Oregon Members Join CFOS Foundation Board

Posted on June 16th, 2016

At CFO Selections, part of our commitment to philanthropy is  “giving back to the communities in which we live and work.”  So we’re very pleased to announce the addition of our first Oregon-based Foundation Board members, Derenda Timmons Schubert and Carol Wire.  Derenda and Carol’s extensive experience in the nonprofit and public policy arenas in Oregon will allow us to jump start our giving and provide well-targeted funds for Oregon’s foster kids.  For more information about our new board members, please see our Foundation Board page.

 

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Derenda Timmons Schubert is  the Executive Director of Bridge Meadows, a nonprofit organization that focuses on developing and sustaining inter-generational neighborhoods for adoptive families of foster children.  Prior to Bridge Meadows, Derenda was an executive at Trillium Family Services and a practicing psychologist and clinician in the greater Portland area.

 

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Carol Wire is the Associate Executive Director of Dress for Success Oregon, a nonprofit that focuses on job procurement and retention for low income women. Among other positions, she has served as Deputy Director for the Oregon Commission on Children and Families, Director for Washington County Commission on Children and Families, and Director for Multnomah Commission on Children and Families.

 

CFO Selections Named to List of Washington’s Top 75 Corporate Philanthropists

Posted on June 3rd, 2016

Corp-Citizenship-2016Bellevue, WA — We’re pleased to announce that CFO Selections has been named by the Puget Sound Business Journal as one of Washington’s top 75 corporate philanthropists. “This is the eighth time that we’ve made the list,” said Kevin Briscoe, CFO Selections Executive Manager.  “We couldn’t sustain our giving over time without the commitment of our partners and consultants to make philanthropy an integral part of our business. To quote our founder, Tom Varga, ‘company philanthropy has to be personal, not just a program’; I’m proud to see our team live that out over the long term.”

About the List
CFO Selections was chosen based on total corporate and foundation giving in Washington in 2015. The “small company” category included 25 firms with revenues of $20 million per year and below.

 

CFO Selections Celebrates 1,000th Client; Joins Fran’s to Support Local Nonprofit Neighborhood House

Posted on May 25th, 2016

Frans-sendout-1Since our first client engagement in 2002, we’ve been proud to bring excellent finance and accounting services to many local companies and nonprofit organizations. It’s been our privilege to work with diverse groups pursuing a wide range of missions, from heavy manufacturing to trauma services for children. This month, we’re celebrating a milestone – our 1,000th client. And this particular gig, if we may say so, is pretty sweet.

Now an iconic Seattle brand with an international reputation, Fran’s Chocolates has been expanding the possibilities of chocolate making (and eating) for over 30 years. Fran Bigelow visited Paris in the 1960’s and was inspired to bring home the delicious chocolate tastes she found there. Over the years she has been responsible for a number of innovative chocolate creations, most famously her chocolate-covered smoked salt caramels — a favorite gift to visitors in the Oval Office.

Frans-sendout-2As Fran’s company grew, her children joined her in running the business, and the family expanded from one store to four, plus robust wholesale and mail order sales. Along the way they’ve faced the common challenges of a growing and thriving organization – the need for increased planning, expanded accounting processes, and upgraded systems. When it became clear they needed “more,” the Bigelows asked CFO Selections to help. “CFO Selections fits our needs perfectly,” said Andrina Bigelow, the company’s CEO. “We are able to get access to high-level financial advice and services, without paying for a full-time position.”

Like Fran’s, our company is growing. Our Portland and Eastern Washington consulting groups are expanding, and we’re busier than we’ve ever been in the Puget Sound consulting group and in our search practice. In March, we moved to a new Headquarters location in Bellevue. We look forward to the years ahead, and the opportunity to bring the expertise of our team to serve the needs of companies and organizations in our communities.To recognize our 1,000th client milestone and stay true to both Fran’s and CFO Selections’ commitment to give back to the places in which we make our living, the CFOS Foundation will give $1,000 to Neighborhood House, one of the nonprofits supported by Fran’s. Since 1906, Neighborhood House has helped immigrants, refugees, and low-income people overcome economic, educational, and employment challenges. Fran’s regularly donates a percentage of all purchases of Fran’s Dark Chocolate Sauce to benefit Neighborhood House and its mission.

About Neighborhood House
NeighborhoodHouseNeighborhood House was originally founded as a settlement house that provided services to Jewish immigrants from Turkey, Greece, and other European countries. Not long after, Seattle and King County began developing low-income housing, and Neighborhood House began providing a range of services to families moving into public housing. Today, their programs are located in public housing communities in Seattle and King County, WorkSource centers, and public schools. Building on extensive experience and deep understanding of the role language and culture play reaching out to multilingual communities, they help clients learn to rely on themselves and each other to fulfill their dreams and become active members of a free and democratic society.

 

CFOS Foundation Makes Grant to TeamChild

Posted on March 28th, 2016

Bellevue, WA — The CFO Selections Foundation is pleased to announce a grant of $61,000 to TeamChild. This grant will be given over a three-year period, and will assist TeamChild in their mission to provide help to children in need of legal services and advocacy in the courts. Anne Lee, TeamChild Executive Director, said “We are thrilled to partner with the CFOS Foundation in solving the upstream challenges that keep pushing youth into the justice system. This investment leverages TeamChild’s ability to scale our programs to meet the complex needs of our most vulnerable kids, including kids in the foster care system.”

About TeamChild
L-NP-TeamChildTeamChildTeamChild was created in 1995, born out of the frustration of seeing young people with significant mental health, education, and housing needs cycle in and out of the criminal justice system without getting the help and support they needed to remain healthy and trouble-free in the community. Public defenders for these youth could recognize the barriers, but didn’t have the resources to address the problems. In contrast, civil legal aid attorneys didn’t have a mechanism for identifying and serving youth. TeamChild was created to bridge this gap between the juvenile justice system and the community.

Today, TeamChild advances its mission through three programs: Legal Services, Policy Advocacy, and Technical Assistance. The three program strategies work together to improve the long term outcomes of youth who experience unequal treatment and more negative outcomes in our education, juvenile justice, and child welfare systems. TeamChild is best known for its legal services program reaching children in crisis in King, Pierce, Snohomish, Spokane, and Yakima Counties. Their approach connects high-needs youth with supportive services, and program evaluations show that this breaks the cycle of arrest and detention. The results are very encouraging: eight out of ten children who receive legal representation from TeamChild because they are out of school get back into school. For some of the most distressed children, the number of new offenses are cut by more than half. TeamChild is also cost-effective: a dollar spent on TeamChild’s legal services program saves taxpayers two.

About The CFOS Foundation
The CFOS Foundation was founded by the partners of CFO Selections in 2007. The vision of this group is to harness the energy and talent of professional people who care about the needs of local foster children and work to make a measurable, positive impact in their lives.

 

CFOS Foundation Joins with Treehouse, Awards Grant for Foster Children

Posted on January 27th, 2016

Treehouse-logAs part of its continuing mission to impact the lives of foster children, the CFOS Foundation is pleased to announce a grant of $15,000 to Treehouse. This grant will support Treehouse’s programs to help kids in foster care experience success in school and in life.
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Treehouse was founded in 1988 by DSHS social workers who saw the deprivation often faced by children in foster care. They held bake sales and car washes so they could provide the little things needed to help children feel loved and capable.

These small efforts have blossomed. Today Treehouse provides clothes, toys, and school supplies at their Wearhouse, and access to critical extracurricular activities and community resources through the Little Wishes program – bringing support to thousands of children in foster care each year.

TreehouseKids2Their most impactful program, Graduation Success, creates a partnership with school systems, government agencies, caregivers, social workers, and funders to address the alarmingly high dropout rates among high school students in foster care. This innovative and research-based program provides middle and high school youth in foster care with the resources and education planning, monitoring, and coaching services that they need to graduate from high school with a plan for their future. Treehouse is on track to achieve their ambitious goal for foster youth in King County to graduate at the same rate as their peers with a plan for their future, beginning in 2017.

Janis Avery, CEO of Treehouse, said “We are thrilled with the CFOS Foundation’s investment in the work we do to help our community’s youth in foster care succeed in high school and beyond.”

For more information about Treehouse, or to volunteer or donate, visit them on the web at www.treehouseforkids.org.

 

CFOS Foundation Announces Second Grant to Amara Parenting

Posted on December 4th, 2015

Bellevue, WA — Continuing its mission to improve the lives of foster children, the CFOS Foundation is pleased to announce that it has awarded a $50,000 grant to Amara, the second grant to the organization in five years.

L-NP-Amara-2015-2John Morse, Amara’s Executive Director, said “Thank you, CFOS Foundation, for your very generous investment. Your grant will ensure that Amara can continue to expand its impact on the lives of children in foster care – both by providing short-term emergency services and by helping more children find loving, committed forever families.”

Amara-SanctuaryFounded in 1921 as Medina Children’s Services, Amara offers temporary care to children entering the foster care system, foster care and adoption services for children already in the system, and training and support for adoptive families. Amara’s emergency sanctuary, shown at right, provides a safe and supportive place for kids immediately after they are removed from their homes by Child Protective Services or law enforcement, and is the only facility of its kind in King County.

To learn more about Amara, you can visit their website at www.amaraparenting.org. To volunteer, click here. To donate, click here.

About The CFOS Foundation
The CFOS Foundation was founded by the partners of CFO Selections LLC. The vision of this group is to harness the energy and talent of professional people who care about the needs of local foster children and work to make a measurable, positive impact in their lives.

 

CFO Selections Honored for Corporate Philanthropy at the 2015 Community Impact Awards

Posted on October 30th, 2015

2015 Community Impact Award Winner logo-smaller Bellevue, WA — CFO Selections is pleased to announce that we are a 2015 Silver Award Winner in Seattle Business Magazine’s Community Impact Awards, for the category of Small Business of the Year.  Kevin Briscoe, Executive Manager, said “It’s an honor for the firm to be recognized for the work of the CFOS partners, our consulting teams and associates, and the work of our non-profit investees, who do important community work every single day. This award is the result of the community-minded focus of our team, including their pro bono and in-kind work and their many hours of volunteering in a wide variety of nonprofits, plus the foster-care directed work of the CFOS Foundation.”

CFO Selections was chosen based on total corporate and foundation giving in Washington in 2014. The Community Impact Awards honor Washington state businesses and organizations that are making a tangible, measurable impact on their communities. That impact encompasses a  number of activities including job creation, workforce development programs, volunteer efforts, board service, or innovative business models that promote social goals.

 

 

Blackberry Vines, Boxes, and Bookcases: CFO Selections Joins in King County United Way Day of Caring

Posted on September 30th, 2015

LIVE UNITED sendoutBellevue, WA — On September 18, a team from CFO Selections joined  with 12,000 volunteers from all over King County to participate in the United Way’s Day of Caring.  United WayOn this day, work teams participated in over 500 service projects.  The projects covered a wide variety of needs at area nonprofits, ranging from building a community garden in a low-income neighborhood to holding a food drive for families living in temporary housing while their kids are hospitalized.

DOC-vines-smaller3Aligned with the foster care focus of the CFOS Foundation, our project was helping Amara, a nonprofit working with parents to provide “forever families” for children in need.  Amara is moving to beautiful new facility in south Seattle.  It is almost ready for occupancy, but in the final stages they needed file boxes moved, furniture brought in to the offices, and a bumper crop of blackberry vines removed from the fences around the parking lot.

John Morse, Amara’s Executive Director, said “the team from CFOS reminded us of how much more we can do for children because we have a community that cares so deeply and shows it in so many ways.”

DOC-2015-group-smallerWe had a great day, taking a break from our usual desk bound, “spreadsheet-and-a-meeting” schedules, and were proud to contribute a small part of the overall $1.6 million dollars of labor given to the community.

For all you business people who have read this far – we challenge you to join together with your own team, and volunteer next year.  There’s a great project waiting for you!

L-NP-AmaraParenting2About Amara
Founded in 1921, Amara is a Seattle-based nonprofit offering domestic adoption, foster care, and all options pregnancy counseling services.  The organization facilitates between 70 and 90 adoptions annually. With community support, Amara partners with parents to create stable, loving, lifelong homes for children in need.  Their vision and wish for the future is “A Home for Every Child.”

 

CFO Selections Honored by The Seattle Foundation and the Puget Sound Business Journal for Corporate Giving

Posted on June 4th, 2015

Corporate Philanthropy LogoBellevue, WA — For the seventh consecutive year, CFO Selections has been recognized by The Seattle Foundation and the Puget Sound Business Journal as one of the area’s Top Corporate Philanthropists in the “small company” category.  Among those on the list reporting in-kind giving, CFO Selections placed first.

“We believe that companies of all sizes can have a vital role in giving back to communities. Philanthropy is a critical part of our responsibility as business stewards – we believe in the power of a small organizations, deeply engaged in the local community can make a significant difference and a lasting positive change,” said Tom Varga, Executive Manager.

The CFO Selections partners, consultants, and affiliates recognize that the company’s giving is very much a team effort. “This recognition really belongs to our consultants and staff,” said Varga, adding that “through their generous dedication of time and talent we are able to make a difference and ‘move the needle’ in a significant way. Company philanthropy has to be personal, not just a program.”

CFO Selections was chosen based on total corporate and foundation giving in Washington in 2014. The “small company” category included 25 firms with revenues of $20 million per year and below.

 

CFOS Foundation Makes Grant To Kindering

Posted on April 30th, 2014

Kindering1bBellevue, WA — The CFOS Foundation is pleased to announce our largest grant to date, a maximum of $100,000 in funding and in-kind services to Kindering. This grant will help fund the growth of Kindering’s CHERISH program, which provides support to infants and toddlers in foster care and their foster families, in order to strengthen attachment and train foster parents to recognize and respond to the special needs of traumatized children. This grant will be given over a three year period, with the first year being a challenge grant to encourage other entities to join us in funding Kindering. Mimi Siegel, Executive Director of Kindering, said “Kindering is thrilled to have this extraordinary financial investment and contribution of in-kind talent from the CFOS Foundation. With your support, we will hire an added social worker to meet the increasing demand for infant mental health home visits, and we will continue to train other agencies in King County how to replicate this intervention model.”

About the CHERISH program
kindering_logo2Infants comprise one in five foster care admissions. These are babies who have suffered significant emotional stress from neglect, trauma, and abrupt separations from their birth families during critical periods of brain development. Fortunately, the early years present an unparalleled opportunity to intervene and minimize the long-term, permanent effects of trauma on a child’s brain. CHERISH is based on attachment theory and utilizes Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP) during weekly, hour-long home visits. The theory of attachment is that every young child needs at least one close, dependable relationship providing nurturance, security, responsive interaction, and encouragement of exploration to develop to their fullest potential. The ability to form a secure attachment relationship is a protective factor for a lifetime and a “tool” that children can transfer from their relationships with foster caregivers to their permanent birth or adoptive placements, or others. In the CHERISH program, social workers mentor the caregivers, answer behavioral and development questions, make referrals to other community services, and observe the impact this support has over time in strengthening the relationship between foster parents and the children in their care. Each family receives home visits for up to 24 consecutive weeks.

About Kindering
Founded in 1962 by five mothers of children with disabilities, Kindering is the largest intervention center in Washington State, and one of the three largest centers in the nation. At Kindering, infants and toddlers ages birth to three receive critical physical and occupational therapy, speech-language therapy, feeding therapy, special education, and other early intervention programming. In addition, Kindering supports the entire family with comprehensive programs and a true sense of community for those facing the unexpected journey of raising a child with special needs.

About The CFOS Foundation
The CFOS Foundation was founded by the partners of CFO Selections LLC. The vision of this group is to harness the energy and talent of professional people who care about the needs of local foster children and work to make a measurable, positive impact in their lives.

 

Local Foundations Join Forces to Fund Youth Leadership Training

Posted on February 26th, 2014

GV-ConstructionAt CFO Selections, we know the power of a group can be far greater than the sum of its parts.  We see this in our consulting and search practices, and are beginning to explore the idea of collective impact through cooperation in the CFOS Foundation as well.  Recently, The Foundation joined with three other groups to fund the attendance of foster kids in the first year leadership program offered by local nonprofit Global Visionaries.  During this year, the teens will receive training in  leadership, diversity, and cross-cultural understanding as well as fundraising and philanthropy. While serving on local and international volunteer teams, they will also participate in the all the GV retreats, including the international cultural immersion/volunteer experience in Guatemala.  Through these hands-on experiences, the youth will learn the essential 21st century skills of communication, collaboration, creative problem solving, and critical thinking.

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About Global Visionaries
Founded in 1997, Global Visionaries offers a  school-year-long curriculum for high school students that finishes with a cultural experience in Guatemala. The program emphasizes community service at home and abroad while promoting understanding of global interconnectedness.  Students who complete the leadership program have the opportunity to join  the Youth Board program, in which they facilitate workshops for students in the leadership program and contribute to the operations of Global Visionaries.

About the CFOS Foundation
The CFOS Foundation was founded by the partners of CFO Selections LLC. The vision of this group is to harness the energy and talent of professional people who care about the needs of local foster children and work to make a measurable, positive impact in their lives.

 

CFO Selections Recognized for Corporate Giving

Posted on May 17th, 2013

Bellevue, WA — For the fifth consecutive year, CFO Selections has been recognized by The Seattle Foundation and the Puget Sound Business Journal as one of the area’s  Top Corporate Philanthropists in the “small company” category.

“We are both honored and humbled to receive this recognition,” said Tom Varga, Managing Partner. “We believe that companies of all sizes can have a vital role in giving back to communities. Philanthropy is a critical part of our responsibility as business stewards — while some organizations focus on large global issues, we believe the power of a small organization, deeply engaged in our local community, makes a significant difference and positive change, one kid at a time.”

The CFO Selections partners recognize that the company’s giving is very much a team effort. “This recognition belongs to our associates,” said Varga, adding that “through  their volunteer efforts, engagement, and dedication we are able to make a difference and move the needle in a thoughtful and significant way.”

CFO Selections was chosen based on total corporate and foundation giving in Washington in 2012. The “small company” category included 25 firms with revenues of $20 million per year and below.

About CFO Selections
CFO Selections provides finance and accounting executive search and interim consulting services to a wide range of organizations in the West. The company focuses on locating and recruiting the highest caliber senior-level talent available. Its team of consulting CFOs works in a collaborative and problem-solving way to generate maximum results. CFO Selections’ trusted executives have assisted many clients in bridging the gap to profitable growth by tailoring their services to meet exacting situations.

CFO Selections is headquartered in Bellevue, WA, and can be reached by contacting Managing Partner Tom Varga at (206) 686-4480 ext. 123, or tom@cfoselections.com.

 

CFOS Foundation Awards Grant To Powerful Schools

Posted on April 9th, 2013

Bellevue, WA — Vulnerable children in Seattle and South King County  will benefit from the award of a $10,000 grant to Powerful Schools by the CFOS Foundation.  Powerful Schools partners with preschools, public school districts, families, and the community to provide enrichment programs that dramatically increase the chance that children will succeed in school and graduate.  “We really appreciate this support from the CFOS Foundation, ” said Tre’ Maxie, Executive Director of Powerful Schools. “We know that by the time struggling students reach third grade their chances of academic success will significantly improve if we are able to help them transition smoothly into elementary school, achieve grade-level reading and remain motivated and engaged in their education. This funding will help ensure academic success for local students.”

Powerful Schools focuses on preschool and elementary school children because studies show that academic and social gains made in the early school years often persist beyond pre-school and elementary school, well into a child’s high school and post-secondary years. However, when children leave elementary school below grade level, their likelihood of future academic success, particularly graduation from high school, significantly decreases.  Many of the schools served by Powerful Schools have large populations of children from low-income families and thus have access to less resources than schools in wealthier communities. Unfortunately, the great inequity in access to resources affects what schools can do on their own to serve the needs of all children.

Since 1991, Powerful Schools has delivered stimulating, multi-year, school-wide academic programs integrated into public elementary schools in Seattle and South King County.  During the 2012-13 school year, Powerful Schools is  working with more than 4,300 children and their families in 12 Seattle and South King County elementary schools and six CDSA preschools.

To learn more about Powerful Schools, visit their website at www.powerfulschools.org.  To find out about volunteering, click here.  To donate to Powerful Schools, click here.

About the CFOS Foundation
The CFOS Foundation was founded in 2007 by the partners of CFO Selections LLC.  The vision of this group is to harness the energy and talent of professional people who care about the needs of local children in micro-communities and work to make a measurable, positive impact within these communities.
The CFOS Foundation looks to provide both funding and leadership to effect change, one child at a time. More information is available on the website.

 

CFO Selections Recognized for Corporate Giving

Posted on May 24th, 2012

Bellevue, WA — For the fourth year in a row, CFO Selections has been named as one of 25 companies in the  Puget Sound Business Journal’s list of Top Corporate Philanthropists (small company category).

“We are both honored and humbled to get this recognition,” said Tom Varga, Managing Partner. “We believe that companies of all sizes can have a vital role in giving back to communities. Philanthropy is a critical part of our responsibility as business leaders — while some organizations focus on large global issues, we believe the power of a small organization, deeply engaged in our community, makes a significant difference and positive change, one kid at a time.”

The CFO Selections partners recognize that the company’s giving is very much a team effort. “This award belongs to our associates,” said Varga, adding that their “volunteer efforts, engagement, and flexibility in working within nonprofit budgets allow us to serve both our many philanthropic clients and also other great community organizations.”

CFO Selections was chosen based on total corporate and foundation giving in Washington in 2011. The “small company” category included 25 firms with revenues of $20 million per year and below. Puget Sound Business Journal conducted the research.

About CFO Selections
CFO Selections provides finance and accounting executive search and interim consulting services to a wide range of organizations in the West. The company focuses on locating and recruiting the highest caliber senior-level talent available. Its team of consulting CFOs works in a collaborative and problem-solving way to generate maximum results. CFO Selections’ trusted executives have assisted many clients in bridging the gap to profitable growth by tailoring their services to meet exacting situations.

CFO Selections is headquartered in Bellevue, WA, and can be reached by contacting Managing Partner Tom Varga at (206) 686-4480 ext. 123, or tom@cfoselections.com.

 

CFOS Foundation Makes Grant to Starlight Children’s Foundation

Posted on December 2nd, 2011

Bellevue, WA — The Starlight Children’s Foundation – Northwest has been awarded a $10,000 grant by the CFOS Foundation. The grant will be used to support Starlight’s core programs for seriously ill children and their families.

Since 1992, Starlight Children’s Foundation Northwest has dedicated itself to improving the quality of life for children with chronic and life-threatening illnesses and life-altering injuries by providing entertainment, education, and family activities that help them cope with the pain, fear, and isolation of prolonged illness. Starlight Northwest touches the lives of more than 9,000 Washington and Oregon families each month. Their programs have been proven to distract children from their pain, help them better understand and manage their illnesses, and connect families with others facing similar challenges so that no one feels alone.

Starlight offers a comprehensive menu of outpatient, hospital-based, and web offerings that enable them to provide ongoing support for children and families ? from diagnosis through the entire course of medical treatment. Programs include family activities and outings, in-hospital entertainment technology, online communities and interactive websites, in-hospital playrooms, kid-friendly treatment rooms, special events, and educational programming.

Steve McGraw, Executive Director of Starlight’s Northwest chapter, said “Starlight’s programs can only happen through the generous support of others in our community like the CFOS Foundation. They are a model on how granting foundations can engage with charitable efforts in our community. We at Starlight are very grateful for the grant and professional support we are receiving from the CFOS Foundation.”

More information about Starlight is available on their website. To learn more about volunteering at Starlight, click here. To make an instant donation, click here.

About CFO Selections
CFO Selections provides finance and accounting executive search and interim consulting services to a wide range of organizations in the West. The company focuses on locating and recruiting the highest caliber senior-level talent available. Its team of consulting CFOs works in a collaborative and problem-solving way to generate maximum results. CFO Selections’ trusted executives have assisted many clients in bridging the gap to profitable growth by tailoring their services to meet exacting situations.

CFO Selections is headquartered in Bellevue, WA and can be reached by contacting Managing Partner Tom Varga at (206) 686-4480 ext. 123, or tom@cfoselections.com.

 

CFOS Foundation Awards Third Grant to Friends of the Children

Posted on March 29th, 2011

 

Bellevue, WA – For the third year in a row, vulnerable children and youth in King County will benefit from a grant awarded to Friends of the Children (Friends-KC) by the CFOS Foundation. This year’s grant, which will be disbursed over a two-year period, will be used to support ongoing operation of a unique mentoring program which seeks to increase positive adult influence in the lives of children through long-term relationships. Kelly Stockman Reid, Executive Director of the program, stated “We greatly appreciate the foundation’s continued commitment to Friends of the Children. This investment from CFO Selections helps us to continue our 12-year commitment to the children in our program, ensuring they have the guidance and support they need to succeed in school, explore their talents, and pursue their dreams.”

Friends-KC has created a compelling way to address the challenges of children who grow up under the most difficult circumstances. With the help of schools and other social service agencies, Friends-KC identifies Kindergarten-age children with the most risk factors affecting their immediate environment and their ability to thrive. These factors include: poverty, homelessness, poor academic performance, and family histories of domestic violence, substance abuse, and prostitution. Though only five or six years old, these children have often witnessed violence, lived with any number of caregivers and guardians, and been told time and time again that they were worthless.

When they enter the Friends-KC program, children are paired with a consistent, long-term, professional mentor— called a Friend —who spends four hours with them every single week until they graduate from high school. Each Friend is a full time staff member who works with eight children to give them the support they need to grow and thrive. Friends engage in a wide variety of activities with program children to foster their school success, enhance their emotional and physical health, and expose them to new places and experiences. Friends set short and long-term goals with each child that celebrate their successes and support them through challenges.

More information about Friends of the Children is available on their website. To learn more about volunteering, call 206-328-3535. To make an instant donation, click here.

About the CFOS Foundation
The CFOS Foundation was founded in 2007 by the partners of CFO Selections LLC: Mark Tranter, Rich Leo and Tom Varga. The vision of this group is to harness the energy and talent of professional people who care about the needs of local children in micro-communities and work to make a measurable, positive impact within these communities.

The CFOS Foundation looks to provide both funding and leadership to effect change, one child at a time. More information is available on the website.

 

CFO Selections Announces New Foundation to Assist Washington Children in Need

Posted on June 3rd, 2008

Bellevue-based CFO Selections recently announced the establishment of the CFOS Foundation that will focus on providing time, talent and treasure to needy Washington children.

Firm partners Tom Varga, Rich Leo and Mark Tranter will lead the start-up of the CFOS Foundation to meet the growing need for helping children financially and to offer executive-level support to worthy causes. The new foundation launches a permanent fund that focuses on grant making in Washington State and taps both their professional and personal networks to match willing volunteers with grantee organizations.

“We strongly believe that even small companies have an obligation to re-invest in the communities from which we earn our living,” said Tom Varga, CFO Selections managing partner and founder. “This dedication to the future leaders of our community is viewed as a willing commitment of the firm. For this reason, a portion of the yearly profits earned by CFO Selections LLC is allocated directly to the foundation for community based grants.”

The foundation’s mission is to provide resources to improve the lives of children in the state. It supports organizations that directly affect the well-being and improvement of children’s physical, mental and emotional needs in their homes, schools and neighborhoods.

“The foundation funding, however, is only a starting point. Our plan is to offer rare and valuable executive time and talent to recipient organizations. Through the community connections of its board of directors, partners and professional affiliations, the CFOS Foundation encourages volunteerism among young and rising executives. We support their dedication of time and talent to our recipient organizations thereby multiplying the effect of the ‘treasure,'” added Varga.

The vision of the founding partners is one of a small community-based foundation with a larger focus on supporting direct needs-based programs for children. Their collective understanding fosters programs that can make significant, measurable differences even if a grant only affects one child at a time.

“Few foundations realize that it’s possible to engage first-rate CFOs to assist non-profit organizations during their formative stages whereby high-level finance expertise can enhance the long-term viability of the charity,” said Varga. “When one of our finance executives comes to assist, the charity achieves the integrity, professionalism, and overall leadership of a CFO. Our foundation will be a conduit to matching this talent to grantee organizations.”

The overall advantage of the CFOS Foundation process is to offer asset-poor nonprofit organizations immediate access to an experienced executive team member who can offer strategies and solutions that are not otherwise readily accessible. These strategic and operational financial consultants can therefore provide valuable mentoring based on relevant experience.

About CFO Selections

CFO Selections provides finance and accounting executive search and interim consulting services to a wide range of organizations in the West. The company focuses on locating and recruiting the highest caliber senior-level talent available.  Its team of consulting CFOs works in a collaborative and problem-solving way to generate maximum results.

CFO Selections’ trusted executives have assisted many clients bridge the gap to profitable growth by tailoring their services to meet exacting situations. CFO Selections, headquartered in Bellevue, WA, can be reached by contacting managing partner Tom Varga at (206) 686-4480 ext. 132, or tom@cfoselections.com

CFOS Foundation has offices at SE Eastgate Way, Suite 400, Bellevue, WA 98007. The foundation may be reached by sending e-mail to foundation@cfoselections.com

 

CFOS Foundation Names Board of Advisors

Posted on June 2nd, 2008

Local professionals aim “to make a measurable difference”

Bellevue, WA – CFOS Foundation, an organization that provides time, talent and treasure to needy Washington children, announces its first board of advisors.

“Our new board of advisors strongly believes that even small companies have an obligation to re-invest in the communities from which we all earn our living,” said Tom Varga, CFOS Foundation co-founder. “This board is made up of outstanding business leaders, finance and non-profit executives who will direct the foundation’s community-based grants and professional assistance.”

The new foundation earlier this year launched a permanent fund that focuses on grant making in Washington State but spans the nation to recruit the best professionals for in-kind finance assistance.

“Non-profits with fewer resources will now have immediate access to an experienced foundation team member who can offer strategies and solutions that are not otherwise readily accessible. These strategic and operational financial consultants can therefore provide valuable mentoring based on relevant experience,” said Varga.

CFOS Foundation Board of Directors

William J. Palmer – Chairman, joined CFO Selections after a 20-year career in banking and finance. Within the lending groups at Bank of America and US Bank, he led teams that funded hundreds of companies in the Pacific Northwest. He is a proven senior-level executive with strong banking, financial, accounting, and business development skills.

Bill graduated from the Pacific Coast Banking School and earned his M.B.A. from Seattle University after graduating with a degree in business administration from Gonzaga University. Bill has extensive experience in not-for-profit finance.

Joyce Lee, CPA – Treasurer, is a principal at Clark Nuber, an award-winning CPA and consulting firm. As a CPA, she served as controller for a large not-for-profit organization where she supervised financial accounting and reporting, external audits, and accounting software conversions. Joyce specializes in private and public foundations as well as complex accounting and auditing issues including endowments, planned giving, and consolidation of related entities. She is a member of American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Washington Society of Certified Public Accountants. She has served as a past board member for the WSCPA and as secretary and treasurer for the Humane Society for Seattle/King County.

Betsy Koelzer – Secretary has a passion for child welfare and enjoys working directly with children experiencing lack.  Her time is focused on children requiring individual mentoring.  Special interest include improving a child’s life by assisting parents, facilitating the transition from high school to college when parental support is absent, nurturing personal responsibility and appropriate conflict resolution.  Working through neighborhood outreach Betsy has worked extensively with troubled teenage boys through listening, setting goals, introduction to service and lots of brownies.

Betsy completed the graduate program of Spiritual Counseling Psychology at the University of Santa Monica in 2002 and is presently working towards advanced certification in the study of Consciousness, Health and Healing.   Betsy lives in Edmonds with her husband of 28 years.

Bill Baldwin – Board Member, is the founder and CEO of Baldwin Resource Group, Inc. (BRG), a diversified professional service company that provides business consulting, risk management and insurance.  He held a variety of positions, primarily in the insurance industry.  In addition to BRG, Bill has served as the president of Washington Policy Center, a non-profit think tank. . He serves on community boards and committees for education at Seattle Pacific University and Washington State University. He also sits on a publicly traded bank board, Evergreen Bank. . Bill has lived in Washington since 1966, married for 32 years, two children and two grandchildren.

Scott Garrepy – Board Member, currently serves as the director of development for International Programs at Washington State University. Prior to joining WSU he was a Principal at Newbridge Partners, a fund-raising consulting firm.

For the past decade, Scott served as the director of development for INTIMAN Theatre and as director of business development for GreaterGood.com / The Hunger Site. He is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals where he currently serves on the board of directors for the GreaterGood Foundation, and has served as vice president and director of the Spectrum Dance Theatre.

Sue Sander – Board Member, is currently the Business Development Director for the Infrastructure Unit of URS Washington Divison.  In addition, she was the former president of Shapiro and Associates, Inc., and was responsible for management and direction of the Northwest’s largest environmental firm.  Her background encompassed studies in the fields of management, financial administration, marketing, and natural resources/planning studies.. Her involvement in a wide range of public and private sector projects including: environmental management services, ecological restoration commercial/industrial and residential projects and, infrastructure/ transportation/ energy projects.  She is also currently serving on the Board of Directors for the Eastside Heritage Center and the NHS Alumni Association.

Thomas L. Varga – Board Member, is the founder and managing partner of CFO Selections, a finance and accounting professional services firm. Prior to founding CFO Selections in 2002, Tom served as president of 1NService, Inc. a national alliance of network technology and security companies. He has also held COO and CFO position for Northwest Nexus and Peopleware, in Bellevue.

About CFOS Foundation

The foundation provides resources, both financial and in-kind services, to improve the lives of children in Washington state. It supports organizations that directly affect the wellbeing and improvement of children’s physical, mental and emotional needs in their homes, schools and neighborhoods.

CFOS Foundation has offices at 14432 SE Eastgate Way, Suite 400, Bellevue, WA 98007.  e-mail:  foundation@cfoselections.com.

 

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CFOS FOUNDATION

A charitable foundation providing time, talent, and treasure to foster children within the communities CFOS Selections serves.

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