Serving the community for 25 years
In the early 1990’s, community leaders realized that bureaucracy moves slowly. There was clearly a need to respond quickly to crisis situations and keep child-centered projects as non-political as possible. Citizens in the private sector were often ready to step up with financial support, but they did not want to wait on a budget cycle, a public hearing, or other wheels of public business to roll around. The Children’s Services Council, a child advocacy group established by the Board of Country Commisioners in December 1990, needed a way to speed up the acquisition of donations (cash or in-kind), account for them, and disburse them without being bogged down in “red tape”. 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 these critical needs in the community. Under the leadership of Kevin J. Roberts, the Champion for Children Foundation (originally named the Children's Services Foundation) was established.
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 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. 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.