The Libertore Fund for Children Inc

Every Child Deserves a Helping Hand

aka The Libertore Fund for Children, Inc.   |   Lakeland, FL   |  www.libfund.org

Mission

Our mission is to make a difference in the lives of at-risk children, eliminating barriers to their success so they can realize a brighter future.

Notes from the nonprofit

We are committed to helping meet the needs of at-risk youth by providing grants to agencies that offer proven programs to help youth reach their full potential so they can become productive members of their community.

We do the research to identify top charities by assessing their effectiveness, cost-efficiency, transparency, and need for funding in order to maximize the value of each contribution.

The agency must meet our criteria, follow guidelines, and share requested information in order to receive funding. At the end of the funding cycle, a final report is required for our review.

Ruling year info

2016

CEO

Mrs. Lana Jean Swartzwelder

Main address

PO Box 5415

Lakeland, FL 33807 USA

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Formerly known as

The Libertore Fund for Children, Inc.

EIN

46-5207111

NTEE code info

Public Foundations (T30)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Our team is passionate about helping children overcome obstacles that threaten their minds, bodies and hopes and work with agencies that align with our mission and that have strong, accountable programs that can help eliminate these obstacles. We believe that all children should have their basic needs met, but beyond that, they should have a safe, caring environment in which to live, mental/health care and nutrition services available, educational opportunities to ensure academic success, and ample food and water so they never go to bed or wake up hungry. These are problems we address.

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 Finder Foster Parent Recruitment

Funding for a digital techology adoption and foster parent recruitment initiative which engaged prospective foster and adoptive parents for the purpose of increasing the number of families likely to open their homes ad change the lives of foster children in the Sarasota area.

Population(s) Served
Foster and adoptive children
Orphans
Transitioning children
At-risk youth
Caregivers

We funded Parenting Classes through Forty Carrots at SOLVE maternity homes. Forty Carrots provided weekly parenting education and mental health supports tovwomen living at SOLVE Maternity Homes’residential facility in Bradenton, FL. Women from the Sarasota SOLVE home joined the women at the Bradenton home for classes. All of the women served were homeless and pregnant or postpartum; 100% qualified forvMedicaid. Discussion-based groups explored critical issues around pregnancy and parenting; include breastfeeding, crying,brain development, and child safety. Mothers learned about developmental milestones and gained confidence in their ability to be their child’s first and most important teacher. The goal of this program is to help young families at SOLVE build Protective Factors so that mothers can parent effectively, even under stress. Protective Factors, such as “Knowledge of Child Development”, are shown by research to reduce the likelihood
of abuse and neglect.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Adolescents

LibFund provided partial funding for The Personal Safety and Community Awareness Program (PSCA) that Child Protection Center (CPC) offers. It provides a holistic approach to the prevention of child abuse by promoting greater community awareness of the issue. PSCA provides primary abuseprevention education to children from preschool through high school. The program facilitates workshops for caregivers, childcare professionals, teachers, school board staff and the community. The focus is the creation of a future in which children are empowered and educated, adults are and equipped, and our community is a safer place for children and families.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adults

The Haven Preschool is an early intervention and school readiness program that serves children with and without disabilities ranging in age from six weeks to five years. This funding provides speech, cognitive, occupational, and physical therapy to children that are in need of therapy but whose families or guardians can not afford all the therapy necessary.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities

We provides scholarships for disadvantaged youth, ages six weeks to five years old to receive a high-quality early childhood education from quality early childhood teachers in a safe and nuturing environment. Learning focuses on language, literacy, communication, physical, social and emotional development.

Population(s) Served
Infants and toddlers
Infants and toddlers
Economically disadvantaged people
Caregivers
Families

Open Doors Outreach Network improves the coordination and delivery of services to commercially sexually exploited and sex trafficked children in Florida. Voices is a partner with One More Child to provide immediate and ongoing trauma-competent care to victims of sex trafficking. Together they implement wellness plans, crisis intervention, individual and group counseling, legal assistance, personal and court advocacy, and referral to other resources. Survivor mentors, regional advocates, clinicians and victim services coordinators are available 24/7/365 to meet immediate and ongoing needs.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Preteens
Non-adult children
Victims and oppressed people

Where we work

Awards

Affiliations & memberships

AFP (Association of Fundraising Professionals)

Spirit of Philanthropy 2018

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 organizations applying for grants

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

Children and youth, At-risk youth, Families, Non-adult children

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Average grant amount

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

At-risk youth, Children and youth, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Therapies for Preschool Children With Disabilities

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Each grant request is different and the amount approved varies, but the average grant amount we donated in 2021 was $10,000.

Total dollar amount of grants awarded

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

At-risk youth, Children and youth, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Equipping Adults and Empowering Children

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Included in this amount are grants awarded, sponsorship donations and matching initiatives for agencies. Also included are sport's scholarships for disadvantaged youth.

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.

Our goal is to raise money to support organizations that are dedicated to helping youth, ages 0-18, reach their full potential by removing obstacles and improving their quality of life so they can be productive members of our communities.

Another goal is to provide opportunities for agencies to connect so they can share best practices and find ways to collaborate resources to reach more children.

To provide awareness for the agencies we support.

Raising funds for the Larry Libertore Sports Scholarship for underprivileged youth, ages 11-18, to have the opportunity to participate in sports camps, clinics and travel teams.

Our strategy is to provide financial support from our board and raise funds through the website, personal asks, fundraising events, and social media.

The CEO meets with each agency to learn first-hand what they provide and their areas of strengths and weaknesses. She provides opportunities for the agencies to meet to get to know about the other agencies, share best practices and make connections.

We have provided a link and a short synopsis for each agency we support on the cover page of our website to promote awareness. We also post on our social media information about upcoming events and share information we receive from the agencies we support. We highlight one or two agencies in our monthly newsletter.

We have awareness campaigns for the areas of impact that we focus on and plan ahead for special awareness months; like, child hunger, trafficking, foster care, adoption, literacy, and mental health.

We plan on a yearly fundraiser to raise money for youth sports scholarships.

Our full-time CEO has the time and ability to raise funds using the strategies listed above. The board is very connected and is also able to provide funding. The CEO designates time to meet with all the agencies and build relationships in order to find the most effective and efficient ways to help the agencies with funding, connecting, support and outreach.

We have provided funds to over 54 non-profit agencies from the time we became an active foundation on July 1, 2015. By the end of the 2020 fiscal year, LibFund donated $2, 331,000 in grants, sponsorships and matching funds.

Roundtable meetings have been coordinated for non-profit agencies that work with at-risk children yearly, until 2020 due to the pandemic. Two meetings a year are planned in 2022 so that all non-profit agencies in the counties we serve and leaders can gather, connect, reconnect, share contacts, best practices, challenges and ideas.

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 collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Community meetings/Town halls,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    Funding agencies that were critically affected by pandemic and exhausting yearly budget by third quarter due to agencies needs when pandemic hit.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our community partners,

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

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time,

Financials

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Operations

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

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The Libertore Fund for Children Inc

Board of directors
as of 02/02/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Douglas Libertore

One Health Place

Term: 2016 - 2026

Douglas Libertore

One Health Place

D. Libertore

Entrepreneur

Susan Benton

Retired Sheriff

Timothy Debruyne

The Mosaic Financial Group LLC

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 ? No
  • 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 7/13/2020

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

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

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

We do not display disability information for organizations with fewer than 15 staff.

Equity strategies

Last updated: 07/13/2020

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Data
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • 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.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • 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.