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CATCH Global Foundation

Coordinated Approach to Child Health

aka CATCH, CATCH My Breath   |   AUSTIN, TX   |  www.catch.org

Mission

The mission of the CATCH Global Foundation is to empower school communities to cultivate Whole Child wellness as a lever for student success and social equity. We do this by increasing the availability and adoption of evidence-based health education programs that impact student physical, emotional, and mental health in K-12 schools, with a focus on addressing health equity in communities with the greatest health disparities. The founding partners of CATCH Global Foundation are University of Texas Health Science Center (UTHealth), MD Anderson Cancer Center, the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation, and the RGK Foundation.

Ruling year info

2014

Founder & CEO

Duncan Van Dusen

Main address

8000 CENTRE PARK DRIVE SUITE 350

AUSTIN, TX 78754 USA

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EIN

46-5369024

NTEE code info

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Community Coalitions (S21)

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

CATCH provides whole child health programs addressing physical, emotional and mental wellness to K-12 schools across the U.S. and the globe.

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?

Whole Child Health and Wellness

CATCH uses an evidence-based "Whole Child" health program aligned to the CDC's WSCC model to improve health knowledge, skills and behavior for children in PreK-8. Our coordinated framework hinges on CATCH's See-Hear-Do-Engage approach, helping all members of a school community align with health and wellness goals. Program components include: Health Ed Journeys (comprehensive K-8 health education curriculum), CATCH Coordination Kit, wellness team training, the Eat Smart school nutrition program, a physical education program, family engagement and more.

Population(s) Served

CATCH My Breath is the only evidence-based youth nicotine vaping prevention program for grades 5-12 that has been proven to substantially reduce students’ likelihood of vaping. The vape education program’s effectiveness was published in a peer-reviewed journal and the program is listed in SAMHSA’s Evidence-Based Resource Guide Series.

Population(s) Served

Aligned to the CASEL Framework, SEL Journeys is a K-12 program that uses movement and cultural learning to teach and reinforce SEL concepts via a highly engaging digital platform. SEL Journeys can be used as a stand-alone program or together with CATCH's health education curriculum for a one-stop solution to support kids’ physical, mental, and emotional health.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Children and youth
Children and youth

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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

CATCH Global Foundation is a 501(c)3 public charity founded in 2014 with the mission of empowering school communities to cultivate whole child wellness as a lever for student success and social equity. Since our inception we’ve tripled the annual reach of CATCH programs from 1 million to 3 million youth by making our programs easier to use, aligned to local health and educational needs and standards, and – most importantly – fun! We focus on improving health in under-resourced communities to address health equity where the disparities are greatest.

Based on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child model, the CATCH Program brings together health education, environmental change, and family and community involvement to support children in learning and practicing a healthy lifestyle. CATCH is available for elementary and middle schools (CATCH K-5 & 6-8), preschools (CATCH Early Childhood), and out-of-school time programs (CATCH Kids Club). In response to the alarming rise in youth e-cigarette usage rates, we also offer the CATCH My Breath E-Cigarette & JUUL Prevention Program for middle and high schools.

In support of our mission, we have developed the CATCH Promise initiative to eliminate cost and accessibility barriers for school districts with a substantial public health need and the desire and leadership support to implement CATCH but who lack the resources to do so. Based on factors such as district size (>20,000 students) and free-and-reduced lunch rate (>75%) – two indicators of public health need and resource availability – we have identified 90 priority districts across the country that qualify for assistance. Through CATCH Promise, we have provided program materials, training, and technical assistance to 16 school districts as of November 2018 and our goal is to continue expanding this initiative to additional districts on our priority list.

In addition to the ongoing goal to support and invest in CATCH implementations in high-need communities, the Foundation has annual goals in the areas of program development and delivery, marketing, fundraising, partnership development, and financial solvency. These goals include increasing the number of training days and number of new sites and children reached; raising awareness through marketing campaigns and speaking at select regional and national events; maximizing grant awards, earned revenues, and donations; and creating new curricular assets.

CATCH Global Foundation is governed by a board of directors with notable experience in the public health, education, and financial sectors and who set the vision and future direction for the organization. We also have a 15-person board of advisors comprised of education and child health promotion practitioners who provide advice and feedback on specific programs and initiatives. Annual goals and performance targets are developed taking into consideration input from these sources as well as from Foundation staff, organizational partners, and members of the communities we serve. Action plans for achieving these goals are then developed and executed collaboratively by Foundation staff. With regard to our primary objective of supporting CATCH implementations in high need communities, specific strategies include increasing awareness and advancing program dissemination through the sharing of success stories, program resources, and best practices in our newsletter and on social media, with webinars, and with presentations at local and national conferences; developing community partnerships and coalitions to support program expansion; providing training and implementation support to new users; developing new curricular assets; and updating and increasing access to existing assets (e.g., revising lessons to reflect current best practices in nutrition and physical activity, translating lessons into Spanish, increasing online availability of CATCH lessons and resources and improving the user experience on CATCH.org).

Supported by more than 25 years of research and real-world implementation experience, CATCH is the most proven and cost-effective obesity prevention program for youth (select research articles available at: https://catchinfo.org/research/). Foundation staff includes a Program Director and a Curriculum Director & Training Manager with recognized expertise in child health promotion and education and who each have 20+ years of experience working with schools and communities to implement CATCH. Also supporting our work are 10 full-time staff members with advanced knowledge and experience in education, child health promotion, tobacco control, communications and marketing, development, and evaluation. Additionally, we maintain close working relationships with The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Public Health and The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center which are founding partners of CATCH Global Foundation and offer support for developing and researching our programs.

Prior to the foundation’s inception in 2014, CATCH was being managed and distributed within a university setting which restricted growth. Through the work of the foundation we have since accelerated CATCH’s expansion in at-risk communities resulting in a user base of over 11,000 schools and 2.5 million children annually (as of December 2018). We will continue to build on this success, with a focus on: bringing Whole Child healthy programming to more schools and districts on our CATCH Promise priority list, expanding the reach of our CATCH My Breath youth e-cigarette and JUUL prevention program to combat the epidemic of youth vaping, improving the sustainability of our work through the introduction of our GO DOUGH wellness fundraising platform and collaborative partnerships, integration of social and emotional learning (SEL) language into our health and PE curriculum, and the addition of youth service learning programs to provide additional learning and leadership development to our target audience of K-12 youth.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

Financials

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Operations

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

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CATCH Global Foundation

Board of directors
as of 06/29/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Margo Wootan

MXG Strategies

Term: 2021 - 2023

Duncan Van Dusen

CATCH Global Foundation

Allison Schneiders

FAIR Health

Kevin Ryan

Delta Dental Community Cares Foundation

Margo Wootan

MXG Strategies

Ernest Hawk

MD Anderson Center

Steven Kelder

UTHealth

Colin Barton

Northern Southern Corporation

Kayla Jackson

AASA

William Potts-Datema

CDC

Stefanie Cousins

Fluent Research

Dr. Melissa Sadorf

Stanfield Elementary School District

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 6/29/2023

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
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability