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  • History | Believe in Me

    The Beginning: 2006 Believe in Me has been dedicated to supporting and improving the lives of marginalized youth since 2006. Our history as an organization began with the Morning Star Boys' Ranch Foundation, which was founded to raise money for the Morning Star Boys' Ranch, a group home providing shelter, education, health care, and emotional and spiritual support for troubled boys. In 2009, our name changed to Morning Star Foundation. History 2006 - Present The Next 10 Years The next decade saw us expanding our reach to include serving girls and other charitable activities that benefit children and young people in need. This included supporting local organizations offering mentorship programs, educational assistance, and general support for underserved children. Believe in Me: 2021 In 2021 we announced a new platform designed to provide even more comprehensive support and resources for marginalized youth. We officially changed our name to Believe in Me, aligning with the organization's new vision to help every kid develop the self-confidence they need to succeed. Present Today, Believe in Me has become a leading advocate for the equity of all young people across the country. Our continued commitment is to use our platform to positively impact the lives of children and teens from all backgrounds by providing them with access to programs that will help them reach their full potential. We believe every child deserves a chance at a successful life no matter their circumstances.

  • Enrichment Program | Believe in Me

    Enrichment Program 5 Pillars of Caring Example Enrichment Programs Social Support and Community Building: Group activities, clubs, and gatherings to create a sense of belonging. Recreational Activities: Sports, arts, and other activities to build self-esteem and community. Adventure and Exploration Programs: Opportunities for youth to explore new environments, be it nature, a new city, or a different culture. This could involve hiking trips, city tours, or exchange programs. Career Pathway Programs: Tailored guidance and resources to help youth identify and pursue their dream careers. Storytelling Workshops: Platforms for marginalized youth to share their experiences, allowing them to process trauma, advocate for change, and establish identity. Art and Creativity Outlets: Programs offering training in arts, crafts, music, or dance, providing marginalized children a means to express themselves. Hobby Discovery Packages: Kits tailored to various hobbies such as reading age-appropriate books, painting, music, or DIY crafts, to help youth explore and develop new interests. Back to Our 5 Pillars Page Back to Our 5 Pillars Page Donate Volunteer Apply for a grant

  • In Remembrance | Believe in Me

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  • Apply for a Scholarship | Believe in Me

    Unlock Your Potential Believe in Me Scholarship Program Submit your application no later than Mar. 1 Apply Today In order for you to be considered for a scholarship, you must meet the following criteria: ​ First-generation, post-secondary education-seeking students Students attending school in Washington State, N. Idaho, Oregon Pursuing an education at a two-year college, four-year college or university, independent private career school, or trade school 2.75 cumulative GPA in high school or a GED 24 years of age or less Can demonstrate leadership, grit, and perseverance Belong to any of the following marginalized groups American Indian and Alaska Native, Asian, African American, Hispanic or Latino, Native Hawaiian, and Other Pacific Islanders, Multi-race, Immigrant Families Living in a household below the poverty line, experiencing food insecurity, or without housing Adopted, aged out of the foster care system, living in foster care, or wards of the state Students living with a disability, mental health issues, substance abuse disorder Students with incarcerated parents, unemployed parents, parents who did not graduate from high school or did not attend college Students of differing sexual orientation or gender identity Pregnant teens and single-parent students Students experiencing domestic violence, abuse, or trauma; and survivors of human trafficking Able to provide recommendations from two community references Involvement in extra-curricular activities, work, religious, or volunteer activities Are You Eligible for a Scholarship? Apply Now Important Dates The Morning Star Foundation will be accepting online grant applications November 1-30. All materials must be received no later than 11:59 pm on November 30th to be considered. Applications will be reviewed throughout the month of December and applicants will be notified of their funding request status on or before December 31. Get Your Questions Answered For more information, questions about program eligibility or about applying, please call 509.448.1412 or send an email inquiry to admin@morningstar-foundation.org . How to Apply for a Morning Star Foundation Grant Check your organization’s eligibility after November 1. Step 1: Check Your Eligibility Step 2: Start Your Application If your organization is eligible, you will receive a confirmation email with a link to a pre-filled form to begin your application. You will be allowed to save your application and restart at any time using the link in the email. Send an email to admin@morningstar-foundation.org with any questions you have about the grant application process before Sunday, November 8th at 5:00 pm. These will be answered during the info session. Step 3: Submit Questions Attend an info session at 12:00 pm on Monday, November 9th to have your questions answered. We will be covering specific how-to tutorials and explaining the application process in detail. Step 4: Attend Info Session Step 5: Submit Your Application Gather all your documents and submit your application before 11:59 pm on Monday, November 30th. Please note that due to the high volume of applications and time constraints involved with properly reviewing them, we will not be extending this deadline under any circumstances. What You Can Expect from the Granting Committee The Morning Star Foundation is tasked with the stewardship and sustainability of the Foundation’s assets to support administration of grant funding to the programs that carry out our mission. Our Grants Administration Committee meets all throughout the year to streamline the granting cycle process, review applications for eligibility, and award grants to the nonprofits that solve the problems we care about the most. The granting committee intermittently reviews the progress of each program and reports the impact they are having back to our donors. A special meeting is held during the month of June to review the Foundation’s financial performance and determine the amount that will be available for granting throughout the next cycle. The funds available for granting varies from year to year and may be limited during times of economic downturn and organizational restructuring. For this reason, the Foundation does not provide grant funding to cover administrative costs and payroll related expenses. Roadmap to Success Important Dates to Remember Information session on Feb. 15 Submit your application no later than Mar. 1 Scholarship winners will be notified on or before April 1 Award Acceptance Forms due April 30 Enrollment Verification Forms due Aug. 30. Get Your Questions Answered & Share Our Flyer Click Here to download and distribute our informational flyer promoting the program. For more information, questions about program eligibility, or applying, please call our office at 509.488.1413, email our team at admin@believeinme.org , or plan to join Live Office Hours with our Grants Administrator on weekdays at 11:00 am. How To Apply For a Believe in Me Scholarship Step 1: Check Your Eligibility The Believe in Me Scholarship Program is open to first-generation marginalized students in Washington State, Northern Idaho, and Oregon who can demonstrate leadership, grit, and perseverance on their pathways toward educational success. The program is open to first-generation, post-secondary education-seeking individuals. This includes current students as well as individuals who have already earned their high school diploma or GED and are planning to enroll at an accredited higher learning institution. Step 2: Submit Questions Send an email to admin@believeinme.org with any questions about the application process before 5:00 pm PST on Wednesday, Feb. 14. These will be answered during the info session. Step 3: Watch Our Info Session Attend an info session at 12:00 pm PST on Thursday, Feb. 15, to have your questions answered. We will cover specific how-to tutorials and explain the application process in detail. Scan the QR code or CLICK HERE to access information about the virtual info session and add it to your calendar. Missed the live info session? Click here to watch the recording to get all the details! ​ If you still have questions after watching the recording, click here to schedule a meeting with someone from our team. We are here to help you succeed! Step 4: Submit Your Application Gather all your documents and submit your application before 11:59 pm PST on Friday, Mar. 1. Be sure to submit all the required documentation as incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Please note that due to the high volume of applications and time constraints involved with properly reviewing them, we will not be extending this deadline under any circumstances. Family Authorization Form Record Video Recommendation Form Application PDF Application Checklist Who can I give life insurance to? A beneficiary can be an individual, charity, a company or trust. If your beneficiary is an individual, they can be related to you, one of your kids, a husband or wife, a friend or or anyone else you happen to know. Charities are a common type of beneficiary as well. What value is used to determine my tax deduction if I change the ownership of my life insurance policy to a charity? The paid in cost basis of the policy or the fair market value of the policy, whichever is lower. How to gift life insurance proceeds without tax As long as your life insurance has not converted to a modified endowment contract, there will not be any tax due. Who pays tax on personal life insurance given as a gift? No one will be required to pay tax on personal life insurance given as a gift. Do colleges like receiving life insurance as charitable gifts? Yes. Other nonprofits, like Believe in Me, also enjoy the benefits of receiving life insurance proceeds as a charitable gift. Is a life insurance planned gift revocable? If you own the life insurance policy, you are able to change the beneficiary at any time. if you are changing ownership of the life insurance policy to a charity to gain the tax benefits, you will not be able to revoke your planned gift. Can you deduct life insurance premiums + gifting? You can maximize your tax savings if you make a cash donation to the charity, restricting use to making premium payments on your life insurance policy. Can a fractional part of a life insurance policy be gifted? Yes. You may gift a % or the entire policy to charity. Can you gift life insurance premium payments? Yes, but you can maximize your tax savings if you make a cash donation to the charity, restricting use to making premium payments on your life insurance policy. Watch the Info Session to Learn More Details Thinking of applying for scholarships? Get all your questions answered in our info session! We'll go over the eligibility requirements, step-by-step application process, eligibility, and more, so you know exactly what to do and have the best chance of success.. ​ If you have any unanswered questions about our scholarship program, please reach out to our team at admin@believeinme.org . We are happy to help!

  • 2022 Annual Report | Believe in Me

    Donate to Help a Kid Donate to Help a Kid Donate to Help a Kid Donate to Help a Kid Donate to Help a Kid Donate to Help a Kid Donate to Help a Kid Donate to Help a Kid Donate to Help a Kid Read More I hope the new year finds you and your family well. It's hard to believe that 2022 is already over! It was such a great year for Believe in Me and we accomplished a lot thanks to the support of our volunteers, donors, and corporate partners. Let me tell you about some of what we were able to achieve with your help. Your generosity helped us fund 18 children's charity programs in 2022, which helps make sure kids have 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. We're so grateful to our volunteers for their gifts of time and talents and so thankful for our donors who make it all possible. We couldn't do what we do without you! A Message From The CEO Julie Wukelic Annual Report 2 0 2 2 Grant Awards - $134,306 Triple Play Program $7,553 Thrive{ology} for Underserved Youth Program $8,000 Building Resiliency Through Relationships $10,000 The ZoNE Expanded Learning Partnership Program $16,000 Education Success Program $14,000 Sleep Safe Program $6,000.00 Pathfinder Outreach Troops Program $5,000 Hybrid Drop-In and Basic Needs Program $10,000 Keep Playing in Spokane Program $5,000 Dare to Dream Program $10,500 Love Box Program $10,500 Spokane Youth Symphony Concerts at The Fox Theater Program $10,000 Freedom Railroad Program $11,253 Compassion Changes Everything Outreach Program $10,500 Triple Play Program $7,553 Thrive{ology} for Underserved Youth Program $8,000 Building Resiliency Through Relationships $10,000 The ZoNE Expanded Learning Partnership Program $16,000 Education Success Program $14,000 Sleep Safe Program $6,000.00 Pathfinder Outreach Troops Program $5,000 Hybrid Drop-In and Basic Needs Program $10,000 Keep Playing in Spokane Program $5,000 Dare to Dream Program $10,500 Love Box Program $10,500 Spokane Youth Symphony Concerts at The Fox Theater Program $10,000 Freedom Railroad Program $11,253 Compassion Changes Everything Outreach Program $10,500 Triple Play Program $7,553 Thrive{ology} for Underserved Youth Program $8,000 Building Resiliency Through Relationships $10,000 The ZoNE Expanded Learning Partnership Program $16,000 Education Success Program $14,000 Sleep Safe Program $6,000.00 Pathfinder Outreach Troops Program $5,000 Hybrid Drop-In and Basic Needs Program $10,000 Keep Playing in Spokane Program $5,000 Dare to Dream Program $10,500 Love Box Program $10,500 Spokane Youth Symphony Concerts at The Fox Theater Program $10,000 Freedom Railroad Program $11,253 Compassion Changes Everything Outreach Program $10,500 Enrichment $56,553 Our enrichment grants nurture curiosity, wonder, and creativity in kids through play, the arts, and outdoor immersion Wraparound Services $31,000 Our wraparound services grants use teamwork and coordinated resources to provide healing for disadvantaged kids Education $19,000 Our educational grants engage, empower, and inspire struggling kids to believe in their future Transitional Living $17,253 Our transitional living grants provide support, resources, and a safe place to call home for disadvantaged kids Foster Care & Adoption $10,500 Our foster care and adoption grants help protect, stabilize, and nurture the most disadvantaged children in our community 2022 Grants 47 kids in consistent caregiving 45 foster youth excelling academic goals 131 youth in therapy and healing programs 47 previously homeless kids learning 60 online nature videos for kids 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. Upcoming Events Fundraising Events Donors → Individuals who have demonstrated their generosity and support to the kids in our community. Sponsors → Local businesses that have sponsorship and are aligned with our mission. Volunteers → Individuals who have donated their knowledge and skills to contribute the Foundation's mission. Media Partnerships → Media partnerships are collaborations that are can help us to raise the visibility of our cause. Thank You! 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 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 Allows ten victims of human trafficking to be relocated to a safe place and provide them with care for trauma Provides five foster families a love box full of items to celebrate special months like the beginning of the school year, birthdays, thanksgiving, Christmas and more. Cover the expenses of two kids to enroll in the Youth Symphony, and perform concerts in the Woldson Theater at the Fox Donations Make A Difference Donate 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. Stories Of Impact Child Abuse Prevention Month: Building Community To Increase Protective Factors April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. This month, the Children’s Bureau in the Administration on Children, Youth, and Families encourages communities to increase awareness about child and family safety. Read Article By Alexandra Martinez Native American People: Honoring Their History, Recognizing Their Cultures November is Native American Heritage Month, a special time when we honor the history and culture of Native American people. In this blog, we are going to explore some of their many contributions and recognize their heritage. Read Article By Alexandra Martinez Rueben Mayes: The Story of a Canadian Boy Turned NFL Rookie of the Year Rueben Mayes was born in North Battleford, Saskatchewan, Canada in 1963. Growing up on a rural farm, he developed a love for football at a young age and played high school football at North Battleford Comprehensive High School. Read Article By Julie Wukelic Helping You To Understand What Marginalization Is And How It Impacts Kids Marginalization , also referred to as social exclusion , occurs when certain groups do not have equal access to various areas within our society. Read Article By Alexandra Martinez Introduction of Forthcoming Blog Series In blogs that will be posted in the weeks ahead, each of the Agencies that were awarded a Grant for 2023 will be featured in an every-other-week post. In the field of philanthropy, foundations have opportunities to make significant life-changing events: Grants. Read Article By Cameryn Flynn Program Expense Ratio X.X The program expense ratio is the percentage of its expenses that go towards programs and services rather than overhead or fundraising, and it is important for donors as a measure of how efficiently the organization is using its resources to fulfill its mission, with a higher ratio generally considered better. Liabilities to Assets Ratio X.X The liabilities to asset ratio measures the organization's financial leverage and risk by comparing its debts to its total assets; this metric is important for donors as it provides insight into the organization's financial stability, and a lower ratio is generally considered better. Administrative Expense Ratio X.X The administrative expense ratio is the percentage of its total expenses that are spent on administrative and overhead costs, and it is important for donors to understand how efficiently a nonprofit uses their donations, with a lower ratio indicating more efficient use of funds. Fundraising Expense Ratio X.X The fundraising expense ratio is the percentage of its total expenses that go toward fundraising activities, and it is important for donors as a measure of how efficiently a nonprofit is using its resources to raise funds, with a lower ratio indicating more efficient fundraising practices. Working Capital Ratio 1.41 The working capital ratio measures its ability to cover short-term liabilities with available assets, and it's important for donors as it indicates the organization's financial health; a higher ratio is generally better as it signifies greater liquidity and financial stability. Financial Summary

  • Washington State Football | 50 Yd Line Tickets

    Annual Gala A formal black tie affair at an upscale hotel, complete with cocktail hour, formal dinner, and entertainment. In-House Events Monthly gatherings to celebrate our cause while enjoying gourmet food, fine wine, and local artwork. Football Root for your favorite college team alongside one of our board members at a home WSU or UW football game. Basketball Join us as we celebrate Zag success on—and off—the court as we cheer on the Gonzaga men’s basketball team. Baseball Let us take you out to a Spokane Indians ballgame this summer. The hotdogs are on us! Hockey Start growing your playoff beard and attend a Seattle Kraken hockey game with us. Other Fundraising Events Find Your Way Back Home To Washington State Football Martin Stadium-Gesa Field, Pullman, WA Request Tickets Washington State Football Tickets Available September 9, 2023 • Time TBD Martin Stadium, Pullman, WA WSU vs. Wisconsin Badgers Get Your Tickets September 16, 2023 • Time TBD Martin Stadium, Pullman, WA WSU vs. Northern Colorado Bears Get Your Tickets September 23, 2023 • Time TBD Martin Stadium, Pullman, WA WSU vs. Oregon State Beavers Get Your Tickets October 14, 2023 • Time TBD Martin Stadium, Pullman, WA WSU vs. Arizona Wildcats Get Your Tickets November 4, 2023 • Time TBD Martin Stadium, Pullman, WA WSU vers. Stanford Cardinal Get Your Tickets November 17, 2023 • Time TBD Martin Stadium, Pullman, WA WSU vs. Colorado Buffaloes Get Your Tickets 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! Cheer for Washington State Football With Us You're in for a treat, whether you're a loyal Washington State Football fan looking for spectacular tickets or are just interested in getting to know us better. We invite you to join us for an entire day where WSU Cougar football is the main course in a feast of activities both before and after the game. Join in our traditions, sing the fight song , and show the Cougs you believe in them! ​ You can request tickets to a Washington State Football game of your choice, subject to availability. Not only will you get to experience the game from the 50-yard line, but you'll get a chance to tailgate and cheer side-by-side with our Chief Executive Officer, Julie Wukelic. ​ Click the links below to request tickets: Please limit your free ticket requests to one game per season. ​ Hurry, get your tickets before they're gone and GO COUGS!

  • Employment Opportunities at Believe in Me

    Professional Networks We Belong To Learn More Want to see what types of volunteers you might be working with if you make a move to Believe in Me? Check out, Idealist! Learn More Go ahead and take us for a test drive. Find open volunteer opportunities that match your skills and work interests. Learn More From our mission to our financial health and well-being, you can learn all about our organization by visiting our profile on Guidestar. Put Your Talents and Skills to Work for Good Working at Believe in Me If you’re interested in fulfilling a big vision, you're in the right place. Caring, trustworthy, and innovative, our team comes to us from a variety of industries and impressive work histories. Every one of us is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion and we can't wait to make you part of our team. We are inspired to help every kid develop the self-confidence they need to succeed. Living in Spokane Spokane really has something to offer everyone. Just about any outdoor activity imaginable is easily accessible. Not to mention the local festivals, wineries, fine dining, art, theater, and shopping. From river valleys and mountain top forests to lakes and streams, the surrounding area offers a world of adventure. As home to some of the country's up-and-coming businesses, Spokane is also rich in innovation and opportunity. ​ Benefits and Perks Here are some of the great benefits of working with us. Medical, dental, and vision premium reimbursement 403(b) retirement plan, including employer contribution for eligible participants Paid time off including holidays, vacation, illness, and family leave Learning and development opportunities with opportunities to attend industry events and conferences Pet friendly office Help build a culture of innovation and agility in support of our Mission Current Openings Click on the job titles below to read a detailed job description for each role we are recruiting for. Please thoroughly review the required skills and work experience to ensure you're a good fit before applying. ​ Administrative Assistant Ready to Apply? We believe that dynamic people working as a team, inspired by great leadership and the anonymity to flourish, will do extraordinary things... together. Apply Now Grant Writer Administrative Assistant Marketing Manager Nonprofit Bookkeeper Join Our Team As a quickly growing nonprofit, we are always looking for passionate, talented, and creative people to join our team’s roster. If you’re looking for a challenge that will lead you to the next level of your career, you’ve found the right place. "It is our differences that bring us together. It is our differences that make our ideas more meaningful. It is our differences that create a team that is one of a kind." —Successories About Us Five Pillars of Caring Watch Our Video

  • Kentucky Derby Charity Event | Believe in Me

    Buy Tickets Kentucky Derby Charity Event Run for the Roses Madison Home Market May 6 - 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm Tickets: Single $75, Couple $149 Get Ticket Info. Buy Tickets SPONSORSHIP OPTIONS RUN FOR THE ROSES SPONSOR $15,000 16 complimentary tickets to the event Company name and web address on event webpage Company name on the memory match game at the event One-minute video (sponsor provided) during the ceremony Company logo prominently displayed in the reception area Company logo prominently displayed on the podium Company Ad printed in Company logo on welcome banner along with all sponsors Company logo in program ​ Let's Chat TRIPLE CROWN SPONSOR $7,500 - $10,000 16 complimentary tickets to the event Company name and web address on the event webpage Company logo on welcome banner along with all sponsors Company name on the game at the event One-minute video (sponsor provided) during the ceremony Signage with company logo prominently displayed above the main bar (displayed throughout the event) ​ ​ ​ ​ Let's Chat MINT JULEP SPONSOR $5,000 8 complimentary tickets to the event Company name and web address on the event webpage Company logo on welcome banner along with all sponsors Company name on the game at the event Cocktail napkin - Speciality Beer & Wine Bar SELECT ONE:​​​​​​​​​​​​ Bar Sponsor -or- Opening Video Sponsor ​ ​ ​ Let's Chat CHURCHILL DOWNS SPONSOR $4,000 8 complimentary tickets to the event Company name and web address on the event website Company logo on welcome banner along with all sponsors Company name on the game at the event Customized signage at Appetizer Bar during cocktail hour ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ Let's chat DAWN AT THE DOWNS SPONSOR $2,000 6 complimentary tickets to the event Company name and web address on the event website Company logo on welcome banner along with all sponsors Company name on the game at the event Customized signage corresponding to the selected option ​ SELECT ONE: Cocktail Bar-or- Wine Bottle -or - Music and Promo Video -or- Speciality Wine -or- Social Media ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ Let's Chat TWIN SPIRES SPONSOR $1,500 4 complimentary tickets to the event Company name and web address on the event website Company logo on welcome banner along with all sponsors Company name on the game at the event ​ SELECT ONE: Drink Ticket -or- Event Ticket -or Party Favor -or Wristband -or- Linen -or- Emcee -or- Welcome -or- Raffle -or- President's Club -or- Website Development -or- Entertainment/Band Stage-or- Amazon Echo Raffle -or- Apple Watch Raffle -or- Chromebook Raffle ​ ​ Let's Chat SAVE THE DATE May. 6, 2023 - 1:00 pm For times, see detailed event schedule Buy Tickets Buy Tickets You are invited to our first Run for the Roses Kentucky Derby Charity Event benefiting marginalized kids. The event features fabulous festivities, Kentucky Derby-inspired food, music, the finest spring fashion, Derby-themed games, prizes, and fun! The cost of the event is the same as the number of years that the Kentucky Derby has taken place- 149 years! ​ Get Your Best Hat Run for The Roses Enjoy a Mint Julep Get Ticket Info. "WHAT TO WEAR" INFORMATION All attendees pull out all of the stops when selecting their Kentucky Derby apparel. Pastel-colored suits and dresses, or bold separates that coordinate with their Derby headwear and accessories. We recommend to keep your attire simple, so it doesn't take away from your hat. But if you want to be more bold, stripes and tropical color are always a great decision. Get More Ideas Madison Home Market 2976 E North Foothills Dr, Spokane, WA 99207 Saturday, May 6, 2023 12:00 pm Cocktail Hour 1:00 pm Southern-Themed Lunch 2:00 pm Auction and Paddle Raise 2:45 pm Games and Prizes 3:50 pm Kentucky Derby Live Feed VIP SILENT AUCTION 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. Coming Soon MEET OUR SPONSORS

  • Grant Eligibility | Believe in Me | United States

    Believe in Me Grant Eligibility Check Your Eligibility Ready to take your youth empowerment program to the next level? Believe in Me Grants are here to help you shine your light and make a real impact on kids. Here’s the scoop on our grant eligibility requirements. Check Your Eligibility 501(c)(3) Status: Your nonprofit needs to be a certified 501(c)(3). Tax-exempt status is the name of the game. ​ Serving in Our Backyard: We're focusing on Washington, North Idaho, Oregon, and nearby communities. If you're helping marginalized kids here, we're all ears. ​ Align with Our Pillars: Your mission should match at least one of our Five Pillars of Caring . One grant request per pillar, just to keep things cozy. ​ Money Matters: Keep those numbers straight – we're talking budgets and financial records. Got receipts? This is a must. ​ Down to the Details: If you get the green light, you'll need the nitty-gritty details – invoices, receipts, all the IRS-approved info to show where the funds go. ​ Funding Limits: Asking for a grant? Think between $5,000 and $15,000. That's our sweet spot. ​ Who's on Board: Tell us about your key staff and their roles. ​ Get Structured: Board of directors? Check. Management and accountability? Got it. You're on track! ​ Pre-Award Due Diligence Workshop: Join us for a 30-minute chat – virtual or in-person – to sync up on your program, set shared goals, and ace that grant impact. A pre-award must-do for grant eligibility – let's make it happen! Eligibility Criteria What Our Grants Don't Cover Personal payments? Nope. Indirect costs? Nah. Payroll and salaries? Pass. Admin expenses? Not our jam. Deficits and fundraising? Not in our playbook. Lobbying? Sorry, not in the mix. Ready to Roll? If you're still here with us, then here's your next step. Submit the Grant Eligibility Pre-screening Form. The journey to youth empowerment with Believe in Me Grants starts now! Check Your Eligibility Who can I give life insurance to? A beneficiary can be an individual, charity, a company or trust. If your beneficiary is an individual, they can be related to you, one of your kids, a husband or wife, a friend or or anyone else you happen to know. Charities are a common type of beneficiary as well. What value is used to determine my tax deduction if I change the ownership of my life insurance policy to a charity? The paid in cost basis of the policy or the fair market value of the policy, whichever is lower. How to gift life insurance proceeds without tax As long as your life insurance has not converted to a modified endowment contract, there will not be any tax due. Who pays tax on personal life insurance given as a gift? No one will be required to pay tax on personal life insurance given as a gift. Do colleges like receiving life insurance as charitable gifts? Yes. Other nonprofits, like Believe in Me, also enjoy the benefits of receiving life insurance proceeds as a charitable gift. Is a life insurance planned gift revocable? If you own the life insurance policy, you are able to change the beneficiary at any time. if you are changing ownership of the life insurance policy to a charity to gain the tax benefits, you will not be able to revoke your planned gift. Can you deduct life insurance premiums + gifting? You can maximize your tax savings if you make a cash donation to the charity, restricting use to making premium payments on your life insurance policy. Can a fractional part of a life insurance policy be gifted? Yes. You may gift a % or the entire policy to charity. Can you gift life insurance premium payments? Yes, but you can maximize your tax savings if you make a cash donation to the charity, restricting use to making premium payments on your life insurance policy.

  • VIP Silent Auction | Believe in Me

    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 All of our vacation packages come with rountrip 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 Explore Our VIP Silent Auction Vacation Packages James Bond's Secret Hideaways Enjoy your Martini shaken not stirred on this romantic adventure in Switzerland, Italy, and France. Hide away in Europe living the life only Secret Agent James Bond has known, until now! Learn More The Spy Who Loved Me Greece & Greek Island Odyssey Soft island breezes and crystal blue ocean await you on the sun-kissed island of Santorini. Then, off to chic Mykonos to rub elbows with the rich and famous in cliffside cafes and quaint shops. Learn More For Your Eyes Only The Ultimate Indulgence France, Belgium, & England Glamour, romance, and indulgence await you on this magical escape. Revel in the beauty of France, savor cozy delights in Belgium and return to the chic and historic sights of England. Learn More A View To Kill Pleasures and Treasures of Tuscany Flee with your off-screen love interest to explore the rolling countryside, revel at the incomparable treasures and art in Florence, and channel your inner chef in an authentic Tuscan kitchen. Learn More Quantum Of Solace Spain - Barcelona and Mallorca Whisk away to Barcelona - rich in history, fashion, architecture, food, music, and dance. Then escape to the island of Mallorca for breathtaking scenery, sun-drenched beaches, and rich culture. Learn More ​ On Her Majesty’s Secret Service Tropical Costa Rica Find enchantment and solace in Costa Rica with its pristine beaches, exquisite vistas, lush rainforests, and amazing wonders of nature - found nowhere else in the world! Learn More ​ No Time to Die Escape to Tropical Key West Relax, unwind, and let go in America's very own tropical paradise. Bask in tranquility with soothing sunshine, sparkling water, swaying palms, spectacular sunsets, and total bliss Learn More License To Kill I Love New York! Take a bite out of the Big Apple and get ready for a romantic encounter. Make a secret rendezvous in the lower East side where the nights are sleepless and city lights abound. Learn More ​ Live and Let Die Believe in Me Charity Gala 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

  • Transitional Living | Believe in Me

    Transitional Living A Safe Place To Call Home Homelessness Impacts More Kids Than You Think Homelessness among youth in the United States is a complex issue that disproportionately affects LGBTQ+ youth, those who have been in foster care, and Black and Hispanic youth. 36,000 Kids Too many kids in the United States do not have a safe place to sleep tonight 20% From Foster Care Youth who have been in foster care are more likely to experience homelessness 40% LGBTQ Youth LGBTQ+ youth are disproportionately affected by homelessness 25% Get Trafficked Nearly one in four homeless youth experience human trafficking BIPOC Youth Black, Indigenous and people of color youth are overrepresented Donate Now No Kid Should Have to Live Without a Home While the reasons why each individual child is living in this transitional state vary, there are some key risk factors that are associated with an increased likelihood of kids living without a home: Family conflict or abuse Time spent in foster care Substance use School problems LGBTQ+ Pregnant or parenting minors Helping Kids Experiencing Homelessness Fortunately, there are transitional living programs that provide vital services to youth living without a home. These programs offer a safe place to stay as well as access to meals, showers, laundry facilities, and case management services. They also provide education and job training programs to help young people get back on their feet and transition into independent adulthood. For many young people experiencing living without a home, transitional living programs are a lifeline. They offer much-needed stability and support during a difficult time. And by helping youth to develop the skills they need to succeed in adulthood, transitional living programs open up the possibility of a brighter future. Transitional Living: Supporting Youth To Leave The Streets And Accomplish Their Dreams ​ By Alexandra Martinez There are many reasons why children live outside the safety and protection of a home. They may get forced to leave or have to run away for safety. Transitional Living intends to equip people with the tools, structure, and support they need to re-enter permanent housing and be successful in their futures. Read Article Homeless Youth: Helping Pregnant Girls Overcome Adversity ​ ​ By Jeremiah Sargent This article intends to highlight an organization in Spokane, WA, that has been doing the hard work of preventing youth homelessness on a one-to-one basis for decades: Alexandria House, located in historic Browne’s Addition and administered by the Volunteers of America. Read Article Human Trafficking: Giving Second Chances To Those Who Need It ​ ​ By Alexandra Martinez As a community, we can’t ignore that even the places where we live can be connections for the traffickers to get to other states. Spokane has become the circuit between Seattle and Idaho for sex and labor trafficking. Meet the Jonah Project, an organization that advocates for survivors of human trafficking. Read Article Impact Stories How We Empower Youth How Your Donations Are Helping While the road to stability can be long and difficult for these kids, it's important to remember that they are not alone. There are many organizations and individuals working tirelessly to help them find a safe and secure home. Your donations make this possible.​ Donate Volunteer Apply for a grant Too many kids are left without a safe place to call home after experiencing serious emotional and behavioral disturbances, domestic violence, and abuse. ​ These kids need our help. They've been through enough already. ​ Believe in Me funds transitional living programs that provide support, resources, and a safe place to call home for marginalized kids. With your help, we can give these kids the chance they deserve to heal and thrive. Providing a Safe Haven for Kids Donate Now

  • Individual Donations | Believe in Me

    The value of a man resides in what he gives and not in what he is capable of receiving. —Albert Einstein Individual Donations That Make You Feel Good What are Individual Donations? Individual donations are smaller one-time or recurring donations made online or offline from an individual or household. Most individual donations are made in conjunction with an event, such as a birthday, anniversary, or holiday. Individual donations are tax-deductible and the average donation size is $435 per year. You can help raise funds for Believe in Me through the collective efforts of your social network, which includes friends, family, customers, and individual investors. It’s as easy as selecting your crowdfunding channel, choosing Believe in Me for your nonprofit, setting a fundraising goal, and encouraging your friends to give. What are Individual Donations? Donate Double the Donations An easy way to double your contribution is through employee giving programs. Many corporations match employee donations (or the tax-deductible component of your membership) to our organization. If you volunteer with us, your employer may also provide us with a grant as a way to recognize your ongoing support. Thanks for checking to see if your company offers these programs! Ways to Make Individual Donations Donate via Text Text “BELIEVEINME” to 44-321 to send money to Believe in Me directly from your mobile phone. Facebook Fundraiser & Donate Button Celebrate your birthday by creating and sharing a fundraiser for Believe in Me. The money you raise will go directly to the Foundation. Evite + Pledgeling Create and send electronic party invitations via Evite and set up a Pledgeling fundraiser to collect donations for Believe in Me. 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. Send by Mail Send your check or money order donation via snail mail to: 510 W Riverside Ave, Ste 201, 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. Facebook Fundraiser Celebrate your birthday by creating and sharing a fundraiser for Believe in Me. The money you raise will go directly to the Foundation. Evite + Pledgeling Create and send electronic party invitations via Evite and set up a Pledgeling fundraiser to collect donations for Believe in Me. Amazon Smile Sign up for Amazon Smile and they will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible smile.amazon.com purchases. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. Double the Donations An easy way to double your contribution is through employee giving programs. Many corporations match employee donations (or the tax-deductible component of your membership) to our organization. If you volunteer with us, your employer may also provide us with a grant as a way to recognize your ongoing support. Thanks for checking to see if your company offers these programs! Double the Donations An easy way to double your contribution is through employee giving programs. Many corporations match employee donations (or the tax-deductible component of your membership) to our organization. If you volunteer with us, your employer may also provide us with a grant as a way to recognize your ongoing support. Thanks for checking to see if your company offers these programs! Double the Donations An easy way to double your contribution is through employee giving programs. Many corporations match employee donations (or the tax-deductible component of your membership) to our organization. If you volunteer with us, your employer may also provide us with a grant as a way to recognize your ongoing support. Thanks for checking to see if your company offers these programs! Double the Donations Double the Donations Double the Donations An easy way to double your contribution is through employee giving programs. Many corporations match employee donations (or the tax-deductible component of your membership) to our organization. If you volunteer with us, your employer may also provide us with a grant as a way to recognize your ongoing support. Thanks for checking to see if your company offers these programs! Ways to Make Individual Donations Ways to Make Individual Donations What are Individual Donations? What are Individual Donations? Ways to Make Individual Donations 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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.

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