What We Do
Realities For Children provides for the unmet needs of northern Colorado children who have been abused, neglected or are at-risk. We do this by providing emergency funding, youth activities, critical distributions and collaboration resources for our Partner Youth Agencies.
No child should be forgotten.
Realities For Children was incorporated in 1995 and has been funding the unmet needs of Larimer County children who have been abused, neglected or are at-risk. Currently, Realities For Children supports the services of 40 Partner Youth Agencies and represents over 250 Business Members invested in making it their business to make a difference.
Realities For Children is a hybrid of two entities working together to connect the human services community to the business community to support local children in need.
The first entity is Realities For Children, Inc. This is a non-profit cause marketing organization comprised of Business Members that pay a monthly membership fee. The fee provides marketing for their business and the positive name association and consumer appeal of supporting local children in need. These fees are a tax deductible marketing expense, not a charitable donation and as a result, do not compete with the funding resources of the Partner Youth Agencies.
The second entity is Realities For Children Charities, a 501c3 charitable organization where all tax deductible donations and fundraising returns are directed. Realities For Children Charities underwrites all youth programs, Partner Youth Agency support and emergency grants as they are requested. As the membership fees of Realities For Children underwrite all administrative costs and implementation of services, 100% of all donations received are distributed to support the children served in northern Colorado.
The founder of Realities For Children is a former child protection case manager with Larimer County Child Protective Services. After years of seeing children slipping through the cracks of the system, he dedicated his efforts to creating a safety net of service and funding for children who have faced abuse and neglect so no child would be forgotten. He called this safety net Realities For Children.
During the process of creating the program's core services, it became apparent that to truly see no child is forgotten, it would be essential to unite the many valuable youth organizations that provide for at-risk youth in collaborative service. To address these issues and create a resource that could both unite agencies and the community in service, Realties For Children created a program that would be non-competitive to the agencies they support. To do this, all the administrative costs for services would need to be underwritten privately. It was this interest in creating a collaborative alliance of youth agencies that lead to the innovative design of Realities For Children that has redefined the concept of fiscal efficiency and gained national attention.
Realities For Children Charities has always embraced a healing philosophy that identifies and supports three essential legs of service in providing for children who have faced abuse and neglect. The first leg of service requires we identify and meet the immediate, unmet and emergency needs so that no child in need is forgotten. The second leg requires effective support services once emergency needs have been met so that the healing process along the path of recovery can begin. The third leg focuses on the provision of services that equip, support and provide resources so that as children grow they are empowered to break the cycle of abuse. Each of Realities For Children's six Core Services and Programs is designed with the intent to strengthen a specific leg within the healing process.
Realities For Children illustrates the power of private-social partnerships and has been honored in the business, human services and governmental sectors universally for its ability to unite in the fight against child abuse. See a list of our Awards & Recognition here.
In dedicating efforts towards agency collaboration, community education and immediate support to children in need, Realities For Children have effectively created an opportunity for everyone to make a difference in the life of a child.
Realities For Children provides for the emergency and ongoing support needs of children in Northern Colorado who have been abused, neglected, abandoned, or are at-risk.
Our Core Values
Integrity, Servant Leadership, Collaboration, Excellence and Respect
The vision of Realities For Children is to build a resource like none other the world has ever seen; one that empowers the child protection community through collaboration, fiscal efficiency and a strong continuum of service so that every child in need is provided for in our community. A program that connects every member of our community in service through a business leader, human service and consumer-based – mutually beneficial link. Inspiring and leading other communities to do the same – so that children will be served exponentially and for generations to come.