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Sauer Children’s Renew Foundation

2009 Annual Report


From the President and Executive Director FOCUS was the buzz word for 2009 because of the new economic reality. The Sauer Children's Renew Foundation felt the economic challenges as well as the need to focus. We were able to keep our funding flat due to the generosity of our founders, but the community’s needs increased as the year progressed. The need to look specifically at the outcomes we were hoping to achieve became apparent to our board of trustees. For our 2009 funding, we settled on three outcomes: 1. For children who had suffered abuse and neglect, we wanted safety and increasingly found ourselves drawn toward funding programs that were breaking the cycle of abuse and neglect. We looked closely at how to include the abused and the abuser to treat the trauma of abuse and neglect and restore healthy parenting. 2. In the area of homeless youth and families, we wanted to offer opportunities of support for them to progress toward self-sufficiency. Building support systems as well as adoption were the goals for youth in foster care. Transitional housing and supportive services for pregnant and parenting teens was also an important aspect of this funding area. Supporting a parenting teen’s journey to self-sufficiency has a positive impact on the teen and the baby. 3. The third area is the healthy development of children and youth from low-income and homeless families. We wanted to support that development through early childhood education, mentoring and after school programs. By funding these three types of programming, we hope that children will build skills so they can be successful in school and in life. As we look ahead, we continue to ask ourselves how to do our work so the beneficiaries, i.e. the children get the best possible gain. Children growing up in poverty and homelessness or with abuse and neglect need our help to sustain healthy development to reach their full potential. As the adults whose job it is to care for the young, how can we provide the structure for children’s basic needs of safety, love, shelter, and guidance to be met so they can grow up to live a full life? That will be the question that the Sauer Children's Renew Foundation continues to try to answer as we move forward. We are grateful for the support we receive for our work from the nonprofits we serve, other funders, and the myriad of people who help us understand the needs of children and youth from disadvantaged situations.

Corey Sauer

Colleen O’Keefe

President

Executive Director


Foundation History

Funding Areas

The Sauer Children's Renew Foundation was created in 1996 by Pat and Gary Sauer as a 30th wedding anniversary gift to one another. The foundation embodies their love and compassion for children who lack the protection and nurture that has blessed their own family and friends.

We define disadvantaged children as children who are neglected, abused, homeless and/or living in poverty.

Pat and Gary gathered five very important families that were role models for them as they raised their own children and invited them to participate in the work and joy of helping disadvantaged children. Two families are Gary’s brothers’ families and three families are good friends from their church’s renew group. Together these six families have grown to be twenty-one families that send their love and compassion for disadvantaged children into our community through grants and service projects.

Mission The Sauer Children’s Renew Foundation is committed to using its resources to improve the lives of disadvantaged children and families in the State of Minnesota.

In 2009 the Sauer Children's Renew Foundation funded organizations in the following areas:

 Child & Youth Development: To help children & youth develop cognitive and socio-emotional skills to prepare them for success in school and in life.

 Child Abuse & Neglect: To prevent and treat the trauma of abuse by providing therapy, restorative parenting, and support for parents and children.

 Self-Sufficiency: To move youth and families that are homeless or at-risk of homelessness to self-sufficiency.

2009 Grantmaking Snapshot Total dollar amount granted: $282,500 Child & Youth Development $72,500

Self-Sufficiency $140,000

Child Abuse & Neglect $70,000

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Child and Youth Development The goal of this funding area is to help children and youth develop cognitive and socio-emotional skills to prepare them for success in school and in life. We were open to funding early childhood education, mentoring and after school programs.

Early Childhood Education Centro - $7,500 Minneapolis MN Sponsored four children for a full-year’s education in the Siembra preschool education program.

Cornerstone - $10,000 St. Paul, MN General operating support for this urban Montessori school serving low-income children and their families.

Life Track Resources - $15,000 St. Paul, MN Support for Early Childhood & Family Services.

People Serving People - $15,000 Minneapolis, MN Support for the Ready, Set, Go! Promoting Resilience in Homeless and Highly Mobile Children through Executive Function Training program.

Southside Family Nurturing Center - $10,000 Minneapolis, MN Support for the Early Childhood Education Services.

After School Program Emerge - $15,000 Minneapolis, MN Support for the Emerge Link homeless youth educational support program.

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Child Abuse and Neglect The goal of this funding priority is to prevent and treat the trauma of abuse by providing therapy, restorative parenting, and support for parents and children.

Crisis Nursery - $7,500 Golden Valley, MN General operating support for keeping children safe in a family crisis.

Free Arts Minnesota - $10,000 Minneapolis, MN General operating support for the arts and mentorship programming for healing the trauma of abuse & neglect.

Lee Carlson Center for Mental Health - $10,000 Anoka, MN Support for the Domestic Violence Restorative Parenting Program.

Prevent Child Abuse Minnesota - $10,000 St. Paul, MN Support for the development of children’s support groups.

Washburn Center for Children - $10,000 Minneapolis, MN Support for the Day Treatment Program.

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Self-Sufficiency Every one of us needs help at some time in our lives. Our selfsufficiency grants serve to help people through difficult situations.

Avenues for Homeless Youth - $10,000 Minneapolis, MN General operating support to provide emergency shelter, transitional living housing, and supportive services for homeless youth ages 16 – 21.

The Bridge For Youth - $15,000 Minneapolis, MN General operating support to provide comprehensive services for homeless and at-risk youth ages 16 – 20.

Children’s Home Society - $10,000 St. Paul, MN Support for recruiting families or guardians for Minnesota’s Waiting Children.

Emmas’ Place - $15,000 Maplewood, MN The third year of support for the Circles of Support initiative for the families.

HOPE Adoption & Family Services - $10,000 Oak Park Heights, MN Support for recruiting families for children in foster care.

LifeHaven - $10,000 St. Paul, MN General operating support for teen moms at least 16 years of age.

New Beginnings - $10,000 St. Cloud, MN Support for the Successful Transitions Program for pregnant and parenting teens ages 16 – 21.

Rezek House - $10,000 St. Paul, MN General operating support for transitional living housing and supportive services for homeless youth ages 16 – 21. Page 5


Self-Sufficiency

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Every one of us needs help at some time in our lives. Our selfsufficiency grants serve to help people through difficult situations.

Safe House - $10,000 St. Paul, MN General operating support for the emergency shelter for homeless youth ages 16 – 20.

SafeZone - $10,000 St. Paul, MN General operating support for the drop-in center for 14-21 year old youth who are homeless or at-risk of homelessness.

Search Institute & Ramsey County Human Services - $15,000 Ramsey County, MN Support for training in strength-based approaches to youth development and communications with foster families.

Teens Alone - $10,000 Hopkins, MN General operating support for counseling for teens & their families to prevent homelessness.

Way To Grow - $10,000 Minneapolis, MN Support for the Dream Tracks Program for pregnant and parenting teens.

YouthLink - $10,000 Minneapolis, MN Support for Project Offstreets, the drop-in center for youth who are homeless.

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2009 Statistics on Homelessness in Minnesota The Wilder Research Center in Minnesota recently released it’s 2009 study on Homelessness in Minnesota. The count is done in one night, every three years.

 The study counted 9,654 homeless people on that night in October, but the it estimates that there are 13,100 homeless people in Minnesota on any given night.

 72% of the parents and 81% of the unaccompanied youth lived in Minnesota for over 2 years.  The study counted 3,251 children with parents experiencing homelessness which was 34% of the overall homeless counted on that night. 47% of these children are 0-5 years old.

 67% of the children are with their mother only, 5% are with their father only, and 19% with two parents. 9% of the children ages 12-17 that were counted were unaccompanied by a parent.

 34% of the parents were homeless as children, compared to 25% in 2006. This speaks to the institutionalization of this social problem.

 1 out of every 5 children in homeless families repeat a grade; 38% have learning disabilities.  Unaccompanied youth ages 12-21 comprised 13% of the homeless Minnesotans.  The largest increase in homelessness was among the 18-21 year old youth with a 57% increase over the 2006 study. The shelter capacity for youth is relatively unchanged since 2003. THE HANDS OF VIOLENCE

 58% of unaccompanied homeless youth reported physical or sexual abuse.  46% of mothers stayed in an abusive relationship because there was no other housing. 30% are fleeing domestic violence (half have children with them) and 52% were physically or sexually abused as a child or youth.

For more information about the report visit www.wilderresearch.org.

“All kids need is a little help, a little hope and somebody who believes in them.” -Earvin (Magic) Johnson

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Donations We would like to take a moment to say thank you to the generous individuals and organizations who made donations to the Sauer Children’s Renew Foundation in 2009:    

Barriere Construction Company Dennis and Beverly McMahon Gary and Patricia Sauer Spring Lake Park Lions

Your contributions are appreciated not only by the Foundation, but also the organizations and the children and families they serve.

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Financials Statement of Financial Position As of December 31, 2009

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2009

2008

Assets Cash and Cash Equivalents Investments Total Current Assets

$89,387 4,344,708 $4,434,095

$323,029 3,343,228 $3,666,257

Other Assets Total Assets

$5,004 $4,439,099

$6,171 $3,672,428

Total Liabilities and Net Assets

$4,439,099

$3,672,428


Financials Statement of Activities January through December 2009 2009

2008

Income Dividend and Interest Income Realized Net Gains on Sale of Investments Contributions Total Income

$100,191 161 151,022 $251,374

$131,330 38,413 51,000 $220,743

Expenses Grants Investment Management Administrative Expense Federal Excise Tax Miscellaneous Tax (payroll) Total Expenses

$282,500 18,917 103,701 3,023 10,457.22 $418,598

$274,500 24,370 105,076 4,440 9,080 $417,466

Change in Net Assets

$766,671

($1,876,835)

Unrestricted Net Assets: Beginning of Year

$3,672,428

$5,549,263

Unrestricted Net Assets: End of Year

$4,439,099

$3,672,428

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Board

Committees

2009 TRUSTEES

CHARITY REVIEW

PLANNING

Corey Sauer —President Debra Carlson — Secretary Chad Sauer —Treasurer Kelle Anderson Carol Gallivan Bev McMahon Mary-Megan Ehrmantraut Stephanie Morrissey Jessica Nickelson Stacey Resner Gary Sauer Pat Sauer Steven Sauer

Kelle Anderson, Chair Carl Carlson Mary-Megan Ehrmantraut Carol Gallivan Bev McMahon Stephanie Morrissey Corey Sauer Gary Sauer Kris Sauer Pat Sauer Stephanie Sauer Jessie Zupfer

Brian Gallivan, Chair Betty Carlson Debbie Carlson Joe Carlson Brent Gallivan Carol Gallivan Tim Gallivan Doug McMahon Jason Nickelson Jessica Nickelson Stacey Resner Pat Sauer Chris Zupfer

Staff Colleen O’Keefe Executive Director colleen@scrfmn.org Annual Report Layout and Design by Corey Sauer

FINANCE Chris Resner, Chair Shannon Gallivan Denny McMahon Jason Morrissey Chad Sauer Dennis Sauer Gary Sauer Steven Sauer

Memberships SCRF is a proud member of: Minnesota Council on Foundations Association of Small Foundations Grantmakers for Children, Youth & Families

To view and download our grant criteria for 2010, please visit our website at:

www.scrfmn.org Sauer Children's Renew Foundation 2655 N. Innsbruck Drive, Suite A New Brighton, Minnesota 55112 (651) 633-6165


2009 SCRF Annual Report