Annual Report

2021

A Message From The CEO

Julie Wukelic

While we had many successes in 2021, it was also a challenging year due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Like many organizations, we had to adapt to the new reality of social distancing and remote work. This posed fundraising challenges, and we had to postpone our Tomorrow Never Dies Gala, which has now been rescheduled for Fall 2022. We look forward to a fantastic time and hope you can join us on our mission to help marginalized youth. We also had some changes to our board of directors in 2021. We welcomed a new board president, Aaron Riley, and a new Treasurer, Lori Brennan. Dan Menser also joined our board and joined our meetings remotely from Seattle. We are excited to have them on board and look forward to their leadership and guidance in the future.

2021 Grants

28%

Education
$41,000

Our educational grants engage, empower, and inspire struggling kids to believe in their future

23%

Enrichment
$35,000

Our enrichment grants nurture curiosity, wonder, and creativity in kids through play, the arts, and outdoor immersion

21%

Wraparound Services
$32,000

Our wraparound services grants use teamwork and coordinated resources to provide healing for disadvantaged kids

17%

Transitional Living
$25,000

Our transitional living grants provide support, resources, and a safe place to call home for disadvantaged kids

11%

Foster Care & Adoption
$16,000

Our foster care and adoption grants help protect, stabilize, and nurture the most disadvantaged children in our community

Grant Awards - $149,000

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Outdoor Enrichment and Outdoor Program

$11,000

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Morning Star Education Enrichment Program

$16,000

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Motivational Interviewing Program

$16,000

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Murphy House Therapeutic Behavioral Rehabilitation Services Program

$16,000

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College & Career Readiness

$11,000

Digital Drop-In and Basic Needs Program

$8,000

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Morning Star Foster Care Program

$16,000

Educare Program

$9,000

Early Childhood Education and Assistance (ECEAP) Program

$14,000

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Morning Star In-Home Wrap and Case Aide Program

$16,000

Five Pillars of Caring

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Youth Comforted
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Children Cared For
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Kids Supported
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Youth Learning
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Kids Having Fun

Scholarship Recipients

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Bryan Chel Lara

Meet Bryan Lara, a shining example of academic excellence and community leadership. Discover his inspiring journey as a recipient of the prestigious $10,000 Believe in Me Scholarship.

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Brianna Lee Horner

Discover the inspiring journey of Brianna Horner through the Believe in Me scholarship program. From White River High School to Gonzaga University, her resilience and determination shine. Brianna aspires to become a social worker, making a meaningful impact on her community.

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Heaven McIntyre

Welcome to the inspirational story of Heaven McIntyre, a beacon of empowerment through the Believe in Me scholarship program. Her journey embodies resilience, dreams, and the power of education. Explore how Heaven’s determination is shaping her path to success.

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Makayla J Lopin-Hersh

In a world where adversity can often overshadow potential, Makayla Lopin-Hersh’s inspiring journey with Believe in Me is a beacon of hope. Join us as we delve into the remarkable resilience of a young woman determined to overcome obstacles and achieve her dreams.

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Suzanne Kay Nichols

In a world where dreams are the catalyst for change, Suzanne Nichols emerges as a beacon of empowerment through her remarkable journey with Believe in Me. Join us as we delve into her inspiring story.

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Sofia Lopez

Embark on a journey of empowerment and resilience with Sofia Lopez, a shining example of Believe in Me’s mission. Discover how her unwavering determination is transforming her life and community.

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Reagan Eleanor Cox

In the pursuit of empowerment and overcoming adversity, Regan Cox’s inspiring journey with Believe in Me shines as a beacon of resilience. Join us as we delve into her story of triumph.

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Nelly Ahadi

Join us as we embark on a remarkable journey, where determination meets empowerment. In this blog, we delve into Nelly Ahadi’s story, a shining example of how Believe in Me transforms dreams into reality.

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Maximus Egypt Allen

In a world where dreams often face adversity, join us as we delve into the inspirational journey of Maximus Allen with Believe in Me, a tale of educational empowerment and unwavering determination.

Stories Of Impact

Name Change for Morning Star Foundation

Name Change for Morning Star Foundation

We’re Changing Our Name! To help the public distinguish between Morning Star Boys’ Ranch and Morning Star Foundation, Morning Star ...
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Believe in Me Charity Golf Tournament 2021

Charity Golf Tournament 2021

Now that I’ve had time to dig myself out of the bunker, I’d like to thank you for joining us ...
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Foster Care: Where Have We Been and Where Are We Going?

The American foster care system looks to provide children with supportive homes and adequate care. It is designed as a ...
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Thank You!

Donors

Individuals who have demonstrated their generosity and support to the kids in our community.

Donors

Individuals who have demonstrated their generosity and support to the kids in our community.

Sponsors

Local businesses that have sponsorship and are aligned with our mission.

Sponsors

Local businesses that have sponsorship and are aligned with our mission.

Volunteers

Individuals who have donated their knowledge and skills to contribute the Foundation's mission.

Volunteers

Individuals who have donated their knowledge and skills to contribute the Foundation's mission.

Media Partnerships

Media partnerships are collaborations that are can help us to raise the visibility of our cause.

Media Partnerships

Media partnerships are collaborations that are can help us to raise the visibility of our cause.

Diversity & Inclusion

We are committed to building a more just and equitable organization and community where all individual can achieve their full potential. It is the policy of the Foundation to provide and promote equal opportunity for all people without regard for race, color, creed, national origin, gender, age, sexual orientation, religion, marital status, familial status, veteran status, or the presence of any sensory, mental or physical disability.

Fundraising Events

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Financial Summary

Program Expense Ratio

The program expense ratio is the percentage of our expenses that go towards programs and services rather than overhead or fundraising, and it is important for donors as a measure of how efficiently we are using our resources to fulfill our mission, with a higher ratio generally considered better.

0.72

Liabilities to Assets Ratio

The liabilities to asset ratio measures our financial leverage and risk by comparing our debts to our total assets; this metric is important for donors as it provides insight into our financial stability, and a lower ratio is generally considered better.

0.19

Administrative Expense Ratio

The administrative expense ratio is the percentage of our total expenses that are spent on administrative and overhead costs, and it is important for donors to understand how efficiently we uses their donations, with a lower ratio indicating more efficient use of funds.

0.13

Fundraising Expense Ratio

The fundraising expense ratio is the percentage of our total expenses that go toward fundraising activities, and it is important for donors as a measure of how efficiently we is using our resources to raise funds, with a lower ratio indicating more efficient fundraising practices.

0.15

Working Capital Ratio

The working capital ratio measures our ability to cover short-term liabilities with available assets, and it's important for donors as it indicates our financial health; a higher ratio is generally better as it signifies greater liquidity and financial stability.

0.37

Vision

Our vision is to help every kid to develop the self-coincidence they need to succeed.

Mission

Our mission is to fund children’s charities that provide disadvantaged kids with a safe place to call home, a family that loves them, a feeling of community, and opportunities to learn, build self-esteem, and have fun.

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