2015 Annual Report Letter for the Whitney Young Children’s Foundation

2015 Annual Report Letter for the Whitney Young Children’s Foundation

To All Prospective Donors

The Whitney Young Children’s Foundation was founded in 2006, when our youngest child was hit and killed by a hit-and-run, drunk driver. Whitney loved kids and she had a special way with them and we decided to honor her memory by supporting children’s causes.

This Foundation was born out of tragedy, but has given us much for which to be grateful:

  • For our donors…..whose generosity in 2015 totaled $117,425!
  • For the wonderful agencies that we have touched… in 2007, we gifted $18,900 and in 2015 we gifted a record $130,305. As you can see from the enclosed 2015 recap, we made gifts to 27 very deserving organizations. Acting as a fiduciary for our donors and supporters, the beneficiary selection process is very deliberate. Emphasis is placed on smaller charities or is restricted to specific programs where the WYCF grant can make a difference in that organization’s ability to carry out their impactful programs. We always strive to fulfill the mission of the Whitney Young Children’s Foundation which is to encourage children and young adults to triumph despite life’s challenges and to dream, live, love and laugh in ways previously unimaginable. We have added several new organizations –our personal favorite is a charity which provides adaptive bikes to special needs children so that they can ride with their friends, grow in strength, and most importantly in confidence as they are included in “normal” activities.
  • For special friends…. like Siena, Marley and Harrison who adopted WYCF as their Mills Family Christmas project, collected over $4000 for WYCF and then purchased hundreds of new books for the Literally Healing Program at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles…and Ted Dodd who repeatedly donates proceeds from his Dodd Bro Golf Tournament to WYCF…and Pam Lopez who sells candy for WYCF and conquers excel and mail merge on Marlene’s behalf… and Crisell & Associates who graciously underwrite tax preparations each year for WYCF…and NCL Peninsula Chapter which carried on the Walk for Whitney with MADD even after we retired and NCL Class of 2015 which honored Whitney at their Medallion…and donors like Paul Hamada whose company matches his generosity and doubles his donation…and Kitsa Treantafelles who graciously provides clerical assistance.
  • For MADD and their educational efforts which we embrace….We are always happy to talk to groups of young people about the dangers of drinking and driving so keep us in mind. Through the MADD walks, we raised over $55,000 for their education efforts.

Our hearts go out to the parents of Katerina—the young woman who received Whitney’s liver in 2006—who passed away in November. They were so grateful for the nine extra years with their daughter that they named WYCF as a means to honor Katerina’s memory.

Since 2007 WYCF has gifted over $581,050 to deserving children’s charities. We personally pay all administrative and operating expenses. Consequently –it is still true that every dollar donated to the Whitney Young Children’s Foundation is gifted to children’s charities and, of course, your gift is tax deductible.

People tell us …time heals…but the pain of losing a child never ends; however, you do learn to live life and embrace life with a broken heart and you do experience joy in your life. We are honored to be able to keep Whitney’s love of children and her incredible spirit alive through her foundation. We are amazed to see how these donations make a difference every day in the lives of children and young adults.

With love,

Marlene Young, President
Steve Young, Secretary

What Can You Do?

What can you do?

2012 New Year’s Resolutions

It may be a new year, but the fight against drunk driving is still as
imperative as ever. So now, at this time of the year, a
time of new beginnings, we are recommitting ourselves to making
an impact in the fight against drunk driving and saving lives in 2012.

This year, we resolve to:

  • Serve 65,000 victims of drunk and drugged driving, as well as
    recruit additional volunteer victim advocates across the country
    to serve even more victims. You can help becoming a MADD
    victim advocate or by spreading the word about MADD Victim
    Volunteer Here.
  • Continue introducing new legislation to states that currently do
    not require convicted drunk drivers to use ignition interlock
    devices, and introduce legislation creating enhanced penalties
    for adults who drive drunk with children in the
    car. Join us by going to the policy action site
    to email your legislators to take action.
    Take Action Here.
  • Equip more parents with the tools they need to talk with their
    teens about alcohol and expand our parent outreach, through
    schools during PowerTalk21® and Red Ribbon Week, to more
    than 65,000 parents. Download our free parent
    handbook here and share it with other parents you know that may want
    to start the conversation with their kids about alcohol.
  • Walk Like MADD® with more than 20,000 walkers and raise at
    least 2.5 million dollars at events across the country.
    Get involved and make a difference by registering for a Walk in
    your community here.

More News from MADD

Final Days to Get MADD Props

MADD and the NFL have partnered for football season to encourage teens
to not drink before the age of 21 and to never ride in a car with
someone who’s been drinking. Teens can take a stand by signing
pledges through the MADD’s Power of You(th) Facebook page where
they can also enter to win NFL prizes by drafting friends to do the
same. Make sure to take the pledge before the Super Bowl on
February 5th for a chance to win prizes!

See How Your State Ranks

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently
released new 2010 drunk driving fatality data, announcing a reduction
in drunk driving fatalities. This new data from NHTSA shows that
fatalities have dropped 4.9 percent from 10,759 in 2009 to 10,228 in
2010 overall. See where your state ranks for 2010 drunk driving
fatalities here.

A Word from MADD’s National President:

Whatever your circumstances this January, 2012, I wish for you those
moments of happiness – moments of contentment and love that
circumstances cannot take away. My New Year’s resolution: I
plan to do the very best I can to continue our work at MADD of
saving lives and supporting those who have been victimized by impaired
driving. I invite you to join me in these
endeavors. Together we are a powerful force!

Contact Your Lawmakers

See what legislative activities MADD is spearheading in your state and
send a personalized letter or email to your representatives about the
issues important to you. By participating, you can help pass
legislation to keep our roads safe from drunk driving.
Help take action here.


If your New Year’s resolution is to volunteer or to get more involved
in the fight against drunk driving, MADD has a wide variety of
opportunities to match your interests and expertise.
Volunteer here.