The National Crittenton Foundation

Rating: 4.87 stars   30 reviews

Nonprofit Issues:

Children & Youth, Crime & Law


1750 SW Harbor Way, Suite 450 Portland OR 97201 USA


The National Crittenton Foundation supports empowerment, self-sufficiency, and the end of cycles of destructive behaviors for girls, young women and their families who live at the margin of the American dream.

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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

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.

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

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

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