Mary Graham Childrens Shelter Foundation

Advocate, Educate, Foster, Inspire

aka Mary Graham Children’s Foundation   |   Stockton, CA   |  MaryGrahamFoundation.org

Mission

Once our foster youth turn 18 years old and complete high school, they can no longer stay in the foster care system. Many of them are forced to leave and enter a world where they have no family to fall back on, no job or housing and a very limited education and job skills. Without support, many of these youth fall on continued hard times ending up homeless, struggling with depression and or in trouble with the law. For many, our Foundation is their last line of defense.

Ruling year info

2001

Principal Officer

Emily Ballus

Main address

PO Box 792

Stockton, CA 95201 USA

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EIN

94-3377000

NTEE code info

Foster Care (P32)

Scholarships, Student Financial Aid, Awards (B82)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

After foster care, former foster youth are more likely than their non-foster peers to become homeless, be less educated, incarcerated and unemployed. Taken away form their parents for abuse, neglect, or abandonment, and through no fault of their own, these foster youth are set up to fail long-term. These former foster youth fail in life in significant numbers. But we know education and vocational training can help mitigate these sobering statistics, so Mary Graham Children's Foundation provides : - scholarships for college and trade school training for foster youth transitioning into adulthood - funding for life needs to bridge the gap between being able to attend college or training or having to work menial jobs to pay for the basics - provide caring adult mentors to help these youth navigate from their teenage years into adulthood

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?

Youth Programs

The Foundations support falls into two categories. The first is to support the youth that are taken away from their parents for neglect, abandonment or abuse and are placed at the County Children’s Shelter. The County is only able to provide for the mandated necessities such as food, shelter and safety. The Foundation helps supplement the Shelter by providing for the programs and activites that support the children's emotional and development needs. Without this additional funding, activites such as birthday or holiday celebrations and gifts for the youth living in the Shelter, arts programs and educational field trips. Each year over 1,000 children enter the Shelter system. The second area of focus for the youth is educational support as they transition out of foster care into adulthood. For many of these youth, they do not have families to rely on, jobs or housing available or the skills to support themselves. The Foundation's Scholarship Program provides funding to support their continued education and to supplement their living expenses.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The Mary Graham Children's Foundation goals are:

- To raise funding to provide foster youth transitioning out of foster care post-high school education and vocational training
- Provide caring adult mentors to help guide foster youth in their transition from teenager into adulthood
- Engage foster youth in educational and vocational opportunities
- Bridge financial gaps foster youth may have to be successful in college or trade school

The Mary Graham Children's Foundation provides:

- Special events. The Foundation produces three special events a year to raise funds for foster youth
- Grants. The Foundation staff seek, write and secure grants for funding
- Donations. The Foundation solicits donations all year long
- Provide success stories of graduates to justify all funding mechanisms

The Mary Graham Children's Foundation board and executive director, the only employee, work side-by-side to produce events, generate donor contacts, solicit local family foundation grants, and donate themselves.

We have moved the needle locally for our foster youth in the Mary Graham program. Nationally, only about 3 percent of former foster youth graduate from college. At Mary Graham, we are graduating 25 percent, or 8 times the national average!

Furthermore, we have raised more money in the last two years to send more youth to college and training.

What's Next: About 80 youth transition out of foster care in our county each year. We reach about 10 students per year. We'd like to increase that to 40 students per year, which is 55 percent of the populations. And 55 percent of the general population complete college. We'd like to give foster youth the same opportunities as their non-foster peers to be successful and transition from often tragic childhoods into triumphant adults for the rest of their lives.

Financials

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Operations

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

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Mary Graham Childrens Shelter Foundation

Board of directors
as of 3/19/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Melanie Vieux

WMB Architects

Term: 2018 - 2020

Susan Lenz

Iacopi Lenz & Co

Dot Lofstrom

Retired, State of California

Ryan Biedermann

San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Dept

Heather Brent

Financial Decisions

Robyn Cheshire

Visit Stockton

Dianne Gini

Collins Electric

Clem Lee

ABLE Charter Schools

Claudia Pruett

Community Volunteer

Alexis Stevens

Stomach Simmons & Dunn

Earl Taylor, MD

Physician

John Vera

Community Volunteer

Douglass Wilhoit, Jr.

Greater Stockton Chamber of Commerce

Valencia Jones

Nationwide Insurance

Chris Woods

SJC Human Services Agency

Mark Yost

SJC Office of Education

Melanie Vieux

WMB Architects