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As we move forward into the new year, it’s important to thank all the directors, volunteers, and donors who have helped us get to where we are today. The Foundation enters 2022 with great enthusiasm for its mission to help disadvantaged kids in the Spokane and Coeur D’ Alene region. Last year was a challenging year for all of us, but due to a lack of resources, it was especially difficult for disadvantaged children. However, as we have turned the page in 2022, the future looks brighter than ever.

A Message From The CEO

Julie Wukelic

Financial Summary

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The Foundation is fortunate to have incredible capital market managers that partner with us to consistently exceed market expectations. To maximize the long-term impact of your generous donations, we recently adopted a new asset allocation model incorporating modern portfolio theory that is benchmarked to the Yale Foundation model. 

 

Our Investments and Property Management Committee oversees the stewardship of these activities, meeting monthly to review potential investments and report changes to the Board. They also review the long-term investment policy and asset allocation on an annual basis to ensure we are able to continue with our mission.

Children's Race

Annual Report

2021

Grant Awards - $149,000

Education

$41,000

Our educational grants engage, empower, and inspire struggling kids to believe in their future

Enrichment

$35,000

Our enrichment grants nurture curiosity, wonder, and creativity in kids through play, the arts, and outdoor immersion

Wraparound Services

$32,000

Our wraparound services grants use teamwork and coordinated resources to provide healing for disadvantaged kids

Transitional Living

$25,000

Our transitional living grants provide support, resources, and a safe place to call home for disadvantaged kids

Foster Care & Adoption

$16,000

Our foster care and adoption grants help protect, stabilize, and nurture the most disadvantaged children in our community

2021 Grants

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47 kids in

 consistent

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45 foster youth

excelling academic

goals 

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131 youth in

therapy and

healing programs

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47 previously
homeless kids
learning

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60 online

nature videos

for kids

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Diversity & Inclusion

We are committed to building a more just and equitable organization and community where all individual can achieve their full potential. It is the policy of the Foundation to provide and promote equal opportunity for all people without regard for race, color, creed, national origin, gender, age, sexual orientation, religion, marital status, familial status, veteran status, or the presence of any sensory, mental or physical disability.

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Fundraising Events

Local businesses that have sponsorship and are aligned with our mission.

Individuals who have donated their knowledge and skills to contribute the Foundation's mission.

A local business that donates goods, services, or time,

instead of cash.

Media partnerships are collaborations that are can help us to raise the visibility of our cause.

Individuals, volunteers, and corporations whose extraordinary generosity make  our mission possible.

Thank You!

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Allow two kids to have access to an online video-based course called Nature at Home, encouraging nature exploration in parks and backyards at no cost 

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Inspire and encourage two youths in a low-income situation to go to college, and support them with the tools and resources they need to succeed 

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Give four kids in low-income families located in downtown Spokane, Airway Heights, and Medical Lake the opportunity to access high-quality education 

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One mom can participate in the parenting skill lab while the child has access to childcare

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Allows three kids to participate in The Murphy House for therapeutic Behavioral Rehabilitation Service (BRS)

Donations Make A Difference

Vision

Mission

Our mission is to fund children’s charities that provide disadvantaged kids with a safe place to call home, a family that loves them, a feeling of community, and opportunities to learn, build self-esteem, and have fun.

Our vision is to help every kid to develop the self-coincidence they need to succeed.

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Stories Of Impact

Art is a powerful tool for enriching children’s lives because it builds self-confidence. Whether painting, sculpting or drawing, the finished product always inspires a sense of accomplishment.

By Mary Clare O'Shea

The American foster care system looks to provide children with supportive homes and adequate care. It is designed as a temporary solution when children are not receiving the care they need. 

By Joshua Mandik

Charity Golf Tournament 2021

Thanks to all 128 golfers, 18 corporate sponsors, and 22 volunteers, it was a huge success. With your generosity, we could bring in $90,316.28, which exceeded our goal by over $15,000.

By Julie Wukelic

Name Change for Morning Star Foundation

To help the public distinguish between Morning Star Boys’ Ranch and Morning Star Foundation, Morning Star Foundation announces an organizational name change to “Believe In Me”.  

By Julie Wukelic

The Best Donation! 5 ways to becoming a better donor

You’ve decided you want to start giving to your local charities. You're comfortable in your finances and want to put your surplus towards a worthy cause. The question is; how do I give the best donation?

By Bryan Smith

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