Children's Foundation of America

Be the Difference!

aka Children's Foundation of America (CFA)   |   Claremont, CA   |  http://www.childrensfoundationofamerica.org/

Mission

Our mission is to provide an opportunity for every person to help children heal, learn and thrive. The primary goal of the Children's Foundation of America is to identify and access resources to support foster care, residential treatment and mental health programs of the highest quality, so that children who have been the victims of abuse, neglect or abandonment may lead, healthy, productive lives. We seek to be the difference between foster care and fostering a bright future, between simply housing a child and healing a child.

Ruling year info

2000

CEO

Cher Ofstedahl

Chair of the Board of Trustees

John Neiuber

Main address

Po Box 1210

Claremont, CA 91711 USA

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EIN

33-0910478

NTEE code info

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (P12)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (O12)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (F12)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Over 400,000 children each year are not able to live with their families as the result of abuse, neglect or abandonment. The needs of these children are greater than public funding are able to provide. The Children's Foundation of America identifies and accesses resources to support foster care, adoption, residential treatment, mental health and community-based programs of the highest quality, so that children in need or who have been the victims of trauma may lead healthy, productive lives.

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?

Holiday Heroes

Providing Holiday Meals and Gifts to children living in out-of-home-placements, such as foster care, residential treatment and mental health programs, who cannot be with family during the holidays.

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

We distribute up to $55,000 in scholarships each school year for eligible foster youth. Youth must be enrolled in college or a vocation program full time or part-time with proof of employment. Youth must maintain a 2.0 GPA and report their progress each semester. Funds are disbursed directly to cover bills or reimbursement for living expenses or things needed for school. This includes books, technology, utilities, fees, groceries, transportation and more.

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth
Students

The Children's Foundation of America distributes hundreds of care packages each year to children in foster care or undeserved communities. Care packages include birthday bags, duffel bags with care items, cozy packs with pajamas and books, girl's care item sets, boy's care items sets, backpacks filled with school supplies, and spring goody baskets. All items are new and unused.

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

We work directly with foster care providers and social workers at partner organizations to support children in need. We raise funds throughout the year to address the needs of children as they are requested. Approved special requests have included high school graduation cap and gown, yearbooks, letterman jacket, sports equipment, facility gym equipment, campus activities, music lessons, contact lenses, therapy vest, theme park tickets, 4-H animal, books for campus library, prom attire, interview suit, school photo and much more.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Our mission is to provide an opportunity for every person to help children heal, learn and thrive. One of the ways we do that is our Volunteer Program, engaging individuals in our community with activities that support children in need. Volunteers create care packages, write cards for kids, wrap gifts for donations at our Holiday Heroes fundraiser, spread awareness at festivals and community events, support our team with administrative work, and more. Our volunteers are various ages; some in high school, college, volunteering through a corporate business program, service groups, retired seniors, families and more! The activities our volunteers do support displaced children and youth ages 0-20. We recognize our volunteers annually at our "Valenteer" Party around Valentines Day. We award our top volunteers acknowledging their many hours of volunteer work. We love our volunteers!

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Number of children served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, Foster and adoptive children, Orphans, At-risk youth, Victims of crime and abuse

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Charting impact

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

Whether it be contact lenses for a bullied foster child with thick glasses so they have a better chance of focusing at school, or a teenager in out-of-home placement who needs help paying for a cap and gown to participate in graduation with their peers, we aim to bring a sense of normalcy to children in need. We work with the community and our partners to provide items like new books, sports equipment and other opportunities to children who do not have access to the same resources as their peers. We aim to level the playing field for these youth so they may lead healthy, productive lives. This is also accomplished through our scholarship program available to former foster youth.

Our strategy is to identify and access resources to provide support to youth who have experienced the trauma of abuse, neglect or abandonment so they may learn, heal and thrive. We provide opportunities so that every person can help this important mission through getting involved by volunteering, attending fundraising events and donating.

Each year, the Children's Foundation of America supports thousands of displaced youth with a network of nearly 600 volunteers who raise funds and awareness and sort and distribute care items. The Foundation has been able to award up to $55,000 in scholarships annually to foster youth pursuing a college education.

The Children's Foundation of America has supported over 40,000 children by providing holiday gifts, birthday gifts, scholarships, care packages, books, school supplies, sports equipment, music lessons, summer camp registration, support with recreation and educational opportunities, plus so much more. With the help of our community partners, we strive to accomplish so much for more and more children in need.

Financials

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Operations

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

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Children's Foundation of America

Board of directors
as of 2/9/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

John Neiuber

Retired CEO

Term: 2000 - 2022

Laura Chaidez

CSUSB

Christina Jackson

Daniel Kesheshian

Engrave n Embroider Things

Carla Kingsbury

Wells Fargo Home Mortgage

Sharon Nagel

Retired Superintendent of Schools

Ashley Adams

Qodex

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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/9/2022,

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Gender identity
Female

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Gender identity
Male

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

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Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

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