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Kerry Jon Walker Fund Helping Humanity Inc.

 57 Greenwood Street
 Boston, MA 02121
[P] (617) 697-6825
[F] (781) 741-8859
www.thekerryfund.org
[email protected]
Michael Walker
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INCORPORATED: 2010
 Printable Profile (Summary / Full)
EIN 27-1752577

LAST UPDATED: 07/26/2017
Organization DBA The Kerry Jon Walker Fund, Helping Humanity
Former Names The Kerry Fund for Africa's Children (2010)
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years No

Summary

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Mission StatementMORE »

The mission of the Kerry Jon Walker Fund is to help humanity through initiatives designed to improve the quality of life for those who suffer from poverty and its consequences. We will promote sustainable programs that work to improve health, education and economic opportunity for those in need.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Kerry Jon Walker Fund is to help humanity through initiatives designed to improve the quality of life for those who suffer from poverty and its consequences. We will promote sustainable programs that work to improve health, education and economic opportunity for those in need.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2015 to Dec 31, 2015
Projected Income $60,000.00
Projected Expense $60,000.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Global Service Program for Boston Teens

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Overview

Mission Statement

The mission of the Kerry Jon Walker Fund is to help humanity through initiatives designed to improve the quality of life for those who suffer from poverty and its consequences. We will promote sustainable programs that work to improve health, education and economic opportunity for those in need.

Background Statement

The Kerry Jon Walker Fund, Helping Humanity, was founded in 2010. The number of Board members has ranged from eight to thirteen volunteers.

The heart of The Kerry Fund's mission is to enhance educational opportunities for young people locally and abroad. We believe that every child has a right to literacy, and that it is through thoughtful, quality education that poverty can be eliminated for future generations of children.
 
In December of 2013, The Kerry Fund shipped three thousand pounds of books, maps, and educational materials for children in Guinea, West Africa. The fund also purchased school uniforms for impoverished village school children, sent hundreds of pairs of eyeglasses and over the counter bandages and medication. The Fund has shipped backpacks full of supplies for children who could afford none, and sent cuddly stuffed animals during the holiday seasons.
 
Our current focus is to enhance the education of local youth with in-depth, life changing global/service experiences designed to empower and deepen the awareness they have of themselves as contributing world citizens.

Impact Statement

 In July 2015, The Kerry Fund completed its third year of supervision and financial sponsorship to  financially challenged urban teens from Snowden High School in Boston, selected to serve second generation victims of Rwanda's genocide at the Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village, Rwanda. Agahozo-Shalom (ASYV) is home, school and community for 500 orphaned, vulnerable  teens, rescued from living alone or in child led households. While working in this Rwandan community, the Boston students gain a deep understanding of global world issues usually reserved for those with the financial ability to travel. Bonding in friendship with teens from across the world and working with respect for a common good, the students from Boston come to experience themselves as leaders and global citizens. Our goal for 2016 is to broaden our reach to include students from Boston's Madison Park High School, increasing the size of each travel group to ten. 

The Kerry Fund is proud to have developed significant relationships with key educators from both Snowden and Madison Park High School, educators who wish to bring this opportunity to the students they teach. To be considered, the students are required to research the Rwandan genocide,  view and discuss the film Hotel Rwanda, and write a formal paper on what they hope to give and gain from this experience in Africa. In addition to living and working at the Rwandan youth village, the Boston group visits sites of the Rwandan genocide, and the Genocide Museum. They have the opportunity to not only participate in but to lead  discussion groups on what they have learned. Topics range from how to recognize the underpinnings of cultural and racial stereotypes, to finding forgiveness, growth and healing.  
 
 
 

Needs Statement

The Kerry Fund has raised money through fundraising events and the generosity of sponsors to launch this program successfully, and are ready now to extend our reach to a broader base of students from  city schools. The cost for travel, cultural and educational programs while in Africa, and the service donation to ASYV averages $4,000.00 per student. To meet our goal of bringing ten new students plus two teacher chaperones annually, we must raise a yearly minimum of $40,000.00 That today, is our greatest challenge.


CEO Statement

Founder Mikey Walker first traveled to Guinea, West Africa, following the loss of her son, Kerry. Kerry, whose sole wish was to visit Africa one day, was now carried there in the heart of his mother. What she saw in terms of deprivation and poverty challenged her deeply, and expanded her purpose in life. With others, she began to sponsor Guinean children to go to school, and until the Ebola crisis made travel prohibitive, returned each year with clothes, medicine, and educational supplies.

As this passion to help children in one of Africa's poorest countries continued to grow, so did her awareness of all the many things she took for granted growing up in the United States. As a life long educator, she knew that providing our financially challenged young people with similar global experiences could impact their lives in equally positive and purposeful ways. 


Board Chair Statement

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Geographic Area Served

City of Boston- Citywide (Indiv. neighborhoods also listed)
The Kerry Fund provides educational support and outreach programs for teens in the Boston Public Schools from all areas of Boston to serve at  the Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village in Rwanda. 

Organization Categories

  1. Youth Development - Youth Development-Citizenship
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Independent research has been conducted on this organization's theory of change or on the effectiveness of this organization's program(s)

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Programs

Global Service Program for Boston Teens

Carefully selected, deserving financially under-resourced Boston Public School teens are fully funded and sponsored by the Kerry Jon Walker Fund to travel to Africa to work at the Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village, Rwanda. This is a two week learning service program designed give local students a global cultural perspective and service experience. Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village is home, school and community for 500 orphaned and often victimized Rwandan teens.
Budget  $60,000.00
Category  Youth Development, General/Other Youth Citizenship
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years) Africa
Program Short-Term Success   After serving in this program, teens go back to their local high schools to talk about their experiences and answer questions other students have. They continue to help the Kerry Fund support Agahozo-Shalom and sponsor service experiences for their peers by participating in our fundraising efforts, and are encouraged to create their own ideas. To date all of our students have continued with a college education. One student had the opportunity to be on Urban Update with other members of The Kerry Fund, to discuss what these experiences meant for her life choices. 
Program Long-Term Success   Teens sponsored by our organization will expand their thinking and perceive their capabilities in broad and more expansive ways. As they work alongside teens in Africa who are hungry for stability and education, they will see learn value of the opportunities offered to them through their schools and local organizations. They will utilize a college education, and perceive themselves as global citizens. The Kerry Fund will sponsor those that rise to leadership over the years by providing opportunities for them to return to Africa as Group Leaders. We are helping kids on their path to good citizenship, leadership, and global understanding.
Program Success Monitored By  All students keep daily journals while in Africa, and meet daily for in-depth discussion groups. They are interviewed after the experience by a third party person that was not part of the group, to get their genuine feelings about what was good, what was hard, what they learned. They are invited to share these experiences with The Kerry Fund Board and with others in their schools whenever possible. We are in close communication with their school counselors and teachers, and with the teachers, counselors and organizers at Agahozo-Shalom.
Examples of Program Success 

 Testimonials:

Tia Knowles - "This experience helped me with school because I definitely will never take education for granted. I'm still connected with some of the girls from the Village and this experience has made me have a thirst for study abroad opportunities. If I were asked about the fund's worth and mission I would tell them that this is the most generous, enriching program I've ever come across..."

Jameilis Matos - "..The (Kerry) Fund gave me the opportunity to connect with the other side of the world, travel, and meet amazing people. I was able to grow and experience something that was much greater than me and my hometown of Boston, something that was global and that I would soon learn was very important to me and who I was. The Kerry Fund gave me the opportunity to explore, learn, and become open minded.. I came back with a different perspective about life concerning my opportunities and the many things I took for granted, like education..The Kerry Fund works to empower people.

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Management


CEO/Executive Director Ms. Michael J. Walker
CEO Term Start July 2010
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience Mikey Walker received advanced certification from Wheelock College in Educational Leadership in 1995. Prior degrees, both from Wheelock, were in Early Childhood Education and Early Childhood Special Education. She has been a teacher in both Brookline and Somerville Public Schools, and is the current Head of Old Colony Montessori School in Hingham. As a school leader, her standards allow her to provide only the highest quality institutional and educational leadership for Old Colony's teachers, families and community. In addition to serving as Head of School, she found a growing desire to serve others in need. In 2010, Mikey founded The Kerry Jon Walker Fund, Helping Humanity, a non-profit charitable organization aimed at providing educational support for children suffering from the consequences of poverty. The fund initially focused its efforts on bringing books and educational supplies to children in Guinea, one of Africa's poorest countries. More recent efforts have been to sponsor deserving financially under-resourced teens from Boston schools to travel and work at the Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village (ASYV) in Rwanda. ASYV provides a home, school and community for 500 orphaned, victimized African teens. Her vision is to provide our country's young financially challenged teens with global service opportunities they could not access on their own, shining a light on their ability to see themselves as young adults with opportunities to develop as  leaders and world citizens.   Mikey Walker received the Alden Kindred Foundation, Speak for Thyself Award in May of 2015 for her work in both community and global efforts.
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Senior Staff

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Awards

Award Awarding Organization Year
Speak for Thyself Award Alden Kindred of America 2015

Affiliations

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Member of state association of nonprofits? No
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External Assessments and Accreditations

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Collaborations

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Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 0
Number of Part Time Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 13
Number of Contract Staff 1
Staff Retention Rate % --

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 6
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 8
Male: 0
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers --
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Business Continuity of Operations Plan --
Organization Policies And Procedures Under Development
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy --
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes
State Registration Yes

Risk Management Provisions

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Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? N/A
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency N/A N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency N/A N/A
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency N/A N/A

Governance


Board Chair Ms Michael J. Walker
Board Chair Company Affiliation Old Colony Montessori School
Board Chair Term Jan 2015 - Jan 2016
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Ms. Colleen Jill Beresford Community Volunteer Voting
Ms. Phyllis Hampton Community Volunteer Voting
Dr. Mary McCann Community Volunteer Voting
Ms. Laurie Sprague Community Volunteer Voting
Dr. Margaret Vaughan Community Volunteer Voting
Ms. Julia Walker Community Volunteer Voting
Ms. Sharon Whitham Community Volunteer Voting

Constituent Board Members

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Youth Board Members

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Advisory Board Members

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Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 6
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 8
Male: 0
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 1
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 98%
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions --
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions --
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes

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Financials


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

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Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2015 to Dec 31, 2015
Projected Income $60,000.00
Projected Expense $60,000.00
Form 990s

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2010 990

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Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Total Revenue $48,752 $41,415 $33,668
Total Expenses $53,392 $32,161 $28,980

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
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Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
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Individual Contributions $48,752 $41,415 $33,668
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue -- -- --
Investment Income, Net of Losses -- -- --
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events -- -- --
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Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Program Expense $53,392 $32,161 $28,980
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Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 0.91 1.29 1.16
Program Expense/Total Expenses 100% 100% 100%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 0% 0% 0%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Total Assets $32,369 $37,009 $27,755
Current Assets $32,369 $37,009 $27,755
Long-Term Liabilities -- $0 $0
Current Liabilities -- $0 $0
Total Net Assets $32,369 $37,009 $27,755

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
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Financial Planning

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Credit Line No
Reserve Fund No
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Capital Campaign

Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? No
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Capital Campaign Dates -
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Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? --

Short Term Solvency

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Long Term Solvency

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Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 0% 0%

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

Financial summary data in charts and graphs are per the organization's IRS Form 990s. Contributions from foundations and corporations are listed under individuals when the breakout was not available.

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