Friends of the Children King County (FOTC) provides long-term mentoring relationships to help our most vulnerable children, those living in high-risk environments, develop the relationships, goals, skills, and resources necessary to thrive.
They start early, identifying children at the end of kindergarten who have accumulated the most heartache and trouble. They pair each child with a “Friend,” a full-time salaried mentor. Working with eight to ten children, the Friend is an advocate who both supports academic progress and cultivates the child’s talents and skills, in and out of school. These relationships continue for 12 years, no matter what. SVP has supported Friends of the Children since 2007.
Total Giving: $225,000
Relationship Highlight: “We had an outdated donor database, which was installed on one computer in our office, accessible to only one staff person at a time, and we were not able to access any technical support or software updates due to the cost. In addition, we had separate software to manage our annual auction fundraising event, and there was no practical way to transfer data between the two systems. SVP Partner Kevin Phaup provided technical assistance to identify our needs for a new donor database, to help us implement our fundraising strategy and meet our fundraising goals.” — Kelly Stockman Reid, Executive Director, Most Significant Change Story 2011
Strengthening Friends of the Children: Sample Capacity Building Projects
In partnership with SVP volunteers and paid consultants, Friends of the Children King County tackles projects like:
- Information Technology: Partner Kevin Phaup provided tech support and guidance on systems and transfer to new donor database.
- Board Development & Governance: Partner Walter Impert provided guidance and support as board considers committee structure and roles/responsibilities.
- Leadership Development: SVP covered the cost participation in peer learning group for executive director, program director and board.
- Leadership Development: Executive coaching sessions that provide guidance and tools to help strengthen leadership skills, plus executive director attended Nonprofit Executive Leadership Institute with assistance from SVP funds.
- Marketing & Communications: Partners Bu Huang and Uma Rao assisted with marketing research to gain a better understanding of who Friends of the Children donors are and what motivates them.