Thank you for applying for a cash grant from our family foundation which focuses on social justice, human rights, education, women’s and children, environmental and local causes. We award grants twice in the spring and fall and you will be notified if the board accepts your application and invited to submit a formal grant in time for the next giving cycle.
Thank you for inquiring about supporting your event. Please complete below questionnaire to apply for event grants/donations.
In collaboration with the Washoe County School District, school administrative leadership, school support teams, and community partners, we provide direct and referred wrap-around services to K-12 students to help keep our students in schools and get across the finish line to graduation. We are part of the largest, most successful dropout prevention organization in the country.
We are a data driven organization that has consistently demonstrated higher graduation rates among our case-managed students compared to the statewide rates (CIS of Western Nevada’s graduation rate of case managed students for the 2021-22 school year was 96%* compared to Nevada’s 81.3%).
Serving almost 9,000 students in 13 Title I or high-needs schools throughout Washoe County, doing whatever it takes to remove barriers, help equalize the educational playing field, and develop meaningful relationships with our students who face daily challenges such as generational and situational poverty, food and housing insecurities, and trauma. We do this through our trained, caring adult (Site Coordinator) who works hand-in-hand with school-based teams to help create a safe and secure learning environment.
Our Site Coordinators manage on-site food pantries, school/hygiene/clothing closets, in addition to providing group and one-on-one case management to students most in need of extra support. During the 2020-21 school year, CIS of Western Nevada provided over $200,000 in resources to our students and their families. This includes food, clothing, transportation, school supplies, and hygiene products.
Short history and purpose of your organization:
Our mission is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life.
CIS is a national dropout prevention organization with programs in 26 states and the District of Columbia. Our founder, Bill Milliken, planted the seeds for CIS in New York City in the 1970s, observing that, “It’s relationships, not programs, that change children.” From this observation, the role of our Site Coordinator was born.
CIS of Western Nevada is one of three affiliates (the other two are based in southern and northeastern Nevada) and is a part of Communities In Schools of Nevada. Our statewide organization is the fifth largest CIS program in the country, serving 91 schools throughout the state.
How long have you run the organization:
CIS of Western Nevada is in its eighth year in Washoe County. I’ve been with the organization since last June – best career change ever!
What projects are in store for 2022/23:
– We just added our 13th school to the CIS of Western Nevada family – Bernice Mathews Elementary School.
– November/December Angel Tree where community members can donate holiday gifts to our students.
– April, 2023, we will have our 2nd Annual All in for Kids Gala.
– June 2023, Charity Golf Tournament
– July 2023, Annual Fill the Bus school supply drive
How has the BPL Supplies (via Klaus and Kristin Grimm) grants helped your cause/mission?
CIS of Western Nevada fundraises in the year of operation to cover programming costs. So financial donations from foundations such as K&K Grimm Family Foundation, a help raise funds for the CIS programming inside the school sites. Additionally, each of our Site Coordinators has a set amount of funding they use each year to replenish school supplies and clothes closets, throw school parties to celebrate milestone achievements like perfect attendance or improvement in grades. These may seem like small gestures, but for many of our kids who are in a constant state of survival, giving them time to celebrate their achievements is incredibly rewarding and meaningful for them.
How can people donate and are there any immediate needs:
Each of our school sites has a budget that the Site Coordinator use to purchase necessary supplies or supports (e.g., school uniforms, bus passes for families who need them), as well as enrichment tools for group and 1:1 case management activities (journals, art supplies). We regularly need school sponsors willing to help provide financial support for these site budgets.
We also love local businesses, organizations, and individuals who would like to sponsor celebrations. Our Site Coordinators regularly plan incentive parties for perfect attendance and other milestones to celebrate and help keep our students on track in achieving their goals.
We also have teen parents who are in need of diapers, formula,
Depending on what speaks to donors’ hearts, we welcome monetary donations that directly benefit our students through the work of CIS Site Coordinators.
How can people help beyond donations?
In addition to monetary contributions, we welcome and are grateful for in-kind donations such as:
– School uniforms
– School supplies
– Hygiene products
– Winter clothing
– New, sturdy backpacks (including clear/see-through ones)
We also have volunteer opportunities – just email Brandon, our Operations Coordinator, at [email protected] to get more information.
Finally, we are always looking for local businesses and professionals willing to participate in career fairs as well as meet with our middle and high school students to talk about life after graduation – whether it’s financial literacy, exploring career options, navigating the healthcare system, understanding the importance of insurance, etc. Please reach out to our Executive Director, Nicole, at [email protected] to learn more.
What are your social media tags and contact info?