Charity ReviewIssued: August 2016 Expires: August 2018
Friends of the Children - Portland
Standards for Charity Accountability
Friends of the Children - Portland's mission is to provide the most vulnerable children a nurturing and sustained relationship with a professional mentor who teaches positive values and has attainable expectations for each child to become healthy, productive members of the community.
Incorporated: 1992 in OR
Friends of the Children's primary goal is to help children break generational cycles of poverty and low educational attainment, and grow into self-sufficient, responsible adults. They select the highest risk children in kindergarten, and provide each with a paid, professional mentor, called a Friend, for the next 12 ½ years - no matter what.
Children spend 16 hours per month with their Friends, working to achieve a set of individualized goals that place them on a path to success. A Friend might work on a child's math skills by counting successful free throws; help a child find positive, constructive outlets for feelings of frustration; advocate at a child's middle school for special education services; and be the only person the family calls when a child, now a teenager, runs away from home after a domestic violence crisis. No matter the uncertainty, Friends are always there. The program works: 85% of Friends of the Children graduates have earned a high school diploma or GED, though more than 50% have parents who did not graduate; 97% of our youth avoid the juvenile justice system, though 60% have at least one parent who has been incarcerated; 98% avoid early parenting, while 60% were born to a teen parent.
Board Chair: Diana M Bianco, Principal Business Affiliation: Artemis Consulting
CEO: Ms. Megan Lewis, Executive Director Business Affiliation: Friends of the Children - Portland
Board Size: 31
% of Related Contributions on Fundraising: 8.04%
This organization is tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. It is eligible to receive contributions deductible as charitable donations for federal income tax purposes.
The following information is based on Friends of the Children - Portland Consolidated Audited Financial Statements for the fiscal year ending Monday, August 31, 2015.
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