In its most recent grant making year Help For Children supported service to over 50,000 people. The first way to look at the impact is to see the types of activities HFC funds.
• EDUCATION (PRIMARY PREVENTION) to enhance awareness and understanding of abuse and neglect for
children, parents, and professionals in the community
• PREVENTION services to at-risk children and families
• INTERVENTIONS for children who have been physically or sexually abused and
support services to non-offending family members
• RESEARCH on best practices in child welfare
• ADVOCACY to improve child welfare
• TRAINING to equip paraprofessionals and professionals to provide child abuse
prevention and treatment services
The pie chart below shows the breakdown of activity types provided for the almost 60,000 individuals that were served through HFC's grants in the 2012-2013 grantees' fiscal year.
The next two pie charts break out the 6 activities funded by Help For Children by the percentage of programs in each category and the amount of money spent in each category for the 2013-2014 grantees' fiscal year:
Help For Children supports the prevention and treatment of child abuse in 10 geographic areas. Below is a breakdown of those areas by number of grants and the amount of money for grantees in each for the 2013-2014 grantees' fiscal year.
The number of grants awarded, and the amount of money overall expended on grants, was on a steady incline until the fiscal crisis. HFC managed even in the downturn to award almost $2.7 million in 2009 and has been able to distribute between $3.3 million and $4.1 million over the next few years. Since inception, HFC has distributed over $41 million in over 1,100 grants.
Every grantee goes through a rigorous process to be funded. Each grantee must submit a Letter of Intent and then be invited to submit a full proposal. Potential grantees are asked to identify the outcomes they expect to achieve with a Help For Children grant. Those outcomes must be related to preventing and treating child abuse. In addition, every potential grantee must identify how they will measure success in achieving those outcomes. Help For Children Grants Committees, and the local Academic Consultant, evaluate the population, problem, and activity proposed by each applicant for adherence to the Mission of preventing and treating child abuse. Then they assess the specific projected outcomes and the measurement tools employed by each applicant to determine success for effectiveness and efficacy. Help For Children does not believe in one size fitting all. By allowing each grantee to propose the measurement tools they wish to employ, and then monitoring their implementation, HFC allows for local creativity and integrity while also ensuring significant oversight for the determination of success.
Click here to view our 2012 Annual Report.