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Skees Family Foundation

aka SFF

Santa Cruz, CA

Mission

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.

Ruling Year

2005

Principal Officer

Ms. Suzanne Skees

Program Officer and Board Secretary

Sally Skees-Helly

Main Address

PO Box 8143

Santa Cruz, CA 95061 USA

Keywords

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

EIN

83-0411607

 Number

6133911102

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Private Independent Foundations (T22)

Civil Rights, Advocacy for Specific Groups (R20)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (B01)

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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.

--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

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