“Kids' Chance has changed my life by not only introducing me to an entire community of people who wanted to see me succeed and helped me get through college, but also by giving me the opportunity to see some light in the darkness of losing my dad.
Every year at the Kids’ Chance National Conference, our founder, Bob Clyatt, tells his story. He shares how he came to form the first Kids’ Chance in Georgia and what he sees in the future of the Kids’ Chance mission.
This year, alongside of Bob, we had the opportunity to hear from our first class of Ambassadors — including Michaela — just how much Kids’ Chance has impacted them and their families.
As the national organization, it is our mission to unite the worker's compensation community in support of kids like Michaela. We launched several task force teams this year focused on outreach and awareness. This included expanding our network of leaders across the industry through our Advisory Board and Leadership Focus Group as well as increasing our individual giving efforts.
Kids’ Chance state organizations provide scholarships and support to the kids of workers who have been injured on the job. The Kids’ Chance scholarship program has overcome any setbacks created by the pandemic and is now on a steady growth path nationally.
Collectively since 1988, Kids’ Chance organizations have awarded over 10,000 scholarships totaling over $36 million dollars.
The Planning for the Future initiative reached 1,184 submissions this year. We experienced an overall 20% increase in submissions and a 41% increase in the number of submissions of kids under 16 years old.
In total, we allocated $360,000 in direct scholarship support to the states, with states in good standing receiving $7,500 in conjunction with our annual meeting in May.
In addition, over $300,000 was spent in direct support of our state organizations, including seed funding for newly established states, professional counsel in scholarship practices and non-profit best practices, the Kids’ Chance National Conference, the scholarship platform Kaleidoscope, Planning for the Future (PFF), our educational programs (such as webinars and roundtables), marketing collateral, our Awareness Week activities, scholarship development, our state accelerator program, and emergency grants.
We continue to see growth in aspects of our fundraising program. The National Conference corporate sponsorship program was successful with more workers’ compensation-related companies supporting our annual gathering of the Kids’ Chance community.
We continue to build our endowment program with additional gifts, and our annual giving program saw more new donors than ever. Each member of our national board made a gift to Kids’ Chance of America.
Stories are what drive the Kids’ Chance mission. Hearing directly from scholarship recipients and volunteers as they reflect on their experiences not only reiterates the importance of our organization’s work, but also reinvigorates our community and those who make it all possible.
At the 2023 Kids’ Chance for America National Conference, there was not a dry eye in sight as our inaugural class Ambassadors took to the stage and shared the impact Kids’ Chance has had on their educational journeys and the trajectory of their lives.
We are honored to have Olivia, Michaela, and Arianna represent Kids' Chance across the country, and look forward to hearing from them at various events and meetings throughout the year.
Kids’ Chance of America brings together many of the leaders in the workers’ compensation industry to steer the organization and ensure it fulfills its purpose.
We benefit from an active Advisory Board, Board of Directors and Board Committees, an Executive Committee and Executive Director, our Council of State Organizations (CSO), and a newly-formed President's Circle — established this year to engage past leadership in the ongoing advancement of the national organization.
Our focus has shifted from creating state organizations to
growing sustainable state organizations with scholarship
programs that help us advance our mission of More Money
for More Kids.