2017 in Review & Goals for 2018 From Our Executive Director and the President of the Board
Welcome to our 2017 Annual Report! We are excited to share with you our achievements from a year full of change, as well as our plans for more progress. Last year, we proposed several annual targets for 2017 and we are happy to report that we met all our goals: Continued work on our community engagement efforts allowed us to offer legal help to 11% more families and impact the lives of 7% more children over 2016 numbers. We created a more robust system for tracking our work and the impact our work has on our client’s lives. Foundation support allowed us to improve our organization’s technology with all new computer hardware and software and phone system. We completed a visual rebrand, resulting in an updated mission statement, organizational name, and logo. This year, in addition to continuing our community engagement efforts, we will focus on foundational issues that we think are critical to achieving success in our long-term aspirations for LevittQuinn. This will include exploring the highest use of our building to enable us to expand our reach and to improve outcomes for our clients while remaining an appropriately-sized, mission-focused nonprofit. Our board will build on the training they received last year to move forward with concrete activities and tools to help them effectively raise support for LevittQuinn. And lastly, we will honor our staff’s diligence and commitment to our clients and to the organization by pledging to increase compensation and appreciation for them, both monetarily and in enhanced professional development and recognition opportunities. We look forward to sharing with you the fruits of these labors. Thank you for your continued support of our cause.
Aviva K. Bobb Board President
Ana M. Storey Executive Director
Who We Served in 2017 1,947 Families Served
worth of legal help provided at little to no-cost for our clients
Client Demographics Gender
Latino 57% White 17% Black 15% Asian 7%
Other 3% Native American 1% Pacific Islander <1%
Over 65 5% 50-64 20% 40-49 26%
30-39 32% 18-29 15% Under 18 2%
Impact & Outcomes
Total Matters Worked On (with extended services beyond counsel & advice)
parents improved their relationships with their children, other parent, and/or family members with the aid of our services. Our work helped to reduce the risk of homelessness for families.
children are more secure because we 62 succeeded in completing their adoptions.
Court Appearances by Attorneys
On Behalf of
Giving them nearly $1 million worth of low to no-cost direct quality legal representation when they most needed it.
Rebranding Despite earning a solid reputation over three decades of nonprofit work on behalf of our client communities, our branding evoked a private, for-profit law firm. Last year our board of directors took on the challenge of addressing this concern in developing new messaging, amending our mission statement, and updating our tagline and name. Taproot Foundation provided us with a pro bono consultant team that helped us define our brand strategy and develop a new logo that better reflects our organizational values and mission.Â Â We are excited to share these changes with our friends and supporters:
LevittQuinn Family Law Center. Revised name: We chose to retain most of the original name to continue to honor our founding mothers' legacy.
Strong Families. Stable Communities.
New Mission Statement:
LevittQuinn - a nonprofit family law center protecting children and standing with family members in crisis.
We chose the rich earth color reflectÂ hope, energy, and dependability.
Te hno o O e hau A 2016 assessment of organizational needs showed our infrastructure required immediate attention. Like many small nonprofits, we relied on donations and only replaced hardware when something broke. In 2017, we decided to make a change. We established a Technology Committee and developed a tactical technology plan that helped us produce successful grant applications. The Ahmanson Foundation and Annenberg Foundation stepped in to fund critical systemic change to our organization's infrastructure to include all new computers, updated software, a new phone system, and an upcoming refresh for our website. These technology changes are enabling us to be more responsive and time-efficient in our work, allowing us to meaningfully help more clients.
Community Engagement In 2017, we embarked on an effort to increase our ability to connect with and broaden our client communities, as well as to create more relationships with partner organizations and individual supporters. We created a new position of Community Engagement Coordinator to oversee these efforts. The goals for this community engagement project include:Â Restructuring our client intake and assessment methods to better monitor our organization's outputs and outcomes Analyzing our data to increase responsiveness to community needs and to better serve our clients Using remote videoconference technology to connect staff and volunteers with clients from underserved areas Recruiting partners in other disciplines willing to help our clients resolve ancillary issues that impact outcomes in family law matters
Success in this project will increase awareness of our impact, further partnerships, expand our client base, and better serve all with whom we connect.
Clinics & Initiatives Unite for Families Clinic LevittQuinn partners with Jenesse Center, Inc. to hold a quarterly “Unite for Families” clinic. LevittQuinn attorneys and volunteers and Jenesse staff engage oneon-one with participants to educate families about their rights and responsibilities, as well as identify the steps necessary to move their family law cases forward.
5 Clinics Over the Past Year 55 Participants Served
“Very, very positive outcome. I have been looking for something like this.”
Free Family Law Clinic for Veterans LevittQuinn proudly works with the Los Angeles County Bar Association's Veterans Legal Service Project to provide free family law services for veterans at the Bob Hope Patriotic Hall in Los Angeles. Volunteers under our supervision give veterans legal advice about the full range of family law matters.
4 Clinics in 2017 42 Participants Served
8/10 would recommend the clinic to other veterans
Domestic Violence Advocacy Initiative Since September 2017, we have partnered with the Southwestern Law School Alumni Association (SWLAA) to host "Domestic Violence Advocacy Initiative" fellows. These Southwestern Law School Bar admittee grads, under our direct mentorship, develop practical skills and gain meaningful legal experience as they aid LevittQuinn in providing free, direct, family law help to domestic violence survivors. We are proud to mentor this new generation of advocates.
Our Funders LEGACY CIRCLE, $50,000 +
Bill & Dinah Ruch Family Foundation PLATINUM CIRCLE, $20,000 + The Ahmanson Foundation Annenberg Foundation Toyota Financial Services Feinberg Mindel Brandt & Klein LLP Jaffe and Clemens GOLD CIRCLE, $10,000 + Mark Minyard First Foundation Meyer, Olson, Lowy & Meyers LLP The Levitt Family Kolodny Law Group
SILVER CIRCLE, $5,000 +
Hon. Jill S. Robbins (Ret.) & Robert W. Eisfelder O'Melveny & Myers LLP Blank Rome LLP White, Zuckerman, Warsavsky, Luna, & Hunt LLP Pines Law Group Leichter Leichter-Maroko LLP Frankel Reichman & Rizzo LLP Hadassah Heins Holstrom, Block & Parke APLC
Jacobson Scully LLP Morrison & Foerster Foundation The Audrey & Sydney Irmas Nemecek & Cole Charitable Foundation Ribet & Silver City National Bank Sharon Hulse First Legal Sidney Stern Memorial Trust Gursey | Schneider LLP Taylor and Lieberman Klopert & Ravden LLP The American Academy of Law Offices of Judith R. Matrimonial Lawyers, So Cal Chapter Forman, P.C. Union Bank Foundation Margaret & Vic Quattrin Walzer Melcher LLP Minyard | Morris
Finances For the last four years, LevittQuinn has worked with accounting firm and pro bono partner Gursey | Schneider LLP, to conduct an audit of our finances. In accordance with our strategic goals, we remain committed to transparency, efficient resource allocation, and at the heart of it all, a client-centered approach to operations.
Breakdown of Finances: Program Support:
Board Hon. Aviva K. Bobb (Ret.) President Alternative Resolution Centers LLC Cheryl Hoelting Vice President Retired Family Law Attorney Elizabeth Potter Scully Secretary Jacobson Scully LLP Michael Levitt Treasurer Retired Attorney Hon. Keith M. Clemens (Ret.) ADR Services, Inc. David Deaton O'Melveny & Myers LLP Jeffrey N. Eisfelder, CFP First Foundation Advisors
Gwen Goldbloom Fox21 Television Studios Steve Griesemer Universal Pictures Stephen J. Henning Wood, Smith, Henning & Berman LLP Leena S. Hingnikar Walzer & Melcher LLP Jeffrey S. Jacobson Jacobson Scully LLP Scott Klopert Klopert & Ravden LLP Alexandra Leichter Leichter Leichter-Maroko LLP Juliet Markowitz Tatro Tekosky Sadwick LLP Ziva Naumann Organization Co-Founder
Cari M. Pines Pines Law Group Hon. Joseph Quinn San Francisco Superior Court Dinah Ruch Retired Family Law Attorney Hon. Robert Schnider (Ret.) Alternative Resolution Centers LLC Don Skeoch LA Tourism & Convention Board Tiffany Tran Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo Taylor Williams Independent Film Producer Bonnie Yaeger Law & Mediation Office of Bonnie H. Yaeger
Leadership Council Amanda Fleming, Chair Attorney at Law Amy Good Forensic Accountant
Steve Mindel Feinberg, Mindel, Brandt & Klein LLP Forrest Mosten Mosten Mediation
Ricardo Rozen Carlton Fields Heather Serden Above the Glass Michael Winestone COMPASS | Beverly Hills
staff Ana M. Storey Executive Director Sharon Hulse Director of Operations Lucia Reyes Director of Legal Services
Elvia D. Cruz Staff Attorney Becky Miller Staff Attorney/Volunteer Coordinator Nalleli Sandoval Staff Attorney Kristie Whitehorse Staff Attorney/Community Engagement Coordinator
Jannina Archila Legal Assistant Cruz Gomez Legal Assistant Alegna Gómez Legal Assistant Anastasia Finney Administrative Assistant