2019 - 2020 40TH ANNIVERSARY ANNUAL REPORT
Excellent Education. Powerful Families. Strong Communities.
President & CEO
Board of Directors, Chair
It is a great privilege to be a longstanding part of LA’s non-profit community, and with our experience and leadership, it is not a responsibility we take lightly.
- Drew Furedi, President & CEO
At our seven early education centers, we provide more than 450 children with high-quality academic, social, and emotional education to become lifelong learners. Working closely with children as young as six-weeks and engaging parents, we ensure they have a strong support system that will carry them to success well beyond preschool.
Our Gratts Primary Charter School, Charter Elementary School, and Charter Middle School provide quality education, wraparound services, and after-school services to nearly 1,000 children grades TK-8. Our project-based approach keeps students intellectually enriched and our social emotional integration develops vital skills like confidence and character.
Youth Workforce Services
Over 2,000 youth and adults are provided opportunities to build their careers and engage in their community each year. Through workshops, mentorship, internships, and case management, our staff helps to open new opportunities for students and families to become self-sufficient and reach their full potential.
Student & Community Services
We build a strong foundation with over 4,000 children and adults annually through leadership and support groups, ESL education, in-home counseling, clinical support, and parenting workshops. Our services strengthen families and create a supportive community to help children and families thrive.
An L.A. institution that has touched generations of Angelenos with hope, health, and love.
- Los Angeles Mayor, Eric Garcetti
One thing I love about PLN is that no matter where you go in the organization, you encounter people who share the same passion as you - to do what we can so our parents and students succeed.
- Jose Lopez, Student Success Coordinator at
Para Los Niños Gratts Primary Center
Para Los Niños works with children, youth, and families to help them get to where they want to be – ready for a future of their choosing, with limitless possibilities in front of them.
She didn’t know that other kids had parks, or ate three times a day, or didn’t have to avoid the shared bathroom at night in case of a potentially dangerous situation.
She did know that when a woman knocked on their door sharing about a new place for kids in her area to learn and play, Rachel wanted to go. After convincing her mom, Rachel and her brother joined one of the first classes at Para Los Niños.
From that first day, “Everything changed,” says Rachel.
Para Los Niños continues to serve L.A.’s neediest children and families, placing education at the core of our work. In keeping with our original mission to help children thrive, our model – of early-education, TK-8th grade education, youth workforce services, and family and community services – provides a comprehensive, holistic approach to break the cycle of poverty and help children, youth, and families reach their full potential.
“Education is not an expense, it is an investment in the tools for success.”
- Pedro J. Martí, Para Los Niños Board Member
and 2020 Caruso Familia Award Honoree
40th Anniversary Virtual Benefit
Our Virtual Benefit was a huge success! We are so grateful to our 400+ registered viewers. The event raised over $750,000 to support our ability to help children, youth, and families thrive!
Mario Lopez served as host and the one-hour program featured dozens of messages from families, students, staff, and donors sharing their love and support for Para Los Niños now and over the years. Additionally, PLN honored Adria & Pedro Martí with the Caruso Familia Award and United in Harmony – Camp Harmony with the 2020 Community Partner of the Year Award.
Board Chair Marjorie Lewis said it best at the start of the show, sharing, “every step of the way, our work is about partnership – either with a parent to ensure a happy home, or with an organization to paint a mural and beautify our campus – together we can accomplish so much.”
It was a true celebration of our forty years of impact and the great support we have received over the decades. It takes partnership to thrive and we are so grateful for all of our families, staff, donors, and supporters near and far that are in our PLN family. Here’s to the next forty!
We can’t do this work alone - it takes the partnership of dedicated staff and volunteers each year, and strategic investments, to empower our children, youth, and families to succeed. Please join us! Learn more at paralosninos.org.
Para Los Niños welcomes volunteers from corporations, community groups, colleges and schools. Help us support children and families by giving your time for a few hours, or on a regular basis – weekly or monthly.
Volunteers can help with mentoring, tutoring, college application assistance, athletics coaching, and administrative tasks.
Invest in the lives of over 6,000
children, youth, and families.
Para Los Niños provides:
Education to children as young as six-weeks old;
Power to families navigating stress, systematic oppression, and generational poverty, and;
Strength to communities organizing to build more vibrant, safe, and healthy neighborhoods.
Join Our Team
We are always in search of dedicated, experienced professionals who value making a difference in the lives of children, youth and families.
We foster a spirit of collaboration because it is the combined work of all of our employees that makes our mission to help children succeed a reality.
Para Los Niños offers a competitive and comprehensive benefits program, plus opportunities for continued growth.
Looking ahead to the next 40 years, we are starting the Para Los Niños Futuro Family. The society is composed of generous and forward-thinking donors who will support our long-term success through a planned gift. It’s easy to do, and donors of all varieties are welcome!
There are creative and flexible giving options that can benefit you and the future of PLN. Donating real estate, stocks, or other assets in return for a series of regular payments, naming Para Los Niños as the beneficiary of a life insurance policy, or gifting other liquid or non-liquid assets, can also offer generous tax benefits. Ensure the sustainability of our organization in a way that makes your core values known to others.
Consult with your financial advisor to discuss your options, and contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more. Your support of our mission will be long remembered and serve as an inspiration to others.
Nearly 22 years ago, Gloria was searching for a way to share the holiday spirit with those less fortunate and discovered Para Los Niños.
At the time, PLN had a program to adopt-a-family where donors were matched with a family and given a “wishlist” of items a family needed and a few “wishes.” Gloria thought it would be a great opportunity to give back and create a tradition with her son. They signed up, purchased the gifts, and took them to Para Los Niños to give families.
“It was an amazing experience for us to do this,” remembers Gloria, “and I thought it was important to show my son a different part of LA than he grew up seeing.”
While this holiday program changed at PLN, Gloria and her son continued to support it through the years. In the fall when they would go back-to-school shopping, Gloria and her son would include back-to-school support for PLN kids too.
“I believe children are our children communally,” says Gloria of her family’s generous spirit. “I know I didn’t raise my child alone – teachers and neighbors make up a community and I wanted to do the same for those who might not have as many resources.”
Today, Gloria and her son still find ways to be a part of Para Los Niños. Gloria, a former teacher, is currently working on a tutoring schedule for students at our Charter Middle School.
“We as a people are only as strong as our children, and they are our future,” says Gloria of her dedication to giving back to her hometown.
She continued, “My commitment will always be there, I’m a very proud Los Angelena; by committing to PLN I’m committing to the health of my city.”
- Don Katz, Longtime Para Los Niños Supporter
Our 40-year partnership with the Weingart Foundation began in 1980, with two grant awards of $50,000.
As our founder, Tanya Tull, shared in a letter to the Foundation that year, without this support, “there is no way that we would now be anticipating an opening date this Fall.”
The letter goes on to detail facility updates and plans for a playground area and to purchase a 12-passenger van to transport children on field trips, and to deliver hot lunches daily.
Since then, the Weingart Foundation has contributed more than $2 million in philanthropic support to PLN.
“The Weingart Foundation partners with communities to advance racial, social, and economic justice for all,” said Fred Ali, President of the Weingart Foundation. “As one of the first funders of Para Los Niños forty years ago, it has been an honor to be part of the nonprofit’s journey in ensuring social and health equity for our most vulnerable populations. Congrats, PLN, on continuing to help Los Angeles’ children, youth, and families thrive.”
Para Los Niños is proud and honored to have had their partnership since day one.