About Us

MISSION:  Building inclusive communities so that every person with a disability and their family can live a full life within relationships.

VISION:  Changing the story of disability by proclaiming the worth and image-bearing beauty of each and every human being.

Changing the Story of Disability

We are changing the story of disability through training, awareness, programming, and investment opportunities that allow for everyone to get involved in the story.

Whether it’s working to get a child with a disability in Nicaragua into school, taking a group of bEfriend adults to a community gathering, or offering a mother a needed night off – the work of 99 Balloons is simple, yet world-changing.

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Our Story

99 balloons refers to what was released at the funeral of Eliot Mooney- each balloon representing a day he spent on this earth. You can learn more about Eliot’s life by watching the video below or through the blog that his parents, Matt & Ginny, kept during his life. Among the many gifts he brought his parents was a passion to help children experiencing disability and their families.

In 2007, 99 Balloons was founded from this story to serve as a non-profit umbrella organization in order to fulfill this vision. rEcess was the first 99 Balloon’s initiative. The capitalized “E” in rEcess is no mistake. The Mooneys were on the receiving end of much help and assistance from others that enabled them to better care for Eliot, and that is what this night is all about- serving families in ways that help them better care for their children.

Today, 99 Balloons has grown to become an organization that helps others engage persons with disability globally.

Meet Our Team

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Ginny Mooney

Executive Director, Co-Founder


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Sarah Coffey

Programs Director


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Madeline Huisjen

Office Director



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Amber Leonard

Operations and Development



Board of Directors

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Matt Mooney


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Mike Rusch

Board Member, Chair

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Sarah Heimer

Board Member, Vice-Chair

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Kate Cully

Board Member

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Joshua Bell

Board Member


99 Balloons is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. We believe in transparency, ethical accounting, and donor stewardship. Below you will find our annual fiscal reporting.

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