Philanthropy, Voluntarism, and Grantmaking

Skees Family Foundation

  • Santa Cruz, CA
  • http://skees.org/

Mission Statement

The Skees Family Foundation (family helping families) extends self-help opportunities to youth and families to end poverty worldwide.  We support organizations in the U.S., Africa, Asia, Central and South America, India, and the Pacific to advance education, enterprise, infrastructure, health, and peace. We value love in action to create equal opportunity for all. And as a diverse multigenerational group with limited time and funds, we believe that we, and YOU, can change the world for good.

MISSION
Skees Family Foundation works to end poverty by partnering with social entrepreneurs scaling self-help models in education and job creation and leveraging storytelling for social change.

VISION
Skees Family Foundation envisions a world in which every global citizen has the opportunity to lead a healthy, productive, peaceful, and self-determined life.

VALUES
Skees Family Foundation values holistic solutions that empower individuals to determine their future. SFF is a grantmaker that values patience and partnerships, but also views impact and scale as absolutely critical to long-term change. Finally, SFF values the power of storytelling as a means of personal and social change.

MOTIVATION
We wish to reach out in love and respect, to share our time and resources and to learn from other families' resilience in the face of poverty and adversity. We hope, in whatever small and large ways we can, to advance the freedom, safety, health, and happiness of other families.

GOAL
Opportunity for all.

Main Programs

  1. Program 1
  2. Grantmaking
Service Areas

Self-reported

International

We work with fifty U.S.-based partners who serve nearly seven million clients, 63% of whom are ultra poor (as measured by the World Bank at $1.90/day or less).

Check out our entire portfolio on our Causes page: http://www.skees.org/our-grantees/

ruling year

2005

Principal Officer since 2004

Self-reported

Ms. Suzanne Skees

Program Officer and Board Secretary since 1962

Self-reported

Sally Skees-Helly

Keywords

Self-reported

self-help, family, youth, education, health, infrastructure, enterprise, peace

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Also Known As

SFF

EIN

83-0411607

 Number

6133911102

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Private Independent Foundations (T22)

Civil Rights, Advocacy for Specific Groups (R20)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (B01)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-PF.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

Self-reported by organization

We focus on pragmatic empowerment via the
following priorities:

education

microenterprise

health

infrastructure

peace

We wish to reach out in love and respect, to
share from our abundance.  We hope
to learn from other families' resilience in the face of poverty and adversity, and, in whatever small and large ways
we can, to advance the freedom, safety, health, and happiness of other
families.

Please see our partners' global impact on our program map: http://skees.org/our_grantees/

Programs

Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Supporting microcredit programs w/family healthcare and adult education around the world; scholarships and problem-solving coalitions for disadvantaged and abused youth; family support for victims of 2005 U.S. hurricanes.

Category

Population(s) Served

Budget

Program 2

Grantmaking

See our current year's portfolio here: http://www.skees.org/financials/

Category

Community Development

Population(s) Served

Budget

$187,533

Charting Impact

Self-reported by organization

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

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    Equal opportunity for youth and families:
    --to end poverty
    --to pursue education
    --to work
    --to receive healthcare
    --to live in peace
    --to build self-determined lives
    --and thrive.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    --Storytelling social change: http://skees.org/foundation_news/
    --Seed-funding innovative programs working to end poverty: http://skees.org/foundation_news/76-its_about_trust_balancing_relationship_with_risk_in_social_entrepreneurship
    --Social-impact investments: http://skees.org/foundation_news/62-happy_graduation_to_our_family_and_the_world
    --Showing up, being small and flawed, and trying to help: http://skees.org/about_us/history
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    Not available.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Not available.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Not available.
Service Areas

Self-reported

International

We work with fifty U.S.-based partners who serve nearly seven million clients, 63% of whom are ultra poor (as measured by the World Bank at $1.90/day or less).

Check out our entire portfolio on our Causes page: http://www.skees.org/our-grantees/

Social Media

Blog

Funding Needs

Please refer to skees.org and contribute directly to our wonderful grantees do the hard work to end poverty and advance peace, health, education, and freedom around the world.

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Financials

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Skees Family Foundation
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31

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Operations

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Skees Family Foundation

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Ms. Suzanne Skees

Program Officer and Board Secretary

Sally Skees-Helly

BIO

Theological writer and hands-on philanthropist, Skees holds graduate degrees in English literature and world religions. Her passion is to raise her 3 sons to be compassionate world citizens while simultaneously writing, grantmaking, and volunteering to share resources with other families.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Suzanne Skees

Skees Family Foundation

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

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CEO OVERSIGHT

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ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

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BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?


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BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?