VISUALLY IMPAIRED PRESCHOOL SERVICES, INC
1906 Goldsmith Lane
Louisville KY 40218
Contact Information
Nonprofit VISUALLY IMPAIRED PRESCHOOL SERVICES, INC
Address 1906 Goldsmith Lane
Louisville, KY 40218
Phone (502) 636-3207
Fax 859 276-4379
Contact Name Kelly Easton
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At A Glance
IRS Ruling Year 1985
Other ways to donate, support, or volunteer People just like you make it possible for VIPS to meet its mission!  VIPS needs volunteers for family events and summer programming, in-kind donations of art supplies and cleaning materials, and financial contributions to ensure that all children who are blind or visually impaired have access to VIPS services.  Donations may be made online at www.vips.org, mailed to any of the VIPS' offices, or by calling 1-888-254-8477
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Statements
Mission Statement

Visually Impaired Preschool Services (VIPS) empowers families by providing educational excellence to young children with visual impairments in order to build a strong foundation for reaching their highest potential.

Background Statement

In 1985, VIPS was formed when a group of community leaders decided to fill a desperate need for developmental and educational services to children, birth to 5, who were blind and visually impaired in Louisville, Kentucky (VIPS Louisville). Seeing the need for services across the entire Commonwealth of Kentucky, VIPS opened an office in Lexington (VIPS Central KY) in 1990. VIPS further expanded services in 2011 to include the whole state of Indiana (VIPS Indiana). From 8 children in 1985 to nearly 450 in just 2016 alone, VIPS has grown exponentially in its 32 years. VIPS was, and continues to be, the only agency in Kentucky and Indiana to provide regular and ongoing early intervention services to young children who are blind and visually impaired. 


Impact Statement

In 2016, Kids Town Preschool, located at VIPS Louisville, earned national accreditation through AdvancED and was awarded Jefferson County’s first Five Star Rating from the Kentucky Cabinet of Health and Human Services. In recent years, VIPS has consulted with agencies in Michigan and Maryland that want to replicate VIPS services and programming in their states. VIPS has a strong presence at national conferences, including VisionServe Alliance and the Association for the Education & Rehabilitation of the Blind & Visually Impaired (AER), where the agency has been invited to present in 2018. Lastly, VIPS regularly hosts visitors in the field of education from other states, and even countries, who come to see, first-hand, the groundbreaking work being done for children who are blind and visually impaired.

 

Needs Statement The first five years of a child’s life are the most critical years for development and learning. It is the time in which the brain develops and grows the most in a person’s life, and it is when the brain is most receptive to learning.  VIPS recognizes and utilizes this critical window of opportunity to help a child who is blind to achieve developmental milestones, and to be prepared educationally & socially to enter preschool/kindergarten. Laying the foundation for success that will follow a child into adulthood.
CEO/Executive Director Statement

By accompanying teachers on school and home visits and observing our on-site preschool, 2 Year Twos class and Play and Learn sessions, I spent my inaugural year witnessing first- hand the changes VIPS makes in the lives of these young children and their families. One of our children started in our preschool program around the same time as I began my career at VIPS and I would like to share his story of success. This three year old was sent to VIPS from foster care with little to no socialization skills, speaking in very inappropriate language and acting out violently. We were his last resort before being sent to an isolated “behavioral disorder” class. His VIPS preschool teacher assured me that he was acting out of fear of the unknown, and once he learned how to assess, identify and feel comfortable in the environment around him that things would change. Just 14 months later, this young 4 year old boy was charming all who came in contact with him. He volunteered to lead the class line to lunch, loved participating in Thursday tap dance class, took great pride in his art projects and had a hug ready when his other classmates arrived in the morning. As he transitioned to kindergarten he easily adapted to the mainstream environment because of the skills he had developed through educational experiences at VIPS. Multiply this story by the more than 450 children we serve throughout Kentucky and Indiana each year and feel a sense of pride in what your generous support accomplishes. We are facing another tough economic year, but our goal of preparing visually impaired children for brighter futures will keep us on task. Please join us again in support of this important work!

Geographic Areas Served
Areas
Kentucky
Indiana
VIPS serves children, birth to 5, across the entire Commonwealth of Kentucky and state of Indiana.
Impact Questions
GoalsHelpWhat is the organization aiming to accomplish? This is the organization's ultimate goal for intended impact. It is the goal of VIPS for every child in Kentucky and Indiana to be “preschool/kindergarten ready” by the time they graduate from the program.
StrategiesHelpWhat are the organization's strategies for its stated long-term goals?

To meet this goal VIPS employs highly trained teachers who are certified Teachers of the Visually Impaired (TVI), or Developmental Interventionists (DI), and who have a Master’s Degree in Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education (IECE). Additionally, VIPS employs teachers who are Certified Orientation & Mobility Specialists (COMS), and who have an undergraduate degree in a related field such as Education. Each COMS is certified by their professional board, The Academy for Certification of Vision Rehabilitation and Education Professionals. VIPS offers vision-specific center-based and in-home services to prepare children to enter preschool/kindergarten. VIPS Central KY’s center-based programs include the Little Learners Enrichment Program for 2- 3 year olds, the Early Preschool Program in collaboration with the Lexington Hearing & Speech Center for 3-5 year olds, and the Summer Enrichment program for children, birth to 5, and their siblings. The center-based programming offered at VIPS Louisville includes the 2-Day-2’s program for 2 year olds, and the Kids Town Preschool for 3-5 year olds. The VIPS Indiana location offers the Play & Learn program for children, birth to 5, and their parents and siblings. All office locations have an established Family Services program, and provide in-home services through the Direct Services program.

Nearly 92% of VIPS’ services to children are through the agency’s Direct Services program. In this program, VIPS teachers travel thousands of miles each year to provide one-on-one early intervention services to children, birth to 3, in their homes and community. The teachers use hands-on techniques with children to help them succeed in all areas of development such as cognition, concept development, language development, self-help skills and social skills. VIPS teachers guide children to utilize their other senses to learn and to understand the world around them – preparing them to be successful in school, and later in adulthood. They achieve this through various play activities, stimulating experiences and clear explanations of people, objects and events going on around them. VIPS teachers also work with the parents and caregivers demonstrating techniques to use to teach their child throughout their daily routines and activities.

Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Mike Johnson
Company Affiliation Data Management Solutions
Term July 2017 to June 2019
Board Members
NameAffiliationStatus
Mrs. Dawn Baucco Texas RoadhouseVoting
Mrs. Angela Beckett Themes Come TrueVoting
Mrs. Sharon Bensinger RetiredVoting
Dr. Jerry Bizer Community VolunteerVoting
Ms. Michelle Browning Community VolunteerVoting
Ms. LeNee Carroll IN/KY/OH Regional Council of CarpentersVoting
Mrs. Brittany Clarkson RE/MAX Associates of LouisvilleVoting
Ms Terri Connolly Community VolunteerVoting
Mr. Alfonso Cornish Norton HealthcareVoting
Mr. Joseph P. Donohue Dinsmore & Shohl, LLPVoting
Mr. W. Scott Duncan Hilliard LyonsVoting
Dr. Ashima Gupta Kumar Eye InstituteVoting
Mr. Paresh Gupta Parexel InternationalVoting
Mr. Nathan Holladay PNC BankVoting
Ms. Shari M. House BB&T Insurance Services, Inc.Voting
Mr. Patrick Henry Hughes Honorary Board MemberNonVoting
Mr. William Jessee Henderman, Jessee & Co. CPA'sVoting
Mr. Mike Johnson Data Management SolutionsVoting
Ms. Misty Jones Jones Anesthesia LLCVoting
Mr. Todd Kraus Ford Motor CompanyVoting
Mr. Gary Mudd American Printing House for the Blind (APH)NonVoting
Ms. Diane Nelson Visually Impaired Preschool ServicesNonVoting
Mr. Dan Robbins Brown-Forman CorporationVoting
Mr. Andy Steinbach YUM! Brands, IncVoting
Mr. Mark Stiebling RetiredVoting
Mr. Glen Stuckel Kosair CharitiesVoting
Mr. John Talbott Bardenwerper, Talbott & Roberts, PLLCVoting
Mr. Trey Zoeller Castle BrandsVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 3
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 34
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 18
Female 10
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 47%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 96%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 10
Board Co-Chair
Board CoChair Ms. Shari House
Company Affiliation BB&T Insurance Services, Inc.
Term July 2017 to June 2019
Standing Committees
Executive
Finance
Personnel
Community Outreach / Community Relations
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Education
Nominating
Additional Board Members and Affiliations
NameAffiliation
Ms. Megan Betz Eskenazi Health Center Senior Connection
Mr. Jack Brown Retired
Mr. Eric Bruun CID Capital
T. Rowan Candy Ph.D.Indiana University School of Optometry
Ms. Jenny Feinman Glazer's of Indiana
Ms. Tana Hellwig Community Volunteer
Mr. George Hocker Ward, Hocker & Thornton,
Ms. Jennifer Kelly Indiana University Libraries
Ms. Donna Lee University of Kentucky
Ms. Catherine Leslie Federal Medical Center
Mrs. Sarah Mills Stoll Kennon Ogden
Mr. Steve Moss WKYT-TV
Ms. Lisa Poff Indiana DeafBlind Project
Ms. Amy Shrake Bloomington Parks and Recreation
Mr. Charles Sword Crowe Horwath, LLP
Mrs. Kathleen Turner The Council of State Governments
Dr. Shaista Vally University of Kentucky
Ms. Shannon West Pediplay
Mr. John Wykes Republic National Distribution Company
Comments
CEO Comments
The list of Governing Board of Directors as well as the board demographics reflect the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018. There are currently 24 voting board members and 4 non-voting board members.
 
Board Elections and Terms:
Officers: 

The Officers of the corporation shall serve for a term of one year. The Officers shall begin serving their terms on July 1. An Officer may serve no more than two consecutive terms in the same office, other than the Treasurer. The Treasurer can serve up to six years.

Directors:

The term of office shall be three years. Directors shall be elected in the manner as set out in the Article of these By-Laws pertaining to elections.

Directors may serve a maximum of two consecutive three-year terms. The Immediate Past President shall continue on the Board for at least one year following his/her term as president. If his/her term as an elected member of the Board does not cover this additional year, that person shall serve as an ex-officio member for that year.

Governance Practice: VIPS does not include non-voting members in reporting board member contributions. If we included their donations, the percentage would be nearly 100%.
CEO/Executive Director
Executive Director Ms. Diane M. Nelson
Term Start Nov 2008
Email dnelson@vips.org
Experience

Prior to coming to VIPS in October of 2008, Diane Nelson had been with the Buddeke Co. for 30 years. She served as Vice President of Administration and Finance for the past 20 years. She earned her BA in Business Administration and her MBA (2004) from the University of Louisville. Ms. Nelson has been recognized repeatedly as an emerging leader in the Louisville community. She has an extensive record of volunteering in Louisville and has served on committees to raise funds and organize events for the City of Louisville, Easter Seals, Dare to Care, Louisville Zoo, Kosair Children’s Hospital, American Red Cross, Kentucky Derby Festival and many, many other worthy organizations.

Co-CEO
Co-CEO Ms Kathy Mullen
Term Start Aug 2012
Email kmullen@vips.org
Experience
Kathy Mullen served as a Technical Assistant for First Steps for more than 20 years. She also served as a Developmental Interventionist helping children birth to three years of age in the KIPDA region. Her experience included working with children with autism, Down Syndrome, motor delays, sensory issues, and global developmental delays. Ms. Mullen served as the Program Director for Down Syndrome of Louisville prior to working at VIPS.
Staff
Full Time Staff 17
Part Time Staff 3
Volunteers 55
Contractors 4
Retention Rate 100%
Management Reports to Board? Yes
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 3
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 22
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 2
Female 22
Unspecified 0
Former CEOs
NameTerm
Ms. Sharon G. Bensinger Mar 1985 - Nov 2008
Senior Staff
Title Director of Development
Title Controller
Experience/Biography

Prior to coming to Visually Impaired Preschool Services, (VIPS), Kim Shippey had her own business doing bookkeeping and payroll for several small businesses. Ms. Shippey had also been a Primary Services Coordinator for First Steps, working with about 20 families in Jefferson County. She became involved with First Steps as a Mom, when her daughter was diagnosed with speech delays. Previously, she was Director of Alumni Relations and the Annual Fund at the Presbyterian Seminary.

Title Office Manager
Title Regional Director
Title Assistant Director
Title Director & Teacher of Blind & Low Vision
Title Assistant Director
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
NonManagement Formal Evaluation Yes
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Description

Nearly 92% of VIPS’ services to children are through the agency’s Direct Services program. In this program, VIPS teachers travel thousands of miles each year to provide one-on-one early intervention services to children, birth to 3, in their homes and community. The teachers use hands-on techniques with children to help them succeed in all areas of development such as cognition, concept development, language development, self-help skills and social skills. VIPS teachers guide children to utilize their other senses to learn and to understand the world around them – preparing them to be successful in school, and later in adulthood. They achieve this through various play activities, stimulating experiences and clear explanations of people, objects and events going on around them. VIPS teachers also work with the parents and caregivers demonstrating techniques to use to teach their child throughout their daily routines and activities.

Budget 2.2 million
Category Education, General/Other Special Education
Population Served Infants to Preschool (under age 5), People/Families with of People with Disabilities, People/Families with People of Developmental Disabilities
Program Short Term Success VIPS educates parents on how best to teach their child to succeed and how to become their child's best advocate. VIPS serves children from birth to age 5 years.
Program Long term Success VIPS wants every child it serves to reach his/her full potential by the time he/she reaches school age.
Program Success Monitored By VIPS is one of many providers of Kentucky's Early Intervention System (aka First Steps) and follows the regulations of this program. Every child in the First Steps program has a team of professionals, like VIPS, that determine goals based on the diagnosis and parental input. Every 6 months those goals are reviewed to see if the child has met them. Much of the child's success depends on how involved and proactive the parents are as well as the medical diagnosis. In addition to this formal process, VIPS gets parent input from surveys.
Examples of Program Success Julie and J.T. were surprised when their doctor showed them their
newborn daughter with a head full of snow-white hair. This vision was
shocking the parents have dark hair. Their pediatrician told them
Madelyn’s hair color indicated she might have albinism or a lack of
pigment in the skin and hair. He also mentioned she may have vision
problems and referred them to Visually Impaired Preschool Services. At 9 weeks, a VIPS teacher evaluated Madelyn to see if she qualified, and
several weeks later, she began her visits.

Each week, VIPS teacher does activities to help stimulate Madelyn’s
vision. She uses a variety of toys to help Madelyn maintain visual interest. The parents report their teacher has helped them understand Madelyn’s condition and how it affects learning. Madelyn has made great strides and now sees her teacher once a month. As she learns to walk, the family and VIPS teacher will focus on safe travel skills through their Orientation & Mobility program.




Plans & Policies
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Management Succession Plan? Yes
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Financials
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start July 01, 2017
Fiscal Year End June 30, 2018
Projected Revenue $2,288,925.00
Projected Expenses $2,274,164.00
Endowment Value $10,000.00
Spending Policy N/A
Detailed Financials
Revenue and ExpensesHelpFinancial data for prior years is entered by foundation staff based on the documents submitted by nonprofit organizations.Foundation staff members enter this information to assure consistency in the presentation of financial data across all organizations.
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Revenue$1,825,090$1,768,529$1,596,816
Total Expenses$1,886,083$1,775,044$1,630,954
Revenue Less Expenses($60,993)($6,515)($34,138)
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available). Revenue from foundations and corporations may be included in individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201620152014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
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Government Contributions$0$0$6,500
Federal------
State------
Local------
Unspecified----$6,500
Individual Contributions$935,236$986,018$945,428
------
$520,221$360,408$9,778
Investment Income, Net of Losses$401$729$564
Membership Dues------
Special Events$369,273$421,282$328,726
Revenue In-Kind------
Other($41)$92$183
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$1,450,218$1,262,080$1,134,730
Administration Expense$253,108$267,348$277,955
Fundraising Expense$182,757$245,616$218,269
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.971.000.98
Program Expense/Total Expenses77%71%70%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue14%17%17%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$2,884,725$2,978,095$3,004,773
Current Assets$846,244$879,275$873,480
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities$98,172$130,549$150,712
Total Net Assets$2,786,553$2,847,546$2,854,061
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
State Registration Yes
Address 1906 Goldsmith Lane
Louisville, KY 40218
Primary Phone 502 636-3207
Contact Email keaston@vips.org
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Diane M. Nelson
Board Chair Mr. Mike Johnson
Board Chair Company Affiliation Data Management Solutions