Kids in Crisis
8331 Mayflower Drive
Richmond VA 23235
Mission Statement Changing lives through feeding, caring for, and educating children in the US and around the world. 
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E.D. Chris Yeatts with the KIC DRUM+ARTS participants.
CEO/Executive Director Chris Yeatts
Board Chair Rachel Yeatts
Board Chair Company Affiliation VCU Health System
Contact Information
Address 8331 Mayflower Drive
Richmond, VA 23235
Telephone 804 6172081
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2002
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expense Bar Graph - All Years
Expense Breakdown Bar Chart - All Years
Projected Revenue $128,000.00
Projected Expenses $123,700.00
Mission Changing lives through feeding, caring for, and educating children in the US and around the world. 

During the year of 2016-2017 we saw a lot of growth with Kids In Crisis and specifically with our KICDRUM program. We have expanded our KICDRUM program into seven middle schools and one elementary school. We have established community partnerships with NextUp, Higher Achievement, Community and Schools and the YMCA. We have secured funding through grants and community funders.

Our goals for 2017 are to reach 700 students through our KICDRM program. To obtain funding, through grants, corporations, and individual donations to continue to expand our programs and to hire additional staff. To expand our Lily's Hope program in Nicaragua and other areas. To establish more community partnerships.



  1. Purchase a 15 passenger van to transport equipment for classes and students for performances and field trips. Approx. $26,000
  2. Lily’s Hope - Presently kids in Crisis are targeting 195 children with medical and developmental needs living in extreme poverty in Nicaragua. We need to raise $1500 a month through our monthly sponsorship program and other fundraising efforts. These fundraising efforts are in the beginning stages so any financial support that we can obtain would be greatly appreciated.
  3. Skilled volunteers with similar passions to implement our vision, specifically with experience in grant writing, counseling background, and working with at risk children.
  4. Employ a second program facilitaor and a part time development coordinator.
  5. Funding for purchasing equipment - drums, computer software.








Kids in Crisis was established in 2002, as the US face of Child in Crisis, a South African charity helping children orphaned through HIV. Kids in Crisis began in the US as a fundraising organization to help other already established charities that were helping children in the US and around the world. In 2008 the organization began to shift from just general funding to establishing more specific projects and goals with a focus on Nicaragua and Cambodia. We have raised funds through charitable art auctions, using paintings created by the children in these countries. Some of these funds helped build a home for children in Nicaragua that were previously living on a garbage dump. 

In 2013 Kids in Crisis once again received a new focus and passion, driven by it's new Executive Director Chris Yeatts, and his wife Rachel. With their personal journey in adopting three children from China with medical and developmental needs, they have allowed us to see first hand what a big impact a little intervention can have on an individual child's life. As an organization we have set specific goals to make a difference in children's lives here in Richmond, in the US and around the world, by establishing effective programs. We want to help orphans be placed in families, provide support for families to help prevent children from becoming orphans, and help at risk children here locally.

CEO Statement

As executive director and founder of one our program KICDRUM, I’m so excited about all the amazing opportunities that we have in our great city of Richmond, Virginia, and abroad to bring hope, give life and make a real difference in children’s lives.

In the spring of 2015 we just completed our first pilot program of KICDRUM+ARTS with amazing results. I have to admit at the beginning of our 10-week program with fourth grade boys we did have our skeptics. Over the weeks, a visible tangible change began to occur in these young men’s lives.

I remember at the beginning of our program, when I would bring my students back to class after our sessions, the teachers ask me if their student was in trouble for misbehaving during the session. I would always answer that question with a smile and report back to the teacher that “No, your student is actually doing a really good job.” In about the fifth week the teachers stopped asking me about their misbehavior and started asking me about what I was doing, because they could see a difference in the behavior in the classroom from their students.

At the end of the 10-week program we performed for the entire school. There were tears in the eyes of some of the faculty and staff because the change was real. These young men had come together in spite of their differences with each other and done something that was truly amazing and inspirational. I think the thing that made all involved, including myself, get a little choked up was that these were children that were often overlooked and only received attention because of misbehavior.

The students were so proud of what they had accomplished and I was so proud of them because we had truly been on a journey together over the 10 weeks. 
Since that initial 10 week program we are now reaching students in eight schools and running multiple programs in each school. The growth and success of our KICDRUM program has been humbling and exciting to observe. 
Board Chair Statement

I have been involved in Kids in Crisis for seven years. Initially as a volunteer, then a board member and now president. I have seen this organization evolve over this period from a more hands off fundraising organization to an emphasis on creating programs that directly effect and change children's lives. As a mother of five, three adopted from China, I want to be able to help children where they are at, to give them a step up and a chance at a life where they feel they have self worth. With this change in our organization comes challenges, specifically in the need for increased personnel, volunteers, and committed funding. Without these things we can not sustain these programs that have been established, and they will just become nice ideas.

Although we face challenges as we establish ourselves as an organization that is making a real difference, it is worth it. We are driven by a passion to see children's lives bettered. The need is overwhelming, but I have always been driven by the perspective of helping the one. It is impossible to help them all, and if we take on that burden we will become discouraged and ultimately fail. If we focus on making a significant difference in each individual child that we touch, the change for them could be life altering.

Here is an excerpt from a letter written by some of the children in Nicaragua that we have been involved in helping over the last 7 years

Hello from the young men of Cascabel:

Warm and heartfelt greetings, a hug, a kiss, our hearts for you. We are grateful to all of you because God used you as a special instrument, at the time that we really needed you. When you arrived we are very young. Barefoot, poorly dressed, poorly fed, without going to school, sleeping on the floor without a bed no mattress, no blanket and helplessness totally abandoned because of our extreme poverty experienced by our families.

You came like an angel to our aid, it was of great joy for us and for Pastor CARLOS who is and has been and will continue to be a father for us. We have truly recognized all the effort both from CARLOS and all of you. You grasped our hands, never having disgust of us having been in the trash. THANKS for this huge love. Here we are moving on. THANK YOU for helping us to be men and to work today and to be able to tell you THANK YOU.   It was not an accident but a privilege that God put people like CARLOS and you at our side to help us and grow up with tranquility. The difference has been real. From the dump to a dignified and beautiful house, the difference has been from eating discarded food in our hands to now eating on a plate, with spoons, neat and all clean, the difference was from sleeping on the floor to today sleeping in beds clean and safe. The change is real. We worked in the trash with risks of all kinds.  But today we work and continue living safely and tranquil and help the younger children.

 The whole group today who are now young men say thank you for your support.

To you and the many people who did not know us but sowed into us so that we might succeed. Today we are changed in all aspects.

 We appreciate the sincere support for CARLOS and that you trust his work to help us and never refuse our needs.

The young men of A HEART TO LOVE


Areas of Service
Areas Served
Metro Richmond
Board Chair
Board Chair Rachel Yeatts
Company Affiliation VCU Health System
Term June 2016 to July 2018
Board of Directors
Board Members
Nancy Caine Secretary
Chuck Caine Community Volunteer
Chris Lee CHAT
Abigail McCamant Treasurer
Jason Pascale Community Volunteer
Rachel Yeatts President
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 5
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 3
Female 3
Board Meeting Attendance % 100
Written Board Selection Criteria? Under Development
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Under Development
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 50
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Other Boards
The tables below contain information about other groups that advise this nonprofit on operations and projects.

As an organization we have gone through a major overhaul over the last two years. We have become more focused and intentional about our vision and goals. We recognize the need to increase the size, and experience of our board and are actively working towards that. It is an exciting time as we are seeing opportunities open up to be effective and really help children here in Richmond, and other countries.

Executive Director
Executive Director Chris Yeatts
Experience  Our Executive Director, Chris Yeatts, is a father of five children, two biological and three adopted from China. After 15 years of working in the business world, he went back to school to obtain a masters’ degree in counselor education, so as to better serve his passion for helping kids facing the overwhelming challenges life can bring. He has been a board member of various charities that support children. He has also worked with the Richmond public schools as a counselor and is now the founder of our KICDRUM + ARTS program. He has travelled to numerous nations and seen firsthand the impact a small gesture of kindness can have on a child’s life. His Hope for Kids in Crisis is that it will make a real, significant difference in children’s lives.
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 0
Volunteers 6
Contractors 0
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Management Succession Plan? Under Development
Organization Policy and Procedures Under Development
Nondiscrimination Policy Under Development
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes

KICDRUM is a school-based therapeutic intervention model that is based on the award-winning Australian program Drumbeat. Drumbeat is an evidence-based intervention that uses drums as a therapeutic tool to get participants involved and working together towards a common goal, challenging each other, and above all having fun.

KICDRUM will creatively inspire participants and build their self-esteem as students interact with each other during the 10 week sessions. Participants will have the opportunity to perform for their peers and parents at the end of the session. KICDRUM will address issues facing today’s classrooms in a creative and supportive environment including: peer pressure, listening skills, bullying, dealing with emotions, identity, social responsibility, and teamwork.

Participants involved in the program have reported a range of positive outcomes including: enhanced social skills, increased self-esteem, improved school attendance, decrease in classroom disciplinary referrals, and greater classroom cohesion.

All facilitators are trained and certified and operating within a therapeutic model that stresses best practice in accordance with the American Counselor Association.


Population Served At-Risk Populations
Budget $74,000.00
Short Term Success

80% of participants will have a significant decrease in disciplinary referrals.

70% of participants will have increase in academic performance.

95% of participants upon completion of the 10 week program will have increases in self-esteem. 
Long Term Success Decreased disciplinary referrals, reduced negativity and increased empathy, increased self-esteem, increased level of tolerances of differences, increased awareness of effects of behavior on others, raised self awareness around relationship issues, and improved overall school performance.

Lily’s hope is our newest project inspired by our executive director, Chris and his wife Rachel’s adopted daughter Lily. Lily was adopted from China at the age of 2 ½ weighing 13 pounds; she was unable to sit, talk, and only drank from a bottle. She has a congenital heart defect and significant developmental delays. The last three years have been a journey full of hope, struggles and amazing accomplishments, involving therapies, many doctors’ appointments, and open heart surgery. Lily can now walk, she is thriving physically, and although she is developmentally delayed she is progressing at her pace and most importantly is happy.

Many children around the world with physical and developmental needs are unable to have access to the basic resources they need to improve their quality of life, a heart wrenching situation for their parents. We have started Lily’s Hope to raise funds to help some of those children and their families. Specifically right now we are focusing on 195 children in the mountains of Nicaragua, all with physical and developmental needs. They are in desperate need for medical supplies, equipment, therapies, medication, and good nutrition. The families, often single parents are unable to work as they have to take care of their child.

We have seen firsthand what neglect and lack of intervention can do to a child, our desire is to help these families, help their children, and give them hope, by elevating some of the financial burden.

Population Served People/Families with of People with Disabilities
Budget $18,000.00
Short Term Success Children receiving assistance through this program will not be hungry, have a safe place to live, have the medications they need and be cared for by their families.
Long Term Success There will be a decrease in child abandonment due to the inability by families to provide for the physical and medical needs of their child.
CEO/ED/Board Comments  

As Executive Director I am excited about the opportunities that Kids in Crisis has to impact our city, nation and the world. Over the last 12 months Kids in Crisis has expanded and continued to join with other organizations to positively impact children’s lives. Two of our biggest opportunities are through KICDRUM and Lily’s Hope. Both of these programs have already made an impact on families, schools and communities. KICDRUM and Lily’s Hope both have a vision to expand and impact more children.

Another opportunity that we would like to implement through our KICDRUM program, in the spring of 2016, is a pilot program specifically focusing on children with developmental delays. This program would use drums just like the regular KICDRUM program but the curriculum would be adapted to meet the specific needs of this group. This program is very close to my heart as my own daughter, Lily, has development delays and I have experienced the joy drumming has bought to her. The cost of this pilot program would be $6000. I would personally oversee and implement this program.

With opportunities of expansion come challenges, our biggest challenge is funding. Kids in Crisis has done a great job over the last 13 years at building relationships around the world and creating supporters. We have established a support network of quality people and organizations to implement the vision of these programs. To continue the success of these programs and maintain the standard of excellence that we feel is an essential ingredient for the continued success of our organization, we want to expand our organization and higher two counselors to implement our growing vision.


Fiscal Year
Projected Revenue $128,000.00
Projected Expenses $123,700.00
Spending Policy Income Only
IRS Letter of Exemption
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$13,523$6,330$1,200
Administration Expense$1,161$2,971$1,595
Fundraising Expense$261$200$3,056
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.071.440.11
Program Expense/Total Expenses90%67%21%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue2%1%486%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$8,319$7,573$2,692
Current Assets$7,782$7,573$2,692
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0--
Current Liabilities$501$748--
Total Net Assets$7,818$6,825$2,692
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities15.5310.12--
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
State Charitable Solicitaions Permit
Solicitations Permit
Solicitations Permit Application 6/2015View
Organization Comments
Foundation Comments
  • Financial analysis performed with statements prepared internally by the organization.