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Shining Stars Foundation

YOU can give the gift of hope - The number of families being referred to our programs by oncology doctors has doubled in the last five years and over 90% of our programs have a waitlist. The number of families we can reach depends on generous supporters like you. Thank you!

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Staff

Part Time Staff:
2
Full Time Staff:
4
Contract Staff:
Volunteers Annually:
350
Retention Rate:
100%

Kathy Gingery, CEO/Executive Director
Start Date: 2001

Kathy has worked with children's programs and summer camps for over 30 years. Initially teaching outdoor recreation skills and horsemanship to young campers, her interest turned to children with cancer in 1978 after volunteering with the National Sports Center for the Disabled. A graduate of Eastern Illinois University, she has also been a self-employed business owner for over 30 years specializing in real estate. Kathy once received the "Celebration of Human Spirit" award, started the first Cub Scouts group in the Fraser Valley, was an active 4-H leader for 12 years, has served on several Chamber of Commerce Committees, and was the recipient of the 2011 Colorado Rockies Leadership Award. She founded Shining Stars in 2001 and has since been the energy and leadership behind the development of the Foundation.

Cookie Ready, Director of Outreach Programs
Start Date: 2007

Prior to joining Shining Stars, Cookie taught grades Kindergarten through third for 35 years. Over the years, she has worn many hats such as English Language Learners Coordinator, Special Events Coordinator, Curriculum Developer, Teacher Ambassador to Russia & Japan, and Guest Instructor for the University of Colorado at Denver. She received her degree in English/Secondary Education from Colorado State University and is a multiple year honoree for Who's Who Among America's Teachers. Cookie loves working with children of all ages and visiting with all the amazing families we serve.

Megan Nelson, Director of Development
Start Date: 2010

Megan is a graduate of Westmont College in Santa Barbara, CA where she specialized in international development and studied nonprofit organizations all around the world. She has worked at a Salvation Army Camp and completed 18 months with the AmeriCorps VISTA Program promoting the growth and development of Chicago based nonprofits. In 2010, Megan began working with Shining Stars.

Boards

Board Type:
Local
Meetings per Year:
5
Term Length:
4 years
Term Limit:
no term limit
Total # of Board Members:
7
Clients on Board:
No
# of Client Board Members:

Board Demographics:

Female:
3
Male:
7
Transgender Female:
0
Transgender Male:
0
Gender Other:
0

Black or African American:
0
Asian:
0
White:
10
Hispanic or Latino:
0
Multiracial:
0
American Indian or Alaska Native:
0
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander:
0
Other Ethnicities:
0

Average Number of Years Current Board Members Have Served on Board

5

Attendance Percentage for Board Meetings

100%

Percentage of Board Members that Contribute Dollars

100%

Percentage of Board Members that Contribute In-Kind

100%

Percentage of Board Members that have Completeted the Colorado Secretary of State's Nonprofit Board Member Course:

0%

Nonprofit completed the Colorado Nonprofit Association's Excellence in Principles & Practices Recognition Program?

No

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Acquisitions
Board Development
Board Development / Board Orientation
Board Governance
By-Laws
Communications / Promotion / Publicity / PR
Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
Community Outreach / Community Relations
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Development / Funds / Grants/ Gifts
Executive
Finance
Finance & Administration
Financial Analysis
Governance
Grant Policy
HR / Prsnl & Finance & Mkting & Nomin. & By-laws
Human Resources / Personnel & Finance & Marketing & Nominating & By-laws
Legal / Litigation
Long Range Planning
Management
Operations
Planning
Program Services
Public Policy
Public Relations/Communications
Staff Development
Strategic Planning
Strategic Planning / Strategic Direction
Youth

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