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About Us

Our Mission

We impact the lives of kids and their surrounding communities with God’s transforming hope through food, play, and story.

Our Vision

We will strategically impact the lives of four million children through our outreach programs (KIDStory, OneMeal, and Playgrounds) by the year 2020. We recognize that nearly 25% of children under the age of 14 who hear and believe the Gospel message will begin a relationship with Jesus, so our vision is to see one million one lives transformed.

We also recognize that 85% of children learn best through teaching that is oral based, so we will share the message of God’s love primarily through Bible Storying. Our training will focus on methods and strategies that will assist in creating environments where children can be nurtured to make an impact in their communities.

Our primary area of focus will be in communities where the Church isn’t engaged to meet the needs of children, or there is no Church presence at all. In order for us to accomplish our vision, we partner and network with like-minded churches, organizations, and individuals to globally impact the lives of children.

Our Partnerships

Philosophy of Collaboration

Kids Around the World is a catalyst, designed and destined to serve the mission-success of our field partners at ground level. Every initiative we undertake exists within a collaborative framework, ensuring efficiency of resources and maximized efficacy in our combined work to bring spiritual, physical and emotional well-being to suffering children and their communities around the world.

Our President

Jim Rosene, President

With the commitment to reach children worldwide for Jesus, Jim Rosene has been the President of Kids Around the World, a faith-based, non-profit missions organization, since it was founded in 1994. Before this, Jim was an elementary school teacher and then the Associate Pastor of Children’s Ministries at First Evangelical Free Church in Rockford, IL. Jim and his wife, Denise, live in Rockford, IL while their son Jeff lives in Southern California and their daughter Jenny in Minneapolis.

Our Board of Directors

Denny & Evie Johnson, Founder & Chairman

Bob & Jeanne Lindman

Bill & Tonya Meister

Jim & Denise Rosene, President

Kurt & Sue Jensen

Mark & Debbie Perez

Steve & Marita Sjogren, Treasurer

Joe & Paige Koch

Dave & Jill Love, Vice Chairman

Bob & Linda Porter

Dan & Barb Martin

Frank & Sonja Beach

Jim & Sharon Hessenthaler

Loren & Judy Roberts, Secretary

Paul Bierhaus

Our Team

Jim Binder

System Support & Coordination

April Bodrie

Executive Assistant

Tim Clauson

Director of Playgrounds

Dave Dahl

Impact Team Leader

Melanie Derr

Impact Teams Coordinator

Phil Falconer

Warehouse Associate

Brian Grant

VP of Partnership Development

Jim Kamikawa

Regional Director of OneMeal

Dan Liesik

Dir. of Playground Partnerships

Melissa Lounsbury

OneMeal Global Director

Andrew Martin

OneMeal Operations Manager

Debbie Morales

Partnership Team Associate

Britta Nelson

Communications Coordinator

Coleman Nelson

OneMeal Event Manager

Bruce Rearick

KATW

Julie Rearick

Project Manager

Jeff Rosene

Executive Vice President

Jim Rosene

President

Taylor Smith

Partnerships

Sam Snyder

Warehouse Manager

Gary Strudler

KIDStory Global Director

Rich Swisher

OneMeal Event Manager

Troy Tertany

Creative Director

Jared Weidman

Design & Website Manager

Mike Young

Pastoral & Staff Care

Our History

1994

In 1994, KATW began when Denny and Evie Johnson came up with a plan to help Rockford’s sister cities around the world (sister cities allow for average citizens to engage in diplomatic relationships). One of Rockford’s many sister cities is Brovary, Ukraine. As a gift to Brovary, KATW built the first of two playgrounds for the city’s children.

2000

In March 2000, Jim Rosene started working full-time for KATW as President. For the first 6 years, Kids Around the World was an all volunteer organization — gifted men and women led the charge under the leadership of the Board of Directors.  As the organization continued to grow, it became obvious they needed a full-time leader and in March 2000, Kids Around the World welcomed Jim Rosene as their President.

2008

In 2008, KATW started OneMeal, a mobile food-packing program that feeds children worldwide. Local churches, schools, businesses, and civic groups even host food packing events at their own locations or at the KATW warehouse.

2015

From the very beginning, we had an outreach to children with puppets, songs and flannelgraphs, but realized we could accomplish so much more if we were able to train and equip leaders with an oral-based strategy: Bible Storytelling.  It was in 2015 that we officially launched KIDStory, impacting lives of children by creating an environment where they are loved and accepted, play games, and have fun learning the Bible.

2016
In October 2015, we launched an aggressive campaign, One Million One!  In order to accomplish our goals, we needed more space and in May 2016 we moved to our new location in Rockford — nearly 50,000 square feet of warehousing — allowing us to accomplish so much more.
2019

Our story began 25 years ago when a team of volunteers traveled to Ukraine to build a playground for children in need.

Since then, we have built over 800 playgrounds, shipped over 27,000,000 meals, and nearly 20,000 KIDStory Clubs have been launched, providing ongoing storytelling methodology centered on Jesus’ hope.

Our Financials

Kids Around the World is eager both to remain financially transparent as well as to strive for financial growth for the purpose of serving more children. We work to continue our efficiency in raising and spending money. We are proud to report that in 2018, the percentage of funds used directly for program services was 91%, while the percentage spent on administrative and fundraising expenses was 9%. We continually maximize our effectiveness as we deliver the gift of food, play, and story all over the world — thanks to donors and partners like you.

When it comes to donations and giving to Kids Around the World, we abide by the financial guidelines set forth by the ECFA (view documentation). This specific document explains their policy on Stewardship of Charitable Gifts.

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Contact Info

4750 Hydraulic Road
Rockford, IL 61109

1046 Calle Recodo Ste. F
San Clemente, CA 92673

815-229-8731
info@kidsaroundtheworld.com
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