Annual Report

2023

A Message From The CEO

Julie Wukelic

As we step into the new year, I wish you and your family good health and joy. It’s amazing how quickly 2023 flew by, a year of significant achievements for Believe in Me. Your support was crucial in funding 26 programs and launching new initiatives to support LGBTQIA+ youth and scholarships for 1st generation college students. We are immensely grateful for the time, talent, and resources our volunteers and donors have shared. Your contributions were essential to our success. Thank you for being a vital part of our journey!

2023 Grants

11%

Basic Human Needs
$35,000

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

9%

Love & Belonging
$30,250

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

18%

Community Support
$60,500

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

39%

Education Program
$130,250

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

23%

Enrichment Program
$75,500

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

Grant Awards - $330,000

Freedom Railroad

$7,500

Soccer for All

$5,000

Boys and Girls club of Snohomish. logo.

Native Americal Culture Connections Club

$10,000

Boys and Girls club of Spokane logo.

Keystone Enrichment

$7,500

College Coaching for Low-Income, First Generation, and Foster Youth

21st Century Enrichment

$15,000

Embrace WA Logo in color.

Sleep Safe Program

$9,250

Family Promise of Spokane logo in color.

Kids Crew

$18,000

Advocate Recruitment, Training, and Retention

$10,000

JA Finance Park Virtual

$10,000

Lumen High School logo in color.

Collaborative Problem Solving

$10,000

One-on-One Music Therapy and Group Music + Art Therapy

$30,000

Drop-In: Supportive Mentors

$7,500

No Hit Zone

$5,000

Keep Playing in Tri-Cities Program

$6,000

Long-Term Mentoring

$15,000

Slingshot Logo in color.

Slingshot Coaching

$18,000

Spokane Hoopfest Association logo in color.

Hooptown Youth League

$8,000

Olympia Community Songwriting Workshops for Undeserved Youth

The Isaac Foundation Logo.

ISAAC'S Clubhouse

$12,500

Five Pillars of Caring

Illustration of the Pillar of Basic Human Needs.
0
Youth Comforted
Illustration of the Pillar of Love and Belonging.
0
Children Cared For
Illustration of the Pillar of Community Support.
0
Kids Supported
Illustration of the Pillar of Education.
0
Youth Learning
Illustration of the Pillar of Enrichment.
0
Kids Having Fun

Scholarship Recipients

Bryan Chel Lara​ headshot.

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.

Brianna Lee Horner​ headshot.

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.

Heaven McIntyre​ headshot.

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.

Makayla J Lopin-Hersh headshot.

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.

Suzanne Kay Nichols​ headshot.

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.

Sofia Lopez​ Headshot.

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.

Reagan Eleanor Cox​ Headshot.

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.

Nelly Ahadi​ headshot.

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.

Maximus Egypt Allen​ headshot.

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

Teen & Kid Closet

Investing in Dignity: Believe in Me’s $5,000 Grant Boosts Teen & Kid Closet’s Mission

Fostering Confidence and Belonging with Teen & Kid Closet At the heart of our mission lies the unwavering belief that ...
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Bryan Lara

Bryan Lara Receives Believe in Me Scholarship Award for Academic Excellence and Community Leadership

Believe in Me awarded Bryan Lara the prestigious $10,000 Believe in Me Scholarship last year. This scholarship aims to recognize ...
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WSU Football

Believe in Me Champions Education and Athletics During the 2023 Washington State University (WSU) Football Season

Believe in Me, a dedicated organization committed to aiding students in secondary education, proudly continued its support for student-athletes in ...
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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

A Place to Call Home Logo in color.

A Place to Call Home

Charity Golf Tournament Logo in color.

Believe in Me Golf Tournament 2022

Seattle Kraken Logo in color.

Seattle krakens

WA State Cougars logo in color.

Washington State Cougars

Believe in Me Drag Beauty Pageant logo in color.

Believe in Me Drag Beauty Pageant

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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