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March 25, 2011

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March 25, 2011

The National Crittenton Foundation has made it possible for some of our teen clients to experience how the government works and how they can have a voice in making change. As a result of the Crittenton Foundation's connections we've been able to send 3 young ladies to Washington, DC to advocate for funding for the juvenile justice system, trafficking victims protection act & the shutting down of Craig's list adult service sight, which at the time was one of the avenues that pimps were using to sell teen girls. To witness the bravery these young women display as they share their stories as well as the change that comes from them feeling heard and feeling empowered is amazing and almost beyond description. Thinking about their stories and the resiliency which they display still brings tears to my eyes.

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The National Crittenton Foundation has connected our agency with other agencies as well as making a connection with leaders at the national level. These connections have enabled our agency to expand their services as well as providing opportunities for our teen girls to advocate for themselves and their peers on a national level by allowing them to tell their stories.

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Provide them with more funding so they can expand their great work to more deserving teens.

March 24, 2011

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March 24, 2011

The National Crittenton Foundation has always been supportive of our Charlotte Florence Crittenton, but never as much as in the past several years. We have benefited in many ways including staff training, programming curriculums and client support.

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I've been involved in some of the trainings and have witnessed the benefits in program enhancements.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

work on creating more notice before deadlines. Sometimes it is difficult to pull together the necessary information without much notice.

March 24, 2011

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March 24, 2011

I became familiar with the work of The National Crittenton Foundation (TNCF) in 2004 when I provided some consulting services as they were undergoing some changes. From an outside perspective, I was very impressed with the board and the agency leadership. What's most unique is how the national organization works with agencies across the country. So many national non-profit never see or interact with the audience they help--not the case with TNCF. Through the agencies, they know the girls and young women personally. Another unique aspect of TNCF is that the leadership is not only committed to justice--they really, truly care about the girls and will stop at nothing to help and protect them. When Jeannette Pai-Espinosa took the helm, I immediately became a donor. Under her leadership, I knew great things could happen. And they have.

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I have watched this organization evolve over the past five years. Now they are active in building public will, creating innovative resources, building agency capacity and activating advocates. They are "at the table" for major convenings about girls and women and they have created quite a presence in DC, on Capitol Hill helping girls connect to policymakers who write laws that impact them.

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If I had a million dollars, I would fund an initiative that would have girls and young women travel across the country--to schools, churches, community groups-- to talk about the issues that impacted their lives and explain that every single person can take action. When people hear these stories, I believe we can reverse stereotypes and become a society that is more capable of supporting girls who have been victimized and of speaking out against injustice.

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Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

What specific problem, purpose, priority, or project prompted your gift?

Girls at the Margin; the annual appeals (the stories)

What would you tell others about this organization?

yes for sure.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

March 24, 2011

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March 24, 2011

The National Crittenton Foundation provides valuable resources, guidance and support to the Crittenton Family of Agencies, all of whom serve at-risk young women and their families across the U.S. The National Crittenton Foundation provides opportunities to network, training opportunities with experts in the field of evidence-based practice, national policy issues are addressed and they monitor issues that impact children, young women and their families, yearly conferences to promote best practices, and the staff are always available to our Agency’s for guidance in non-profit management. The staff is professional and experts in the field. The National Crittenton Foundation is dedicated to excellence.

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I am involved in meetings, policy committee, and I am a CEO for a nonprofit agency that works closely with the NCF>

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The staff is professional and has the expertise to do an excellent job. I have no changes to recommend. Keep up the good work!

March 20, 2011

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March 20, 2011

I have had the privilege of working with The National Crittenton Foundation's President for the past 3 years when we discovered the perfect match our two organization's mission and vision had for girls.
I am the President of a statewide advocacy organization in Oregon, the Coalition of
Advocates for Equal Access for Girls, established in 1992, well over a 100 years after Crittenton. Besides the support that Crittenton provides the work of over 27 Crittenton agencies, it is their goal to support the empowerment of girls and young women so they can achieve their unique potential as healthy, contributing members of society that connects us. Our collaboration with Crittenton has helped our organization grow nationally and I believe has broadened their advocacy in Oregon.

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The Coalition's collaboration and partnership with Crittenton not only supports our advocacy work in Oregon but has enabled us to join a national action alliance, Girls @ the Margin, to be part of a strong united voice for vulnerable system involved girls and young women.

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No changes!

March 18, 2011

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March 18, 2011

I work with a national advocacy and policy organization located in Washington, DC. The goal of our organization is to seek and advocate for the expansion of federal support for organizations working with girls and young women who are at greatest risk for system involvement or who are system involved. Most, if not all of these girls come from very difficult back grounds, have histories of serious trauma, and are in need of services that respond to their experiences as girls in a safe and healing environment - something that far too many girls go without. The National Crittenton Foundation and its nationally distributed family of agencies are among the few organizations providing such services.

Each individual agency approaches the needs of each girl from a gendered lens, acknowledges and provides wrap-around therapeutic treatment for past trauma, and supports girls through programs that build on their strengths and fosters a sense of accomplishment and empowerment - something many of these girls have never experienced. Further, the National Crittenton Foundation and its various agencies continuously work to expand awareness of the lives of girls by placing the voices of the youth at the center of their work and in the halls where policies are made - Congress.

Excellent work!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

meeting and working with the amazing girls that pass through their services.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

expand their services to all states.

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How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Quite well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

March 17, 2011

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March 17, 2011

I run a blog for young mothers, helping them overcome the day-to-day challenges of being a young parent, and find the joys that come with this new responsibility. Back in 2009, I was looking to "give back" and host a fundraiser on my blog, preferably to an organization that helped young mothers.

I found the National Crittenton Foundation and fell in love. Their services are outstanding, and I loved how they told their story through their clients' lives. I participated in the organization's 2010 annual meeting and was blown away by the passion and dedication of their staff. I was so inspired by their knowledge and devotion that I decided to go to graduate school to get a degree in Family Studies. This organization is the real deal and I am SO glad they are around to do the work they do. It is so necessary.

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The staff at this organization has helped me in so many ways. They extended an invitation to me to come to the annual meeting and get feedback on the book I'm writing. I've been able to learn so much from them. They are kind, welcoming and passionate about making sure women, mothers, girls live their best lives.

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I wouldn't change a thing.

March 16, 2011

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March 16, 2011

My life would not be what it is without Crittenton.

I became a mother at the age of 15 and like any other girl in my position, I felt that I had been thrown into parenthood too soon and felt penalized by the rest of the world because I now was "A teen mother" and apparently that is all I
would be known for. Crittenton was able to see past that, and their programs helped me remember that there was so much more to me than just a young mother, they helped me find my voice and my path to success. By showing me how to set my goals AND achieve them, mentoring, supporting and encouraging me, I was able to finish high school, pursue a college degree and now give back to the community. All this despite the fact I had both my children while still in high school.
Through an abusive relationship and the everyday struggles of a girl raising two kids, I was able to use the skills and the resources I had learned from my program leader and move on to a healthier life style for my children and myself.
Their commitment to young women like me is powerful, and is creating future leaders in the community. The array of services offered by Crittenton is truly empowering to the girls!
I am so proud to be called an alumni of their program, and for them to allow me to volunteer any chance I can!

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my life as an adult. I have been able to achieve things that people my age can only dream of. I have been interviewed many times for newspapers and local tv shows. I had the opportunity to visit the white house for a holiday reception, but most importantly I have found my career path, which is helping others.

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Crittenton is one of the few organzations I can honestly say is complete. They execute their mission and commitment to girls. It would be great to see their services expand and help after the girls have left the programs. It would certainly help track their tremendous rate of success in the former participants.

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