Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Michigan Children's Trust Fund

Today we unveil a new blog in the positive and upbeat "Light" blog series started by Alan Stokes. Here we will highlight diverse people, things, and organizations spreading light in the great state of Michigan. I've chosen the first Michigan Light to be the organization I have worked closely with for the past 7 years as a member of it's staff team. It's an organization I personally believe is spreading light in every corner of the state by preventing darkness from coming into the lives of it's youngest citizens.

History: The Michigan Children's Trust Fund was started in 1982 by Public Act 250 of 1982 as an organization to lead child abuse and neglect prevention efforts in the Great Lake State. According to the organization's 2009/2010 Biennial Report, "The vision for CTF was that of Dr. Ray Helfer, a pediatrician from Lansing who at the time was a nationally recognized expert on child abuse and neglect and its consequences for the children who were victims. Dr. Helfer recognized the need for protected funds that would be available to serve families who may have risks and challenges in their circumstance and would benefit from family support (Source)."

Function: The organization raises funds so it can generously and strategically release those funds to agencies in all areas of the state of Michigan with community based programs in the form of Local Prevention Councils, Direct Service Grants, and public awareness activities and materials. The Michigan Children's Trust Fund is the Michigan chapter of Prevent Child Abuse America. Michael Foley currently serves as the Executive Director of the organization. A 15 member Board of Directors is appointed by the Governor of Michigan.

The following is a video of the Michigan Children's Trust Fund's rally at the Michigan capital on April 19, 2012 for Child Abuse Prevention Month. It features children and key adults who were part of the rally.

Fundraising: Funds are raised through private sources who believe in the vision to protect all of Michigan's children from abuse and neglect. Fundraising activities include the following.

Social Media: To follow the Michigan Children's Trust Fund on Social media visit these pages.
Special thanks to the Michigan Children's Trust Fund for being a Michigan Light. This is one of those organizations that is essential to spreading light in Michigan for vulnerable children. In a perfect world the organization would work itself out of a job someday, but time has shown that there is always the need for prevention. Benjamin Franklin said, "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure." And the Michigan Children's Trust Fund is leading the way in making prevention the cornerstone of their contribution to the state. It's a plan that benefits children as well as the society they will one day lead.

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