Our Story

Every story has a beginning.

This is ours…

How it all began

KOF was designed with the purpose of enabling individuals and groups to make tax deductible contributions for approved and vetted worthy causes consistent with the mission statement of the organization.

The founding inspiration originated with Dr. Ellis Kline and Priscilla M. Kline. During a Kline family Thanksgiving reunion in 1992 at the home of George and Faith Kline in Concord Michigan, several individuals reviewed a trust agreement which became the basis of the legal foundation.

From that group, seven trustees were identified and copies of the Trust Agreement were distributed, signed and filed with the State of South Carolinas. Then an application was made to the IRS for Federal tax exempt status and in due time the Kline One Foundation was officially acknowledged as a 501(c)(3) entity.

Tax Deductible Charitable Status:
As a result, The Kline One Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization authorized to receive tax deductible contributions from individuals or organizations.

The Foundation’s distributions are determined by its Board of Trustees according to the availability of funds, the guidelines of its Mission Statement, and the laws which regulate its transactions.

Early contributions and distributions

While fully committed to its Mission Statement, the KOF Board of Trustees viewed its function during the early years as primarily to locate deserving causes, vet them and distribute available funds for their support.

Developing the Concept

Plans were developed to inform the larger public about its work and goals. Information about KOF which had been known exclusively through word of mouth or correspondence would now to be intentionally communicated more broadly.

Kline One invests one hundred percent of donations to designated projects

Kline One is among the few charities in which one hundred percent of all money contributed to a project goes directly to the designated project (minus credit card or PayPal processing fees).

Many needs are being fulfilled through giving

to the Kline One Foundation

From its beginning as a vision in 1992, Kline One Foundation has served its purpose through supporting and promoting charitable, religious, scientific, literary, educational and cultural activities as directed by its Mission Statement. Click HERE for list of organizations which have received funds through Kline One Foundation.

Increasing numbers contribute and participate

Hundreds of caring people have contributed funds, and many thousands have supported donated efforts and prayers. This makes a huge difference in the lives of thousands of children, adults and families.

Twenty-eight years old in 2020

and looking to the future

Since Kline One's first meeting in 1992, much progress has been accomplished. Those who have sat on the Board or have served as consultants have given time and money and also have benefited through our collaboration and fellowship.

History

Launched in 1992, three generations of families have now given their time and expertise to the work of the Kline One Foundation. We believe that the many years that have passed since its inception mark a good beginning of where it will go in the future. We invite you to join us in our journey of love and care that is dedicated to helping those in need around the world.

Who We Are

Current Board Members

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FRANK KLINE, Ph.D.

President

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R. PATRICK GAUGHAN

Secretary/Treasurer

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KAREN HOWARD, PTA

Board Member

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CAROLYN GAUGHAN

Consultant

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MICHAEL WEBB

Consultant

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APRIL KLINE

Vice President

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JONATHAN KLINE, Ph.D.

Board Member

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ERIN VISITACION

Board Member

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ELIZABETH SHORT

Board Member

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HEBER SHORT, M.S.,CPA

Consultant

Past Board Members

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ELLIS L. KLINE, Ph.D.

Founding Member and Consultant

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BRUCE E. KLINE, Psy.D.

Founding Member and Consultant

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KNELDRITH E. KLINE

Founding Member

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PATRICIA KLINE

Board Member

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PRISCILLA M. KLINE

Founding Member and Consultant

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BRUCE L. KLINE, Ph.D.

Founding Member

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GEORGE E. KLINE, III

Founding Member

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