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
As the foundation matured, plans were developed to inform the larger public about its work and goals.
Information about KOF which had been known almost exclusively through word of mouth or correspondence (primarily only with family and friends) would now to be intentionally communicated more broadly.
Getting the word out
It was determined that the most effective and desirable way to publicize Kline One would be through an internet web site. The result is KlineOne.org, designed and implemented by trustee Jonathan D. Kline, Ph.D. On this web site photos and videos of projects supported and approved by KOF could be seen, information disseminated, and viewers invited to contribute.
“You Care” was the original outreach theme openly inviting everyone to participate in Kline One either through donations, communication, in-kind assistance and other less tangible ways.
The Kline One Foundation Web Site Today
The Kline One Foundation web site has since been updated from its original form and currently serves as an excellent source of information and invitation.
Examples of Current KOF Investment
Projects to sustain children in need have attracted widening interest. Through their volunteer educational work in Hungary, Bruce and Kay Kline had become aware that many children in the John Wesley public schools of Hungary were severely in need of food and clothing, particularly shoes. A significant percentage of the deprived children were gypsies, and the plan to help meet their needs became known as the “Gypsy Shoe Project.”
To publicize the needs and invite viewers to help, a short video entitled “The School on the Wrong Side of the Tracks” was produced to highlight the specific needs. The video can be seen on the web site and has elicited contributions and positive support.
For example, as Kline One received funds, the board designated distributions to the Shoe Project. The treasurer then sent it on to Hungary where teachers at the John Wesley schools identified the children who needed shoes and recorded the correct sizes. School social workers then purchase the shoes and delivered them to the schools for distribution. The process continued as funds were sent. In one of the early distributions, 460 children reported to their schools to receive new winter shoes. In addition, numerous children received food and other clothing as part of the agreed distribution formula.
Kline One Invests One hundred percent of Donations to Designated Projects
Donations are mainly received through secure credit card portals such as PayPal. 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.
Unique Efforts Bring Success
The “Gypsy Shoe Project” and its companion, “Kids in Need,” caught fire as people began to realize that they could help. Unique means emerged to raise funds as the following success stories illustrate:
- Karly Kline and Bridget Boling, both special education teachers, began a project to engage Mountlake Terrace Elementary School children in raising funds for “Kids in Need”. The school is located in Mountlake Terrace, WA and has approximately 450 students. Karly and Bridget created a global community service project entitled “I Care” as a way to raise awareness of global issues and to provide a venue for students to give back. The students researched and learned about the needs of disadvantaged school children in the John Wesley schools of Hungary and the culture of Roma peoples in Eastern Europe. Alongside colleagues and other community members, Karly and Bridget helped the students promote “I Care”. The teachers and students raised money by making and selling items such as blankets, scarves, bracelets, cards featuring student photography, and other handmade items. The students learned so much and realized such success that “I Care”, begun in 2009, was repeated in 2010 as well as 2011, and may be continued.
- In another project, Lissa and John Strodtbeck of Spring Arbor, Michigan, marshaled family and friends to make and sell homemade cheesecakes to support “Kids In Need.” They advertised in Facebook, at churches, clubs, and by word-of-mouth to sustain a united effort that earned significant funds. The money they raised provided funds for shoes and weekend food for numbers of John Wesley kindergarten and elementary school children in need.
- Churches and clubs have also used the “School on the Wrong Side of the Tracks” video to tell the story of deprived school children. As a result, they received donations for the projects.
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. Following is a sample list of organizations which have received funds through Kline One Foundation:
- Habitat for Humanity
- The Salvation Army
- Central Christian College, McPherson, KS (George E. and Carrie D. Kline Scholarship Fund)
- International Child Care Ministries (Busoma Food Fund, Kibuye Hospital, Burundi, Africa)
- Berea College, Berea, KY
- Hope Africa University Library, Bujumbura, Burundi, Africa
- The Oltalom (A Hungarian Charitable Foundation serving homeless and other persons in need)
- Roberts Wesleyan College, Rochester, NY (Gabor Ivanyi doctorate)
- Bombay Boys’ Hostel, Bombay India (via International Child Care Ministries)
- John Wesley College Library, Budapest, Hungary (Standardized lighting)
- “Books for Hungary” (John Wesley College Library)
Increasing Numbers contribute and participate
Hundreds of caring people have contributed funds, and many thousands have supported the Kline One Foundation vision with volunteer efforts and prayers.
The effects of the gifts and prayers from contributors to Kline One Foundation have made a difference in the lives of countless thousands of children, adults and families in ways known, documented and unknown.
KOF – Twenty years old in 2012 and Looking to the Future
Since the first meeting in 1992 that marked the launch of Kline One Foundation, much good work and progress has been accomplished. We who have been privileged to sit on the Board or to serve as consultants have given our time and money and also have received through our collaboration and fellowship.
The following persons have or are serving as members of the KOF Board of Trusteee:
- George Kline III
- Robert Patrick Gaughan, Wichita,KS
- April A. Kline/Bush, Dayton, OH
- Bruce L. Kline, Ph.D., Wichita, KS
- Frank M. Kline, Ph.D., Lake Forest Park, WA
- Jonathan D. Kline, Ph.D., Gambrills, MD
- Kneldrith E. Kline, Wichita, KS
- Elizabeth B. Short, Kettering, OH
The following served as Consultants:
- Bruce E. Kline, Psy.D., Kettering, OH
- Ellis L. Kline, Ph.D., Pendleton, SC
- Heber L. Short, CPA, Kettering, OH
In the short history or KOF, three generations have given their time and expertise to the work of the Kline One Foundation. We believe that this twenty-year anniversary period only marks the beginning of where it will go in the future and we invite you to join us in a journey of love and care that is dedicated to helping those in need around the world.