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  • 2023 Thank You Supporters | Believe in Me

    Thank You To Our Many Generous Supporters The work of The Foundation depends on the commitment and generosity of private philanthropy. We gratefully want to acknowledge the individuals, corporations, and foundations who continue to help make The Foundation work possible. Our volunteers, donors, and partners are helping to fund children’s charities that provide marginalized 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. Aaron Riley Abigail k berry Abigail Martin Al Batson Alan Hernandez Alene Marie Alexander Alex Hill Alex Reed Alexis Ryd Alyson Gardner Alyssa Maple Amber McLeod Anadia Grier Andrea Couch Angela Carlson Angela John Angelique Heinzen Annie Townsend Anonymous Donor Anthony Cook Antigone Manikoth Ariana Macioce Ashley Cone Becky Strasser Beth Taylor Betty McMahon Betty Seablom Blake Bledsoe Brandon Gilbert Brian Buckholtz Brian Patterson Bridget Rypien Brittany Quansah Brynne Malone Caig Buchanan Calley Valley Carrie Paquette Cassidy Doohan Catherine Hudek chantal bonner Cherry Aasen Chloe Oltman Chris Carey Chris DeCleur Christopher Ribbeck Cindy Ehrlich Clay Damon Cola K Boyer Colin Ryan Prestesater Connor Walsh Cory M. Edwards Courtney Miller Dan Menser Dana Richardson Danny Straub Darhl Edwards Darla Jackson Daryl Baker Dave Bozett Dave Nichols David Johnson Deni Linhart Derrick Jennings Diane Tortorelli Diego Morales Donald Patterson Doug Cox Doug Wellsandt Edward & Lugene Gabrielson Edwin Q Webster, Jr. Edwin Webster Elizabeth Spruill Erick Peck Financial Aid Contact Gayle Earling George and Julie Wukelic George Wukelic Sr. Gerald Grzebielski Grant Ogren Grayson Ervin Hailey basaraba Hailey Croci Hannah Zuraff Holly Goodman Hunter Olson Inna Aleksandrov Jack Thompson Jr. Jake Gaebe Jake Morrison James Morrison James Simmons Jamie Albertini Jan Ager Karel Jane L MacPherson Jane Wich Jared Thomas Webster Jason Evans Jason Johnson aka Nova Kaine Jeff Collins Jeff Guillen Jerry Pederson Jim Moore Jim Walden JoAnna Jordan Joey Dimarco John Benjamin Reznicek John Fritz John Hoover John Paul Hunt John Powers John Powers III John Reznicek Jordan Urness Josh Smylie Josh Vick Juan Acevedo Julie Wukelic Karen Hudson Karen Peterson Karen Stebbins Karin Engstrom Kate Kamerrer Katie Heineman Katie Parsons Kayla Lavea ​ Keith Shipman Kendel Froese Keri Rose Kevin May Kiffen Overbay Kim mower Kris Kallem Kristal McMahan Krystal Burns Kurt Heineman Kurt Hoffman Kyle Nye Kyle Rezin Kyrstin K Vens Lana Annis Laura Biem Les Bohush Leslie Cogley Leslie Patricia Cogley Leslie Woodfill Levi Liljenquist Linda Paurus Lindly Crissa Lis Boyer Lisa Henniger Lisa Ruggles Logan Webbenhurst Lori Brennan Lori Keegan Lorraine Gray Luke Wetzstein Lynn Harris Lynnetta Lewis Marcy Singleton Maria Konen Matt Plank Matthew Laventzis Matthew Taylor Mckee Sitts Meghan McCausland Melissa Winslow Michael Calderon Michael Coumont Michael Crawford Michael Glockling Michael Matthias Michael S Wukelic Misty West Morgan Jones Murillo Martins Nancy Walden Natalie Strasser Nathan L Schroeder Nathan SiJohn Nick Fry Nikki Lee Hilton Patrick Afif Paul Anthony Sorensen Paul Hutton Philip C Mecum Queila McDonald Raeven Roth Randy Sorenson Rebecca Taylor Rebecca Walters Renee Hasler Ballantyne Richard Young Robert Baker Roger Renne Rosetta Hagel Roy McHaney Rushell Thelen Ryan Lysne Ryan Schaffer Sally Bartlett Samantha Wheeler Sara Bunke Sarah K Hauge Scott Morton Scott Satake Scott Wetzel Sean Edwards Sean Warner Sejin Lim Shannon Whitney Shawn Davis Shellie Speck Skyler Oberst Spencer Greer Steve Flewelling v Steve Holland Steve Neff Steve Roth Steve Stockton Steven Thomas Sue Dahl Suzanne Kelly Sybil MacDonald Tami Montgomery Tanicia Thompson Tari Brown Taylor Luckey Taysia Matthias Ted Carroll Teo Damitio Terri Weeding Tianah Sangster Tiffany Dye Tim Arndt Tim Brandle Tim Carpenter Tim Hillstrom Tim Lenihan Tom Krustangel Tony Cook Tony Poston Tracy Morgan Tristen Pebles Troy Teal Tyler Wagar Valerie Santillanes Vani vellaturi Wanda Buddrius Wendy Scott William (Bill) Anderson Woody Sorensen Donors Donor Spotlight Scott and Tracie Wetzel Believe in Me extends our heartfelt gratitude to Scott and Tracie Wetzel for their generous contributions to our mission. The Wetzel's philanthropy, including significant support for our Place to Call Home event and our annual Gala, has been instrumental in furthering our efforts to aid marginalized youth. ​ With a deep-rooted commitment to community service, Scott Wetzel, as President and CEO of Windermere Services Mountain West, and Tracie Wetzel have demonstrated an unwavering dedication to making a difference. Their leadership in business and community initiatives reflects a profound understanding of the power of collective action to foster positive change. ​ The Wetzels' involvement with Believe in Me is a testament to their belief in empowering and uplifting those in need. Their support has been vital in enabling us to provide essential resources and opportunities to the youth we serve. It is the generosity of individuals like Scott and Tracie Wetzel that enables us to continue our crucial work. ​ We are deeply appreciative of the Wetzels' ongoing commitment and are inspired by their example of service and philanthropy. Volunteers Shawn Davis, who serves as the Chair of the marketing committee for Believe in Me, has recently been recognized for his exceptional volunteer service. Honored by BECU and KXLY through their Volunteers Count spotlight, Shawn's dedication and contributions have not only elevated the organization's initiatives but have also garnered significant recognition and support. In acknowledgment of his outstanding volunteer efforts, BECU donated $1,000 to Believe in Me, celebrating Shawn's commitment to making a positive impact in the community. Thank you, Shawn! 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These partners are an essential part of our strategy, providing us with space to promote our mission, our grants, and our event. We extend our deepest gratitude for our media partnerships that have helped us in the past few months. Corporate Sponsorship We appreciate our relationships with local businesses for sponsorship and alignment with our mission. Corporate philanthropy plays an integral role in the strategy of many Spokane companies because customers and employees alike tend to transact positively with organizations that join our cause. Aarons Foundation Inc Advisors Asset Management Alliant Insurance Services AmFund Arby's BackSwing Golf Events Banner Bank Best Western Peppertree Airport Inn Bison Printing Boeing Employees Credit Union (BECU) Career Search International Charity Golf International Coeur d'Alene Casino & Resort Hotel CougsFirst Cruise Planners Dry Fly Distilling Inc Eastern Washington University Athletics Electric Photoland Fairview Assisted Living Fine Image Portrait Art Flatstick Pub Flying Squirrel Sports Gander & Ryegrass Gingerbread Traditions glassybaby Greater Spokane Inc - GSI Heritage Funeral Home & Crematory I'D Golf LLC Idaho Central Credit Union Ignitium: Account Based Marketing Agency JAX Consulting Kalispel Golf & Country Club Keller Williams KLU Marketing LLC Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Learfield IMG College Ticket Solutions Lila Beauty Co Lithoart Live Nation Worldwide, Inc. 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  • Web Application Development | Believe in Me

    Web Application Development Opportunity Ready to revolutionize post-secondary education with your web application development skills? Believe in Me seeks passionate individuals to join our team and help create the 1st Gen College Hub app. Join us in empowering first-generation college students and reshaping their educational journey. Who We Are Believe in Me is committed to breaking down barriers and providing underrepresented students resources, guidance, and community support. With your help in web application development, we can significantly impact the lives of first-generation college students. At Believe in Me, we're dedicated to leveling the playing field for first-generation college students. The 1st Gen College Hub app is more than just a tool; it's a lifeline, providing essential resources, guidance, and support to underrepresented students as they navigate the complexities of higher education. With our user-friendly platform, students can access a wealth of resources, connect with mentors and peers, and find the support they need to thrive academically and personally. We believe every student deserves an equal opportunity to succeed, and our app is here to make that vision a reality. What Is The 1st Gen College Hub App This remote opportunity allows you to contribute from anywhere with an internet connection. Whether you prefer to work from the comfort of your home or a local café, you can make a difference in students' lives nationwide. What Do Our Web Application Development Volunteers Do? Do I Have To Volunteer In Person As a part of our web application development team, you'll be instrumental in designing, coding, and maintaining the 1st Gen College Hub app. Using your expertise in web technologies; you'll collaborate with our team to create an intuitive and impactful platform for first-gen college students. We're looking for dedicated individuals who can commit approximately 10-15 hours monthly to web application development. With flexible scheduling, you can balance your volunteer work with other commitments. Web Application Development Time Commitment Impactful Work: Your contributions will directly benefit first-gen college students, providing them with essential resources and support. Skill Development: Gain valuable experience in web application development and expand your skill set in a collaborative environment. Community Impact: Join a passionate community dedicated to improving educational opportunities for underrepresented students. Why Join Our Web Application Development Volunteer Team? Apply Now About Believe in Me Believe in Me is a nonprofit organization dedicated to leveling the playing field for first generation college students. With our 1st Gen College Hub app, we aim to provide a comprehensive support system tailored to the unique needs of first-gen students, from college exploration to graduation and beyond. Apply And Join Our Web Application Development Team Today Ready to make an impact through web application development? Join us in building the 1st Gen College Hub app and transforming education access for first-generation college students. Next Steps: Web Application Development Volunteer Application Apply: Submit your application through our website, showcasing your experience and skills in web application development. Interview: If selected, you'll participate in an interview to discuss your background and how you can contribute to the project. Onboarding: Once onboard, you'll receive access to project resources and documentation to get started. Development: Dive into coding and collaborate with the team to bring the 1st Gen College Hub app to life. Feedback and Iteration: Continuously iterate on features based on user feedback and project milestones. Apply Now Volunteer grants offer employees a unique opportunity to amplify their impact. By engaging in volunteer work, you can trigger additional financial support from your employer, effectively doubling your contributions. We encourage you to explore this option at Believe in Me, maximizing your efforts to empower first-gen college students. Us the search bar below to see if your employer offers a volunteer grant! Double Your Impact With A Volunteer Grant Through Your Employer

  • VIP Silent Auction | Believe in Me

    Explore Our VIP Silent Auction Vacation Packages The Ultimate Indulgence France, Belgium & England Embark on the ultimate European getaway with this 7-day, 6-night trip for two. Begin in Paris and journey to the Champagne Region, where you'll explore vineyards and visit the elegant Moet & Chandon estate. Then, hop on the Eurostar to Brussels for a chocolate-filled adventure, including visits to renowned chocolate shops and a workshop with a Master Chocolatier. Finally, head to London for a deluxe hotel stays near top shopping destinations. This package includes roundtrip airfare, luxury accommodations, guided tours, tastings, and a city tour. Your dreams of champagne, chocolate, and designer shopping will come true on this unforgettable journey. $6,400 Opening Bid Wild and Wonderful Canadian Rockies Experience Canada's majestic wilderness with a 7-day adventure for two, including roundtrip airfare to Calgary, deluxe accommodations for six nights at stunning locations like Lake Louise and Banff, and the freedom to travel without blackout dates for three years. Immerse yourself in breathtaking views of snow-capped mountains, wildflower-painted meadows, and turquoise lakes reflecting the endless blue sky. From exploring Calgary's Wild West charm to witnessing the splendor of Banff National Park and indulging in outdoor activities like gondola rides and canoeing, this outdoor adventure promises a lifetime of thrilling memories. $5,900 Opening Bid Sun Splashed Spain Barcelona and Mallorca Embark on a remarkable 7-day, 6-night getaway to Barcelona and Mallorca. Barcelona's extraordinary art and architecture await, with skip-the-line access to Antoni Gaudi's masterpieces and an enchanting flamenco show. In Mallorca, indulge in pristine beaches, charming restaurants, and a breathtaking catamaran tour. This comprehensive package for two includes roundtrip airfare, deluxe accommodations, guided tours, dinner with a flamenco performance, a flight to Mallorca, and the expertise of a Travel Specialist. With no blackout dates, you have three years to embark on this unforgettable journey and create magical memories. Upgrade options and extensions are available upon request. $5,900 Opening Bid James Bond Adventure Switzerland, Venice & Monte Carlo Transport yourself to the world of James Bond as embark on an unforgettable journey. From the stunning Swiss landscapes of Zürich, where delectable dining and world-class chocolate await, to the historic streets of Venice, alive with art and culture, and the glamorous playground of Monte Carlo, where opulence and Michelin-starred restaurants beckon, this adventure is the epitome of romance. Explore Bond's hideaways, such as Piz Gloria, indulge in gourmet experiences, and try your luck at baccarat in the real Casino Royale. With round-trip air connections, deluxe accommodations, and three years to revel in this thrilling escapade, let your dedicated travel specialist handle the details. $7,400 Opening Bid Wild Wonders African Safari Experience the fulfillment of your dreams at a luxurious lakefront safari camp nestled in South Africa's lush savannah, surrounded by majestic mountains. Discover the wonders of Mother Nature as you witness exotic wildlife roaming freely in their natural habitat. Embark on escorted photo safaris, guided by experts, to observe wild animals up close to the safety of your Safari vehicle. Indulge in the serenity of your private lodge, complete with a plunge pool, and admire vibrant birds from your balcony. Delight in candlelight dinners and starlit barbecues under the vast African sky. Retreat to your lavish safari tent overlooking the moonlit lake for a peaceful slumber. Includes accommodations, game drives, meals, and transfers. LAND ONLY - NO AIR INCLUDED $6,300 Opening Bid A Dalmation Coast Odyssey Zagreb, Split, Dubrovnik Embark on a captivating Croatian escape, starting in Zagreb, a quirky city filled with charming cafes and offbeat museums. Explore St. Mark's Church and Dolak Market before heading to the breathtaking Plitvice Lakes National Park. Glide on transparent waters and hike across wooden footbridges. Continue to Split, where you'll be surprised at every corner, taking a speedboat ride to Stiniva Cove. Finally, ferry down the Dalmatian Coast to Dubrovnik, stroll through the Old Town, and witness the stunning sunset. Includes accommodations, transportation, city tours, a visit to Plitvice Lakes, and a cruise from Split. ​ LAND ONLY - NO AIR INCLUDED $4,100 Opening Bid Rainforest or Beachside Golf Tropical Costa Rica Imagine inhaling the fragrant tropical flowers and feeling the soothing breezes in Costa Rica. Pristine beaches, breathtaking vistas, lush rainforests, and unique natural wonders await. Relax by a glistening pool or on a sugar sand beach. Choose tranquility or thrilling adventures like exploring the rainforest and zip-lining through the jungle. Relax in deluxe accommodations for 7 days and 6 nights at a 4-star resort. From zip-lining through the jungle canopy to exploring volcanoes, tailor your dream vacation. This exclusive package for two includes round-trip airfare, personalized booking assistance, and a three-year window with no blackout dates. $4,900 Opening Bid 3 Years to Vacation With three years to book and travel, you benefit from the flexibility time has to offer when planning your trip. No Black-out Dates New Year's, 4th of July, Thanksgiving and Christmas are all options for booking your dream vacation! Roundtrip Airfare Most of our vacation packages come with roundtrip airfare for you and your companion. Luxury Accommodations Rest and relax in the lap of luxury at the best resorts and hotels available in the area. Travel for Two You never have to worry about traveling alone because all our packages are built for two! White-Glove Service Feel like royalty when you book your travel through our white-glove travel agency services VIP Silent Auction Vacation Package Details We Believe in the Value of Community Engagement We believe that there’s no better way to get to know prospective volunteers and donors than to spend some quality time and have a little fun together. For this reason, Believe in Me hosts a myriad of entertaining events throughout the year to allow us to have some fun while getting to know you a little better. All throughout the year, we put a spotlight on the causes that are important to us while letting our hair down, having some fun, and getting to know you! Believe in Me VIP SILENT AUCTION An Auction With A Very Important Purpose If you’ve been plagued with wanderlust, we’ve got some amazing packages for you to embark on the trip of a lifetime. Relax and unwind – all while supporting a good cause! All proceeds go to benefit Believe in Me and our mission to help marginalized kids in the community. ​If you cannot make it to the event and would like to place a proxy bid, please contact: ​ QueiLa Macdonald (407) 895-8000 qmacdonald@amfund.org ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ Set Up Bidder Profile

  • 2022 Thank You For Your Support | Believe in Me

    Eric Agnew Jamie Albertini Richard Alex Repp Alyssa Ando Spencer Ansett Nick Auble Bonnie Avery Tim Ayers Chandler Baird Janet Banaugh Erica Baty Ka Baty Johnnie Beans Jr Austin Billeter Blake Bledsoe Matthew Boles Dave Bozett Tim Brandle Julia Bredin Scott Brewer Laurene and Steve Burton Eric Camp Tom Casagrande Darren Case Bob Castle Eric Centenari Alex Cey-Morrow Kellen Clute Sean Coen Kevin Cox Barry and Bernadette Curry Leslie Czernik Jim Czirr Christian Davenny Jeffrey Davenny Christopher Davis Shawn Davis Jason Day Chris DeCleur Shannon Demant Candace Diems Kiantha Duncan Teo Elliot Damitio Scott Ferguson John Fritz Pete Fronte Nick Gerard Fielding Glowrance Gladden Michael and Rexanne Glockling Burdette Greeny Rachael Guerrero Andy Hastings Barbara Haynes Tracy Heartburg Jeanne Helfer Nikki Hilton Jeremy Hornig Amber Hull Paul Hutton Michelle Ione Ely Micki Jacobs Andy James Alexis Johnson Kendra Johnson Kevin Jones Charles Juhlin Jonathan Kalisvaart Jennifer Kalisvaart Kris Kallem Jared Karsetter Valerie Keegan Michael Kelsey Mark Kennedy Travis Key Scott King Jeannie Kohn Brandon Krotzer Tom Krustangle Chad Kubik Dayne Kuhlmann Andrew Kusuda Tyler Lafferty Bradley Lafferty Timothy Ledford Deni Linhart Ron Liss Kimberly LiVecchi Sherri Lord Tiffany Loveless Jeff Lyman Ryan Lysne Crystal Madsen Heavin Maier Brandon Mailhot Chris Malde Rebecca Mallo ​ Aaron Mallo Toby Martin Karen Alexandra Martinez Urrego John McCormack Charles McDonald Dan Menser Robert Milhem Brad Miller Holly Montgomery Kimberlee Moore Mike Moore Isaac Moore Scott Morton Brian Newberry Tim and Sandra O'doherty Lance Paine Matthew Parsons Chris Patrick Wellness Patriots Chris Patterson Anthony Patterson Esther Paul Jason Paull Sarah Peterson Patrick Peterson Ken Pickens Lindsey Pinckney Frederic Poust John Powers John Powers III Colin and Kelsey Prestesater Colin Prestesater Stephen Preston Ramsey Pruchnic Shayla Prutsman Teagan Purpura Bonny Putney Jason Ramsey Debra Raub Kale Reichersamer Richard Repp Kyle Rezin Patricia Richardson Aaron Riley Dan Roark Hillary Robbins Joseph Rossetti Scott Rozic ​ Venessa Rudd Lisa Ruggles Rita Santiago Jennifer Saunders Nathan Schroeder Jeremy Schuiteman Betty Seablom Jeremiah Shakespeare Thuy Silva Jeff Simmelink Sean Siroshton Connor Skinner Lawrence Smith Oleg Solodyankin Alex Solodyankin Paul Sorensen Tiffany Spellman Elizabeth Spruill Gary Stickel Steve Stockton Riley Stockton Kyle Strohmaier Zelda Swain Greg Sweeney Emily Tellvik Keven Thompson Eric Thun Tim Tonani John Twining Alan Unis, M.D. Jordan Urness David Van Belle Vani Vellaturi Adam Wabs Steven Walther Logan Webbenhurst Edwin Webster Peter Weitzman Doug Wellsandt Clancy Welsh Gregory West Scott and Tracie Wetzel Jane Wich Jess Wiedel Valerie Wilkerson Melissa Williams Heather Wilson Michael and Julie Wukelic Lynn Zahniser Donors Corporate Sponsorship We appreciate our relationships with local businesses for sponsorship and alignment with our mission. Corporate philanthropy plays an integral role in the strategy of many Spokane companies because customers and employees alike tend to transact positively with organizations that join our cause. Media Partners Media partnerships are collaborations that are can help us to raise the visibility of our cause. These partners are an essential part of our strategy, providing us with space to promote our mission, our grants, and our event. We extend our deepest gratitude for our media partnerships that have helped us in the past few months. Thank You To Our Many Generous Supporters The work of The Foundation depends on the commitment and generosity of private philanthropy. We gratefully want to acknowledge the individuals, corporations, and foundations who continue to help make The Foundation work possible. Our volunteers, donors, and partners are helping to fund children’s charities that provide marginalized 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. Donor Spotlight John Powers lll We are thrilled to spotlight one of our generous donors, John Powers III. As the son of one of our board members and a successful commercial real estate agent at NAI Black, John is a shining example of someone who uses their success to give back to their community. John believes in creating opportunities through hard work and research and utilizes his confidence and abilities to develop a strong network of satisfied customers and clients. Before joining NAI Black, he worked for several Seattle and Puget Sound-based companies where he specialized in retail leasing and restaurant business, including a commercial real estate company he co-founded in Bellevue, WA. At that company, he was the Marketing Manager and Director of restaurant sales. He was responsible for taking the company from a small office start-up to being recognized as one of Washington's industry leaders in restaurant sales. Despite his impressive professional accomplishments, what truly sets John apart is his big heart and commitment to making a difference in the lives of others. ​ We are grateful for John's support and generosity. He is a shining example of how we can all make a difference in the world by using our talents and resources to support causes close to our hearts. Thank you, John, for being a part of the Believe in Me family and for your commitment to creating a brighter future for marginalized youth. Volunteers Julia Parmann was more than just a volunteer; she was a vibrant and passionate person who left a lasting impact on those around her. As a Believe in Me volunteer, we were very saddened to learn that she passed away shortly after our 2022 golf tournament, but her legacy lives on through her work with the Blazen Divaz. She deeply loved parades and had been involved in them since she was a child. She continued to work on choreography and details of the Coeur d’Alene Downtown Association's Lighting Ceremony Parade until the day she passed away. Adam Ackerman Brandee Ackerman Jorgelina Alba Alene Alexander Phil Anderson Karly Basham Shelby Berkompis Machaiah Bradshaw Amberly Breja Lori Brennan Kathleen Cave Karen Conlon Teo Damitio Stacey Davis Casey Dunham Heather Dunn Elaine Eberly Cory Edwards Bethany Ellis Kelly Erickson Cameryn Flynn Logan Foster Brianna Gilge Mari Gilge Rexanne Glockling Michael Glockling Jada Graham Nancy Grissom Breanna Harper Jeanne Helfer Calley Janson Alexis Johnson Kevin Jones Kayla Kees Janie Rue Kein Jaci Kruse Tiana Lavrova Laura Lesser Mary Lien Michelle Lonero Joe Lonero Tiffany Loveless Matthew Loveless Kay Mills Steve Mills Terri Mosher Darla Nguyen Connie Nielsen Joseph Parapeedikail John Parmann Julia Parmann Colin Prestesater Mary Reno Patricia Richardson Aaron Riley Shea Rubright Tonya Rutan Matthew Schafer Betty Seablom Mina Shin Darcy Sinsley Jean Slagle Julie Sleep Lillian Sowa April Stallinga Karen Stebbins Gay Stuhlmiller Jake Summers Kathy Tessendorf Tai Tran Daisy Tran Jenn Trujillo Justin Vallicoff Kyrstin Vens Shelley Webb Jared Webster Christina Wingfield Joshua Woods Michael Wukelic Volunteer Spotlight Julia Parmann Golf Tournament Volunteer Read Article

  • Believe In Me Charity Golf Tournament | Believe in Me

    MONDAY June 17, 2024 2:00 PM Round TEXT GOLF22 TO 44-321 TO DONATE Standard text and messaging rates apply. Help us raise $75,000 to benefit disadvantaged kids and earn bragging rights at the Believe in Me Charity Golf Tournament. Join us on the green Jun. 10 at Circling Raven Golf Club in Worley, ID. Rally your golfing buddies and join us for a fun day of competition on one of the most scenic courses in the Pacific Northwest. Your round of golf, lunch, dinner, and drinks will be provided. Show the most vulnerable kids in our community that you believe in them and recruit your golf-pro friends to play for a great cause. Corporate sponsorships are available. ​ Experience Circling Raven Golf Club Voted North Idaho’s Best Course and Golf Digest's Top 100 Courses Golfweek’s Best 2020 – Best Courses You Can Play’ list State of the art golf carts with GPS Beautiful course with 620 acres of wetlands, woodlands, and Palouse grasses Nearby resort and casino for after-golf activities Help us raise $75,000 to benefit disadvantaged kids and earn bragging rights at the Believe in Me Charity Golf Tournament. Join us on the green Jun. 10 at Circling Raven Golf Club in Worley, ID. Rally your golfing buddies and join us for a fun day of competition on one of the most scenic courses in the Pacific Northwest. Your round of golf, lunch, dinner, and drinks will be provided. Show the most vulnerable kids in our community that you believe in them and recruit your golf-pro friends to play for a great cause. Corporate sponsorships are available. ​ Experience Circling Raven Golf Club Voted North Idaho’s Best Course and Golf Digest's Top 100 Courses Golfweek’s Best 2020 – Best Courses You Can Play’ list State of the art golf carts with GPS Beautiful course with 620 acres of wetlands, woodlands, and Palouse grasses Nearby resort and casino for after-golf activities Sponsorship Flyer Help us raise $125,000 to benefit marginalized kids and earn bragging rights at the Believe in Me Charity Golf Tournament. Join us on the green on Jun. 17 at Circling Raven Golf Club in Worley, ID. Rally your golfing buddies and join us for a fun day of competition on one of the most scenic courses in the Pacific Northwest. Your round of golf, pre and post-game meals, and drinks will be provided. Show the most vulnerable kids in our community that you believe in them and recruit your golfing buddies to play for a great cause. Corporate sponsorships are available. ​ Experience Circling Raven Golf Club #1 Public Course in Idaho Voted North Idaho’s Best Course and Golf Digest's Top 100 Courses Golfweek’s Best 2021 – Best Courses You Can Play’ list State-of-the-art golf carts with GPS Beautiful course with 620 acres of wetlands, woodlands, and Palouse grasses Nearby resort and casino for after-golf activities FRIDAY June 9, 2023 For times, see detailed event schedule VIP Silent Auction PM Round 12:30 pm Registration, Lunch, Bloody Mary Bar, driving range, and putting green 1:40 pm Review rules of play, contests, and group picture 2:00 pm Head to hole and tee off 6:00 pm Turn in score cards and watch the leaderboard 6:30 pm Catered dinner in the Stensgar Pavilion, awards presentation and program UPCOMING EVENT Believe in Me David Vonbrethorst Memorial Charity Golf Tournament Location: Circling Raven Golf Club Date: Jun. 17, 2024 Time: Afternoon Round - 2:00 PM Tee Time Price: Starting at $300 pp Register Here Photo Gallery 2021 Ace TITLE & DINNER SPONSOR Exclusive Sponsorship - $15,000 Green Fees and Golf Cart Included - (4) foursomes Co-branding with the event title Radio, outdoor, TV, newspaper, print ads Corporate logo recognition on marketing/event materials Corporate logo recognition on the event website page Your company name and details added to the event media and press releases Logo included for one (1) day of mobile billboard coverage Acknowledgment in the Believe in Me quarterly newsletter Two (2) branded social media posts weekly for two (2) months prior to the event Corporate logo recognition on the event day banner Reserved VIP parking for your teams Reserved VIP seating at dinner and awards reception Tee off on hole #1 Your company will be named the host of dinner & drinks for the attendees Logo/name on table signs at the awards ceremony ​ ​ ​ ​ Let's Chat Albatross GOLF CARTS & BALL SPONSOR -OR- APPAREL SPONSOR Exclusive Sponsorship - $7,500 to $10,000 Green Fees and Golf Cart Included - (2) foursomes) Radio, outdoor, TV, newspaper, print ads Corporate logo recognition on marketing/event materials Corporate logo recognition on the event website page One (1) branded social media post weekly for two (2) months prior to the event Acknowledgment in the Believe in Me quarterly newsletter Corporate logo recognition on the event day banner Logo/name on over sixty (60) golf carts Logo on all golf balls presented to players One (1) promotional spot in cart GPS Reserved VIP parking for your team Reserved VIP seating at dinner and awards reception ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ Let's Chat Eagle LUNCH SPONSOR Afternoon Round Sponsorships Available - $5,000 Green Fees and Golf Cart Included - (2) foursomes) Radio, outdoor, TV, newspaper, print ads Corporate logo recognition on marketing/event materials Corporate logo recognition on the event website page One (1) branded social media post weekly for two (2) months prior to the event Acknowledgment in the Believe in Me quarterly newsletter Corporate logo recognition on the event day banner Host for Lunch Logo/Name on Lunch Packaging One (1) promotional spot in cart GPS Reserved VIP parking for your team Reserved VIP seating at dinner and awards reception ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ Let's Chat Birdie DRINK SPONSOR Afternoon Round Sponsorships Available - $4,000 Green Fees and Golf Cart Included - 1 foursome Logo on all marketing materials and website One (1) branded social media post weekly for one (1) month prior to the event Corporate logo recognition on the event day banner One (1) promotional spot in cart GPS Sponsoring beverage carts and coolers during play Corporate logo on all beverage carts Corporate logo at beverage stations Recognition during program Let's Chat Par LEADERBOARD -OR- CONTEST SPONSOR -OR- SCORECARDS $2,000 Green Fees and Golf Cart Included - (1) foursomes Corporate logo recognition on the event day banner Logo displayed on the leaderboard inside Stensgard Pavillion and clubhouse monitors -or- Logo displayed on the scorecards -or- Custom signage on the closest to the pin contest -or- Custom signage on the hole-in-one contest -or- Custom signage on the longest drive contest ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ Let's Chat Bogey PIN FLAG -OR- TEE SPONSOR Put Your Brand in the Spotlight - $1,500 Green Fees and Golf Cart Included - (1) foursome Corporate logo recognition on the event day banner Full-color custom sign with your logo/name One (1) promotional spot in cart GPS - or- One (1) promotional spot in the driving range - or- One (1) promotional spot in the driving range ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ Let's Chat Sponsorships Packages Coeur D'Alene Casino Resort Hotel Available Rooms: (5) Deluxe Single Rooms in the Spa Tower at $129.95 per night (10) Non-smoking Double Queen Rooms in the Mountain Lodge at $109.95 per night ​ Complimentary Valet & on-site parking, Bell staff-awaits your arrival Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the property An indoor pool and hot tub are located in the Lodge Access to Fitness Center and Business Center Check-in time begins at 4:00 pm. Check-out is at 11:00 am ​ Reservation Deadline May 31st ​ Reservation Line 800-523-2464. Group Rate Booking ID 10633 Coming Soon Meet Troy Teal, Long Drive Professional Prepare yourself to be amazed by the talents of Troy Teal, Long Drive Professional from the Tri-Cities area. He has the ability to hit drives over 430 yards with ease and skill. You will be struck by his precision and ability to tee off from the most precarious of places. Be sure to bring some extra cash to enter the "Hole in One" contest where you can use Troy's drive to get you as close as possible to the hole where you will get a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to sink your ball with one swing on a Par 5. Last year's prize was an all-expense paid trip to Pebble Beach! Photo Gallery 2022 Meet Our Corporate Sponsors Golf Packages PM Round Package $1,100 per Foursome Volunteer before the Afternoon Round - Get 50% off! 2:00 pm Tee Time Scramble Play Green Fees and Golf Cart Included Gourmet lunch and Dinner Provided Wine, Beer, and Soft Drinks Included $20 Casino Credit Swag bag Cheats available for purchase GET TICKETS Cheating for Charity Avoid the Lines Purchase Your Cheats Ahead of Time Mulligans String Red-tee Advantage Grenade Balls Thunder & Lighting Buy Cheats David VonBrethorst Believe in Me members, in support of Circling Raven Golf Club, want to honor and remember David VonBrethorst PGA Professional, and the legacy he has left behind at the Golf Course, with all the golfers he taught, supported and played with, and with the community in general. ​ We wanted to quote John Blanchette's article from the Spokesman-Review about David: ​ "Necessary to illustrate that for all the many sides to the man, there was always another to be found, and that however far he would go with his passions – his family and friends, his work as a pastor, coaching girls track and finally as a golf professional, most recently at Circling Raven Golf Club – he could always find it in himself to go beyond, especially in the furtherance of everyday needling... He made people believe in themselves". ​ We want to invite you to learn more about the forever icon, David VonBrethorst, from both the Circling Raven Golf Club and the Believe in Me Golf Tournament. Read The Article

  • Education | Believe in Me

    Education Opportunities to Learn Statistics in the USA One in five kids in the United States lives in a household with an income below the poverty line. This means that millions of children are growing up without access to the resources they need to thrive. Unfortunately, this also has a major impact on their education. Studies have shown that kids from low-income families are more likely to drop out of school, and those who do graduate are less likely to go on to college. They are also more likely to struggle academically, and their test scores are typically lower than those of their more affluent peers. Why Marginalized Kids Struggle With School One of the most frustrating realities facing education today is that kids who need the most help often receive the least. Whether it's because of poverty, racism, or a lack of resources, these kids often start school at a disadvantage and then fall even further behind as they struggle to keep up with their peers. As a result, they are more likely to drop out of school and end up in a cycle of poverty and despair. <50% of low-income children are ready for school at the age of five Only 63% of kids from low-income families complete high school Only 40% of teen mothers graduate from high school 70% of inmates do not have a high school diploma >75% of low-income 4th and 8th-grade students are not proficient in reading or math >77% of 4th and 8th-grade students of color are not proficient in reading or math Students in foster care are more likely to be suspended or expelled from school Approx ⅔ kids in juvenile detention drop out of school Education Programs Help Kids Feel Smart Education is key to breaking the cycle of poverty and ensuring that all kids have an opportunity to succeed. Investing in education is essential if we want to create a fairer and more just society for everyone. Thankfully, there are programs and initiatives that are working to close the achievement gap and give all kids an equal chance at success. But until we address the underlying factors that disadvantaged kids face, we will continue to see too many bright young minds falling through the cracks. Giving Marginalized Kids Opportunities to Learn Too many kids in the United States are growing up without access to the resources they need to thrive, including a quality education. Millions of children are at a disadvantage from the start. They are more likely to drop out of school, and those who do graduate are less likely to go on to college. They are also more likely to struggle academically, and their test scores are typically lower than those of their more affluent peers. Believe in Me funds educational programs that provide support, resources, and opportunities to learn for marginalized kids. With your help, we can help them stay in school and graduate with the skills they need for future success. Your Donation Can Make A Difference All kids deserve a quality education! That’s why we're working hard to make sure that every child has the opportunity to succeed. We know that education is the key to breaking the cycle of poverty and making society better for everyone. We also know that some kids don't have as many advantages as others, and we want to help change that. Keep reading for examples of how your kindness and caring are helping ensure no child is left behind. Donate Volunteer Apply for a grant

  • Foster Care & Adoption | Believe in Me

    Foster Care & Adoption Kids Need a Family That Loves Them Foster Kids Deserve a Chance at Life The number of foster youth in America is at an all-time high, with around 424 thousand children currently being cared for by the state. With a rise in childhood trauma, abuse, and neglect, there has been a significant increase over recent years as demand for foster families far exceeds what's available. Providing Healing to Foster Care Kids Foster kids face extreme trauma and are often bounced around from place to place, never really having a sense of stability or belonging. Having been removed from their homes without any warning, they face uncertainty about their future, not knowing when (or if) they will be able to return home, or where they will live next. Overcome with anxiety and insecurity, the emotional needs of foster kids are not being met, leading to serious problems like depression, substance abuse, and even suicide. It is essential that we do everything we can to provide them with stability and security, and make sure that their voices are heard. Latest Stories Foster kids have it tough. They often experience abuse, neglect, and trauma that can have lasting effects on their mental health. This makes it difficult for them to cope emotionally and interact with others. They need stability and security more than anything, but they often fall through the cracks. Believe in Me funds foster care services that provide support, resources, and a loving family for foster kids. With your help, we can give these kids the chance they deserve to heal and thrive. How Believe in Me is Tackling Educational Inequities in the Foster Care System By Cameryn Flynn It’s no secret that children in foster care often face educational disadvantages. Unfortunately, those disadvantages can follow them for the rest of their lives and make reaching success even harder. That’s why at Believe in Me we strive to ensure all children have access to comprehensive and equitable educational opportunities. Read Article National Adoption Awareness Month: Every Kid Deserves A Family That Loves Them By Julie Wukelic November is National Adoption Awareness Month. This is a time when we celebrate the families that have adopted children and raise awareness for the many kids who need homes. In this blog post, we will discuss some of the history and statistics and talk about how families can become involved in fostering and adopting kids. Read Article Foster Kids: How the Love Box and Dare To Dream Programs Bring Hope ​ By Alexandra Martinez In celebration of Foster Care Awareness Month, we are continuously highlighting our most important projects to support organizations that are committed to helping foster kids in our community . Now, it’s our opportunity to share the valuable work that Spokane Angels is doing for kids and youth in our community. Read Article See Your Donation At Work We all have a responsibility to make sure that children are safe and well cared for. When they're in foster care, it becomes our shared goal--we must work together as one community! There's no single agency or program that can meet this burden alone; instead, there is an array of services available at every turn which will help shape them into successful adults because of generous people like you! Here’s a sampling of the programs your donations have helped to fund in the past: Donate Volunteer Apply for a grant By The Numbers 424,000 children currently being cared for by the state 90% of foster kids experience trauma 1 of 4 youth in foster care attempt suicide This is a paragraph where you can include any information you’d like. It’s an opportunity to tell a story about the company, describe a special service it offers, or highlight a particular feature that sets it apart from competitors. Make sure it fits the general tone and voice of the brand, then adjust the font, size or scale to customize the style. Donate Today Problems With Our Foster Care System FOSTER KIDS AGE OUT WITHOUT HOMES Every year, 20 thousand young people age out of the foster care system without having found a forever family. These young adults are left to fend for themselves with no support or protection from social services, which can make things challenging when you're just trying start your life again! HOTELS ARE NO PLACE FOR FOSTER CHILDREN State agencies are struggling to find enough foster homes for children in need. With such a shortage, they have been increasing the number of instances where these kids stay at hotels while being housed by family or friends with whom they can't yet establish an ongoing relationship. GROUP HOMES ARE ONLY A TEMPORARY SOLUTION Group homes and institutions often account for 10% of all placements nationwide. They’re a critical source in emergency shelters due to limited options, but this should not rely on long-term housing as studies show congregate care causes harm (both physical & mental), reduce the timely placement rate, and significantly increases the chances of incarceration in adulthood. TOO MANY CHILDREN OF COLOR IN FOSTER CARE Foster kids of color are disproportionately represented in the foster care system due to a variety of factors including poverty, geography, and individual and systemic bias. They are more likely to be removed from their homes, stay in foster care longer, and are less likely to return home. This is a grave injustice that needs to be addressed.

  • Meet Our Volunteers | Believe in Me

    Volunteer Opportunities Volunteer with Us How to Volunteer These Volunteers are the Secrets to Our Success Believe in Me (the Foundation) is primarily staffed with volunteers. We consider our volunteers and paid staff to be our greatest asset. Most of our volunteers have joined our mission because of their desire to make a contribution to our community in impactful ways, solving our society's biggest problems for our most disadvantaged citizens; the kids. We take great pride in our ability to recruit, train, and retain the talented individuals who provide their unique gifts and talents to help us carry out our mission. We couldn’t do it without them! Meet the Volunteers Who Make the Magic Happen Vine Adowei Volunteer Coordinator Deepti Aggarwal Quality Assurance Engineer Volunteer Jorgelina Alba IT & Security Volunteer Shafiel Ali Video Production Volunteer Christopher Bibb Volunteer Social Media Marketing Manager Casey Bourque IT & Security Volunteer Cori Bryant Volunteer Coordinator Fatima Abd Elmajid IT & Security Volunteer Malaika Chandler Software Engineer Volunteer Schuyler Dunphy Finance Volunteer Elizabeth Estevez Copywriting Volunteer Tom Fehse Volunteer Software Engineering Director Avonlea Fisher Data Analyst Volunteer Poonam Gillurkar Data Analyst Volunteer Andrew Goldstein IT & Security Volunteer MaryNell Holden Volunteer Photographer Sujai Karunakaran Data Analyst Volunteer Arjun Jain Software Engineer Volunteer Jason Jung Volunteer Salesforce Consultant Lance Laurier Grants Volunteer Nathan Luu Software Engineer Volunteer Joshua Mandilk Copywriting Volunteer Mai Nguyen Investment Analyst Volunteer Mary O'Shea Copywriting Volunteer Sade Patterson Vounteer Grant Researcher Keith Preciados Salesforce Administrator/Developer Volunteer Volunteer Grant Reseacher Colin Prestesater Charitable Giving Advisor Philip Priolo Investment Analyst Volunteer Preston Robertson Software Engineer Volunteer Rina Russ Marketing Project Manager Volunteer Jeremiah Sargent Copywriting Volunteer Matthew Schafer Software Engineer Volunteer Betty Seablom General Support Volunteer Priyanka Shankar Investment Analyst Volunteer Sonya Shen Investment Analyst Volunteer Minjung Shin Software Engineer Volunteer Bryan Smith General Support Volunteer Makena Snider Charitable Giving Advisor Volunteer Kaylyn Turnbough Graphic Design Volunteer Vani Vellaturi Salesforce Administrator/Developer Volunteer Andrew Wittwer Marketing Project Manager Volunteer Barbara Bullen Scriptwriter Volunteer

  • Wraparound Services | Believe in Me

    Wraparound Services A Feeling of Community Why Kids Need Wraparound Services Children are our future. They are our hope for a better tomorrow. But too often, kids grow up in difficult circumstances that hinder their ability to reach their full potential. That's where wraparound services can make a difference. Wraparound services provide comprehensive support for kids and families, addressing a wide range of needs - from housing and food insecurity to mental health and substance abuse. By working with families to identify and address the unique challenges they're facing, wraparound services can help kids overcome obstacles and succeed in life. And that benefits us all. Meeting the Unique Needs of Each Child Wraparound services provide a comprehensive approach to care, addressing the physical, mental, and emotional needs of marginalized children and their families. They may include health care, mental health services, social services, and educational support. Wraparound services are designed to meet the unique needs of each child and family, and they can make a tremendous difference in the lives of those who receive them. Here is a listing of the types of wraparound service programs Believe in Me supports. Providing a Feeling of Community Children who are marginalized often have multiple and complex needs that can be difficult to address. These children often fall through the cracks because their needs are too great for any one service provider to handle. Believe in Me funds wraparound service programs that provide coordinated support, resources, and a feeling of community for marginalized kids. With your help, we can give these kids the chance they deserve to heal and thrive. Your Donation Can Make A Difference The children of today face extraordinary challenges, but they are never alone. They deserve our love and acceptance too, and your donations make this possible! With your support, organizations and individuals from all walks of life work tirelessly to help these kids feel like part of something--a community where their uniqueness is celebrated rather than tolerated or rejected because it's different. Donate Volunteer Apply for a grant By The Numbers 1,300 children are treated for violence-related injuries each day 1 in 7 kids experience abuse or neglect 4% children suffer from PTSD

  • 2020 Thank You Supporters | Believe in Me

    Acevedo Family James Adams Anonymous Donor Virginia Arnoux Berney Family Beyersdorf Mulloy Fund Shalini Bhat Briggs Family Loree Broderick Cannon Family Eric Christiansen Mary Cooper Corn Family Crow Family Bernadette Curry Lisa Cushman Stacey Davis Shannon Demant Deroshia Family Lesley Dock ​ Lesley Dock Bethany Ellis Karin Engstrom Patricia Ewers Ronald Fetters Glocking Family Megan Gomez Mary Lou Goolie Josh Grant Greater Spokane Elks Lodge Margaret Hammer Sue Harbel Jackie Hedenstorm Highlands Hospitality Brande Hune Jarvis Family Kate Kamerrer Claudette Kenmir Carol Kowzau Horace Mason Marjorie McFaul Morgan Family James Morrison Beverly Moser Jonathan Oglesby Partch Family Patterson Family Brian Poletti Ashley Powers James Prince Theresa Reisenauer Richard Repp Aaron Riley Robert (Dr.) Robinson Delores Rodgers Diana Rogers Debi Sapp Jemima Scarpelli Zane Schafer Richard Schroeder Betty Seablom Alice Sidlow James Silverstri Andrea Simmerman Chris Sjoblom Aleksandr Solodyankin Sharon Strobridge Tito’s Handmade Vodka Laura Treece Laura Watson Joseph Whipple Pat Whipple Scott Wilburn Shana Wilhelm Rita Wirtz Charlotte Worthy Brooke Wright Geoffrey Wukelic Hailey Zimmerman Donors Corporate Sponsorship We appreciate our relationships with local businesses for sponsorship and alignment with our mission. Corporate philanthropy plays an integral role in the strategy of many Spokane companies because customers and employees alike tend to transact positively with organizations that join our cause. Media Partners Media partnerships are collaborations that are can help us to raise the visibility of our cause. These partners are an essential part of our strategy, providing us with space to promote our mission, our grants, and our event. We extend our deepest gratitude for our media partnerships that have helped us in the past few months. Thank You To Our Many Generous Supporters The work of The Foundation depends on the commitment and generosity of private philanthropy. We gratefully want to acknowledge the individuals, corporations, and foundations who continue to help make The Foundation work possible. Our volunteers, donors, and partners are helping to fund children’s charities that provide marginalized 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. Memorials Memorial Donor In Memory Of: Karin Engström Sonya Marie Gilstrap Clyde & Elizabeth Ries Tom (Thomas) Flahavin Sharon Strobridge Lee Strobridge Mary & Bob Morgan Carole & Benny Jones Anonymous Joseph & Josephine Robino Br. Tony Cannon Susan Kirkeby Carol Kowzau Lee Strobridge Jame & Bernice Adams Dr. Robert Adams & Florence Adams Virginia Arnoux Henry G. Arnoux Mary Goolie (Monthly Donation) Frank Goolie, Ed, Alberta, David Mauro & Jeanette Charlotte Worthy Richard Worthy Karin Engström´s tribute donation in memory of her aunt Sonya contributes to our mission to one day live in a world where every kid develops the self-coincidence they need to succeed. ​ We remember Sonya for her grateful heart, her genuine interest in and concern for others, and her positive attitude even in the face of difficulties. We also remember Sonya for her memories and the stories she shared, and we will now live on with questions we would have liked to ask her as she recalled so much about family and community. Talking with her friends and family after her death - the consistency of how she treated people is evident. The same words permeate all memories - supportive, interested, inspiring, encouraging, accepting, and sweet. Sonya sought to understand the reasoning, and preferences and gained interest herself. She believed in everyone. Donor Spotlight Karin Engström Non-Cash Donations Gifts from donors can come in many different forms. In-kind gifts are donations of goods, services, or time, in lieu of cash. In-kind gifts can be both tangible and intangible. Non-cash gifts are an important source of the Morning Star Foundation’s revenue, especially during times of economic downturn. In-kind donations are also a good way to cultivate support and build capacity for the Foundation while freeing up our cash for other operating expenses. Volunteers If Shalini were a superhero, her power would be to grant happiness to everyone. She certainly is our Happiness Hero with her abilities and talents with Salesforce. She is working her way to becoming a master on the platform and wants to become a Salesforce technical architect. Wes Adams Deepti Aggarwal Shafiel Ali Michael Bethely Shalini Bhat Rucita Bhatia Malaika Chandler Douglas Copenspire Schuyler Dunphy Fatima Abd Elmajid Thomas Fehse Avonlea Fisher Gary French Poonam Gillurkar William Hu Arjun Jain Jason Jung Sujai Karunakaran Lance Laurier Trupti Lone Nathan Luu Alexandra Martinez Ernest McLeod Mai Nguyen Mary O’Shea Alexsander Petrenko Philip Priolo Preston Robertson Jeremiah Sargent Matthew Schafer Betty Seablom Priyanka Shankar Medhaa Shankar Sonya Shen Mina Shin Bryan Smith Shirisha Thunikipati Tai Tran Jinoo Varghese Vani Vellaturi Nolan Winn Andrew Wittwer Michael Wukelic Claire Xiao Volunteer Spotlight Shalini Bhat Salesforce Administrator Volunteer Remembering A Life Well Lived Robert "Bob" Morgan Feb. 8, 1933 - Jan. 20, 2021 The Morning Star Foundation was honored to have Bob Morgan serve on the Board. He embodied the different areas that the Foundation believes every kid should develop to have the self-confidence they need to succeed: Home. Family. Friends. Learning and Fun.

  • Qualified Charitable Distributions | Believe in Me | Planned Giving

    Save Money on Your Taxes With Qualified Charitable Distributions Don't need as much retirement savings as you thought? See how making a qualified charitable distribution (QCD) can help you! Learn More How Do Qualified Charitable Distributions Work to Help Marginalized Kids? Consult With Your Wealth Management Advisor For the Best Advice ​ The content found on this site is general in nature and intended to be used for informational purposes only. It should not be relied upon as legal, tax, accounting, or other professional advice. To determine how a gift or estate planning decision might affect your particular circumstances, you should consult an attorney, financial advisor, or other qualified professional. ​ Tell Us About Your QCD Transfer See Your Donation at Work Did you know that you can continue helping marginalized kids long after your lifetime? All you have to do is name Believe in Me as a beneficiary of your retirement account, and the remaining assets (or a portion thereof) will be used to help provide marginalized 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. Show Kids You Care by Designating Believe in Me as Your Beneficiary Are You ​ Old Enough? You must be at least 70 1/2 years old Do You Have Excess Retirement Funds? You must have retirement funds you do not need What is Your RMD? Calculate your *required minimum distribution Have You Contacted Your Financial Planner? Make a QCD from your retirement funds Do You Want to Start Helping Kids Right Away? Your generosity goes directly to to helping marginalized kids Learn What's Required to Make a Qualified Charitable Distribution *If you are 70 1/2 years old or older, your qualified charitable distribution can count towards your required minimum distribution! Reduce Your Taxable Income ​ When you take distributions from your retirement account, they are considered taxable income. The good news is if you transfer them directly to a charity, you can reduce your taxable income while satisfying your required minimum distribution (RMD). ​ ​ ​ Leave a Legacy REASON ONE Fulfill Your Required Minimum Distribution After you turn 72, you are required to begin distributing funds from your retirement account. You may be subject to a significant penalty if you do not make a required minimum distribution. You can satisfy your required minimum distribution by making a qualified charitable contribution of up to $100,000 per individual or $200,000 per couple. ​ Calculate Your RMD REASON TWO Help Give Struggling Kids A Leg Up ​ When you support Believe in Me with a gift from your retirement account, you can make an immediate and lasting impact on the lives of the kids we serve, who you empower with the self-confidence they need to succeed. ​ Believe in a kid today! ​ ​ ​ ​ Learn More REASON THREE Three Great Reasons to Make a Qualified Charitable Distribution Get Sample QCD Request Letter Get Started by Contacting Your IRA Administrator Today! Have More Questions About Gifting Your Life insurance To Believe in Me? Talk To One Of Our Experts. As Chief Executive Officer, I help people understand how they can save money on taxes by making a qualified charitable distribution. What does that mean? I am the person responsible for cultivating relationships with individuals who may be interested in making these types of gifts. I’d be happy to sit down, get to know you in person, and share more information about our program. ​ Contact: julie.wukelic@believeinme.org Chief Executive Officer Julie Wukelic, MBA As Development Director I oversee all of the organization's fundraising and help manage relationships with our company's financial partners. My quests include planning fundraising events, interacting with new and former donors to encourage ongoing contributions, and helping seek out opportunities for financial support through grants, sponsorships, long-term giving, qualified charitable distributions, and more. I also want to maintain a respectful reputation for our Believe in Me Foundation and any nonprofit we represent. After all, it is all about giving back to those kids less fortunate than ourselves. ​ Contact: paul.sorensen@believeinme.org Development Director Paul Sorensen I have been fortunate enough to have great mentors throughout my life, and I understand that I would not be the individual I am today without my parents, mentors, and coaches coming alongside me when I needed it most. It is a privilege and my duty to return the favor. I have had a heart for those going through difficult times since I was in middle school and began going on mission trips to build homes in Mexico and feed the homeless in San Francisco. This position provides the opportunity to combine my desire to help and serve, with my passion for finance and maximizing opportunities for all parties involved. ​ Contact: colin.prestesater@believeinme.org Volunteer Charitable Giving Advisor Colin Prestesater "We are truly excited to witness the influx of innovative programs from passionate applicants, all of whom share our unwavering commitment to our Five Pillars of Caring and the empowerment of marginalized youth." -Julie Wukelic, CEO of Believe in Me

  • Major Giving Donations | Believe in Me

    Major Giving Donations That Make You Feel Good What are Major Gifts? Major gifts make up the largest percentage of donations that Believe in Me receives. Without major gift contributions, many of our programs would go unfunded and a lot of kids would go without help. We are so grateful for the major gift donors who have contributed to our cause and make our mission possible. Most of them have given because they believe in our mission and have the financial capacity to support our cause. They give again because they trust us and feel a connection with our programs. Celebrating Major Gifts We are so appreciative when we receive a major gift we want to tell the world about it! Here’s what you can expect when you give a major gift. We will send you a personalized thank you, acknowledging your contribution to our cause and a description of the impact you are making on our programs. If your major gift is sizable enough, we may also recognize you in our annual report or on our website. You may also be invited to be acknowledged verbally or in print at one of our public events. Our donors don’t always want their name up in lights, so we put you in the driver’s seat about how much information you want disclosed to the public. If you want to remain anonymous, please indicate so on your donation submission and we will keep your information private. Ways to Make a Major Gift Donation As Chief Executive Officer, I also wear the hat of managing our major gifts process. What does that mean? I am the person responsible for cultivating relationships with individuals who may be interested in major gifts. I work alongside our board to develop and carry out our strategic plan and my perseverance, commitment to the mission, and passion for nonprofit work are what fuel our major gifts program. I’d be happy to sit down, get to know you in person, and share more information about our program. Julie Wukelic, MBA Chief Executive Officer Schedule a Lunch Meet Our Chief Executive Officer Send by Mail Send your check or money order donation via snail mail to: P.O. Box 2155, Spokane, WA 99201 Deliver In-Person Hand deliver your donation at our office located at: 510 W Riverside Avenue, Spokane, WA 99201 ​ ​ Donate via Text Text "BELIEVEINME” to 44-321 to send money to Believe in Me directly from your mobile phone. Donation Form Complete the form on our website to make a donation directly to the Foundation. You can sign up to make a one-time or recurring monthly donation. There are a lot of misconceptions about giving a major gift. We’ve identified some of the unique characteristics of our major gift program that you may find surprising. Major gifts don't have to be cash donations, they can also be given in the form of in-kind donations. Major gifts aren’t just a nice-to-have for a rainy day; they help us reach our ongoing funding needs. Your gift doesn’t have to go into our general fund; it can be allocated to the programs you care about. You don't have to donate all at once; you can stretch out your major gift donations over time. Did You Know? Meet Our Development Director As Development Director I oversee all of the organization's fundraising and help manage relationships with our company's financial partners. My quests include planning fundraising events, interacting with new & former donors to encourage ongoing contributions, and helping seek out opportunities for financial support through grants, sponsorships, long-term giving-qualified charitable distribution, and more. I enjoy collaborating with others on projects and use my attention to detail to help coordinate large-scale events. I also want to maintain a respectful reputation for our Believe in Me Foundation and any nonprofit we represent. After all, it is all about giving back to those kids less fortunate than us. Paul Sorensen Development Director Schedule a Lunch

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