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Gratitude r e p o r t 2 •0 •1 •7

Dear Friend, It is with deep gratitude that I invite you to celebrate a year filled with growth and impact for our youth and our community. Your generosity made all this happen. Friends of the Children has built a strong staff, continually enhanced the program based on evaluation, and expanded to serve more children. With the Social Innovation Fund award that we received through Friends of the Children - National and investments from local donors, businesses, and foundations, we are on track to continue expanding the program and to double the number of youth served.

“Our program quality is high, our model works,

and the results are proven.�

By 2020, we will be reaching over 250 Seattle-area children who, by age five or six, have faced multiple adverse childhood experiences and transitions. As this program has expanded to reach more youth, we have continued our deep commitment to program quality. We have developed a career path for professional mentors to advance within the organization to take on supervisory and leadership responsibilities. Our team of experienced, compassionate people are deeply committed to guiding youth who face the toughest challenges to achieve their greatest potential, and we are excited to provide our professional mentors more opportunities to deepen their skills and experience. Our program quality is high, our model works, and the results are proven. We are so proud that 84% of program alumni have completed high school compared to 85% of Seattle Public School students overall. Our youth are facing the toughest challenges, and they are overcoming significant barriers to graduate at a similar rate as their peers. That is success. We have all worked together to ensure the quality of our program and support our youth, families and community. For that, I thank you! Kind regards,

Jerin May Board President

a week in the life

of a mentor

Generational change, one child at a time, one week at a time Professional mentor Jeremy plays monster tag, touch football, cooks breakfast, and, most importantly, provides consistency for his boys. Every day is different because his youth face unique challenges. Here is an example of one week for him as a professional mentor: Monday: I pick up Drew* (9) from his after-school care. Drew can be incredibly kind, but sometimes he will aggressively lash out. In fact, he was expelled from his last school because of his behavior. When we are together, we talk about how to manage various scenarios in a non-aggressive way. After homework, we shoot hoops with other mentors and their youth to encourage him to build positive relationships. Tuesday: I pick up Sean* (7). He is quick to laugh and joke around, but also has challenges with behavior at school. When we are in the car, we work on ways to handle his anger. I give him a scenario, and he has to choose the best between three possible solutions. It’s my job to give him tools to work through problems before situations get out of control. He has a really positive attitude and loves playing football.

Wednesday: I have Zion* (8), who is a class clown in the best way. Zion also has a hard time following directions and being patient. Because his father is in jail and his family is constantly changing living situations, it’s been tough for him to find consistency. Seeing him every week no matter what is my priority. Thursday: I spend my day with Miles* (8) and Jerome* (7). The boys are good friends. Our first task is to complete homework. They rarely struggle with it, so I give them additional worksheets as a challenge. Then we head to a park to throw the football around. This is a great opportunity for them to work on their problem-solving skills. Friday: I pick up Jackson* (9) and Russell* (10). We have a set routine for our outings, as they thrive with consistency. Jackson is very thoughtful, and Russell makes quick decisions. They are perfect together because they balance each other out. They are both very imaginative, so we go to the park so that they can create new worlds on the playground. Saturday: I see Earl* (9). I have found that he excels in a one-on-one setting. He is incredibly insightful. Yet when he is around his peers, he often falls into posturing to look tough. I discovered that Earl is interested in cooking, so we have started cooking breakfast on our outings and trying new meals. As a K-5 mentor, I work with boys at an age when they are starting to develop values about themselves and their community. My role as a mentor is to give them hope and encourage them to make healthy, positive choices despite setbacks they may encounter. Over the next ten years, every time they face a setback, it’s my job to pick them up, dust them off and encourage them back into this game of life with more confidence and skills to succeed. *Names changed to protect the privacy of the youth


it makes economic sense! The Harvard Business School Association of Oregon showed that: for every $1 invested in Friends of the Children the community saves over $7 over the child’s lifetime. Committing to one child for 12½ years saves the community $900,000.

We provide each child with a salaried, professional mentor from kindergarten through graduation, no matter what. By hiring full-time, experienced, college-educated professionals, we ensure the quality, consistency and commitment needed to give children a new story and break the cycle of poverty.

Among our youth enrolled K-12, our youths’ progress toward our three long-term program goals was remarkable:

94% of enrolled youth ages 10-19 have avoided early parenthood.

94% of enrolled youth ages 10-19 have avoided juvenile detention due to criminal activity.

84% of our program graduates have completed high school.

Based on our most recent report card data:

missed fewer than 18 school days.


met or exceeded grade-level standards in reading.

met or exceeded grade-level standards in math.

avoided suspension.

success is in reach,

despite setbacks Willow’s mentor, Nakeya, is with her every step of the way

At the beginning of every school year, our professional mentors work with each of their youth to develop short-term and long-term goals related to Friends of the Children’s five program outcomes: school success, plans and skills for the future, social and emotional development, improved health, and making good choices. Professional mentor Nakeya encourages her girls every week and provides effective tools and resources, helping them to achieve success. Nakeya explains how she supported one of her girls, Willow, throughout a challenging time in her life: Last fall, Willow* and I focused on getting her back on track to graduate high school. She is taking a fifth year of high school because she was behind on credits and struggling with attendance. After losing her mother when she was 12 and her aunt when she was 17, she bounced around between Seattle and Tacoma, living with various friends and family. This made it hard for her to attend school regularly. Before the start of the school year, we established concrete objectives to connect her to the right resources. First, we

“How is school going to be my priority

when I don’t have a place to live?”

met with her school counselors and teachers. Together, we made adjustments to Willow’s schedule, which allowed her to have a later start time and made it possible for her to hand in late assignments. She received work packets that we worked on over the summer so that she could catch up on her credits. During one of our meetings together, we spent hours completing one of these packets. I signed her up with one of Friends of the Children’s volunteer tutors to help her grasp the academic concepts she was struggling to learn. With these adjustments and support, she began going to school regularly, despite her lack of stable housing and the great distances she had to travel to get to school. The accumulation of these successes propelled her forward and gave her confidence. She knew that, while it wouldn’t be easy, it was certainly within her reach to attain her goal, in part because we had laid out a solid plan to get her there. In order to check in on Willow’s progress, I met regularly with her counselor and maintained a relationship with her teachers. This way, I was kept up-to-date when things were falling behind and was able to intervene when necessary. Willow knew that we were all on the same page and that I would consistently, and supportively, hold her accountable. By the end of the year, she earned 18 credits – a great improvement over the previous semester when she only had 11 credits. She is now on track to graduate this coming June! *Names changed to protect the privacy of the youth


searching for youth

who need us most “Toughest challenges” isn’t always spelled out on paper

The five and six year olds we select for our program have already faced family trauma, heartbreak and multiple transitions. We commit to stay with each child for 12½ years as they change caregivers and schools, face homelessness and more. It is key for our selection team to take an in-depth approach when trying to understand the challenges youth face. “What I see in a child is not always what is on paper,” says Michelle Hurd, K-5 program manager. “I might see a child who is hyperactive and can’t focus but that is only part of their story. When I dig deeper and talk to a family support worker, I’ll learn that mom is on drugs, dad is in and out of jail, and this kid is living at daycare. That’s why observations are so important.” To identify youth for enrollment, Friends partners with public elementary schools as well as local Children’s Administration offices serving youth in foster care. In both partnerships, professional mentors gather and evaluate information from a combination of sources to ensure they understand all the risk factors, such as exposure to domestic violence, as well as protective factors such as home permanence. The entire process of selecting kids takes around six months. A team of supervisors and professional mentors work together to obtain background information from teachers and caseworkers, directly observe youth over four to six weeks, and build partnerships with families. For professional mentors, meeting and building a partnership with each youth’s family is the most crucial part of the observation process. After we observe youth and gather information, we reach out to the families.

When professional mentors meet with a youth’s family, they are asking to be in a long-term partnership – not just with the child, but also with their relatives. Professional mentors are very intentional about establishing common ground with parents and framing the conversation around maximizing each youth’s potential rather than holding youth—or parents—responsible for challenges beyond their control. Before a meeting, parents might be thinking, “What is wrong with my child or my family?” Instead, professional mentors ask them: “What are your dreams for your child?” or “What would you like your child to work on and learn?” Our selection process sets Friends of the Children apart. Selecting the youth in Seattle who need us the most and guiding them to succeed in school and in life disrupts the generational cycles of poverty and violence.

donor spotlight

Our most consistent donor Karli’s three daughters have been enrolled in Friends of the Children since 2002, and in that time, the family has overcome homelessness, abuse and food insecurity. Despite setbacks, Karli has held a steady job to provide for her children. For over 10 years, Karli has donated to Friends of the Children despite challenges she has faced in her life. Because she so strongly believes in the support Friends has given her, she wanted, in turn, to invest in Friends of the Children, no matter what. “Friends of the Children has helped me and my family for years,” Karli said. “How could I not give and support them in any way I could? Even if it was just a few dollars each month.” Karli recognized how well her daughters were excelling with their professional mentors in Friends of the Children. It is extremely powerful to see our families’ passion and belief in the work we do to support their children and, because of Karli, we are able to grow and serve even more youth! 9

audited financials assets

Cash and investments...........................................................$1,721,769 Pledges receivable...................................................................$606,628 Prepaid expenses......................................................................$25,617 Equipment (net of accumulated depreciation).....................................$285,376 Total assets........................................................................$2,639,390


Accounts payable and accrued liabilities....................................$104,156 Total liabilities.......................................................................$104,156

net assets

Unrestricted new assets........................................................$2,010,234 Temporarily restricted net assets...............................................$525,000 Total net assets................................................................... $2,535,234 Total liabilities and net assets..............................................$2,639,390


Individual...................................... $590,206 Foundation.................................... $329,358 Government................................... $256,001 Special events............................... $401,753 Corporate...................................... $120,227 In-kind............................................ $56,400 Other................................................... $679 Total unrestricted revenue........... $1,754,624

operating expenses

Program service.......................... $1,465,460 Fundraising costs........................... $411,767 Administrative services................... $133,682 Total operating expenses.............. $2,010,909 10

our dedicated team Staff Kelly Stockman McKee, Executive Director Mary Rennekamp Vegas, Deputy Director Alicia Uehling, Program Director Edgar Masmela, Partnership Director Michelle Hurd, Program Manager & Professional Mentor Sheena Fanuncial, Program Manager & Professional Mentor Ben Graham, K-5 Team Leader & Professional Mentor Richmond Hurd, Teen Team Leader & Professional Mentor Doneka Lang, Foster Care Team Leader Andrew Arillanoza, Professional Mentor Andre Barnes, Professional Mentor Jeremy Bradburn, Professional Mentor Jalen Calhoun, Professional Mentor Jessica Crenshaw-Leonard, Professional Mentor


Rex Gaoaen, Professional Mentor Marcel Hauser, Professional Mentor Stefan Hauser, Professional Mentor Frederick Hawthorne, Professional Mentor

Rebecca Dyer, Advancement Coordinator Jesse Klug, Program Coordinator Keren Alshanetsky, Education Support Assistant

Nakeya Isabell, Professional Mentor Sophia Moreno, Professional Mentor

Board of Directors

Jenilee Policarpio, Professional Mentor

Erika Blank-Linnell, Vice President

Michael Rogers, Professional Mentor

Lee Schoentrup, Secretary

Erika Sweet, Professional Mentor

Matt Maloney, Treasurer

Jesse Tabisula, Professional Mentor

Sharon Maghie, Founding Board Member

Lidya Tesfai, Professional Mentor

Jerin May, President

Kristen Bauer Latima Charbonneau, Communications Manager

Jeffrey Beaver

Courtney Huck, Corporate and Foundations Relations Manager

Katie Griffith

Elena Lynch, Development Manager Taylor Malone, Operations Manager

Chris Fountain Dan Guderjohn Donald Guthrie Walter Impert Lisa Murphy Linda Perlstein Jerome RoachĂŠ Harold Smith

Ambassador Board

Kathryn Aupperlee

Claire Patterson

Zach Grossnickle, Chair

Alyssa Buck Loughlen

Kristina Pressentin

Talitha Costley

Ben Reid

Jun Pak, Vice Chair

John Cruz

Katie Weiss

Candace Duecker

Kristina Young

Meredith Heestand

Karin Zimmer

Riley Mullett

2017 presenting sponsor I first got involved with Friends of the Children because of their unyielding focus on the kids in the program. Helping those that face challenges and seeing them overcome them is extremely rewarding. Each month, West Monroe Partners highlights a nonprofit impacting our local community and is aligned with giving back to those in the greatest need. As the board president for Friends of the Children – Seattle, I introduced Friends to our West Monroe Partners team. Once our employees heard about the mission, they were blown away by the power of the work and eager to advance long-term relationships in a way that matters for our community. –Jerin May, Director of Technology for West Monroe Partners, Board President



individuals, foundations, or companies who gave September 1, 2016 – August 31, 2017

$20,000 & Up

Stanton & Bette Beck


Cambia Health Solutions/ Regence

AT&T Services, Inc. Aven Foundation The Ballmer Group Barton Family Foundation Crystal Springs Foundation Discuren Foundation Fordham Street Foundation

Heather Petersen

Jeff Chen & Jill Denny

Safeco Insurance Foundation

Sarah Cole

Andrew Shuman

Danica Children’s Foundation

Kameo & Russell Simpson

Dorsey & Whitney

Umpqua Bank Charitable Foundation

Ernst & Young

Kirsten & Nate Wise

Foster Pepper PLLC


Friends of the Children - National

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Donald Guthrie & Candace Tkachuck

Becky & Chris Guzak

Paul Agnew

Frederick & Gloria Hoedemaker

Kathryn & Andy Aupperlee

Lenore Hanauer Foundation

Edward Acee

Andy & Keri Hollenbeck

Kristen Bauer

Medina Foundation

Patrick Kang

Baylis Architects

Murdock Charitable Trust

Erika Blank Linnell & Greg Linnell

Pamela Beard

Rubens Family Foundation Satterberg Foundation The Seattle Foundation Silver Family Foundation The May and Stanley Smith Charitable Trust United Way of King County West Monroe Partners Why Not You Foundation

$5,000-19,999 Marcia Barthlome & Rocky Smith 14

Charis Fund

Linda Perlstein & John Miller

The Loyal Bigelow and Jedediah Dewey Foundation Mannix Canby Foundation Marcia Markovich Jerin May & Tonya Nooner Ryan & Carlie McAninch Miller Nash Graham and Dunn Moccasin Lake Foundation NW Children’s Fund Mary E. Orvis

Jeffrey Beaver The Bezos Family Foundation Ray Bigley & Nancy Gigante Robert Bowman Justice Bobbe Bridge & Jon Bridge Brighton Jones LLC Elizabeth & Todd Brousseau Desmond Brown Marc & Sherry Caryl Yi-Chin Chen & Allyn Howe Mary & Rick Clarfeld

Jeffrey Cole Costco Wholesale Corporation Matching Gifts Todd Cota Davis Wright Tremaine, LLP Jane Deasy Fred & Janet Devereux Greg Dunfield Ellison Foundation

Ed Khalfayan & Margaret Murphy Ryan & Sara Kinter Michele Kohler Adrienne Kosewicz Jeff Lewis & Stacey Crawshaw-Lewis

Patrick J. Schneider Lee & Will Schoentrup Letitia Selk Rajesh & M Shah Diane Shalander

Matt & Karina Maloney

Susan L. Sharpe & Norman J. Dovichi

Kelly Stockman McKee & David McKee

Greg Shaw

Meredith & Steve Everist

Microsoft Employee Giving Program

Expedia, Inc.

Dan & Hilary Mohr

Brenda B. Fackler

Nina & Matt Mullett

Tom & Leigh Floyd

Dodi & Rachel Nov

Chris Fountain

Nicole & Chad Oishi

Joe Fugere

Jane Orvis & Stephen Hanson

Gabe Goldberg & Willie Mullins

Kayako & Manu Sareen

Daniel Shih & Ted MacGovern Slalom Consulting Matt Sloan Megan Smiley & Brett Bly Harold & Regine Smith Lance A Soliday Terri & Tom Sorensen

Pacifica Law Group

John & Patty Stockamp

Ann & Dave Green

Jun Pak

Jerry & Ann Stockman

Jeff & Deanna Gregory

Peterson Sullivan PLLC

Katie & Matt Griffith

Ana Pinto da Silva

Rosalynn Sumners & Bob Kain

Daniel & Lisa Guderjohn

Ken Powers

Brenda Haroian & Mitch Hirz

Richard & Susan Prentke

Cynthia Hartwig

Mary Ransdell

Jane Hedreen & David Thyer

Mary Rennekamp

Timothy & Anna Henderson

Raikes Foundation

Charles & Jane Riley Megan Roach

Jim Hinds

Jerome RoachĂŠ & Lynn Tuttle

Tung Ho & Dylan Meissner

Sara & Evan Robinson

Anh Hoang Walter & Celine Impert Gary Ireland & Gilbert Archuleta

Richard Ross & Lisa Ross Crowe Nathaniel & Missy Rothbauer Rachel Sabre Olmsted

T-Mobile USA Jennifer & Toby Travis Erica & Jason Tripard USI Kibble & Prentice Jennifer Weitzel Brown Carol & Ken Whitaker Keith Wong Bob & Megan Woods Karin Zimmer

$500-999 Cristi & Paul Aigner Alaska Airlines Corporate Matching 15

Nancy Anderson

Dick & Diane Lee

Threshold Group LLC

Auto Warehousing Co.

Kevin & Natalie Wallace

Randy & Stefanie Beighle

Give With Liberty Liberty Mutual Insurance

Walter & Rita Braithwaite

Sara Liveratti

Washington Women’s Foundation

Steven Brown & Elizabeth Kremer Brown

Josh & Katelyn Lonn

Katie Weiss

James & Gina Manzano

Nick Wilton

Alyssa Buck Loughlen

Ken McCumber & Mary Becker

Mark Won

Robert Burkheimer Latima & Marc Charbonneau

Joel & Hoda Mezistrano

Stacy DellOrfano

Riley Mullett

Flora Fleet Whitney & Scott Flynn

Lisa Murphy & Timothy Morris

Amy French & Steve Utaski

Nancy Neraas & Michael King

Deana & Jeff Fuller

Jennifer & Tom Odle

Dan & Julie Fussell

Jennifer Penn

Andrew & Molly Gabel

Kimberly Phillips & Jeff Flinn

Green Eileen Anne Green Monique Greer Travis Groome & Jason Feldman Mark Hanson & Ellen Pizer

Amy Powelson Shannon Prillaman Katie Randall Andrea Rossi Ashley & Chris Rossman

Rick Harwood

Michael Rugen & Jeannine Kay Rugen

Melissa & Geoff Hayter

Gerry Michael Salkowski

David & Karen Howe

Seattle Seahawks

Elena Hunter

Matthew J. Segal & Corrie Greene

Keith Jarrett & Erin Pettersen William Kinzel Peter & Jane Lamb Tim Larson Paul Lawrence & Cynthia Jones Brian & Jennifer Ledbetter 16

Paul Morse

Julie & Josh Seidenstein Scott Shapiro & Jena Thornton David & Kat Spellman Rob & Julie Sullivan Scott & Brook Swerland Savanna Thompson

Carly Young & Shannon Danielson David & Shauna Youssefnia

PO Box 18886 Seattle WA 98118

Friends of the Children 2017 Gratitude Report  
Friends of the Children 2017 Gratitude Report