Illinois Action for Children Annual Report 2009–2010

Illinois Action for Children
Annual Report 2009–2010
Celebrating 40 Years of History & Action
2 Letter from Illinois Action for Children Board Chair Richard Sewell,
and President and CEO Maria Whelan
4 40 Years of History and Action
8 2009 – 2010 Summaries and Highlights
12 Financial Highlights
14 Acknowledgements
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Believe with us!
Illinois Action for Children is a catalyst for organizing,
developing and supporting strong families and powerful
communities where children matter most. As we close on our
40th year of service, Illinois Action for Children’s dedication to the people
we serve – the working families of Illinois — remains as strong as ever. We know
that parents love their children and want them to be happy and healthy. Our job
is to continue to organize those dreams so that families are heard and their dreams
become public will.
Dear Friends,
Over the past four decades, Illinois Action for Children has been proud to organize from
the grassroots up to ensure that all children and families throughout the state—especially
the children and families who are the most vulnerable—have access to the quality early
care and education, and other vital supports that are necessary to live a healthy and happy
life. The organization’s history is best described by powerful words such as ‘tenacity’
and ‘action,’ as we are no strangers to pushing our way through a thicket of obstacles and
resistance. The past few years have presented considerable challenges for Illinois
Action for Children, and we have fought boldly, along with the state’s entire human services
community, to maintain the public support necessary to provide essential services to
families in Illinois.
Proposed budget cuts would have been devastating, but our grassroots membership
heeded our call to action and did not let up. They are still not letting up. We have seen our
members listen and take passionate, creative action when they realize what we say is
true: the power of Illinois Action for Children sits with them. The years of mobilization and
collaboration have made Illinois Action for Children and our members stronger. We
will use the lessons learned from these tough times to continue and direct our work into
the future.
Since the organization’s founding in 1969, we have been on the right side of this fight—
believing in providing children with the opportunity to reach their full potential. We
recognize and act upon the fact that preparation for a child’s school and life success begins,
at least, at birth. We believe that it takes strong families and powerful communities
to raise able children. Our founder, the late Sylvia B. Cotton, began this journey more than
forty years ago by taking on powerful leaders and demanding that they do more to
protect the well-being of working families and vulnerable children. Today, we are proud to
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continue in this tradition and legacy set by Sylvia, and we do it well. Our work is tireless,
as we strive to provide parents with an array of choices and access points, so they are
able to maintain employment without worry of who is caring for their children, and what
the children’s day will be like.
In recent years, Illinois Action for Children’s efforts have leveraged increased resources
to serve children’s critical health, literacy, and social and emotional needs. There are
multitude important accomplishments that we can all be proud of. Thank you for all the
ways that you’ve supported this important work over the past two years and since
our beginning. We look forward to many more years of working to better the lives of
all children.
Richard Sewell,
Board Chair
Maria Whelan,
President and CEO
Strong Families and Powerful Communities. Where Children Matter Most.
Sylvia B. Cotton, Our Founder
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Forty Years of History
and Action
Illinois Action for Children’s long, inspiring history is a testament to the extraordinary
change that can happen when an unyielding commitment is made to organizing,
developing and supporting strong families and powerful communities where children
matter most.
It all started forty years ago when a small group of
smart, politically active women, led by our founder
Sylvia B. Cotton (1913–2008), recognized significant
changes in the structure of American families. Women
were working in jobs outside the home. This work
was sometimes a choice, but more often a necessary
response to crushing urban poverty. That’s when
Sylvia Cotton and her colleagues asked the question
no one else was asking, “What about the children?”
After a government study on the state of child care in
Chicago documented that a crisis did indeed exist,
this organization, then known as the Day Care Crisis
Council of Metropolitan Chicago, was created. The
Council initially focused on Chicago, successfully
advocating for a City Office of Child Development and
stricter regulatory standards for both center-based
and home-based care. Within a few years it became
clear that the day care crisis existed on both a state
and national level, and so the focus of the Council’s
work broadened. Staff were hired as funding became
available. When there was limited staff, a committed
Board stepped up and continued to focus on an
agenda around city, state, and federal issues. When
all else failed, the Board members organized bake
sales so that newsletter could be printed.
Over the years, the Council grew and developed
programmatically and operationally. The name was
changed to the Day Care Action Council of Illinois.
Additional staff members were hired by the hundreds,
new facilities were leased and renovated, and
the leadership implemented new programs and new
approaches in terms of work. Sylvia retired, and
a series of talented men and women stepped up to
provide strong Board leadership. Once again, the
organization’s name changed to reflect a necessarily
broader work and mission. Our name became the
Day Care Action Council of Illinois with an emphasis
on “Action.”
In the mid 1980’s, the Chicago Community Trust
made a key, two-year grant to support the development of what became the Child Care Resource
and Referral Program. This grant created fiscal stability
that allowed a then small staff to focus on long-term
organizational development.
During the next decade, the Council grew and developed programmatically and operationally. Advocacy
work was augmented by services to support parents
and providers—helping parents to locate child care
and make informed decisions about this care, and
also helping providers improve practice. A pilot for the
administration of child care support funds was
implemented. As time went on, funding increased as
both state government and the private sector invested
in this work.
Then, in 1996 “welfare reform” became a major topic
at both the national and state level. The Day Care Action
Council, founded on thinking ahead of the curve, led
a major re-organization of the state child care program.
This work, called “Striving Families, Thriving Children,”
included a broad range of public, provider, and advocacy partners. It resulted in a new articulation of Illinois’
plan to implement welfare reform and returned to
the initial question upon which we were founded: “What
about the children?”
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Forty Years of
History and
Action, continued...
In 2007, First Lady Michelle
Obama spoke of Illinois
Action for Children’s work
at the organization’s
annual benefit.
Illinois made several critical decisions as it answered
this question and developed its welfare reform
program. Central to this approach was the idea that a
lack of child care would never be a barrier to work.
As long as a parent qualified for care in terms of
income and employment, the care for their child would
be available and affordable. The administration of
this program became the responsibility of Child Care
Resource and Referral providers across the state.
The Day Care Action Council became the lead
provider in Cook County.
The impact of this approach on the work of the Day
Care Action Council cannot be understated—not
only in terms of fiscal resources and responsibilities,
but also in terms of the powerful public and private
partnership that developed between us and key public
sector partners, especially the Illinois Department
of Human Services.
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The next ten years saw staff hired by the hundreds,
our budget increasing exponentially, new facilities
leased and renovated, new staff leadership and
programs, and new approaches in terms of our Board
of Directors. Our name changed to reflect our
broader work and mission. That’s when this organization became known as Illinois Action for Children,
with an expanded emphasis on “Action.”
First Lady Michelle Obama spoke of Illinois Action for
Children’s work at the organization’s annual benefit in
2007. She said, “It is because of your tremendous
advocacy efforts that our political leaders on both
sides of the aisle have a better understanding of the
challenges that our families face in the state of Illinois.
When Barack was in the State Senate he worked
closely with [Illinois] Action for Children to make sure
that children and families were a priority in the state.
Through [Illinois] Action for Children’s advocacy work,
child care assistance, and provider resource programs,
you have been able to connect services to the families
that need help the most.”
In honor of the 40th anniversary and as part of a
powerful new Strategic Plan, Illinois Action for
Children has revitalized its mission to increase and
edify its work in the service of children and families.
This Strategic Plan was developed in 2008, when the
Board and senior staff decided on the need for a
targeted plan to guide the organization’s next chapter.
The plan is intended to increase the capacity for
organizational growth. The plan’s development and
implementation are an inclusive process, designed to
both maximize internal engagement and involve
external stakeholders.
Essential to the plan and moving forward, the organizational leadership has written a new mission
statement and developed strategic goals to be
executed over the next five years. The new mission is:
Illinois Action for Children is a catalyst for organizing,
developing and supporting strong families and
powerful communities where children matter most.
Illinois Action for Children envisions a future in
children and families, especially those most vulnerable,
have the opportunities and resources they need.
The new strategic goals include: responsive programs
and public policies, collaborative relationships,
compelling messages, dynamic leadership, and
organizational excellence.
The entire staff and community of Illinois Action for
Children sees a world of possibilities in this work, and
embraces the opportunity to all recommit to our work
Since the organization’s founding, Illinois Action for
Children has made a difference in the lives of children
and families through a broad spectrum of community
outreach and advocacy programs. By integrating
Program Services with Public Policy and Advocacy
work, the organization develops systemic approaches
to meeting families’ needs. The new Strategic Plan
and action agenda are enabling Illinois Action for
Children to stay focused on our enduring priority and
core mission—early success and opportunities for
children and support for working families—by expanding our framework and increasing our reach to help
communities build critical supports.
In May of 2008, Illinois
Action for Children
organized a rally, “Week
of Action,” to mobilize
early care and education
advocates statewide
in grassroots activities
to raise awareness for
critical issues related to
children and families
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2009–2010 Summaries
and Highlights
The past two years marked an important milestone in Illinois Action for Children’s history and
began the official celebration of our 40th anniversary of service. The following summary
highlights accomplishments of our work, as the organization has continued to grow stronger,
move forward and remain steadfast in our mission.
Child Care for Working Families
Policy and Advocacy
The Illinois Department of Human Services’ (IDHS)
Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) provides
low-income, working families with access to highquality and affordable child care. CCAP, administered
in Cook County by Illinois Action for Children,
ensures that parents are able to maintain employment
and that their children will be cared for in a safe,
nurturing environment.
Illinois Action for Children’s Public Policy and Advocacy
(PPA) program works with and on behalf of a
constantly growing member base of more than 2,500
child care providers, parents, educators, and other
advocates, to bring focus to a number of shared policy
priorities. PPA engages and empowers parents
and child care providers to participate in the political
process as a means to affect real change. By building
state and national policy advocacy around a grassroots membership, we ensure a focus on the priorities
identified by those most directly affected.
Our CCAP staff at Illinois Action for Children serves
more than 3,000 clients in-person each week at
the agency’s three walk-in sites on the West, South
and North sides of Chicago. By phone, the CCAP
staff and Child Care Resource & Referral parent
counseling staff, serves more than 50,000 callers
each month.
PPA 2009 and 2010 victories include:
mobilization against a proposed child
care budget cut that would have reduced income
In Fiscal Year 2009 (FY09) overall, Illinois Action for
Children’s CCAP staff served 623,823 callers and
made 14,228 child care referrals. For Fiscal Year 2010
(FY10), CCAP staff served 561,483 callers and made
12,143 child care referrals.
In FY10, we awarded Quality Counts Grants to 374
providers and centers to improve equipment and
resources for their programs, at a total of $1,015,491.
Furthermore, we granted a total of $254,189 in
professional development funds to providers for
expenses such as tuition, conferences, workshops,
and accreditations.
eligibility for the Child Care Assistance Program
to 50 percent of the Federal Poverty Level, after our
previous work has already established it at 200
percent of the poverty level.
April 21, 2010 budget rally that drew 15,000
advocates and shut down the State Capital, bringing
the most advocates to Springfield at one time ever.
from the Illinois House and Senate for early
care and education, including statements from
more than two-dozen representatives pledging that
they would not vote for a budget that cut early
childhood funding.
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Summaries and
continued . . .
of a workgroup on recommendations of
how to spend Federal American Recovery and
Reinvestment Act child care funds in Illinois, which
included reduced co-payments and extended
job-search time for parents; this work also implemented an Infant Toddler Specialist Network,
embedded in the Child Care Resource & Referral
system, which has provided 21 specialists
now working with programs that care for infants
and toddlers.
of the Quality Counts and imple•Implementation
menting the Quality Counts: Quality Rating System to
improve child care program quality.
assistance visits to more than 100 child
care programs around the state, providing staff and
parents with legislative and policy updates on early
childhood and family supports, and the opportunity to
participate in advocacy trainings and ultimately learn
how to become more effective advocates.
June 18th 2009 budget rally at Chicago’s
Thompson Center, which drew more than 5,000
people from the early care and education community,
along with workers and supporters from all the
types of human services programs.
The program also:
the sunset date for Preschool for All,
making the program permanent.
negotiated with the Illinois Department
of Human Services and the Governor’s Office of
Management and Budget to increase reimbursement
rates for center-based child care providers, on par
with increases previously negotiated by SEIU
Healthcare Illinois & Indiana for family child care
a statewide Capital Bill that, for the first
time in history, included dedicated funding for early
childhood facilities.
advocacy to fund and launch the creation of
a network of infant/toddler specialists.
Community Partner Outreach
and Education
Illinois Action for Children works with five community
partner organizations whom we fund (Children’s
Home + Aid, YWCA, Centers for New Horizons, Good
Shepherd, and the Carole Robertson Center for
Learning) and a network of 21 child care centers in
south and west suburban Cook County, to conduct
numerous workshops and trainings intended to
increase quality in the early care and education field. In
FY10, we worked with these partners, as well as
El Valor, to conduct professional development trainings for 19,781 child care providers.
S pec i a l P r of i l e :
The Heart of Our Work: People Power
Quality Counts grant recipient Kimberly Cooper,
Founder of Wee Care Christian Learning Center
“I’ve always had a passion to teach and to give
children the foundation they need to excel in life,” said
Kimberly Cooper of Harvey, Illinois.
Fueled by a strong ambition to work in the child care
field, Kimberly started the Wee Care Christian Learning
Center nearly ten years ago. A lifelong resident of
Harvey, Illinois, Kimberly knows first-hand of the area’s
high need for quality, affordable child care.
“I wanted to give back to the community that I grew
up in,” Kimberly said. “We wanted to have a
center that’s comparable to any center that may be
in richer neighborhoods.”
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Kimberly recently won a Quality Counts Grant from
Illinois Action for Children that helped her purchase
equipment for her center. She was glad to receive
the support, as much of her budget goes to staff and
operation expenses. In addition to new toys for
children to use, Kimberly used her grant to purchase
diaper changing tables, a Mullen Scales of Early
Learning system to enhance individual child assessment, and other equipment.
“About 95 percent of our parents receive child care
through CCAP, the Child Care Assistance Program,
and that’s a really big thing for us,” Kimberly said.
“It’s really helpful for the parents in this area.”
Early Education
Illinois Action for Children’s Early Learning programs
make early education available to young children
so that they will be ready to succeed when they start
school. We work with parents, community groups,
and local governments to identify the best ways to
connect children with early learning opportunities. Our
programs have created a national model for providing
preschool to children in home child care who would
otherwise not have access to early education, and
for training providers to become a child’s first teacher.
In FY09 and FY10 we:
to provide Preschool for All in child care
centers throughout Cook County.
the Community Connections Expansion
Project, connecting home-based child care
providers to part-day classroom-based services and
networking opportunities, funded through a grant
from the Grand Victoria Foundation
a formal program evaluation of the Community
Connections Preschool program, in collaboration
with Child Trends and the National Center for
Children in Poverty.
intensive coaching and professional develop•Offered
ment for teachers at 4 child care centers as part
of a three year Early Reading First grant to develop
“centers of excellence.”
care providers. We enrolled 688 child care providers
in the program by the end of FY10, providing nutrition
education and meal reimbursement to 4,248 children.
The program facilitated more than $3,268,211 in meal
and snack reimbursement in FY10 alone.
FY09 through our Early Childhood Mental Health
Program (ECMH), funded by the
Illinois Department of Human Services, with previous
support by The Illinois Children’s Healthcare
Foundation, Illinois Action for Children served 8,842
children at high-risk for social and emotional delays
and behavior problems. Our Teen Parent Program
assisted 633 new parent teenagers that year.
“Night to Shine” Annual Benefits
Illinois Action for Children’s annual “Night to Shine”
gala event has raised significant resources to
support our work. For the 2010 special anniversary
event, held October 15th at the Chicago History
Museum, the benefit committee was chaired
by brothers Richard and Stephen Cotton, sons of
Sylvia Cotton. Ravi Baichwal, ABC 7 news anchor,
presided as emcee. Many friends of the agency
were also in attendance, including U.S. Senator Dick
Durban. A very special “Thank you!” to all of the
generous donors and sponsors of the event over
the past years.
a series of 2-day capacity-building
workshops for child care centers in three regions of
the state to prepare them to operate Preschool
for All programs.
a parenting education program at the
Juvenile Court of Cook County, for teen parents
on probation.
Vital Supports
You’re Invited. . .
In addition to other forms of outreach in FY09 and
FY10, Illinois Acton for Children staff attends many
community events and information fairs to provide
resources and spread the word on the organization’s
programs. Illinois Action for Children:
Distributed more than 60,000 books to children,
families, and faith-based and community
organizations throughout Chicago and suburban
Cook County.
Illinois Action for Children’s 11th Annual Celebration & Benefit
Associates Board
Illinois Action for Children is pleased to welcome our
new Young Professionals Associates Board. The
group provides fundraising and event leadership to
assist the organization.
the Healthy Food Program, enabled young
children in vulnerable communities to receive
nutritious meals, and make nutrition education easily
accessible to low-income parents and child
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Financial Highlights
Illinois Action for Children works hard to use
its resources in an efficient and responsible manner.
We look for opportunities to streamline processes
to realize cost savings, as this ensures that available
resources support our mission. Just 11 percent
of our total annual budget supports management and
operations, leaving a full 89 percent to support
programs and advocacy.
In 2010, 70 percent of Illinois Action for Children’s
funding came from the Illinois Department of Human
Services (IDHS), down from 95 percent eight
years ago. Within the past two years, we have seen
growth in funding for programs other than Child
Care Assistance, including early learning initiatives
such as Early Reading First and the Child Care
Healthy Food Program, and have also sought funding
for programs that focused on licensed-exempt
home child care providers.
As we look beyond the close of FY10, Illinois Action
for Children intends to be even more proactive
in securing private funds for our programs, as such
diversity of funding is good for our future financial
security. This includes more funding from national
foundations, individual donors, and multi-year grants.
We are especially thankful for generous contributions
from our corporate and foundation supporters
listed below. Please review our financial position and
statement of activities. A copy of the audited
financial statements and form 990s for FY09 and
FY10 are available upon request.
Peter England
Treasurer, Board of Directors
Illinois Action for Children
Parent Services
$ 1,049,673
Provider Services
Public Policy and Advocacy
Support Services
Total Expenses
$ 32,879,285
$ 36,241,129
$ 32,679,676
$ 32,599,715
$ 35,729,927
Support and Revenues
Government Contracts
Grants and Foundations
Corporate Contracts
Interest, Investment Income and Other Revenues
Total Support and Revenues
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A big “thanks!” to our members and 2009/2010 Board, and all of the companies,
foundations, and partners who give generously to Illinois Action for Children.
Board of Directors
Richard Sewell, Chair
University of Illinois
Gail Nelson, Vice Chair
Carole Robertson Center for Learning
Peter England, Treasurer
John Casey, Secretary
Joel Carp
Sr. V.P. Emeritus, Jewish Federation
of Metropolitan Chicago /Jewish
United Fund of Metro Chicago
Reverend Sandra Castillo (former)
Nuestra Señora de las
Americas Church
Mary Jane Chainski (former)
Bounce Learning Network, Ounce of
Prevention Fund
Micki Chulick, Past Chair
Community Coordinated
Child Care (4-C)
J. Lee Kreader
National Center for Children
in Poverty
Sandy Matthews
U.S. Department of Education,
Office of Civil Rights
Cindy Moelis (former)
Kathie Raiborn (former)
Rogy’s Learning Place
Monica Moss
Education Consultant
Diane Stout
Circles of Learning
Judie Walker Kendrick
Chicago Coalition of Site
Administered Child Care Programs
Laurie Walker
Skip-a-Long Child
Development Services
Maria Whelan
President /CEO
Illinois Action for Children
Community Partners
Carole Robertson Center for Learning
Centers for New Horizons
Children’s Home + Aid
El Valor
Good Shepherd Center for
Exceptional Children
Program Partners
Illinois Department of Human Services
Illinois State Board of Education
City of Chicago/Department of Family
and Support Services
Chicago Housing Authority
Chicago Public Schools
Illinois Department of Children and
Family Services
Program Grant Support
Grand Victoria Foundation
The Harris School of Public Policy,
University of Chicago
Illinois Census Funder’s Initiative
Illinois Children’s
Healthcare Foundation
The Irving Harris Foundation
The Joyce Foundation
Kraft Employee Fund
McCormick Foundation
PreK Now/Voices for Illinois Children
U.S. Department of Education,
Early Reading First
W. Clement and Jessie V.
Stone Foundation
Woods Fund of Chicago
$30,000 – $5,001
Bridgeview Bank Group
Richard Cotton and Stephen Cotton,
and the Cotton Family
The GE Foundation
J.B. & M.K. Pritzker Family Foundation
Kaplan Early Learning Company
Lakeshore Learning Materials
Northern Trust
Pritzker Pucker Family Foundation
SEIU Healthcare Illinois & Indiana
Vanoy Jordan Enterprises, LLC
David and Marilyn Vitale
Alphawood Foundation
Annie E. Casey Foundation
The Boeing Company
Buffett Early Childhood Fund/
Ounce of Prevention
The Chicago Community Trust
Department on Aging, State of Illinois
Evanston Community Foundation/
Illinois Early Childhood Fellowship
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$5,000 – $751
$750 and under
Advent Building Maintenance, Inc.
Douglas Baird
Mr. & Mrs. Richard and Diana Beattie
Beverly Bank & Trust Co.
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois
The Book Vine for Children
Requita Brady
Centers for New Horizons
Chicago Coalition of Site
Administered Child Care Programs
Micki Chulick
Megan Creel
Sally Csontos
Mr. Brendan and Carol Deely
De-Kalb Community Coordinated
Child Care (4-C)
Michael Dell’Armi
Dominick’s Finer Foods
Dowd, Bloch & Bennett
El Valor
Erikson Institute
Eyes on the Future
Anthony Graefe
Graefe & Hansen, Ltd.
Harriet Meyer & Ulrich E. Meyer
Family Philanthropic Fund
Sherri Hyson
Illinois Education Association
Tom Jakobsen
JCW Incorporated
John A. Logan College CCR&R
Judie Walker Kendrick
Kraft Foods, Inc.
Lori Longueville
Mesirow Financial
Cindy Moelis
Moelis Family Foundation
Peter and Carol England
Private Bank & Trust Company
Quicker Printers
Diana Rauner
Jim and Sandy Reynolds
The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation
Roger O. Brown Revocable Trust
Dr. Cheryl Rucker-Whitaker
John and Adele Simmons
Skip-A-Long Child
Development Centers
Small World Learning Center
Renee Snow
Southwest Airlines
Senator Heather Steans and
Leo Smith
US Toy/Constructive Playthings
Maria Whelan and Jack Wuest
Abbott Laboratories Fund
Robert Ackley
Kimberly Adams
Daniel and Tonya Adelman
David Alexander
James Alexander
Shira and Lee Armstrong
Susan Baloun
George Bansa
Marlena Bansa
Karen Banzuly
Cary Barnette
Rachanda Beckham
Mary Bergen
Kay Berkson
Jonah Berman
Noorjahan Bhohani
Harold Black
Tammy Blakly
Robert Bloch
Judith Block
Mr. & Mrs.W. Bolster
Manuela Bonilla
Nicolle Bonilla
John Bouman
Jill Bradley-Harris
Tranae Brockhouse
Diana Brown
Donald Browne
Tom Browning
David and Julie Burg
Marilyn Burke
Cerathel Burnett
Christine Busby
Ida Butler
Tiny Byrd
Stacey Byrnes
Chris Bzdon
La Donna Calhoun
Carole Robertson
Center for Learning
Angel Carroll
Emily Carroll
Thomas Carroll
Joel and Leasha Carp
John and Pat Casey
Catch Thirty Five
Veronica Cavellero
Joseph Cavise
Maria Cepeda
Mary Jane Chainski
Jason Choi
Micki Chulick
Leonette Coates
Robert Coates
Kiki Collias
Firman Community Services
Carla Cox
Paul Corcoran
Rebecca Creighton
Crow Chizek and Company, LLC
Nancy Cunningham
Susan Curtis
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Deborah Daro
Beth Davis
Renee DeBerry
Mary Debose
Jan Deissler
Jacquelyn Dortch
Ann Drake
Monique Draper
Joyce Dugan
Judith Duratinsky
Stephen and Margaret Dyer
John Eckroth
Donna Eklund
Marsha Engquist
Erie Neighborhood House
Ricardo Estrada
Jean Ferguson
Helen Figaro
First Step Child Care Center Inc.
Carlos Fortenberry
Charles Fournier
Jan Fox
Sylvia Frazier
Seth and Robyn Frieden
Maria Gandara
Darchelle Garner
Azieb Gebrehiiwet
Kathy Getz-Wolf
Johnnie Giles-Powell
Katherine Gnapp
Karen Goldman
Good Shepherd Center for
Exceptional Children
Jennifer Gorin
Graham Grady
Charles Graham
Greg Graham
Julie Gray
Pete Gray
Cryssida Green
Philip Griffin
Margarita Guillen
Jeff Hanneman
Laura Hansen
Donna Hardy
Sayonara Harris
Tiffany Harrison
Harrison and Company
Judy Hartley
Michael and Deborah Held
Dawn Hinton
Keysha Hoffman
Sydney Hollander
Michael Horne
Erin Hotz
Robert Houston
HSS Partners, LLC
Jessica Hubbard
Sister Julia Huiskamp
Kim Hunt
Mattie Hunter
I&G Charitable Foundation
April Jackson
Ed Jacob
Cereme James
Judy Johnson
Linda Johnson Rice
Sam Kaplan
Susan Kaplan
Sokoni Karanja
Karen Karl
Susanna and Thomas Kelly
Wesley Kennedy
Kim Kerbrat
John Kleb
Katherine Kloppenburg
Ben Kreader and Gary Trethaway
J. Lee Kreader
Jennifer Kushto
Melanie Laithwaite
Lake Shore Schools
Laner, Muchin, Dombrow, Becker,
Levin, and Tominberg, Ltd.
Katharine and James Law
Tom Layman
Frances and Elliot Lehman
Dan Lesser
James Lichtman
Sabrina Limehouse
Laurel Lipkin
Marilyn and Philip Liss
Trinita Logue
Clara Lopez
Luz Lopez
Maria Lopez
Vivian Loseth
William Lowry
Gillian M. Lusins
Nancy Maclean
Robert and Sharon Mahar
Kevin Malone
Manske Dieckmann Thompson
Mary Marcheschi
Sandra Matthews
Alma Matthews-Lesure
Eileen McCarthy
Brendan McCormick
Summer Marie McQuiod
Andrea Melville
Ron Meyer
Ed Miller
Katrina Miller
Vivian Miller
Jenny Miranda
Peggy Montes
Barbara Montgomery
Leon D. Moore, Jr.
Beverly Morris
Joanne Muellman
Suzanne Muellman
Zachary Nauth
Gail Nelson
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