Children's Center for the Visually Impaired (CCVI)
3101 Main Street
Kansas City MO 64111-1921
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 841-2284
Fax 816- 753-7836
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. Molly Turner
Board Chair Ms. Lisa Chase
Board Chair Company Affiliation
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1967
Former Names
Kansas City Nursery School for the Blind
Volunteer Opportunities
Ways to donate, support, or volunteer
More than 37% of CCVI's annual budget must be raised through donations from individuals, corporations, foundations, and special events. Online donations can be made by check, Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover, or online at www.ccvi.org.
CCVI has dozens of volunteer opportunities Please visit our website at www.ccvi.org to find volunteer opportunities.
 
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, Missouri, 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 entry point for most of CCVI’s clients is the Early Intervention Program. After a child is referred to CCVI, initial screening and assessments are conducted at the child’s home. The EIP provides regularly scheduled home-based instruction, therapies, and center-based evaluations of the infant and toddler’s developmental progress, beginning as soon as the child is diagnosed until the child’s third birthday. The program offers a comprehensive, individualized educational and therapy program for infants and toddlers who have significant visual impairments that impact learning and development. Early intervention teachers and therapists work with parents in regularly scheduled home visits to provide strategies and activities 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 system. 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) 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, and field trips are also 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 orientation and mobility (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 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 67 years of serving children who are blind or visually impaired. One of our top three accomplishments for 2018-19 was providing scholarships on a sliding scale of financial need to all 242 children from 50 communities on both sides of the state line. CCVI provided 47,294 units of therapy. 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 to ensure that the medical and educational needs of our families and students are being met and that families get information about coping and self-care when receiving a difficult diagnosis. Thirdly, we continued offering center-based sessions in music therapy, orientation and mobility, and aquatic therapy for students and alums as part of our CCVI University, a program that offers training and engagement opportunities for our parents. In addition, we launched a pilot learning series about the Expanded Core Curriculum to help parents understand the services to which their child is entitled under the law as they matriculate into kindergarten.
 
Our top three goals for CCVI in 2019-20:
  • Provide a rich learning environment that is complemented by robust therapeutic support and focused on defining and achieving school readiness for our target population.
  • Provide regular opportunities for families to gain knowledge for how to support their child(ren) and themselves and build relationships with other families of blind or visually impaired children through educational, self-care, and recreational engagement opportunities.
  • Continue to optimize referral and billing processes to maximize efficiencies in service delivery.

CCVI is the only center in the Kansas City area that offers specialized instruction and therapy for young blind and visually impaired children, including those with multiple disabilities, from birth through the age of six. CCVI’s program is unique in the United States, with only seven other similar programs operating across the country.
 
The National Accreditation Council for Blind Low Vision Services (NAC) has accredited CCVI for the maximum accreditation term of five years. CCVI is a licensed childcare facility and is a state-approved educational facility with active contracts with school districts in both Kansas and Missouri. CCVI’s program includes consulting services and supportive family education, regardless of families’ financial means. More than 10,000 children have been served during CCVI’s 67 years of existence.
Needs Statement
Our top four most pressing needs are:
  • Securing scholarship funding for all the children. CCVI does not want to turn away any child and family in need of our services. 54% of our children are considered low-income or below the poverty level and the average annual cost per student is over $40,000. Total tuition and therapeutic costs for some students are over $100,000.
  • Recruiting and retaining specialized service providers, including orientation and mobility specialists and dually certified teachers of the visually impaired, and providing regular continuing education. Providing rich learning and hands-on experiences such as field trips in the community and activities in our sensory garden to help children increase their independence in home, school, and community environments.
  • Offering a Transitional Kindergarten Program focused on kindergarten readiness that considers the needs of the whole child.
  • Deepening relationships with mental and behavioral health service providers in order to provide trauma-sensitive professional development, education, and supports for CCVI staff and parents.
 
According to the American Printing House for the Blind’s 2018 annual report, there are 63,501 U.S. children, youth, and adult students in educational settings who are legally blind with approximately 1,448 blind school-age individuals in Missouri and 791 in Kansas.
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
MO - Ray
Geographic Area Served Narrative
Zip codes served:
 
Kansas – 66021, 66027, 66030, 66048, 66049, 66061, 66062, 66083, 66205, 66206, 66208, 66209, 66210, 66211, 66212, 66215, 66216, 66219, 66224, 66227, 67002, and 67501
 
Missouri – 64011, 64012, 64024, 64029, 64030, 64034, 64050, 64052, 64054, 64055, 64056, 64060, 64061, 64062, 64063, 64064, 64068, 64075, 64082, 64083, 64084, 64086, 64089, 64093, 64106, 64108, 64109, 64110, 64111, 64112, 64113, 64114, 64116, 64118, 64119, 64123, 64127, 64128, 64130, 64131, 64133, 64134, 64137, 64138, 64145, 64149, 64151, 64152, 64154, 64155, 64468, 64503, 64504, 64505, 64507, 64601, 64772, 65270, 65301, and 65336
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement CCVI is the only agency/preschool dedicated to serving children with visual impairments in the region. We are proud to continue to meet the educational and developmental needs of infants and children with visual impairments and multiple disabilities within a comprehensive model of providing a full complement of therapies, both in-home and in the preschool. The challenge of continuing to provide a full complement of therapeutic services requires us to be highly resourceful in identifying new funding sources in a highly competitive funding environment. We are committed to serving as the local and regional resource meet the needs of our children and families regardless of ability to pay. The highly-subsidized service model, in which no family pays more than 25% of actual tuition and therapy cost of the preschool, requires us to leverage public and private funding to continue to operate this comprehensive level of services, particularly since we receive no insurance reimbursement for services provided to children.
Programs
Description
The Early Intervention Program (EIP) is a comprehensive, individualized educational and therapy program for infants who are blind or visually impaired 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 a social worker. CCVI sends a teacher of the blind and therapists to the homes of more than 200 infants and toddlers who are blind 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 children, staff traveled 91,250 miles last year.
Program Budget $1,080,790.00
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 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 2018-2019 school year, CCVI's 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 children two to six years of age who are blind or visually impaired. Classes at CCVI 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. Additional services available are 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. Sighted peers are integrated into each of the classrooms to create a community of learners where every student is a contributing member and individual skills, talents and abilities are strengthened. CCVI also offers an extended school year in the summer for five weeks.
Program Budget $2,305,079.00
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 2018-19 school year, our performance goal was that 90% of preschool children will make progress on at least 70% of their benchmarks. We found that 77% of the children demonstrated progress on at least 70% of their benchmarks. 
Description CCVI also provides Outreach Services. CCVI sends 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. The 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 $0.00
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 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 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. 
Examples of Program Success
As mentioned above, we do not measure outcomes on these school district students.
 
CEO Comments
CCVI's budget is $4,161,397 for 2019-20. 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 $2 million and that is a huge task. Because CCVI is the only agency serving our community's youngest children who are blind and because their greatest window of opportunity is in 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 annual fundraising to serve all the children needing our services while continuing to provide high quality, talented teachers and therapists and with a low staff to children ratio. 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 needing CCVI’s services. 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. Children who are blind or visually impaired, 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 of an hour of services from the CCVI Early Intervention Program is $250, and reimbursement from Missouri First Steps has been a static $68 per hour for many years and is unlikely to change. 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 child who is blind or visually impaired 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 youngest children who are blind or visually impaired. Seventy-six cents of every dollar donated to CCVI is invested directly into programming. Studies show that every dollar 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.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Ms. Molly Turner
Term Start July 2018
Experience

Molly Turner, CCVI’s Executive Director. She joined the CCVI staff as Executive Director in July 2018. She has a bachelor of science in Business Administration and an M.B.A. in Nonprofit Management, manages a staff of 70 individuals, and works with a 41-member Board of Directors.

Former CEOs
NameTerm
Ms. Mary Lynne DolemboOct 1980 - Aug 2013
Ms. Nicola Heskett J.D.July 2013 - July 2018
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 more than 25 years of experience working with special needs children. She joined the CCVI staff in 1992.
Title Director of Development
Experience/Biography

Ms. Steele has 10 years of non-profit development experience. Prior to joining us, Amanda was the Director of Development for Planned Parenthood Great Plains where she managed major gifts, capital campaigns, institutional giving, and special events, raising over $3 million during her time there. In her role, Amanda managed development staff, including the grants writer, data analyst, and special events manager and oversaw all aspects of their work. Before her time at Planned Parenthood Great Plains, Amanda was the Senior Manager of Development for Bike MS at the National MS Society. She oversaw $2 million per fiscal year in revenue while supervising strategy development and implementation, recruitment and cultivation plans, portfolio management and budgeting and logistical oversight. In addition to her development and fundraising background, Amanda has extensive experience in executing events of various sizes across the country.

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 Preschool Program Director
Experience/Biography Ms. Taylor has a master’s degree in special education with an emphasis in visual impairment. She joined the staff of CCVI as a classroom teacher in 2009 and transitioned to braille instruction in 2014. She became the Preschool Program Director in 2019.
Title Chief Financial Officer
Experience/Biography

Kim has a Bachelor's in Accounting with more than 25-years experience in the nonprofit and for-profit world. She joined CCVI in July 2009. She was named Chief Financial Officer in 2019 and oversees CCVI's financial and administrative teams.

Title Director of Therapy
Experience/Biography

Danielle serves both the Center-Based and Infant Programs and has 14 years experience working with infants, toddlers, and school-age children. She has a Bachelor of Health Science in Physical Therapy from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She is certified in Neuro-Developmental Treatment for the management and treatment of children with Cerebral Palsy and other neuromotor disorders. Joined the staff in 2010. 

Staff
Paid Full-Time Staff 56
Paid Part-Time Staff 14
Paid Contractors 2
Volunteers 650
Retention Rate 82%
Staff Diversity (Ethnicity)
African American/Black 4
Caucasian 62
Hispanic/Latino 2
Native American/American Indian 1
Other 1
Staff Diversity (Gender)
Female 67
Male 3
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
Pediatric ophthalmologists in Kansas City play an important role in the Early Intervention Program or preschool/kindergarten program by referring children and families to CCVI. Children’s Mercy Hospital provides the majority of referrals for families with infants diagnosed with blindness or visual impairment. When an ophthalmologist examines a child with a visual impairment, he or she provides the family with CCVI’s contact information. Children’s Mercy Hospital also accepts referrals from CCVI families in need of mental health services.
 
CCVI is part of the Children's Center Campus collaboration/strategic alliance with Ability KC. The two agencies are autonomous but share a facility in which children with and without disabilities interact daily.
 
CCVI works with more than 20 school districts and two state schools in Kansas and Missouri. CCVI also has strong partnerships with institutions of higher education (i.e. Texas Tech, Missouri State, University of Arkansas, and Stephen S. Austin) that deliver formal and continuing education for the teachers of the visually impaired and additional highly specialized staff such as certified orientation and mobility specialists.
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
CCVI's budget is $4,161,397 for 2019-20. 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 $2 million and that is a huge task. Because CCVI is the only agency serving our community's youngest children who are blind and because their greatest window of opportunity is in 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 annual fundraising to serve all the children needing our services while continuing to provide high quality, talented teachers and therapists and with a low staff to children ratio. 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 needing CCVI’s services. 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. Children who are blind or visually impaired, 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 of an hour of services from the CCVI Early Intervention Program is $250, and reimbursement from Missouri First Steps has been a static $68 per hour for many years and is unlikely to change. 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 child who is blind or visually impaired 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 youngest children who are blind or visually impaired. Seventy-six cents of every dollar donated to CCVI is invested directly into programming. Studies show that every dollar 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.
Board Chair
Board Chair Ms. Lisa Chase
Term July 2019 to June 2020
Email lisachase@me.com
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Mr. Lyle AlexanderBKD
Mrs. Stacia AlmquistAssurant Employee Benefits
Mrs. Sarah ArkellCommunity Volunteer
Dawn Bircher O.D.Kansas City Eye Clinic
Ms. Kelly BradleyKCP&L
Michael Cassell M.D.Sabates Eye Centers
Mrs. Lisa ChaseCommunity Volunteer
Ms. Deanna DieboltDemdaco
Ms. Carol Eskridge
Mrs. Adrienne FisherReal Estate
Ms. Kate GibbsChildren's Mercy Hospital
Tom Greaves EsquireLathrop & Gage
Beth Haden EsquireBryan Cave
Mrs. Suzy HallCountry Club Trust
Mrs. Katie HallCommunity Volunteer
Ms. Sarah HermesLockton
Mr. Dan HuesmanFedEx Ground
Ms. Ashley Hutcheson EsquireBurns & McDonnell
Michael Judy EsquireDysart Taylor Cotter McMonigle & Montemore
Ms. Molly KerrMOBANK Private Wealth
Ms. Katie KoppReal Estate
Mr. Matt LinskiBank of America Merrill Lynch
Mr. Robbie MakinenJackson County
Mrs. Shelly MarshCommunity Volunteer
Karen McLeese EsquireCBIZ Benefits and Insurance
Mrs. Courtney MoilanenDurrie Vision
Ms. Kathleeen NelsonAmerican Century
Jessica Nichols O.D.Fairway Eye Center
Johann Ohly M.D.Kansas City Eye Clinic
Mr. David OlsonBlue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City
Ms. Laura Plummer M.D.Children's Mercy Hospital
Mrs. Cathy RayfieldUS General Services Administration
Mrs. Caryll SchultzCommunity Volunteer
Mrs. Carmen ThumCommunity Volunteer
Mr. Bob VansickleRetired
Mr. Trey WilliamsHallmark
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
Caucasian 35
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 9
Female 26
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 77%
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 AuerRetired
Mrs. Linda Baker NoblesCommunity Volunteer
Mr. David BarkerRetired
Mr. David BernsteinBeauty Brands
Mr. Wally BrockhoffAttorney
Mrs. Rose BryantCommunity Volunteer
Mr. J. Grant BurchamMissouri Bank
Mrs. Laura Chisholm
Mrs. Sally CobbCommunity Volunteer
Mrs. Linda CookCommunity Volunteer
Melanie Crandle O.D.NOVA Southeastern University College of Optometry
Mr. Forbes CrossTrezomare
Mrs. Jill DeanCommunity Volunteer
Mrs. Jenny DeVryCommunity Volunteer
Ms. Mary Lynne Dolembo
Mr. David EmbrySelectQuote
Mr. William FrickRetired
Mr. Bill George Jr.KCI Shuttle
Mr. Max GoldmanManagement Services, LLC
Mrs. Pam GyllenborgPrudential Real Estate
Mr. David E. HallHallmark Cards
Mrs. Marlys HavertyCommunity Volunteer
Mrs. Becky JohnsonCommunity Volunteer
Mrs. Marianne KilroyCommunity Volunteer
Mr. Charles Koester Jr.Business Owner
Mr. John Lathrop
Mrs. Kay Lutjen PattersonCommunity Volunteer
Mrs. Judy MillerCommunity Volunteer
Mr. Richard MillerAttorney
Mr. Dale MoormanRetired
Mrs. Barbara NelsonCommunity Volunteer
Mrs. Linda NocitaCommunity Volunteer
Mrs. Betsy PiebengaCommunity Volunteer
Mr. Robert PuffRetired
Mrs. Sandra ReidyCommunity Volunteer
Mrs. Carolyn ReintjesCommunity Volunteer
Mr. Robert Reintjes Sr.GEO P. Reintjes
Mrs. Maryanne RoepkeRetired
Mr. Rob Rogers
Mr. George SatterleeMissouri Bank and Trust
Mrs. Ela ShacklettCommunity Volunteer
Mr. Stu StramNational Golf Club
Mr. Kent SullivanAttorney
Mrs. Helen TaliaferroCommunity Volunteer
Mr. Richard ThodePricewaterhouseCoopers
Mrs. Carmen Thum
Mrs. Liz UhlmannCommunity Volunteer
Mrs. Addie WardCommunity Volunteer
Mr. William Waugh IIIRetired
Mr. Henry WernerRetired
Mr. David WestbrookChildren's Mercy Hospital
Mr. Kip WigginsAttorney
Mr. Phil WittFox 4
Mrs. Pam WoodardCommunity Volunteer
Ms. Leslie Wornall Kostner
CEO Comments
CCVI's budget is $4,161,397 for 2019-20. 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 $2 million and that is a huge task. Because CCVI is the only agency serving our community's youngest children who are blind and because their greatest window of opportunity is in 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 annual fundraising to serve all the children needing our services while continuing to provide high quality, talented teachers and therapists and with a low staff to children ratio. 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 needing CCVI’s services. 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. Children who are blind or visually impaired, 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 of an hour of services from the CCVI Early Intervention Program is $250, and reimbursement from Missouri First Steps has been a static $68 per hour for many years and is unlikely to change. 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 child who is blind or visually impaired 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 youngest children who are blind or visually impaired. Seventy-six cents of every dollar donated to CCVI is invested directly into programming. Studies show that every dollar 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.
Financials
Fiscal Year Start Aug 01, 2019
Fiscal Year End July 31, 2020
Projected Revenue $4,161,397
Projected Expenses $4,161,397
Endowment Value $9,815,286
Spending Policy Percentage
Percentage 3.5
Form 990s
Audit Documents
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FYE 7/31/2018, 2017, 2016: 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 Year201820172016
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$885,579$1,259,522$944,351
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Federal------
State------
Local------
Unspecified$0--$0
Individual Contributions------
$105,480$126,178$93,913
$1,949,272$1,856,351$1,901,706
Investment Income, Net of Losses$464,758$383,653$60,070
Membership Dues$0--$0
Special Events$405,905$499,372$571,820
Revenue In-Kind$26,459$63,158$104,342
Other$0--$0
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201820172016
Program Expense$3,448,130$3,264,439$3,248,503
Administration Expense$483,444$437,255$534,702
Fundraising Expense$313,066$300,430$285,957
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.901.030.90
Program Expense/Total Expenses81%82%80%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201820172016
Total Assets$10,567,906$10,770,047$10,249,041
Current Assets$1,166,612$1,396,314$1,619,344
Long-Term Liabilities$3,192$4,271$5,413
Current Liabilities$67,948$37,082$46,392
Total Net Assets$10,496,766$10,728,694$10,197,236
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201820172016
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities17.1737.6534.91
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201820172016
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201820172016
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- --Anonymous $170,000
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- --Anonymous $100,000
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- --Anonymous $100,000
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years No
Organization Comments
CCVI's budget is $4,161,397 for 2019-20. 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 $2 million and that is a huge task. Because CCVI is the only agency serving our community's youngest children who are blind and because their greatest window of opportunity is in 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 annual fundraising to serve all the children needing our services while continuing to provide high quality, talented teachers and therapists and with a low staff to children ratio. 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 needing CCVI’s services. 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. Children who are blind or visually impaired, 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 of an hour of services from the CCVI Early Intervention Program is $250, and reimbursement from Missouri First Steps has been a static $68 per hour for many years and is unlikely to change. 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 child who is blind or visually impaired 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 youngest children who are blind or visually impaired. Seventy-six cents of every dollar donated to CCVI is invested directly into programming. Studies show that every dollar 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.
Other Documents
Annual Report Card2018View
Annual Report Card2017View
Annual Report Card 2015-162016View
Annual Report Card 2014-152015View
2013-14 Annual Report2014View
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. Molly Turner
Board Chair Ms. Lisa Chase
Year of Incorporation 1967
Former Names
Kansas City Nursery School for the Blind