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Sexually Abused Children's Relief Endeavor dba SACRED

because all kids are sacred!

aka sacred   |   Overland Park, KS   |  www.kidsaresacred.org

Mission

Mission: ‘SACRED’ provides immediate financial assistance to families in need due to child sexual abuse. We wish to eliminate temporary financial hardship as one of the obstacles to reporting the abuse.

Notes from the nonprofit

Sexually Abused Children's Relief Endeavor, dba sacred, was founded in 2009 after the founders experienced the emotional and financial trauma cause to their daughter's family after their granddaughter 'told' that her father was sexually abusing her. With support of family, business associates and friends, their daughter had the help to ease their financial burden. Realizing that others are not as fortunate, they started sacred to provide immediate financial support to families in need due to child sexual abuse. On receipt of an application from a Child Advocacy Center on behalf of a family, the board approves the application within 8 hours and a check is mailed within 24 hours to get the family the financial support they need for 30 days. They may re-apply for an additional 30 days. We have been told we are the only nonprofit to provides this service. We appreciate your support. Thank you.

Ruling year info

2009

President and Chief Executive Officer

Mr. John Joseph D'Attoma

Co-Chairman and Executive Vice President

Carol D'Attoma

Main address

P.O. Box 23805

Overland Park, KS 66283 USA

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EIN

27-0567085

NTEE code info

Raising & Fund Distribution (Tun)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (W12)

Raising & Fund Distribution (Run)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

We are working to build awareness of the prevalence of child sexual abuse and the many families effected by it. The biggest hurdle is that child sexual abuse is not something that is easily spoken of nor is the cause of prevention something that national media had highlighted. Thus funding to help these families is difficult to raise and, with limited outreach, we are limited to whom we can help by the funds on-hand.

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?

Financial Assistance for Victims' Families

When a report/hotline of child sexual abuse has been made to Child Protective Services and/or law enforcement, the child/family are referred to their local Child Advocacy Center for a forensic interview and related services (advocacy, counseling, medical). Advocates from the CAC inquire about immediate needs, including financial. These financial needs are requested of sacred through an application process. sacred awards documented transitional financial support to the CAC for the family's expenses.  This financial support is generally for a 30-day period, and can be renewed but not exceed 60 days. Funds may be requested for food, medical expenses, housing and other needs that meet the criteria set by the board. All monies are sent to the requesting CAC which pays the bills directly to the vendors. All receipts are sent back to sacred with a case number to verify that the requests have been appropriately paid. A CAC may reapply 1 time for a specific family should additional assistance be needed.

Population(s) Served
Families

Nationally 1 in 10 children are sexually abused before the age of 18 - that is 20% of our population.  This is a subject that is not openly discussed.  sacred is attempting to educate the public to the urgency and necessity of assisting these victims and their families.  It takes, on average 30-60 days, after a report of child sexual abuse for the proper agencies to be put in place to assist these families.  sacred is available at the moment of a child's report of sexual abuse.  sacred works with its Board of Directors and by-laws, which require a report of child sexual abuse to be reported to the authorities, a Child Advocacy Center, (CAC) then interviews the child and the family and the advocate can immediately request funds for the family through an application to sacred for immediate transitional financial assistance.  Funding for the family is sent to the CAC within 24 hours from board approval of the application.

Population(s) Served
Families

sacred is now works with Child Advocacy Centers in 12 states and is continuing to reach out to all states. In order to help expand sacred's program and mission, our founder, and CEO, John D’Attoma is highlighted in our video, found on our website. The video explains why sacred was founded and the circumstances that led to the D’Attoma’s desire to help others. We are a supporting member of the National Children's Alliance. We continue to reach out to our communities and are hopeful that our video is shared through out to national CAC's, and offers our assistance.  This video is on our website: [email protected]

Population(s) Served
Families

Where we work

Awards

Outstanding Organization-Victim's Service Award 2018

Office of Kansas Attorney General

Affiliations & memberships

National Children's Alliance - Associate Member 2018

National Children's Alliance-Associate Member 2020

National Children's Alliance-Associate member 2020

National Children's Alliance-Associate 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 organizations applying for grants

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

Families

Related Program

Financial Assistance for Victims' Families

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This is number of Child Advocacy Centers applying for funds on behalf of sexually abused children and their families. Covid-19 entrapped children with their abusers and limited applications.

Average grant amount

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

Families

Related Program

Financial Assistance for Victims' Families

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Grants are made to families in financial need due to child sexual abuse. The amount usually represents 30 days of daily living expenses.

Total dollar amount of grants awarded

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

Families

Related Program

Financial Assistance for Victims' Families

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This represents an drop due to Covid 19 restrictions. Sexually abused kids were entrapped with their abusers while child advocates worked from home and had restricted access to help children.

Total number of grants awarded

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

Families

Related Program

Financial Assistance for Victims' Families

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Applications are presented to sacred's board by accredited child advocates and reviewed and voted on within 8 hours. If approved the child advocate receives a check within 24 hrs for the family.

Number of groups/individuals benefiting from tools/resources/education materials provided

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

Financial Assistance for Victims' Families

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Represents the number children within families we help.

Average number of days taken to respond to customers

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

Financial Assistance for Victims' Families

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Once an application is approved (within 8 hours) funds are sent within 24 hours.

Number of clients served

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

Financial Assistance for Victims' Families

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Represents the number of families who received financial assistance from sacred. A number of families received a second grant but they are reflected only one time in these numbers.

Dollars donated to support advocacy efforts

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

Financial Assistance for Victims' Families

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

These are listed as individual contributions. In 2018 and 2019, some auction revenue and corporate sponsorships were classified under individual giving. Covid 19 caused fewer contributions.

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.

Our main goal is to alleviate the financial stress for the families whose child or children have been sexually abused and resulted in a financial burden on the family.  We would like to someday eliminate fear of financial loss as one of the reasons for the under-reporting of the crime of child sexual abuse.

An additional goal is to reach more families through working with additional Child Advocacy Centers. We currently receive applications from 29 CACs in 11 States. This represents only 3.1% of the CAC universe.

sacred works with any Accredited Child Advocacy Center (CACs), their advocates send us an application on behalf of a family in need of financial assistance.  We have a training video, for the CACs  and have completed a series of 3 YouTube Videos that discuss why sacred was founded and explaining the need for sacred. sacred provides immediate financial assistance for families financially impacted by the reporting of child sexual abuse - sacred's Board of Directors, reviews an application and when approved will send the requested funds to the referring agency within 24 hours.  sacred has provided funds for housing, relocation, utilities, food and clothing and even funding for a family's pet if they are in danger of having to give up a much-needed emotional support.  We do not know of any other organization that can relieve the financial burdens of a family so quickly.  It takes 30-90 days for families to become connected with state assistance; sacred removes financial stress in order for the family, to be guided by their advocate, to begin a new journey without the fear of loss of income for up to 60 days.

We are limited by our size (no compensated employees) and our ability to raise funds to grant to others.  As we grow and reach more states, we will need to aggressively raise more funds and expand our reach into more counties and states.  We use social media, fund raising events, grant applications and the support of our CAC's who pass on to others the mission and work of sacred.

We currently have an Executive Vice President- Executive Director as our only "full" time volunteer.  Our President and CEO works on sacred about 20 hours per week since he has a full-time position elsewhere.  We are proud to have raised over $1,100,000 since our founding and have helped 340 families.  Our Board of Directors expanded from 3 originally to 7 in 2017, with a varied background, they dedicate their time and money to support sacred and the children that we serve.  The long-term goal is always called "because all kids are sacred" for every project or grant that we present.  We are an ongoing program, because child sexual abuse is an ongoing tragedy, and families are always need assistance to meet financial commitments, to help them to move forward from "victim" to "survivor".  sacred provides the opportunity of removing the financial stress as they move forward.

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.
  • 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 strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

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

    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 engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We share the feedback we received with the people we serve, 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?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, It is hard to come up with good questions to ask people

Financials

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Operations

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

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Sexually Abused Children's Relief Endeavor dba SACRED

Board of directors
as of 02/18/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mr. John D'Attoma

Broken Shed Vodka LLC

Term: 2018 - 2022


Board co-chair

Carol D'Attoma

Sexually Abused Children's Relief Endeavor

Term: 2018 - 2022

Carol D'Attoma

SACRED

Stephen Bellini

Broken Shed Vodka

John D'Attoma

Broken Shed Vodka

Jody Albers

Reece Nichols

Jennifer Johnson

Johnson Nurse Consulting

Leonard Searcy

Shook Hardy & Bacon

Troy Keenan

Southern Glazer's KS

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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 ? Not applicable
  • 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? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/18/2024

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

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

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

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

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

We do not display disability information for organizations with fewer than 15 staff.

Equity strategies

Last updated: 03/15/2021

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Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • 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.