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THE UNICORN CHILDRENS FOUNDATION INC

We are dedicated to building lifelong pathways for individuals with developmental differences, from birth to success, while supporting their families on this complex journey.

Boca Raton, FL   |  www.UnicornChildrensFoundation.org

Mission

Unicorn Children's Foundation is dedicated to creating cradle to career pathways for kids and young adults with developmental or learning challenges and helping their families navigate the complex journey. Neurodiversity encompasses a range of neurologically-based disorders such as autism, Asperger’s, ADHD, bipolar, dyslexia, and other learning disorders. We have chosen to view these disorders from a different perspective by seeing each child as uniquely capable and talented with specific strengths and interests that should be cultivated. In essence, every individual, regardless of his/her “disability”, deserves an opportunity to lead a fulfilled and productive life.

Ruling year info

2004

Executive Director

Jaimee Sabato

Main address

3848 FAU Boulevard Suite 100

Boca Raton, FL 33431 USA

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Formerly known as

The Friends of the Unicorn, Inc.

EIN

57-1168205

NTEE code info

Developmentally Disabled Services/Centers (P82)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (F01)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

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Programs and results

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Boca School for Autism

At the Boca School for Autism, we respect the voice and value of every student, family, faculty and staff member, and all other participants in the BSA community. Through experiential academics, engaging school and community activities, employment exploration and internships, and integrated therapeutic services, students prepare for postsecondary education and/or meaningful careers while building lasting relationships. Strength-based programming enhances learning in the classroom and community.

We provide a safe, nurturing environment where students participate in relevant experiences for lifelong success with the guidance of highly skilled, dedicated teachers and clinicians. BSA will pave a path for middle and secondary schools to improve student outcomes through the systematic use of innovative, evidence-based principles and practices.

Population(s) Served

Our family navigation programs are designed to strengthen and empower families
through support, connection and education to facilitate their success at every stage of
life. Research has demonstrated that early identification and intervention, as well as
high expectations, are the best strategies for future success. These programs are built
around enhancing the social determinants of health, including education, health/ healthcare
access, and social & community context. UCF Family Navigation programs include: specialneedsPBC.info virtual hub, ESDM Parent Coaching Program

Population(s) Served
Health
Age groups
Social and economic status
Family relationships

Where we work

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 demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
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?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection

Financials

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THE UNICORN CHILDRENS FOUNDATION INC

Board of directors
as of 10/02/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Angela Fisher


Board co-chair

Phillip DiPonio

Wyndham Boca Raton

Term: 2021 - 2022

Juliette Ezagui

No Affiliation

Valeria Rosenbloom

No Affiliation

Jeannette Stark

Miami SunPost

Michelle Yellin

No Affiliation

William Kruegel

Sunshine State Health Plans

Tony Beall

Patti Chiaia

Larry Melcer

William Schenck

John Sternal

Ryan Ulbrich

Aubrey Zeigler

Adam Ziffer

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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 6/23/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 07/26/2021

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • 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.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • 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.