Arizona Friends of Foster Children Foundation

We Fund FUN

aka AFFCF   |   Phoenix, AZ   |  www.affcf.org

Mission

The mission of the Arizona Friends of Foster Children Foundation is to promote and enrich the self-esteem of children in foster care by funding activities, education and other needs that provide them with quality experiences while they live through very difficult circumstances. As a 501(c)(3) organization, each year the Arizona Friends of Foster Children Foundation strives to bring more FUN to children in foster care. Provide more awards for extracurricular activities. Facilitate more high school graduations and first jobs for youth in the Keys to Success program. Pave the way for more youth to graduate from college.

Notes from the nonprofit

AFFCF is recognized as a Qualifying Foster Care Organization (QFCO ID: 10023) by the Arizona Department of Revenue. Donations to AFFCF are supported by Arizona’s Foster Care Tax Credit, which provides donations to AFFCF qualify for a tax credit of up to $1,000 for joint filers ($500 for individuals). Unlike a tax deduction, a tax credit is a dollar-for-dollar reduction in the donor’s tax liability meaning that a couple giving $1,000 will see their Arizona tax liability reduced by $1,000 (or their refund increased by $1,000) when filing their Arizona tax return. No one needs to donate to AFFCF to receive an award from AFFCF, but donations make AFFCF's awards for children in foster care possible. Donate at affcf.org/give

Ruling year info

1984

Executive Director

Kris Jacober

Main address

360 E. Coronado Rd. Ste. 190

Phoenix, AZ 85004 USA

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EIN

86-0468850

NTEE code info

Foster Care (P32)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Private Independent Foundations (T22)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

According to the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s 2019 Kids Count Data Book, Arizona ranks 46th in the nation in child and youth welfare and is one of the poorest states in the Union. Individual statistics indicate that: • 21% of children live in poverty; • 31% of parents lack secure employment; • 38% of children are raised in single parent families; • 21% of children do not graduate from high school on time; and • 70% of 4th graders are not proficient in reading and 66% of 8th graders are not proficient in math. While the number of children in foster care has dropped over the past few years, the experience of a child who comes in to foster care today is no better than that of a child who came in to foster care five years ago. There are approximately 13,872 children in Arizona living in out-of-home care. Almost 25% of these children have been in out-of-home care for 13-24 months, and 22.7% have been in out-of-home care for more than 24 months (AZDCS Semi Annual Report, June 2019).

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?

AFFCF General Awards

As a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, the Arizona Friends of Foster Children Foundation has been funding fun activities for children in foster care for more than 34 years. We fund fun activities such as summer camp, dance lessons, martial arts, swimming lessons and much more.

To see a complete list of our funding guidelines, please visit https://www.affcf.org/guidelines-a

The only eligibility requirement for an AFFCF award is that the child is an adjudicated dependent ward of the court of Arizona. To receive funding, all requests must go through AFFCF's application and approval process. Anyone can submit an application on behalf of a child in foster care.Visit affcf.org/apply to access our application. AFFCF does ask for the contact information of the child's DCS or Tribal caseworker, as we must verify the child's current status as a ward of the court in foster care in Arizona. Applicants must also supply supporting documentation that displays exactly what is being requested and the exact cost of the request. This documentation can be a brochure, a flyer, a screenshot from a web page or an email from the provider of the activity/service.

AFFCF also is the go-to source for information on how to obtain goods and services for children in foster care that government does not cover, so even if AFFCF does not provide a particular good or service itself, AFFCF can help locate a provider if one exists.

Population(s) Served

Keys to Success is designed to help youth aging out of the Arizona foster care system receive the career planning, education and employment development services they need to achieve personal and financial stability. Additionally, the program connects youth to resources while offering unparalleled support as they make the transition from foster care to adulthood.

Population(s) Served

AFFCF's Post-Secondary Scholarship program funds tuition and fees for young people who age out of foster care and wish to attend a university, community college or vocational education program.

- Applicants must have been wards of the court in Arizona when they turned 18 years of age.
- University applications are eligible to receive awards up to $5,000 per academic year ($2,500 per semester).
- Community college applicants are eligible to receive awards up to $2,000 per academic year ($1,000 per semester).
- Scholarships are available for a maximum of 10 semesters and are renewable on a semester-by-semester basis.
- AFFCF will not consider funding first-time applicants older than 24 years.

For more information visit affcf.org/scholarships.

Population(s) Served

AFFCF's Bobby Edd Penson Fund provides financial assistance for youth in foster care, or who have aged out of foster care in Arizona, ages 18 years through the youth's 21st birthday. The program is designed to help young men and women who have aged out of foster care overcome emergency expenses that derail their education. These funds are not intended to be used for long-term, ongoing expenses.

To receive assistance through the Penson Fund, youth must be:

- In foster care or aged out of foster care in Arizona, ages 18 years up until the youth’s 21st birthday
- Enrolled at university/college, community college or a vocational program
- Current employment is preferred when considering requests.

To learn more, please visit affcf.org/penson.

Population(s) Served

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 Camp Awards

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AFFCF General Awards

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Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of awards granted for children in foster care to attend camp.

Number of Classes/Lessons Awards

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AFFCF General Awards

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Increasing

Context Notes

The number of awards for classes/lessons such as swimming lessons, music lessons, gymnastics classes, etc.

Number of Apartment Set-Up Awards

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AFFCF General Awards

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Increasing

Number of Prom Awards

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AFFCF General Awards

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Holding steady

Number of School Pictures Awards

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AFFCF General Awards

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Holding steady

Number of Bicycle Awards (including helmets and locks)

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AFFCF General Awards

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Holding steady

Number of Scooters/Skateboards/Skates Awards (including helmet and pads)

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AFFCF General Awards

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Increasing

Number of Sports Registration Awards

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AFFCF General Awards

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Increasing

Number of School Field Trip Awards

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AFFCF General Awards

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Number of Weighted Blanket/Vest Awards

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AFFCF General Awards

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Increasing

Number of Driver's Education Awards

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AFFCF General Awards

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Increasing

Number of Theme Park Admission Awards (in Arizona)

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AFFCF General Awards

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Increasing

Number of Theme Park Admission Awards (Outside Arizona)

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AFFCF General Awards

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Increasing

Number of Tutoring Awards

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AFFCF General Awards

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Increasing

Number of Books Awards

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AFFCF General Awards

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Increasing

Number of Supplemental Clothing Awards

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AFFCF General Awards

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Increasing

Number of scholarships awarded to students who aged out of foster care

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AFFCF Post-Secondary Scholarship Program

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Percentage of youth in Keys to Success who secured employment within 1 year of enrollment

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Keys to Success

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Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of new youth enrolled in Keys to Success program

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Keys to Success

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Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

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.

AFFCF believes, and research confirms, that “if any children can benefit from extracurricular activities, it is children in foster care.” When children have the opportunity to participate in extracurricular activities, they expand their world, learn new skills, and build social skills – something that most foster children have been unable to experience. In order to enrich more lives of children in foster care in Arizona,, AFFCF’s strategic goal for 2020 is to fund more than 10,000 awards to serve more than 5,250 children.

AFFCF's Keys to Success program was created in 2014 to increase positive outcomes for youth ages 16 - 24, who are transitioning out of Arizona’s foster care system. For these youth, who have no family and little, if any, community support, it is essential to provide them with assistance to learn to navigate the world as an independent adult. By providing supportive career development services, including education, employment, and personal/independent living goals, AFFCF is able to empower these youth to discover their potential and create a pathway to their future.

Only 20% of youth transitioning from foster care enroll in a higher education program, even though 85% aspire to attend. AFFCF's Post-Secondary Scholarship program provides a financial resource for students who were in foster care at the time they turned 18 years of age. The primary criterion is that the applicant was a ward of the State of Arizona when they turned 18 years of age, that is, the student was not adopted, awarded legal guardianship or reunited with his/her biological parents prior to aging out of the Department of Child Safety’s care. Applicants who have signed the voluntary agreement with DCS past their 18th birthday are also eligible. Scholarships are available for a total of 10 semesters and are renewable on a semester-by-semester basis. Four-year college/university applicants are eligible to receive awards up to $5,000 per calendar year ($2,500 per semester). To be eligible for the maximum four-year college/university award ($2,500 per semester), students must have and maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5. Four-year college/university applicants with cumulative GPAs between 2.0 and 2.5 are eligible to receive $2,000 per calendar year ($1,000 per semester). Community college applicants are eligible to receive awards up to $2,000 per calendar year ($1,000 per semester).

The AFFCF Penson Fund is designed to help young men and women who have aged out of foster care overcome emergency expenses, such as car repair or rent assistance, that derail their education. These funds are not intended to be used for long-term, ongoing expenses.

By necessity, there is no one-size-fits-all approach to helping children in foster care. AFFCF's strategy is to offer an array of experiences and opportunities that the child's caregivers (and the child himself or herself, if old enough) can select from to meet the needs of the child in question. We seek out partnerships with service providers (sports leagues, dance studios, tutoring vendors, etc.) to provide discounted rates for children in foster care.

Youth preparing to leave foster care need focused career exploration, education assistance, employability skills building and work-based learning experiences. The Keys to Success Program can help to fill this gap by providing youth with the career planning, education and employment services that leads them to discover their potential and a pathway to successful adulthood by achieving education, employment, personal, and independent living goals. We partner with other organizations who serve youth aging out of foster care, as well as with local employers.

AFFCF keeps overhead to a minimum by using an Internet-based model for applications. Anyone in the child's life (or the child himself or herself, if old enough) can go to AFFCF's website (affcf.org) and fill out an application. If the application meets AFFCF's criteria, the application will be granted. In its more than 36 years of operation, AFFCF has never failed to grant an application that fell within its guidelines. For example, if a foster parent wants to get a child into an activity, such as karate, the foster parent would complete the online application, which is reviewed by AFFCF, and (if all criteria are met), granted within 7 - 10 days. A check made payable to the vendor (in this case, a karate school) is then be cut by AFFCF and sent to the caregiver listed on the application, who then takes the check to the vendor and pays for the karate classes without the expense coming out of pocket. This model lets AFFCF serve children all over Arizona (including rural and remote areas) without the expense of maintaining warehouses or staffing multiple offices.

Keys to Success participants work with a professional team who help them identify short and long-term career goals, prepare for and secure employment, as well as identify and complete education or training that aligns with their current and future career plans. Participants also are connected to partnering organizations that provide additional services or resources required to create opportunities and eliminate barriers to career and life success.

Applications for AFFCF's Post-Secondary Scholarship are accepted every June and November (prior to the fall and spring semesters). The initial application process includes writing a personal essay and getting two letters of recommendation, including one
from a teacher or professor who had the student in class. Once a student is accepted into the program, he or she can renew the scholarship for up to a total of 10 semesters of undergraduate study.

The Penson fund is an emergency fund for youth that provides assistance while they continue to advance their
studies. There are several categories that are especially helpful to students such as auto repair, laptop and other school supplies. Students who are enrolled in a certificate (vocational) program and need assistance can apply for tuition assistance of up to $1,000 through the Penson Fund.

Although AFFCF provides goods and services to thousands of children in foster care every year, we still do not touch most of the children in foster care in the state, especially in rural areas. In an effort to change this, AFFCF is reaching out and speaking to different groups across the state, to generate awareness of AFFCF and encouraging more applications for assistance for children in foster care. AFFCF also maintains a foster care-centric directory of organizations that assist children in foster care and their families, in an effort to increase awareness of the resources already available, and to start a discussion in the foster care community over how all members of that community can work together to serve children in foster care.

In the face of 2020's COVID-19 pandemic, AFFCF has adjusted its model to best serve the needs of children in foster care during the pandemic. With many summer activities cancelled because of social distancing and safety guidelines and stay-at-home orders, AFFCF created the Save Their Summer award program from June 1 to July 31, 2020. The program allowed AFFCF to provide one-time requests for items and activities to keep children engaged and active during the summer break. Items AFFCF purchased include slip n' slides, arts and crafts activities, lawn games and more.

The COVID-19 pandemic also affected the beginning of the 2020-21 school year. As schools in Arizona begin the year with remote learning, many children in foster care are at a huge disadvantage. Many youth live with older relatives, such as grandparents and great-grandparents, who are unable to provide devices or even Internet service so children can learn. After consulting with teachers, professionals and parents, AFFCF again created a one-time Education Support category - Recharge, Reconnect, Reward - to pay for the items the experts say are most needed to support children in foster care. Education Support awards end on September 30, 2020.

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 collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person),

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

    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,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We conducted extensive client surveys during COVID-19 to determine the direction and scope of our Recharge, Reconnect, Reward Education Support award program.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

Financials

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Arizona Friends of Foster Children Foundation

Board of directors
as of 9/2/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Meredith DeAngelis

Village Health Clubs and Spas

Karen Brown

Century Link

Greg Lechowski

Bonneville International

Carlian Dawson

FIBCO Family Services

Meredith DeAngelis

Village Health Clubs and Spas

Lin LeClair Turner

1st Choice Tax Services

Caroline Lautt-Owens

Dependent Children’s Services/AZ Supreme Court

Benjamin Norris

Arizona Attorney General's Office

Colleen Cotier

Volunteer Nonprofit Service Association

Rick Rentschler

Abbot Downing

Debbie Hall

Retired

Nathan Delgado

Mayo Clinic

Alexis Celani

Honeywell

Nancy Edwards

Volunteer Nonprofit Service Association

Lisa Cvijanovich

Subaru Superstore of Chandler

John Keane

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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? Not applicable
  • 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 08/18/2020

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

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 08/17/2020

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Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.