The success of any non-profit organization is measured in its ability to fulfill its mission, whether that mission is fighting poverty, caring for the environment, protecting animals, or building a better future for children. Each program of the organization should be strongly associated with the organization’s overall mission.
One of the duties of a non-profit’s board is to ensure the organization’s programs align with and support the organization’s mission. Periodically, this means taking a closer look at the organization’s programs to determine if the organization’s programs support the mission and if not, having the willingness to identify another organization that’s better suited at fulfilling the need.
The Kiwanis Cal-Nev-Ha Foundation Board of Directors as part of our strategic plan, has scrutinized each of our programs and asked the tough question: Is there another organization better suited to fill this need?
During this process, the Board determined our Hope 4 Kids program, which provided grants to Kiwanis clubs to assist families that are living in shelters or who are (or are about to be) living on the streets, could be better administered by a non-profit whose mission is focused on homelessness.
After recognizing another organization would be better suited to administer this program, the next task was to determine which organization could best administer our Hope 4 Kids funds. To do this, we examined the goal of the Hope 4 Kids program. Our organization serves Kiwanis clubs in three states: California, Nevada and Hawaii. And the core of Hope 4 Kids program is to prevent children from becoming homeless. One candidate stood out: Family Promise. With affiliates located throughout our three-state district and an emphasis on helping families secure permanent housing, Family Promise was selected to receive a grant from the Kiwanis Cal-Nev-Ha Foundation.
Family Promise affiliates in Sacramento, Modesto, Orange County, Santa Clarita, Long Beach, Las Vegas and Honolulu were selected to each receive a grant of nearly $12,500 from the Foundation. These funds will be used by each affiliate to provide aid to families with children living in shelters or who are about to become homeless within their service area.
The Kiwanis Cal-Nev-Ha Foundation is pleased to have the opportunity to collaborate with Family Promise to provide housing assistance to children and their families throughout the Cal-Nev-Ha District.
If you club would like to connect a homeless family in your community with a local Family Promise affiliate, visit at http://familypromise.org/find-an-affiliate/ or email Stacy Pollard, Regional Director, Pacific Northwest Family Promise at firstname.lastname@example.org.