Charlie's House
6324 N Chatham Ave, Suite 223
Kansas City KS 64151
Charlie in his swing
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (913) 375-7123
Mission Statement
The mission of Charlie's House is to prevent accidents and injuries to children in and around the home.
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Mr. J. Stuart Hoffman
Board Chair Ms. Brenda Leppin
Board Chair Company Affiliation PAR ELECTRIC
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2008
Former Names
The Safety Spot, Inc. dba Charlie's Safe Haven
Volunteer Opportunities
Ways to donate, support, or volunteer You may help to keep children safe in and around the home by donating to Charlie's House by clicking the "Donate" button on our website (www.charlieshouse.org) or by sending a check to Charlie's House at 6324 N. Chatham Ave., Suite 223, Kansas City, MO  64151.  Thank you for your support of child safety.
Financial Summary
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Statements
Mission Statement The mission of Charlie's House is to prevent accidents and injuries to children in and around the home.
Background Statement

On November 1, 2007, Charlie Horn, a 2-year-old Kansas City boy, was killed when he attempted to climb a 30" dresser in his home. Through this tragedy, Charlie's House was born. Charlie’s House is dedicated to preventing injuries to children in and around the home. To achieve our mission, we deliver educational programming on home safety and intend to construct a permanent Safety Demonstration Home, where programming will be tangible and accessible.

At Charlie’s House, we have two core beliefs:

  1. Home safety is attainable for anyone and necessary to everyone.
  2. Maintaining safety is an ongoing process.

Everyone has a Charlie in their lives – someone they long to protect. Charlie’s House addresses an issue that affects every one of us.

Impact Statement
Top accomplishments in the past year include: 
  1. Distribution – In 2018, Charlie's House distributed more than 75,000 safety items and thousands of safety checklists to families through the website, social media and community partners. These items include furniture straps, television straps, outlet covers, gun locks, cabinet locks, Charlie's Checklist, Home Safety slides and generic business cards (to send people to our website and social media). 
  2. Educational Website – The Charlie’s House website (www.charlieshouse.org) is a tremendous resource for child safety information. The website offers a printable safety checklist, a virtual house, powerpoint presentations about child safety, monthly safety articles, newsletters, links to social media, links to popular safety articles and information, and much more. Additionally, visitors to our website can order complimentary safety information and products through our site. 
  3. Physicians Alliance: Charlie's House has formed relationships with pediatricians and family doctors throughout the Kansas City community as well as nearby communities to create a distribution network to distribute Charlie's Checklists. 
  4. Partnerships: Charlie's House has formed multiple partnerships to help prevent injuries (or worse) to children in and around the home. We have partnered with the Consumer Product Safety Commission with their Anchor It and Pool Safety campaigns. 
Top goals for the current year include:
  1. Increase the distribution of safety items and home safety educational materials.
  2. Increase awareness of Charlie’s House brand through social media, website traffic, participation in health fairs, and speaking engagements.
  3. Open the nation's first Safety Demonstration model home.
  4. Develop a strategic business plan to address the anticipated increase of demand on programs and safety materials as well as formalizing the organization's operational Infrastructure to prepare for growth in volunteer opportunities and the addition of staff. 
Needs Statement
Charlie’s House is in need of the following:
  1. Additional revenue sources to support and increase need with safety materials distributed to families. 
  2. Volunteers to assist with special events, exhibits and operational areas. 
  3. An expanded network of healthcare professionals to help promote programs and services. 
Service Categories
Safety Education
Consumer Protection
Family Services (Adolescent Parents)
Areas of Service
KS - Wyandotte County
KS - Johnson County
MO - Jackson County
MO - Clay County
MO - Platte County
National
Geographic Area Served Narrative

Charlie’s House focuses on the five-county metro area in delivering educational presentation and distribution of safety items. However, through social media and the Organization’s website, our reach extends throughout the country. Every year, we are contacted by individuals all over the country requesting Charlie’s Checklist and safety items.

CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement

One of the greatest assets for Charlie’s House is the commitment and leadership of the founders, Brett and Jenny Horn, and the Board of Directors. In 2018, Charlie’s House broke ground on what will be a national model safety home near the campus of Children’s Mercy Hospital near Hospital Hill. It is expected to open in late 2019 and will serve as the Organization’s beacon as we move our mission forward. Reaching this milestone in the life of Charlie’s House happened because of the many dedicated leaders who stayed the course.

While other great milestones were reached throughout the history of Charlie’s House, 2019 will undoubtedly be considered a year in which the Organization began moving toward more significant growth. Included in this growth are the number of families served, our operations, financial support – including philanthropy and the network individuals and organizations.

Charlie’s House fulfills a critical need in the Kansas City community – preventing accidents and injuries to children about the home. We do this through education and distribution of safety devices. Through our work, thousands of parents have acted to safeguard their home and protect their loved ones. Providing the number of children saved as a result of our work is important and demonstrates the impact of our work. Perhaps even more important is knowing we saved one child’s life.

Programs
Description
Charlie’s Checklist is a simple list highlighting home-safety improvements caregivers can easily make themselves to make their home as safe as possible.
 
Charlie’s Checklist was developed by experts on our Education Committee, who identified the top five causes of home accidents – burns, falls, choking or suffocation, poisoning, and drowning – then created Charlie’s Checklist to help families and caregivers avoid these most common problems. In addition, the group created a safety presentation which can be customized to audiences as they request assistance.
Category Public Safety, Disaster Services, General/Other Safety Education
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Short-Term Success
  1. Charlie’s Checklist will be reviewed/accessed by at least 1,000 people annually through speakers’ bureau presentations and website hits.
  2. Clients who review Charlie’s Checklist will identify at least one step they can take immediately to improve their home safety.
Long-Term Success
We are working toward establishing partnerships with local pediatrician offices. We intend to provide pediatricians with new patient safety kits and direct links to our website from theirs for their patients.
 
Our hope is that ultimately, in-home accidents for children under the age of 18 will decrease in the Kansas City area. The ultimate goal is to eliminate accidental death in the home.
Program Success Monitored By We measure success through the use of pre- and post-tests at presentations and through the number of hits received by our website.
Examples of Program Success Charlie’s Checklist is reviewed quarterly and revised to respond to current issues. Approximately 25,000 Checklists have been distributed since the inception of Charlie’s House at presentations, community outreach events, health fairs, home shows, and back-to-school fairs. 
Description
We have created a three-dimensional virtual safety demonstration home on our website (www.charlieshouse.org), that guests can tour to identify potential accident spots within the home, and find tips, recommendations, and how-to’s on making those spots safer. Our website gives us an unlimited reach to our target audience.
 
Charlie’s Virtual House is managed by the Education Committee, who utilizes information from Charlie’s Checklist to provide the safety content on the Virtual House. Content is reviewed quarterly and the website is updated accordingly. We take the information provided on Charlie’s Virtual House very seriously, as we consider ourselves to be a resource for families with children of all ages – not just small children.
Category Public Safety, Disaster Services, General/Other Safety Education
Population Served Families
Short-Term Success
  1. Charlie’s Virtual House will be reviewed / accessed by at least 1,000 people annually through website hits.
  2. Clients who utilize Charlie’s Virtual House will identify at least one step they can take immediately to improve their home safety.
Long-Term Success Our hope is that ultimately, in-home accidents for children under the age of 18 will decrease in the Kansas City area. The ultimate goal is to eliminate accidental death in the home.
Program Success Monitored By We currently measure success with Charlie’s Virtual House through the number of website hits.
Examples of Program Success
In 2016 the Charlie's House website received over 35,000 page views.
Description
The Physician's Alliance is a program to distribute the Charlie's Checklist (home safety check list) to families via Pediatrician offices in the greater Kansas City area.  To date over 30,000 safety check lists have been distributed all around the metro area with ongoing plans to continue distribution of the information.  The printing and distribution is accomplished in partnership with Children's Mercy Hospital, Shawnee Mission Medical Center, HCA Hospitals, North Kansas City Hospital, the Kansas Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatricians and Pediatricians and Family Doctors throughout the Kansas City metro area. 
Program Budget $10,000.00
Category Public Safety, Disaster Services, General/Other Safety Education
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success
Our initial distribution of 10,000 check lists was accomplished quickly and with the cooperation of the community pediatricians, and we've continued to grow this distribution because we've continued to grow both partnerships and sponsorships. The goal is to have a sustainable mechanism to provide families with actionable information via their pediatrician or family doctor.
Long-Term Success
Prevent injury to children in and around the home.  This specific program focus is to create a greater awareness and drive traffic to either the web site or ultimately to the permanent safety demonstration house.
Program Success Monitored By
Distribution volume will be monitored on an ongoing basis via reporting by our various partners. It will be difficult to measure the impact on preventive injuries by this program alone as it is part of a comprehensive education strategy. 
Examples of Program Success
The program was initiated in 2012 and we continue to grow distribution channels and sponsorships (Crowley Furniture, Children's Mercy, and State Farm have continued to support the Physicians Alliance).  And hospitals and Pediatricians are now requesting additional (new) child safety materials for them to distribute.  The relationships are growing, and the program is growing. 
Description Charlie's House helps to fulfill its mission by distributing child safety information and items.  Specifically, we distribute furniture straps, television straps, cabinet locks, outlet covers, Charlie's Checklists and Home Safety Slides.  In 2016 alone, we distributed over 65,000 of the above items, completely on a complimentary basis.  Since inception, Charlie's House has now distributed over 250,000 pieces of child safety information and products.
Program Budget $75,000.00
Category Education, General/Other Education, General/Other
Population Served Families
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success Charlie's House has distributed over 65,000 pieces of safety information and materials (furniture straps, gun locks, television straps, cabinet locks, outlet covers, Charlie's Checklists and Home Safety Slides) in 2016 alone.
Long-Term Success Since inception, Charlie's House has now distributed over 250,000 pieces of child safety information and products/materials.
Program Success Monitored By While it's difficult to track the injuries (or worse) that didn't occur because of our distribution of information and products, we know that tens of thousands of people have been positively impacted by our distribution program. We can also monitor by the decline of ER visits by children due to an injury in or around the home.
Examples of Program Success The notes from parents, grandparents and caregivers of young children keep reminding us of the tremendous impact that we're having.
CEO Comments We are growing the quantity and quality of our programs in which we support our mission.  As we've continued to build relationships, grow our Board, grow our committees and grow our volunteers, our impact has grow considerably.  Whether it's the number of page views on our website, the number of items that we distribute, the number of people impacted through our Physicians Alliance or the number of people that attend our safety presentations or events, our numbers have continued to grow.  As such, we have continued to fulfill our mission (to keep children safe in and around the home) to a great degree.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Mr. J. Stuart Hoffman
Term Start Mar 2019
Experience
  • Certified Fund Raising Executive since 2003
  • 25 years of Fund Development and Marketing Experience
  • Past President, Association of Fundraising Professionals
  • Adjunct Faculty, Rockhurst University & UMKC 
  • AFP Fundraising 101 presenter for 18 years
Former CEOs
NameTerm
John McCartney-
Annette Teson- Oct 2012
Staff
Paid Full-Time Staff 1
Paid Part-Time Staff 1
Paid Contractors 0
Volunteers 55
Staff Diversity (Ethnicity)
Caucasian 2
Staff Diversity (Gender)
Female 1
Male 1
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Bi-Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
Non-Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Yes
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Under Development
Management Succession Plan No
Organization Policy and Procedures No
Nondiscrimination Policy No
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Collaborations
  • Children's Mercy Hospital Clinics
  • HCA Hospitals
  • Grandparents Against Gun Violence
  • North Kansas City Hospital
  • Operation Breakthrough 
Affiliations
AffiliationYear
AFP (Association of Fundraising Professionals)2018
Nonprofit Connect of Greater Kansas City2018
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? No
CEO Comments The Board of Directors of Charlie's House have moved forward in building strong operations and preparing the Organization for growth. A new strategic plan is under development to address significant growth that will require additional volunteer support and new staff. As Charlie's House moves into a new growth period, the board of directors are well aware of the need to consider the impact of opening up a new Home that will serve as an example for other communities to duplicate. To achieve success as a leader in the realm of home safety, Charlie's House is developing an even stronger business operation and setting benchmarks to effectively and efficiently reach the next level.  
Board Chair
Board Chair Ms. Brenda Leppin
Company Affiliation PAR ELECTRIC
Term Jan 2017 to Dec 2019
Email BLeppin@ParElectric.com
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Ms. Rynekah Barbour RNJohnson County Health & Education
Ms. Diana BeckmanPolsinelli
Ms. Lynne BockCommunity Volunteer
Mr. Bob FinufChildren’s Mercy Integrated Care Solutions
Dr. Harvey Grossman MDPediatric Care Specialists
Mr. Mathew HizerHoneywell
Mr. Brett HornMajor Saver
Mrs. Jenny HornCerner Corporation
Ms. Brenda LeppinPAR Electronic Contractors, Inc
Ms. Heather McMichael
Mr. Brendan McPhersonPolsinelli
Mrs. Cindy MenseRetired, Children’s Mercy Family Health Partners
Mr. Bob Renton
Ms. Katie SchatteSafe Kids Johnson County
Dr. Gabe Schifman DOHCA Midwest, Overland Park Regional Hospital, Emergency Room Medicial Director
Ms. Leah SmithState Farm Insurance
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 15
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 7
Female 9
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 75%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Under Development
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
Building
Capital Campaign
Executive
Finance
Marketing
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Advisory Board Members
NameAffiliation
Maggie Collins
Dr. Denise Dowd
Christa Dubill
Dr. Milton Fowler
Maureen Huffer
Phyllis Larimore
Jim Rine
CEO Comments Charlie's House is fortunate to have a very talented and committed board of directors. Throughout the years, these individuals have provided hands-on work to move the Organization's mission to reach more individuals and develop programs. As Charlie's House reaches a new level of operation, the board is strategically planning the future of the Organization to address future growth. Proactively addressing new opportunities, including increased demand on current programs and supplies, the establishment of new programs, resulting from the opening of a further model safety demonstration home, the need to add additional volunteers and new leadership to the board the bring new skills sets.
Financials
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2019
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2019
Projected Revenue $250,000
Projected Expenses $207,000
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2017, 2016, 2015: Financial data reported using the IRS Form 990.
  • Foundation/corporate revenue line item may include contributions from individuals. 
Detailed Financials
 
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$99,788$124,753$72,593
Administration Expense$43,735$31,123$65,382
Fundraising Expense$49,431$33,980$41,782
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.421.021.48
Program Expense/Total Expenses52%66%40%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$1,088,885$1,026,284$1,031,549
Current Assets$1,088,885$1,026,284$1,031,125
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$8,749$27,675$35,984
Total Net Assets$1,080,136$998,609$995,565
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities124.4637.0828.66
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
Campaign Purpose To raise funds to build a permanent safety demonstration model house.
Goal $1,100,000.00
Dates May 2011 to Dec 2017
Amount Raised to Date $1,100,000.00 as of June 2017
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years Yes
Organization Comments We are currently conducting an audit for the 2018 fiscal year.
Other Documents
2015 Annual Report2015View
Organization Name Charlie's House
Address 6324 N Chatham Ave, Suite 223
Kansas City, KS 64151
Primary Phone (913) 375-7123
CEO/Executive Director Mr. J. Stuart Hoffman
Board Chair Ms. Brenda Leppin
Board Chair Company Affiliation PAR ELECTRIC
Year of Incorporation 2008
Former Names
The Safety Spot, Inc. dba Charlie's Safe Haven