Educational Institutions

Arizona Friends of Foster Children Foundation

  • Phoenix, AZ
  • www.affcf.org

Mission Statement

AFFCF is a 501(c)(3) organization that provides children in foster care in Arizona with awards for social, athletic and educational opportunities that are not funded by the standard government allowances or in any other way, including:

• Athletic Registration and Equipment (sign-up/registration fees, soccer cleats, etc.)
• Apartment set-up (for youth aging out of foster care; covers things such as pots and pans, dishes, towels, shower curtains, rugs, cleaning supplies, lamps, small appliances, etc.)
• Bicycles
• Camp (up to one week of summer camp or other camp per child per year)
• Citizenship/Immigration (fees for green card or immigration physicals, but not attorney fees)
• Class pictures (once a year per child)
• Clothing (special event clothing only, e.g. prom, 8th grade graduation, Quinceañera, etc.)
• Graduation Expenses (i.e., cap, gown, ring, yearbook, and other related expenses)
• Instrument Rental (in 12-week funding periods; once initial request is approved, renewals can also be processed in 3-month increments)
• Lessons (12-week funding periods for gymnastics, karate, music, swimming, etc.; once initial request is approved, renewals can also be processed in 3-month increments)
• Optical Expenses (may be considered if government will not fund; contacts can be considered for one-time only, and documentation is required that states a specific, special need for the youth)
• School Field Trips (class trips to Catalina Island, etc.)
• Scooters, Skates and Skateboards
• Theme Park Admissions (only for parks outside Arizona)
• Tutoring Services (12-week funding periods; renewals are considered only if documentation is provided of what steps have been taken to compel the school to provide services for free)

AFFCF also provides some services to former foster youth who have turned 18, specifically:

• Driving lessons (for liability reasons, foster children cannot drive, but need to learn to drive as they become adults)
• A limited number of college scholarships

For the most part, AFFCF will consider paying 100% of the cost of these items. AFFCF does have limits on how much it can pay for any one item, but AFFCF will work with foster placements and providers of goods/services in an effort to cover 100% of the costs. To apply, visit the AFFCF website at AFFCF.org, click on the “General Awards” tab, and then click on “Award Application” (or contact AFFCF by mail or phone).

AFFCF also is the go-to source for information on how to obtain goods and services for children in foster care that government does not cover, so even if AFFCF does not provide a particular good or service itself, AFFCF can help locate a provider if one exists.

Main Programs

  1. AFFCF General Awards
  2. Keys to Success
Service Areas

Self-reported

Arizona

The entire State of Arizona; AFFCF serves all children placed into foster care through any Arizona court case.

ruling year

1984

Executive Director

Self-reported

Ms. Kris Jacober

Program Coordinator

Self-reported

Mr. Kyle Tarr

Keywords

Self-reported

Foster, children, grants, scholarships, awards, arizona

Notes from the Nonprofit

AFFCF is recognized as a Qualified Foster Care Organization by the Arizona Department of Revenue. This means that donations to AFFCF are supported by Arizona’s Qualified Foster Care Organization tax credit, which provides that donations to AFFCF qualify for a tax credit of up to $800 for couples filing jointly ($400 for individuals). Unlike a tax deduction, a tax credit is a dollar-for-dollar reduction in the donor’s tax liability; this means that a couple giving $800 will see their Arizona tax liability reduced by $800 (or their refund increased by $800) when filing their Arizona tax return. Significantly, donors do not need to itemize to claim the tax credit – any couple who would otherwise owe $800 ($400 for individuals) in Arizona income tax can take advantage of this tax credit. Donations can be made at AFFCF.org by clicking on the “Donate” tab, and then clicking on “Tax Credit”; AFFCF even sends donors the Arizona tax form they need to claim the credit at the end of each year. No one needs to donate to AFFCF in order to receive an award from AFFCF, but donations are what make AFFCF's awards possible.

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Also Known As

AFFCF

EIN

86-0468850

 Number

5345916202

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Scholarships, Student Financial Aid, Awards (B82)

Foster Care (P32)

Private Independent Foundations (T22)

IRS Filing Requirement

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

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

Self-reported by organization

Presently, there are approximately 18,000 children in foster care in Arizona.  Children are removed from their homes due to abandonment, neglect and physical and/or sexual abuse.  For over thirty years AFFCF has been committed to helping rebuild the lives of this at-risk segment of our population by providing life enriching and self esteem building experiences including tutoring, music/dance lessons, karate/sports fees, musical instrument rentals, and other positive, life-changing experiences and opportunities.  The items funded by AFFCF are not replicated by any government agency and AFFCF receives no governmental funding.

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

AFFCF General Awards

AFFCF is a 501(c)(3) organization that provides children in foster care in Arizona with awards for social, athletic and educational opportunities that are not funded by the standard government allowances or in any other way, including: • Athletic Registration and Equipment (sign-up/registration fees, soccer cleats, etc.) • Apartment set-up (for youth aging out of foster care; covers things such as pots and pans, dishes, towels, shower curtains, rugs, cleaning supplies, lamps, small appliances, etc.) • Bicycles • Camp (up to one week of summer camp or other camp per child per year) • Citizenship/Immigration (fees for green card or immigration physicals, but not attorney fees) • Class pictures (once a year per child) • Clothing (special event clothing only, e.g. prom, 8th grade graduation, Quinceañera, etc.) • Graduation Expenses (i.e., cap, gown, ring, yearbook, and other related expenses) • Instrument Rental (in 12-week funding periods; once initial request is approved, renewals can also be processed in 3-month increments) • Lessons (12-week funding periods for gymnastics, karate, music, swimming, etc.; once initial request is approved, renewals can also be processed in 3-month increments) • Optical Expenses (may be considered if government will not fund; contacts can be considered for one-time only, and documentation is required that states a specific, special need for the youth) • School Field Trips (class trips to Catalina Island, etc.) • Scooters, Skates and Skateboards • Theme Park Admissions (only for parks outside Arizona) • Tutoring Services (12-week funding periods; renewals are considered only if documentation is provided of what steps have been taken to compel the school to provide services for free) AFFCF also provides some services to former foster youth who have turned 18, specifically: • Driving lessons (for liability reasons, foster children cannot drive, but need to learn to drive as they become adults) • A limited number of college scholarships For the most part, AFFCF will consider paying 100% of the cost of these items. AFFCF does have limits on how much it can pay for any one item, but AFFCF will work with foster placements and providers of goods/services in an effort to cover 100% of the costs. To apply, visit the AFFCF website at AFFCF.org, click on the “General Awards” tab, and then click on “Award Application” (or contact AFFCF by mail or phone). AFFCF also is the go-to source for information on how to obtain goods and services for children in foster care that government does not cover, so even if AFFCF does not provide a particular good or service itself, AFFCF can help locate a provider if one exists.

Category

Human Services

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

Program 2

Keys to Success

Aside from the tings we do as outlined in our Mission Statement, in Maricopa County, AFFCF has established its Keys to Success program, designed to enable youth who are likely to age out of foster care to support themselves once they turn 18. The Keys to Success program includes a four step process: (1) investigating the youth’s personality, abilities, skills, interests and priorities; (2) matching possible careers to the results of the investigation process; (3) researching potential careers to find top three fits; and (4) preparing a plan to pursue the top career choice. AFFCF’s career development specialist works one-on-one with each youth, evaluating their interests and skills, values and personality. Once a youth completes the career exploration process, he/she will work with a volunteer who currently works with one of many companies across the Valley that are committed to hiring youth from foster care. Once a youth secures employment, AFFCF follows up regularly with the employer and the youth.

Category

Employment

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

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?
    AFFCF's goals are to make sure that every child in foster care in Arizona understands that he or she is valued, that being in foster care does not make him or her any less less valued, and to give each child in foster care the experiences and opportunities necessary for that child to understand this, to have a happy childhood, and to grow into a successful adult.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    By necessity, there is no one-size-fits-all approach to helping children in foster care. AFFCF's strategy is to offer an array of experiences and opportunities that the child's caregivers (and the child himself or herself, if old enough) can select from to meet the needs of the child in question.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    AFFCF keeps overhead to a minimum by using an Internet-based model for applications. An adult in the child's life (or the child himself or herself, if old enough) can go to AFFCF's website (affcf.org) and fill out an application. If the application meets AFFCF's criteria, the application will be granted -- in its over 30 years of operation, AFFCF has never failed to grant an application that came within its criteria. For example, if a foster parent wants to buy a child a bicycle, the foster parent would fill out the on-line application, which would be reviewed by AFFCF, and (if all criteria are met), granted within 10-14 days. A check made payable to the retailer would then be cut by AFFCF and sent to the foster parent, who then takes the check to the retailer and pays for the bicycle without coming out of pocket. This model lets AFFCF service children all over Arizona (including rural and remote areas) without the expense of maintaining warehouses or staffing multiple offices.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    There is no objective way to measure the impact of the goods and services that AFFCF provides on the lives of Arizona's children. As noted above, AFFCF relies on the adults in each child's life (and if old enough, the child himself or herself) to decide what experiences and opportunities will be most valuable to that child. AFFCF is on track in 2015 to serve 50% more children than it served in 2014, and in 2014 AFFCF served 50% more children than it had in 2013, so AFFCF is positively impacting the lives of more and more children every year.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Although AFFCF provides goods and services to thousands of children in foster care every year, we still do not touch most of the children in foster care in the state , especially in rural areas. In an effort to change this, a member of AFFCF has spent much of the year speaking to different groups across the state, spreading awareness of AFFCF and encouraging more applications for assistance from AFFCF. AFFCF also has compiled a 120+ page Directory of Organizations Aiding Arizona Foster Children and has distributed this Directory throughout the state's foster care community, in an effort to increase awareness of the resources already available, and to start a discussion in the foster care community over how all members of that community can better work together to assist children in foster care.
Service Areas

Self-reported

Arizona

The entire State of Arizona; AFFCF serves all children placed into foster care through any Arizona court case.

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Financials

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Arizona Friends of Foster Children Foundation
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

Arizona Friends of Foster Children Foundation

Leadership

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Executive Director

Ms. Kris Jacober

Program Coordinator

Mr. Kyle Tarr

BIO

Kris Jacober has been the Executive Director of Arizona Friends of Foster Children Foundation (AFFCF) since 2011. A foster parent herself many times over, she is also has been president of the Arizona Association for Foster and Adoptive Parents since 2003. Prior to joining AFFCF, Ms. Jacober held a number of marketing and communications positions in both the private and non-profit sectors, including running her own communications firm. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan, and holds a B.A. in journalism.

STATEMENT FROM THE Executive Director

"One cannot overstate the trauma children suffer when they have been abandoned, neglected and abused - sexually, physically and/or emotionally.  We find that almost every child placed in foster care has issues with their self-esteem and many even feel responsible for the situation in which they find themselves.  And, while foster care may offer them an improved environment, the children are often frightened by the uncertainty of their new and unfamiliar circumstances; this scenario is likely to repeat as most children in foster care experience an average of 3-4 different placements throughout their childhood. 

The good news is that children are resilient!  By providing educational, social and cultural opportunities comparable to children residing in healthy family situations, we start foster children along the road to emotional recovery; we raise their self-esteem and self-efficacy as we assist them in becoming capable, contributing members of our community."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Tamera Shanker

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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Yes

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

No

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

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

No

BOARD PERFORMANCE

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


ORGANIZATIONAL DEMOGRAPHICS

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Gender
Race & Ethnicity
This organization reports that it does not collect this information for Board Members, Full-Time Staff and Part-Time Staff.
Sexual Orientation

This organization reports that it does not collect this information for Board Members, Full-Time Staff and Part-Time Staff.

Disability

This organization reports that it does not collect this information for Board Members, Full-Time Staff and Part-Time Staff.

Diversity Strategies
No
We track retention of staff, board, and volunteers across demographic categories
No
We track income levels of staff, senior staff, and board across demographic categories
No
We track the age of staff, senior staff, and board
No
We track the diversity of vendors (e.g., consultants, professional service firms)
No
We have a diversity committee in place
No
We have a diversity manager in place
No
We have a diversity plan
Yes
We use other methods to support diversity
Diversity notes from the nonprofit
While AFFCF does not keep formal statistics or formally select board members or employees based on diversity categories, AFFCF does consciously look to maintain the gender and ethnic diversity of its board (our staff is too small to be able to reflect Arizona's significant diversity). We currently have board members who are of Black, White, American Indian and Latino descent.