Disease, Disorders, Medical Disciplines

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

Mission

Maggie's Wigs 4 Kids of Michigan Wellness Center provides hair replacement units and support services to help the self esteem of children as they journey through their health challenge, empowering them to look and feel better.

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

2005

Founder & CEO

Maggie Varney

Main Address

30126 Harper

St Clair Shores, MI 48082 USA

Keywords

children, kids, cancer, metro detroit, st.clair shores, Michigan, hair loss, alopecia, trichotillomania

EIN

20-0374667

 Number

8315703806

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Cancer (G30)

Health Support Services (E60)

IRS Filing Requirement

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve New!

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

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

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Adopt-a-Kid Program

Cuts 4 a Cause Hair Restoration Certfication Program

Hair Donation Program

Where we workNew!

Our Results

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.

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Number of children to receive wigs and cosmetology services

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Children and youth (0-19 years)

Related program

Adopt-a-Kid Program

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

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Related program

Adopt-a-Kid Program

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

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Related program

Adopt-a-Kid Program

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

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Related program

Adopt-a-Kid Program

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

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Related program

Adopt-a-Kid Program

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

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Context notes

In 2015, we launched wig bills with the help of government officials that would encourage insurance companies to help cover the cost of wigs for MI kids in need. The bills are at committee.

Number of stories successfully placed in the media

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

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

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

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

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

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

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Related program

Hair Donation Program

Context notes

We receive hair donations to create custom-made wigs for the children we serve. We are fortunate to receive hair from 58 unique countries around the world. We thank our amazing hair donors!

Charting Impact

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

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have and haven't they accomplished so far?

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 have received support from local cosmetology schools and licensed cosmetologists who support Maggie's Wigs 4 Kids of Michigan by taking our Cuts 4 a Cause certification program, where they learn to provide wigs and services to those in need. This helps with the sustainability of Maggie's Wigs 4 Kids of Michigan by training more individuals how to do this work and further be of assistance to the children of Michigan.

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.

Throughout 2015 - 2016, 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.

As of 2018, we have seen children from over 43 different counties in the state of Michigan and served over 4,000 kids since we founded our organization in 2003.

Maggie's Wigs 4 Kids of Michigan is also in the midst of a capital campaign to raise funds to purchase a permanent brick-and-mortar Wellness Center where we can double the amount of children we serve and continue expanding our programming which is critical to their emotional, social and psychological healing.

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Financials

Maggie's Wigs 4 Kids of Michigan, Inc

Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

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Operations

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Board Leadership Practices

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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?

Yes

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?

Yes

Organizational Demographics

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Gender

Race & Ethnicity

Sexual Orientation

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