The Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation has awarded Jeremiah Program $100,000 in support of the organization’s strategic plan to expand its ability to serve more families across the Jeremiah network.
“This generous support will allow Jeremiah to accelerate its growth to nearly double the number of families we are serving across the country in the next three years,” said President & CEO Gloria Perez. “We are deeply grateful for the Schulze Family Foundation’s continued investment in our proven model.”
Specifically, the funds will be used to:
- Write a handbook to help effectively launch new campuses based on successful strategies developed in the flagship Minneapolis-St Paul model;
- Develop the organization’s first policy position plan related to two-generation programming;
- Train organizational leaders to tell the Jeremiah story with greater impact; and
- Strengthen operational infrastructure through an improved multi-year national fundraising campaign, long-term space plan, and updated financial systems.
“Our new strategic plan calls for acceleration of our impact, innovation in how we deliver our program, and demonstration of our model as we advance a national conversation on the two-generation approach to ending poverty,” said Perez. “This major gift advances that plan in so many significant ways, and helps us move more families from poverty to prosperity.”
“For nearly 20 years, Jeremiah has responded to the needs of low-income single mothers and their children and to help launch each on a path to self-sufficiency,” said Dr. Mark Dienhart, CEO of the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation. “But there’s more to be done. As the number of kids raised in families led by single moms continues to grow across the country, so has Jeremiah’s response. We’re pleased to help Jeremiah take local initiatives that will enhance its ability to respond more broadly to this societal challenge.”