Policy Percentage
Percentage 3.5
Form 990s
Audit Documents
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FYE 7/31/2016, 2015, 2014: Financial data reported using the IRS 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 Year201620152014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$944,351$941,304$1,012,053
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Federal------
State------
Local------
Unspecified$0$0$0
Individual Contributions------
$93,913$50,000$50,000
$1,901,706$1,858,888$1,583,805
Investment Income, Net of Losses$60,070$281,680$435,057
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$571,820$555,274$523,428
Revenue In-Kind$104,342$59,131$79,449
Other$0$0$0
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$3,248,503$2,802,858$2,866,872
Administration Expense$534,702$435,634$399,234
Fundraising Expense$285,957$274,658$279,779
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.901.071.04
Program Expense/Total Expenses80%80%81%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue18%18%18%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$10,249,041$10,789,006$10,661,132
Current Assets$1,619,344$2,217,525$2,533,283
Long-Term Liabilities$5,413$0$0
Current Liabilities$46,392$100,723$106,089
Total Net Assets$10,197,236$10,688,283$10,555,043
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities34.9122.0223.88
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountAnonymous $170,000Anonymous $500,000 --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountAnonymous $100,000Anonymous $100,396 --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountAnonymous $100,000Anonymous $100,000 --
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years No
Organization Comments

CCVI's budget is $4.2 million for 2017-18. Fees for service, which include contracts from local school districts and the states of Missouri and Kansas, account for about half of our revenue. We need to raise the remaining almost $2 million and that is a huge task. Because CCVI is the only agency serving our community's very youngest blind children and because the greatest window of opportunity for a blind child is the first five years of life, we feel a tremendous obligation to make sure that every child referred to us receives our services quickly.  

Our biggest challenge is raising the funds necessary each year to serve all the children who need our services and serving them with the continued high quality of talented teachers and therapists and low ratio of staff to children.  As medicine continues to make advancements in the care of children born at earlier stages of prematurity and children who are born with multiple disabilities, there is a greater number of children who need the services of CCVI.  The eyes are the second to last organ to develop in utero and we continue to see more and more visual impairment concerns with premature babies.  Blind and visually impaired children, and especially those children with multiple disabilities, require a significant amount of therapeutic support to overcome development delays or to experience educational gains in these early, formative years.  The cost to CCVI this year to provide one hour of therapeutic service to a child is $209.  Reimbursement rates are often significantly below that amount and costs can add up quickly for a family who is privately paying for their child to attend CCVI.   We are committed to our mission of helping every blind and visually impaired child in our community reach their highest potential in the sighted world.  Every year, it is a bigger challenge to raise the funds necessary to meet that need. 

Investment in CCVI's programs is a good, solid investment for our community's very youngest blind children.  76 cents every dollar donated to CCVI is invested directly in programming.  Studies show that every $1.00 invested in programs of early intervention and education for children with disabilities will result in savings later of up to $17.00 due to higher tax revenues, reductions in special education services, and other costs.
Organization Name Children's Center for the Visually Impaired (CCVI)
Address 3101 Main Street
Kansas City, MO 641111921
Primary Phone (816) 841-2284
Contact Email info@ccvi.org
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Nicola Heskett
Board Chair Mr. Brian Kessens
Board Chair Company Affiliation Tortoise Capital Advisors
Year of Incorporation 1967
Former Names
Children's Special Education Center