Realities For Children Charities is a 501(c)3 charitable organization dedicated to serving the unmet needs of abused and neglected children in Larimer County, Colorado. Partnered in service with 34 local Partner Youth Agencies RFCC is able to create an effective safety net of services for the most vulnerable members of our community, providing: Community Education, Youth Agency Sponsorship Support, Special Youth Opportunities and Emergency Funding when there are no other resources available.
United with Realities For Children's alliance of over 240 local Business Members which underwrite the administration of all programs and services, this charity is uniquely able to ensure that 100% of every dollar donated is able to directly benefit abused and neglected youth locally, creating one of the most efficient collaborations among Community Members, Business Leaders and Human Services possible to help ensure that no child is forgotten.
Realities For Children was incorporated in 1995 by a Larimer County Child Protection case manager. The purpose of its creation was a result of years of witnessing children within the child protective system often going without needed or beneficial services and a general lack of community awareness about the problems of child abuse locally.
The 4 core services Realities For Children was founded upon were established collaboratively with directors of the community's agencies that serve abused and at-risk children. These services are Community Education, Special Youth Opportunities, Agency Outreach Sponsorship and Emergency Funding for abused children when all other resources are exhausted. It was additionally observed that if this new organization were to derive its underwriting as all the other agencies did through donations, grants and fundraising efforts that it would in essence be competing for these finite resources with the programs it was designed to serve. It was then recognized that to create a truly collaborative program for all agencies to be affiliated with, it would need to derive its administrative underwriting from a non-competitive source.
To accomplish this task, Realities For Children became a cause marketing organization, that targeted the advertising and marketing budgets of local business. Working closely with virtually every marketing venue in the community, this cause marketing organization was able to offer a great way for businesses to both promote their services and help to provide for these needs of abused children in our community. This advertising resource was not only non-competitive to the affiliate youth agencies, but it was also a new and larger resource that had never been directed to the service of abused children.
By becoming a cause marketing organization, Realities For Children united the local community in service like never before. Through the marketing partnerships, community awareness grew quickly and created a mutually beneficial alliance between the business and human services community. Additionally, this created an entirely new way people could support children in need simply by supporting the business 'members' when they needed their services.
With the administration underwritten privately, Realities For Children created a fiscal sponsorship with the Community Foundation of Northern Colorado in 1996, which housed the Realities For Children Emergency Fund for abused children. This 'Emergency Fund' allowed for community members to make tax deductible donations to provide for services for abused and neglected children locally when all other resources were exhausted. It was from this independent donor advised fund that all emergency services were provided via the affiliate agencies upon request. The funding requirements were that the requesting agency needed to be a recognized RFC Affiliate agency, that the request was for services or needs of an abused or at-risk child in Larimer County and that all other resources were either exhausted or unavailable.
This Emergency Fund remained with the Community Foundation of Northern Colorado until 2009. By this time, Realities For Children had grown to 18 non profit agencies and programs that drew support from this vital fund serving thousands of children throughout the year. The frequency of grants for services became too much for the design of the Community Foundation and for financial purposes they imposed grant minimums that combined with the growing lag time between grant requests and distribution, made it clear that a new process for this fund distribution was required.
In 2009 Realities For Children Charities (a 501c3 non-profit organization) was created to assume these fiscal responsibilities and better serve youth in need. This shift in emergency resource management removed the CFNC grant minimum requirements and allows for the immediate granting of emergency funding distributions for the needs of abused and neglected children in Larimer County without minimum grant requirements.
To date, Realities For Children Charities continues to improve the efficiency of its distribution services. Realities For Children Charities now is able to approve funds requests within 60 minutes of a request 24 hours a day 7 days a week and actually allocate the funding needs in real time, providing for the immediate and urgent service needs of abused and at-risk children, when they are needed most.
"On behalf of the Larimer County Department of Human Services, I would like to extend my greatest appreciation to the members of Realities For Children. Every single day, in our community, children are identified as being in harm's way due to neglect and abuse they are subjected to. It takes a community, not a single agency, to develop solutions to help kids. Thank you for supporting our efforts to protect our most vulnerable citizens. "
Angela Mead, Deputy Division Manager, Larimer County Department of Human Services
"Realities For Children plays a valuable role in our mission to assist young victims of domestic violence. We call on them frequently to assist children who need food, clothing or transportation. Realities For Children is an integral part of our services. We greatly appreciate their support." Executive Director, Alternatives to Violence
"Lutheran Family Services of Colorado greatly appreciates our longstanding service partnership with Realities For Children. Countless children and families, served through our foster care programs, adoption services, family education programs and disaster response services, have been strengthened by their generosity and concern for the vulnerable. The participating business members of Realities For Children are truly a blessing to this community."
Jim Barclay, President/CEO, Lutheran Family Services
"When you have nowhere else to turn, Realities For Children is there."
Barbara Baldovin, Foster Care Coordinator, Jacob Center
"The Family Center has been an Affiliate Agency of Realities For Children for over 11 years and the support we receive is invaluable to our agency. Realities For Children is a strong partner that helps us raise both funds and friends that support our work with children. Each year Realities helps us to create opportunities for hundreds of families we serve to attend activities they might not have had the resources to participate in. We are so proud to partner with such a forward-thinking group of people who are as passionate about helping children as we are."
Herman Tearman, The Family Center/La Familia