Mission: Give Kids The World Village exists exclusively to fulfill the wishes of all critically ill children -- and their families -- who want to experience a cost-free, dream vacation in the theme park capital of the world -- Orlando, Florida.

Working with wish-granting organizations from around the world, the Village hosts almost 8,000 critically ill children and their families each year at its 84-acre, nonprofit resort in Central Florida.

Thanks to the generosity of individual and corporate donors, the Village provides accommodations, meals, transportation, daily entertainment, and free access to Orlando's world-famous theme parks and other attractions. Since its founding in 1986, Give Kids The World has hosted more than 176,000 children and families from all 50 states and more than 75 countries.

Give Kids The World Village is a 501(c)(3) organization, with an IRS ruling year of 1986, and donations are tax-deductible.

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Contact Information

  http://www.givekidstheworld.org

 210 South Bass Road
Kissimmee FL 34746  

  800-995-5437


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Exceptional

This charity's score is 98.08, earning it a 4-Star rating. Donors can "Give with Confidence" to this charity. 

This score is calculated from two sub-scores:

This score represents Form 990 data from 2019, the latest year published by the IRS.

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Program Expense

Program Expense Ratio

92.3%


The Program Expense Ratio is determined by Program Expenses divided by Total Expense (average of most recent three 990s).


This measure reflects the percent of its total expenses a charity spends on the programs and services it exists to deliver. Dividing a charity's average program expenses by its average total functional expenses yields this percentage. We calculate the charity's average expenses over its three most recent fiscal years.


Source: IRS Form 990

Administrative Expenses

2.2%


As reported by charities on their IRS Form 990, this measure reflects what percent of its total budget a charity spends on overhead, administrative staff and associated costs, and organizational meetings. Dividing a charity's average administrative expenses by its average total functional expenses yields this percentage. We calculate the charity's average expenses over its three most recent fiscal years.


Source: IRS Form 990

Fundraising Expenses

5.4%


This measure reflects what a charity spends to raise money. Fundraising expenses can include campaign printing, publicity, mailing, and staffing and costs incurred in soliciting donations, memberships, and grants. Dividing a charity's average fundraising expenses by its average total functional expenses yields this percentage. We calculate the charity's average expenses over its three most recent fiscal years.


Source: IRS Form 990

Liabilities to Assets Ratio

1.5%


The Liabilities to Assets Ratio is determined by Total Liabilities divided by Total Assets (most recent 990).


Part of our goal in rating the financial performance of charities is to help donors assess the financial capacity and sustainability of a charity. As do organizations in other sectors, charities must be mindful of their management of total liabilites in relation to their total assets. This ratio is an indicator of an organization’s solvency and or long term sustainability. Dividing a charity's total liabilities by its total assets yields this percentage.


Source: IRS Form 990

Fundraising Efficiency

$0.06


The amount spent to raise $1 in charitable contributions. To calculate a charity's fundraising efficiency, we divide its average fundraising expenses by the average total contributions it receives. We calculate the charity's average expenses and average contributions over its three most recent fiscal years.


Source: IRS Form 990

Working Capital Ratio

2.03 years


Determines how long a charity could sustain its level of spending using its net available assets, or working capital, as reported on its most recently filed Form 990. We include in a charity's working capital unrestricted and temporarily restricted net assets, and exclude permanently restricted net assets. Dividing these net available assets in the most recent year by a charity's average total expenses, yields the working capital ratio. We calculate the charity's average total expenses over its three most recent fiscal years.


Source: IRS Form 990

Program Expense Growth

6.29%


We compute the average annual growth of program expenses using the following formula: [(Yn/Y0)(1/n)]-1, where Y0 is a charity's program expenses in the first year of the interval analyzed, Yn is the charity's program expenses in the most recent year, and n is the interval of years passed between Y0 and Yn.


Source: IRS Form 990

Governance


Charity Navigator looks to confirm on the Form 990 that the organization has these governance practices in place.


Sources Include: IRS Form 990

Governance:
Independent Voting Board Members  ... (More)
No Material Diversion of Assets ... (More)

A diversion of assets – any unauthorized conversion or use of the organization's assets other than for the organization's authorized purposes, including but not limited to embezzlement or theft – can seriously call into question a charity's financial integrity. We check the charity's last two Forms 990 to see if the charity has reported any diversion of assets. If the charity does report a diversion, then we check to see if it complied with the Form 990 instructions by describing what happened and its corrective action. This metric will be assigned to one of the following categories:

  • Full Credit: There has been no diversion of assets within the last two years.

  • Partial Credit: There has been a diversion of assets within the last two years and the charity has used Schedule O on the Form 990 to explain: the nature of the diversion, the amount of money or property involved and the corrective action taken to address the matter. In this situation, we deduct 7 points from the charity's Accountability and Transparency score.
  • No Credit: There has been a diversion of assets within the last two years and the charity's explanation on Schedule O is either non-existent or not sufficient. In this case, we deduct 15 points from the charity's Accountability and Transparency score.
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Audited financial statements provide important information about financial accountability and accuracy. They should be prepared by an independent accountant with oversight from an audit committee. (It is not necessary that the audit committee be a separate committee. Often at smaller charities, it falls within the responsibilities of the finance committee or the executive committee.) The committee provides an important oversight layer between the management of the organization, which is responsible for the financial information reported, and the independent accountant, who reviews the financials and issues an opinion based on its findings. We check the charity's Form 990 reporting to see if it meets this criteria.

  • Full Credit: The charity's audited financials were prepared by an independent accountant with an audit oversight committee.

  • Partial Credit: The charity's audited financials were prepared by an independent accountant, but it did not have an audit oversight committee. In this case, we deduct 7 points from the charity's Accountability and Transparency score.
  • No Credit: The charity did not have its audited financials prepared by an independent accountant. In this case, we deduct 15 points from the charity's Accountability and Transparency score.
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Does Not Provide Loan(s) to or Receive Loan(s) From Related Parties ... (More)
Documents Board Meeting Minutes ... (More)
Distributes 990 to Board Before Filing ... (More)
Compensates Board ... (More)

Policies


Charity Navigator looks to confirm on the Form 990, or for some metrics on the charity's website, that the organization has these policies in place.


Sources Include: IRS Form 990 and organization's website

Policies:
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Records Retention and Destruction ... (More)
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Donors have expressed extreme concern about the use of their personal information by charities and the desire to have this information kept confidential. The exchanging and sale of lists for telemarketing and the mass distribution of "junk mail," among other things, can be minimized if the charity assures the privacy of its donors. Privacy policies are assigned to one of the following categories:

  • Yes: This charity has a written donor privacy policy published on its website, which states unambiguously that (1) it will not share or sell a donor's personal information with anyone else, nor send donor mailings on behalf of other organizations or (2) it will only share or sell personal information once the donor has given the charity specific permission to do so.

  • Opt-out: The charity has a written privacy policy published on its website which enables donors to tell the charity to remove their names and contact information from lists the charity shares or sells. How a donor can have themselves removed from a list differs from one charity to the next, but any and all opt-out policies require donors to take specific action to protect their privacy.
  • No: This charity either does not have a written donor privacy policy in place to protect their contributors' personal information, or the existing policy does not meet our criteria.

The privacy policy must be specific to donor information. A general website policy which references "visitor" or "user" personal information will not suffice. A policy that refers to donor information collected on the website is also not sufficient as the policy must be comprehensive and applicable to both online and offline donors. The existence of a privacy policy of any type does not prohibit the charity itself from contacting the donor for informational, educational, or solicitation purposes.

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Transparency


Charity Navigator looks to confirm on the Form 990, or for some metrics on the charity's website, that the organization makes this information easily accessible.


Sources Include: IRS Form 990 and organization's website

Transparency:
CEO Salary Listed on 990 ... (More)
Board of Directors Listed on Website ... (More)
Key Staff Listed on Website ... (More)
Audited Financial Statements on Website ... (More)
Form 990 Available on Website ... (More)

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Total Revenue and Expenses

Total Revenue and Expenses

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Salary of Key Persons

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Pamela Landwirth, President & CEO

$335,905 (0.56% of Total Expenses)


Current CEO and Board Chair can be found in the Leadership & Adaptability report below.

Source: IRS Form 990 (page 7), filing year 2020

Business Master File Data

Below are some key data points from the Exempt Organization IRS Business Master File (BMF) for this organization. Learn more about the BMF on the IRS website


Activities:

Other youth organization or activities (BMF activity code: 349)


Foundation Status:

Organization that normally receives no more than one-third of its support from gross investment income and unrelated business income and at the same time more than one-third of its support from contributions, fees, and gross receipts related to exempt purposes.  509(a)(2) (BMF foundation code: 16)


Affiliation:

Independent - the organization is an independent organization or an independent auxiliary (i.e., not affiliated with a National, Regional, or Geographic grouping of organizations). (BMF affiliation code: 3)

Data Sources: IRS Forms 990

The Form 990 is a document that nonprofit organizations file with the IRS annually. We leverage finance and accountability data from it to form Encompass ratings. Click here to view this organization's Forms 990 on the IRS website (if any are available).

Pandemic Response

Due to the unprecedented nature of the pandemic, we give charities such as this one the opportunity to share the story of COVID's impact on them. Charities may submit their own pandemic responses through their nonprofit portal.


Give Kids The World Village reported being impacted by COVID-19 in the following ways:
  • Program Delivery

  • Fundraising Capacity

  • Revenue

  • Staffing


How COVID-19 impacted the organization's operations financially:

Due to the pandemic, beginning in mid-March 2020, Give Kids the World Village was forced to temporarily close to the more than 8,600 critically ill children and their families who typically visit our nonprofit resort each year. The estimated decline in revenue from the pandemic (March 2019 - June 2020) was $43MM, a 77% decline. With the first PPP loan, the Village was able to keep all staff fully paid from March to June 2020. In June, Give Kids The World had to lay off 84% of the staff. With the second PPP loan, GKTW was able to re-hire approximately 20 staff members.


How COVID-19 impacted the organization's delivery of programs:

Give Kids The World Village is an 89-acre nonprofit resort that provides critically ill children and their families with magical, all-inclusive, weeklong wish vacations at no cost. When the Village was forced to close due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all operations of the Village ceased, including our volunteer program, which engages 1,800+ volunteer shifts each week during a typical year. The Village was closed for 10 months, during which time the wishes of 6,000+ critically ill children were delayed. With a comprehensive COVID-19 safety plan in place, which was developed in collaboration with the infectious disease specialists from Nemours Children's Hospital as well as Walt Disney World safety experts, the Village reopened with limited capacity in January 2021. The Village is currently operating at approximately 15% capacity.


How this organization adapted to changing conditions caused by COVID-19:

During the pandemic, Give Kids The World took the opportunity to give by donating the use of its venue to other nonprofit organizations. In addition, the Village sent more than 2,000 Boxes of Hope filled with toys and gifts to wish children whose wishes were delayed, and donated more than six tons of food to the Second Harvest Food Bank. In a wonderful pandemic pivot, the Village created the first-ever Night of a Million Lights - welcoming in the public for the first time in its 35-year history for a socially distant, walk-through holiday lights spectacular which was named by USA TODAY "The Number One Thing To Do in Orlando During The Holidays for 2020." More than 95,000 guests attended the event, which was supported by more than 45 local partners. The event raised more than $2.8 million in gross proceeds for the Village, which will help make magical wishes come true for thousands of wish families, and generated 14.6+ million media impressions.


Innovations the organization intends to continue permanently after the pandemic:

As a result of Give Kids The World volunteers being displaced, the Village created Give Kids The World Gives Back - a program in which GKTW volunteers and staff members go out into the community to volunteer on behalf of other nonprofits in need. This program continues to positively impact a variety of causes and organizations. In addition, the Village took the opportunity to make tremendous improvements to the property to enhance the experience we provide to wish families; is preparing to host our second annual Night of a Million Lights fundraiser, which will become an annual event; and re-imagined virtually every department and operational unit of the Village to work leaner, stronger and more effectively. In addition, due to COVID, our annual Gala in Sept. will be held on-site at the Village for the first time ever, which gives us the opportunity to help guests experience the magic of the Village first-hand - a concept that will likely continue.


Historical Ratings

Date PublishedForm 990 FYEOverall ScoreOverall Rating
Rating Version: 2.1
4/1/20212019 98.08
7/1/20192018 97.62
3/1/20182016 98.62
3/1/20172015 100.00
6/1/20162014 100.00
Rating Version: 2.0
12/22/20152014 99.50
6/1/20152013 95.74
12/1/20132012 91.88
2/1/20132011 91.73
4/1/20122010 93.77
9/20/20112009 99.42
Rating Version: 1.0
6/1/20112009 99.32
10/1/20102008 94.08
9/1/20082007 99.23
9/1/20072006 99.31
11/1/20062005 99.30
6/1/20052004 92.02
11/1/20042003 85.65
11/1/20032002 99.13
10/15/20022001 99.13
4/15/20022000 99.10

...   Impact & Results


This score estimates the actual impact a nonprofit has on the lives of those it serves, and determines whether it is making good use of donor resources to achieve that impact.


Impact & Results Score

Not Currently Scored

Give Kids The World Village cannot currently be evaluated by our Encompass Rating Impact & Results methodology because either (A) it is eligible, but we have not yet received data; (B) we have not yet developed an algorithm to estimate its programmatic impact; (C) its programs are not direct services; or (D) it is not heavily reliant on contributions from individual donors.

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Largest Programs

Largest Programs



Give Kids The World Village reported its largest program on its FY 2020 Form 990 as:


$43,579,384

Spent in most recent FY

100%

Percent of program expenses


DURING THE FISCAL YEAR 2019/2020, GIVE KIDS THE WORLD WELCOMED 5,444 WISH CHILDREN AND THEIR FAMILIES TO CENTRAL FLORIDA. THANKS TO THE GENEROUS SUPPORT OF OUR VOLUNTEERS, DONORS AND CORPORATE PARTNER ... (More)


...   Leadership & Adaptability


This score provides an assessment of the organization's leadership capacity, strategic thinking and planning, and ability to innovate or respond to changes in constituent demand/need or other relevant social and economic conditions to achieve the organization's mission.


Leadership & Adaptability Score

100

out of 100

The score earned by Give Kids The World Village is a passing score. This score has no effect on the organization's Star Rating.

Encompass Rating V4 provides an evaluation of the organization's Leadership & Adaptability through the nonprofit organization submitting a survey response directly to Charity Navigator.


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Leadership & Adaptability Report

100

of 100 points

Mission

The nonprofit organization presents evidence of strategic thinking through articulating the organization’s mission


Give Kids The World Village is an 89-acre, whimsical nonprofit resort in Central Florida that provides critically ill children and their families with magical weeklong wish vacations at no cost. Working with wish-granting organizations from around the world, the Village hosts more than 8,000 critically ill children and their families each year. Thanks to the generosity of individual and corporate donors, the Village provides every wish child and his/her family with accommodations, transportation, all meals and snacks, daily entertainment, daily gifts, donated them park tickets, and unique interactive experiences at the Village, featuring an array of accessible rides and attractions. Since 1986, Give Kids The World has hosted more than 176,000 children and families from all 50 states and 76 countries.


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Vision

The nonprofit organization presents evidence of strategic thinking through articulating the organization’s vision.


Give Kids The World's mission is to spread joy and create the happiness that inspires hope for critically ill children and their families. Through life-changing experiences delivered in a caring, compassionate, welcoming, accessible and inclusive environment, wish families have an opportunity to spend precious time together laughing, playing and creating priceless memories away from hospital stays and medical treatments. Often the experience is just what these families need to regain their strength, courage, hope and resilience as they deal with the life-threatening illness of a child. Our goal is to inspire, engage and positively impact the lives of the entire family, from wish children and parents/care givers to siblings and grandparents, ultimately to promote better health outcomes.


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Strategic Goals

The nonprofit organization presents evidence of strategic thinking and goal setting through sharing their most important strategic goals.


Goal One: Grow wish-granting organization outreach. Our goal is to continually enhance the life-changing experience we provide to wish families by expanding access to wish-granting organizations worldwide.

Goal Type: Grow, expand, scale or increase access to the existing programs and services.


Goal Two: Leverage technology to meet business objectives. Our goal is enhance our impact, efficiency and the quality of our services by investing in state-of-the-art technology.

Goal Type: Invest in the capacity of our organization (financial, management, technical, etc.).


Goal Three: Develop a master plan for efficient use of land/resources. Our goal is to invest in our organization and grow our services.

Goal Type: Invest in the capacity of our organization (financial, management, technical, etc.).


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Leadership Development

The nonprofit provides evidence of investment in leadership development


Describe an investment in leadership

Steven Amos, VP of Advancement, is currently enrolled in the Leadership Orlando class and has been promoted twice within the past year. Olena Elsea just completed a computer coding class. Aaron Dinkins has enrolled in a management class with the Edyth Bush Institute at Rollins College.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Mobilizing for Mission

The nonprofit provides evidence of leadership through focusing externally and mobilizing resources for the mission.


This organization mobilizes for mission in the following ways:
  • Strategic Partnerships

  • Networks of Collective Impact Efforts

  • Thought Leadership

  • Raising Awareness

  • Community Building

What are this organization’s external mobilizaton efforts?

Give Kids The World has developed strategic partnerships with hundreds of local businesses and nonprofit organizations, and frequently participates as part of panels, conferences, keynote speaking opportunities, and other thought leadership activities both locally and nationally. In addition, we work to raise awareness for our mission through marketing campaigns, fundraising programs, special events, social and traditional media outreach, media events, and corporate partner activations. In addition, Give Kids The World's Give Kids The World Gives Back program engages our volunteers and staff members to donate their time assisting other nonprofits in the community. In addition, we mobilize a talented, passionate team of more than 25,000 volunteers to help orchestrate every aspect of the Village for the benefit of our wish families.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Story of Adaptability

The nonprofit has an opportunity to tell the story of how the organization adapted to tremendous external changes in the last year.


Give Kids The World reopened in mid-January 2021 following a 10-month closure due to COVID-19. During the closure, the Village undertook a six-month giving back campaign designed to help other local nonprofits hard hit by the pandemic, while preparing the Village for its eventual reopening. Beginning in August, the Village donated six tons of food to the Second Harvest Food Bank in support of Feeding America; mailed out 2,000 “Boxes of Hope” to critically ill children whose wishes were postponed; and donated the use of its property to other local nonprofits. In addition, in an inventive pivot designed to raise funds for future wish fulfillment, Give Kids The World created the first-ever Night of a Million Lights: an outdoor, socially distanced holiday lights spectacular featuring more than 3.3 million lights donated by Walt Disney World Resort and hundreds of holiday displays. More than 90,000 guests safely enjoyed the festivities during the 52-night event, which raised $2.8M in gross charitable proceeds to fund the wishes of critically ill children. In addition, to support Toys for Tots, which experienced a significant drop in toy collection locations due to COVID-19, the Village invited attendees to make donations, resulting in more than 100 collection boxes filled with toys. With a comprehensive safety plan in place which was developed in collaboration with the infectious disease specialists at Nemours Children's Hospital, Give Kids The World opened to limited capacity, with plans to slowly grow our numbers over time as dictated by the evolving guidelines of the CDC and state/local health guidelines. Also during the closure, a number of capital improvements were made in order to enhance the quality of the experience we provide to critically ill children and their families during life-changing weeklong stays at the Village.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

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Organization Leadership

Organization Leadership


Pamela Landwirth

President & CEO

Cathleen Nash

Chairman

...   Culture & Community


This score provides an assessment of the organization's engagement with the constituents it serves, a practice we term Constituent Feedback. When organizations listen to constituents, they are able to better deliver on programs and meet the needs of stakeholders. A future version of this Beacon will also assess an organization's people operations and its Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) metrics.


Culture & Community Score

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Give Kids The World Village is currently not eligible for a Culture & Community score because we have not received its Constituent Feedback data. Nonprofit organizations are encouraged to fill out the How We Listen section of their Candid profile. This data will provide the basis for the initial evaluation of Culture & Community.

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Constituent Feedback

Constituent Feedback


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Charity Navigator believes nonprofit organizations that engage in inclusive practices, such as collecting feedback from the people and communities they serve, may be more effective. We award every nonprofit that completes the Candid survey full credit for this Beacon, in recognition of their willingness to publicly share this information with the nonprofit and philanthropic communities. Although the data is not evaluated for quality at this time, future iterations of this Beacon will include third party or other data that will serve to validate the information provided by the nonprofit.

Analysis and Research


Like the overall Encompass Rating System, the Culture & Community Beacon is designed to evolve as metrics are developed and ready for integration. Our partnership with Feedback Labs and Guidestar by Candid, and other partners including Fund for Shared Insight, GlobalGiving, and Keystone Accountability, enables us to launch the first version of this beacon with Constituent Feedback information collected on Candid's site.


Feedback practices have been shown to support better Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion outcomes, an essential area of assessment that we intend to further expand and develop in the future. Feedback Labs has documented several studies which indicate that beyond achieving organizational goals, nonprofits that are attentive and responsive to concerns and ideas raised by beneficiaries establish stronger relationships with the people they serve, promote greater equity, and empower constituents in ways that can help to ensure better long-term outcomes. You can find resources to help nonprofits improve their feedback practices here.

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