Friends of the Children receives $2.5 million to adapt model to new communities and expand partnerships with tribal communities

PORTLAND, Oregon., December 16, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — The National Organization children’s friends announced today that they had received a three-year sentence, $2.5 million gift of the Minnesota-based Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies (MACP). The funding will help the organization expand its model of long-term, evidence-based professional mentorship in communities across MACP’s geographic footprint and also expand partnerships with tribal communities.

“Now more than ever, children and families need more support to recover from the pandemic. Indigenous and tribal communities have been particularly affected at disproportionately high rates. We are humbled and inspired by this gift that will allow us to serve more children and families,” mentioned Terri Sorensen, CEO of Friends of Children.

Friends of Children matches children facing the greatest barriers with paid professional mentors who stay with each child from age four through high school graduation – ages 12 and up, whatever let it happen. In recent years, the organization has expanded to support caregivers through an innovative two-generation (2Gen) model aimed at helping families advance overall health and well-being.

The funding will help the organization expand its child and family wellness services to thousands more children and families through the establishment of new Friends of the Children sites in MACP’s geographic footprint. Additionally, MACP’s investment will allow Friends of the Children to hire Tribal Community Liaison Advisors and launch an Indigenous Advisory Council, comprised of leaders who will lead the organization’s journey to improve and grow relationships with indigenous and tribal communities and inform the construction of the strategic direction of the organization. Aboriginal youth and family support framework.

Through three years, $6 million Friends of the Children matching gift received from the Echo Fund in May 2021, MACP’s investment will have an even greater impact. “The Écho Fund donation supported the creation of Les Amis des enfants Social Impact Fund, a powerful approach to mobilizing private resources to expand the Friends of Children model to meet the needs of rural and tribal communities,” said Sorensen. $6 million dollar for dollar gift, MACP funding allows us to unlock a $2.5 million to transform lives and connect with more communities across the country. »

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SOURCE Friends of Children

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