Nonprofit Spotlight: Rainbow House

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It’s the mission of the Columbia, Missouri Rainbow House to keep children safe and support families in crisis through prevention, assessment, and intervention in child abuse and neglect.

A wall of handprints greets children, young people and their families who come in the door. They’re encouraged to find a hand that fits theirs, to let them know they’re not alone: another person their size has been here. Rainbow House puts children first and takes a team approach to helping them, focusing not on what they’ve been through, but where they’re going. Kids

“We’re constantly working on awareness,” says Development Director Chad McMinn. “People think abuse and neglect are something they see on a Dateline program, and not something happening here. It’s the same for teen homelessness.”

In Mid-Missouri, the Rainbow House is the only organization of its kind. It’s a local nonprofit that helps any child in the area who is at risk with programs and services that change their lives.

Rainbow House was started in 1986, when long-time foster parent Kathy Hughes wanted to provide a home-like environment so siblings could stay together and continue in their home school. In the last 29 years, Rainbow House has become a nonprofit operating three major programs: a children’s emergency shelter, a regional Child Advocacy Center, and a Homeless Youth Program.

Original farmhouse location on Oakland Gravel Road

Original farmhouse location on Oakland Gravel Road

Programs and Services

The Children’s Emergency Shelter temporarily houses children who are in foster care and helps children during a family crisis (the nonprofit expanded to include crisis care in 1992). The only shelter for several counties, Rainbow House gives Kid Coloringchildren a safe place to stay while their parents—struggling with homelessness, unemployment, temporary mental instability or other issues—stabilize their lives.

The Regional Child Advocacy Center (CAC) was created in August of 1998, when the Inter-Agency Council on Child Abuse and Neglect and nonprofit’s board of directors realized the area needed one.  Rainbow House is the only CAC for 11 counties, and has child therapists with Master’s degrees who conduct the forensic interviews to assess what needs to happen in the child’s best interests.  Serving children from birth to age 21, the center is a family-friendly environment that provides therapy for children who have been sexually abused and/or severely physically abused.

The Homeless Youth Program was started as a Teen Center in November of 2007, and is now an off-site living facility called “Sol House.” It offers temporary housing and services for homeless youth as well as an 18-month program that helps them make a meaningful and productive transition into adulthood. The year and a half program includes weekly life skill classes, and requires young people to maintain a job and be on an educational track (pursuing a trade skill or complete a GED or schooling).

Results

In a recent year, 99% of the families helped by Rainbow House were at or below the poverty level. The majority of services were provided to children 5 – 18 years old; 65% of those were girls. In one year, the nonprofit:

  • Ensured nearly 3,000 individual safe nights for children and youth
  • Provided 622 therapy sessions
  • Conducted 396 forensic interviews
  • Raised awareness of 1,026 people through community education

Good Giving Practices

Since 2009, JustGive has partnered with the Rainbow House to raise money online. The nonprofit has taken advantage of the services we offer and branded their donation experience.

Custom Donate Now ButtonMarketing Director April Barnett created a custom donation button and placed it prominently on the home page (above the fold), using the JustGive link to take website visitors straight to their online Donation Page.

Rainbow House has customized its Donation Page with its mission and lists a range of six gift sizes (from $10 to $1,000), telling donors what their donation accomplishes.  “We switch those around, showing different price points. We think about what people feel good about giving and focus on direct services for the kids,” comments Barnett.

McMinn appreciates JustGive’s donation reports. “I love being able to export it into a pdf or excel file. It’s clean and clear to use.”

Donate NowIf you’d like to help Rainbow House, donate now to help make a difference in the lives of children.

– Candy Culver
Marketing Consultant

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NEW & Improved: JustGive’s Support Center for Nonprofits

helpiconWe’re happy to announce we’ve revamped the content in our Nonprofit Support Center. After looking at the primary reasons why nonprofits were contacting JustGive support, we reorganized and rewrote all our content.

Our Support Center is now organized into sections that reflect the key ways you use JustGive’s services:

Signing Up / Creating an Account
Collecting Donations on JustGive
Donation Payments
Reports
Account Management

In each section, you’ll find the most frequently asked questions and detailed answers. We hope this helps you find answers to your questions more quickly, and also makes it easy to discover more about the many services JustGive offers.

For easy access, bookmark our new Nonprofit Support Center and use it as the first place to check for answers to your questions.

And before we sign off, here are the top 5 articles nonprofits were reading in our new Support Center last week:

How can our nonprofit register for or get listed in the JustGive charity database?
Is there a cost for our organization to have a JustGive account or use JustGive’s services?
When is payment sent for the donations we receive? When is the check mailed?
What fees are we charged for donations made to our organization through the JustGive website?
We just received a check from JustGive. How do we find out what it is for?

Sarah Bacon
Director of Product

Making an Impact – TOMS style

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TOMS Shoes is a shoe company like no other – for every pair of shoes they sell, they give another to a child in a developing country. In case you don’t already know how it got started in 2006, founder Blake Mycoskie was traveling in Argentina when he saw children facing hardships because they were growing up without shoes. He discovered alpargatas, the traditional South American flat shoes, then spent a day fitting 250 children with their own pair.

Here’s the inspiring story:

Giving Back

Giving is in the company’s DNA and embedded in its brand promise. TOMS believes in improving people’s lives through business. So what began as a simple One for One® shoe idea has grown into a powerful business model that marries fun, profit and social good. Through an expanded product line, consumer purchases, and partners, TOMS giving now includes:

  • Sight – For each eyewear purchase, another person receives a full eye exam and treatment needed (glasses to surgery). TOMS has helped restore sight for more than 300,000 people in 13 countries.
  • Water – Each bag of TOMS Roasting Co. Coffee provides a week’s supply of safe water. The company has supplied over 100,000 weeks of safe water in 7 countries where they also source sustainable coffee beans.
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    Safe Births – This year, TOMS Bag Collection launched in 4 countries with 3 Giving Partners to help address the need for advancements in maternal health. Each bag purchase provides training for skilled attendants and distributes birth kits containing items a woman needs to safely give birth.

In 2013, TOMS committed to locally producing one third of their Giving Shoes in areas where they give them away. This has led to creating over 700 jobs and producing more than 8 million pairs of shoes in factories in Argentina, China, Ethiopia, Haiti, India and Kenya.

TOMS works with nearly 120 Giving Partners (nonprofit humanitarian organizations) to fulfill its One for One promise.

In addition to One for One purchases, TOMS is the force behind at least two global issue awareness days each year. Thursday, May 21, is the company’s annual One Day Without Shoes to raise awareness for children’s health and education. For every photo of bare feet tagged on Instagram, TOMS will give a new pair of shoes to a child in need — no purchase necessary. (Pass it on!)

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Corporate Responsibility

For TOMS, Corporate Responsibility includes “focusing on the environmental and social impacts of our products and operations, responsible giving, and employee life.” This means not only making products from sustainable and vegan materials, and ensuring that suppliers comply with their country’s labor laws . . . but also building environmentally-friendly new stores, and providing startup funds for 20+ new companies with a social mission.

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Image Source: http://www.toms.com

As one of the only company we know with a Chief Giving Officer, giving is core to TOMS work as a responsible company. In the words of Mycoskie, “Ultimately, I’m trying to create something that’s going to be here long after I’m gone.”  Now that’s what you call a worthwhile legacy!

To read more about Mycoskie’s journey as an entrepreneur and insights from founders of other well-known brands that give back, check out his book, Start Something That Matters.

Inspired to get started or build on your company’s giving program? Just contact us.

– Candy Culver
Marketing Consultant

Honor Veterans on Memorial Day

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We look forward to Memorial Day as a three-day weekend that kicks off summer. Most of us enjoy days off work filled with sunshine, barbeques, and outdoor activities.

When we pause, we remember it’s about more. It’s really a holiday about honoring men and women who gave their lives for the freedoms we enjoy.

I’m as guilty as the next person in not giving true attention to Memorial Day. But as I get older, I’m determined not to take things so much for granted—so this May 25th, I’m giving it more than lip service and a passing nod to the news stories. That begins with this blog: sharing with you how the holiday came to be, and what we can do to commemorate the day.

graveyard-534616_640_pixabayMemorial Day, started after the Civil War, was first called “Decoration Day.” Originally designed to honor soldiers who died in the war between the North and South, it expanded after World War I to include American casualties of any war or military action.

Honoring Veterans

Taking time to attend a Memorial Day parade is one small way to give veterans the recognition they deserve. It offers a chance to talk with any young kids about family members or friends who served in the military, and to connect with what the holiday means. If there’s no parade in your area, you can watch the National Memorial Day Parade on TV.

At 3 p.m. local time on May 25, you can observe the National Moment of Remembrance, for one minute.

Share a family story: Go to the Hometown Heroes website and post a photograph and the basic information about your veteran’s service record (it’s free). They want your stories, and are creating a searchable database of military veterans.

More ways to honor veterans:

  • Upload an image of the American flag on your Twitter and/or Facebook profile
  • Place flowers on the gravestone of a veteran
  • Fly your flag at half-staff until noon and/or fly the POW/MIA flag
  • Write a thank you letter to a veteran or a current member of the armed forces and send it to A Million Thanks
  • Visit a military museum, memorial or historic site

Have you heard of the Education Center they’re building at the Wall? Watch this short video to learn about what they’re doing.

The Center will honor the legacy of military service and make sure future generations do not forget what fallen soldiers of Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan have done for us. It will share hundreds of thousands of objects left at the Vietnam Wall, and include photos of more than 58,000 people who gave their lives during the Vietnam War. It’s a very tangible way to honor veterans: give to the Education Center.

Donate Now

Helping Veterans

Returning service men and women face many challenges. We know re-connecting, transitioning and rebuilding their lives is not just a step-back-into-it task. They often have physical and mental battle scars—and need housing, employment, health care and mental health services.

Government programs are helping, but it also takes nonprofit organizations to provide all the services they need. So this Memorial Day, consider making a donation to provide the care, support and assistance veterans need as another way to honor their sacrifices.

Give Now

– Candy Culver
Marketing Consultant

Nonprofits: M+R Benchmarks Study

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M+R Strategic Services, founded in 1991, helped nonprofit clients raise $159 million last year. Through their work in 2014, M+R reached 33 million people, mobilizing supporters, and moving the media, the public, and decision-makers.

Each year, the consulting firm conducts a nonprofit study to identify industry standards for online fundraising, advocacy, and list building. The 2015 M+R Benchmarks Study, conducted in partnership with the Nonprofit Technology Network (NTEN), analyzed the social media practices, website giving, and email fundraising practices of a diverse mix of 84 nonprofits.

Information from participating nonprofits—located in the United States, Canada, Australia, and South Africa—was examined in eight categories:  environmental, health, international, rights, wildlife and animal welfare, domestic hunger and poverty, cultural, and miscellaneous. This year, data from cultural organizations (museums, libraries, history groups) was included for the first time.

A look at the stats below and a deeper dive into the complete study will answer the question for your organization: Are we “normal”?

Overall giving trends

Online giving to organizations in the study increased 13% from 2013 to 2014. This is attributed to a higher number of gifts, not larger gifts.  Actually, the average size gift fell by 2% to $82. change in online revenue

Monthly giving grew at a much faster rate than one-time giving, with revenue increasing 32%. Monthly giving as a part of total online revenue grew for nearly all sectors, and the average size gift was $22. By comparison, one time revenue saw 9% growth over 2013. (If you don’t yet have a monthly giving program, JustGive’s downloadable Give Monthly button or link can help you start collecting donations.)

More to the story

Here are some 2014 key benchmarks analyzed by the channels we use for giving. Results vary by sector, so you’ll want to check out details in the complete study that best relate to your organization.

Website Engagement

For every 1,000 website visitors, nonprofits in the study raised $612 – and one visitor was worth 61 cents.

  • On average, 7.6 of every 1,000 visitors became donors. This is a slight drop from last year.
  • Monthly visitors grew by 11% over 2013.
  • 13% of visitors to a main donation page completed a gift.

Emails

Emails continue to be a key communication channel for nonprofits. While email lists grew by 11% in 2014, they have been growing at a slower pace the past few years. On average, 22 emails were sent per subscriber per year. And 22% of online revenue is coming from emails—a growing piece of the overall giving pie for nonprofits. email list growth

Every 1,000 fundraising message delivered raised $40. This differs significantly for nonprofits with small, medium and large lists, and you’ll want to use the tool M+R provides to calculate your specific results. (Organizations with email lists of under 100,000 raised the most, generating $124.12.) Every 1,000 advocacy message delivered generated 29 actions. Here are the open and response rates for each type of email: table

Social Media

Facebook audiences grew by 42% and Twitter audiences grew by 37% in 2014.

  • For every 1,000 email subscribers, participants had 285 Facebook fans and 112 Twitter followers.
  • Post frequency: organizations averaged 5.4 tweets and 1.1 Facebook posts per day.

Summing it up

These benchmarks give you good baseline numbers, and an idea of how your organization stacks up. Taking a closer look at your own benchmarks and what they mean best guides what you need to do.

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For more on the participating nonprofits, the specifics behind the stats, and to use the M+R tool to calculate your own benchmarks, download the full study.

How are your experiences different? And how are they like others?  Most importantly: What can you learn from nonprofits who are having success in ways that matter most to you?

– Andrea Lloyd
Director of Programs

Your Donor Information

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To answer your frequently asked questions, we’re including them in our nonprofit blog. Subscribe to the blog and use it as a place to check for answers. Each month, we’ll feature a question we get asked on a regular basis.

Featured Nonprofit FAQ
Donor Information

When using JustGive to process your online donations, you’ll want to keep a record of your donors and their contact information so you can thank them and add them to your donor database.

Question
Will we receive contact information for our JustGive donors?

Answer
That depends on the donor’s preference.

When you view your donations through JustGive’s online donation report, you’ll see the donor’s name, email address, and/or mailing address—unless the donor chooses to remain anonymous. If they make an anonymous donation, we honor their request and will not disclose donor information (per our privacy policy).

Here’s an example of what the donation report looks like:

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JustGive takes care of immediately sending a tax receipt to each and every donor for their gift. It’s not a bad idea to send a thank you note from your organization too. Just make sure to thank donors for the full value of their donation.

Allowing donors to choose their own privacy settings is one of the benefits of JustGive, and it’s one way we break down the barriers to giving.

For more nonprofit FAQs, visit our Help Center

– Alex Mechanic
Service Team Manager

A fond adieu to Alex after almost 5 years at JustGive

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We have a great team here at JustGive. Today Alex, who has worked at JustGive for almost 5 years, is moving to a new opportunity in a different field. So we say a bittersweet farewell. In her time here, Alex has worked in many areas of the company, whether it be customer service, marketing, or product, with style, class and diplomacy.

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Like most JustGive team members, Alex is dedicated to improving the world through any action, on a large or small scale, in times of harmony or chaos. She volunteers and participates in activism for causes such as the arts, human and animal rights and social justice. She has also fundraised for her favorite causes through the use of various JustGive charity registries to support SF SPCA, Make-A-Wish Bay Area, Pets Unlimited, Animal Legal Defense Fund and The Transgender Law Center.

One of the things she enjoyed most about working at JustGive was being surrounded by people working to make a difference every day, especially in the wake of disasters near and far. We’ll not only miss her extensive experience and knowledge about the ins and outs at JustGive, but her beautiful singing in the office and most importantly her hilariously dry wordplay.

In honor of her social activism and the affinity for the arts, please enjoy this video by Playing for Change, an organization working for unity through music.

We will miss you and wish you all the best in your endeavors.

The JustGive team

Working together for Nepal: JustGive and partners raise more than $230k

A Nepalese woman says morning prayers Saturday at a temple in Bhaktapur, Nepal, that was reduced to rubble in the April 25 earthquake. Bernat Armangue/AP

A Nepalese woman says morning prayers Saturday at a temple in Bhaktapur, Nepal, that was reduced to rubble in the April 25 earthquake. Bernat Armangue/AP

Here at JustGive, we’re in a unique position when something tragic like the recent Nepal earthquake occurs. Not only is our website an easy way to make donations to any charity, but JustGive also works with many corporate partners to power their employee and customer giving programs.

Shortly after the 7.8 quake struck Nepal on Saturday April 25, 2015, we mobilized our own team to prepare the justgive.org website for donations. We identified 12 charities providing direct support in Nepal that included the American Red Cross, Doctors Without Borders, World Vision and Save the Children—and placed banners throughout our site to encourage donations.

We also reached out to our corporate partners to facilitate giving programs for their employees and customers.

Discover, through their year-round Discover Giving Site for cardholders, pledged to waive transaction fees on any donations made to The American Red Cross and World Vision through May 30, 2015. If you have a Discover card, visit discover.justgive.org to make a donation today.

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REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar

Longtime JustGive partner American Express, for whom we power a giving site for cardholders at membersgive.com, also called out to their members to support Nepal. On the Members Give website, Amex cardholders can donate with dollars, or use their Membership Rewards points to make a donation.

Pointworthy, a JustGive partner that enables consumers to use their loyalty rewards for charitable donations, moved quickly to launch a Nepal giving campaign. On the website, members of the Citibank ThankYou Rewards and Hilton HHonors programs can turn their reward points into a donation to support Nepal.

One of our newest partners, The Hollywood Fund, also mobilized their resources to raise money for Nepal. Hollywood Fund, comprised of a group of media companies including FX Networks, TCM, and Rachel Ray, created a fundraising page to support victims of the quake. The fund then works with its media partners to run online campaigns that drive viewers to the donation page.

Thanks to donors coming through JustGive and our partners’ websites, we have currently collected more than $230,000 in donations specifically designated to support Nepal as it recovers from this devastating quake.

It’s never too late to help. Visit any of the links below to contribute to charities aiding Nepal’s recovery efforts:

JustGive Blog: Help Nepal Earthquake Victims

Discover Giving Site
American Express Members Give
Pointworthy: Donate with Citibank ThankYou Rewards and Hilton HHonors
Hollywood Fund

-Sarah Bacon
Director of Product

An injured girl is carried to a helicopter following the earthquake in Sindhupalchowk, not far from Kathmandu (Danish Siddiqui/Reuters)

An injured girl is carried to a helicopter following the earthquake in Sindhupalchowk, not far from Kathmandu (Danish Siddiqui/Reuters)

A Mother’s Pride: A Daughter’s Giving

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Kids are amazing. They notice everything. They question everything. They are curious.

My daughter J’Nyah is 7. Since she was born, I’ve been amazed as how quickly she learns things. When she was a baby, it was learning to hold her head, smile, or sit up.  As a toddler–crawling, walking, running. It felt like she went from speaking gibberish to full sentences in the blink of an eye.

One of the best things about your child growing up is getting to know them as a person.

Her caring, giving spirit started young

J’Nyah has always been very independent and a leader. The first time I realized what kind of person she was growing into, I was so proud. At 2 years old, on her first day of preschool, we walked in, met the teachers, and she saw  other kids she knew from the neighborhood and local parks. They all went right to playing.  My little girl was very interested in the “house” area and started playing with the dolls.

My DaughterThere was one little girl who wouldn’t let go of her mother and was crying, out of control. J’Nyah asked me, “Mama, why is that girl so sad?” I said she was probably scared because it was her first time in a new place and she didn’t know anyone. J’Nyah picked up an extra doll, took it to the girl and started playing with her. Before I knew it, the two girls were giggling. The other grateful mother gave her little girl a kiss and we slipped out. The girls are friends to this day.

This happened again on the first day of kindergarten and first grade. J’Nyah is always ready to help someone having a hard time and make them feel better. Knowing that she isn’t using her strong personality to bully people and instead, to include and take care of them, makes me proud every day.

One day while walking downtown, we saw a number of homeless people panhandling and sleeping. My curious 4-year-old was staring at people as we passed. I didn’t want people to feel uncomfortable, but I also didn’t want her to ignore them.

As we went into the subway station, her questions started, “Why are those people there? Why are they asking for money? Why do they have a dog? Why are their kids with them?” I explained they probably didn’t have homes or jobs so they ask for money to get food and things they need. J’Nyah thought about this a lot, especially the kids that might not have a house or food. And she decided that she wants to help them.

At age 5, she started raising money

jnyah_five_s_256_254Since I work for JustGive, making giving a part of everyday life is always on my mind. So when J’Nyah decided she wanted to raise money for the homeless for her 5th birthday instead of getting gifts for herself, I was SUPER glad to we offer the tools to make that happen.  I’ll admit that I planted the thought to raise money, but since the idea to help others was already there, she agreed right away.

At 5 years old, she raised $376 for a local organization, BOSS: Building Opportunities for Self-Sufficency, which provides resources and housing for homeless families. And the idea stuck with her.  She remembers.

When she was turning 6, they were studying seals and sea lions in school, and J’Nyah heard her teacher say the pups are often abandoned. So she asked, “Can we help save the seals and sea lions this year for my birthday?” I was very proud she wanted to do it again, and together, we looked online for the charities rescuing marine life.  We were lucky to find local organizations, the Marine Mammal Center (which we could visit too!) and Save the Bay.

jnyahsmile_s_259_275While we were looking at these charities, she saw an ad for the ASPCA with an abused dog on it. She was very sad to hear that other animals are homeless and added East Bay SPCA so she could help them too. That year she raised $735 for the 3 charities.

When she was getting ready to turn 7, I wondered what we would do to celebrate. She was going to a lot more birthday parties this year and talking about elaborate plans for her party. As we were planning her party, she surprised me and asked, “Who are we going to help this year for my birthday?”

We talked through her many ideas, and since dolphins are her favorite animal right now, she decided to help them. This year she raised $830 for Blue Voice, The Dolphin Project via Earth Island Institute, and Wild Dolphin Project.

Her giving example

jnyah7_s_259_259This Mother’s Day, I am so proud to have a child that wants to help others every day. I’m glad we’re talking about issues in the world and figuring out that making things better is something we can do together.  I know J’Nyah will grow up to make a profound impact in the world.

If we all had her giving spirit, can you imagine the good we could do in the world?

-Julia Hughes
Product Manager

Nonprofit Spotlight: Creative Alternatives of New York (CANY)

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Heidi Landis, CANY’s Associate Executive Director, recently talked with me about the organization’s mission and story. Landis was a professional actor in New York who fell in love with drama therapy and became certified as a drama therapist. After starting as an intern, she has now been with CANY for 10 years.

CANY’s story

CANY Photos 7.06 124It began more than 40 years ago, at Mt. Sinai hospital in New York, when a group of actors were welcomed onto the psychiatric units to work with patients. Philanthropist Janet Levy, who started the organization, first brought the artists in, and the program was so successful it was expanded to all inpatient units. Eventually, drama therapists, who had more theory training, took over for the actors.

Ten years ago, CANY started expanding to work with more people – from 5 year old children to veterans and new refugees. Many of the groups they serve are women/domestic violence survivors, and 65% are children who’ve experienced complex trauma (pervasive abuse and violence over time, at a developmental stage). All have underlying trauma in their lives.

CANY now offers its drama therapy programs at more than 15 facilities serving traumatized, mentally ill and underserved populations.

What is drama therapy?

CANY groupDrama therapy is the intentional use of drama and/or theater processes to achieve therapeutic goals. It is active and experimental. CANY’s mission

CANY is all about empowering people who have endured trauma to rebuild their lives.

Through the use of drama therapy and creative expression in a group setting, CANY helps children and adults expand their self-concept, imagine new life possibilities, and build the social and emotional tools they need in order to live meaningful lives.

All staff are licensed creative arts therapists, highly trained in trauma therapy. CANY’s treatment program is a strength-based model, and it’s also relational. Since trauma happens in relationship, CANY’s philosophy is that people must heal in relationship.

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In addition to CANY’s therapy groups, the organization trains therapists, clinicians, teachers and artists about 6 times a year, and conducts a seminar series for mental health and social justice experts. Two years ago, CANY sent a group to Uganda, where they trained a group of clinicians in their methods to work with former child soldiers.

CANY’s guiding principles

Creativity is health. The more creative and spontaneous you are in your life, the healthier you are. Drama therapy is a training ground for that.

CANY080310_0202Metaphor is a healing tool. Roles in drama provide a safe container for trauma processing. Through story and fictional characters, poetry, art and music, trauma survivors can try on different roles and learn something about themselves.

Group is the therapeutic agent. All CANY’s services are based in group work that helps participants make connections and create moments that heal.

Results

A research study was recently conducted with CANY partner agencies CARES High School and St. Luke’s Roosevelt  Hospitals. It measured teens’ emotional, behavioral and academic performance changes as a result of CANY’s trauma-informed drama therapy and found:

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  • 72% showed improvement in regulating their behavior
  • 63% showed improved peer relationships over time
  • 47% increased their GPA an average of 3%
  • 77% demonstrated improved self-concept
  • 72% had a reduced negative self-image and improved sense of identify

Giving practices and experience

CANY has customized its JustGive Donation page, sharing its mission, describing how drama therapy helps, and telling donors exactly what their gifts can do.

Maria Eleni, Finance & Operations Manager says, “JustGive has enabled us to give our donors a clear and effortless way to contribute to CANY, in addition to our mail and fundraising campaigns (we find some donors prefer making an anonymous gift). JustGive is straightforward and intuitive to use. We’ve never had a problem to even necessitate a support call.”

button_donate_now_yellowIf you’d like to support CANY and help make a difference today for adults and kids through drama therapy.

– Alex Mechanic
Service Team Manager

P.S. If you’d like to be featured in the JustGive Blog, submit your nonprofit!