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Gratitude Report 2018

Friends of Friends As we reflect on the accomplishments of the past year and the ambitious goals we have for our youth and our organization, we want to acknowledge the critical role you play in our success. The resilience, brilliance, and tenacity of young people at Friends is uplifted through your investment. Each one of their paths is paved by your commitment to them. In the 2017-2018 fiscal year, Friends - Seattle continued its growth by enrolling over 40 new kindergartners and first graders. These students came to us with tremendous gifts but also their own stories of adversity, including trauma, poverty, challenging transitions, and other barriers to success. To help them cope, develop resiliency, and realize their talents, we pair each youth with a paid, professional full-time mentor. Each week, mentors spend three to four hours one-on-one with each youth, fostering school success, developing life skills, and having fun. Our model is evidence-based, and it works. While 73% of low-income youth in our primary service area graduate from high school, young people at Friends graduate at a rate of 86%. Last year, 100% of the high school seniors at Friends walked down the aisle to graduation, with a plan for their future. We are proud of our results and are proud to engage communities, families, corporate sponsors, individual donors, and foundations to help break the cycle of intergenerational poverty in King County. While this has been a year of leadership transition—we are pleased to be stepping into the roles of executive director and board president—Friends - Seattle continues to be rooted in consistency. We commit to our youth for 12½ years, from kindergarten through high school graduation, no matter what. The average length of ser-


vice for a Friends - Seattle mentor is nearly six years, and they now have a career path within the organization to grow professionally. Our program director, Alicia Uehling, has been with us for over a decade, and our partnerships director, Edgar Masmela, celebrated his 15th anniversary with Friends - Seattle this year. For our youth, consistency is critical. For some, their Friends mentor is the most stable relationship of their childhood. Your support is what makes this consistency possible—it’s the catalyst for our youth to realize their own tremendous potential. Our youth and our mentors are full of positivity, intelligence, humor, and grit. Thank you for being a part of our community and for joining us to celebrate their successes, the organization’s strength, and the work yet to come.

Steve Lewis Executive Director

Linda Perlstein Board President


Need SYSTEMIC BARRIERS NEGATIVELY AFFECT YOUTH OF COLOR AND PERPETUATE THE CYCLES OF GENERATIONAL POVERTY Youth enrolled in Friends of the Children–Seattle have great potential, but they face immense barriers by no fault of their own. Most have experienced multiple transitions and almost half have lived with relatives or in foster care. For every child we are able to enroll in Friends of the Children there are many more youth in Seattle and South King County we are unable to serve. As a result of systemic barriers, our youth have experienced one or more of the following: poverty; moved two or more times; attended two or more schools; changed caregivers; lived in foster care or with relatives; faced home and food insecurity; and experienced parents who have been incarcerated. These risk factors lead to a higher threat of school failure, involvement with the juvenile justice system, and teen parenting. Research shows that youth have a better chance at positive adulthood when they don’t interact with the juvenile justice system. Youth of color disproportionately experience harsher disciplinary actions than their white counterparts beginning in kindergarten, putting them at greater risk for the juvenile justice system. When kids are placed in jail for minor infractions and are not in school, they aren’t learning. According to, in Seattle’s neighborhoods, adolescent birth rates rose as poverty increased. This means, according to the same website, teen girls living in neighborhoods with the highest poverty rates were 11 times more likely to give birth than those living in neighborhoods with the lowest poverty levels. When young people have babies at a young age, the chances that they graduating high school prepared for success are dramatically decreased. Having a professional mentor changes this equation for every child enrolled in Friends of the Children.










have an IEP* in place


qualify for free and reduced lunch

*Individualized Education Plan

KING COUNTY GRADUATION RATE In 2018, the foster care graduation rate in King County was 49%. In South King County, the 2017 graduation rate for low income students was 73%.


Impact AMID TRAUMA AND TRANSITION, MASON* FINDS HIS WAY THROUGH FRIENDS OF THE CHILDREN “Sometimes I feel in awe of him,” says professional mentor Andre about Mason, one of his youth. “There are so many adjectives that could be used to describe him; resilient, brave, enduring, and strong all come to mind.” Andre mentors youth who are currently in the foster care system. While Andre and Mason have been together less than a year, Andre has already seen Mason grow academically, socially, and emotionally.

Born in Africa, Mason was kidnapped, brought to America, and told his birth mother died. He faced physical and sexual abuse until his father was incarcerated and Mason was placed in the foster care system. The volatility and vulnerability of his situation makes it especially crucial that Mason has a stable and caring adult presence in his life. Or, as Andre puts it, he needs to constantly show Mason that he won’t “just vanish.” Andre remembers one particularly rough day. He had joined Mason in class while he struggled through math. Frustrated, Mason stormed out of class, and Andre followed. Mason lashed out at him, “Just leave! I don’t want you here! I hate you!” Mason yelled at Andre for an hour and a half. Andre never left. When Mason finally calmed down, he sat down against the lockers and cried on the cold tile floor. He apologized to Andre and the principal. Despite the initial emotion around the outburst, Andre was able to use this situation to show Mason the dedication of a mentor. Andre says this moment “helped Mason realize that there are people who want him to succeed, who are going to be there to support him, and that no matter how hard a challenge [is], we could work together to overcome it.” With Andre’s constant presence, Mason has worked diligently towards his academic success. Instead of zoning out or storming off, Mason is engaged in the classroom and motivated to understand the material. Andre observes, “To this day I don’t know if Mason fully 6

recognizes how far he has come in such a short time…for now he is content with just going to school, hanging out with his new-found friends and looking forward to a brighter future.” In the meantime, he’ll have Andre by his side. *Name changed to protect youth’s privacy.


Impact LONG TERM OUTCOME GOALS In our 19 years of serving the Seattle area, our youths’ progress toward our three long-term program goals has been remarkable.

86% 91% OF YOUTH



Avoided interactions with the legal system


Avoided early parenthood

PROGRESS TOWARDS SCHOOL SUCCESS Given the challenges our youth face, their academic accomplishments are significant.


83% OF YOUTH met or exceeded grade-level standards in math



OF YOUTH met or exceeded grade-level standards in reading

THE WHOLE COMMUNITY BENEFITS! Youth graduate from the Friends program with much more than a high school diploma: they will have the resilience and goal-setting capabilities that will lead them to be successful members of their community. Their success has economic benefits, too. According to the Harvard Business School Association of Oregon, over a child’s lifetime, for every $1 invested in Friends of the Children, the community saves over $7. Committing to one child for 12½ years saves our Seattle community $900,000.


Alumni LET’S CATCH UP WITH ANDRUN In 2017 Andrun graduated from high school with his professional mentor Richmond by his side. Watching Andrun graduate brought Richmond back to the early days in their relationship, when Andrun was in the 5th grade and Richmond hadn’t quite gained his trust yet. “I remember he kept asking me when I was going to leave,” Richmond recalls. “Most of the adults Andrun knew cycled in and out of his life. I promised him that I would watch him graduate. I never make promises to kids if I can’t keep them. It’s the worst thing an adult could do.”

“Richmond always made me feel like I mattered. Whenever I need to make a decision, I think through all of my options and choices until I figure out a solution. Richmond taught me that.” As a young boy Andrun struggled to fit in and interact with other kids. He was targeted for acting differently than his peers because of his autism. He would bulldoze right through social cues, and kids at school bullied him. This caused him a lot of hurt feelings and stress. Richmond, on the other hand, never judged Andrun’s actions or behaviors. In fact, Richmond encouraged Andrun to just be himself. Andrun and Richmond’s relationship blossomed over the course of seeing each other weekly for eight years. Andrun is currently attending Western Washington University and is in his second year. He is majoring in Biochemical Engineering. One of his major career goals is to create affordable prosthetics for amputees. As a matter of fact, for his senior project at Big Picture High School, he came up with all the necessary materials to create such prosthetics. As a sophomore in college, Andrun continues to turn to Richmond in times of need. “All of my boys know that I will be by their side no matter what,” Richmond said. 10



Volunteer JAMES RETURNS TO GIVE BACK James is currently a sophomore at Washington State University pursuing a degree in Human Development. During the fall of 2018 he interned at Friends–Seattle. The dedication of all our volunteers, including James, allows us to provide the best services to youth involved. “One of the reasons I decided to come back and volunteer at Friends is because I grew up here. I was five when my mom enrolled me in Friends of the Children. My first professional mentor Upendo helped me grow, set goals, and make decisions. To this day when things are going bad I can hear his voice saying, ‘Keep your head up. Life is too short to stress!’ After college, I want to counsel high school seniors and specifically prepare them for adulthood. I understand how hard it is to experience life on your own. Once kids graduate high school they will begin their journey into independence and that comes with a lot of responsibility. A lot of kids don’t know how to do that on their own. So, if I have the chance to inspire and motivate, I would love to do so. I want to give kids what Upendo, Marcel, and Friends of the Children gave me.”

“ Friends means everything to me because it has contributed to a huge part of my success and who I am as an individual.”


Partners SLALOM “One of the core values we live by at Slalom is to build and shape a better future for ourselves, our clients, and our communities. While our relationship began with a board member, the broader Slalom team has been involved with Friends’ events, and we have done some project management consulting with their leadership and program teams. The most rewarding to date is our many years of involvement with the Family Giving Program.”— Jen Travis

SANMAR SanMar became a major partner by directing their entire annual employee giving campaign to Friends through the Why Not You Foundation. “We invested in Friends of the Children because of the remarkable work Friends does in making a difference and investing in each other in our community, which are some of SanMar’s very own Family Values. We are proud to partner with Friends of the Children and our excited to watch these children and this community change in positive ways because of the work Friends of the Children is doing.”— Jeremy Lott, CEO SanMar

BECU “As a multi-year recipient of our People Helping People awards, the great work of Friends of the Children has been recognized multiple times by our members, and most recently our employees,” said Rachel Van Noord, Director of Community Outreach, BECU. “It is clear that they are making important strides in supporting the education of our community’s greatest asset—our youth—and ultimately making positive impacts that will be felt for generations. We are honored to support their inspiring programs.”

WHY NOT YOU FOUNDATION The Why Not You Foundation, which was founded in 2014 by Russell Wilson and his wife Ciara, continue to be one of Friends – Seattle’s strongest supporters. In addition to their substantial financial support, Russell and Ciara visited our office and Russell hosted Friends youth at his passing camp during the summer. “Having a mentor in a child’s life is so important. It really develops resiliency and develops their opportunity to have success. That is why Friends of the Children is so critical in our community.” — Russell Wilson



Financials FISCAL YEAR SEPT. 2017- AUG. 2018

ASSETS Cash and investments


Pledges receivable


Prepaid expenses




Total assets


LIABILITIES Accounts payable and accrued liabilities


NET ASSETS Unrestricted new assets


Temporarily restricted net assets


Total net assets


Total liabilities and net assets





4% 18% 32%








Special Events








Total unrestricted revenue $2,651,240







Program Services


Fundraising Costs


Administrative Services


Total Operating Expenses



& Professional Mentor Jesse Tabisula, K-5 Team Leader & Professional Mentor Lidya Tesfai, Professional Mentor Alex Tester, Professional Mentor Alicia Uehling, Program Director Jasmine Willis, Professional Mentor Kelsey Woods, Senior Development Director

Steve Lewis, Executive Director Andrew Avillanoza, Professional Mentor Andre Barnes, Professional Mentor Bryan Barnett, Professional Mentor Brooke Benedict, Advancement Coordinator Jeremy Bradburn, Professional Mentor Jalen Calhoun, Professional Mentor Latima Charbonneau, Communications Manager John Collins, Professional Mentor Jessica Crenshaw-Leonard, Professional Mentor Katy DeHaven, Professional Mentor Sheena Fanuncial, Teen Program Manager & Professional Mentor Rex Gaoaen, Professional Mentor Rosa Gibson, Communications Coordinator Ben Graham, K-5 Team Leader & Professional Mentor Marcel Hauser, Professional Mentor Stefan Hauser, Professional Mentor Courtney Huck, Foundations and Grants Director Michelle Hurd, Program Project Manager Richmond Hurd, Teen Team Leader & Professional Mentor Nakeya Isabell, Professional Mentor Ziza Israel, Professional Mentor Christopher Kidd, Professional Mentor Jesse Klug, Program Evaluation & Data Manager Doneka Lang, K-5 Program Manager Elena Lynch, Development Manager Taylor Malone, Operations Manager Edgar Masmela, Partnership Director Sophia Moreno, Professional Mentor Jenilee Policarpio, Professional Mentor Michael Rogers, Professional Mentor Tasha Soine, Professional Mentor Erika Sweet, Foster Care Team Lead

BOARD OF DIRECTORS Linda Perlstein, President Lisa Murphy, Vice President Lee Schoentrup, Secretary Matt Maloney, Treasurer Sharon Maghie, Founding Board Member Jeffrey Beaver Erika Blank-Linnell Chris Fountain Katie Griffith Dan Guderjohn Donald Guthrie Tim Henderson Walter Impert Jerin May Kenny Pleasant Jerome RoachĂŠ

AMBASSADOR BOARD Claire Patterson, Chair Kathryn Aupperlee Alyssa Buck Loughlen Sara Cox Shelby Esau Zach Grossnickle Jeffrey Kerscher Megan Malcolm Riley Mullett Jun Pak Kristina Pressentin Sarah Rith Marcus Van Der Peet Katie Weiss



Donors $50,000 & UP Anonymous Anonymous Family Foundation Aven Foundation The Ballmer Group Best Starts for Kids Crystal Springs Foundation The Ginger and Barry Ackerley Foundation Lenore Hanauer Foundation The May and Stanley Smith Charitable Trust The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (government contract with Friends of the Children - National) Rubens Family Foundation SanMar Silver Family Foundation Social Innovation Fund (government contract with Friends of the Children - National) Why Not You Foundation

$20,000-49,999 Agnew Family Foundation Barton Family Foundation BECU David McKinlay Trust Donald Guthrie Foundation Medina Foundation Microsoft Murdock Charitable Trust Satterberg Foundation The Seattle Foundation United Way of King County

Charis Fund Jeff Chen & Jill Denny Sarah Cole Brian & Sorelle Cook Michelle Currier Danica Children’s Foundation Ernst & Young Foster Pepper PLLC The Grainger Foundation Ann & Dave Green Katie & Matt Griffith Daniel & Lisa Guderjohn Frederick & Gloria Hoedemaker Walter & Celine Impert Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation Lane Powell PC Mannix Canby Foundation Miller Nash Graham & Dunn Jerin May & Tonya Nooner Ryan & Carlie McAninch The Norcliffe Foundation NW Children’s Foundation Jane Orvis & Stephen Hanson Mary E. Orvis Linda Perlstein & John Miller Regence Nathaniel & Missy Rothbauer Safeco Insurance Foundation Kameo & Russell Simpson Christine & Michel Suignard Thomas V Giddens Jr Foundation Umpqua Bank Charitable Foundation University Sunrise Rotary Service Foundation US Bank Foundation West Monroe Partners



Lauren & Matt Andrews Kathryn & Andy Aupperlee Marcia Barthlome & Rocky Smith Kristen Bauer Stanton & Bette Beck

Pamela Beard Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation The Bezos Family Foundation Cedarmere Foundation


Erika Blank Linnell & Greg Linnell Boeing Company Gift Match Program Paula Fitzgerald Boos & Walter Boos Kathryn & Thomas Bouchard Justice Bobbe Bridge & Jon Bridge Desmond Brown Sally Burkhart & Hugh Rubin The Burning Foundation Mary & Rick Clarfeld Jeffrey Cole Todd Cota Paige Davis Dorsey & Whitney Barb & Phil Duffy The Everett Clinic Meredith & Steve Everist Expedia, Inc. Pete & Sharon Faricy Tom & Leigh Floyd Keith & Laurie Forslund Deana & Jeff Fuller Dan & Julie Fussell Tim & Ashley Galvin Gregory A Goodwin Google Matching Gifts Program Beatrice Gourhant Joseph & Martine Grube Donald Guthrie & Candace Tkachuck Becky & Chris Guzak Brenda Haroian & Mitch Hirz Rick Harwood Jane Hedreen & David Thyer Meredith Heestand Timothy & Anna Henderson Tung Ho & Dylan Meissner Alex Hopmann & Kat Korab Matt & Vicki Howe Gary Ireland & Gilbert Archuleta Sarah Johnson Susan Katz Ed Khalfayan & Margaret Murphy Ryan & Sara Kinter Michele Kohler

Adrienne Kosewicz Joe Lakhani Rich Lappenbusch Paul Lawrence & Cynthia Jones Brian & Jennifer Ledbetter Fiona Lee & Marieka Klawitter Judy Lightfoot Sara Liveratti Amber Louis Jason & Holly Lynch Sharon V. Maghie Peggy Maguire Matt & Karina Maloney James & Gina Manzano Brian Mattocks & Kayla Brown Joe & Ashley McCone Kelly Stockman McKee & David McKee Heather Mier Dan & Hilary Mohr Riley Mullett Lisa Murphy & Timothy Morris Nintendo Nordstrom Employee Giving Rachel Sabre Olmsted Brian & Sarah Omiliak Brian & Phoebe Paulen Trena Payton Jennifer Penn Perkins Coie Ana Pinto da Silva Ken Powers PwC Will Quantz & Daniel Becker Trea & Mike Reilly Lauren & Steven Riso Jerome RoachĂŠ & Lynn Tuttle Dawn Robinson & Chris Young Sara & Evan Robinson Morgan Roe Greg Ross & Mike Parkinson S. Francie Rutherford Christopher Schmidt Patrick J. Schneider


Donors Lee & Will Schoentrup Diane Shalander Scott Shapiro & Jena Thornton Susan L. Sharpe & Norman J. Dovichi Greg Shaw Daniel Shih & Ted MacGovern Slalom Consulting St. John’s Lodge No. 9 John & Patty Stockamp Jerry & Ann Stockman Rob & Julie Sullivan Jennifer & Toby Travis Erica & Jason Tripard Bill Turner Carol & Ken Whitaker Nick & Katie Wilton Kirsten & Nate Wise Bob & Megan Woods

David S. Keenan Veronika Kiseleva Elizabeth Ko Brian & Tracy Ladyman Peter & Jane Lamb Benjamin Lentz & Mitzi Lawrence Jeff Liddiard & Jill Thiele Josh & Katelyn Lonn Taylor Malone Ken McCumber & Mary Becker Mercer Island Presbyterian Church Ervin Merrill Julie Munko Steve Muran Bruce Nelson Jennifer & Tom Odle Nicole & Chad Oishi Jun Pak Claire Patterson Kimberly Phillips & Jeff Flinn Jeff & Elysa Piha Mindy Platte Rick Posmantur Richard & Susan Prentke Mary Rennekamp Megan Roach Andrea Rossi Ashley & Chris Rossman Gerry Michael Salkowski Seattle Seahawks Yoko Shimomura Ji & Joel Sider Matt Sloan Megan Smiley & Brett Bly Kirsten & Clint Smith Regine Smith Marisa Velling B. Derek Vetter & Andrea Dunlop Clyde D. Walker Kevin & Natalie Wallace Washington Women’s Foundation

$500-999 Miller Adams Andrew Anschell Kathy & Martin Bantle Don & Jean Beckman Ashley Bertolin BMO Capital Markets Dean Chip Borrows & Siona Windsor B. Todd Burruss Steve Champion Barbara Christine James Croley Robert & Carol Dent Nellie Dillery Candace Duecker & Damon Mastrobattisto Amy French & Steve Utaski Mark Hanson & Ellen Pizer Laura Harding Melissa & Geoff Hayter Jordan Hecker & Jo Sunderland Hecker Mark Hillebrandt Andrew Hunt Mitsy Hunter Kurt Johannessen Don & Mehri Kaufman


“Our youth and our mentors are full of positivity, intelligence, humor, and grit. Thank you for being a part of our community and for joining us to celebrate their successes, the organization’s strength, and the work yet to come.” — Steve Lewis, Executive Director

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