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MENDOCINO COAST CHILDRENS FUND

Building a stronger community 365 days a year!

aka MCCF   |   Mendocino, CA   |  www.mccf.info

Mission

The Mendocino Coast Children's Fund responds to the need of local children to live in a safe and caring community where they can thrive 365 days a year. We serve families from Rockport to Gualala and inland to Comptche. The Mendocino Coast Children's Fund is the Mendocino coastal community's commitment that we cherish our youngest community members and that no child should fall through the cracks. MCCF focuses on providing children with essential needs and empowering activities, realizing that children need both to thrive and grow. Requests are made by staff who work with coast infants, toddlers, kids and teens at educational, government, health and non-profit agencies and by community volunteers who have a a direct knowledge of a child's circumstances.

Notes from the nonprofit

In the last 30 years, we have become a successful model for a rural community defining itself as child advocates first and foremost. We serve a large rural area with a population of 23,000 or so spread over an area of approximately 1,000 square miles. Population density is approximately 23 people per square mile. The remote nature of our communities provides special challenges. Every child deserves to be a star in their own story. Small affirmations, kindnesses and opportunities contribute to optimism, resliency, success, curiousity and stability. You can measure a community's health by how it values its young and each other. We believe in early interventions, the dignity of the family, protecting children's privacy and the integrity of our community. Our grassroots solutions protect rural children who do not have access to services found in more urban areas. Thank you for reaching out and taking the time to read how your generousity can light up a child's life.

Ruling year info

1996

Executive Director

Ms. Annie Liner

Main address

PO Box 1616

Mendocino, CA 95460 USA

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EIN

68-0367383

NTEE code info

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (W01)

Community Coalitions (S21)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

MCCF helps children thrive by creating a healthy collaborative of intergenerational families, agencies, government, private businesses, retirees, neighbors, children, donors and volunteers focused on great outcomes for all children in our community. We are the first responders to children in need 365 days a year due to family crises, illness, economic challenges and /or natural disasters such as wildfires and pandemics. From diapers to diplomas we do everything we can to make children feel safe and valued. We rely on individual donations, bequests, grants and foundations for our income. In 2022 we are changing our model to include paid staff so that we can strengthen our community as we face continuing challenges from pandemic, wildfire, drought and economic disparity. We are providing the oversight and accountability required for a newly envisioned family resource center that is committed to strengthening the Mendocino coast community from Rockport to Elk.

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?

SOS & COVID Gift Certificates

Distribution  of Emergency and COVID vouchers for unique needs to referrals from schools, local clinics, hospitals, childcare, agencies and non-profits to make sure households with infants and children and elders have adequate food and other needed items due to the stress of pandemic, poverty and wildfire impacts.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Caregivers
Families
Parents
Non-adult children

Distribution of 500 warm sleeping bags to children and families so they are not adversely affected by inadequately heated environments. Sleeping bags are distibuted through Mendocino coastal school districts and the local food bank and other sister agencies.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
At-risk youth
Young adults
Children and youth

MCCF provides clothes, backpacks and supplies for 500+ children so they can "shop" for needed school and gently used items at a pop up free store run by volunteers and parents. Other swaps are added monthly in a safe outdoor environment that is designed around COVID concerns.

Population(s) Served
Immigrants and migrants
Economically disadvantaged people
At-risk youth
Families

MCCF underwrites athletic, recreation,field trips, and camp programs for hundreds of children. We underwrite Youth Soccer, Girl's Softball, Little League, Cheer, Football and after school recreational activities. We fund circus programs, swim, gymnastics, arts and crafts, field trips, and school activities. We believe that every child deserves the opportunity to shine!

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Children and youth

MCCF provides wildfire and pandemic/endemic disaster supplies to volunteer groups up and down the Mendocino Coast. This includes tents, air mattresses, water bottles, sleeping bags, masks, hygiene supplies, tarps, clothing and box fan air purifiers to protect children and elders with health conditions adversely affected by smoke, mold and viruses. When inland fires happen our community opens our doors to fire refugees from our own county and surrounding areas. Mindful of earthquakes and our distance from main centers, we feel being prepared is important for children and adults of all ages. We collaborate with community fire departments, the MCSO, local law enforcement, the County and Red Cross.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Families
Seniors


mccf provides scholarships and funding to Nature Day Camp for 6-9 year olds. This unique educational experience allows local children to experience nature in exciting and unique ways using local state parks and local natural resources as a classroom.

Nature Day Camp is run by the legendary Pam Huntley and her staff.MCCF provides funding for scholarships, administration, lunches and snacks so the Nature Day Camp staff can focus on the children.

Population(s) Served
Children
Preteens
Economically disadvantaged people

MCCF provides counseling and funds to families to prevent evictions and/ or to help them get rehoused. We help with grants and mini-loans to help families get back on their feet before they are left with no options. We know that for every dollar we invest in prevention, families can be stabilized and trauma can be prevented. We work with other agencies, the City of Fort Bragg and private donors like you to keep a roof over children's heads and the worry off of parents' shoulders. Housing is a huge challenge and we have a great need for more rental units at an affordable rate here in our coastal communities.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children
Infants and toddlers
Preteens

MCCF provides funding for emergency medical transportation and overnight stays to the Bay area for newborns, children and parent who are facing life threatening medical situations. We cover loss of income, living expenses, rent and other challenges faced by families with premature babies and infants and children with special and chronic needs. We provide funding for families where a parent has died or faces a life threatening illness or hospitalization.

We fund unique needs for help requested by professional case workers who see a legitimate need but do not have funds; a fire displacing a family, a death of a child, a hospitalization of a custodial parent, and all the other things that can derail a financially vulnerable family. We believe in neighbors helping neighbors and that misfortune must be met by accountable and collaborative compassion.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

We provide new shoes to local children so they can start the school year feeling like they belong. Children get to choose their preferred pair of shoes at local shoe store. Pink with sparkles, high tops with blue laces, yes indeed, dreams come true because you said yes! Shoes are also provided, as needed based on counselor referral. Many of our children had never ever been in a shoe store before. One little boy asked how long he could play with the new shoes before he had to give them back. Other children used to share a pair of shoes between them. We feel new shoes are the foundation for children standing tall and feeling like they fit in at school the first day.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

MCCF has committed to opening a new family and community resource center to serve the geographical areas of the Fort Bragg and Mendocino Unified School Districts, a coastal distance of 50 miles north to south and 20 miles inland. The new center is housed on the Fort Bragg USD campus and co-housed with a teen clinic and offices run by Mendocino Coast Clinics. Adjacent is the teen center facility where MCCF has installed a washer and dryer for the students so they can have clean clothes. MCCF will offer resource counseling, parenting classes, assistance with aid applications, and coordinate services with our partners to improve the quality of life for our community families. Together we all rise!

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth
Caregivers
Families
Parents

Where we work

Awards

Outstanding Service Award to Mendocino Coast Children's Fund. 2020

City of Fort Bragg

Community Organization Award 2010

Congressman Mike Thompson

Community Service Award 2015

Mendocino County Bd of Supervisors

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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MCCF is committed to creating a community of supportive services for children that model respect, compassion, efficiency and effectiveness. We lead by example and work with over fifty agencies and school sites to provide resources, research, needed services and connectivity.

Serving a small remote geographical area, we want to build on our community's strengths. Our independence and experience in solving problems allows us to help our schools, agencies and community organizations serve families and children despite a lack of staff and satellite offices in our communities.

Our thirty years of leadership in the area of child advocacy and community collaboratives is the foundation for dealing with an every changing community challenges.

We partner and provide support to all coast agencies and organizations that work directly with children. We provide SOS funds to social workers, teachers, health professionals, pre school directors, homeless programs and domestic violence organizations to make sure that they can respond immediately to children in crisis when there are no other answers.

We believe that all children need to be able to experience their own joy, competency and creativity. We underwrite sports, dance, recreation, and a wide variety of camps.

We also believe that vulnerable parents need support whether it is a hug, an extra box of diapers, a listening ear or a referral to a service they are unaware of. We respond in appropriate ways while respecting the dignity of the child and the family. We do not shame or blame people. We provide compassion, hope and practical solutions.

We figure out a way to ease the situation, lessen the anxiety, strengthen the family and to encircle our community of children with love, support and concern.

We have been serving children for 30 years. We are honored to be beloved and respected by our community. We reach out with the story of what is needed while at the same time protecting the confidentiality of the children and their families.

We are trusted by our local and county agencies, community organizations and families. We engage community volunteers partnered with community professionals. We are innovative and accountable and effective.

Agency staff relies on us to know the agency, resource, solution to getting a child services, items or experiences that are essential to a healthy childhood.

We have implemented wisdom circles where the community advises us on how best to meet the needs of children.

We are honored to serve our communities in this way.

This year we are 30 years old. We have raised over $3.5 million dollars in that time with a 30 year historical expense ratio below 10 % paid from separate designated bequests and donations so that 100 percent of general donor contributions can go to the children and families we serve.

The County of Mendocino recently renewed our lease to a rent free office for sixty months (2021-26). The office is located at 430 No. Franklin Street, Fort Bragg, CA 95437 in the oldest building in Fort Bragg. We are next to Fort Bragg City Hall and co-tenants with Congressman Jared Huffman's field office. MCCF mail is received at P O Box 1616, Mendocino, CA 95460. Our office location allows us to participate in the vibrant farmer's market right outside our doors. Additonally, we have opened a family resource service center located on the Fort Bragg USD property that co-houses Mendocino Coast Clinics staff and is adjacent to the Fort Bragg HS Teen Center at 208 Dana Street, Fort Bragg, CA 95437.

We have received a wide range of city, county, congressional and service club awards.We are convening a wisdom council with over 50 community leaders, parents and students attending by Zoom and will be having these quarterly going forward.

For 2022, we have started our strategic planning for the next 10 years. We are transitioning our model from all volunteer to a mix of community volunteers, key paid staf, interns and consultants.

We want to provide job opportunities and stability as we grow. Providing role models for our parents and children and job opportunities helps stablize our community and our children.

We want to add a financial literacy program for youth and young families. We want to do a better job of telling the stories of how essential MCCF services are to the well being of our young and their families and the economic stablity of our schools and community.

Our executive director is mentoring new staff and board members and leading our succession planning so her retirement will be seamless and well planned for. Our board is engaged, committed and bring great skill sets to our programs.

Our board is expanding and we have added new members. Our goals for 2022 are a board of seven and to document all procedures and policies. We are expanding our Spanish translation of our services and policies. We are planning an outreach campaign to fund these goals while continuing our commitment to our community children and families.

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 take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, 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 look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection

Financials

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Operations

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

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MENDOCINO COAST CHILDRENS FUND

Board of directors
as of 09/16/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Margaret Fox

Culinary Consultant, Margaret Fox & Co.

Term: 2022 - 2024

Margaret Fox

Margaret Fox and Co.

Sasha Graham

FNP

William White

Harvest Markets

Sherrie Spires

Pharm.D, PhD

Tabatha Miller

Humboldt County CFO

Nina Statham

Mendocino Community Network Business Mgr.

Tracy McDaniel

Community First C.U. branch manager

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? Yes