"Imagine if everyone in the world just helped one person, what a better world it would be."
Dottie Berger MacKinnon
February 19, 1942- October 13, 2013
In loving memory of our founder, supporter, guardian and friend, Dottie Berger MacKinnon who championed the cause for abused, neglected and abandoned children like no other could. We will miss our angel on earth.
Kids Charity of Tampa Bay
Kids Charity of Tampa Bay, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) organization of concerned individuals whose mission is to improve the quality of life for foster children and foster families. Founded in 2006 by Dottie Berger MacKinnon, Kids Charity addresses basic needs and critical issues for foster children. After years of involvement in areas of direct service for children that have been abused, neglected or abandoned, this group of community leaders decided that an organization was needed that could focus on areas of service that are less directly funded by the state or federal government, yet still provided support in areas of critical need and life improvement. Raising funds and developing resources, both in-kind and monetary, that directly affect these areas of critical need is a primary focus of Kids Charity of Tampa Bay, Inc. More than 4000 foster children and families are served each year through community initiatives.
The most visible community initiative of Kids Charity of Tampa Bay is A Kid’s Place, a Residential Care Facility in Hillsborough County.
A Kid’s Place was developed and built from what started as a group discussion in the community involving Kids Charity of Tampa Bay, Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, the Department of Children and Families, Hillsborough Kids, Inc., YMCA, Child Abuse Council, Hillsborough County School District, Hillsborough County Children’s Services, the Children’s Board, and other community leaders. Working in partnership, a task force was formed to discuss and resolve the many issues regarding child welfare services in our communities.
In order to provide stability to the system of care and appropriate facilitation of assessments for better placement determination, it was decided that A Kid’s Place would be a viable solution. Not only is it designed as a solution, it is a model program to the nation.
Additional community initiatives include an Education Initiative, providing children with tools and resources to achieve academic success, a Holiday Gift Drive and the Safety Net Program which provides temporary support to Foster Children and Foster Families in crisis.
Development of public support and awareness is done solely through volunteers, the Board of Directors and private philanthropy. No governmental funds or United Way funds are received. Fundraising events that are open to the public include the Kids Charity Golf Classic presented by the Corbett Family Foundation, the Nix Bash on the Blue Party and Fishing Tournament presented by MetLife, “Home is Where the Heart Is” Holiday Stroll and our annual luncheon, “Every Child Needs a Home” benefiting A Kid’s Place, a community initiative of Kids Charity of Tampa Bay.