Public, Society Benefit

Friends of Tennessee's Babies with Special Needs

  • Alcoa, TN
  • www.fotbabies.org

Mission Statement

Friends of Tennessee's Babies with Special Needs is an organization working to enhance the potential of infants and young children with disabilities by offering support to their families and the early intervention professionals who serve them.

Main Programs

  1. Family support services
Service Areas

Self-reported

Tennessee

Hearing Aid Loaner Bank available statewide
Other programs and services available in 16 East Tennessee Counties

ruling year

1996

Volunteer Executive Director

Self-reported

Dr. Don Thompson Ph.D.

Board Chair

Self-reported

Mrs. Shyra Nelson

Keywords

Self-reported

babies, baby, special needs, early intervention

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EIN

62-1637324

 Number

0864707628

Physical Address

517 Crawford Street

Maryville, 37804

Also Known As

FOT Babies

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Single Organization Support (W11)

Specialized Education Institutions/Schools for Visually or Hearing Impaired, Learning Disabled (B28)

Family Services (P40)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

Self-reported by organization

1. We provided opportunities for over 1000 family members of young children with special needs to network and gain information and support each other.
2. We provided loaner hearing aids for children state wide.
3. We provided individual and group respite care for young children with special needs and their families.
4. We provided emergency assistance to families for housing, utilities, bereavement.
5. We provided toys and adaptive equipment.
6. We provided a resource library to families.
7. We provided training to families and the professionals who serve them.

Programs

Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Family support services

Family & community education, adaptive equipment & toys, professional staff support, parent advisor awards, bereavement support, scholarships, loaner hearing aids, respite care, learning activities, lending library, training

Category

Population(s) Served

Disabled, General or Disability Unspecified

Budget

$38,961.00

Results

Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one. These quantitative program results are self-reported by the organization, illustrating their committment to transparency, learning, and interest in helping the whole sector learn and grow.

1. Number of organizational partners

Target Population
People with disabilities

Connected to a Program?
Family support services
TOTALS BY YEAR
Context notes for this metric
In 2015 we provided 20 events for families, participated in 5 fundraising activities, received 8 grants and as a result collaborated with 80 organizations.

Charting Impact

Self-reported by organization

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    1. Provide free events so that the families of young children with special needs can share fun times with their children and network with other families.
    2. Provide a Loaner Hearing Aid Bank so that families may determine the most appropriate hearing aid for their child before making this expensive investment.
    3. Provide individual and group respite care to young children with special needs so that their families may receive a much needed break from 24/7 care needed for these children.
    4. Provide a resource lending library so that families and the professionals who serve them may have access to information about young children with special needs.
    5. Provide emergency assistance to families when there is no other source of support.
    6. Provide adaptive equipment (e.g. special spoons, braces) when there is no other source of support
    7. Provide bereavement support to families who have experienced the death of a child.
    8. Provide training to families of young children with special needs and the professionals who serve them.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    1. Assess work hours needed to meet all goals
    2. Determine potential members (consider community members)
    3. Review request guidebook
    4..Assess current needs
    5. Identify new Advisory Council members
    6. See if we can expand the TJX grant
    7. Submit the Wright Foundation grant
    8. Raise more money at Jazz Baby
    9. Increase Kohls participation
    10.Have a Maryville PR event (ribbon cutting, Open Houses)
    11.Church networks
    12.Participate in Marketing Webinars
    13.Review Nancy Schwartz resource materials
    14.Grow a Maryville event
    15.Add PR resource to Advisory Council (Tammy Hartman)
    16.Consider interns
    17.Build a volunteer database
    18.Incorporate strategies from “To Lead Is To Serve”
    19.Survey volunteer focus group
    20.Meet with Board to develop Vision Statement
    21.Meet with Board Committee to develop S.W.A.T analysis
    22. Address Financial Plan
    23. Complete self- reflection tool
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    History of working with families
    Commun passion for the families we serve
    Comm to the community about what we do
    We're approachable
    We're timely
    We're friendly
    We're collaborative
    Open to ideas
    Don't focus on competition
    We have a committed Board
    We draw from large geography
    Families are our resource
    Strong relationship with community based
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    We use Excel spread sheets to document the number of families participating in events, to track the number of volunteers participating in events, and to track the pattern of donor giving. Each Board of Directors standing committee develops and action plan containing goals and are responsible for reporting progress on a quarterly basis.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Our long term goals to increase the capacity of our organization include:
    1. Obtain a permanent office space. (We bought an older home in 2013 and were able to pay off the loan as a cd matured this year).
    2. Increase our hours of operation (In 2013 we were able to double our Office Manager's hours so that the office is now open two days per week).
    3. Adequately staff our office to increase capacity to meet goals. (Since 2012 we added a part time Director of Programs position. We recently added a part time Financial Manager position).
    4. Improve our technology so that we can better network with other staff, colleagues, volunteers, donors and other community partners.
    (We recently submitted a grant to reach our goal of networking our operation. We will know the status of our proposal by June 1, 2014).
    5. Help to insure the future of our organization by seeking donors willing to establish trusts in our behalf. (We have two donors who have indicated a desire to establish trusts.
    6. Create an Advisory Council of Community Partners. (In 2012 we established an Advisory Council that has grown to 22 members).
    7. Create a Marketing plan (A new Advisory Council member is recently retired from a PR firm and has volunteered to help us in this area.
Service Areas

Self-reported

Tennessee

Hearing Aid Loaner Bank available statewide
Other programs and services available in 16 East Tennessee Counties

Social Media

Affiliations + Memberships

American Association of Home-Based Early Intervention

SKI*HI Institute (University of Utah)

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Financials

Financial information is an important part of gauging the short- and long-term health of the organization.

FRIENDS OF TENNESSEE'S BABIES WITH SPECIAL NEEDS
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

Friends of Tennessee's Babies with Special Needs

Leadership

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Volunteer Executive Director

Dr. Don Thompson Ph.D.

Board Chair

Mrs. Shyra Nelson

STATEMENT FROM THE Volunteer Executive Director

"We are so appreciative of our community partners who have played an integral part in the success of our organization. We are excited about the possibility of serving even more young children with special needs and their families. Please join us in this important work!"

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Shyra Nelson

No Affiliation

Term: Jan 2014 - Dec 2015

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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Yes

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

No

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?