Maggie's Wigs 4 Kids of Michigan, Inc

Helping the Self-Esteem of Children

aka W4K/Maggie's Wigs 4 Kids of Michigan Wellness Center & Salon   |   St. Clair Shores, MI   |  https://www.wigs4kids.org

Mission

Maggie's Wigs 4 Kids of Michigan provides wigs and support services to children ages 3 to 18 at no charge throughout the state of Michigan. Our program is available to children experiencing hair loss due to cancer, alopecia, trichotillomania, hydrocephalus, lupus, blood disorders, burn survivors, dog bite survivors, autism, cerebral palsy and down syndrome.

Notes from the nonprofit

We greatly appreciate the support of the community which helps us continue our mission of serving the children of Michigan. The Kids Thank You!

Ruling year info

2005

Founder & CEO

Maggie Varney

Main address

30130 Harper Avenue

St. Clair Shores, MI 48082 USA

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Formerly known as

Wigs 4 Kids

EIN

20-0374667

NTEE code info

Cancer (G30)

Health Support Services (E60)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

There is no other resource available to provide custom made, age appropriate wigs and support services (classes, social activities, field trips and counseling) to children experiencing hair loss as a result of a medical diagnosis & treatment in Michigan. Through our Wellness Center and the comprehensive programming it provides, we are able to meet this need.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Adopt-a-Kid Program

Through our Maggie's Wigs 4 Kids of Michigan program we provide our kids with a sense of belonging. There is a need to fit in and be accepted by their peers. The Adopt-A-Kid program facilitates this goal. By participating, you, your organization, or school can sponsor a child's wig for $800. In return you will receive a certificate of recognition, before and after photos of the child, a thank you letter from them, and most importantly, the gratitude of the child or teen you have so generously helped. For more information and to participate, please contact our office at 586-772-6656. After the initial consultation each child receives a customized wig that has been cut and styled. They are then instructed on how to maintain the wig. Every child will be given:
Wig shampoo, conditioner, wig comb, and
netted cap to be worn under wig to keep it secure, head form, stand, and box for wig when not in use. Tee pins to secure wig to the head form. Wire wig stand for drying after cleansing, chinstrap to secure wig when styling and sleep cap to be worn at night. Follow up visits take place in a relaxed, affirming environment.

A child's head size changes approximately every two years and they are able to receive a new wig every year if necessary.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Each licensed cosmetologist interested in working with Maggie's Wigs 4 Kids of Michigan is required to submit a resume for review by our board of directors. If accepted each individual commits to a 2-day training session for a total of 16 hours; 8 hours per day. In addition, each trainee must commit to four hours of volunteer time after each training session (to be completed within the month) for a total commitment of 8 hours a month for four months (32 total hours). Training sessions will be run by Maggie Varney, Founder & CEO. Maggie is also a certified hair restoration instructor.
The cosmetology training program will teach wig measurement, ordering, cutting and styling. In addition to learning to work with children’s wigs, participants will learn all facets of the organization, including: contact with children and families, community outreach, fundraising and daily operations. Trainees will learn that the program is more than providing a hair replacement system; we also support the psychological, social, physical and emotional healing of our kids. 

The training sessions will be held at the Wellness Center and Salon located at 30126 Harper Avenue, St. Clair Shores, MI. Upon completion of the training program each individual will be evaluated and certification will be awarded.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Specifications:
1. We accept 10” minimum hair length (from top to bottom), however longer lengths are appreciated.

2. Hair needs to be clean, and thoroughly dry. Please bundle hair in a ponytail or braid before having it cut. After securing the hair, have it cut ABOVE the rubber band to keep the strands bundled together. Once it has been cut please place in a plastic bag.

3. Layered hair may be divided into multiple ponytails and then cut.

4. Hair may not be colored, chemically treated (if unsure, ask your stylist), or more than 10% gray.

5. You may pull curly hair straight to measure the minimum 10”.

6. We accept hair from all ages and all countries.

7. Hair that was cut years ago is not usable.

8. Hair swept off the floor is not acceptable.

9. We accept new human or synthetic wigs and extensions.

10. PLEASE NOTE: Anyone may cut your hair as long as the above guidelines are followed.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Awards

Michiganian of the Year 2009

Detroit Free Press

Macomb County Hall of Fame Inducted Member 2011

Macomb County Hall of Fame

People's Choice Award - Favorite Nonprofit Executive Director 2014

Leadership Macomb

Art Van Hope Award 2011

Art Van Furniture

Community Champions Award 2014

Molina Healthcare

101 Best & Brightest Wellness Champions 2012

Michigan Business Professionals Association

Top-Rated Nonprofit Award 2012

GreatNonprofits.org

Top-Rated Nonprofit Award 2013

GreatNonprofits.org

Top-Rated Nonprofit Award 2014

GreatNonprofits.org

One Tough Cookie 2016

Girl Scouts of America

Top Rated Nonprofit Award 2015

Great Non Profits

Top Rated Nonprofit Award 2016

Great Non-profits.org

Top Rated Nonprofit Award 2017

Great Non-profits.org

Athena Award 2018

Athena Award

Notable Women in Nonprofits 2018

Crain's Detroit Business

Reader's Choice Award 2019

Macomb Daily

Most Loved Local Charity 2020

Hulafrog Macomb

Affiliations & memberships

Michigan Nonprofit Association (Member) 2021

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of children to receive wigs and cosmetology services

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Related Program

Adopt-a-Kid Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of families who report that service and support staff/providers are available and capable of meeting family needs

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Adopt-a-Kid Program

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Maggie's Wigs 4 Kids of Michigan recipients participate in pre, post and satisfaction surveys and rate on a scale of 1 to 5 how effective they feel staff & services are.

Number of youth who demonstrate that they have developed a strong sense of self

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Adopt-a-Kid Program

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Maggie's Wigs 4 Kids of Michigan recipients participate in pre, post and satisfaction surveys and rate on a scale of 1 to 5 the increase in their self-esteem after receiving a wig.

Number of youth who demonstrate that they have developed coping skills

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Adopt-a-Kid Program

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Maggie's Wigs 4 Kids of Michigan recipients participate in pre, post and satisfaction surveys and rate on a scale of 1 to 5 the increase in coping skills after receiving a wig.

Number of youth who demonstrate that their school attendance has improved

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Adopt-a-Kid Program

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Many children tend to isolate when hair loss begins. After receiving a wig & services, the kids feel more comfortable being around their peers and returning to school where their academics improve.

Number of government officials who publicly support the advocacy effort

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

With the help of government legislators wig bills have been introduced in the Michigan Senate & House to encourage insurance companies to cover the cost of wigs for children like any other prosthetic.

Number of stories successfully placed in the media

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

We do not have an advertising budget. All press & media coverage received is at no charge to our organization through the kindness & generosity of media representatives in the community.

Number of participants attending course/session/workshop

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We provide support services including classes, social activities, field trips and counseling (individual, group, family and grief & loss). Wig recipients & their family members participate.

Number of community initiatives in which the organization participates

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Maggie's Wigs 4 Kids of Michigan participates in events, speaking engagements & fundraisers at local hospitals, churches, schools, civic groups, salons & cosmetology schools.

Number of hair donations received per year

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Hair Donation Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We receive hair donations to create custom-made wigs for the children we serve. We are fortunate to receive hair from 62 unique countries around the world. We thank our amazing hair donors!

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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

To provide every Michigan child or teen between the ages of 3 through 18 with a wig and support services as our funding permits.

We reach out to the community by speaking with schools, churches, civic groups, businesses, foundations, corporations, hospitals and individuals to help garner support for our program. We also host an annual fundraising gala to assist in raising funds that will help us continue our mission. We are actively involved in fundraisers held by third-parties to ensure their success and to raise awareness of Maggie's Wigs 4 Kids of Michigan in the community. These funds help us to achieve our goal of serving every Michigan child in need. We also work with the 8 hospitals in Michigan that provide pediatric oncology and they refer all of their clients to us to receive a wig and support services.

We have successfully provided each child or teen in Michigan that has sought our services with a wig and support programming during their time of need. We have also expanded our programming to include classes, social activities, field trips and counseling for the kids and their families to improve the family's wellness as a whole. Our Wellness Center is the only facility in the world where a child may receive a custom-fitted, age appropriate wig at no charge and all of the support services they need as they journey through their health challenges.

We continue our core mission of providing wigs to the children of Michigan who need them and have never had to turn a child away, thanks to the kindness & generosity of the community.

We develop our support services each year with new offerings of social activities and counseling so that the children and their families always have a fresh resource to assist them during their time of need.

We have worked with state legislators to launch wig bills which would mandate that insurance companies help cover the cost of wigs for children like any other prosthetic. The bills are currently at the insurance policy committee in the Michigan House & Senate and we have launched a petition at www.kidsshouldbecovered.com to encourage supporters to help us pass these bills into law.

Maggie's Wigs 4 Kids of Michigan completed construction of a permanent brick-and-mortar Wellness Center in June 2020 which allows us to DOUBLE the amount of children we currently serve and continue expanding our programming to include nutrition, a raised therapy garden, fitness, massage therapy, nail care, skin care, and an Enchanted Tea Room.

As of 2021, we have seen children from over 50 different counties in the state of Michigan and served over 5,000 kids since we founded our organization in 2003.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    They are the children and families of Michigan who receive custom made wigs and support services (classes, social activities, field trips & counseling) from Maggie's Wigs 4 Kids of Michigan.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person),

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We continue to expand our services and improve the quality of their delivery through feedback from the children and their families, our Board, staff, and supporters in the community.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    It protects their voice from below - giving them the ability to help shape the programs and services that we will continue to provide to them and their peers in the future. The kids and families are the entire reason why we are here doing this work and their feedback is paramount in providing high quality services.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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Operations

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

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Maggie's Wigs 4 Kids of Michigan, Inc

Board of directors
as of 10/19/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Maggie Varney

Maggie's Wigs 4 Kids of Michigan, Inc


Board co-chair

Cheryl Collier

White Castle

Ron Frederick

City Council St. Clair Shores

Cheryl Collier

White Castle

Maggie Varney

Maggie's Wigs 4 Kids of Michigan

Anne Nicolazzo

Lanzen Fabricating

Stuart Nathan

IPC The Hospitalist Company

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Retired

Kevin Postill

Tropical Smoothie Cafe

Karla Orlando

Huntington Bank

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and 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 ? Yes
  • Ethics and 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? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 5/27/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 05/27/2021

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.