FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Matt Varnell, Development Associate
July 24, 2017 Phone: (972) 538-9620
Children’s Advocacy Center for Denton County Accepts Fundraising Challenge
The J.E. and L.E. Mabee Foundation of Tulsa, Oklahoma has issued a $600,000 challenge grant to Children’s Advocacy Center for Denton County for its Lewisville expansion project. The challenge is for the Children’s Advocacy Center to raise $1.3 million in new private funding by July 11, 2018, to receive the $600,000 and finish its $4.0 million capital campaign.
Children’s Advocacy Center for Denton County (CACDC) is a non-profit organization that provides education, justice and healing for abused children. In 2014, CACDC engaged in a capital campaign to expand its capacity to serve abused children from Denton County and the surrounding area. The agency is running out of space to provide counseling for additional children and family members. In the first six months of 2017, CACDC saw a 33% increase over 2016 in children interviewed about abuse. This year, Children’s Advocacy Center has already provided as many family assistance services as it did in all of 2016.
“We are in one of the fastest growing counties in the nation and with that comes more children that need our help,” said capital campaign Co-Chairperson and former Flower Mound Mayor Jody Smith. “We need the community’s help now to meet this fundraising goal.”
The 10,000 square foot expansion and 3,500 square foot renovation will enable the Children’s Advocacy Center to provide additional counseling, child friendly investigative interviews, victim assistance, and other needed support services. CACDC works with law enforcement, Child Protective Services, the District Attorney’s Office, nurses, and its staff under one roof to aid child survivors of severe abuse and their non-offending caregivers. CACDC serves more than 1,800 people and provides over 12,000 counseling services per year.
The $600,000 challenge grant from the Mabee Foundation is the largest grant received for the Lewisville expansion project to date. To this point, CACDC has received just over $2,100,000 from local individuals, foundations, and government grants. The challenge grant states that all money toward the goal must come from individuals, foundations, corporations, and other private funding sources.
“This grant represents faith in our agency and is just the boost this campaign was looking for. We are asking the generous citizens in our community who care about our children to join forces with us to help us reach our financial goal,” stated capital campaign Co-Chairperson and former Highland Village Mayor Dianne Costa.
To learn how you can help the capital campaign, please call Mimi Bishop, Development Director, at (972) 538-9612, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the agency’s website at cacdc.org/capital.