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Fighting for us 2010 Annual Report

Our mission At Fight For Children, we fight to ensure that low-income children receive a great education and stay healthy so they can learn.

Dear Friends: Children everywhere need adults who will step forward and take a stand for them and their future. Nowhere is this more true than in Washington, DC, where the interests of children have not always seemed to be the top priority of our city’s leaders. The following pages tell the stories about people and organizations who are touched by the work of Fight For Children every day. There is no doubt that these amazing people hold the best interests of children first, and it is through their eyes that we share our story with you. Fighting For Us captures the spirit and commitment of four amazing organizations that are leading the fight for a better future for children in the Nation’s Capital. We are proud to collaborate with them in meaningful ways every day. We hope you are inspired by their stories. We are. Thank you for being a partner in our fight for children every day. Our work would not be possible without you. Sincerely,

Joseph E. Robert, Jr.

Michela English


President & CEO

Fight For Children’s work is divided into two broad categories: ensuring access to quality early childhood education through our Ready to Learn DC program and improving academic achievement in K-12 schools. Our tagline, Championing Change H Changing Lives, captures the spirit of what we do: we champion change on a systemic level and change lives by directly impacting the quality of programs that touch individual children. The stories on the following pages give voice to how we champion change and change lives every day.

Our work at a glance:

Ready to Learn DC

K-12 Academic Achievement

Championing Change

Changing Lives

While most DC children have access to preschool, the quality of programs varies dramatically and the majority of children enter kindergarten lacking the skills they need to learn. We are working actively with public officials to raise and enforce accountability standards for preschool programs.

Our direct investments in schools and communitybased organizations–including AppleTree Institute for Education Innovation and Sunshine Early Learning Center–allow us to directly touch the lives of hundreds of young children, while strengthening the teaching skills of dozens of early childhood educators. We also give parents information they need to choose a high quality preschool for their children.

As an early and leading proponent of education reform efforts, we promote systemic change, particularly through the use of data to improve classroom instruction and through programs that strengthen teacher and principal effectiveness. Our commitment to reform is evidenced by our financial support of DC’s Race to the Top grant application and IMPACT, the innovative evaluation program for DCPS employees.

Through our annual Quality Schools Initiative, we find schools that are doing an excellent job educating lowincome children, reward them with financial resources, and encourage these high performers to share what they do well with other school leaders through leadership roundtables and high quality professional development materials.

Less than one third of children in DC are enrolled in a quality preschool. Not at AppleTree. Over 600 children in Wards 1, 2, 6, and 8 receive a free high quality early childhood education at AppleTree’s 8 charter schools.


Fight For Children helped AppleTree Institute build four new schools to serve over 300 additional children.

We knew how important a quality preschool was to Jackson’s future, but a great school is hard to find—we were so discouraged by what we saw. Then we found AppleTree and are now enrolled in its brand new school on Oklahoma Avenue. Thank you Fight For Children for helping AppleTree grow to serve our family. Jackson is in good hands, and we know he’s going to thrive.

— Mac Oliver, Jackson’s grandfather

In August 2010, Fight For Children awarded AppleTree Institute for Education Innovation a grant of $500,000 over five years to match AppleTree’s $5 million federal Investing in Innovation grant. AppleTree is using these funds to document and package their successful Every Child Ready model into a “toolkit.” Fight For Children is working with AppleTree to share its toolkit with other

preschools. A portion of Fight For Children’s funds is also helping AppleTree bring its model to scale. In August 2011, AppleTree opened four new schools as clear evidence of its progress towards its goal of doubling its enrollment by 2015. Using its unique, data-driven approach and comprehensive curriculum, AppleTree ensures its young learners are ready to learn when they enter kindergarten. Its results have been evaluated, and AppleTree monitors its children as they enter elementary school to document the lasting impact AppleTree makes on these young lives. Learn more at fightforchildren. org/readytolearndc.

Children in KenilworthParkside are 10 times more likely to live in poverty than their peers in Ward 3. That’s not fair. Robin and other residents of KenilworthParkside took control of their future by developing a plan to create a DC Promise Neighborhood.

Fight For Children became part of the DC Promise Neighborhood Initiative to help build a brighter future for children in Ward 7 and beyond.


Our neighborhood is a really special place, but also one with many needs. I am so encouraged by the DC Promise Neighborhood Initiative, not only because it will bring new resources to us, but also because it is bringing so many people together to improve the lives of everyone in Kenilworth-Parkside. Fight For Children’s early childhood leadership has brought a real spirit of optimism to the conversation about how we get our children ready to learn. I can’t wait to see what happens next. — Robin Williams, parent and resident of DC’s Kenilworth-Parkside neighborhood

In October 2010, Fight For Children joined the DC Promise Neighborhood Initiative as the facilitator of a working group of parents, daycare providers, educators, and community leaders focused on

ensuring that children in the neighborhood are ready for kindergarten. The mission of the DC Promise Neighborhood is to increase the number of children who complete their education from “cradle to college,” and enter adulthood as productive participants in the nation’s economy and in the civic life of their communities. The initiative was launched by Cesar Chavez Public Charter Schools for Public Policy, which was awarded a $500,000 planning grant from the US Department of Education in 2010. Over the course of a year, Fight For Children contributed substantial time and in-kind resources to design strategies for ensuring school readiness. Learn more at

Less than half of middle school kids in DC get a passing grade in math. KIPP DC is different: 97% of its 8th graders scored proficient or advanced on the most recent DC CAS math test.


Fight For Children helped KIPP DC hire a data coach at AIM Academy and a literacy coach at KEY Academy.

I challenged these dynamic educators to seek out information and best practices and share those throughout our network. Literally, like kids trick or treating from house to house, they went classroom to classroom, kid to kid, data point to data point. They collected data and teaching strategies, brought them back, and sorted them out. We then tasked them with teaching others at KIPP and beyond about what worked for our kids. The impact has been felt in so many ways.

—Susan Schaeffler, KIPP DC CEO

In April 2010, Fight For Children awarded three schools, including two KIPP DC schools, cash awards as part of the Quality Schools Initiative. KIPP DC: AIM Academy was recognized as a Champion of Quality and received $75,000. KIPP DC: KEY Academy and Truesdell Education Center were recognized as Rising Stars and received $50,000. Fight For Children is working with these three schools to share what they do well with other schools through case studies, site visits, and leadership roundtables. Learn more at

More than half of D.C. students who leave school do so when they begin ninth grade. Not Shawnee Easterwood– she has straight A’s and can’t wait to head to high school and college, and then she’ll tackle the world.


Fight For Children continued to invest financial resources in school reform to make sure all DC students have access to great schools and inspiring teachers. My teachers really care about me and they’re doing everything they can to make sure I head off to a challenging high school that will prepare me for college. Washington, DC is lucky to have organizations like Fight For Children that believe in kids like me and invest their money and time in schools like Truesdell. I’m really excited about my future.

—Shawnee Easterwood, eighth grade student at Truesdell Education Campus

In January 2010, Fight For Children contributed $50,000 to DC’s successful Race to the Top application to the US Department of Education. As a result of the federal award, DCPS and 31 charter schools are sharing $75 million to align their curricula to common standards, use data to improve classroom instruction, and strengthen teacher and principal effectiveness based on performance. Fight For Children also continued to support school reform in DC Public Schools through its financial support of the DC Public Education Fund. Learn more about Fight For Children’s investments by visiting www.fightforchildren/grants.

Making Strategic Grants

Learn more about the programs Fight For Children supports at

In addition to the programs and partnerships described on the previous pages, Fight For Children uses a portion of the proceeds from Fight Night and School Night to make investments in other local non-profit organizations. These investments are aligned with our early childhood education and K-12 programs and include:

Archdiocese of Washington Tuition Assistant Program Best Friends Foundation* Children’s National Medical Center City Gate DC College Access Program* DC College Success Foundation Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Community Partnerships Program* Teach For America DC University of the District of Columbia’s Early Childhood Education Leadership Institute Venture Philanthropy Partners*

* Indicates a donor designated gift. From time to time, donors request that a portion of their gift to Fight For Children be directed to other organizations serving children in Washington, DC, whose goals are consistent with Fight For Children’s mission of improving the lives of low-income children.

Building Character and Success through the Power of Boxing

Special Fight Night Grants Each year, the Chairman of Fight Night selects a local non-profit organization to receive a special grant from Fight For Children. Fight For Children is proud to support Richard Kay, Fight Night 2010

Each year, Fight For Children uses a portion of the proceeds from Fight Night to support the Alexandria Boxing Club, which was founded in 1991 using funds from the very first Fight Night. The Alexandria Boxing Club is a structured after-school program for children focusing on character development and self-respect. Fight For Children is proud to continue supporting this worthy organization making a positive impact on children’s academic achievement while encouraging physical activity and discipline.

Chairman, and Hospice Caring and its Camp Caring program. Proceeds from the auction of an American flag held during Fight Night 2010 were given to the Marine Corps – Law Enforcement Foundation, a foundation that provides scholarships for higher education to the children of Marines or federal law enforcement personnel who have made the ultimate sacrifice while serving our country.

Troy Isley, proud member of the Alexandria Boxing Club

Financials We are proud of our stewardship of the financial resources entrusted to us by our donors. In 2010, we continued to carefully control expenses, while working diligently to diversify our funding sources. Once again we also received a clean audit, a copy of which is available upon request by calling 202-772-0437.


2010 (Audited)

2009 (Audited)

$1,839,843 $675,140 $907,000 $429,139 $125,776 $152,320 -$36,699 $4,092,519

$2,236,006 $587,940 $912,000 $417,140 $237,786 -$153,506 $4,237,366

Programs Grants to other organizations Events

$764,898 $1,004,400

$780,919 $1,017,700

Fight Night School Night Other events Support and administration

$1,041,107 $418,631 $79,894

$1,021,821 $568,571 $142,454

Fundraising and management staff costs Rent Other expenses Total

$432,989 $246,023 $160,026 $4,147,968 -$55,449 $2,225,635 $2,170,186

$400,241 $236,910 $193,204 $4,361,820 -$124,454 $2,350,089 $2,225,635

Fight Night School Night J.E. Robert Companies/Joe Robert donation1 Foundations Other2 Donated Facilities Net assets released from donor restrictions3 Total Expenses

Change in net assets Net assets at beginning of year Net assets at end of year

1 J.E. Robert Companies contributes in-kind services, including staffing, payroll, and IT. Fight For Children records these expenses at market value on its financial statements. Joseph E. Robert, Jr., Fight For Children’s chairman, also made a personal contribution of $155,000 in 2009 and $150,000 in 2010. Mr. Robert also donated $100,000 in 2009 and 2010 to School Night, resulting in total contributions from him and his firm of over $1 million each year. 2 Includes interest, rents collected from subleases, and individual donations. 3 Includes temporarily restricted funds used by Fight For Children in 2009 and 2010 for its Parent Engagement, DC School Chooser, and grantmaking programs.



Functional Expenses

Our revenue mix in 2010 stayed relatively constant,

We allocate staff costs to major programs and

The chart below summarizes major functional

with the notable addition of $150,000 of in-kind revenue,

activities, including our events, as reflected in our

expenses by type, not by programs. Note total staff

representing donated rent. We also slightly decreased

financial statement. Event and administrative costs,

costs remained constant in 2010, with no change in

our reliance on special events, while increasing

as a percentage of total expenses, decreased slightly

staff size or salaries. Event costs, as a percentage of

support from foundations and government sources.

from 2009 to 2010.

total expenditures, decreased by 4%, balanced by a like

These efforts have continued in 2011.

2% 10%

4% 3% 10% 45%


l Foundation and Public Support l Donated Facilities l Other

10% 24%

18% 20%


l Fight Night l School Night l J.E. Robert Companies In-Kind Support & Personal Support from Joe Robert

increase in non-staff program expenses and grants.

l Fight Night l Grants to Other Organizations l Support and Administration


24% 25%

l Program Services l School Night l Other Events



l Staffing l Event Expenses l P rogram Expenses (non-staff)

l Grants l Other Expenses

Fight Night Fight Night brings together over 2,000 of the nation’s top leaders in business, government, sports and entertainment to raise funds for Fight For Children and other organizations that provide education and health care services to low-income children in DC. Fight Night features exciting bouts of professional boxing, coupled with nationally renowned live entertainment. Since its inception, Fight Night has raised $34,000,000.

School Night Launched in 1998, School Night has raised nearly $22,000,000 for education programs for low-income children. Today, School Night is also a celebration of excellence in DC schools. School Night features nationally renowned live entertainment, including Patti Austin, Queen Latifah, John Legend, Wyclef Jean, Sheila E., and Ziggy Marley, as well as performances by young DC artists.

We would be unable to continue our fight without the support of thousands of generous individuals, corporations, and foundations. Thank you especially to our 2010 supporters!

Donors $500,000 - $1,000,000 J.E. Robert Companies $250,000 - $499,999 Joseph E. Robert, Jr. $100,000 - $249,999 GEICO Donald E. Graham The J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) Vornado/Charles E. Smith $50,000 - $99,999 Anheuser-Busch Cos., Inc. CityBridge Foundation Kimsey Foundation Mitchell P. Rales Family Foundation Republic National Distributing Company Fredrick D. Schaufeld and N.E.W. Charitable Foundation David & Kristin Steinberg Foundation Embassy of the United Arab Emirates Rick Williamson

$25,000 - $49,999 Children’s National Medical Center Steven and Alexandra Cohen Foundation Jack L. Davies FedEx Corporation Fernandez Foundation Michael and Elizabeth Galvin Hamilton Insurance The Hagans Family Fund Robert G. Hisaoka Joseph and Lynne Horning Rick Kay Ted Leonsis Eugene & Agnes E. Meyer Foundation Morino Institute Michael Saylor Swan Investors, LLC Verizon Dean Wilde Waste Management White Star Investments

$10,000 - $24,999 American Continental Group William P. Angrick, III Aon Benfield AT&T Services, Inc. Bank of America BB&T The Brickman Group Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck Building Hope The Byrnes Family Foundation Carnival Foundation The Ryna & Melvin Cohen Family Foundation Deloitte & Touche Eagle Bank Educational Testing Service Mark D. Ein Fensterheim & Bean, P.C. First Washington Realty Inc. Freddie Mac Foundation Barden Gale Terry and Kathleen Golden The Greenbrier Resort Iron Bow Technologies

J.S. Plank & D.M. Dicarlo Family Katten Muchin Rosenman, LLP Lockheed Martin Lockton Companies McQuade Brennan LLP Alan & Amy Meltzer Family Foundation Millennium Realty Advisors LLC NCF Floors OneVoice Communications, Inc. Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease Pelligrini Solutions PNC Bank PricewaterhouseCoopers Prosperity Pharmacy Franklin D. Raines Ramsey Asset Management REDPEG Marketing John R. Reynolds Gregory Salvaggio Roger and Vicki Sant Devin Schain Pete & Burson Snyder Foundation Wilson-Thornhill Foundation

$5,000 - $9,999 Accenture Advanced Concepts Inc. Archdiocese of Washington Black Swan Group Blake Real Estate, Inc. Booz Allen Hamilton Centric & BET Event Productions Chesapeake Surgical, LTD. Clark Construction College Success Foundation CORE Capital Partners Counselors Title Digital Management, Inc. Donatelli Development Early Childhood Academy PCS Kenneth Falke Gleason Family Foundation Holliday Fenoglio Fowler William S. Janes Kearney & Company William M. Lane Lerner Corporation Malek Family Charitable Trust MC Dean Meredith Corporation Morgan Keegan & Company, Inc. MTM Builder/Developer, Inc. Newmark & Co. Real Estate, Inc. Nolan Financial Group Offit Kurman Nicholas Papadoupoulos PEPCO Pircher, Nichols & Meeks

Presidio Networked Solutions PRM Consulting, Inc. Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center RLJ Development, LLC RR Donnelley SageView Advisory Group Doug Smith Earl W. Stafford Stadium Group SunTrust Bank Venable LLP Vradenburg Foundation $1,000 - $4,999 William B. Alsup Alan J. Andreini Peter D. Antonoplos Roy Ayers Emmanuel Bailey Larry Bank Keith W. Belcher Bernstein Global Wealth Management Joe Brodecki Brookfield Properties Maureen Bryant Louis C. Capannelli Al Checchi H. Alfred Cissel, Jr. Citi Private Bank Commercial Interiors, Inc. The Cottura Foundation CresaPartners Crystal City Business Improvement

Greg Cumbey Anthony R. Dolan Douglas Donatelli Kenneth Edmonds Michela A. English & Mrs. John Fahey The Federal Market Group Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund Forum Properties G.W. Peoples Contracting Co Winford Galmon, Jr. Greenberg Traurig James H. Greenwald S. Alexander Green Joseph Guglielmo Bernadette Harvey Kristin S. Ehrgood Hitt Contracting Inc. Jeffrey Houle J.C. Huizenga J & J Contractors, Inc. JK Moving Services JPB Enterprises Kalmia Construction Company, Inc. Anthony A. Lewis Cavalier Maintenance McBride Real Estate Services, Inc. Thomas McMillen Mead Properties, Inc. Jeffrey Milloy James Moshovitis Multicultural Career Intern Program Nordstrom North American Media Group

Lawrence C. Nussdorf Robert Okun Arnold & Porter Premium Title & Escrow Joseph Reeder Terry Reiman Jack Reutemann, Jr. Saks Fifth Avenue James W. Smith, III Geoffrey L. Stack Courtney Straus Jeffrey M. Travers Anthony Tufariello Sean Ulsaker The Vradenburg Foundation Reginald Waters Cliff White Henry Winterstern

Fight For Children Staff Michela English President & CEO

Simon Jackson Director, Development

Jeff Travers Director, External Relations

Kristen Fagley Marketing and Event Manager

John “Skip� McKoy Director, Programmatic Initiatives

Liz Warnecki Administrative Manager

Anna Faryar Program Assistant

Martine Sadarangani Program Manager

Judy Wrench Accounting Manager

Kim Stevenson Executive Assistant

In September 2011, Fight For Children lost a dear friend. For over 20 years, Jim Tardy, a long-time employee with the J.E. Robert Companies, volunteered his time and energy for Fight For Children. Thousands of young people in Washington, DC have a brighter future because of his caring commitment. We miss him and will always remember his kindness.

Board of Directors

Joseph E. Robert, Jr. Founder and Executive Chairman, JER Partners

Jim Abdo President & CEO, Abdo Development

Michael Kimsey Charles “Chuck” Kuhn Co-Founder, President & President, JK Moving & Executive Director, Storage, Inc. Kimsey Foundation

Patti Austin Artist

Katherine Brittain Bradley President, CityBridge Foundation

Michela English President & CEO, Fight For Children

G. David Fensterheim Adrian Fenty Principal, Fensterheim & Special Counsel, Bean, P.C. Klores Perry Mitchell

Terence Golden Quincy Jones Chairman, Bailey Capital Artist & Entrepreneur Corporation

Reginald Van Lee Executive Vice President, Booz Allen Hamilton

Anthony A. Lewis Vice President, Open Development, Verizon Wireless

Dr. Kurt Newman Surgeon-In-Chief & Executive Director, Joseph E. Robert, Jr. Center for Surgical Care Children’s Hospital

Joseph E. Robert, III Sergeant, United States Marine Corps

The Honorable Anthony A. Williams Executive Director, Government Practice, Corporate Executive Board

Fredrick D. Schaufeld Founder and Chairman, N.E.W. Customer Service Companies

Members as of October 1, 2011. Fight For Children would also like to acknowledge the dedication of two board members who served through the end of 2010, Michelle Cross Fenty and Elizabeth Nabel, MD.

Our Core Beliefs

How We Work

• All children, regardless of income or family background, can achieve at high levels. • A great education gives children the tools they need to be successful adults. • Children need to be nurtured physically, emotionally, and mentally to maximize their potential in school and in life. • Children get a great education when engaged families, effective educators, and strong communities work together and remain focused on their success.

• We consider evidence and data to be critical tools in planning approaches and evaluating outcomes. • We learn from and share best practices whenever possible. • We utilize multiple methods to address problems and believe solutions should be tailored to meet the needs of the community we are serving. • We magnify our impact by leveraging our relationships and investments in pragmatic ways. • We believe success is more likely to occur when philanthropists, non-profit organizations, businesses, and the public sector collaborate. • We operate in ways that are transparent, ethically sound, and respectful of others’ beliefs.

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