Caroline Jones, MHA, President and Founder
President and Founder of Kind to Kids, Caroline is a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) with the Family Court of Delaware where she works with children in foster care and testifies on their behalf. While working with these children who are victims of abuse or neglect – she learned that they do not have the opportunities, skills, or experiences that children from a stable home receive.
Caroline previously was principal of a strategic planning consulting firm specializing in nonprofit organizations and small businesses, such as United Way of Delaware. Prior, Caroline was a Practice Administrator for a large physician group. Early in her career, she enjoyed her work as an intensive care unit nurse. She has a Masters in Health Administration from The George Washington University and a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing Degree from Villanova University.
Committed to children’s causes, Caroline serves on a number of agencies: Vice President- Friends of CASA Board of Directors, Kids with Confidence Advisory Board, Community Youth Partnership Board, subcommittees related to children’s issues, and a Wilmington Rotary member. She is an active public speaker on child advocacy and recent delivered the Tatnall High School Commencement address.
Kind to Kids Foundation began as a Jones family venture in 2008, and the entire family is active in the organization. Caroline’s husband, Mark, is an advisor and active board member. Her children, Chris and Catherine, are the co-founders of the organization.
Chris and Catherine are the cofounders and creative spark for Kind to Kids. While at a Delaware sports event, they saw large groups of empty seats around the stadium. They realized the seats were a wasted opportunity and asked, “Why can’t they be given to foster kids and children in poverty?” It was a pivotal question – and the start of Kind to Kids.
Thanks to Chris and Catherine’s hard work and enthusiasm, Kind to Kids has provided wonderful events to over 10,000 children and donated over $150,000 in event opportunities to foster children and children and families in poverty since our inception in 2008.
Chris, a graduate of Villanova School of Business, works at Deloitte Consulting. He is instrumental in growing the organization through strategic initiatives. Chris advances the mission through effective planning and collaboration with corporations, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations.
Catherine is a graduate of St. Joseph’s University in sociology and international relations, and is currently teaching abroad in Madrid, Spain. A recent recipient of the Jesuit Honor Society’s prestigious Magis Award, Catherine communicates Kind to Kids’ mission and services to the community at large and facilitates relationships with community partners.
John Bates is our Director of Program Services, and comes to Kind to Kids with a breadth of experience from working within Delaware’s Department of Services for Children, Youth and Families.
In his role as Program Manager, he was responsible for the statewide foster care program with a 20 million dollar budget – serving nearly 1000 children and over 400 foster families annually. John will direct Kind to Kids’ program services, facilitate expansion, and ensure that we effectively serve our community’s most vulnerable children. John is a graduate of West Virginia Wesleyan College. He is an advocate for children’s causes and is a frequent speaker on issues facing children in foster care.
Jeanette comes to Kind to Kids with nonprofit agency experience and high level management experience in the retail industry. She effectively plans events to raise funds for our vital programs. Jeanette also collaborates with area venues to provide wonderful opportunities for foster children and children in poverty.
Board of Directors
Our board of directors is comprised of esteemed community and corporate leaders. Our board members generously give of their time, provide guidance to the organization, and deliver financial support. Their extensive experience and breadth of skills provide a strong foundation for the organization.
This support enables Kind to Kids Foundation to effectively serve foster children and children in poverty throughout Delaware. We are grateful for their service!