The Kathy Wilson Foundation exists as an extension of Baptist Temple Church ministry
where Kathy and the Wilson Family have belonged for 20 years. Like Abracadabra Learning
Center, the Kathy Wilson Foundation maintains funds in a segregated account and
expenditures are controlled by the Foundation as an outreach of the ministry of
the Church. All contributions are tax deductible.
The Foundation is administered by a Board of Directors that includes The Wilson
Family, Paul, Casey and Fletcher, the Director of Abracadabra and a representative
of Baptist Temple Church.
Board of Directors
Paul O. Wilson, President
Casey Wilson, Vice President
Fletcher Wilson, Vice President
Marcia Call - President, McKinley Marketing Partners, Inc., Baptist Temple Member
and Abracadabra Parent Alum
Carol Keller-Director of Abracadabra Preschool
The Foundation may have an expanded Board of Directors as the Foundation grows.
The Kathy Wilson Foundation is non-sectarian, meaning decisions by the Board of
Directors will be based on helping children regardless of their religious affiliation
or the religiosity of their parents.
The Kathy Wilson Foundation Advisory Committee
In addition, the Board of Directors is advised by a formal standing advisory committee
which includes, a teacher from Abracadabra, the minister of Baptist Temple Church,
an Abracadabra parent or Alum Parent and up to five representatives from the Early
Childhood community in Alexandria and the Washington, D.C. area.
Current Advisory Board Members
Bob and Gretcheon Dudney,
Grand Pooh Bah's - largest contributors to the Kathy Wilson Foundation
Sissy Walker, Director Beverely Hills Church Preschool
Charlottee Umoja, Certified High/Scope Trainer
Donna Marsh, Children Together Board of Directors; Community Resource Preschool
Special Education Teacher
The Foundation is also advised by two professional fundraisers who currently serve
as volunteer advisors to the Foundation. They include: Ann Monnig and Carolyn Beckett,
both close friends to Kathy.
Start Up Expenses
A donation has been received by the Wilson Family for the creation of the Kathy
Wilson Web site, construction of a database and the initial fundraising mailing.
All contributions, other than from the Wilson Family, will go toward the Foundation's
mission -- not start up expenses.
The Kathy Wilson Special Needs Scholarship
Each year as the primary mission of the Foundation, the Board of Directors, from
advise of the Director of Abracadabra preschool, will fund a year-long scholarship
to Abracadabra for a special needs student. The Kathy Wilson Special Needs Scholarship
is the first and primary mission of the Foundation.
Audit and Privacy of Scholarship Recipient
The Board of Directors has established audit procedures to ensure the safekeeping
and proper use of contributions. The fund will be reviewed by an accountant on an
annual basis as part of a similar review of all accounts of Baptist Temple Church.
Laws protecting privacy of students impact the Foundation’s ability to openly tout
the scholarship recipient. Kathy was very protective of students, not disclosing
“developmental issues” of children. Therefore, an internal process has been established
to ensure both the privacy of the scholarship recipient and the fiduciary responsibility
of the Foundation to ensure it’s funds are properly spent. The Director of Abracadabra
is a member of the Board of the Foundation and will make recommendations to the
Foundation, while totally protecting the privacy of the recipient.
Board of Directors and Advisory Board Minutes/Ideas
(Progress is shown in BOLD)
Kathy Wilson Foundation
Advisory Board Notes & Minutes
(update March15, 2006)
Mission # 1 Promote Outdoor Classroom
1. Research Questions to answer
a. % of time preschoolers are outside –survey of preschools
i. Bid is in for 300 preschools/15 questions.
b. Cost of Kathy’s playground in 2004-2005 dollars. DONE
c. Compilation of drawings and vendors for Kathy’s Classroom
i. Notebook compiled: DONE
ii. Interview with architect DONE
1. NOTE: SKIP SAID HE WANTS TO PRESENT TO NATIONAL AIA CONFERENCE IN 2007
2. Advisory Committee suggested that the actual name of the outdoor classroom be
“Alakazam”—what Kathy intended. They thought it was a good idea to keep with the
“magic” theme. More sizzle.
Alakazam! - Kathy Wilson’s Outdoor Classroom
3. Opening “Outdoor Classroom” to neighborhood
a. What dates – Carol Keller and Todd are going to decide
i. APRIL 1 is the first date.
b. What teacher staffing: START WITH ONE.
c. What cost: PAY $75 FOR 3 HOURS
d. What method of communicating to neighbors
i. Church sign
ii. Post cards
iii. Cheapest (robo calls)
iv. Door to door flyers by youth group
4. Offer Outdoor Classroom for “Birthday Parties”—charge $400 (Idea from Marcia
5. Invite other “pre schools” and/or home care providers.
6. Creation of a DVD touting the concept
a. Film with Casey narrating: SHOOTING MAY 12 & 13TH
i. Casey and Fletcher
ii. Charlottee Umoja provides the “education” foundation
iii. Meet the kids of Abracadabra
1. Cinema Verite of Abra SHOOTING MAY 12
2. Actor friends of Casey playing kids on “bad playgrounds” SHOOTING MAY 13
iv. Review the 7 zones of play: MAY 13
v. For more info, visit Foundation Web Site
b. Shoot on May 13--Saturday
c. Shoot real Abra kids in April/late May
d. Edit during June/July (Barbara Ballow has agreed to edit the piece) She had suggestions:
i. The piece should have an “enemy”—playgrounds
ii. The piece to be 22:30 long needs some “experts” as talking heads.
e. Mailing in late August to coincide with school opening
i. Mail pre schools across the city/region/state/nation
ii. Sell DVD through the WEB = $30 to $50
7. Conference/One Day Seminar
a. Invite people to attend a one day conference. Cost $100-$250
b. Held at Baptist Temple Church
i. 8:00am – Coffee
ii. 8:30am Welcome –Rev. Todd Thomason, BTC
iii. Moderator – Paul Wilson
iv. Educational Underpinning - Charlotte Umoja
v. Observations - Director of Abra
vi. 10:30 am OUTSIDE-Watch the playground in action
vii. Lunch with the Children
viii. Architect – Skip
ix. General Contractor - Harry Brasswell
x. Teacher training (High/Scope Demonstration) - Charlotee Umoja
xi. New Ideas – Director of Abra
xii. 3:00 amClose – Paul Wilson
8. Architect – Howard “Skip” Maginniss – BMK Architects
a. Met with Skip who was the architect for Alakazam –he said he would like to present
the concept at AIA in 2007. Great idea. Wilson Grand Communications could help give
him visuals for his powerpoint.
i. Needs any and all pictures of construction.
9. Grants To Pursue – Ideas
i. NOTE: SENT PAUL WILSON TO ONE CLASS ON GRANT WRITING. NEXT ONE APRIL 6TH
b. Corporate possibilities (They love to fund brick and mortar)
c. Government (Parks and Recreation Departments)
i. NOTE: ATTENDED ALEXANDRIA PLANNING SESSION FOR NEW PARK AT POTMAC YARD. THEY
ARE PLANNING AN AGE APPROPRIATE PLAYGROUND. CONSIDER MAKING THIS
d. Zero to 3 government program (problems/opportunities)
i. Kathy hated “no child left behind” and this is their program
MISSION # 2 - Special Needs Children
1. Explanation of the Mission
a. Scholarship at Abra – report
i. NOTE: THE CHILD IS FLOURISHING. POSTED EMAIL ON WEB SITE
b. The Broader Mission – promoting the notion of “don’t take just the easy ones”
c. Research Needed
i. Extent of problem in Alexandria
1. MET WITH LEADERS OF ADVISORY GROUP OF PARENTS ON SPECIAL NEED. THEY SAY IF IEP
USED AS STANDARD, THEN NEARLY 20% OF STUDENTS HAVE SPECIAL NEED—HIGH.
d. Meet with “Directors of Alexandria
2. Idea # 1: Establishment of an annual award
a. The Kathy Wilson Special Needs Award
ii. Criteria for the award??
i. MET WITH KIM MESSINGER TO CONSIDER COLLABORATIVE EFFORT WITH RESSURCETION PRESCHOOL.
SHE AGREED TO HELP COME UP WITH AWARD CRITERIA. COMMITTEE TO INCLUDE:
1. PAUL WILSON
2. KIM MESSINGER
3. DONNA MARSH
iii. Web based application
iv. Letter to announce program/with press release
v. Might it take two awards:
1. One for starting to try to take special needs
2. One for already doing it
3. Idea # 3 – Lunch with Preschool Directors
a. Announce the award(s)
b. Discuss the problem
c. Grants the KW Foundation could fund to promote training and acceptance of special
needs children in mainstream classroom
4. Idea # 4 – Grant to Children together to help their 2006 or 2007 conference on
a. We could help pay for the satellite teleconference with Autism expert from Australia
5. Idea # 5 – Let the community come to us with grant proposals.
a. Send out mailing/spread the word
b. Establish grant procedure
1. Three mailings a year
a. End of Year
i. The web site is going to be improved to automatically update contributors AND
to “alert” us when someone graduates from one class to the next as a contributor.
ii. Write letter saying: “You are $50 away from being a Wizard” type of letter
b. May/Mother’s Day
i. Casey’s Comedy show.
ii. Letter to people close to becoming Wizards $250 just need $50 more
c. September 1: Start of School/Kathy’s Death/Kathy’s Birthday
2. Special targeted appeal to sorority sisters and select family/friends of Kathy
a. These would be custom mailings over the next 1.5 years
3. Challenge program with a few rich friends of Kathy (5 to 7 people)
4. Mother’s Day Golf Tournament
a. Fletcher is considering a 9-hole golf tournament with Mother’s and sons.
b. Special rules – mother’s putt all balls once on greens
c. Russell Brightman, a great golfer, suggested a lunch after the golf tournament
so people who don’t want to play can still come and contribute.
5. Sell DVD for $30 to $50
6. Sell more complete packet of materials for $250. (November 2006)
7. (Someday) Teacher training tape for $250 (two years away)
8. Grants? We have not begun to explore.
a. Paul Wilson is taking a grant writing class in February 2006 and in April.