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JONATHAN FOUNDATION FOR CHILDREN WITH LEARNING DISABILITIES INC

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Northridge, CA   |  www.thejonathanfoundation.org

Mission

Address the needs of children with educational, emotional, and behavioral challenges through referral to professionals and organizations that provide advocacy, education, assessments and resources. To create a collaboration between families and school districts. To increase public awareness and influence I.D.E.A. Statutory Revisions.

Ruling year info

2023

Founder & President

Raja Marhaba

Main address

9018 Balboa Blvd

Northridge, CA 91325 USA

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EIN

91-2099851

NTEE code info

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (O01)

Specialized Education Institutions/Schools for Visually or Hearing Impaired, Learning Disabled (B28)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

According to the National Center for Learning Disabilities, 1 in 5 children in the United States have a learning or attention issue. Only a small subset of these children receives specialized instruction or accommodations. 1 in 16 public school students have an Individualized Education Program and only 1 in 50 receive learning accommodations through a civil rights statute called Section 504. These figures show what we already know: millions of children with learning and/or attention issues are not formally identified. Many children who fall through the cracks and are not identified with a learning, social, emotional, cognitive or behavioral challenge end up dropping out of high school. Sometimes these children find themselves in juvenile prisons because they ended up making friends with individuals affiliated with gangs. The Jonathan Foundation hopes to give at risk children a chance for a better life and to believe in themselves. Many of the children that are not identified corr

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?

Fundraising for Assesments

The Jonathan Foundation provides advocacy for children with special needs and learning disabilities. The funding raised goes directly to the special education needs assessment scholarship to provide psychoeducational assessments to determine each child's area of need.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Families

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

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

The gives hope and urges parents and their children to not give up. They educate the parents and provide them the resources and websites to empower them to collaborate with the school district. When a parent with a special needs child looks back at the education their child received in the public school, they need to know in their heart that they did everything they possibly could for their child to succeed. The Jonathan Foundation equips them with all the resources and help they need.

When The Jonathan Foundation takes on a case the following happens: A comprehensive review will take place of the entire child's records, all doctors' reports, district and private assessments, report cards, academic testing, and Individual Educational Plan's (IEP). The IEP is the plan that the school district has put together for each child to address their "unique needs". It contains the services that will be provided and the goals and objectives to monitor the child's progress throughout their academic years. After this review process, The Jonathan Foundation will establish if the child needs further testing to help determine what additional services they may benefit from. The foundation will suggest some if the independent assessment and/or District based assessments such as; Assistive Technology, Functional Vision Assessment, Psycho-educational / Neuropsychological Assessments, Speech Assessments, Academic Achievement Testing, and others. Parents often do not agree with the school district's assessments. The parents have a right to a private assessment which might give a more comprehensive picture of the child's issues. Most parents don't even know they can do that.

Often school districts don't have the funding to provide most of these assessments by highly credentialed people. The Jonathan Foundation makes it possible to get a complete picture of the child and then go to the school districts to hopefully get the added services they need. In the event the school district is unable or unwilling to provide necessary services, the foundation will evaluate the case for due process (legal proceedings).

Since 2013, we have managed to help over 200 of kids accomplish their academic goals from early on in elementary all the way to college. Many of these students & their families still remain in contact with the foundation even after finishing school. The Jonathan Foundation offers hope to families and children and they see that with the results we receive from our hard work at advocacy.

Financials

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Operations

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

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JONATHAN FOUNDATION FOR CHILDREN WITH LEARNING DISABILITIES INC

Board of directors
as of 06/01/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Jonathan Marhaba


Board co-chair

Omar J Marhaba

Thomas Leffler

Cathy Cimoch

Ryan Midnight

Seth Wiener

Raja Marhaba

Omar J Marhaba

Jonathan Marhaba

Richard Isaacs

Attorney

Dr. Karen Wilson

Neuropsychologist

Patricia Saint James

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 6/1/2023

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Middle Eastern/North African
Gender identity
Female
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

No data

Transgender Identity

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 06/01/2023

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Policies and processes
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.