1999 â€“ Founding
The Everychild Foundation was founded in November 1999 by Jacqueline J. Caster as a show of her longstanding commitment to activities alleviating the suffering and expanding the prospects of children.
2000 â€“ Operations Begin
Since operations began in July 2000, Everychild Foundation has made more than $9.5 million in grants. The group has grown from 56 women in its first year to reach its target of 225 today and has funded projects directly serving the needs of more than 500,000 local area children.
2001 â€“ First Grant Awarded
First grant awarded to QueenCare to equip the first mobile dental clinic in Los Angeles to provide on-site services to children at Los Angeles Unified School District campuses.
2004 â€“ Named Outstanding Private Foundation November
In recognition of its contributions to the community and its philanthropic innovation, the Everychild Foundation is named â€śOutstanding Private Foundation in Los Angelesâ€ť by the Association for Fundraising Professionals. Everychild is the youngest organization to which this award was ever presented.
2006 â€“ First $1 Million Grant 2006
In 2006, Everychild awards its first $1 million grant, and, for the first time, has a waitlist to join. It has attracted an eclectic array of members, including professionals, celebrities, stay-at-home mothers, and retired women all united by their concern for helping children in the community in a novel, efficient way.
The grants have progressively increased in size as a result of the growth of the member bas. The initial $230,000 grant in 2001 more than doubled to $600,000 in 200. The first $1 million dollar grant was awarded in 2006 and $1 million grants continue into Everchildâ€™s second decade of operation.
Annual growth of the membership has averaged roughly 20%, with a very low attrition rate under 10%.
2010 â€“ Ten Year Anniversary
In 2010, Everychild celebrated its 10-year anniversary by awarding its fifth $1 million grant and a once-in-a-decade celebration dinner.
See 10th anniversary video.
See Jacqueline Casterâ€™s 10th anniversary speech.
The Future of Everychild
Now entering its second decade, the Everychild Foundation presents a strong example of a successful, efficient, leveraged, giving format. It can be replicated among interest groups seeking a democratic, decentralized, and involved approach to giving, and need not be cause specific. In Los Angeles, it has enabled women who are philanthropically minded to join together by pooling their brain power and financial resources. With federal and state program dollars shrinking, this unique model gives Everychild Foundation a chance to help fill program gaps in the community it serves.