More Than 200 Women members...

More Than 200 Women members...

Over $12.5 Million in Grants Awarded Since 2000…

Over $12.5 Million in Grants Awarded Since 2000…

Over 500,000 Children in Need Served...

Over 500,000 Children in Need Served...

2015 Everychild Grant Winner

The Whole Child and Everychild Foundation's Grant Screening Board

The Whole Child

The Whole Child has been selected to receive the Everychild Foundation’s 2015 grant to fund the new Everychild Family Housing Program. The new grant will help hard to place families with children who are homeless or at risk of homelessness to achieve stability and emotional well-being. The program will be based on the proven approach of Housing First, which emphasizes permanent housing (vs. short term shelter solutions) coupled with intensive support services.
Pictured above, members of The Whole Child and Everychild Foundation Grant Screening Board at the October grant hearing, held at the RAND Corporation in Santa Monica, CA.
Click Here to View the Press Release

Recent News

Fall 2015 Newsletter

Our Fall 2015 newsletter has just been released. Click on this post and

Founder and President of the Everychild Foundation, Jacqueline Caster, introducing the First Lady of Los Angeles, Amy Wakeland, wife to current Los Angeles Mayor, Eric Garcetti, and a passionate advocate for underserved and foster children.
Everychild President’s Blog, April 27, 2015

On Thursday, April 23rd, friends and members of the Everychild Foundation gathered at

Commencement of Emergency Shelter and Youth Program

Members of the community gathered to celebrate the commencement of construction on the

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Everychild’s 2nd Children’s Policy Symposium

On February 23, 2016, the Everychild Foundation hosted a ‘State of Our Children:

Recent Work

Policy and Advocacy

About the Public Policy Committee

Mission Statement

The Everychild Foundation Public Policy Committee is committed to the easing of suffering of local children through educating and enabling members to take an active role in advancing policies and procedures that support the wellbeing of local children.


On January 23, 2007 in recognition of the positive impact of policy and advocacy on behalf of the children of Los Angeles, the Everychild Board of Directors decided to create a public policy committee. The Public Policy Committee (PPC) is charged with advancing the Everychild Foundation’s mission of easing the suffering of children in Los Angeles through issue-focused education and advocacy of behalf of at-risk children.

PPC members receive extensive training and participate in policy opportunities by attending community workshops and conferences, meetings with field experts and seminars with invited experts.

With this expertise, committee members educate Everychild members, the community and elected officials about the challenges facing vulnerable and at-risk children and participate with like-minded groups to find solutions to help these often ignored children. In addition, the PPC promotes the education of Everychild’s membership though policy workshops, legislative alerts and maintaining notebooks on children’s issues.

Since its establishment in 2007, the PPC has rapidly become known throughout Los Angeles County for its policy contributions and members have been invited to attend community policy convenings, join local children’s policy initiatives and advocacy networks. Members have met with elected officials, submitted letters to the editors and contributed to policy blogs.

Current Public Policy Committee Activities

  • Educating and informing members about local, state and federal laws, ordinances and policies that adversely impact the wellbeing of Los Angeles area children.
  • Training interested members as advocates for children.
  • Providing members issue-focused policy education about critical needs of local children with a particular emphasis on issues confronted by current and potential grantees. These include foster care/child welfare, the needs of infants and toddlers ages 0-3, juvenile justice, and the impact of homelessness on children and youth.
  • Participating in local advocacy and policy leadership networks to strengthen and improve policies and public systems that advance the wellbeing of local infants, toddlers, and youth, including disenfranchised and at-risk children and their families.

Boys and Girls Club College Bound Reviewed by UCLA Independent Study

An Independent Study by UCLA on Boys and Girls Club College Bound

An independent study by UCLA has demonstrated the wonderful success of our Everychild College Bound Program, our 2011 grant to the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Los Angeles Harbor.

The study reached out to participants from 2011 and 2012. While they weren’t able to track down all the students, they did manage to locate a substantial number. The program has also been spread as a result of our grant that helped develop the web portal to teach other clubs how to replicate College Bound.

We are hoping to bring the program to the attention of First Lady Michelle Obama who has recently announced that one of her new priorities is to get more kids on the college track.
So many lives have been changed by our work with this program! Hopefully, as time goes by, we’ll be receiving more reports as to the progress of all these young women and men.

Click here to view the program evaluation.

Everychild Committees

Everychild Foundation Committees

The Everychild Foundation offers exciting and challenging opportunities for its members to become more involved in the foundation if they wish.

Everychild has no paid staff, so the work done by our volunteers is critical to our success.  All members are welcome to join any committee.  No specific educational or professional background is required.  We provide training on each committee, and we value a diversity of experience, perspectives and backgrounds – it’s part of what makes us so effective.

Join a committee now!  Read their descriptions below and then email us.

Grant Committees

Three important committees work together toward the awarding and overseeing of the yearly grant.

Grant Outreach Committee

This is the committee responsible for contacting agencies that we have initially determined may have a proposal eligible for the Everychild Foundation grant.  If an agency is interested and meets our criteria, committee members work with its representatives to prepare a Letter of Inquiry, the first step in our grant application process.  Membership on this committee is limited to those who have already served on the Grant Screening Board.  Chair:  Vicki Baker

Grant Screening Board

The Grant Screening Board offers members the opportunity to work with other intelligent, philanthropically inclined women in a challenging, educational, and collegial environment. Its members act as foundation staff, performing the essential function of analyzing each applicant agency and its project for our members. Its goal is to narrow the applicant pool to the two candidates whose projects best address the critical unmet needs of children in that grant year. The Board works with a professional grant consultant who provides training and generally lends her expertise. The Grant Screening Board typically has a maximum of 20 members in addition to Executive Board officers.   Chair:  Sue Rosenblum

Grand Monitoring Committee

This committee is responsible for monitoring the post-award status of funded projects. Under the terms of our grant agreement with recipient agencies, members of this committee usually visit the project site twice a year during its initial three years to assure that the project is being implemented appropriately. We have found that these site visits are an invaluable means of maintaining an ongoing relationship between our members and agencies we have funded in the past.  Chair:  Lilly Lewis

Operating Committees

Public Policy Committee

The Public Policy Committee offers the opportunity for Everychild members to educate themselves on specific children’s issues, receive advocacy training and act as a voice on behalf of at-risk local children by advocating for local or legislative changes which improve their lives. Membership is open to all who wish to learn or become involved in children’s advocacy and no prior advocacy or policy experience is required. The committee meets once a month for 2-hours for planning and reports on policy involvement. Workshops and other events are scheduled separately.  Chair:  Dara Barker

Membership Committee

The goal of the Membership Committee is to recruit and maintain membership in the foundation.  In general, Everychild has very little turnover in its membership, which is capped at 225 per year. When openings do become available, the Membership Committee hosts informational coffees for potential new members at a member’s home.  These coffees provide an opportunity for women interested in membership to meet with members of our executive board in a casual setting to learn more about the Everychild Foundation experience.

The Membership Committee also organizes the Nancy M. Daly Salon Series.  Everychild members and their guests are invited to evening salons throughout the year featuring guest speakers about issues facing children in our community and other important topics.  The purpose of the salons is to provide members with the opportunity to become better informed about issues and to enhance their experience as grant makers.  Salons are held in the homes of Everychild members.  The committee selects topics and speakers and publicizes and organizes the events.  The salon series is named after Nancy M.Daly, an activist on children’s issues and member of the Everychild Advisory Board, who passed away in 2009.  Chair:  Tracy Katayama Esse (a Founding Member)

Communications Committee

The Communications Committee produces the yearly Everychild Foundation Newsletter, maintains the Everychild website, and creates public relations materials related to the Everychild grant, public policy and the salon series.  We are always looking for member volunteers who enjoy writing, design and website management.  Chair:  Kirstin Meyer

Grantees 2000-2015

Everychild Foundation Grants 2000-2015


2015: The Whole Child

The Everychild Foundation Family Housing Program will help hard-to-place families with children, who are homeless or at risk of homelessness with adequate, safe and affordable housing.

2014: 1736 Family Crisis Center

New emergency shelter and youth program that will serve homeless and at-risk girls and boys, ages 10-17, in desperate need of safe shelter and care.

2013: The Children’s Clinic, “Serving Children and Their Families”

Identifies and addresses the effects of toxic stress and chronic exposure to violence on infants, toddlers, and pregnant mothers.

2012: Alliance for Children’s Rights/Public Counsel

Legal and social services to adoptive and guardianship families to improve the long-term success of placements.

2011: Centinela Youth Services

Rehabilitative programs for more than 1,200 South Los Angeles teens from the juvenile justice system.

2010 Boys and Girls Club of Los Angeles Harbor

Academic support to hundreds of college bound youth.

2009 South Bay Center for Counseling

Youth career development initiatives for at-risk youth.

2008 St. John’s Well Child and Family Center

In-home case management, health education, housing assessments and tenant advocacy services.

2007 Mar Vista Family Center

Building to house programs for youth including college preparation, tutoring and homework; computer skills; sports, exercise and dance; and peer counseling.

2006 Heart of Los Angeles (HOLA)

Renovation of Lafayette Park Community Center to provide regular after-school and summer programs in the Rampart District of Los Angeles.

2005 L.A. Orthopaedic Hospital

Universally accessible playground for children at the hospital and the public.

2004 Hillsides

Program for youth transitioning out of foster care and probation.

2003 Optimist Youth Homes

Learning center for at-risk probation youth to help them achieve academic goals.

2002 Violence Intervention Program

Forensic and medical evaluations for any child who may have been abused or is at heightened risk for re-abuse.

2001 Wonder of Reading

Construction of 15 book-filled new public elementary school libraries and training for reading volunteers to work one on one with children.

2000 QueensCare

Mobile dental care for low-income, K-6 students.