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Colorado I Have A Dream Foundation

CIHAD is a long-term academic, social mentorship and mental health program for youth from economically disadvantaged neighborhoods in Metro Denver. CIHAD has made a difference in the lives of 990 students, whom we affectionately call 'Dreamers.' Your support makes these children's dreams a reality.

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Staff

Part Time Staff:
28
Full Time Staff:
11
Contract Staff:
Volunteers Annually:
25
Retention Rate:
95%

Rachael Ann Gazdick, CEO/Executive Director
Start Date: 2012

Rachael Gazdick, Ed.M., MSW brings the organization 18 years' previous experience in education and advocacy, most recently as Executive Director of Say Yes to Education Syracuse. Housed in the School of Education at Syracuse University, Say Yes is a school district-wide organization serving more than 22,000 students in 31 schools. While at Syracuse, she was also an assistant professor for the Department of Communication and Rhetorical Studies. From 2001-08, Rachael was assistant director and then director of the Office of Community Engagement and Integrative Learning, running an array of community-focused programs and initiatives operating within a social justice context located on campus. From 1999-2001, she was executive director of Near East Side Community Development Organization of Syracuse (NESCO), focusing on job placement, training, mentoring and youth programs. She began her career with Teach for America, serving as a special needs teacher in rural Louisiana for two years. Rachael has a master's in education from Harvard University; a master's in social work from Boston College, where she focused on needs assessments, grant writing, nonprofit management and community mobilization; and a bachelor's in speech communication from Syracuse University.

Boards

Board Type:
Local
Meetings per Year:
6
Term Length:
3
Term Limit:
Total # of Board Members:
37
Clients on Board:
No
# of Client Board Members:

Board Demographics:

Female:
15
Male:
22

Black or African American:
5
Asian:
1
White:
26
Hispanic or Latino:
3
Other Ethnicities:
2

Average Number of Years Current Board Members Have Served on Board

Attendance Percentage for Board Meetings

54%

Percentage of Board Members that Contribute Dollars

100%

Percentage of Board Members that Contribute In-Kind

100%

Percentage of Board Members that have Completeted the Colorado Secretary of State's Nonprofit Board Member Course:

0%

Nonprofit completed the Colorado Nonprofit Association's Excellence in Principles & Practices Recognition Program?

No

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Development
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Executive
Finance
HR / Prsnl & Finance & Mkting & Nomin. & By-laws
Outreach
Program Services
Special Events
Strategic Planning
Volunteer

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