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CLEARCAUSE FOUNDATION Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 04/27/2014: CLEARCAUSE FOUNDATION

Organization Name as listed in the IRS Business Master File as of 10/17/2014: CLEARCAUSE FOUNDATION

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AKA  ClearCause
St. Louis Park, MN
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CLEARCAUSE FOUNDATION Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 04/27/2014: CLEARCAUSE FOUNDATION

Organization Name as listed in the IRS Business Master File as of 10/17/2014: CLEARCAUSE FOUNDATION

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Also Known As: ClearCause
Physical Address: St. Louis Park, MN 55416 
EIN: 27-3725464
Web URL: www.clearcausefoundation.org 
Blog URL: clearcausefoundation.org/blogs/ 
Video URL(s): Our Cause is Clear - Protect Our Students Abroad!
Who is hosting your child abroad?
Senator Bonoff & Representative Selcer on SF 1974 - Bill
NTEE Category: M Public Safety, Disaster Preparedness and Relief
M40 Safety Education
B Educational Institutions
B25 Secondary/High School
B Educational Institutions
B01 Alliance/Advocacy Organizations
Year Founded: 2010 
Ruling Year: 2011 
How This Organization Is Funded: Personal Donations - $25,000


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Mission Statement

Protect Our Students Abroad

Legitimacy Information

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Fiscal Year Starting: January 1, 2011
Fiscal Year Ending: December 31, 2011

Total Revenue $36,024
Total Expenses $35,109

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Fiscal Year Starting: January 1, 2011
Fiscal Year Ending: December 31, 2011

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Leadership (GuideStar Exchange,
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Ms. Sheryl Hill

Term:

Since Oct 2010

Profile:

STUDENT SAFETY ABROAD PIONEER Ask me about my passion for Safe Global Youth Travel. I will explain how rewarding it is being a host mom of 8 international youth for more than 12 years, and how my 16 year old son, Tyler, an A honors student, MVP in rugby, a leader and role model, died a preventable death on a People to People student trip to Japan. We wrongfully believe laws protecting our kids at school and college apply when they are escorted abroad – there are no laws. I am on a mission to change that. I am the founder ClearCause Foundation. Our vision is for every youth and student going abroad on programs to have safe, rewarding experiences in an industry held to the highest standards with zero preventable deaths and injuries. WORLD SPEAKER Supercharging audiences with passion and a genuine aptitude for a greater good. I enjoy speaking before masses about unlimited potential to change our world and create peace by protecting our students in foreign countries. Safety matters. AUTHOR Encouraged by psychologists and hospice care providers, I authored “Walking on Sunshine” a USA Book News Award winning spiritual memoir. It is a book of discovery, tuning in to heart, mind and soul so we can understand where our loved ones go and how to stay in touch. GRIEF SOOTHER I am partner in Sound Mind, LLC. We use technology to soothe grief, discover joy and your higher self. Uncontrollable grief takes your breath away. It triggers PTSD, anxiety, insomnia and a host of other undesirable issues. Our health system is quick to prescribe medications to ease pain or treat symptoms. These drugs take your lows up and your highs down. They are addictive and steal your health. There is only a one letter difference between medication and meditation. ARTIST Painting is a reTreat for me. I create acrylic paintings.

Leadership Statement:

As host mother to eight international students over twelve years, I value the experience that a student travel, foreign exchange or study abroad program brings.  As the mother of a vibrant 16 year old son who died a preventable death abroad, I know there is much to be done to protect our kids when they travel abroad for global understanding.  There are no federal laws, oversight, minimum standards or transparent public reporting on programs that we entrust with our children.  Global understanding is an awesome goal.  Programs entrusted with our children should also have a mandated responsibility to keep them safe. There is no jurisdiction when feet leave foreign soil.  Student travel and study abroad industry is growing exponentially.  I hear from children who have been sexually abused, lost, hurt, and from families whose child has died.  No mandated protocol sets the bar on safety. Please help.

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Programs

Program: STAY SAFE (GuideStar Exchange,
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Budget:
$50,000
Category:
Public Safety, Disaster Services
Population Served:
Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)
Young Adults (20-25 years) -- currently not in use
Adults

Program Description:

Education outreach.  Program selection and advice to keep children and students safe on programs abroad

Program Long-Term Success:

In a perfect world, youth and students and those that care for and love them would have access to the safety record of programs encouraging them to go abroad on youth travel, cultural exchange, volunteer, adventure, and study abroad programs.    Minimum standards and qualifications would be set to insure that programs encouraging America's children to go abroad are delivering safe rewarding experiences because they have teh education and skills to deliver.

Program Short-Term Success:

Stay Safe offers advice and real life examples to engage youth, students, parents and caregivers in active decisions affecting their safety on programs abroad.

Program Success Monitored by:

Social media engagment, traffic statistics, and feedback.

Program Success Examples:

Students and parents write to ClearCause expressing how StaySafe advice helped them decide to participate or not - and helped prepare them for global experiences.

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Budget:
$75,000
Category:
Public Safety, Disaster Services
Population Served:
Female Youth/Adolescents (14 - 19 years)
Children Only (5 - 14 years)
Crime/Abuse Victims

Program Description:

ClearCause is working to develop a summit of industry organizations and policy makers to set the bar on minimum qualifications, standards and public reporting.  No Federal standards exist today to protect America's children participating in global youth travel, cultural exchange, volunteer, adventure, and study abroad programs.

Program Long-Term Success:

In an ideal world, American Youth & Students and their parents would have accurate information to judge the reputation, reward and cost value of an abroad program entrusted with their lives, future and health.

Program Short-Term Success:

ClearCause Stay Safe initiative is a culmination of industry leaders who have provided their expertise to help students make active informed decisions on program selection and participation.

Program Success Monitored by:

Industry participation and collaboration in social media and early adopters.

Program Success Examples:

The hardest information ClearCause hears is 'Why didn't we know about this before we went abroad." ClearCause's outreach is attracting students who are actively engaging in social media to share our Stay Safe Initiatives. Industry adopters are important to enrich and develop minimum standards and qualifications.

Program: Family Crisis Fund (GuideStar Exchange,
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April 2014)

Budget:
$100,000
Category:
Public Safety, Disaster Services
Population Served:
Adults

Program Description:

An emergency fund to assist emergency contacts when they need to get to a child or student who has been harmed overseas and assistance with legal and investigation referrals if needed.

Program Long-Term Success:

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Budget:
$30,000
Category:
Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy
Population Served:
Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Program Description:

Minimum standards and transparent public reporting on programs taking our children and students on programs abroad.

Program Long-Term Success:

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Hundreds of thousands of American students have the privilege of traveling abroad to experience the education of a lifetime.  But as your kids are chaperoned into foreign countries, their well-being is not well-protected by the laws currently in place.  Our cause is clear - keep them safe.
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