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Military Childrens Collaborative Group Inc.

 8566 Fallbrook Circle, Unit 704 B
 Huntington Beach, CA 92646
[P] (714) 536-6184
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www.mccgroup.org
www.militarychildrenscollaborativegroup.com
[email protected]
Deborah Nichols
FOUNDED: 2012
INCORPORATED: 2012
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Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years No
Employer Identification Number 46-0637255 00000

Summary


Mission StatementMORE »

To provide essential services to improve the quality of life of military connected children and their families. We fulfill our purpose by bringing in awareness, providing education, referring resources to and for military connected children’s unique needs and by building a comprehensive support network that fosters, encourages and acknowledges the children who silently serve.

Mission Statement

To provide essential services to improve the quality of life of military connected children and their families. We fulfill our purpose by bringing in awareness, providing education, referring resources to and for military connected children’s unique needs and by building a comprehensive support network that fosters, encourages and acknowledges the children who silently serve.


FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year 2019
Projected Expenses $50,000.00
Projected Revenue $50,000.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Salute Our Kids
  • Support the Military Kids in Scouting
  • Count Our Kids
  • MilTeenChatTM App

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Overview


Mission Statement

To provide essential services to improve the quality of life of military connected children and their families. We fulfill our purpose by bringing in awareness, providing education, referring resources to and for military connected children’s unique needs and by building a comprehensive support network that fosters, encourages and acknowledges the children who silently serve.


Background Statement

How a Guardian of Children Impacted by Military Deployment Began a Movement

In 2008 Debbie Nichols experienced what challenges a family faces being connected by the military. Nichols and her husband became the guardians of their daughter’s two school age children while their daughter deployed to Afghanistan for close to six months. Nichols experienced the frustration of the lack of knowledge, understanding support in school and her community.

At that time, there was no program to support military families enduring deployments of their loved one. Those becoming guardians to military children had no preparation or support. In 2010 Nichols began her journey to support those military families facing separations, emotional homecomings and reintegration by writing two books, developing a blog site, and speaking at military Yellow Ribbons.

Military Childrens Collaborative Group is Formed

In 2011, Nichols was invited to the White House Faith Based Community Leaders briefing to share her concerns for military children and their families with the White House Representatives and the Department of US Education. Nichols shared her personal experience of children not living near a military base, and inquired why the school administration and educators were untrained regarding the needs of the children. Why there were no methods or systems to self identify students connected to the military? Nichols detailed the tremendous stress and anxiety these children face in schools, in addition these children can be mislabeled in school for their behavior which negatively impacts the child’s academic performance.

After Nichols returned from this briefing she formed Military Childrens Collaborative Group (MCCG) to support all children connected to the military. The Group’s mission is to advocate, educate, outreach and support all military connected children be it- Active Duty, Guard Reserves, Veterans and Fallen.

MCCG’s Initiative to Identify Children in Need of Support within the School Systems

MCCG’s first initiative to support these goals is to educate and assist schools, healthcare and children’s organizations to include a self- identifier on their forms- in order learn what child is connected to the military, along with what stage of military life.

In 2012 MCGG and the Orange County Department of Education (OCDE) collaborated together recognizing the needs of the children. Began creating and developing a new student forms with a military connection self identifier. And in 2013 the new school forms were introduced. To build a support system once identified, OCDE developed an internal “Military Liaison” a point of contact for each school district who is familiar with military life, to assist school administration, teachers, students and their families, in order for support when challenging situations occur. MCCG began referring community resources available for military children, which OCDE would distribute to their 27 school districts.

MCCG connected with organizations and universities focused on military families, learning what they could offer the children. Nichols hearing about Dr. Ron Avi Astor PhD at University Southern California who developed a new program focused on supporting military children in their schools. The program model focused on high population of students connected to the military dealing with all the challenges and developing methods of support. MCCG recognized similar issues in low concentrated communities military students. MCCG connected the OCDE and the USC School of Social Work to facilitate support for OCDE.

April the Month of the Military Child

MCCG followed the lead of the White House’s initiative in 1986, proclaiming April the Month of the Military Child. Many states and or cities have begun adopting this. MCCG worked with the Los Angeles City Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Veteran’s office to proclaim- the month of April the Month of the Military Child. The mayor agreed to present a Proclamation for the City of Los Angeles. Los Angeles government officials, USC Veteran Collaborative Group, and other stakeholders within the community participated in the proclamation event cerebration. On April 27, 2014 representatives from all local government leaders, universities, Veteran collaboratives, nonprofits, organizations, advocates and children connected to the military and their families gathered as government officials presented their Proclamations to each child in the audience thanking them for their service to our Country.

On April 23, 2015 MCCG, the Orange County Veterans Collaborative and the Orange County Board of Supervisors will co-host a Proclamation presentation ceremony for the public, proclaiming April the Month of the Military Child. Children connected to the military will participate in the ceremony.

In April 2015 MCCG, the San Diego Military Families Collaborative will co-host having the San Diego City Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer proclaim April the Month of the Military Child, inviting the public to the event.

Building Awareness and Support through the Boy Scouts of America

In 2014- MCCG, the Orange County Council Boy Scouts of America. Assets were developed and distributed, including an awareness webinar “Supporting Military Connected Children” on the military cultural and lifestyle, challenges and ways to better support military connected scouts and military families in their own community. MCCG created and gifted the design “Proud to Support Military Kids” patch for Scout Leaders. MCCG provided concept and a plan for Scouts ranging from Cub to Eagle scouts to earn a new scouting patch by learning how to engage and support military families in their own community. MCCG is hopes to include the Girls Scouts and expand this program nationally.

Partnering with Wives of war to Support Children of PTSD and Wounded Warriors

In 2013, MCCG began co-hosting events with Wives of War (WOW) a support group for spouses with loved ones diagnosed with Post Traumatic Depression Syndrome, Traumatic Brain Injury and the wounded. MCCG engages the WOW support group’s children through a day event learning about science, art, and music or real life lessons. Their parents are invited to experience learning together. At the end of the day MCCG acknowledges the children with Salute the Kids ceremony, celebrating with a meal and refreshments.


Impact Statement

Improving the lives of children connected to the military

  70% our military families are not living on a military bases, but in our local communities. Presently there is no method or system to identify where these children are located in our local communities.

 Research studies confirm children connected to the military are impacted living a military lifestyle and 30% of the teens can be at risk.

MCCG advocates the awareness of the military impact lifestyle one the child throughout their loved one’s entire career and reintegration into civilian life. Working with school districts to include a military self- identifier forms for schools, heath care and children’s organizations is important. In order to know what stage of military life the child is experiencing.

MCCG has acknowledged over 1,100 children connected to the military by presenting a MCCG Recognition for Serving our County certificate and personally thanking each child for their silent service. 

MCCG  and the  Orange County Council Boy Scouts of America (OCCBSA) developed together an awareness and support programs for the Scout leaders and 31,000 scouts. MCCG created an awareness webinar, designed a “Proud to Support Military Kids” patch for scout leaders, a scout to be earned, and an outline plan to support military children and their families in their community. This webinar is posted on the OCCBSA website for training purposes.

MCCG and Senator Janet Nguyen sent a letter to the Orange Count School Superintendents encouraging school districts to include a military connection self identifier.

MCCG requested  Assemblywoman Young Kim and Senator Janet Nguyen present to the House a California Legislature Assembly Resolution for the Month of Military Child, which was achieved in 2016.

April is Military Child Month. To bring awareness and support to military connected children in the schools, MCCG and OCDE together created a toolkit “Salute the Kids” designed for school principals to create a school assembly recognizing the military connected student. The toolkit was designed recognize those students connected to the military and their personal sacrifices. Not only does this help support students connected to the military, it helps build awareness for their classmates to better understand their sacrifices and builds patriotic Pride.

The “Salute the Kids” toolkit is available on the MCCG website at no cost and assessed on the MCCG website.As of 2016 we have had over 3,000 certificates presented to children.

Schools, children’s organizations and other nonprofits throughout the nation are and use for and thanking their local children connected to the military.

MCCG created a two Military Teens Workshops engaging teens. One workshop focused on developing a Military Teen APP with the University of Pittsburgh,. The APP will enable teens to improve their emotional well being.
The second Workshop helped teens develop a support group for Military Teens with parents with invisible and visible wounds.

Needs Statement

Children connected to military face unique personal challenges and receive little support.

According to the Department of Defense there nearly 2
million children connected to the military that have experienced their parent/guardian’s - deployments and many enduring 2-9 deployments.

Over the past 14 years these military children have experienced the longest conflict in our nation’s history and today we are not
fully unaware of the total impact on these children. We do know these children are at risk due to their frequent moves, long separations due to deployments, changing family dynamics, emotional homecomings, reintegration, and their loved ones returning with invisible and visible wounds.

We need to advocate for the needs of these children. We must
help them by acknowledging their personal sacrifices, remove feelings of
isolation, and build a support system. Provide coping skills to assist the
child in navigating through their challenging times. Providing positive
reinforcement and offer tools to support their wellbeing.

Our community based organization has served for over 4 years
at no cost for children connected to the military, who are underserved.


CEO Statement

We believe our community wants to support military connected children and their families, but do not know how. Military families want to feel a part of the community but feel disconnected. MCCG educates each side and brings everyone together in a positive way and focusing on the gaps.

Board Chair Statement

Our CEO serves as our President

Other Ways to Donate/Volunteer

Ways to donate are: mailing a check, in-kind donations, PayPal.
 
Volunteering for our special events

Geographic Area Served

South Orange County
North Orange County
Central Orange County
West Orange County
We serve the Southern California community

Organization Categories

  1. Youth Development - Single Organization Support
  2. Youth Development - Youth Development NEC
  3. Human Services - Human Services

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Programs


Salute Our Kids

 MCCG has recognized over 2,000 military connected children. 

Salute Our Kids Program is monitored by the Military Childrens Collaborative Executive Board members.
Our goal to begin  engaging our government leaders to recognize and honor all military connected children, by offering Proclamations. MCCG co sponsored with the help of the Orange County Veterans Collaborative Families & Children Group  OC Proclamation ceremony proclaiming "April the Month of the Military Child". This was a community event.We had 150 attendees and we recognized 40 children for silently serving our Country. We had five volunteer military connected children to be Guest Speakers. 
 
We have been a part of the OCVMF Month of the Military Child event honoring military children for the past  five years and have encouraged our counties, such as USC LA Veterans Collaborative, schools and children's organization to recognize their military connected children in their own community. MCCG offers a Children's Recognition for Silently Serving certificate which can be downloaded off the Military Childrens Collaborative Group website.
 
Budget  $2,000.00
Category  Youth Development, General/Other Youth Development, General/Other
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Program Short-Term Success 

Immediately after the ceremony the children gain additional sense of pride for their commitment of supporting the parents. Deeping the child’s feelings of now belonging to a community who cares about children connected to the military. The community will be enlightened of the children’s commitment, dedication and support to their parent, now considering ways of supporting these children and their families in their community.

Program Long-Term Success 

Long-term, lasting connections are established within the community, and a new support network is formed. The groundwork is laid and the tools are accessible for replication. The work of acknowledging our military-connected kids will continue through the efforts of those whose hearts was touched by engaging in the initial effort. MCC provides on-going programs and support to facilitate these activities.

Program Success Monitored By 

A community event to recognize the children for their sacrifices and courage. Educating and engaging the community to rally around the children. To having local community leaders present the children with a certificate saying “Thank you for your service to our Country”, and acknowledging them for their continued “service” to our Country

The child will participate in a community ceremony with local Official, educators, and community organizations showing their appreciation and support.

The children have a deeper connection to the community and to the support network formed around them.

Examples of Program Success 
In 2015 Orange County wanted to acknowledge military children. MCCG co hosted with the Orange County Veterans Collaborative and Family presenting the first Orange County April the Month of the Military Child
Proclamation. Senator Loretta Sanchez, Assemblywoman Young Kim, Assemblyman Wagner, Orange County Board of Supervisors, and City of Anaheim Mayor Tate presented their proclamations. Community leaders, military families, nonprofits, children's organizations attended the event. Five Military Children Guest speakers shared their unique stories enlightening the 150 attendees.
Each child connected to the military was recognized for their sacrifices, patriotic pride and continued support to their loved one. 

Support the Military Kids in Scouting

Orange County Council of the Boy Scouts of America and Military Childrens Collaborative Group team up together to support children connected to the military.
 
The Orange County Council Boys Scouts of America and Military Childrens Collaborative Group collaborated together creating the first program developed to support children connected to the military in the community.
 MCCG  provides a annual one hour live webinar " How to Support Military Connected Children" offering Scout leaders educated on today's children connected to the military. Those attending the webinar gain a better understanding of Active Duty, Guard, Reserves,Veterans and fallen children connected to the military.Included in the presentation an explanation of different stages of military life-Active Duty, Reintegration and Transition out of the military and their impact on a child's emotional well being. The goal of the webinar was to raise awareness and enable scouts to earn a " Proud to Support Military Kids" patch.
Budget  $1,500.00
Category  Youth Development, General/Other Youth Leadership
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Military/Veterans Families
Program Short-Term Success  By the end of the webinar Scout Leaders gain knowledge how to support their , scouts connected to the military, help their troop scouts to select a method of supporting military families in their community. Scouts will gain a patch. The patch is a simple displayed on the uniform showing support to the children of military connection.
Program Long-Term Success  Orange County Council Boy Scouts of America has over 30,000 Scouts. This community engagement will educate the Scout leaders, Scouts and help engage and support over approx. 8,000 military families.
Program Success Monitored By    Scout Leaders began on Nov 11 2015 engaging their community. MCCG will  attend beginning in April the OCCBSA District meetings to learn the number of Troops that have earned " Proud to Support Military Kids patches.
Examples of Program Success  Scout leaders have shown positive support and have requested from MCCG community resources to support military families. MCCG developed a Resource Guide for the Boys Scouts to Support Military Kids which is available on MCCG website and the OCCBSA website.

Count Our Kids

 We advocate for school districts to provide a student military connection self identifier on student forms. In 2019 the Federal government has mandated all school to include a military connection student identifier on all school forms.  
 
Research has proven military connected students face critical times requiring emotional and academic support.
 
MCCG create a webinar  to provide awareness of the needs and educating school administration of the needs of all children connection by- Active Duty, Guard, Reserves, Veteran or Fallen. Addressing military culture and unique life style impacting a child socially and academically. MCCG created a support tool for schools offering a free School Resource Guide which lists programs and services available for military connected students and their families.
 
Since 2013 MCCG has collaborated with the Orange County Department of Education  providing resources and tools to support the children. MCCG attends regular OCDE School Counselor and Student Support services meetings offering updates, resources and services the schools can access.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Budget  $2,000.00
Category  Education, General/Other Teacher & Faculty
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years) Military/Veterans K-12 (5-19 years)
Program Short-Term Success  Offer a military child support when attending a public school 
Program Long-Term Success  Enabling schools and facility to improve the child's emotional well being in order to achieve positive academics.
Program Success Monitored By  This program is monitored by the Military Children's Collaborative Group Executive Board.
Examples of Program Success  OCDE and MCCG have worked to gather to establish a Volunteer Military Liaison for their 26 school districts. These volunteers have behavioral health skills and or military experience. The VML can assist a military student and or their family with any issues that can occur be it moving, grades, learning, negative concerns and offers support.

MilTeenChatTM App

 Military teens move 6-9 times, experience long term separation from their parent/guardian due to deployment, special assignment or trainings. These teens can have times of at risk behavior due to feelings of isolation. 
 
In 2016 the University of Pittsburgh (PITT) School of Nursing, and Center of Military  Medicine and Research requested MCCG to assist organizing a Military Teen Workshop, assist in the App development and dissemination of the MilTeenChatTM App.  The App provides teens with coping skills offering coping skills, socially connect with other military teens, improve communications skill and improve mental health. Eliminate the feelings of isloation.
 
MCCG and PIIT have formed a collaborative partnership in 2018 working together covering East coast and West coast. MCCC promoted the App  
Budget  $5,000.00
Category  Youth Development, General/Other Youth Leadership
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years) At-Risk Populations Adolescents Only (13-19 years)
Program Short-Term Success   Orange County Department of Education School Counselors are now promoting the MilteenChatTM App as a behavioral support tool for their students connected to the military.
Program Long-Term Success 
Studies have shown 30% of military teens have consider suicide and can be at high risk using drugs, alcohol and sex. Due to the military culture, military children have learned to "Suck it Up" attitude, not complain and deal with your problem. Military youth can be resilient when provided with the proper resources and tools to overcome their challenges. 
The MilTeenChatTM App offers "Teaching Kids to Cope" skills developed by Associate Dean University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing, Kathy Puskar PhD and SAMSHA approved manual. 
The App addresses the needs of military youth, teaches coping skills, socially connects military teens with one another 
Program Success Monitored By  MCCG Executive Board and the University of Pittsburgh together monitor the success. The App Launch was launched in April of 2018 to honor the month of the Military Child. MCCG began promoting the App to all military youth in all branches of military service, school counselors, children's organizations, and veteran organizations. Military teens are currently on the App.
Examples of Program Success  Due to the App's content and support tools the military branches are now exploring how they can promote and adopt the App into their youth programs. MCCG public speaks to organizations having military youth programs.We are currently working with local and national collaborative partners with Boys and Girls Club of America, Association of the US Army, USO Youth Programs, Reserve Officers Association and more.

Management


CEO/Executive Director Deborah Nichols
CEO Term Start June 2012
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience
Debbie Nichols owns her own business for 32 years.She has served on the as a Co Chair for USPS Postal Customer Council 2008- 2009
Co Chair USC Los Angeles Veterans Collaborative Family and Children Group 2012- 2014

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
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Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Ms Gayle Clark Director of Marketing --

Awards

Award Awarding Organization Year
California Legislature Assembly Resolution California State Aseembly and Senate 2016

Affiliations

Affiliation Year
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External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
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Collaborations

We  collaborate with state, federal, local officials, education system, nonprofits,children's organizations, children advocates,and faith based organizations. We have developed programs out of collaborations with the Orange County Veterans Collaborative, Orange County Department of Education, Orange County Council Boy Scouts of America, and government officials providing Proclamations and Resolutions acknowledging "April the Month of the Military Child. MCCG collaborated with the University of Pitts burgh offering services to assist the PITT in the development of the first Military Teen APP.

Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 0
Number of Part Time Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 25
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % --
Staff Professional Development Yes

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: --
Asian American/Pacific Islander: --
Caucasian: --
Hispanic/Latino: --
Native American/American Indian: --
Other: 3
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 3
Male: 0
Not Specified 3

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 4
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Organization Policies And Procedures Under Development
Business Continuity of Operations Plan Yes

Risk Management Provisions

Nondiscrimination Policy Under Development
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes

Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? Yes
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Quarterly
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency -- Quarterly
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Quarterly

Government Licenses

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CEO Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Governance


Board Chair Deborah Nichols
Board Chair Company Affiliation Executive Director
Board Chair Term Jan 2013 - Dec 2017
Board Co-Chair Pamela Parisien
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Board Co-Chair Term Jan 2013 - Dec 2017

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Gayle Clark Community Volunteer Voting
Deborah Nichols Executive Directo Voting
Pamela Parisien Community Volunteer Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Additional Board Members and Affiliations

Name Company Affiliations Status
Bailey Caldwell Youth Advisor NonVoting
Ivie Caldwell Youth Advisor NonVoting

Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 3
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 3
Male: 0
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 5
Board Meeting Attendance % 100%
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 100%
Board Orientation Yes

CEO Comments

Once a program has been successful we then seek a qualified leader to oversee the Program as a Program Manger. We seek those Volunteers that have a have  business or nonprofit experince.

Foundation Comments

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Standing Committees

  • Volunteer

Financials


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2018 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2017 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Revenue By Revenue Source
Fiscal Year 2018 2017 2016
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$5,175 $11,005 $750
Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- -- --
Individual Contributions -- $3,719 $1,017
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue -- -- --
Investment Income, Net of Losses $2 $6 $3
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events -- -- $1,475
Revenue In-Kind $1,161 $163 $125
Other -- -- --

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Expense By Type
Fiscal Year 2018 2017 2016
Program Expense $7,311 $11,402 $5,237
Administration Expense $539 $387 $292
Fundraising Expense -- -- $822
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 0.81 1.26 0.53
Program Expense/Total Expenses 93% 97% 82%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 0% 0% 25%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year 2018 2017 2016
Total Assets $5,894 $7,407 $14,302
Current Assets $5,894 $7,407 $14,302
Long-Term Liabilities -- -- --
Current Liabilities -- -- --
Total Net Assets $5,894 $7,407 $14,302

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2018 2017 2016
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities inf inf inf

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2018 2017 2016
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 0% 0%
Endowment Value --
Spending Policy N/A
Percentage(If selected) --
Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Purpose --
Campaign Goal --
Capital Campaign Dates -
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount --
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? --

CEO Comments

With no one organization attempting to address the 14,000 children in Orange County. MCCG began identifying where the gaps were in schools and our community. We focused on bringing Awareness of the children's needs, Education for those in direct contact with the children, Outreach offering support, Support connecting community programs and services to military families. Our Board made a decision to develop proven successful programs that can be replicated. 

Foundation Comments

Due to its size, this organization files a 990N. Summary financial data is per the financials provided by the organization and consultation with the organization.

Documents


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