Kansas Pediatric Foundation
24905 W. 86th Terrace
Lenexa KS 66227
Mission Statement
Our mission is to develop partnerships with individuals, foundations, and organizations who share our commitment for a healthy and meaningful life for our children and adolescents in Kansas. The Kansas Pediatric Foundation is the charitable arm of Kansas Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics. 
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Chris Steege
Board Chair Dr. Jennifer Mellick
Board Chair Company Affiliation Pediatric Partners, PA
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2004
Financial Summary
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Mission Statement Our mission is to develop partnerships with individuals, foundations, and organizations who share our commitment for a healthy and meaningful life for our children and adolescents in Kansas. The Kansas Pediatric Foundation is the charitable arm of Kansas Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics. 
Background Statement The Kansas Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics (KAAP) incorporated in 1977 as a member association of pediatric physicians caring for children. Our mission is the attainment by all infants, children, adolescents, and young adults of their full potential for physical, mental, emotional, and social health. In summer of 2004, the Chapter received the Outstanding Medium Chapter Award from the American Academy of Pediatrics, then again in 2011. In 2004, KAAP established the Kansas Pediatric Foundation (KPF) as a 501(c) 3 organization to develop partnerships with individuals, foundations and corporations who share our commitment to a healthy and meaningful life for all children. KPF is responsible for ensuring all gifts to the foundation are accepted and managed appropriately.
Impact Statement
KPF has been handing out books through Turn a Page. Touch a Mind.® (TAP-TAM) since 2004!  With 83 sites throughout the state and over 700,000 distributed to Kansas kids we are very proud of all that we have accomplished. 

TAP-TAM medical providers gave over 120,000 books to Kansas kids in 2015 and are expected to exceed 125,000 books in 2016.  Participating medical providers have shared with KPF that watching children light up when they get their new book at well check visits from 6 months to 5 years makes this one of the most rewarding programs that they work with. 

With the success of TAP-TAM, the Kansas Pediatric Foundation board has decided to create the Kansas Kids Fund that will support projects that make a positive impact on the health of Kansas kids.  This funding will support initiatives like obesity, secondhand smoke exposure, oral health, early brain development, mental health, and more.  

The mental health provider directory on the new website, www.kansaskidlink.org is something that Kansas has never had before and we are proud to have accomplished. The website features a state map where parents or primary care providers can click on their county to see a listing of the mental health providers in their community. This puts access to important mental health resources at the fingertips of Kansans who need them. The Kansas KidLink Endowment will provide funding to maintain this website and database far into the future so that Kansans can continue to benefit from this service.
The main goal this year is to grow the Early Literacy Endowment fund so that we can bring on new sites in the future. Strengthening the endowment fund will keep the program steady as book costs increase and during times of market instability. Right now, there are physician practices on the waiting list to join TAP-TAM that we hope to welcome into the program in the next year.  
Needs Statement
  1. The new Kansas Kids Fund so that we can support important initiatives that will have a positive impact on the health of Kansas kids. 
  2. Increase Endowment funds designated to the Kansas City area so that we can add more reading sites to the Turn a Page. Touch a Mind.® early literacy program in the Kansas City area.
  3. Grow the Kansas KidLink Children's Mental Health Initiative Endowment so that we can continue to provide this directory service far into the future.
  4. Operational funds to support the Turn a Page. Touch a Mind.® program.  
Service Categories
Educational Services
Support NEC
Areas of Service
KS - Lawrence
KS - Johnson County
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement
The Kansas Pediatric Foundation is excited to announce that since 2004, participating physicians and  medical providers have given out over 700,000 books to Kansas kids through Turn a Page. Touch a Mind. (TAP-TAM)!  From an initial six sites to 83 sites in 42 communities today, TAP-TAM has been embraced by physicians and families across the state. We want to do more for Kansas kids, and the new Kansas Kids Fund would allow us to support even more initiatives that will benefit Kansas kids, but we need your help and support to do so!
Turn a Page. Touch a Mind.® is designed to increase the school readiness of children in Kansas City, KS. It works to increase the early literacy skills of young children by taking advantage of the relationship between a child's family and primary care provider to promote daily reading. Reading promotion as a part of pediatric care has been proved to increase the vocabulary and early literacy skills of young children. The ultimate goal is for children in the community to start school ready to learn to read.  The budget below reflects the cost to operate the current sites in KC. In Kansas, physician offices apply to be a Turn a Page. Touch a Mind.® site, and KPF provides 100% of the funding for qualified sites to give books to their patients at each well check exam. KPF also provides training and guidance to the physicians and office staff on operating the program. Then each site fulfills the following objectives:
  1. Educate parents on reading development.
  2. Encourage parents to read daily to their children. 
  3. Give a developmentally appropriate book to the child.
Program Budget $35,250.00
Category Education, General/Other Early Childhood Education
Population Served Infants to Preschool (under age 5), ,
Short-Term Success Approximately 5,000 new books will be distributed annually from the current sites in Kansas City. And at the same visit, 5,000 parents will be educated on the importance of daily reading as well as strategies for enjoying books together. This leads to more books in the more home and more parents reading to children.
Long-Term Success This program is based on a simple but powerful premise: encourage parents to read to their children and give them the tools (or books) to do so. Children routinely see their doctors for “well-child” visits ten times between the ages of six months and five years. TAP-TAM builds on this continuity and the bond of trust between the physician, child, and parent. Parents are motivated to follow through and make reading a part of their daily routine. Children who are introduced to books early in life are well prepared for success in school. Children who complete their education are less likely to experience poverty and are more likely to have positive health behaviors. This program improves the health of children and ultimately the community.
Program Success Monitored By
Each program site submits bi-annual progress reports demonstrating that they are implementing the program model studied in the academic research. In addition, it provides feedback to adapt the early literacy program to be as effective as possible. Each site reports:
  1. The number of books distributed as well as parents counseled. 
  2. The number of providers who have been trained and are actively distributing books.
Examples of Program Success
TAP-TAM is based on the Reach Out and Read program that has been proven effective in promoting early literacy through 14 peer reviewed studies. These studies indicate that when parents participate in an early literacy program like TAP-TAM,there is a significant increase in the number who report reading aloud as a favorite family activity. The research has shown the program is having a direct effect on literacy development by:
  • Improving children’s ability to express themselves verbally.
  • Increasing children’s listening vocabularies. 
  • Reducing the number of children with language delays that can prevent them from succeeding in school.
The Kansas KidLink Children's Mental Health Initiative is a resource directory of children's mental health resources in Kansas.  The website, www.kansaskidlink.org features a state map that reveals the mental health resources in each Kansas community by clicking on the county.  This resource directory is the first of it's kind in Kansas, and ultimately will lead to more Kansas children identified and treated for mental illness.  The Kansas KidLink endowment will provide funding to keep the database and website updated far into the future.
Program Budget $2,500.00
Category Mental Health, Substance Abuse Programs, General/other Mental Health Treatment
Population Served Families, ,
Short-Term Success The Kansas KidLink mental health resource website has thousands of visitors each year who gain access to mental health providers in their community or find information and resources. 
Long-Term Success The Kansas KidLink mental health resource provides access to mental health services for children in Kansas. The long term success of Kansas KidLink includes children in the state receiving treatment for mental health issues so they can grow to reach their full potential.  
Program Success Monitored By Kansas Kidlink success at this time is measured by web traffic, that continues to grow, showing that the online database is being utilized. 
Examples of Program Success Hundreds of mental health providers across Kansas have signed up to be a part of the Kansas KidLink mental health resource. We are excited to have so much participation making the database as accurate as possible. 
CEO Comments Turn a Page. Touch a Mind.® is a program designed to improve the school readiness of Kansas children that operates through their physician's office. There are 110 sites operating across the state. Nine of these operate in the Kansas City and Lawrence area. The program budget posted here is for the current sites that operate in Kansas City. The financial information posted in that section represents the activities of the statewide program.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Ms. Chris Steege
Term Start June 2004
Experience In 1989, Chris Steege was hired as the administrator for the Kansas Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics. This was their first paid staff member. At that time, the average work week was 5-7 hours. Since that time, the Chapter has grown dramatically and the duties of the executive director have expanded along with it to a full time position that now includes oversight of the Kansas Pediatric Foundation. Under her staff leadership, the Kansas Chapter has grown from a small non-profit to an active, high profile, highly respected organization, both in Kansas and across the nation. She assures that the officers have the information they need to lead the organization. As the Kansas Chapter continues to grow, there is one goal that remains constant; KAAP members are dedicated to the children of Kansas. Chris grew up in Iowa, attended the University of Northern Iowa and Iowa State University, majoring in math.
Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start 0
Compensation Last Year
Senior Staff
Title Program Coordinator
Melissa has been the Program Coordinator for the Kansas Pediatric Foundation for two years.  Her previous program coordinator experience was for the Greater Kansas City Home Builders Association Homes Tours and Parade of Homes.  Melissa has a degree from Kansas State University in Recreation and Parks Administration.  
Paid Full-Time Staff 1
Paid Part-Time Staff 2
Volunteers 350
Paid Contractors 0
Retention Rate 100%
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 Under Development
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Under Development
Management Succession Plan Yes
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy No
Kansas Health Foundation; Scholastic; University of Kansas School of Medicine; Kansas Academy of Family Physicians; Kansas Chapter American Academy of Pediatrics (KAAP); United Methodist Health Ministry Fund, Dane G Hansen Foundation
Outstanding Medium ChapterAmerican Academy of Pediatrics2004
Corporate Literacy AwardKansas Reading Association2006
Celebrate Literacy AwardThe International Reading Association2006
Outstanding Medium Chapter AwardAmerican Academy of Pediatrics2011
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? No
CEO Comments The KPF staff is looking forward to continuing to grow in 2018 with the Kansas Kids Fund so that we can impact even more children in Kansas.  The staff feels fortunate to be able to work with passionate and intelligent physicians and support staff at the 110 TAP-TAM sites.  
Board Chair
Board Chair Dr. Jennifer Mellick
Company Affiliation Pediatric Partners, PA
Term July 2016 to June 2018
Email drjenmellick@gmail.com
Board Members
Dr. Grace Brouillette University of Kansas Medical Center
Dr. Lindsay Byrnes none
Dr. Kristie Clark None
Dr. Dennis Cooley Pediatric Associates of Topeka
Dr. Sonder Crane Children's Mercy
Dr. Kathleen Farrell Children's Mercy
Dr. Lisa Gilmer
Dr. Gretchen Homan University of Kansas Medical Center
Dr. Jonathan Jantz Cottonwood Pediatrics
Dr. Kelly Kreisler University of Kansas Medical Center
Dr. Debra Kroeker KU Med
Dr. Stephanie Kuhlmann University of Kansas Medical Center
Dr. Jennifer Mellick Pediatric Partners, PA
Dr. Anitha Parthiban Children's Mercy
Dr. Brian Pate University of Kansas Medical Center
Dr. Susan Pence Comm Health Center of SE KS
Dr. Michelle Pope Hays Medical Center
Dr. Pam Shaw KU Med
Dr. Robert Wittler
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 18
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 1
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 5
Female 14
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 80%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 50%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Standing Committees
Program / Program Planning
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
CEO Comments No standing committees are specified in the bylaws. Instead the board appoints sub-committees for specific tasks. At this time the board has appointed a Finance Committee, a Site Selection committee, and Development Committee.
Fiscal Year Start July 01, 2017
Fiscal Year End June 30, 2018
Projected Revenue $431,720
Projected Expenses $431,720
Endowment Value $9,621,446
Spending Policy Percentage
Percentage 5
Form 990s
2016 KPF 990
2015 KPF 990
2014 KPF 990
2013 KPF 990
2012 KPF 990
2011 KPF 990
2010 KPF 990
2009 KPF 990
2008 KPF 990
Audit Documents
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FYE 6/30/2016, 2015, 2014: Financial data reported using IRS Form 990.  
  • Foundation/corporate revenue line item may include contributions from individuals.  
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$350,738$293,257$236,518
Administration Expense$91,146$110,349$112,584
Fundraising Expense$11,928$11,729$24,715
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.774.291.49
Program Expense/Total Expenses77%71%63%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue13%15%20%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$9,627,343$10,042,142$10,237,119
Current Assets$9,627,343$10,042,142$10,237,119
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$9,013$10,358$21,064
Total Net Assets$9,618,330$10,031,784$10,216,055
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities1068.16969.51486.00
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountRussell Child Development Center $34,333Individual Donor $10,000 --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountIndividual Donor $5,846Individual Donor $6,228 --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountIndividual Donor $5,315Target $6,000 --
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years No
Organization Comments The financial information posted here represents the activities of the statewide program. The budget posted in the program section program is the cost to operate the current sites in Kansas City. The physicians who operate these sites provide program administration at no cost to the organization.
Organization Name Kansas Pediatric Foundation
Address 24905 W. 86th Terrace
Lenexa, KS 66227
Primary Phone (913) 530-6265
Contact Email kaap@kansasaap.org
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Chris Steege
Board Chair Dr. Jennifer Mellick
Board Chair Company Affiliation Pediatric Partners, PA
Year of Incorporation 2004