Kids’ Chance 2017 Annual Meeting Celebrates Incredible Growth

10th-anniversary-logoHere’s to the Next 10 Years!

The 2017 Kids’ Chance of America Annual Meeting marked ten years as an official national organization for KCOA. Representatives from 33 state organizations traveled to Washington, DC to attend the two-day meeting which was packed with speakers, workshops, meetings, and a lot of fun.

Over 50 state representatives attended the Council of State Organizations meeting, a forum where volunteers from Kids’ Chance state organizations discuss best practices, share resources, and collaborate on projects at a national level for the betterment of every state organization. In addition, subsequent committee meetings were “standing room only” as supporters discussed fundraising, connecting scholarship recipients, and our signature Planning for the Future initiative.

On Friday night, we were joined by Jim Laychak of the Pentagon Memorial Fund who shared exceptional remarks about his work establishing the fund after 9/11 and leading it for years afterward. About Kids’ Chance, he said, “All of you in this room are doing great work – you are giving kids who have lost a parent the greatest gift of all, the gift of a college education.”

John Goldwater, president of both Kids’ Chance of America and hosting organization Kids’ Chance of Virginia, provided insight into the national organization’s progress on its strategic plan, as well as its incredible growth over the last ten years. “Over the first 19 years, and prior to Kids’ Chance of America, there were 17 Kids’ Chance state organizations. Now, we have 35 state organizations, 3 affiliate organizations, and 7 states that are officially launched and working toward IRS designations. All in all, Kids’ Chance now has a presence in 45 states…quickly approaching the original vision to be present in all 50 states!”

Additionally, John announced that Kids’ Chance of America has established ten national partnerships who have committed more than 1.6M over a four-year period of time.

The Annual Meeting closed with workshop sessions on outreach, non-profit tools, and board development as well as a special presentation on the realities of financial aid in our present time. All attendees walked away with new strategizes they could use to advance our guiding principle: More money for more kids. In the words of Jim Laychak: “What great things can happen when we all work together to create something good!”

Thank you to Kids’ Chance of Michigan for agreeing to host the 2018 Kids’ Chance of America Annual Meeting on May 4 and 5.