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THE LET IT BE FOUNDATION INC

aka The Let It Be Foundation   |   Chino, CA   |  www.theletitbefoundation.org

Mission

To provide ongoing support and services to families of children with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses throughout the child's treatment, with focus on the entire family.

Ruling year info

2006

CEO/Co-Founder

Mrs. Ruthe Rosen

Main address

14720 Central ave

Chino, CA 91710 USA

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EIN

20-4677230

NTEE code info

Cancer (G30)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Philanthropy / Charity / Voluntarism Promotion (General) (T50)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

When a child is diagnosed with cancer or another life-threatening illness, a family’s world completely stops. One can only imagine the impact of this news and how rapidly many changes occur simultaneously with the sole focus on what is necessary to fight the fight with their child. The Let It Be Foundation support and services help to alleviate some of the burdens and change that occur allowing the family to focus on the diagnosed child, which helps to provide some normalcy in a very unpredictable time.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Family Care

Providing support and services on an ongoing basis throughout the duration of the child's treatment, with a focus on the entire family. This includes but is not limited to such things as groceries, gas, home and yard maintenance. All our programs align with our mission of helping the family restore a sense of normalcy.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
People with diseases and illnesses

Each school season 40-50 students commit to the Youth Leadership Program. These students learn leadership skills, key life-skills, develop a compassionate mindset and explore philanthropy through planning activities, events and volunteerism. The student members interact with and enrich the lives of children diagnosed with life-threatening illnesses which supports the sense of normalcy for sick children.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Adults

Recognizing the struggles, stress, and unpredictability that come with caring for a sick child, our hospital program brings smiles and comfort to hundreds of children monthly at various hospitals through: Bedside Activity Backpacks; Special Projects & Activities and a Holiday Decorating program which is designed and installed by members of the Let It Be Youth Leadership team.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
People with diseases and illnesses

A six-week, therapeutic and artistic support program specifically designed for the siblings of children being treated for cancer, a life-threatening illness, severe chronic illness or disability. Siblings learn to manage their experience and emotions through communication and self help tools.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adults

Each calendar year the foundation hosts four core fundraising events (one event per quarter). Each event serves to replenish much needed revenue that is necessary to support and sustain the foundation. All of our fundraising and community engagement events are planned with the following goals:
• Involve as many volunteers as possible
• Engage as many sponsors and community partners who choose to get involved
• To increase participation numbers annually
• To ALWAYS include our Let It Be families thereby allowing them as much normalcy in their community as possible

Population(s) Served
Adults
Families

This program includes: staff management/oversight, recruitment, orientation, project descriptions and responsibilities, communication tools, post event or project feedback process and a quarter recognition program.
Our volunteer tasks are varied and ongoing. We consistently need helping hands and host a weekly "Volunteer Wednesday" workday. Whether the tasks are for program support, event preparation or execution, we are so fortunate to have developed a team of dedicated, passionate volunteers who support the foundation and our mission. This volunteer “workforce” affords us scale by giving us the manpower and bandwidth to accomplish tasks, projects and events so we can continue to care for and remain focused on our families. Let It Be volunteers don’t hesitate to sign-up for the hardest work and longest days; we are truly blessed and indebted to each of them!

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adults

Where we work

Awards

Emerging Leader Development 2018

Chick-fil-A Foundation - True Inspiration Award

Outstanding Community Hero - Junior Advisory Team 2016

LA County Fair

Volunteer Youth Group of the Year 2013

Association of Fundraising Professionals

Affiliations & memberships

Chick-fil-A True Inspiration Award Winner 2018

Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Inland Empire Chapter 2013

Cal Nonprofits 2015

Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce 2010

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

When a child is diagnosed and suddenly begins an intense treatment plan, they are most often not allowed to attend school, participate in extra-curricular activities and/or sports programs which removes and isolates them from their peers. Our Youth Leadership Team members have peer-to-peer interactions with the sick child and their families through regular visits and at events.

When a child is diagnosed, their siblings often feel left out and/or abandoned, resulting in an array of personal and social issues. Our programs are designed to include all members of the immediate family. We provide home care essentials such as food, gasoline, housecleaning and yard maintenance and so much more. The family's support is based on the individual needs of the family and the funds available.

Through our many program offerings, community engagement events and a growing number of student ran clubs on middle and high school campuses, together we are constantly bringing awareness to childhood cancer and life-threatening illnesses.

We look beyond the diagnosis and listen to each unique situation with our hearts to help restore a sense of normalcy to their daily lives. We base the support we offer on what keeps a family “normal” because every family’s dynamic and needs are different. We are there, alongside our families, throughout the child treatment not just as a one-time give. We focus on the entire immediate family, not just the sick child.

We strive to connect our community to our families. By hosting a variety of events with the primary goal of involving our families, together we are not only raising funds but creating volunteer opportunities and allowing businesses to get involved and participate through financial and product support resulting in a families being (and feeling) connected to their communities.

We currently partner with four surrounding local children’s hospitals and one Ronald McDonald House, providing smiles through our activity backpacks and hospital carnival participation to over 1,200 children annually and holiday decorations utilizing our Youth Leadership Program team members.

Since launching our mission in 2006 we have not deviated from our original vision and overall mission, to provide on-going support and services. We have continued to evolve, listening to our families and have expanded the programs to better serve the needs of the entire family and the diversity of family dynamics. Our Youth Leadership Program continues to receive recognition, our volunteer base continues to grow in number and diversity and we are growing in donations outside of our event fundraising revenues.

Unfortunately we can’t cure these beautiful disease ridden children but we can show them how a community cares and loves them, allowing them and their family to discover the positives.

The reality of childhood cancer, it hasn’t stopped. No family prepares a plan or adds a line item in their household budget should their child begin fighting for their life.

Over the next two – five years not only do we plan to maintain and sustain our current programs but also expand the services offered to each family by utilizing more of our award winning Youth Leadership Program, collaborating with other non-profits and expanding our annual grant submissions.

Strategically the Board Chairman plans further development of the board members by engaging them with a direct focus to the foundation programs and the CEO plans an expansion with a new Ambassador Team by the end of 2020.

Over the next two to five years, the CEO and the leadership team is focused on a thoughtfully planned transition process in preparing the foundation to function productively without the founders’ daily operational direction through staff development, identifying and providing the necessary work tools, processes implementation and documentation, which are all essential to ensure ongoing sustainability.

Grant applications will be focused on capacity building and operational support that will not only allow for new leadership roles but will serve to maintain, grow and sustain what has been impacting the lives of thousands since 2006.

As we continually listen to the needs of the families, our number one goal is to focus on the entire family throughout the diagnosed child's treatment, to help restore the sense of normalcy in the home environment.

The program model and mission has proven effective as the foundation has become a recognized and well-respected community based non-profit and what we do provides a critical lifeline to these families. As the number of children being diagnosed each year increases so does the number of families applying for services and support through The Let It Be Foundation.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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THE LET IT BE FOUNDATION INC

Board of directors
as of 02/13/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Michael Rosen

NFI Industries

Term: 2006 -

Toby Cornell

Cornell Custom Construction

Jessica Horsley

Hidden Villa Ranch

Ruthe Rosen

The Let It Be Foundation

Dickie Vander Meulen

Tiva Dairy

Chris Zarp

Zarp Excavating

Michael Rosen

NFI Industries

Cody Darrow

Darrow Wealth Management

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/4/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 09/30/2019

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.