Fundraising

KidWorks Donors Raise $750,000 for After School Programs at Foundation for Success Luncheon

KidWorks Donors Raise $750,000 for After School Programs at Foundation for Success Luncheon

KidWorks is especially grateful to everyone who made November’s Foundation for Success luncheon such a meaningful way to empower our proven after school programs.

Over $750,000 was raised during the Nov. 8 event, and those funds are already at work helping over 1,300 students in grades preschool through high school to excel academically, develop their leadership skills, grow spiritually and explore their artistic talents.

Civic 50 nominees raise valuable funds for KidWorks

Civic 50 nominees raise valuable funds for KidWorks

Each year, 50 of the top community-minded corporations in Orange County are awarded for their investment in the community, known as the Civic 50 OC and they are all being recognized on October 11th, 2018. Of those 50 corporations, KidWorks is pleased to have on-going partnerships with 15 of these buisnesses. Collectively, these corporations have donated an impressive $802,827.97 to KidWorks since 2002.

Igniting Potential Success: KidWorks Donors Raise $45,773 for our College Success Initiative

Igniting Potential Success: KidWorks Donors Raise $45,773 for our College Success Initiative

Thanks to our generous donors, KidWorks raised $45,773 in 24 hours through the Igniting Potential Giving Day initiative sponsored by the Orange County Community Foundation and included 11 OC non-profits who teamed-up to raise funds for the youth in Orange County.  

KidWorks Golf Classic Drives Support For College Success

KidWorks Golf Classic Drives Support For College Success

In golf scores, it’s never good to be “over.”  But for our sixth annual KidWorks Classic Golf Tournament held in May at the Pelican Hill Golf Course in Newport Beach, we were “over” all expectations in terms of fundraising for our proggrams, setting a new record of $270,000 net raised to support our College Success Initiative.

KidWorks Volunteer Of The Month: Melissa Ley

KidWorks Volunteer Of The Month: Melissa Ley

“I was born and raised in Orange County, yet until I became involved with KidWorks, I had no idea that there was so much need just a 15-minute drive away from where I grew up in Irvine.”

With those poignant words, Melissa Ley—KidWorks March “Volunteer of the Month”—describes how her heart was touched to “jump right in to see where I could help improve the lives of children and young adults.”

Summer is coming to KidWorks

Summer is coming to KidWorks

Summer at KidWorks is vital for so many reasons.  Our goal is to create a safe, wholesome place for our students to spend their time.  Just as importantly, we want to offset what educators call the “summer slide.”  That’s where students of any age level can slip academically when they are away from the classroom.

KidWorks Launches College Success Initiative

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At KidWorks, 100% of our  high school seniors graduate on  time and 100% go on to college or university. And until now, we thought of them as our alumni. With the launch of our new KidWorks College Success Initiative™  we now serve students from Pre-K to B.A., making an 18 year commitment to each student at KidWorks.  

The students we serve live near or below the poverty line.  Often their families are caught in a poverty cycle and are just surviving.  The best way to break the cycle is preventing it in the next generation. Currently 89%  of low-income students leave college without a degree and 25% leave after their first year.   Our KidWorks College Success Initiative™ is aimed at ending the poverty cycle by providing our students the tools they need to graduate from college and begin careers that break the cycle.  At KidWorks, we know eventually the cycle of poverty breaks.  One family at a time.

Philanthropist, business leader, educator and long-time supporter of KidWorks, David A. Pyle, has provided us with a one million dollar matching grant opportunity.  This grant provides KidWorks with the funding needed to implement our new KidWorks College Success Initiative™.  Donate to the KidWorks College Success Initiative™  and double your impact.  You will be helping us improve our community by ending the poverty cycle. Every dollar you give becomes two and every dollar you give changes a life!

Simple Strategies To Give Back To KidWorks Before Dec. 31

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Whether you need to give a gift for the person who has everything, make a year-end charitable contributions for tax purposes, or simply want the warm feeling of supporting the new students coming to KidWorks, there are several ways to give a gift to KidWorks. In addition, year-end gifts can result in meaningful tax savings to the donor. 

IRA Rollover Gifts:If you are age 70 or older, you can give KidWorks up to $100,000 from your IRA account by means of the Charitable Distribution Provision, even if it’s more than your annual Required Minimum Distribution (RMD).  These gifts can be made tax-free and will help balance your IRA value with other estate assets. 

Gifts of Stocks, Bonds, CDs, & Mutual Funds:
Gifts of stocks, bonds and mutual funds are a great way to support KidWorks that can provide significant year-end tax savings to the donor.  By donating stocks or other securities, you can avoid paying capital gains tax that would otherwise incur if you sold these assets. Be sure that you have owned the shares at least 12 months and one day (the IRS definition of “long-term”) and that the stock has appreciated.

Donating A Vehicle:
If you have an extra vehicle that you no longer need, make the most of it by donating that car, truck or boat to KidWorks. We will secure top dollar for your extra car, and you can support the KidWorks Mission. Call (714) 834-9400x133 to learn more. 

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Your gift to KidWorks is an investment that immediately impacts the students and community we serve.

We recommend that you review these ideas with your financial advisor or CPA to determine what strategy is best for you to achieve year-end tax savings while supporting KidWorks.  As always, we take the privacy of our donors very seriously, click here to read our Donor Privacy Policy and the Donor Bill of Rights. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact a member of our development team. 

Note: KidWorks Community Development Corporation cannot give tax or legal advice. Please consult your own professional tax advisor about the best way to take advantage of any giving opportunity.

2017 Foundation For Success Presenting Sponsors: Raising The Bar For KidWorks

A 2nd grade girl in our after-school programs might not yet have heard of American Career College/West Coast University, Balboa Bay Resort, Caribou Industries, Heidi and Ruben Mendoza or Toyota Financial Services—but these generous Foundation for Success supporters have certainly heard of her!

That’s because our luncheon “Presenting Sponsors” have given so generously of time, talent and financial resources to support the event that raises the crucial dollars to support our vital after school programs enjoyed by that second grader and hundreds of other children and youth.  This year, we are excited to announce that we have more presenting sponsors than in the history of the Foundation For Success Luncheon.  We invite you to get to know our Presenting Sponsors a little bit better:

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American Career College & West Coast University:  David Pyle philanthropist, Founder/Chief Executive Officer of American Career College and shareholder of West Coast University, has generously supported KidWorks for many years.  His organizations have been a Foundation for Success “Presenting Sponsor” since the second year of the event.  Yet, David does so much more for our students.  He meets with them to discuss their career path, and provides interns to serve in our programs.  He and his team have donated hundreds of hours serving at KidWorks.  David has also been a major donor to the campaign that helped make possible the expansion of our Dan Donahue Center.

Balboa Bay Resort:  The Balboa Bay Resort management Team began supporting KidWorks as a result of the 2013 Foundation for Success luncheon.  They have been supporters ever since.  We deeply appreciate their consistent generosity on behalf of KidWorks in so many ways.  This includes a major gift from their family foundation that contributed to the expansion of our Dan Donahue Center.

Caribou Industries:  Mike Harrah, President, has a kind heart and generous spirit for children, youth and their educations.  Since connecting with KidWorks in 2015, he has been one of our most generous supporters.  This has included the Foundation for Success luncheons, as well as our annual KidWorks Classic Golf Tournament, where he was Title Sponsor in 2017.

Heidi & Ruben Mendoza: Heidi and Ruben Mendoza have been KidWorks supporters since the beginning of our mission to serve children, youth and families in central Santa Ana.   Ruben was instrumental in the building of the original Dan Donahue Center and has been actively involved in the recent major expansion of that facility.  Both Heidi and Ruben continue to support KidWorks in countless ways.

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Toyota Financial Services – Mike Groff, President & CEO, received the 2016 Dan Donahue Leadership award at last year’s Foundation for Success luncheon.  That was the first year the award was presented. Toyota Financial Services has been a Presenting Sponsor since the first luncheon, and ever since.  His company also donated four vans to KidWorks, which are part of helping us run smoothly each day.

To learn how you can be part of our Foundation for Success Luncheon, please visit:  http://kidworksoc.org/foundation-for-success/

What do a Philanthropist, Navy Seal, and College Student all have in Common?

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One has helped countless students earn credentials in order to fulfill their career dreams.  Another has risked his life to keep our country safe and preserve freedom.  A third was inspired by KidWorks to pursue a fit and healthy lifestyle—and then share his passion with others.

You’ll have a chance to be uplifted as you hear from each of these three at KidWorks’ 11th annual Foundation for Success Luncheon on Thursday, Nov. 2 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Santa Ana.

David A. Pyle, is a philanthropist, Founder/Chief Executive Officer of American Career College and shareholder of West Coast University.  At the luncheon, he will be honored with our prestigious 2017 Dan Donahue Leadership Award. 

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“This very special award recognizes David’s fervent support for KidWorks’ youth and families,” said David Benavides, KidWorks’ Executive Director.  “For decades, David has been a leader and innovator in the private, postsecondary education community, and he is as passionate about the community as he is about supporting health care and educational programs that aid underserved children and families.”

“I have been a supporter of KidWorks because these young men and woman are being developed as our future leaders and will be making a difference in our communities,” David Pyle said.  “Seeing firsthand the interaction of the kids, family members, staff and volunteers as they grow is inspiring and something I am proud to be a part of.”

Chad Williams is our keynote speaker.  He is author of the bestselling book, “SEAL of God.” He shares his journey through the grueling Naval Ops training, illustrating the SEAL mindset and ethos that revolve around leadership, teamwork, integrity, safety, mental toughness, discipline, overcoming adversity and grit. 

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Chad entered the military's most difficult and grueling training known as BUD/S. As one of 13 out of a class of 173 trainees, Chad climbed the mountain and earned his Trident, which signifies he had become a Navy SEAL.

According to his website, “Serving his country proudly through multiple deployments on SEAL Teams One and Seven, Chad continued to hone the technical skill, tactical proficiency and attention to detail that our nation's best warriors adhere to.  In an ironic final operation in Iraq, Chad's shares the story of how his SEAL Team was set up on a premeditated ambush similar to the location and scenario that took the life of his mentor Scott Helvenston.  But on that occasion Chad and his Team were victorious, overcoming the enemy and odds set against them.”

Alfredo Padilla is one of KidWorks many amazing student success stories.  He is a recent California State University, Northridge graduate, where he earned his degree in kinesiology. 

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Alfredo was part of KidWorks programs from age 11 through high school, and credits our team with helping him to learn healthy eating and exercise habits.  Alfredo turned this passion towards helping others, including serving on the KidWorks’ staff during high school and college.

He organized KidWorks-sponsored fitness and Zumba classes for the moms in the community, managed our gym, led weight training classes for the youth, coached our baseball team and helped manage and train the KidWorks running club for youth and parents. 

This event sells out every year so purchase your ticket early so you don't miss out! 

KidWorks to Honor David A. Pyle on November 2nd at our 11th Annual Foundation For Success Luncheon

KidWorks is delighted to announce that we will present our prestigious 2017 Dan Donahue Leadership Award to David A. Pyle, philanthropist, Founder/Chief Executive Officer of American Career College and shareholder of West Coast University at our 11th annual Foundation for Success luncheon, taking place on Thursday, Nov. 2 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Santa Ana. 

Engage With KidWorks: Attend an Event

Editor’s note:  Our latest blog series is called “Engage With KidWorks.”  We’re excited to share the variety of meaningful—and fun—ways you can become part of the KidWorks experience.  In our second installment, we invite you to attend one of our exciting and uplifting KidWorks events.

KidWorks isn't only about homework.  We also like to have fun!

That’s why we’re delighted to invite you to one of the many events we hold each year to raise funds, engage with the central Santa Ana Community and enjoy our students’ many talents.


Check out some of the fun stuff we have planned for 2017:
 

Community Events
The community fairs are much-anticipated events where families from the surrounding neighborhoods come together to share friendship, play games, relax, enjoy snacks and just have fun.  These are the fairs planned for this year:

March 18:  Bishop Manor Intergenerational Health Fair

April 22:  Dia del Niño Myrtle St. Resource Fair

August 19: Townsend-Raitt St. Resource Fair

 

KidWorks Classic Golf Tournament
Whether you’re a scratch golfer or simply appreciate the chance to play a premier course, KidWorks invites you to make your reservation now for our fifth annual KidWorks Classic Golf Tournament, to be held Thursday, May 18 at the beautiful Pelican Hill Golf Course in Newport Beach.

For more information, please contact Lisa Gels, Manager of Partnerships & Donor Relations: phone: (714) 619-7560 or email: lisa.gels@kidworksoc.org

 

Foundation for Success Luncheon
We invite you to attend our annual luncheon, that for the past three years, the Orange County Business Journal has listed as one of the top five fundraising luncheons.

For each of its 10 years, the event has featured an extraordinary keynote speaker.  It’s also instrumental in helping us raise a substantial portion of the funds for our after-school programs.

This year’s event details are coming soon!

For more information, please contact Lisa Gels, Manager of Partnerships & Donor Relations: phone: (714) 619-7560 or email: lisa.gels@kidworksoc.org
 

Music Concerts Featuring KidWorks Students
Many of KidWorks students have exceptional musical talent.  To experience their gifts firsthand, please consider attending these upcoming events:

Wednesday, March 22, 7:00 p.m.: Concert event at Super Antojitos restaurant in Tustin. The event will feature a short five-song set with students in KidWorks Avanti musical program.  There will also be a set with Avanti founder and professional musician, Joe Cristina and guitarist/vocalist Tiago Costa.  There is no cover charge.

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unday, April 30, 3 p.m. St. Andrews Presbyterian Church in Newport Beach: “Imago Dei” concert hosted by Jenny Park. This event will feature students from Jenny’s music academy, other local musical groups and selected Avanti students.  The concert is free.

 

By Glenn Leibowitz, Volunteer Content Writer

Engage With KidWorks: The Joy of Giving

Editor’s note:  Our latest blog series is called “Engage With KidWorks.”  We’re excited to share the variety of meaningful—and fun—ways you can become part of the KidWorks experience.  In our first installment, we share research that shows how monetary donations to non-profits like KidWorks not only make a sustained meaningful impact—they also make us feel better as people!

A widely acclaimed Harvard Business School research paper published in 2009 (“Feeling Good About Giving”) concluded that those who give a monetary donation to those in need “reported higher levels of happiness.”

In the words of those researcher:  "Happier people give more and giving makes people happier, such that happiness and giving may operate in a positive feedback loop."

And there’s the Gallup World Poll conducted between 2006 and 2008 that found people who donated to charity “reported a greater satisfaction with life.”

Finally, consider these statistics from the Do Good Live Well survey of 4,500 U.S. adults who supported a charity:  68 percent reported that it made them feel physically healthier, 89 percent that it “has improved my sense of well-bring” (e.g., happiness) and 73 percent that it “lowered my stress levels.”

Our KidWorks supporters are among the most generous people we know.  So, if giving equates to happiness, maybe that’s why our volunteers and contributors have such positive outlooks on life.

Need a lift today?  Consider making a donation to your friends at KidWorks!

 

By Glenn Leibowitz, Volunteer Content Writer

GIVE

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With just hours left before we welcome 2017, KidWorks has a wonderful idea about how to finish 2016 on the right note.

Please considering saying “goodbye 2016” and “hello 2017” by making a donation to KidWorks.

It’s easy to do.  You can do so securely online at this link:

www.kidworksoc.org/give


We are so grateful for every dollar that helps us serve hundreds of children, youth and parents in central Santa Ana.

 

Happy New Year everyone!

 

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In just 10 short days, we’ll turn the calendar page and welcome 2017.  That means most of us are probably already jotting down our New Year’s resolutions.

At KidWorks, we believe that volunteering should be on everyone’s list.  As a KidWorks supporter, we appreciate all the ways you’ve lent a hand, and we look forward to our continued partnership in 2017.

Perhaps you know of a family member or friend looking for a way to add even more meaning to his or her life by volunteering and serving others. 

If you know someone like that, we’d be grateful if you could point them our way. They can find out more by visiting the volunteer page on our website: 

Click Here for information on volunteering! 

Thank you for helping us get the word out to potential volunteers!

GIFT

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We all smile when we hear the traditional Christmas song telling us that Santa is “making a list and checking it twice.”

At KidWorks, we’d like to remind you to check your list, too!

That’s because the Annual KidWorks Christmas store for the families we serve in central Santa Ana is just days away. This year, the store will be open to serve families on December 13th and 14th. 

The store allows parents who might otherwise be unable to afford gifts for their children to buy them at a significant discount.  And all proceeds go into a benevolence fund to help those families in need during the holidays and the rest of the year.
 

There are three ways you can help this holiday:

1. GIFT a new, unwrapped item, a gift card, or wrapping supplies to KidWorks by December 9, 2016. 

2. DONATE financially to our end of year giving campaign at www.KidWorksOC.org/give.   

3. SERVE in one of our many weekly programs and bless a KidWorks students this holiday season. 

Interested in knowing more?  Please visit www.KidWorksOC.org

Your help will help continue our 14-year tradition of creating holiday smiles!