NCYL wants to thank all of our donors for their very generous support!
NCYL has been approved for a $250,000 grant from the Sandler Foundation of the Jewish Community Endowment Fund, $100,000 of which will be structured as a challenge grant.
The Sandler grant is dependent on NCYL raising new or increased gifts, meaning from people or organizations that have not previously given to NCYL, or from previous donors in amounts greater than they have ever given before.
Please help us take advantage of this tremendous opportunity by making a donation today.
The S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation has awarded NCYL $200,000 to improve the foster care system in California, with an emphasis on Bay Area counties.
NCYL is working on a range of projects in California, including improved access to mental health treatment for foster children placed across county lines; implementation of recently enacted foster care legislation, including SB 39, which requires public access to the records of children who have died of abuse or neglect; and ensuring that children in foster care have educational representatives to help them succeed in school.
The Lisa and John Pritzker Family Fund has made a contribution of $60,000, payable over three years, for general operating support. The Pritzkers’ gift is helping NCYL secure appropriate mental health care for children in need. NCYL is working with the California Child Welfare Council to solve the problems “out-of-county” foster children routinely face in getting care. NCYL is also moving closer to major reform of California’s foster care system so abused and neglected children can receive community-based mental health services instead of being confined to costly hospitals and large group homes.
NCYL has received $12,500 in continued grant funding from the van Löben Sels/Rembe Rock Foundation in support of our Juvenile Justice Reform Project. This includes NCYL’s work to limit the use of juvenile life without parole (JLWOP) sentences. NCYL recently won clemency for Sara Kruzan, who was 16 when she was sentenced to life in prison in California for the murder of a man who had abused her from age 11 and forced her into a life of prostitution at age 13. Sara has become a compelling national example of the need to review JLWOP sentences. The grant also supports NCYL’s continuing work with two innovative juvenile mental health courts in Santa Clara and Alameda counties. These courts focus on treatment, rather than punishment.
The Impact Fund has provided a $10,000 grant to help cover expenses in NCYL’s TR v. Dreyfus case. The goal of the class action lawsuit is to transform Washington State’s mental health system from a traditional model that prioritizes clinic-based therapy and hospitals to an approach that focuses on providing intensive services to children and families in their homes and communities whenever possible. This work has the potential to impact tens of thousands of low-income children with mental health needs. The grant will help fund mediation costs, among other expenses.