Austin Angels

We wrap community around children, youth and families in the foster care community.

aka National Angels   |   Austin, TX   |  https://www.austinangels.com

Mission

Austin Angels mission is to walk alongside children, youth and families in the in the foster care community by offering consistent support through intentional giving, relationship building, and mentorship.

Notes from the nonprofit

National Angels is a compilation of chapters across the country operating under Transformations by Austin Angels, A 501(C)3 organization, tax ID# 27-2087142. Austin Angels became a 501c3 in 2010 to support children in the foster care system, as well as their caretakers. The organization was completely volunteer-run and financially supported by volunteers and through in-kind donations from 2010-2015. Annual gross receipts for Austin Angels from 2010 through 2015 were below the $50,000 threshold requiring a 990. After running a successful pilot Love Box program from October 2013 through 2015, Austin Angels began actively fundraising and officially launched the Love Box program in 2015. In 2017, the Dare to Dream mentoring program was launched and has begun serving youth on a one-on-one basis. In 2016, the first National Angels chapter, Amarillo Angels, was launched. Since then, National Angels has grown to 22 chapters nationwide, and continues to expand.

Ruling year info

2011

CEO

Susan Ramirez

Main address

9901 Brodie Ln Ste 160 Pmb 255

Austin, TX 78748 USA

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EIN

27-2087142

NTEE code info

Foster Care (P32)

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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?

Love Box Program

The Love Box program provides foster families with community and holistic support so that they can continue to do the important and meaningful work of being a foster parent. As a Love Box group, volunteers will be matched with a local foster family based on compatibility and scope of needs. When our families are matched with committed volunteers who show up monthly, parents feel more supported and children gain a greater sense of belonging and self-confidence. This program requires a one year commitment.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
At-risk youth

The Dare to Dream program is an opportunity to individually serve an aged-out or at-risk to age out youth in foster care (ages ranging from 11-22). Our mentors are advocates, teachers, guides, role models, valued friends, and available resources.

The heart of the Dare to Dream program is to walk alongside youth as they navigate through life's challenges. The youth in our Dare to Dream program need the wisdom, advice, encouragement, and community that mentors can provide. Mentors meet practical and emotional needs as well as provide guidance through developmental milestones (such as obtaining a drivers license, opening a bank account, understanding financial literacy, higher education prep, etc.). The goal is for youth to be engaged and to feel supported and equipped to navigate life. A mentor commits to meeting with the youth every other week to set goals and help them achieve their dreams. These relationships will hopefully last a lifetime, but the program is a year commitment. Mentors matched with a high school student are strongly encouraged to stay with the youth until high school graduation.

We tell mentors that the simple act of telling their youth “I believe in you,” “You are special,” and “You are going to do great things” can change their path completely.

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth
Adolescents
Foster and adoptive children

Where we work

Our results

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How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

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Increasing

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Children Served at Back to School

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Increasing

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Holding steady

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

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

Children placed in foster care face very high risks for much worse outcomes later in life than their peers who are not in foster care. This isn’t only because the situation that caused them to be placed in the care of the state was traumatic, but also because the experience of being in foster care layers on additional trauma. An overwhelming body of evidence shows that the kind of ongoing, chronic trauma experienced by these children not only severely impacts their emotional state and behavioral needs during childhood, but also leads to drastically poorer outcomes as they reach adulthood. One of the main contributors to the trauma children experience in foster care is the lack of community support and stable relationships with caring, responsible, dependable adults. Placement in the foster system can sometimes equate to stability, but more often children are repeatedly moved, often far from their community and all they know, uprooting and re-traumatizing them again and again.

In addition, the parenting of a hurt child takes tremendous resources of time, education, and heart. And when a foster parent gives up, effects ripple in our community and social and economic costs begin to accrue.

Children, youth, and families experiencing foster care desperately need community. This is why we have developed the Love Box and Dare to Dream programs––for people like you, who may not be called to foster or adopt, to create real impact through intentional giving, relationship building, and mentorship.

We know that trauma can be healed in the context of healthy, supportive relationships, and our programs help bring just that––relational healing, empowerment, and hope. We believe that “Not everyone is called to foster, not everyone is called to adopt, but everyone can make a difference in the life of a child.”

We've invented a new way to serve: heart-to-heart in the home of a family. Showing up for children. Encouraging youth. Supporting caretakers.

Our hope is that through our programs we can:
1) Walk alongside children, youth, and families in the foster care community by offering consistent support through intentional giving, relationship building, and mentorship.
2) Increase placement stability and minimize trauma by supporting the entire family unit.
3) Provide children, youth, and families with a sense of normalcy, during a time that can feel very uncertain.

1) We accomplish this through our Love Box and Dare to Dream programs, which match dedicated volunteers with youth and families experiencing foster care. These volunteers commit to being a consistent support in their lives, by meeting a minimum of once monthly with families (in our Love Box program) or twice monthly with youth (in our Dare to Dream program).
2) It is our hope that with this added layer of community, foster parents would have the support that they need to continue fostering, children would stay in placements longer, and the trauma caused by moving from home-to-home-to-home would be minimized.
3) We increase normalcy by helping provide children with experiences like Spring Break and Summer camps, a “Back To School Bash”, fulfilling holiday wishlists, and helping fund extracurricular activities like baseball, gymnastics, ballet, and more.

Austin Angels has 16 full time staff members and 5-6 interns every semester who are committed to pushing the mission forward. In addition, we have hundreds of committed donors, as well as volunteers, who play critical roles in making the work that we do possible. In 2020 alone, the combination of all of these efforts looked like an incredible 1,294 children and 220 families served by 312 volunteers.
Our long-term vision is to reach and serve every single child and family experiencing the foster care system in Region 7 through our Love Box and Dare to Dream programs. We believe that with the help of our community in building awareness, we will continue to grow our support base to a place where this vision will be realized.

Austin Angels measures its success in a number of ways:
1) Through the number of children and families who are consistently being served on a monthly basis through our programs (this number is currently at just under 300)
2) Through mandatory volunteer report forms, which outline the ways in which each youth and family is being served by our volunteers (including time spent, and progress in relationship with the youth/family, miles driven, and value of items given to the youth/family)
3) Through the number of children and families who are being served through events like our Spring Break and Summer camps, Back to School Event, Holiday Basket Drive, Holiday Wishlist Fulfillment, and more
4) Through the number of families on our waitlist who are receiving one-time boxes while they are waiting to be matched with volunteers
5) Through feedback we receive from foster families in our programs, speaking to the impact that our programs and their volunteers have had on their children and family as a whole
6) Through families who are able to move to adoption because of the support they have received through our programs
7) Through the partnerships we form with CPS and other child placement agencies, who refer families to our programs

To date, we have served thousands of children and families experiencing foster care in Region 7 through our Love Box and Dare to Dream programs, as well as events, service projects, and one-time boxes. The impact of our Love Box and Dare to Dream programs have been documented mainly through anecdotal evidence thus far––and foster parent feedback, changes seen in foster children, volunteer reports, collaborations and partnerships built with child placement agencies and other community groups are clearly indicating success. We are seeing lives being impacted right here in our community. We are seeing children and families experiencing foster care differently.

“I grew up in the system, I know how hard it is for these kids. My husband and I have been fostering for 15 years and we have never had the kind of support that we have gotten from Austin Angels. It is such a blessing to have people love our kids the way we love them.” –– Nikki, foster mom

“I’m a stay at home dad. We thought we would foster one or two kids, but when we got a call for a sibling set of five we couldn’t say no. It has been the hardest thing we have ever done, and the Love Box program couldn’t have come at a more perfect time.” –– Ryan, foster dad

Our vision for the future is to continue to expand our programs and reach within Region 7. We are currently serving just under 300 children on a monthly basis through our programs, however, there are currently 4,855 children in foster homes or substitute care services in our region. Our goal is to grow our funding, staff, and volunteer base to be able to serve every one of these children.

Financials

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Austin Angels

Board of directors
as of 6/11/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Tavia Hrabovsky

Tavia Hrabovsky

Ryan Shelton

Kirk Lai

Amber Ross

Katie Quartucci

Audra Prairie

Candace Cronin

Misty Montague

Trace Shelton

Stacy Sheffield

Chris Stege

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 ? Not applicable
  • 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 05/18/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

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

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