Sunshine Kids Foundation
2814 Virginia St.
Houston TX 77098
Mission
The Sunshine Kids Foundation adds quality of life to children with cancer by providing them with exciting, positive group activities, so they may once again do what Kids are supposed to do . . . have fun and celebrate life!
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Mr. G.W. Bailey
Board Chair Dr. Akara Forsythe
Board Chair Affiliation John's Hopkins
General Info
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 1982
State Charitable Solicitations Permit No 0
State Registration 0
IRS Letter of Determination
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Financial Summary
 
 
Projected Revenue $3,147,000.00
Projected Expenses $3,344,000.00
Impact Statement
The Sunshine Kids Foundation looks forward to the day when the Foundation will no longer need to exist.  Until that time, the entire Sunshine Kids family is dedicated to providing the most exciting activities, trips and events for as many young cancer patients as possible.
Needs Statement

After a child is diagnosed with cancer, the financial and emotional strain on the family is enormous.  So many of these children live in isolation—they feel as if no other Kid in the world understands their pain, their fear, their loneliness.  And the parents must watch as their children fight this battle, often helpless to do anything to take their minds off their illness.  The financial toll that cancer takes on the family leaves little or no money for summer vacations, baseball games, or even birthday presents.  So often, we hear from these kids that all they really want—other than to beat their disease—is to forget about cancer for a while and just be Kids again. 

Over the past 30 years, the Sunshine Kids Foundation has watched numerous children with cancer benefit from participating in activities that not only can take their mind off their illness, but also allow them to regain confidence that is crucial to building their self esteem and adds to their strength to fight the disease.  There are also invaluable benefits of meeting other Kids experiencing the same treatments and feelings. They are able to form a network of friends they identify with and can rely on for support during their courageous fight. The remarkable cards and letters we get from our Kids, as well as their parents and medical caregivers, reveal that these life-changing experiences are a vital component in their fight against cancer.
We would requst $100,000 to cover the cost of our National Events for the Sunshine Kids Foundation. That includes travel, meals, activities for the children, nurses, staff and volunteers.
Background Statement
The Sunshine Kids Foundation is a national non-profit organization that was founded in Houston, Texas in March, 1982 by Rhoda Tomasco while she was serving as a volunteer in the pediatric cancer unit of a hospital in Houston. After seeing the loneliness and depression among children during their extended hospital treatments, Rhoda had a vision to provide these young cancer patients with opportunities to participate in group activities which promoted self-esteem and personal accomplishment, while experiencing the joy of normal childhood activities. Today, that vision has been realized many times over. Each year, the Sunshine Kids Foundation provides exciting activities for thousands of Kids across North America and Canada. Ultimately, our efforts are intended to alleviate the emotional pain of children who are seriously ill with cancer and to help them develop a positive mental attitude that will help them to better cope with their illness. All Sunshine Kids events and services are provided free of charge for the children and participating hospitals.
Areas Served
Areas Served
Area
Areas Served Comments

The Foundation provides activities for children diagnosed with cancer from pediatric hospitals across North America and Canada.

Service Categories
Primary Org Type Human Services
Secondary Org Type
Tertiary Org Type
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President
Programs
Description Every year The Sunshine Kids Foundation provides national one-week activities, free of charge, for young cancer patients from across the United States and Canada. Every year we provide national events which include going to New Orleans, Louisiana; Steamboat Springs, Colorado; New York City; Washington, D.C.; Austin, Texas; Los Angeles, California; Orlando, Florida;  and back to New Orleans. As with every national trip that we provide, these cancer patients have the opportunity to bond with other kids who have shared their experiences. These activities and relationships show the children that they are not alone in their fight against cancer. Local events that are provided for the Sunshine Kids and their families include a variety of exciting activities such as teen retreats, teen meetings, trips to water and amusement parks, fishing tournaments, bowling tournaments, concerts, plays, rodeos, baseball, hockey and basketball games.  Most importantly, we have monthly parties at local hospitals so the children that are unable to leave the hospital may still enjoy the fun and excitement of Sunshine Kids activities.
Budget $3,344
Category Human Services, General/Other Children & Youth Services
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) People/Families of People with Cancer US& International
Short Term Success Over the past 30 years, the Sunshine Kids Foundation has watched numerous children with cancer benefit from participating in activities that not only can take their mind off their illness, but also allow them to regain confidence that is crucial to building their self esteem and adds to their strength to fight the disease.  There are also invaluable benefits of meeting other Kids experiencing the same treatments and feelings. They are able to form a network of friends they identify with and can rely on for support during their courageous fight. The remarkable cards and letters we get from our Kids, as well as their parents and medical caregivers, reveal that these life-changing experiences are a vital component in their fight against cancer.
Long Term Success A vital component of all our activities is the group-oriented focus—the opportunity for these children to enjoy fun-filled activities with other children who are fighting the same insidious disease.  These enjoyable and uplifting activities, away from the hospital, are designed to help the children develop a positive outlook on life and meet other children who understand their emotions and experiences.  Funded by personal contributions, corporations, organizations and foundations, the Sunshine Kids Foundation continues, as it has since its inception, to provide all activities completely free of charge to the children, their families, and participating hospitals.
Program Success Monitoring
Programs are evaluated each year and necessary changes made to ensure the success of our programs. We do surveys after our trips to find out what the kids like most about our events.
Program Success Examples

“Thank you so much.  It is nice to know that when you are at your lowest, there are people who understand and reach out to bring sunshine into your child’s life and into the lives of those close to him.
-from a Sunshine Kid parent
 

“This trip was amazing and I will never forget it!”
-from a Sunshine Kid

CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Mr. G.W. Bailey
CEO Term Start Jan 2001
CEO/Executive Director Email gw@sunshinekids.org
Former CEOs/Executive Directors
NameTerm
Senior Staff
NameTitle
Mrs. Shannon Malone Director of Operations
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 12
Part Time Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % 1.08
Professional Development Yes
Contractors 2
Volunteers 400
Management Reports to Board Yes
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Collaborations
none
External Assessments and Accreditations
Assessment/AccreditationYear
Risk Management Provisions
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government No
Plans
Fundraising Plan No
Communication Plan Yes
Strategic Plan Yes
Strategic Plan Years 10
Strategic Plan Adopted Mar 2003
Management Succession Plan No
Continuity of Operations Plan Yes
Policies
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Policies and Procedures Yes
Board Chair
Board Chair Dr. Akara Forsythe
Company Affiliation John's Hopkins
Board Term Mar 2011 to Mar 2014
Board Chair Email akara@sunshinekids.org
Board Members
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Dr. Michael Abbott Texas State University
Mr. Bob Allen Sports Director, KHOU TV
Ms. Carol Alvarado Texas State Representative
Mr. Johnny Carrabba Carrabba's
Mr. Tom Carruthers, III Prudential PenFed Realty
Dr. Akara Forsythe John's Hopkins
Mr. James Ragan Founder, Triumph Kid over Cancer Foundation
Mr. Andrew Sacks Producer, The Closer and Major Crimes
Chief Deputy Craig Taffaro Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office
Mr. Mike Thomas Attorney at Law
Dr. Stuart Toledano Jackson Memorial Hospital
Ms. Rhoda Tomasco Founder, The Sunshine Kids Foundation
Mr. Patrick Wayne Chairman, John Wayne Cancer Institute
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 11
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Gender
Male 10
Female 3
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 3
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 69
Board Self-Evaluation Yes
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Board Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 90
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 70
Fiscal Year Projections
Fiscal Year Begins 2013
Fiscal Year Ends 2013
Projected Revenue $3,147,000.00
Projected Expenses $3,344,000.00
Organization has Endowment No
Endowment Spending Policy N/A
Capital Campaign
In a Capital Campaign No
Campaign Purpose
Campaign Goal
Campaign Dates 0 to 0
Amount Raised To Date 0 as of 0
Anticipate Campaign within 5 years? No
IRS Form 990s
9902011
9902010
990 Part 12009
990 Part 22009
Audit/Financial Documents
Audit2011
Audit2010
Audit2009
Historical Financial Review
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201120102009
Program Expense$2,907,799$2,585,306$2,625,704
Administration Expense$437,310$590,488$184,971
Fundraising Expense$241,947$240,145$227,178
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.960.930.94
Program Expense/Total Expenses81%76%86%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue8%8%8%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201120102009
Total Assets$4,742,456$4,911,103$5,124,922
Current Assets$4,110,644$4,234,447$4,421,608
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$25,370$76,708$47,027
Total Net Assets$4,717,086$4,834,395$5,077,895
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201120102009
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $3,082,976Contributions, gifts, grants $3,154,499Contributions, gifts, grants $2,836,551
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountInvestment income $25,370Investment income $17,940Investment income $10,223
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount0 $00 $00 $0
CEO/Executive Director Compensation $75,001 - $100,000
Tax Credits No
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201120102009
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities162.0355.2094.02
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201120102009
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Foundation Financial information taken from IRS Form 990 and audit documents.  Individual contributions include foundation and corporate support.  Federal tax returns and audited financial statements reconcile.
Nonprofit Sunshine Kids Foundation
Address 2814 Virginia St.
Houston, TX
Phone 713 524-1264

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