Forever Young Foundation

Be Your Own Hero

aka Sophie's Place   |   Mesa, AZ   |  www.foreveryoung.org

Mission

Passing on hope and resources for the development, strength, and education of children.

Ruling year info

1993

President/Executive Director

Sterling C Tanner

Main address

1424 S Stapley Dr

Mesa, AZ 85204 USA

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EIN

87-0509354

NTEE code info

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Physical Fitness/Community Recreational Facilities (N30)

Patient Services - Entertainment, Recreation (E86)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Forever Young Foundation focuses on passing on hope and resources for the development, strength, and education of children. The Foundation serves children facing significant physical, emotional, and financial challenges by providing them with academic, athletic, and therapeutic opportunities currently unavailable to them.

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?

Sophie's Place

Sophie’s Place currently provides music therapy to children at Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake City. In 2016 the doors opened to Sophie’s Place at Sutter Children’s Center in Sacramento, CA, a mobile unit services children's hospitals throughout Northern Californian, Cardon Children’s Medical Center 2017 in Mesa, AZ and our newest Sophie's Place doors opened at Lucille Packard Children's Hospital, Stanford in Palo Alto, CA.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Participants learn how to develop, implement, and update a one-year operating plan and three-year long-range strategic business plan; hold themselves accountable to their contributors; and keep board members, staff, and volunteers focused on achieving results.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The 8 to 80 Zones are a collaboration between Steve Young and Jerry Rice, which provide youth living in underserved communities the skills to pursue careers in technology and media.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Hospital Zones: are recreational therapy rooms created to provide tools for exercising the imagination of seriously ill children who face emotional and physical challenges.
Multi Media Zones: provide a state-of-the-art radio, TV, film and design studio, as well as a professional-quality recording studio with an isolated vocal booth and digital audio mixing. This multimedia equipment and programming will enable youth to develop diverse, high-level communication skills, while training on professional equipment. The goal of these zones is to put technological tools into the hands of creative young people, allowing them to explore and prepare for careers in media and design while developing practical production and copy through their own artistic expression.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work

Accreditations

Charity Navigator 2017

Great Nonprofits - Top Rated 2018

Great Nonprofits - Top Rated 2019

Charity Navigator - Four Stars 2018

Charity Navigator - Four Stars 2019

Great Nonprofits - Top Rated 2020

Charity Navigator - Four Stars 2020

Awards

Perfect Score 2017

Four Star Rating - Charity Navigator.com

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Forever Young Foundation: Total number of children served.

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

Social and economic status, Children and youth

Related Program

Sophie's Place

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Although we were able to pivot and continue working with many of the children our foundation serves virtually. Our Music Therapy rooms were closed due to Covid

Sophie's Place: Total number of music therapy treatments provided.

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

Infants and toddlers, Children and youth, Adolescents

Related Program

Sophie's Place

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Covid and social distancing closed many of our Sophie's Places down in 2020 Events held in Sophie's Place 59 - Prescriptions written for MT 15,095 - MT services provided: 4,654 - Visitors: 4,009

Forever Young and 8 to 80 Zones: Number of youth that utilize equipment and training provided.

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

Infants and toddlers, Children and youth

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Hospital Zones: 2,000 young patients and families Closed much of 2020 8 to 80 Zones: 10,000 youth were supported through these spaces, providing virtual distance learning and gaming

Forever Young Nonprofit Institute: total number of nonprofit leaders and board members trained.

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

Adults

Related Program

Forever Young Institute

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Through specialized training & strong metric tools, the Institute assist attending charitable partners in raising a higher standard of accountability and transparency. 2020 pivoted virtual Institute

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.

*Evolving our vision, keeping our strategies current and cutting edge.
* Maximize public awareness opportunities with our Forever Young Zones, Sophie's Place spaces, Forever Young Institute, Forever Young International Schools and the other family of charities we suport.
*Learn and share best practices with other nonprofit leaders, sponsors and donors.
*Keep our board informed, engaged, and active.
*Continue to grow and provide dynamic events

*Forever Young Institute teamed up with The Arbinger Institute, a leader in management training and team building, to provide a weeklong course for our nonprofit sustainability. We continue to develop, implement, and update our one-year operating plan and 3-5 year long-range strategic business plan; holding ourselves accountable to our contributors; keeping board members, our team, and volunteers focused on achieving results.
*Identifying best practices and strategies to Increase purpose driven results.
*Leveraging networking techniques and relationships for foundation goals and branding

*Weekly staffings and work is in shared in Wunderlist calendars assist in our team day to day collaboration.
*Taking lead from our boards directed purpose driven focus to stay on mission track.
*Implimenting daily/weekly/anually our own Forever Young Institute strategies, helping us ensure the sustainability and progress of our organization now and for future generations growth to come.

Sophie's Place
Primary Children's Hospital:
Events Sophie's Place: 59
MT Prescriptions written: 15,095
MT services: 4,354
Visitors: 4,009
Sutter Children's Medical Center
Five for Fighting
Taylor Family Foundation MT on Wheels:
John Muir Medical Center - CA
George Mark Children's House - CA
Santa Clara Valley Medical Center - CA
TTFF provided Music Therapy to 818 youth campers
Shriners Children's Hospitals to serve patients
Cardon Children's Medical Center - AZ
Lucille Packard Children's Hospital - CA
C. S. Mott Children's Hospital -MI 2019
Nicklaus Children's Hospital - FL 2019
Brenner Children's Hospital - NC 2019
Current Locations:
8/80 Zones
49ers Academy – East Palo Alto -CA
Boys and Girls Club – HI
Ross Farnsworth East Valley YMCA – AZ
Neighborhood Ministries – AZ
Boys and Girls Club - HI
Los Angeles, CA
Hospital Forever Young Zones
Cardon Children's Medical Center, AZ
Lucile Packard Children's Hospital –CA
Primary Children's Hospital –UT
Sutter Children’s Medical Center ~ CA
NFL YET Forever Young Zones
GA. FL. HI. TX. (2) CA. FL. LA. AZ. FL.
Other FYF Zones
Forever Young Sport Court, Plummer Home –MA
Forever Young Gymnasium, Wooster Academy –CT
Treehouse Children's Museum –UT
Wasatch Adaptive Sports Playground –UT
Engage Now Africa
In 2016, ENA in five countries—Ethiopia, Ghana, Namibia, Sierra Leone, and Uganda. Just this last year, three additional schools were built—two in Ethiopia and one in Ghana. 150,000+ individuals benefited from ENA's efforts in 2016. Services include 200+ students receiving scholarships in Ghana, Namibia, and Ethiopia, two health posts in Ethiopia, 15 latrines and 7 pumps in Sierra Leone, five bore hole clean water wells. ENA Ghana has made progress in combatting human trafficking in Uganda and influencing government policies to abolish slavery. Ghana 2015-2016 Statistics
Education: University Student Loans 102 89
Trade School Loans 110 95
Scholarship Students 109 118

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.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    We serve the children that benefit from Forever Young Foundation through the many family of charities we partner with and support. we serve our sponsors and donors through a transparent window into how thier donations impact and serve.

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

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Case management notes, Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees, Suggestion box/email,

  • 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,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We have an active board that directly responds to how we are working in our community. Our sponsors submit feedback to our foundation sharing their thoughts on the impact we are making as well as their thoughts on our events. Our foundations submit reviews bi annually regarding their service to others.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Each of the charities we partner with in our best practice sessions we host 2 times a year,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    We are grateful and many suggestions have been put into power. It is a gift to have those vested in our service to others and providing thoughts on opportunities to make our events and non profit more impactful.

  • 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?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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Operations

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

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Forever Young Foundation

Board of directors
as of 04/13/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Steve Young

HGGC


Board co-chair

Barbara Young

No Affiliation

Robert Gay

Huntsman Gay Global Capital

Edward Bryant

San Francisco 49ers

Richard Lawson

Huntsman Gay Global Capital

Steve Young

Founder

Barbara Young

No Affiliation

Gayla Compton

Maverick Foundation

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

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/20/2022

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Leadership

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Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 03/11/2022

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • 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.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • 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.