Variety - the Children's Charity

aka Variety - the Children's Charity of Iowa   |   Des Moines, IA   |  www.varietyiowa.com

Mission

Variety - the Children’s Charity is dedicated to improving the lives of children who are at-risk, underprivileged, critically ill or living with special needs.

Ruling year info

1965

Executive Director

Sheri McMichael

Main address

505 5th Ave Ste 310

Des Moines, IA 50309 USA

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EIN

42-6077108

NTEE code info

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (O12)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (T12)

IRS filing requirement

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Variety -- the Children's Charity is making a better future for our community by connecting people who care to programs that enable children to reach their full potential. Since 1975, we’ve helped create opportunities for children to fully share in the experiences of life, no matter life’s challenges.

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?

Grant Program

Variety provides funding to more than 90 nonprofit children’s organizations annually for tangible items such as building expansions and renovations, equipment, programming needs and more.

Population(s) Served

Every child deserves to ride. Bikes for Kids provides custom specialized bikes to children with special needs and also allows Variety to award more than 1,500 brand new bikes, locks and helmets to children who have never experienced the joy of owning their own bike.

Population(s) Served

Over the last 40 years, more than 400 Variety Vans have been provided to children’s organizations in Iowa. These vans transport children to doctors appointments, therapy sessions and special outings or activities.

Population(s) Served

All children should have the opportunity to experience a playground! Variety is working with Iowa communities to provide all-inclusive playgrounds for children with and without special needs.

Population(s) Served

Variety partners with Iowa hospitals to help critically ill children and their families by providing comfort, care and fulfilling immediate needs. The Fund is designed to help alleviate the stress and financial burden a family faces while their child is hospitalized.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

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.

Through the generosity of our community, we’re able to provide funding to nonprofit children’s organizations for building expansions and renovations, equipment, programming needs and more.

One of our core programs is the Compassion Fund—a fund that provides much needed financial assistance to families when their child is hospitalized.

We also have mobility-focused programs that offer Variety Vans for organizations, bikes, helmets and locks to children who have never enjoyed their own bike, and specialized bikes and equipment for children with special needs. In addition to giving children freedom to explore with bikes, we believe that all children should have the opportunity to experience a playground. That’s why we’re working with Iowa communities to provide inclusive playgrounds for children with and without special needs.

Variety - the Children's Charity of Iowa hosts fundraising events, workplace giving, solicits funds from businesses, foundations and individuals. We also host an annual telethon that provides Variety the opportunity to highlight donors and the impact that these dollars are making in the lives of Iowa's children.

Variety - the Children's Charity has a volunteer based Board of Directors and dedicated staff members along with hundreds of volunteers that enable Variety to both raise funds and awareness. Variety provides the following programs....

Variety provides funding to nonprofit children’s organizations annually for tangible items such as building expansions and renovations, equipment, programming needs and more.

Bikes For Kids -- Bikes go hand in hand with being a kid, but for many children in our community, the prospect of having their own bike is only a dream. Variety helps make that dream a reality by providing bikes, helmets and locks to children throughout Iowa.

Specialized Bike Program -- Variety helps children with special needs gain mobility, confidence, freedom, independence and the chance to join in the life of their community by providing funding for specialized bicycles, gait trainers, standers, mobile standers, specialized strollers, specialized car seats and more to families in need.

Variety Vans -- Over the last 40 years, more than 450 Variety Vans have been provided to children’s organizations in Iowa. These vans transport children to doctor appointments, therapy sessions and special outings and activities.

Variety Star Playgrounds -- All children should have the opportunity to experience a playground! Variety is working with Iowa communities to provide all-inclusive playgrounds for children with and without special needs. Variety completed Des Moines’ first inclusive playground in 2014, the Ashley Okland Star Playground at Ewing Park; in October 2017, Variety opened its second inclusive playground at Cedar Rapids Noelridge Park and Variety opened their third inclusive playground at Des Moines' Riverview Park.

Compassion Fund -- Variety partners with Iowa hospitals to help critically ill children and their families by providing comfort, care and fulfilling immediate needs. The Fund is designed to help alleviate the stress and financial burden a family faces while their child is hospitalized.

Since 1975, Variety has raised over $119 million that have impacted the lives of thousands of children through grants, bikes and specialized equipment. Variety provided the FIRST inclusive playground to both the Des Moines and Cedar Rapids communities. Variety's name and logo can be seen throughout the state in recognition of the work that we do on an annual basis.

Financials

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Operations

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

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Variety - the Children's Charity

Board of directors
as of 07/23/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Kirk Besh

First American Bank

Term: 2017 - 2018

Mike Crowley

Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield of Iowa

Susan Hatten

Holmes Murphy & Associates

Michael Hamilton

Principal Financal Group

Lance Gardner

Principal Financal Group

Steve Hauschilt

Graham Construction Company

Rick Breuss

Abode Healthcare

Chris Carrow

Fareway Stores

Peter Cartwright

Morgan Stanley

Tim Coonan

Davis Brown

Thomas Cox

Iowa Career Connection

Tim Fricke

Des Moines Police Department

Cynthia Harmeyer-Fisher

Athene

Mitch Harris

Hematology & Oncology Center of Iowa

Tom Hobt

Lomar Distributing

Cheryl Howard

Wells Fargo- Retired

Kolby Jones

YESSWAY

Lisa Logan

NCMIC

Mike Mealey

Turner Construction

Joel North

Principal

Tom Nucaro

Sammons Financial Group

Gabe Olson

West Bank

Adam Petersen

PDM Precast

Jon Phillips

Wells Fargo

Megan Ruble

Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield

Ryan Roberts

Hy-Vee

Don Seibel

FBL Financial Group, Inc.

Vicki Signor

Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Iowa

Kevin Tiernan

Bankers Trust

Rick Tierney

Iowa Beverage Systems

Emily Toribio

Fareway Food Stores

Therese Wielage

Merchants Bonding

Bob Weiss

US Bank

Dan Wilcox

Bacardi

Hal Wilson

H3

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? Not applicable