Serving the community for 25 years
In 1990, the Highlands County Board of County Commission formed a Citizen’s Task Force on Children to discuss real needs and advocate on behalf of children within our community. The task force led to the establishment of a Children's Services Council, with Kevin J. Roberts being appointed its first Executive Director 1991. Roberts quickly recognized government financial assistance was wrapped in red tape, and realized readily-accessible funds were necessary in order to truly address pertinent issues related to child safety and well-being.
The answer was the incorporation of a 501(c)3 foundation that would manage gifts from private citizens and allow those gifts to be federal tax deductions for the donors, while meeting critical needs of children within the community. Under the leadership of Kevin J. Roberts, its founder and first Chief Executive Officer, the Champion for Children Foundation of Highlands County, Inc. (originally named the Children's Services Foundation) was established in 1993, and received 501(c)3 tax-exempt status and began providing services in 1994.
The Champion for Children Foundation, Children’s Services Council, and local government grew to embrace the concept of a “Public-Private Partnership” that could make good things happen fast. Since inception, the Champion for Children Foundation has underwritten many remarkable projects, changing the landscape of Highlands County and positively impacting the lives of thousands of children. The Champion for Children Foundation continues to operate with faith in the “Public-Private Partnership”, a way of combining public monies with private gifts. The Foundation Board of Directors acknowledges and appreciates the generosity of the Highlands County community, and they expect to continue making good things happen to improve the lives of local children and families for many years to come. For indeed, our children are our future.